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Referendum: HSR Bus Pass Agreement- PASSES

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Referendum!

The results are unofficial at this time as any GSA member may challenge the validity of a referendum in a written submission to the Chief Returning Officer (gsacro@mcmaster.ca) within two (2) business days after the close of voting. Such submission shall contain the appellant’s name, student number, telephone number and address, as well as a detailed account of the alleged reasons for invalidating the referendum.

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Referendum Question – PASSES
Quorum for any referendum question shall be five percent (5%) of all eligible voters.
Option Votes
Yes 1122 (81.7%)
No 252 (18.3%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1411
Abstain 37 (2.6%)
Turnout: 1411 (36.6%) of 3854 electors voted in this ballot.
For more information, please contact the Chief Returning Officer (gsacro@mcmaster.ca).

Referendum: HSR Bus Pass Agreement

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The GSA is asking you to vote on the following question regarding the graduate student bus pass fee starting in September 2017.

The vote will determine if graduate students mandate the GSA to sign the 3 years agreements with HSR following the fee increase indicated in the table below or if graduate students will have to pay for their bus passes individually at the full adult rate (should they choose to travel via this method).

 

Question: Do you agree to pay the following fees for HSR service over the next three years?

2017 – 2018: $232.70 per annum
2018 – 2019: $257.38 per annum
2019 – 2020: $284.40 per annum
N.B: In the absence of approval of the above fees, graduate student will not receive an HSR bus pass at a preferred rate for the three years.

Important Dates

  • Voting Period: May 8 – 10, 10 am – 6pm
  • Registration for campaign committees (first-come, first-serve basis) will open April 12, 10 am and close April 23, 6 pm
  • Campaign Period: April 24 10 am – May 7 6pm

Documents

Annual General Meeting

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Acceptance of the Agenda
  3. GSA Year in Review – Report from the Executive and Committees of Council (10 minutes*)
  4. Amendments to the Bylaws (10 min)
  5. CRO Report on 2017 March Election (8 minutes)
  6. Call for Nominations – Directors of the Association (5 minutes
  7. Ratification – Directors of the Association (5 minutes)
  8. Audited Financial Statements 2016 (10 minutes)
  9. Review of Financial Statements 2016/2017 (10 minutes)
  10. Approval of Budget for 2017/2018 (10 minutes)
  11. Approval of GSA Fees for 2017/2018 (15 minutes)
  12. Nomination to GSA Committees (5 minutes)
  13. New Business (10 minutes)
  14. Adjournment

 

 

 

Documents:

AGM Agenda 2017

AGM Minutes_April 20_2016 for Approval

AGM Executives Reports March 2017

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Proposed Fee – Schedule

The Phoenix – Profit and Loss

The Phoenix – Balance Sheet

GSA – Balance Sheet

GSA – Profit & Loss

Audited Financial Statements

GSA Budget 2017-2018

Phoenix Budget 2017-2018

GSA Statement of Owners Equity 2017

Phoenix Statement of Owners Equity 2017

Equity Myths Poster

Community News

 

GWI END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION (HIKE & DINNER)

Date: Wed, May 3rd

Time: 4:30-7:00pm

Location: Meet in front of the Phoenix

 

Join us for a guided hike through Cootes and an all-you-can eat pasta dinner at the Phoenix to celebrate the end of the school year! We’ll be giving out raffle prizes and sharing info on how to be part of the GWI executive team next year.

More info/Register online » https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gwi-end-of-year-celebration-tickets-33405335257


African Caribbean Faculty Association at McMaster (ACFAM) presents Equity Myths in Academia


McMaster University has launched its new Sexual Violence Policy. This policy lays out the process for all staff, students and faculty who’ve experienced sexual violence and want to make a complaint, seeking the university’s response.

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GSA Weekly News

March 2, 2017

Welcome to the Graduate Students Association Weekly E-mail! The content of the e-mail is to update you on various social/academic/services provided by the GSA. Our social media is constantly being updated, so don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

The nominations are reopened and will close on March 14th at 6:00 pm for the following positions:

ELECTION – IMPORTANT DATES

HAVE YOUR SAY IN WHO REPRESENTS YOU AT THE GSA! 
Election for FRC and Executive: Wednesday, March 15, 10 am – Friday, March 17, 6 pm.
Campaigning Period: Monday, March 6, 10 am – Tuesday, March 14, 6 pm (please contact the CRO at gsacro@mcmaster.ca for more information on being a candidate and the campaign regulations).

 

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The GSA is asking you to vote on the following two (2) questions regarding access to mental health services for graduate students starting in September 2017. The vote will determine if graduate students opt for access to mental health services at McMasters Student Wellness Centre (SWC), and\or through the Student Assistance Plan (SAP) provided by the Graduate Students Association (GSA) Health and Dental provider.

Question 1
Do you want to pay an additional $23.86* per term ($71.58 per annum [1] (part-time students will pay an additional $11.93 per term ($35.79 per annum)) to access in-person mental health services at the McMaster University Student Wellness Centre?

