GPE course reflections survey re-opened!

Take this anonymous, short&sweet* survey to help the department evaluate the programs and improve them for the future.

*just 4 very open and optional questions!

We are especially looking for responses from students in the MEnv and DEA program due to a low response rate from this group. However, if you are a GPE MSc or PhD student you are still welcome to fill it in!

Deadline: Thursday, October 20 at noon


By-election results

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the General Assembly on September 15th!

Congratulations to the GEOGRADS Council Officers for 2016-17 who were appointed at the meeting:

  • Kiley Goyette: President
  • Tanya Hage-Moussa: VP Social and Events MEnv / DEA

The VP Internal MSC + PHD position remains unfilled, and will therefore be open for nominations.

In the documents section of our blog you can access:

GEOGRADS statement of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

During the General Assembly last night, GEOGRADS unanimously approved a statement of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and the Dakota Access Pipeline water protectors:

Statement of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

Whereas graduate students in the GPE department share overarching concerns around intersecting social and environmental issues, in particular the importance of Indigenous rights and movements, the global dangers of extractivism and climate change.

Be it resolved that GeoGrads stands in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline water protectors, the Standing Rock Sioux in their defence of land and water, and Indigenous peoples everywhere who struggle to defend their culture, land, and communities from colonialist and capitalist exploitation.

Approved unanimously at GEOGRADS General Assembly of Sept 15, 2016

General Assembly and By-elections Thurs Sept 15 at 5pm

Mark your calendars for the first General Assembly of the 2016-17 school year!

GEOGRADS General Assembly:

  • Thurs September 15, 2016
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm in H-1267
  • Light lunch will be provided

In accordance with our bylaws, we also announce the nomination period for the by-elections for unfilled GEOGRADS council officer positions.  Nominations for council officer positions will be presented at the General Assembly. Three positions are available (see below for more details):

  1. President
  2. VP Social and Events (MEnv/DEA)
  3. VP Internal (MSc/PhD)

The agenda for the General Assembly will be announced on or before September 13th. Feel free to submit items to the agenda, such as endorsements, to until September 12th.

As always, delicious vegetarian and gluten-free foods will be served at this event!


By-election Nominations:

To nominate yourself for a position (see below for list of positions):

  1. Print and complete the nomination form (download here)  or take a copy from the Oasis.
  2. Collect at least three signatures from registered graduate students of the GPE department (MSc, MEnv,DEA, PhD).
  3. Present completed nomination form to the General Assembly on Sept 15, 2016 -or- to a GEOGRADS officer (Jasmine, Emory, Étienne, Marion)

Nomination period: Sept 2, 2016 – Sept 15, 2016.
Uncontested positions will be acclaimed at the General Assembly on Weds, Sept 15, 2016 unless a ballot vote is requested.
Contested positions will enter into a campaign period (3-business-days) followed by a ballot vote on Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016.

Elected officers begin their positions until May 31 1st 2017.

Eligibility for by-elections:

  • Candidates must be registered in the MSc, MEnv, DEA or PhD program in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment, and be a student in Good Standing with the Office of the Dean.
  • Candidates must not be graduating within the term of the position (i.e. Sept 2016 – May 31, 2017)

Available Positions:

  1. President
  2. VP Social and Events (MEnv/DEA)
  3. VP Internal (MSc/PhD)

Duties as described in the GEOGRADS By Laws (Article V):

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End-of-year General Assembly results and new council positions

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the General Assembly on March 16th!

In the documents section of our blog you can access:.

Congratulations to the GEOGRADS Council Officers for 2016-17 who were appointed at the meeting:

  • Étienne Guertin: Treasurer
  • Jasmine Eftekhari:  VP Communications
  • Marion Macé: VP Internal MENV+DEA
  • Tiera Zukerman: VP Social MENV+DEA
  • Emory Shaw: VP Social MSC+PHD

Two positions are unfilled, and will therefore be open for nominations at the by-elections next September:

  • President (unfilled)
  • VP Internal MSC+PHD (unfilled)