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Get Ready to Vote in the Provincial Election

Photo: CBC The Alberta Government is expected to call an election in May. Is this your first-time voting? Get ready to vote with the GSA! In this blog, we will show you how elections work in this province, what the different levels and branches of government are, and what you’ll need to know to register to vote for the upcoming …

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Thesis-based Graduate Students will have three-week vacation starting May 2023

Join us in celebrating a win for thesis-based graduate students! The GSA, in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, was successful in advocating for a three-week vacation/time off for thesis-based graduate students! This is an increase from the two-week vacation in place previously. The GSA appreciates the feedback from graduate students about the need to advocate for this increase. …

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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 …

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Keeping investment scams out of your online social and dating life

For many in today’s increasingly connected online world, using apps and social platforms to connect with others has become convenient and common. As of 2021, eHarmony, a popular online dating platform, reported that 36% of Canadians use online dating platforms. Unfortunately, with the popularity of dating apps and social media, fraudsters are increasingly using them to scam Canadians. According to …

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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Top Investment Risks for 2023

By Annemarie Marshall, Senior Advisor, Investor & Industry Education, Alberta Securities Commission The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has compiled a list of the top investment risks and potential scams to watch out for in 2023, based on investor complaints, ongoing investigations, and current enforcement trends. 1.     Advice from fraudulent “finfluencers” Many people look to social media for “how-to” information, and …

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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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Kicking off the new year with resolutions to strengthen your financial fitness

Article by the Alberta Securities Commission For many, the new year is a time for personal reflection and goal setting. These goals or resolutions could be to hit the gym more frequently or even read a new book every month. While these are admirable activities, the new year is also a great time for considering your wealth-building journey and setting …