[Yes or No]

Question 2 
Do you want to pay an additional fee of up to $10 per annum [2] for a Student Assistance Plan provided through the GSA Health and Dental provider, which provides remote (phone call, online) mental health services?

[Yes or No]

The services accessible at the McMaster University Student Wellness Centre (SWC) are:

  • Access to Psychologist, Counsellors, Mental Health Nurses and wellness education experts in person (along with OHIP billed Psychiatrist and Physicians)
  • Offering a broad range of services including mental health, academic issue and personal issue counselling.
  • Offering in person workshops on a magnitude of issues
  • Offering Graduate-only group counselling sessions [3]
The services accessible from the Student Assistance Plan are:
  • Access to Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers
  • Counselling service available 24-hour/7 day-a-week by phone and or online
  • Offering a broad range of Mental Health Services within the scope of Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers
  • Offering several types of self-evaluation tools available anytime online and relevant time-sensitive content (i.e. tip sheets, messages on stress management) available anytime online
*Further information regarding the referendum questions will be available on the GSA Website shortly.

[1] Currently, graduate students pay $10.09 per term ($30.27$ per annum) to the SWC fees.
[2] Currently, graduate students have coverage for $100 per appointment up to a maximum of $400 per annum for counselling services through the Health Plan. Graduate students pay a total fee of $186 per annum for the GSA Health Plan
[3] Sessions will be available if the minimum number of students required is reached to warrant pulling a counsellor from their one-on-one work.
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Campaign committees

Only one campaign committee for YES and one for NO is permitted to participate in campaigning. To obtain official status, please register with the CRO at gsacro@mcmaster.ca (first come first serve basis) starting Monday, March 13, 10 am.

Important Dates
Applications for Campaign side submission begins Monday, March 13, 10 am
Campaigning period: Thursday, March 16, 10 am – Friday, March 31, 6 pm

Voting Online
Saturday, April 1, 10 am- Monday, April 3, 6 pm

Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 23, 5 pm
Location: TBDAll documentation pertaining to the AGM will be available on our website.

 

Referendum: Access to Mental Health Services

Results

GSA Mental Health Referendum Question 1 – PASSES
Quorum for any referendum question shall be five percent (5%) of all eligible voters.

Option Votes
Yes 1032 (73.3%)
No 375 (26.7%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1485
Abstain 78 (5.3%)

GSA Mental Health Referendum Question 2 – PASSES
Quorum for any referendum question shall be five percent (5%) of all eligible voters.

Option Votes
Yes 723 (53.5%)
No 629 (46.5%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1485
Abstain 133 (9.0%)
Turnout = 1485 (38.6%) of 3852 electors voted in this ballot.
For more information, please contact the Chief Returning Officer (gsacro@mcmaster.ca).

Access to Mental Health Services

Campaign Platforms and Posters


Question 1 *

Yes Campaign           No Campaign

 The CRO received a complaint regarding the conduct of the “Question 1 Yes Campaign” in relation to the GSA referendum on Mental Health Services. Pursuant to the GSA bylaws, the CRO has reviewed the complaint and determined that there has been campaign impropriety. Pursuant to the GSA bylaw the CRO is imposing the sanction set out here.


* The GSA received several complaints regarding the conduct of the No campaign in relation to the GSA referendum on Mental Health Services. Pursuant to the GSA bylaw, the CRO has reviewed the complaints and determined that there has been campaign impropriety. Pursuant to the GSA bylaw the CRO is imposing the sanctions set out here.
The Referenda Appeal Committee has addressed the appeal from the “Question 1 No Campaign Committee, and this document  describes the final decision made by the Referenda Appeal Committee: Referenda_Appeal_Committee_Decision_2017*

Question 2 


Town hall meeting for the discussion of Yes & No campaigns
Time: 12:00 pm
Date: March 31, 2017
Location:BSB 105

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VOTE CALLED FOR APRIL 1, 10 am- ENDING ON APRIL 3, 6 pm

The GSA is asking you to vote on the following two (2) questions regarding access to mental health services for graduate students starting in September 2017. The vote will determine if graduate students opt for access to mental health services at McMasters Student Wellness Centre (SWC), and\or through the Student Assistance Plan (SAP) provided by the Graduate Students Association (GSA) Health and Dental provider.


Question 1
Do you want to pay an additional $23.86* per term ($71.58 per annum [1] (part-time students will pay an additional $11.93 per term ($35.79 per annum)) to access in-person mental health services at the McMaster University Student Wellness Centre?

[Yes or No]

Question 2 
Do you want to pay an additional fee of up to $10 per annum [2] for a Student Assistance Plan provided through the GSA Health and Dental provider, which provides remote (phone call, online) mental health services?

[Yes or No]


The services accessible at the McMaster University Student Wellness Centre (SWC) are: 

  • Access to Psychologist, Counsellors, Mental Health Nurses and wellness education experts in person (along with OHIP billed Psychiatrist and Physicians)
  • Offering a broad range of services including mental health, academic issue and personal issue counselling.
  • Offering in person workshops on a magnitude of issues
  • Offering Graduate-only group counselling sessions [3]

The services accessible from the Student Assistance Plan are:

  • Access to Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers
  • Counselling service available 24-hour/7 day-a-week by phone and or online
  • Offering a broad range of Mental Health Services within the scope of Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers
  • Offering several types of self-evaluation tools available anytime online and relevant time-sensitive content (i.e. tip sheets, messages on stress management) available anytime online

*Further information regarding the referendum questions will be available on the GSA Website shortly.


