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UTGSU Digest: Happiness & Free Yoga – February 27, 2014

Contents:
1. UTGSU Elections: Vote Today!
2. Win a free TTC Metropass for April!

3. Permanent Residency Workshop for International Students: Mon Mar 3, 5-7pm

4. We need you! Sign-up to be the Casual Staff for UTGSU

5. Call for Members: UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus

6. Free Yoga in the UTGSU Gym: Tues Mar 4, 2-3 pm

7. Cinema Politica UofT/Hart House Co-Screening “INSURGENCE”: Wed Mar 5, 6:30pm

8. UTGSU Gym March Bookings: Fri Feb 28, 10am

9. Health & Dental Opt-Out Cheques & Benefits Guide

10. Harvest Noon & Veg Club “Bold Native” Doc & Talk: Tues Mar 4, 5:30-8pm

11. Silence of the Labs Film & Lecture: Mon Mar 3, 7pm

12. Happiness is Closer Than You Think: Mon Mar 10, 6-7pm

13. Speed DATAing: Open Mic Without the Romance: Tues Apr 8, 2-4pm

14. Oxfam 5th Annual Hunger Banquet: Fri Mar 7, 7-9pm

15. March Break Events on Campus: Hosted by the Family Care Office


1. UTGSU Elections: Vote Today!

A reminder that your UTGSU Executive Elections are almost over! Today (Thursday February 27) is the last day of voting. Polls are open until 4pm.  What’s at Stake? And what are some of the things that the Graduate Student Union Execs are responsible for?
* How comprehensive your graduate student health plan is, who the broker is, what’s covered
* Funding your course union (departmental graduate student association) via head grants
* Supporting important levy groups, such as Bike Chain, Centre for Women’s and Trans people, Downtown Legal Services, and Harvest Noon
* Representing your interests on University of Toronto Academic and Governing Council bodies
* Representing your interests on University of Toronto Student Services and External Committees

This past year your UTGSU Execs helped spear-head important campaigns such as the minimum student funding package, post-funding fees, advocating for food justice, accessible transit, opposing the Hart House summer user fee, removing the external copyright license fee, and addressing graduate student harassment and mental health issues.

This year we’ve increased the number of polling locations for easier access! The list of timings and closest poll locations can be found here: http://www.utgsu.ca/polls. A list of the candidates who are running with their statements can be found here: http://www.utgsu.ca/candidates. Missed the All-Candidate Debates and want to better inform yourself? Then watch the debate here: http://www.youtube.com/utgsu.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to contact the 2014 UTGSU CRO at: cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Win a free TTC Metropass for April!
The UTGSU’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) is collecting transit surveys in support of a campaign run by CFS-Ontario and to inform the committee about the needs of graduate students at UofT with regards to public transit. Help CFS and the UTGSU lobby for more affordable and accessible transit in Ontario. Fill out the GTA Transit Survey online and be entered in a draw to win a TTC adult Metropass for the month of April!

Surveys must be submitted by March 28, 2014 in order to be eligible for the draw. Survey: http://bit.ly/1jblAtK.

3. Permanent Residency Workshop for International Students: Mon Mar 3, 5-7pm

Are you an international student? Do you have questions about permanent residency? This workshop is for you! Our Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Monday, March 3rd from 5-7 PM in the McLennan Physical Labs (255 Huron Street), Room 202. Elizabeth Long, an accredited immigration lawyer, will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions. As always, light refreshments will be served. If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP to isc@utgsu.ca.

4. We need you! Sign-up to be the Casual Staff for UTGSU

Would you like to contribute to your Graduate Students’ Union and earn extra cash with flexible work hours? Did you know that you can interview to be added to the UTGSU Casual Staff Pool? We are in the process of replenishing our casual staff list and we need you! Some of the work involves, but are not limited to, postering for campaigns, helping out at General Council Meetings. If you are interested, please send an email to supervisor@utgsu.ca including your name, phone number, program of study, and “Casual Staff” in your subject line.

5. Call for Members: UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus

The newly inaugurated Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is calling for members. REC is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion, and sexuality at the University of Toronto. REC is committed to advocacy, scholarship, and activism. Our activities will include regular meetings, social events, reading groups, community dinners, panels, and much more.

REC aims to be a safe space for women, trans people, non-binary gender/gender non-conforming individuals, and sick and disabled people of colour. Reach out to us at rec@utgsu.ca.

6. Free Yoga in the UTGSU Gym: Tues Mar 4, 2-3 pm

Join us on Tuesday March 4th, from 2 – 3 pm, in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave) for a beginner friendly yoga class taught by Makeda Zook. The class will focus on breath awareness and alignment through a series of strengthening and stretching posses. Please bring water and wear warm comfortable clothes. Yoga mats will be provided.

7. Cinema Politica UofT/Hart House Co-Screening “INSURGENCE”: Wed Mar 5, 6:30pm

Join Cinema Politica UofT for a special showing as part of Hart House Conscious Activism Series at the Debates Room, Hart House on March 5th at 6:30 PM, join us in viewing “INSURGENCE”!
INSURGENCE is a documentary about the vast social mobilization that took place in Quebec during the spring of 2012. Initially propelled by the student strike for accessible education, the scope of the movement soon broadened to take on the government, the impunity and violence of the Montreal police force, the exploitation of untapped natural resources, and the current economic system.

