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GSA Response to The Alberta Government Budget

G’day y’all! AC here with an update concerning the recent Provincial Budget.   The 2023 provincial budget was released by the Alberta Government on Feb. 28th and approved by Legislature on March 14th. The budget aims to offer affordability support for Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) by way of some increases to PSI funding, grants, and student loan programs over the next year, as well …

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Advocacy Updates: What we have been working on since November!

February 10th, 2023 Hello all! Andrew here, your GSA’s resident Advocacy Advisor, filling in for your regular host, AC. Apologies from the Advocacy Team for the delay since our last update. It’s been an intense couple of months. We have a lot to update you all on as a result, so let’s get to it. Overall, the GSA’s advocacy strategy …

Advocacy Update: Tuition and Fee Increase Vote at the Board of Governors meeting

[January 20, 2023] As many of you know, the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary met this afternoon to deliberate, and vote on, the proposed tuition and fee increases. For those who aren’t aware, the Board of Governors is made up of twenty-three members: four (including the President and Chancellor) from the university administration, three are student representatives …

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Advocacy Update: Graduate Student Tuition and Fee Increase

The GSA has been involved in the tuition and fee increase consultation process since the first Tuition and Fees Consultation Committee (TFCC) meeting in early October 2022. The GSA has presented a tuition and fee increase proposal on October 20, 2022, at TFCC meetings and was invited to submit recommendations. The GSA Advocacy team evaluated the feedback from the Graduate …

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Advocacy Updates: City of Calgary’s Proposed Service Plans and Budget

November 15, 2022 The GSA Advocacy team is writing to highlight an opportunity for you to offer feedback on the City of Calgary’s proposed (4 year) Service Plans and Budgets. From Nov. 21st to 25th, the City wants to hear your feedback, either written, or spoken to the council during their open meeting on the 22nd. These budgets influence the …

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Advocacy Updates on Tuition and Fees from AC

(October 25, 2022) Hey y’all, hope you’re keeping warm, enjoying a warm bevvy or two, and finding time enough to rest and regroup between your studies! I’m loving the way the snow is sitting on these evergreens, but I digress. Let’s get to the point: tuition season has kicked off, so I’m writing to give you some info about the …

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Advocacy update from AC: September 2022

Hey y’all! AC here with an update from your GSA advocacy team. Lots has happened over the summer, so this will be a longer post today. I’ll give a brief version to start, and include the finer details below. Read one or both as you see fit – choose your own adventure! Advocacy Priorities Survey In short, your Advocacy Team …

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Advocacy Updates: Advocacy Engagement Working Group

Hello friends and colleagues! AC here with a brief update on one of the many things our GSA advocacy team has been up to this summer. Today especially, I want to highlight the Advocacy Engagement Working Group that we are assembling for the upcoming school year. We started this working group to respond to the call for tighter engagement between …

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“What are your advocacy priorities?”: GSA Advocacy Priorities Survey

Greetings! AC here, your VP External at the UCalgary Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). I’m writing to briefly introduce myself with contact information, and to open the conversation around the work that your advocacy team aims to do this year!  Your advocacy team including myself, Saaka, et al. work to represent the interests of graduate students at the three levels of …

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February and March 2022 Advocacy Update

The GSA is gearing up to end the winter term on a high note. Our focus in February centered around understanding graduate students’ perspectives of the Covid-19 restrictions lifting and informing the University’s restrictions lifting plan. We also continued our government advocacy by participating in CASA’s Federal Advocacy Week. The month of March was focused on advocating provincially in relationship …