SMCSU Election Results Released

"306 of approximately 5,000 eligible University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) student voters participated during the April 4–14 voting period. Kate Strazds was elected SMCSU President with 171 votes and Joey Gratkowski was elected Vice-President (VP) with 185 votes."

UTSU Election Results Released

"Compass swept all executive positions. 12,734 of the 50,405 students eligible to vote did — qualifying as 25.3 per cent turnout. In nearly every race, the majority of votes were abstentions. President-elect Anne Boucher received 2,376 votes, defeating her opponent, Michelle Mabira, who earned 1,191. (9,167 voters abstained, 72 per cent of those who voted.)"

U-Pass Referendum Fails

"If the U-Pass referendum had passed, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) would have installed a universal transit pass for UTSG students, at a cost of $280 per semester. The UTSU’s Board of Directors would also have been permitted to increase this fee by up to five percent yearly, in order to cover rising administrative and transit costs."

U of T Releases 2018–19 Budget

"The total budgeted operating revenue for the 2018–19 fiscal year is predicted to be 8.2% higher than that of the previous year. Of this figure, 87% of this budget is derived from provincial operating grants as well as tuition and other student fees. Federal funding is rarely included in this budget."

SMCSU Holds 2018–19 All-Candidates Forum

"The forum was held from 4:30–6:00 p.m. on March 28 in Brennan Hall’s Coop, and participants included candidates for the nine members of SMCSU: President, Vice-President (VP), VP Finance, VP Academics, VP Community Life, VP Communications, VP Athletics, VP Arts, and VP Religious and Community Affairs (RCA)."

2017–18 SMCSU Executive Holds AGM

"SMCSU’s total revenue for this year equaled $154,842.43 while its total expenses came out to $107,300. SMCSU revenue is made up of carryover of unallocated funds from the previous year, the funds currently in the SMCSU savings account, and the annual levy it collects from all USMC students ($14 per semester, $28 per year)."

Queen’s Park Renovations Enter Phase One

"This plan, which began to take form in 2014, is to renovate and revitalize the historic park. Construction of phase one will be underway until October 2018, while phase two will begin in 2019. The plan includes a complete remapping of the walkways in Queen’s Park in an attempt to improve their structure. There will also be a paved walkway added around the perimeter of the park to replace the current path in order to create an easier and more accessible pathway for runners."

Cardinal Robert Sarah Visits USMC

"The lecture itself was delivered to over 1,200 people, which included those in attendance as well as those who livestreamed the event. It focused on the importance of silence in the cultivation of our identities, vocation, and dignity. “It is only when we turn away from the noise of the world and of our own hearts and turn to silence that we can truly come to know ourselves and God,” said Sarah."

“Why Do We Strike?” Event Highlights Struggles of TAs and CIs

"In February, CUPE 3092 narrowly secured a deal for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Course Instructors (CIs) at U of T just in time to avert a strike. At George Brown, OPSEU Local 556 just emerged from a battle to protect their faculty. And at York University, CUPE 3903 is currently striking in pursuit of a fair deal for its workers."

A Guide to Your 2018–19 SMCSU Candidates (Part 2)

"Since keeping up with SMCSU can be overwhelming, we've created the following guide to your 2018–19 candidates. With this, we hope to give all of you University of St. Michael's College (USMC) students a better idea of what you can expect and hope for from each. Check out all your candidates for VP Academic Affairs, Arts, Athletics, Communications, and Religious and Community Affairs (RCA) below and make an informed decision."

A Guide to Your 2018–19 SMCSU Candidates (Part 1)

"Since keeping up with SMCSU can be overwhelming, we've created the following guide to your 2018–19 candidates. With this, we hope to give all of you University of St. Michael's College (USMC) students a better idea of what you can expect and hope for from each. Check out all your candidates for President, VP, and VP Finance below and make an informed decision."

David Sylvester Appointed New USMC President

"On March 1, 2018, Dr. David Sylvester was appointed the eighth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC). Sylvester will take office August 1, 2018 and serve for a five-year term. He will succeed current USMC President and Vice-Chancellor David Mulroney, who completes his three-year term in July."

UPass Referendum Approved, Set For Late March

"As it stands, the offered fee is set at $322.50 per semester for unlimited travel on the TTC. This fee — for those unwilling to do the math — results in a rate of approximately $80.60 a month, a discount from the current cheapest rate offered by the monthly Metropass at $116.75. However, this rate could potentially go even lower. On March 20, a TTC board meeting will discuss the final offered price to UTSU, and they have established that the absolute maximum for Fall 2018 will be $80.60 per month."

U of T Joins University Climate Change Coalition

"U of T is one of 13 North American colleges that are a part of the University Climate Change Coalition, also known as UC3. UC3’s aims are to utilize their resources and allocate more funding on research, as well as to give more expertise to surrounding businesses, cities, and regions on how to implement research-driven climate solutions in their own backyards."

UTSU Forms Trans Commission

"The commission’s goals for the remainder of 2018 are to increase the amount of trans-centred programming and events on campus. “At the moment there isn't a lot of programming on campus geared specifically toward trans and gender non-conforming people,” said UTSU General Equity Director Jane Marston. “I suppose our goal ultimately is to make campus life for trans students a little easier and a little more welcoming, as that hasn't been the case really for the past couple years.”"

U of T Governing Council Election Results Published

"The Governing Council is the highest policy-making body at U of T. It is the senior governing body that oversees academic, business, and student affairs at U of T. Their decisions include the approval of academic programs, budgets, employment policies, funding, student life, and tuition fees, among others."

Toronto Universities Found StudentDwellTO

"StudentDwellTO is a joint housing initiative between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, and OCAD University that aims to create more affordable housing for students closer to these campuses and in downtown Toronto as a whole. Toronto, where housing prices are becoming increasingly unaffordable for students with fixed incomes, has been struggling to find a way to create more housing options for these students."

U of T CUPE 3902 Unit 1, Collective Agreement Approved

"Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902, Unit 1 approved the new collective agreement negotiators reached with the University of Toronto on February 8. The agreement was ratified with a unit-wide vote following the February 12 ascension meeting. The vote began following the meeting and ended February 16, with 86.1% voting to ratify the agreement."

UTSU ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop Outlines Housing Law Concerns

"On January 29, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) invited representatives from the Downtown Legal Services (DLS) to present on Housing Law as part of the “Know Your Rights” Workshop Series at the Multi-Faith Centre Main Activity Hall. The workshop walked listeners through the life cycle of a tenancy — from when you first sign a lease to when the tenancy ends."