Unlike our regular screenings, registration is required: Consciousactivism.eventbrite.ca.

Cinema Politica UofT (www.cinemapolitica.org/uoft) is an initiative of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union. We screen films that challenge conventional narratives and that explore under-represented stories. Our film screenings aim to engage students and the community in critical issues surrounding equity and environmental justice.

8. UTGSU Gym March Bookings: Fri Feb 28, 10am

UTGSU Gym time can be reserved on the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00 am. For March bookings, please call 416-978-8464 on Friday February 28. Call early as space goes quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. For more information, please see: http://www.utgsu.ca/gym.

9. Health & Dental Opt-Out Cheques & Benefits Guide

Opt-out cheques will be mailed out by the end of March. This will also include opt out cheques for students who started in January 2014. You should have received an email with an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through. If you do not receive your opt out cheque by mid April, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436 and refer to the confirmation number and your student number during your inquiry. More information: http://www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

The Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide, claim forms, etc. are available at: http://www.ihaveaplan.ca. For information about your coverage, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436.

10. Harvest Noon & Veg Club “Bold Native” Doc & Talk: Tues Mar 4, 5:30-8pm

Join Harvest Noon and the UofT Veg Club for our monthly film screening series! This month we’re branching out by not showing a documentary and instead screening “Bold Native”, the first fictional film about the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an international underground leaderless resistance group of animal liberators and economic saboteurs. Film plot: An animal liberator wanted for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged father tries to find him before the FBI does. Stick around for a discussion and debate after the screening facilitated by the Veg Club while enjoying snacks provided by Harvest Noon. Cost $2.

Tuesday March 4th, from 5:30-8pm, at Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1dESpLD.

11. Silence of the Labs Film & Lecture: Mon Mar 3, 7pm

Join Scinece for Peace for a free public lecture / film screening by James Turk (Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, CAUT), on his participation in Silence of the Labs – a documentary film by the CBC’s Fifth Estate about the silencing of science in Canada. Monday March 3rd, 7pm, at University College (15 King’s College Circle), in Room 140. Details at http://www.scienceforpeace.ca.

12. Happiness is Closer Than You Think: Mon Mar 10, 6-7pm

Engineering Happiness, a UofT club, is hosting an interactive talk on happiness on Monday March 10, from 6-7pm, in OISE room 5170. Dr. Dan Dolderman from Department of Psychology will be our speaker for this event. This is an event open for all U of T students/alumni/staff and faculty. More information: http://ehappy.sa.utoronto.ca/events.

13. Speed DATAing: Open Mic Without the Romance: Tues Apr 8, 2-4pm

Come and showcase your research data to other grad students. Share info on a few of these or other data topics of interest to you in an open mic forum: What kind of data are you working with? / How are you organizing your research data? / What problems or issues are you having with your data? / Are you doing any data visualization? / What instruments do you use to capture, process and analyze your data? / Where (or how) do you store your data? / Do you contribute data to any research networks or repositories? / Will your data be available to other researchers or the public? What will you do to make it so?

Tuesday, April 8, 2-4 pm. Blackburn Room, 4th floor, Robarts Library. Register here to attend: http://bit.ly/1eqdIEH. Looking forward to Speed DATAing with you!

14. Oxfam 5th Annual Hunger Banquet: Fri Mar 7, 7-9pm

Are you Hungry4Change? Oxfam will be holding our annual Hunger Banquet this year on Friday March 7th, 7-9pm at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst and Bloor! What is the Hunger Banquet, you ask? The Hunger Banquet aims to promote awareness of global food security issues and raise funds for the valuable work being done by Oxfam in this field. Aside from being relevant and informative, the Hunger Banquet is an enjoyable evening of socializing, dining, a silent auction and enjoying some fantastic live music, featuring two keynote speakers, Jane Rabinowicz, Director, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Prof. Valerie Tarasuk of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, an expert on food insecurity in Canada. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for others. Get them online now! Tickets: http://bit.ly/1kcQbdT. FB event: http://on.fb.me/1ccxeFK.

15. March Break Events on Campus: Hosted by the Family Care Office

Please note: parents must accompany their children at all times; to register for any of the following events, email family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, status with U of T and ages/names of all participating family members. All events will be on campus at various locations.

Mindful Families – Mon, March 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Games, songs, stories, and art activities led by Sara will introduce child-friendly mindfulness practices to you and your family. Learn how to reduce stress, respond to anxiety, anger, worry & frustration; and connect with your family. A handout package with activities and suggested resources will also be provided.

