CAC gift trip: Rhubarb Festival

About The Series: CAC Gift Trips: select equity events made available free to students

Next Trip: 40th Rhubarb Festival A night of experimental theatre, dance, music, and art.

Happening at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (historic queer theatre).

Get your free tickets!

1. Visit the St. James Community Action Centre, room 165B during open hours.
2. Give the code word “rhubarb pie.”

St. James campus
200 King Street East, Room 165B
Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

For questions/accommodations contact staff hosts: international@sagbc.ca lgbtq@sagbc.ca

Full details: http://bit.ly/CACgiftTrip1

Open letter to the Premier of Ontario

As part of a national advocacy initiative the SAGBC has signed a letter to Premier Doug Ford about the cuts to OSAP and the “student choice initiative.” Please find below the text of the letter and attached the full letter with logos and signatures from Student Associations across the country.

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford and Minister Fullerton:

We are writing today on behalf of the 1,300,000+ post-secondary students across Canada who have closely watched Ontario over the last week.

We are student leaders. We have one job in this role, and that’s to listen to students. We talk to hundreds of students every week and we take action to try to help them. When their tuition is too high and they need a second job to pay for rent, we listen. When they have a mental health concern and need help, we listen. When they want to create a club for LGBTQ+ advocacy on campus, we listen. It’s an amazing process of students talking to students, and it’s so important to the functioning framework of campuses across our country.

The government’s recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are disappointing,to say the least for students and families. While we support the government’s goal in making postsecondary education more affordable in Ontario, the announced changes raise flags for students,families and anyone interested in the province’s ability to stay competitive in years to come. We firmly believe it lacked proper consultation with students. Your government’s objective was trumpeted as“providing financial assistance to those who need it most,” which is why we were shocked when the policy reflected the exact opposite. Students have seen a direct reduction in grant-based funding at every income level. Students universally feel that this decision is a firm step backwards.

To start, the changes to OSAP move away from non-repayable grants in favour of loans. This will have the immediate impact of forcing middle and low-income families to take on a bigger debt load, meaning only the richest families will see savings from a cut in tuition. To compound our concerns around loans versus grants, a decision to end the six-month interest-free grace period on student loans after graduation will cause deeper problems. In sum, these changes mean students will be forced to take on more loans and interest will start accumulating in the months they should have been afforded a grace period to secure employment.

Yet beyond our collective concerns on OSAP, we want to express our collective opposition to a precedent your government is setting surrounding student union fees in Ontario, dubbed the StudentChoice Initiative. Student governments are the democratic voice of students. Each year, hundreds of students are elected across Ontario on promises to keep our institutions accountable, to ensure the health and safety of our students, and fill crucial gaps that our institutions do not provide — such as transit passes, health and dental plans, peer-to-peer support, on-campus press, support services like food banks and more. The Student Choice Initiative puts all of this at risk.

First, it assumes that students don’t have the choice in how their student fees are spent. Through consultation with student governments, you will learn that each of us conducts regular referendums related to student fees. Adding an “opt-out” option, then, would be the same as allowing voters to opt-out of paying their taxes to police services or libraries. Elections and referendums allow students to guide their fees, and that brings continuity and stability to student budgeting. Without stable,predictable funding student unions will be forced to end a wide variety of programs and services —everything from mental health to sexual assault supports, and laying off thousands of students that work at on-campus businesses, undermining the protection and creation of jobs on campus. With a 10per cent tuition cut and no additional public funding, we know institutions themselves won’t pick up the slack.

This is not just a provincial concern. It could set a national precedent that has a measurable impact on the student experience and campus culture across the country. Students will be less safe, more vulnerable to failure and less able to gain the skills and work-related experience they’ll need to find jobs after graduation.

That last point is especially relevant. This government ran on a campaign to make Ontario “open for business” — committing to creating a business climate that encourages investment, scaling-up and job creation. How can that be done? Chambers of commerce, think tanks, research groups — they all point to a talented and skilled workforce. By making postsecondary less accessible to middle and low-income families, and by jeopardizing student experience on campus, your government is actively standing in the way of growing that workforce.

We urge this government to sit down with student associations — as well as administrations, labour groups and business networks — to better understand how these changes will create a workforce less prepared and saddled with debt. If postsecondary affordability is the government’s top concern, there are better avenues to address this. Many of those avenues have been advocated by the very student associations signing this letter.

Our ask is simple: we want the decision implementing the Student Choice Initiative reversed until proper consultation is done. The Student Choice Initiative is shown to fall short of this government’s commitment to the people of Ontario and the students who will be the workforce of tomorrow. If the Ontario government truly wants to move Ontario forward, they must recognize that this initiative will put everyday Ontarians behind.

Respectfully,
Jasmyn St. Hilaire
Director of communications and internal
Student Association of George Brown College

And the presidents of 74 other student associations across Canada.

MARCH AGAINST OSAP CUTS

MARCH AGAINST OSAP CUTS


Friday, Jan. 25

GBC contingent meets at 1 p.m.
Main lobby, Waterfront campus
51 Dockside Dr.

Main March Against OSAP Cuts
2 p.m.
Yonge-Dundas Square.

We know the Ontario government’s new OSAP plan:

  • Eliminates free tuition for low-income families.
  • Forces second-entry students to take out a loan no matter their financial situation.
  • Constrains students to pay interest on loans immediately after graduation, versus the previously existing 6 month grace period.
  • Keeps international students ineligible for tuition fee reductions.

