November 2016

Upcoming Events

Pub Trivia Night @ The Duke of Kent (2315 Yonge St- Yonge and Eglinton) – Tuesday November 22 @ 7PM

* This event has been moved from Tuesday, November 8 as the US election falls on that night.

Trivia starts at 8pm on Tuesdays. Let’s try to get a team (or a couple) together to enjoy some pub trivia!!! I will head down around 7:30 to grab some tables (or I will see if I can reserve tables if enough people get back to me in time). Please RSVP on Facebook or to Dustin by email by Monday Nov 21 @ 5PM so I can try to book a table in advance.

Other GLSA News

Environmental Law Interest Group

Asma, some others, and I are interested in starting an environmental law interest group. If your graduate work deals with environmental law or you are just generally interested in the subject email Dustin ( and he will add you to the group.

Other Events

Osgoode and U of T OUTlaws Joint Event @ Glad Day Book Shop Cafe (499 Church St)- Thursday November 3 @7PM

OBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) Panel on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Canada @ OBA Offices (200-20 Toronto St) @ 5PM ($55 fee for members/ $80 for non members) (see


1 | YUGSA Health Plan Now Active

The YUGSA Health Plan subscriptions for 2016-17 are now active. Plan members can now register with Green shield here to print ID card, view benefits and submit claims online.

Your Plan ID is YGS+your student number-00. Part time students, dependants can join the plan here until November 30th.

2 | Fair Employment Week

In recognition of the Fair Employment Week, YUGSA did a series of videos featuring the leaders of student and labour unions on campus addressing the important and urgent issue of the removal of graduate assistantships (GAships). YUFA (York University Faculty Association), CUPE 3903, YFS (York Federation of Students) and of course YUGSA all took part in the video series to show that our unions stand in solidarity and unified on this matter and call on York university to restore the removed GAships. If you have missed the videos, you can watch them here.

3 | York University Sexual Violence Policy Consultation

York University is currently working on implementing a sexual violence policy. As part of this process, various groups on campus are being consulted on this important issue. Two representatives from the sexual violence policy working group will be in the YUGSA conference room, Student Centre 430, on Thursday, November 17th, 2017 4:30-5:30 to consult the graduate student body. All graduate students are welcome to attend and provide their input. A document detailing the questions which will be asked can be found here.

4 | Free Store

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Wednesdays, 11-3*
HNES Building, Room 109

All items are free! Take away items you could use, donate items you no longer use.
Donations are encouraged! Donations can be dropped off at the Free Store, or
weekdays 9-5 at our drop box on the 3rd Floor of York Lanes.

*Closed holidays, reading weeks and during the exam period

5 | SASSL Hosting Wen-Do, FREE Women’s Self-Defense Course

This 15-hour self-defense course, taught by and for women, covers a wide variety of physical and verbal self-defense techniques, awareness and avoidance of threatening situations, and discussions of psychological, social, and legal issues involved in self-defense. Techniques are designed to be easy to use for all bodies and all abilities, and effective against larger, physically stronger attackers.

When: Every Tuesday evening in November, 6:00 – 9:00 PM (this is one course, so it is
recommended you try to attend all dates)
Where: Rm. 313, York University Student Centre (space is physically accessible)
Open to: Women (cis and trans)*
Cost: FREE (snacks will be provided)


For more information, please email the Wen-Do instructor, Denise:

*Self-defense workshop for trans/non-binary people coming soon, TBA