Making Friends in Nunavut – A Virtual Expedition – Tue, March 11, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – In a rare and exciting opportunity, your child can Skype with grade 4 students in Taloyoak, Nunavut this March break. Children aged 6-12 will get the chance to communicate with other children thousands of kilometers away. A debrief will follow, which includes a friendship dance and sharing circle. Parents must accompany children except during the Skype call, when they are free to stay at the Family Care Office Lounge. In collaboration with: Netsilik School (Taloyoak) and Canadian Roots

Sky Gazing – Thu, Mar 13, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Peer at the cosmos through a telescope at the University of Toronto Planetarium. Weather permitting, will be able to see Jupiter, the moon in crescent phase and possibly the M42-Orion Nebula. This event is for children in grades 3 to 8, and at least one of their parents must be a current student, staff, faculty, or postdoctoral fellow. Children must be accompanied by a parent; to save space, only one parent per child will be permitted. This exciting event is presented in collaboration with the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Paper Folding Adventures – Fri, Mar 14, 2 to 5 p.m. – FOLD (Fly With Origami-Learn to Dream) will host a workshop for children aged 4-12. We will explore the art of origami, focusing on folding Canadian wildlife. A large variety of origami models will be available for participants of all skill levels. Children aged 4 and 5 will explore paper crafts. Parents are expected to help their children. Co-sponsored by F.O.L.D. –  Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream

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How about that the average food bank client spends 71% of their income on housing, leaving only $5/day per person to spend on food and all other expenses?

We will be collecting food throughout December.  The most needed food items are:
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Food collection box is on the first floor by the elevator.

UTGSU Digest: Funding & Skating – November 7, 2013

Contents:
1. UTGSU Town Hall on Graduate Funding: Thurs Nov 14, 12 :30-1:30pm
2. UTGSU Audit – Online Soon!
3. UTGSU Equity & Advocacy Committee’s National Coalition Subcommittee: Thurs Nov 14 , 2:30pm
4. Great Barrier Hunt! Students for Barrier Free Access: Mon Nov 18 , 1pm
5. Harvest Noon AGM & Call for Board of Directors Nominations: Tues Nov 19
6. Family Skate: Fri Nov 15 , 10am-12pm
7. Festival of Lights/Santa Claus Parade Warm Up: Sun Nov 17 , 11am-1pm
8. Hart House Social Justice “Anti-Racism: A Critical Discussion”: Wed Nov 20 , 6-9pm
9. Library Graduate Student Reception: Mon Nov 18 , 5-7pm
10. UofT Student Family Child & Youth Program Survey: Deadline Fri Nov 8 , 5pm
11. The Lamp Volume 3 is Now Available to Order Online
12. Wantrepreneurs Wanted! Deadline: Mon Nov 11
13. Science for Peace Free Lecture “The Industrial Diet in Three Meals”: Thurs Nov 14 , 7-9pm
14. Science for Peace Lecture “The Decline of War”: Fri Nov 15 , 7pm

1. UTGSU Town Hall on Graduate Funding: Thurs Nov 14, 12 :30-1:30pm
Student representatives on the Provostial Committee on Graduate Student Funding Support (PCGSFS), have been pushing for the following three items: 1) increasing the minimum guaranteed funding up to the poverty line; 2) extending the minimum guaranteed funding period to the average time to completion and 3) restricting the amount of RA work requested by departments as part of the guaranteed funding. If this issues matter to you, please join us for a town hall which will be held on Thursday November 14 , from 12:30 to 1:30pm. in the Ramsay Wright Laboratories building Room: RW 229. Post-residency fees are also on the agenda!

2. UTGSU Audit – Online Soon!
The UTGSU’s 2012-13 audit will be available early next week on our website ( http://www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements ), with hard copies available in the UTGSU’s offices (16 Bancroft Avenue). This and other items will be discussed at the Union’s Annual General Meeting on Monday November 25, 2013 , starting at 6:10pm.

3. UTGSU Equity & Advocacy Committee’s National Coalition Subcommittee: Thurs Nov 14 , 2:30pm
Do you care about Public Education and Student Organization? Want to build a renewed and vibrant student movement to fight for public education? Then join the Equity and Advocacy Committee’s National Coalition Subcommittee (EAC-NCS) on Thursday November 14 , at 2:30pm. The EAC-NCS is building new and alternative coalitions to deal with issues of social justice and education with the University and wider student community. This year, we plan to expand the Union’s capacity to carry students’ message into the halls of power and continue the Union’s historic mission to advance issues of education and society throughout Ontario and beyond. Meetings happen every two weeks (alternating with EAC’s main meeting) on Thursday at 2:30 PM in the GSU Lounge (16 Bancroft Ave).
Make your voice heard at the University of Toronto. Join the EAC-NCS to transform the student movement and contribute to a more equitable society for all. For more information, please contact Brad ( external@utgsu.ca ) or see our website ( http://www.utgsu.ca/equity ).

4. Great Barrier Hunt! Students for Barrier Free Access: Mon Nov 18, 1pm
Did you arrive late for your first class due to confusing building directions? Have you missed entire events because the location was inaccessible? You aren?t alone! Join Students for Barrier Free Access’ Great Barrier Hunt and make your voice heard in a meaningful way to increase accessibility on campus. EVERY BODY IS WELCOME.
The aim of this event is to invite students to come discover accessibility features in various spaces around campus and note improvements that need to be made. The event will begin at the Multi-Faith Centre, while we will be auditing the following buildings: Borden Building, 21 Sussex, and Sir Sanford Fleming. For more information, see: http://sba.sa.utoronto.ca .

