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GSS Biweekly Newsletter Feb 12, 2021


Hey Grads!

Say Hi to Family Day and Reading Week! Do you love Photography? Want to do something with those photos that only exist on your camera, smartphone or Instagram account? Enter GSS TIMEOUT PHOTO CONTEST for a chance to win a $100 & $50 online gift card of your choice!  Submit your photos to by March 12. Find our more details HERE

Here are the updates for this week:

*See a summary of our most recent Council meeting here.

The GSS’s AGM will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 4:00pm, via Zoom (a link will be sent about 48 hours before the meeting). There will be prizes for individual members and caucuses… be one of the lucky winners! To win a prize, you must RSVP here before 12pm on February 23 and be present until the end of the meeting. Please visit the AGM website to consult the agenda and all connected documents before the meeting, including the 2019-2020 GSS Annual Report.

Research Assistant opportunity: The Office of the Ombudsperson at SFU is looking for a part-time Research Assistant for the Spring 2021 semester. See the job posting HERE.

Concerned about housing affordability? If you are, you may want to participate in a national survey on affordable student housing in Canada. The survey is being led by UTILE, a non-profit university-based organization dedicated to studying, promoting and developing affordable student housing in Québec and the rest of Canada. Please have your say by filling out this survey as soon as possible, HERE. 

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION INFO SHEET: Returning to Canada? Please consult the COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION guide for international graduate students returning to Canada, here: – READ ME *Note that new requirements could be entering into force soon,  please check the Government of Canada’s website regularly for the most up to date information.

Food Hub Event: This initiative helps support students dealing with food insecurity by providing grocery gift cards every two weeks.Apply HERE. For More information- READ ME

Mental health survey results: Graduate students are facing unique mental health challenges at this time and the GSS is working hard to advocate on your behalf. To find out more about your current state of mind, we recently surveyed our members. Please find the summary and full report of this survey here – READ ME

Pandemic Parenting Survey: SFU Masters of Education student Kate Johnstone is looking for student-parent participants (undergraduate or graduates student currently attending SFU who are responsible for dependents under the age of 18) for her research study, “Pandemic Parenting: Examining the effects of COVID-19 on the student-parent experience.” Participants would attend a 30-45 minute one-on-one interview conducted via Zoom or telephone and would receive a $20 gift card in appreciation of their time and knowledge.  Interested parties, or those wishing to know more, please contact Kate directly at or 604.657.6875.

Mental health resource: The government of Canada has put together this resource to help with mental health during COVID. This is a FREE services, and available to all. More details HERE.

Burnaby Mountain Gondola project: SFU has released an open letter, signed by the Graduate Student Society, to support the Burnaby Mountain Gondola project. You can find the letter here.

Scholarly podcasts opportunity: BC Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, is looking for scholarly podcasts dealing with all aspects of British Columbia, its landscapes and its cultural, economic, social, and political life, past and present. More information here.

StudentAid BC Appeals Committee:The BC government is looking for three student representatives to sit on the StudentAid BC Appeals Committee. This is not a paid position but offers advisory board experience. The posting will be available until February 24, 2021. Interested candidates are encourages to apply directly through this link.

GSS in the NEWS: The Peak recently wrote an article about our efforts to help provide greater immigration status certainty to international students, titled “SFSS and GSS aid in extending post-graduate work permits for international students”. You can find the piece here.

Stay Warm: SFU has tips on how to keep warm this winter at the university, as well as an article on the process by which the university handles snow days safely.

We are including a special section for events hosted by other fantastic student groups at SFU, make sure you check them out.

SFPIRG: find out more about what SFPIRG is up to… —READ ME

Embark Sustainability Society: Embark Is currently recruiting volunteer Board members! Find our more information HERE.


It’s been snowing quite a bit in the past few days, hope you enjoyed the view and please stay warm and healthy! Also,  I’m sure you have all kinds of fun things planned ahead, but  make sure you follow the Covid-19 rules:)


Cheers, Gloria Li

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