We also know GBC students will unite together for the WIN!

Join the Student Association in getting out to the rally and march.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sign-making with the Community Action Centre.
*find the table at Waterfront Clubs Fair, all materials provided

1 p.m.
Meet in the Waterfront campus lobby to head over as a group.
*transportation provided, hand-warmers available

1:30 p.m.
Depart from Waterfront lobby

2 p.m.
Rally starts at Yonge Dundas Square march to Queen’s Park

More information:
GBC contingent Facebook event page.
Main Facebook event page.

Contact info:
Student Association
Arnel Fleurant, director of education
direducation@sagbc.ca

What if I can’t make it or the rally/march is inaccessible for me?

We are in this together. Check back for a range of creative actions and ways to come together.

Hands off OSAP and student unions: Student Association of George Brown College

TORONTO—The Student Association of George Brown College is gravely concerned that recent cuts to student grants announced by the Ontario government will result in the most disadvantaged students paying more for a lower-quality education.

The cutting of grants means that low-income students will have to shoulder the burden of this government’s cuts, making life harder for students who are already marginalized and at-risk.

“The lack of additional funding for colleges can only mean that the quality of education will suffer as services are cut,” said Jasmyn St. Hilaire, director of communications and internal for the Student Association of George Brown College. “We urge the Ontario government to reconsider these policies and restore student grants to their previous levels, increase operating funding for the colleges, and respect the independence of student groups who provide important services.”

The Student Association of George Brown College operates a number of essential services for students across George Brown College’s three main campus including health and dental insurance, a Safewalk program, an emergency student food bank, academic advocacy, peer-support for marginalized students, income tax clinics, legal aid, student clubs, an award-winning student newspaper and events that are crucial to student life.

We are also a major employer for students on campus who not only earn money that helps them pay for school, but also build up important skills and experience for their entry into the workforce.

“Making fees for student groups optional will hurt our ability to deliver quality services that benefit all students, threaten student employment and learning, and leave the most marginalized students who depend on our services at risk,” said Jasmyn St. Hilaire, director of communications and internal for the Student Association of George Brown College.

The Student Association of George Brown College functions as the central student government representing the interests of over 30,000 students at George Brown College. The Student Association focuses on representation, advocacy, delivery of services and the operation of businesses to support its overall mandate.

Media contact:
Jasmyn St. Hilaire
Director of communications and internal
Student Association of George Brown College
416-415-5000 Ext. 6373
dircommunicationsinternal@sagbc.ca

Income-tax volunteers wanted

This volunteer opportunity will help you gain experience in introductory to income-tax preparation, working with a diverse client-base, problem-solving and resolving tax concerns, and you will also receive a certificate of appreciation from the CRA for volunteering your time during the Student Association tax clinic.

The role will provide interested students with relevant experience filing taxes and working with clients. No experience filing taxes is necessary but you must be willing to learn.

Click here for more information!

SA Annual General Meeting

 

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kings Lounge
St. James A Building, room 150
200 King St. East

The Student Association of George Brown College (SA) invites all full-time students—SA members—to participate in our Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting package with motions, proxy forms, and proposed changes to the bylaws will be available for pickup at all Student Association front offices during regular office hours starting on Friday, Jan. 25.

You can also download and view the proposed changes to the SA’s constitution and bylaws at the below link.

A resolution to rescind and replace the Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Association of George Brown College, 2019.

If you would like to submit a motion for the meeting, please download the petition template for motion at a meeting of members and submit it by email to the director of communications and internal at dircommunicationsinternal@sagbc.ca by Friday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.

A motion intended for a meeting of the members from any individual member shall be placed on the agenda of a meeting of the Board if fifteen (15) members sign a petition in support of it. The full text of the motion must be included on the petition and the text of the motion and signed petitions must be submitted to the Director of Communications and Internal a minimum of ten (10) business days before the meeting of the Board.

Please join us, and learn more about your Student Association.

GBC Fest 2018 with Tory Lanez

Friday, Nov. 23
8 p.m. to midnight
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne St.

Featuring Tory Lanez

$20 for GBC students, $30 for guests of GBC students (1 per student). Tickets available on campus only.

Sign language will be provided by Deafinitely Dope.

Ticket Info:

Waterfront campus
Mondays (Nov. 5 to Nov. 19)
Main Lobby
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Casa Loma campus
Tuesdays (Nov 6 – Nov. 20)
Student Centre / SA office, room E100
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Nov. 6 only)
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (remaining dates)

St James campus
Wednesdays & Thursdays (Nov. 7 to Nov. 22)
SA office, room 147 / Outside Cafeteria
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Payment method: credit card or visa debit only

***Notification will be posted once event is sold out. ***

SA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kings Lounge
St. James A Building, room 150
200 King St. East

The Student Association of George Brown College (SA) invites all full-time students—SA members—to participate in our Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting package with motions, proxy forms, and proposed changes to the bylaws will be available for pickup at all Student Association front offices during regular office hours.

A motion intended for a meeting of the members from any individual member shall be placed on the agenda of a meeting of the Board if fifteen (15) members sign a petition in support of it. The full text of the motion must be included on the petition and the text of the motion and signed petitions must be submitted to the Director of Communications and Internal a minimum of ten (10) business days before the meeting of the Board.

The deadline to submit petitions to the director of communications and internal to place a motion on the AGM agenda is Monday, Nov 5 at 5 p.m.

Please join us, and learn more about your Student Association.