5. Harvest Noon AGM & Call for Board of Directors Nominations: Tues Nov 19
Harvest Noon is holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the evening of Tuesday, November 19th , and all Harvest Noon members are invited and encouraged to attend! The AGM is a great chance to get to know the community better, give your input, and contribute to the governance of the organization – an important part of being a co-op member! The precise time and location of the AGM will be announced closer to the actual date.
Interested in more actively contributing to the direction of Harvest Noon in the coming year? Well now?s your chance, as we?re calling out for candidates for election to our Board of Directors! There?s no doubt that becoming a director at Harvest Noon is a commitment and it entails a substantial amount of responsibility, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to involve yourself in an enthusiastic and engaging community, learn about not-for-profit and co-operative governance, contribute your unique skills and experiences, and learn from others. No prior experience is required. Any member interested in becoming a Board Member is encouraged to run by submitting a personal candidate statement through our website by Tuesday November 12 : http://bit.ly/HJqlxW . Statements submitted by this date will be made available for perusal on our website prior to the AGM and at the AGM itself. However, advanced submission of statements is not required, and candidacy declarations will be accepted up until the AGM.
Have questions about what it means to be on the board, and what specific sorts of responsibilities it entails? Then check out our ?Running for Board FAQ?: http://www.harvestnoon.com/running-for-board-f-a-q .

6. Family Skate: Fri Nov 15 , 10am-12pm
Join us for some winter fun on ice! Bring your own skates (some adult skate sizes will be available to borrow), helmets and good spirits! Free hot chocolate will be provided; we are hoping to raise awareness of healthy physical activity for the whole family. CSA approved helmets are mandatory for children, and one adult wearing skates must be on the ice at all times with the children.
Friday November 15 (P.A. Day in Toronto schools), from 10am to 12 noon, Varsity Arena (enter through the Pavilion doors at Devonshire Place). Please register by calling 416-978-0951 or by emailing: family.care@utoronto.ca before November 12th , and include your name, status with UofT, and ages of all participating family members. All UofT students, staff, faculty, post-doctoral fellows and their partners and children are welcome. This family event is sponsored by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and the Family Care Office.

7. Festival of Lights/Santa Claus Parade Warm Up: Sun Nov 17 , 11am-1pm
Bring your children 12 years & under to warm up before the Santa Claus Parade at Hart House. Children will craft their own letter to Santa and learn about festivals of light from around the world through arts and crafts. Students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and their families are welcome at this free event. Due to space restrictions, there is a maximum of 2 adults per family. There will be an area for siblings 2 & under to stay with a parent.
Sunday November 17 , from 11am to 1pm. UofT students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and their partner/children are welcome, pre-registration required at http://familysundays.eventbrite.ca . Brought to you by Hart House, the Family Care Office, and the ELC Family Resource Centre.

8. Hart House Social Justice “Anti-Racism: A Critical Discussion”: Wed Nov 20 , 6-9pm
Hart House Social Justice Committee and Literary & Library Committee presents “Anti-Racism: A Critical Discussion”, a book launch of the new critical reader, Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, edited by George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan. Wednesday November 20 , 6-7pm Panel Discussion, 7-9pm Book Launch Reception, at the Hart House Library. FREE. More information: http://www.harthouse.ca/social-justice-committee . Follow on Twitter: @hhsocialjustice.

9. Library Graduate Student Reception: Mon Nov 18 , 5-7pm
Mingle with your colleagues, meet your faculty liaison librarian and discover how the University of Toronto Libraries can help support your research. We look forward to meeting you!
Monday November 18 , from 5 to 7pm (remarks at 5:30pm), in the Upper Quiet Study Room, Heritage Wing, of the Gerstein Science Information Centre (9 King?s College Circle).
RSVP at http://go.utlib.ca/rsvp by Wednesday 13 November. If you have an accommodation need due to a disability please let us know when you reply. We will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

10. UofT Student Family Child & Youth Program Survey: Deadline Fri Nov 8 , 5pm
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) is seeking feedback on the child and youth programs offered as part of a review of the programs. A full review of the Child and Youth program area has not been conducted since 1996. We are seeking input from various stakeholders connected to child and youth programming to help inform future directions. UofT Student Family Child & Youth Program survey ( http://bit.ly/19HEgOL ).
At the end of the survey families have the opportunity to be invited to participate in a focus group. Data will be kept confidentially. Additional feedback can go to Michelle Brownrigg at michelle.brownrigg@utoronto.ca . We will be doing a draw for three prizes of a $100 credit to be used for any future Junior Blues or Camp U of T registration. We are asking families to complete the surveys by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 8th .

11. The Lamp Volume 3 is Now Available to Order Online
The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students. If you are interested in poetry, short fiction, and creative-nonfiction, The Lamp offers a wonderful compilation of diverse writing and includes a broad range of styles and themes.
The Lamp has updated its website and Volume 3 is now available for order at: http://www.sgps.ca/thelamp/purchase . You can also order copies of Volume 2 at a reduced price!

