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Dec
14

Update on U-Pass

Since May, VP External Anne Boucher and her counterparts at Ryerson, OCAD, and George Brown have been working on getting a U-Pass for UTSG students. Last week, the TTC board voted to move forward with a PRESTO-based U-Pass. Consultations will start in January, and the TTC will make a final decision by March at the […]

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Dec
13

#SupportTheReport

Canadian Research institutions have potential to be globally competitive with more research opportunities for students, and more jobs. However, Canada falls behind the United States in providing reimbursement of indirect costs of research in Canada. For Canada to remain a global leader of solving the world’s most urgent issues, our labs need funding. Dr. David […]

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Dec
13

Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

Earlier this week, the members of Unit 1 voted in favour of a strike mandate. Unit 1 represents all TAs at U of T. Again, a strike mandate vote isn’t the same as a strike vote. The members of Unit haven’t voted to strike, but they have indicated that they’re willing to strike. A strike […]

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Dec
12

#SupportTheReport Postcard Campaign

Join in the #Support the Report campaign and send a postcard to the Minister of Science! Catch us at the Exam Centre and Libraries during the December 2017 Exam Week  

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Dec
01

Peers with Ears: Mentorship Guides

Peers with Ears is a student-run mentorship program facilitated by the UTSU. With a focus on mental wellness, you are matched with someone who is facing similar experiences. We use a range of criteria and strive to make the most compatible mentorship pairings. Download: UTSU Mentee Program Guide Download: UTSU Mentor Program Guide

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Nov
28

2017 Federal Advocacy Asks: Indigenous Students

The UTSU believes that Indigenous students should have adequate funding to be able to acquire post-secondary education. The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) offers financial assistance to Indigenous students enrolled in post-secondary programs, however, the chronic underfunding of the program has left an estimated backlog of over 10,000 students that do not receive funding and […]

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Nov
27

2017 Federal Advocacy Asks — Federal Student Loans

Federal post-secondary education tax credits have been around since the 1960’s as a financial aid measure.They have been highly criticized, however, because tax credits disproportionately benefit those from higher-income backgrounds; on average, students directly receive only ⅓ of tax credit expenditures; and tax credits are inaccessible financial instruments for low-income students because they are often […]

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Nov
26

2017 Federal Advocacy Asks — International Students

Our recommendation is based off two principles: international students with Canadian university-awarded degrees should have equal job prospects as their domestic counterparts; and international students’ full-time, paid experiential and work-integrated learning experiences — gained while they’re full-time students — should count towards their eligibility for Permanent Resident (PR) status. The government should change the eligibility guidelines under the Canadian […]

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