GSA candidates campaign for a second mandate

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United. Eric Hitsman, running for the role of GSA president, is the current vice-president (operations). He said he feels his current role has prepared him to take on more responsibility.    “This role is not necessarily to take over . . . it’s about working with your team, your people,” he said. This year, Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promoting safe spaces for students and creating opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he hopes […]

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GSA to run health plan referendum at end of March

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be launching a referendum at the end of March to request another levy increase on the cost of the health insurance they provide to students. If the referendum passes, graduate students would see a $20 increase in premium fees. Taylor Howarth, vice-president (finance) for the GSA, said that a levy is the only way for them to provide the same level of coverage they offer currently. “It’s a non-for-profit plan in terms of health, dental and accident and our claims continue to increase, which means that people are using it . . .  and therefore, being a non-for-profit plan, the use by our members is exceeding the premium,” Howarth said. Just last year, a similar […]

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GSA gears up for their 2016-17 elections

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) are gearing up for their 2016-17 elections with all executive positions running uncontested with the exception of the position of vice-president (operations), which has three people in the running. The voting days will be March 22 and 23, according to the GSA website. The dates coincide with the voting days for the GSA health plan referendum, which asks students ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for annual increase of $70 to keep the current health, dental, and accident insurance plan coverage. Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, the current co-ordinator of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, is running for the position of president under the slate Grads United. The Grads United slate also includes Taylor Howarth, who is running […]

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