12. Wantrepreneurs Wanted! Deadline: Mon Nov 11
Got a great business idea but need some help getting started? Explore, develop and get ready to launch your business idea with the Career Centre’s new Rapid Launch program! This is entrepreneurship for everyone. All students and recent graduates – and all ideas – are welcome. Apply through Instagram or send us a YouTube video by November 11 – space is limited. For more information: http://www.uoft.me/rapidlaunch .

13. Science for Peace Free Lecture “The Industrial Diet in Three Meals”: Thurs Nov 14 , 7-9pm
Join Science for Peace for a free public lecture on “The Industrial Diet in Three Meals”, by Tony Winson (Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph). Thursday November 14 , from 7-9pm, at University College (15 King?s College Circle), in room 179. More info at http://www.scienceforpeace.ca .

14. Science for Peace Lecture “The Decline of War”: Fri Nov 15 , 7pm
Join Science for Peace for the Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum with special guest Gwynne Dyer who will speak about The Decline of War. This event is on Friday November 15th , at 7pm in the Medical Sciences Building (1 King?s College Circle), in the JJR Macleod Auditorium (MS 2158) . Tickets: $10 / $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online via http://www.scienceforpeace.ca .

Holiday Parade 2013

FIFSW Ph.D. Students:

On November 17th at 12:00pm the PhDSA will open FIFSW doors to doctoral students and their families.  Come join us for hot chocolate and a light lunch while we watch the Santa Claus Parade. All faiths are welcome to this festive non-religious holiday event. Children can enjoy some arts ‘n’ crafts and decorate-your-own-cookies! *yum*

Guests are asked to please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Date: Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Start Time: 12:00pm

Please RSVP to fifsw.phdsa@utoronto.ca from your UofT email address by November 10th

holiday parade 2013

GSU Digest: Martial Arts & Pumpkin Fest – October 24, 2013

1. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed Oct 30, 4-6pm
2. UTGSU Council Meeting: Mon Oct 28, 6:10pm
3. October Executive-at-Large: Now With Human Resources Duties
4. Health & Dental Insurance: Blackout Period & Refund Cheques
5. Martial Arts Drop-In Class @ UTGSU: Thurs Nov 7, 5-6pm
6. Doc & Talk: Harvest Noon & Veg Club Present “The Cove”: Wed Nov 6, 6-9pm
7. Permanent Residency (PR) Information Sessions: Wed Oct 30
8. Childcare Subsidy Information Session: Tues Oct 29, 3-4:30pm
9. Parenting Bootcamp Webinar on Raising Cooperative Respectful Children: Fri Nov 1, 12-1pm
10. Science for Peace Film Screening and Lecture: Sat Oct 26 & Thurs Oct 31, 7-9pm
11. Master Scuba Diver Course at Hart House
12. Science Rendezvous Executive Committee: Deadline Mon Nov 18
13. Inaugural Olivieri Lectureship on Medical Ethics: Thurs Nov 14, 4pm
14. Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival: Fri Nov 1, 5:30-8:30

1. UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop: Wed Oct 30, 4-6pm
Do you have questions about UHIP, the UTGSU Supplementary Health Insurance Plan, or CUPE 3902’s Healthcare Spending Account? Ever wondered how to get the most out of your health insurance plans? This workshop is for you! Guest speakers Miranda Cheng (Director, CIE), Shain Dhalla (UTGSU Health Administrator), and CUPE 3902 will be speaking to us about how to navigate the complex world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage.  Wednesday October 30, from 4 to 6pm, in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Building (50 St. George Street) room 107. Refreshments will be served! Please RSVP to stephanie.shaw@mail.utoronto.ca by October 29th if you’d like to join. Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1fYa7ij.

2. UTGSU Council Meeting: Mon Oct 28, 6:10pm
The UTGSU Council normally meets monthly from September until April. The next meeting is on Monday, 28 October, at 6:10 pm. This month it will take place at the Koffler House Auditorium on 569 Spadina Ave.  All members are welcome, but only representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a representative and you wish to speak you can request speaking rights by raising your hand at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: www.bit.ly/XH035u.

3. October Executive-at-Large: Now With Human Resources Duties
Come to our General Council Meeting on Monday October 28 from 6 to 9pm! Get involved with your Union! Join the UTGSU Executive team!  This six-month position on the UTGSU Executive Committee is coming up for election at the next General Council meeting on Monday 28 October from 6 to 9pm at the Koffler House Auditorium (569 Spadina Ave). Any member of the Union can run for election. Duties include supporting the Executive through aiding in management of the Union’s staff, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. It pays approximately $9,686 a year, pending Council approval.  See the full list of duties here: http://bit.ly/1gteBwb. For more information please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