[1] Currently, graduate students pay $10.09 per term ($30.27$ per annum) to the SWC fees.[2] Currently, graduate students have coverage for $100 per appointment up to a maximum of $400 per annum for counselling services through the Health Plan. Graduate students pay a total fee of $186 per annum for the GSA Health Plan 
[3] Sessions will be available if the minimum number of students required is reached to warrant pulling a counsellor from their one-on-one work.


Documents



Referendum on the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Bus Pass Agreement with McMaster’s Graduate Students for 2017-2020

The GSA is asking you to vote on the following question regarding the graduate student bus pass fee starting in September 2017.

The vote will determine if graduate students mandate the GSA to sign the 3 years agreements with HSR following the fee increase indicated in the table below or if graduate students will have to pay for their bus passes individually at the full adult rate (should they choose to travel via this method).

Question: Do you agree to pay the following fees for HSR service over the next three years?

2017 – 2018: $232.70 per annum
2018 – 2019: $257.38 per annum
2019 – 2020: 284.40$ per annum
N.B: In the absence of approval of the above fees, graduate will not receive an HSR bus pass at a preferred rate for the three years.

GSA Elections

The results for the 2017-2018 GSA Election results are as follows:

GSA Executive Positions

President: Tim van Boxtel
Vice President Internal: Avijit Mallick
Vice President External: Shawn Hercules
Vice President Services: Robert Ballagh

Vice President Administration: Naim Tajvarpout

GSA Faculty Representatives to the Council

Faculty Representative Council- International: Vi Dang
Faculty Representative Council- Business: Samira Farivar
Faculty Representative Council- Humanities: Curran Egan
Faculty Representative Council- Health Science: Alexander Qian and Nick Yelle


Open positions

GSA Faculty Representatives to the Council:
  • 1 Business,
  • 1 Humanities,
  • 1 International
  • 2 Social Science

Nomination Form


For questions about the election, please contact the GSA Chief Returning Officer, Kara Tsang at gsacro@mcmaster.ca.

Call for Nominations- Chief of Officer (CRO) 2017-2018

CHIEF RETURNING OFFICER (CRO)

Do you want to get INVOLVED? The GSA is seeking nominations for one Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for a term starting Friday, April 21 to April 26, 2017.

Applications should include a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and any complimentary skills along with your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Both documents should be submitted to macgsa@mcmaster.ca

Duties and responsibilities of the CRO are:
– Running any elections, by-elections and referendum for the GSA. Note that regular elections are held annually in February/March and by-elections are held in September or October to fill any vacant positions on the GSA. 

  • Non-voting position on the Board of Directors of the GSA.
  • Chair for the Annual General Meeting, held in March.
  • Honorarium of $450

For more information on GSA elections and the CRO‘s role, please see the by-law available here.

Events

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT – BLOCK PARTY

Come out with your friends to 3rd annual year-end block party and enjoy free rides/games/food and much more!


GSA TRIP TO SNOW VALLEY

Come join the GSA for a fun filled day on the slopes!
Location: Snow Valley, Barrie
Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017

Time: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm (Departing Mary-Keyes at 7:30 am, arrival back at 6:30 pm)

Cost: $25 includes transportation to Snow Valley, ski rental, lift ticket and lesson ($35 for snowboarders, however, if you have your own boarding equipment then the cost is $25. Ski prices are not discounted if you have your own skis)

We will be leaving Mary-Keyes residence at 7:30 am sharp (please arrive 15 minutes earlier to fill out a waiver). We will depart Snow Valley at 4 pm for arrival back at McMaster at 6:30 pm.

To register, please click here.
After signing up – no refunds will be given as we have to confirm the equipment rentals.


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Wine and Appetizer Social

Have you ever wondered what happens on a typical day at the Graduate Students Association or how to get involved?

Well, wonder no more! Come and join us for Wine and Appetizer Social (non-alcoholic beverages will be served as well) at the Phoenix Bar and Grill,  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, February 17Meet the members of our executive council and faculty representatives and have your all your questions answered. Limited quantities available, please arrive early to avoid disappointment!


GSA Trip to Chicopee Snow Tube Park

Come join the GSA for a fun filled day at Chicopee Snow Tube Park!

Location: Chicopee Snow Tube Park
Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 
Time: 12:45 pm – 5:00 pm (Departing Mary-Keyes at 12:45pm, arrival back at 5:00 pm)

Cost: $15 includes transportation to Chicopee Tube Park and snow tube rental.

We will be leaving Mary-Keyes residence at 12:45 pm sharp (please arrive 15 minutes earlier to fill out a waiver). We will depart Snow Valley at 4 pm for arrival back at McMaster at 5:00 pm. 

After signing up – no refunds will be given as we have to confirm the equipment rentals.

Please click here to register.