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Feb
21

Health and Wellness Missed Appointments Fee

This week, the UTSU reached an agreement with Health and Wellness and Student Life that will see the missed appointment fee eliminated in most cases. Effective immediately, students will no longer be fined for missing appointments at Health and Wellness, as long as the reason for the absence was beyond the student’s control. Importantly, mental […]

By President | Advocacy . Announcement
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Laptop Ban Postcards

In about 35 undergraduate courses, professors have banned the use of laptops to take lecture notes. Our position is that laptop bans are unimaginative, inaccessible, and unfair. They’re an indication of a resistance to change, an inability of some academics to adapt and self-reflect in their teaching style, and a paternalistic response to underdeveloped study […]

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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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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
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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