4. Health & Dental Insurance: Blackout Period & Refund Cheques
If you are a first-year student, a student returning from a leave of absence or part-time studies, or a student who opted out of the Plan last year, please note that there is a blackout period from September to November. Although your coverage begins September 1, the insurance provider will not have your information until the middle of November. Until this time, your account with Green Shield will not be activated; claims (electronic or written) cannot be processed/reimbursed and you will not be able to register for an online Green Shield account. If you make purchases or receive treatments covered under the Plan during this period, please keep all of your receipts for submission with a completed claim form.  If you opted out during the opt out period, you will receive a full refund, however, it is divided into two installments. The first installment cheque will be mailed to you in November. The second installment will be mailed to you in March after Studentcare will receive the list of students registered for the Winter. You DO NOT need to opt out again in January.  Information about the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan can also be found online at www.ihaveaplan.ca or at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

5. Martial Arts Drop-In Class @ UTGSU: Thurs Nov 7, 5-6pm
The Canadian Obesity Network, University of Toronto Chapter (CON-SNP) will be holding its first event of the semester on Thursday, November 7th from 5-6pm: the Martial Arts Drop-In Class! Meet us in the UTGSU gym (16 Bancroft Ave), and prepare to have an exciting and interactive lesson on self-defence! Please bring your indoor running shoes and comfortable athletic wear. This is a beginner class: no experience or equipment is necessary to participate in this event. We can’t wait to see you all there!

6. Doc & Talk: Harvest Noon & Veg Club Present “The Cove”: Wed Nov 6, 6-9pm
Join Harvest Noon and the UofT Veg Club for our first monthly film screening! This month we will be showing “The Cove”, an Academy Award winning documentary in which a group of activists led by Ric O’Barry (the renowned dolphin trainer of Flipper) document the drama, money and corruption behind the capture and slaughter of dolphins in Japan for entertainment and meat. Stick around for a discussion and debate after the screening facilitated by the Veg Club while enjoying snacks provided by Harvest Noon. Cost $2. Additional coffee and tea will be available for purchase.  Wednesday November 6th, from 6 to 9pm, at Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1c0QQrR.

7. Permanent Residency (PR) Information Sessions: Wed Oct 30
Are you an international student interested in applying for permanent residency in Canada? One final Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC: www.cic.gc.ca) and Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI: www.ontarioimmigration.ca) information session will be held on Wednesday October 30, 2013. Staff members from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) will be on all three campuses for information sessions.  Please see the Permanent Residency Information Session posting for detailed information regarding times, registration and how to prepare for the session: http://bit.ly/GD3qTg.

8. Childcare Subsidy Information Session: Tues Oct 29, 3-4:30pm
Learn what childcare subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including what documents parents should bring to the interview meeting, what happens if you don’t find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting, looking for a job, self-employment and childcare subsidies, and how the City of Toronto Children’s Services manages its wait list. Facilitator: Dulice Benjamin, City of Toronto Children’s Services staff.  Tuesday October 29, from 3 to 4:30pm. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required at: www.familycare.utoronto.ca/events.

9. Parenting Bootcamp Webinar on Raising Cooperative Respectful Children: Fri Nov 1, 12-1pm
Parenting Bootcamp is a 3-Part Webinar Series on Raising Cooperative, Respectful Children. We like to think of this webinar series as “Behaviour 101: a Basic Primer”, and a great place to begin your parenting education. Week 1 will be on Parenting Styles: The three basic parenting styles; understanding your child’s behaviour; and the first goal of misbehaviour — Undue Attention-Seeking and strategies to redirect it.  Friday November 1, from 12 to 1pm. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required at: www.familycare.utoronto.ca/events.  Other webinar dates: Week 2: Power and Revenge on Fri Nov 15; and Week 3: Effective Encouragement on Fri Nov 29.

10. Science for Peace Film Screening and Lecture: Sat Oct 26 & Thurs Oct 31, 7-9pm
Please join Science for Peace for a public screening of the film DEFENSORA on Saturday October 26, from 7 to 9pm, at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Auditorium (G162), 252 Bloor Street West. Pay What You Can donation requested. More info on the film at: www.defensorathefilm.com.  Join Science for Peace for a free public lecture by Peter Langille (Senior Research Associate, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria) on “The Initiative for a UN Emergency Peace Service”. Thursday October 31, from 7 to 9pm, University College (15 King’s College Circle), room 179. More info at: www.scienceforpeace.ca.

11. Master Scuba Diver Course at Hart House
The Hart House Underwater Club (HHUC) is offering a NAUI Master Scuba Diver Course in 2014 for advanced certified scuba divers. In 14 days spread across 6 months, this rigorous diving course takes you to the highest level of the non‐professional, recreational scuba divers. You will develop your personal diving skills so that you can dive with confidence and ease. This course also prepares candidates to take the next step into dive leadership as Divemasters, Assistant Instructors, and Instructors. A full course description and details about enrollment are available on our website: www.hhuc.ca.  Not yet a certified scuba diver? Stay tuned for our Scuba Diver course starting January 2014: www.utoronto.ca/hhuc/contact/listserv.

