Alberta’s students are disappointed to see the further cuts to the post-secondary budget.

The Government of Alberta released its budget for 2022 today. Alberta’s students are disappointed to see the further cuts to the post-secondary budget. Alberta’s students have collectively called for sustainable funding, mental health supports, and affordable tuition throughout the course of this government’s term. The Government of Alberta today delivered a budget that provides students with some supports but again …

Survey Report: Graduate Students’ Feedback and Reactions to the COVID-19 Restriction Changes by the Government of Alberta – February 2022

The COVID-19 health measures in Alberta are quickly changing as the Government of Alberta shifts its strategy from managing a pandemic to managing an endemic. The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is advocating to ensure that the health and safety of students remain a top priority for the University of Calgary administration and for our elected officials. As the province moves …

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January 2022 Advocacy Update

The new year has kicked off with a strong focus on consulting with University Administration for a safe return to campus considering the winter term started online, and the current pandemic situation. The GSA Advocacy team also wrapped up most of its engagements with members of Calgary’s City Council. Read more about our advocacy efforts below. Institutional (UCalgary) After consultation …

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December 2021 Advocacy Update

It is hard to believe that the end of 2021 has come and gone! While we all navigated another year in a global pandemic, the GSA pushed to finish the year strong with finalizing the tuition and fees consultation and getting some wins for students, starting our stakeholder engagement with members of Calgary City Council, and preparing to provide input …

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November 2021 Advocacy Update

The GSA’s November advocacy efforts were focused on pushing institutional priorities, particularly tuition and fees consultation with the University senior administration. The GSA has continued pushing to understand actual and project data the University is using in its increase proposals, as well continued advocating for students by ensuring the University senior administration and Board of Governors consider the student context, …

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October 2021: Advocacy Updates

#GetOutTheVote The GSA’s October 2021 advocacy efforts were focused on a virtual Get-Out-The-Vote campaign for the municipal election, as well as on pushing institutional priorities. For October’s Let’s Talk Advo Instagram Live, your VP External, Kirsten Neprily, hosted Dr. Lisa Young to discuss the municipal elections. It was an informative conversation that many of you tuned in to. The GSA …

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New COVID-19 safety measures announced for Fall 2021

Advocacy win!   As of today, August 17, 2021, the University of Calgary in collaboration with the U of A and U of L have released new safety measures for the return to campus in Fall 2021. The GSA is pleased to see the extended health and safety measures for campus including rapid testing or vaccination and masks when in doors.   …

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LRC Updates: Return to Campus Survey and Recommendations

Fill out our Survey As the Fall semester approaches, there are lots of questions surrounding COVID-19 and our rights as Teaching Assistants.  To allow us to better advocate for graduate workers, please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey based on recent COVID-policy changes from both the Alberta Government and the University of Calgary. Communicate with your Faculty about your TAship …

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Announcement from the Labour Relations Committee: GSA Partnership with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Announcement from Keira Gunn, GSA Associate Vice President Labour, Chair of the GSA Labour Relations CommitteeFor Academically Employed Graduate Students (Graduate Assistants-Teaching, Graduate Assistants-Non-Teaching) Your Labour Relations Committee is excited to announce that the GSA is entering into a partnership with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to better serve UCalgary Academically Employed Graduate Students at no extra cost. …

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GSA Return to Campus Survey Results

The results for the GSA Return to Campus survey are in. A total of 1,104 responses were recorded, representing 15% of the UCalgary graduate student population. Thanks everyone for participating in this important survey. Survey results indicate that the respondents are divided about returning to campus: 47% of respondents are comfortable and 46% are uncomfortable. When asked if they believe …