Special TerreWEB Seminar: Klaudia Ziemblińska



Klaudia Ziemblińska

Visiting TerreWEB Intern – Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznan, POLAND

Will present a Seminar

Tuesday, August 12th at 11:00 A.M.

“Impacts of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems: Are Forests Always Carbon Sinks?”

She will focus her presentation on “ extreme climatic events”.


P.S. Cookies will be served!

Important changes to SIN process for international students


As of June 1st, eligible international students no longer need an off-campus work permit to work off campus. (See http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/working-canada for more details.) As a result, Service Canada changed the way they issue SINs to international students. This also affects international students who want to work on-campus.

  • In the past: Service Canada issued SINs to students with either (1) a valid work permit, or (2) a valid study permit AND an on-campus job offer letter.
  • Now: On-campus job offer letters are no longer accepted. Service Canada will issue a SIN to students with a study permit ONLY if it contains the phrases “may accept employment” or “may work.” These phrases should be theoretically written on most post-secondary study permits after June 1, but in practice we are seeing many written in the old format without these phrases.

If a student’s study permit does not say “may accept employment” or “may work,” the student must follow additional steps to get a “confirmation to work” letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. (Even though the letter is technically a confirmation to work OFF-campus, it is still required for on-campus work when the study permit does not explicitly state “may accept employment” or “may work.”) They must then present this letter with their study permit to Service Canada in person to get a SIN. Detailed instructions are here: http://students.ubc.ca/enrolment/finances/financial-advice/taxes-international/sin

The processing time for the confirmation to work letter is currently approximately 2 weeks. According to CIC, students cannot request a “confirmation to work” letter until after they arrive in Canada and are issued a study permit.

We will cover this information in our International Student Welcome orientation on August 27 (http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/schedules/august-2014/international-student-welcome/). However, you may want to be proactive with your students with TA/RA appointments to mitigate delays as much as possible.

Hopefully the process will eventually be smoother as CBSA officers get more familiar with the new regulations post June 1 and issue study permits with the necessary wording. We will notify you if there are any updates. Until then, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Best wishes,
Lisa Brunner, M.A.
Advisor, International Student Development, University of British Columbia
International House, 1783 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
604.822.4904    lisa.brunner@ubc.ca


Proposed Fume Hood Shutdown


Plant operations has proposed a Level 2 fume hood shutdown (cap and remove all liquids) from Friday afternoon August 15th  3pm until Friday afternoon August 22nd  3pm. The fume hood fan motors are in need of preventative maintenance. This shutdown will also cover the Saturday August 17th electrical shutdown where we would have to close the sashes and cap the liquids anyways.  Please let me know by Tuesday August 12th whether or not this will be an issue. Martin Hilmer –  mire@mail.ubc.ca



GSS Opportunities

Maybe you should become your grad departments representative on the GSS Council. At least you ought to find out if your department has a representative, ask them what they’re doing to improve your graduate experience at UBC. You should know intake of new councillors is coming up at the GSS October council. Want to shake things up? Contact info@gss.ubc.ca

So, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies works to maintain and enhance the quality of graduate scholarship at UBC primarily by encouraging a spirit of enquiry appropriate to each academic discipline, and by monitoring and improving the educational process which leads to a graduate degree. The Graduate Council is the legislative and administrative authority of the Faculty regarding graduate programs of study. There are five open graduate student positions. Want one? Contact: info@gss.ubc.ca

GSS Sponsored Events & Opportunities

Get involved in Orientation! Become an Orientation Volunteer! New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by G+PS, International Student Development and the GSS, runs from Wednesday, August 27th to Friday, August 29thRegister here to volunteer. Questions? Email graduate.orientation@ubc.ca.

Become a graduate student mentor with Undergraduate Research Opportunities! URO runs the Research Experience Program (REX), which encourages and facilitates  undergraduate students into research. They are currently recruiting mentors (that means you!) who will assist students in developing a theoretical research project which they will present as a poster at the MURC conference. Check out their work, and sign up to mentor!

Access and Diversity is seeking graduate students to invigilate exams for students with disabilities. These are part-time positions offering a wage of $16.16/hr. Applications close on August 17th. These positions are open to registered UBC Graduate students who are not currently taking courses with exams. PhD candidates are preferred. Please read the full job description and application instructions here

Need to pick up a new habit for the new school year? Make it now. Ready, set, go.

– Ngwatilo: for your GSS.


Job Posting: School Nutrition Consultant (UN FAO)


The FAO’s Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Group is seeking a School Nutrition Consultant, based at FAO Headquarters in Rome.


  1. Carry out a review and prepare an inventory of integrated school nutrition programmes (comprising school meals, nutrition education, school gardening, etc.) and related activities and projects in FAO and the regional offices for the purpose of improved collaboration and coordination.
  2. Convene a working group among all integrated school nutrition stakeholders in FAO HQs and Regional offices to share experiences and lessons, and identify best practices for sharing with interested stakeholders.
  3. Assist with convening meetings with school nutrition stakeholders and partner agencies to establish collaboration (also with a view to collaboration regarding the High Level Task Force on Global Food Security and Zero Hunger Challenge).
  4. Based on south-south collaboration with Brazil in Latin America, and other ongoing initiatives related to school feeding, nutrition education in schools, the nutrition of the school aged child, and farm-to-school programmes, prepare a concept note on FAO’s role and comparative advantage on integrated school nutrition programmes, as well as promotional materials.
  5. Promote FAO’s work on school nutrition in the context of the Milan Expo 2015.
  6. Support the implementation, and provide technical assistance to Project GCP/RAF/483/BRA – Strengthening School Feeding Programs in African Countries, especially regarding liaison with Brazilian partner agencies and RAF.
  7. Carry out country missions and support member countries in the development and implementation of integrated schoolnutrition activities and programmes.
  8. Carry out other related activities as required.

Please review the full job description for additional information. The closing date for applications is August 8, 2014.