12. Science Rendezvous Executive Committee: Deadline Mon Nov 18
Science Rendezvous is a Canada-wide outreach festival meant to spur interest in scientific research among the general public. We are actively hiring enthusiastic volunteers for the executive committee that will be responsible for organizing the UofT site this upcoming year, on May 10th 2014. There will be two information sessions outlining executive positions on November 5th in Davenport East Seminar Room (Lash Miller, third floor) from 5-6pm and November 7th in Davenport West Seminar Room from 5-6pm. To apply, please email your resume to UofTSRChair@ScienceRendezvous.org by Monday November 18th, or attend either information session. Please include any previous experience with Science Rendezvous as well as your department/affiliation in your email.

13. Inaugural Olivieri Lectureship on Medical Ethics: Thurs Nov 14, 4pm
Lecture by Carl Elliott MD, PhD. Professor, Center for Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics. Affiliate faculty member, Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota. Author of “White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine” and “Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream”.  Thursday November 14, at 4pm, Bahen Centre (40 St George St), room BA1130. Reception to follow. More information: http://on.fb.me/1hdjgCS.

14. Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival: Fri Nov 1, 5:30-8:30
Always a magical evening on Harbord Street!! The Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival will see close to 1000 pumpkins, many elaborately carved, illuminated with candles and resting on display tables stretched out along Harbord Street. Local restaurants and shops will provide complimentary pumpkin-inspired food to passersby.  Friday November 1, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, on Harbord Street, between Spadina and Borden. See photos of past Pumpkin Festival here: www.harbordvillage.com/pumpkinfest. More information: www.harbordvillage.com.

GSU Digest: Open Access & Raise the Rates – October 17, 2013

Contents:
1. UTGSU Elections Policy ad hoc Committee: Tues Oct 22, 3:30pm
2. UTGSU Research, Education and Governance Committee: Thurs Oct 24, 3-5pm
3. October UTGSU Executive-at-Large Position: Now With Human Resources Duties
4. Health & Dental Insurance: Blackout Period & Refund Cheques
5. Open Access Week: Alternative Metrics & Progress through the Ranks at UofT
6. LGBTQ Day of Movement & Sports Planning Meeting: Tues Oct 22, 4-6pm
7. Post a Letter Social Activity Club: Wed Oct 23, 4-6pm
8. Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family: Fri Oct 25, 12-1:30pm
9. Science for Peace Social: Wed Oct 23, 5:30pm
10. Community Kitchen at Hart House: Tuesdays
11. What Can Time-Use Data Tell Us? Thurs Oct 24, 7-9pm
12. Raise the Rates Provincial Rally: Sat Oct 19, 8:30am-11pm

1. UTGSU Elections Policy ad hoc Committee: Tues Oct 22, 3:30pm

Want to explore Online Elections for the UTGSU?  Created at the September General Council Meeting, the Elections Policy ad hoc Committee was established to determine the potential of online elections for the Union in an academic and unbiased fashion.  We wish to begin this process by gathering a team of interested members who would aid in guiding this long-term investigation into the viability of such systems. This is intended lead to an academically focused research project — which this committee will give direction towards. If you are interested in taking part, please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Research, Education and Governance Committee: Thurs Oct 24, 3-5pm

You are invited to attend the meetings of the UTGSU Research, Education and Governance Committee (aka REG) on every other Thursday beginning October 24th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the UTGSU executive office at 16 Bancroft Avenue. The committee will discuss various academic and governance issues facing graduate students including graduate student funding issues, student harassment, student representation on university and departmental bodies and open publishing. The committee meetings are engaging and practical decisions are made on the way forward. Snacks will be served!

3. October UTGSU Executive-at-Large Position: Now With Human Resources Duties

Come to our General Council Meeting on Monday October 28 from 6 to 9pm! Get involved with your Union! Join the UTGSU Executive team!  This six-month position on the UTGSU Executive Committee is coming up for election at the next General Council meeting on Monday 28 October from 6 to 9pm at the Koffler House Auditorium (569 Spadina Ave). Any member of the Union can run for election. Duties include supporting the Executive through aiding in management of the Union’s staff, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. It pays approximately $9,686 a month, pending Council approval.

See the full list of duties here: http://bit.ly/1gteBwb. For more information please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

4. Health & Dental Insurance: Blackout Period & Refund Cheques

If you are a first-year student, a student returning from a leave of absence or part-time studies, or a student who opted out of the Plan last year, please note that there is a blackout period from September to November. Although your coverage begins September 1, the insurance provider will not have your information until the middle of November. Until this time, your account with Green Shield will not be activated; claims (electronic or written) cannot be processed/reimbursed and you will not be able to register for an online Green Shield account. If you make purchases or receive treatments covered under the Plan during this period, please keep all of your receipts for submission with a completed claim form.  If you opted out during the opt out period, you will receive a full refund, however, it is divided into two installments. The first installment cheque will be mailed to you in November. The second installment will be mailed to you in March after Studentcare will receive the list of students registered for the Winter. You DO NOT need to opt out again in January.

