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Message from the President

UCalgary graduate students,  As many students will be participating in online learning for the Fall 2020 semester, the UPass program has been put on hold for this term. This decision has significantly impacted graduate students. The GSA recognizes the importance of students having affordable access to city transit this upcoming fall semester, especially as many of you will have an …

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Let’s Talk UPass: UPass Advocacy Updates

On June 11, the University announced that UPASS for Fall 2020 will be cancelled. Here is a statement from UCalgary in regard to the cancellation: “Various scenarios were discussed during the last few months between Calgary Transit and the University of Calgary. Calgary Transit proposed running the UPass program for Fall 2020 in the same format as previous years. The …

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June 2020 Advocacy Updates

As your graduate student representatives, the GSA Board of Directors and the Research and Advocacy Analyst worked on many advocacy priorities to the best interest of UCalgary graduate students. Have a look below at the GSA’s advocacy work for May 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please email askgsa@ucalgary.ca. July 3, 2020 At the Federal Level: What we advocated on: …

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Let’s Talk Fall 2020 Survey Results

In June 2020, the GSA launched a Fall 2020 survey to gather graduate students’ input about Fall 2020. A total of 258 responses were recorded with representation from various departments, student groups, and program types. Thank you to all students who took the time to fill out the survey and to tell us your thoughts about this upcoming semester and what …

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Let’s Talk: GSA Fall 2020 Survey

On May 14, the University of Calgary announced a combination of face-to-face and remote or online learning for instruction in the Fall 2020 term. Prior to that announcement, the GSA had been working diligently to obtain information on what graduate students can expect from the University. Now that the University has made its announcement, we focus our work on behalf …

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#UCalgaryGradStudents testimonials on COVID-19

Graduate students are facing numerous challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic – from adjusting to online class and teaching delivery, to delayed research timelines, to reduced accessibility to campus resources and facilities and increased financial uncertainty. The GSA has been advocating policymakers and UCalgary Administrators to ensure students are adequately supported during this time. Thank you for everyone who has …

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May 2020 Advocacy Updates

As your graduate student representatives, the GSA Board of Directors and the Research and Advocacy Analyst worked on many advocacy priorities to the best interest of UCalgary graduate students. Have a look below at the GSA’s advocacy work for May 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please email askgsa@ucalgary.ca. May 27, 2020 At the Federal Level: What we advocated on: …

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Summary of COVID-19 Student Supports & Eligibility

as of April 28, 2020 Federal Government: Canadian Emergency Student Bursary (CESB): A $1,250/month taxable benefit for Canadian post-secondary students who are unable to work due to COVID-19. There is also a $500 top up, bringing total supports to $1,750 for students with a disability or with children/dependents Eligibility: Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the 2019-2020 year.  Planned to work …

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GSA Statement on the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Student Support

“The Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary is pleased with the Federal government’s announcement to provide a comprehensive aid package to support post-secondary students impacted by COVID-19. The relief package includes several different measures that will provide valuable support to all Canadian post-secondary students who currently do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), including at-risk …

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Letter to Minister of Advanced Education re. COVID-19 student impacts

An advocacy letter signed by all provincial student advocacy groups including CAUS, ASEC, ab-GPAC and Athabasca University Students’ Union was sent to the Government of Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, Demetrius Nicolaides on April 15, 2020. In this letter, Albertan students requested more supports for post-secondary students and institutions to address impact of COVID-19 pandemic on student employment, education, and …