Information about the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan can also be found online at http://www.ihaveaplan.ca or at http://www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

5. Open Access Week: Alternative Metrics & Progress through the Ranks at UofT

The metrics used to reward and recognize our scholarly work has traditionally included impact factor and citation counts of journal articles. The scholarly landscape is rapidly changing, however. With increasing open access options and evolving ways of examining an article’s reach via social media, there are many alternative metrics that can be used. What are these metrics? And how will they affect your PTR? Come out for a discussion with Heather Piwowar, cofounder of ImpactStory, Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life, and Gunther Eysenbach, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Internet Research and cofounder of TrendMD. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday October 23, from 12 to 1:30pm, in the OISE Library (252 Bloor St. W), Ground Floor. Register here: http://bit.ly/15Llpko. This event is part of Open Access Week 2013 @ UofT, held from October 21 to 23. See here for full event listing: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/oaweek.

6. LGBTQ Day of Movement & Sports Planning Meeting: Tues Oct 22, 4-6pm

Calling all LGBTQ+ students!! Be part of a fabulous team of students to help plan a day of activities for queer & trans folks in the Athletic Centre and Hart House this January. At this meeting, students will be able to share ideas that will help create a positive space, suggest activities and games for the event, explore outreach ideas and join the planning team! We encourage all students to participate in this event that strives to be supportive of all body-types and understandings of health. We care about our diverse LGBTQ community and want to get everyone out for a day of fun this winter! Help us make it happen.

Tuesday October 22, from 4 to 6pm, at 21 Sussex in room 421. Pizza and beverages provided! RSVP if you would like to attend or share any comments with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at: sgdo@utoronto.ca. Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/GZLBi1.

7. Post a Letter Social Activity Club: Wed Oct 23, 4-6pm

International and domestic students are invited to join the Post a Letter Social Activity Club (PALSAC) in getting unplugged from email and taking the time to sit down and write. International students can write that postcard that they’ve been putting off, or a letter to a long lost friend. Domestic students can connect with a distant friend; perhaps one they met on exchange.  Show up and write a letter or two with a group of other people also writing letters – or anything that involves the postal system: a postcard, a personal letter, a political letter, a package, a special occasion card, fan mail, mail art, prank mail, or something experimental.

Wednesday October 23, from 4 to 6pm, in the Global Lounge at the Centre for International Experience (33 St. George St.). More information here: http://bit.ly/19OVDJl.

8. Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family: Fri Oct 25, 12-1:30pm

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. Find out what are the childcare options available; learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers; learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers; and find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists.

Friday October 25, from 12 to 1:30pm, location TBA. Pre-registration required at http://www.familycare.utoronto.ca/events. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome.

9. Science for Peace Social: Wed Oct 23, 5:30pm

Join Science for Peace members and friends for a drink after work — and stay for dinner if you like! This is not a “meeting” — just a chance to unwind and share ideas with like-minded activist/intellectuals for an hour or two.

Wednesday October 23, at 5:30pm, at the University of Toronto Faculty Club (41 Willcocks Ave). It’s nice to RSVP to sfp@physics.utoronto.ca, but if you don’t, that’s okay; just come anyway, and bring a friend!!!

10. Community Kitchen at Hart House: Tuesdays

At Community Kitchen, you can pool your resources and your culinary skills with others to create a cheap feast for the senses! Each event offers a hands-on cooking experience with a unique menu and a special quest speaker that will provide us with a glimpse into a social justice issue.

The Community Kitchen Dates for 2013-2014 are (all Tuesdays, from 6 to 9pm): Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 25, and March 25. $10 (incl HST) for UofT Students & Hart House Members; $15 (incl HST) for Non Student/Non Members. Visit http://www.harthouse.ca for more information.

11. What Can Time-Use Data Tell Us? Thurs Oct 24, 7-9pm

Join Science for Peace for a free public lecture by Bill Michelson (S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, Emeritus) on “What Can Time-Use Data Tell Us?”

Thursday October 24th, from 7 to 9pm, at University College (15 King’s College Circle), in room 179. More information at: http://www.scienceforpeace.ca.

12. Raise the Rates Provincial Rally: Sat Oct 19, 8:30am-11pm

The Raise the Rates Campaign is holding a week of action to fight the attack on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) and demand living income for all in this Province. We will be demanding restoration of the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit, supporting the right of First Nations Communities to control delivery of social assistance programs and calling for the raising of the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour and social assistance rates by at least 55%.

Join the ROAD-TRIP to join the Provincial Convergence in SUDBURY! Anti-poverty organizations from across Ontario will be converging in Sudbury on Saturday October 19th for a Gathering, Rally and March. Bus leaves downtown Toronto at 8:30am, from Carlton/Sherbourne, returning the same day by 11pm. *Bus is Wheelchair accessible. Lunch/snacks will be provided. TO REGISTER for a seat on the bus email ocap@tao.ca. Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1aRlCC5. More information: http://www.ocap.ca; facebook Raise the Rates page: http://www.facebook.com/RaiseTheRates; Twitter: @OCAPtoronto #RaisetheRates.

PhD Scholarship & Grant Funding Time…

While folks in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work – and other programs in universities elsewhere – are scrambling to finish and submit their scholarship and research grant applications, the FIFSW PhDSA thought we’d share our favourite New Yorker cartoon on the subject.

Perhaps it will bring a smile to your face during this busy, busy time.

Grant Money New Yorker

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