SSMU Councillor Updates

This page is meant to bridge the gap between the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), and the McGill Environment Students’ Society (MESS). The SSMU Councillor Environment Representative will be posting bi-weekly updates and polls to get feedback on motions that will be voted on by the SSMU Council. MSE students are also welcome to submit anonymous feedback on any of the motions.

If you have any questions or comments on motions, or if you have ideas for change that you want to see in the SSMU, please contact envirorep@ssmu.mcgill.ca to set up a meeting for their office hours! 

Motion summaries and updates for the April 7th, 2016 SSMU Council

Motion Regarding the Adoption of the SSMU Accessibility Policy

Summary:  Students with disabilities are a disadvantaged group that face unique challenges on the McGill campus. The SSMU currently does not have any governance document that outlines efforts to increase the accessibility of the events, communications, programming, and governance of the Society, all of which are essential to the support of students with disabilities. The appended Accessibility Policy would institutionalize the SSMU’s commitment to supporting students with disabilities and to the development of a more accessible campus. It would be valid for 5 years, until April 7, 2021.

Accessibility Policy

Motion Regarding the Service Status of Elections SSMU

Summary: Elections SSMU is a SSMU Service responsible for conducting elections and referenda for the Society, including the bi-annual referenda, First Year Council elections, and the Executive, Senator, and CKUT Representative elections. This service, is required to be apolitical and independent, therefore, it’s necessary to separate it from the supervision of a SSMU executive portfolio. In line with recommendations of the Services Review Committee, this motion thus moves to revoke the Service Status of Elections SSMU, and instead have it institutionalized as an independent body in the Society.

Motion Regarding the Service Status of Players’ Theatre

Summary: Players’ Theatre is a SSMU Service that produces full length regular season plays, hosts the McGill Drama Festival, and provides opportunities for students to write, act, and direct. This service, however, fails to meet the following requirement to maintain a service status: SSMU Services should be offered to all SSMU members free of charge and should not be contingent on membership or direct participation in a group. This motion seeks to revoke the Service Status of Players’ Theatre and grant an Independent Student Group Status instead because of the requirements that the service currently fails to meet.

Motion Regarding the Service Status of the McGill International Students’ Network

Summary: The McGill International Students Network is a SSMU Service that provides programming to international students mainly by hosting social events and trips both within and outside of Canada.  Under the definitions of the Service Review Committee, student groups that focus on social activities such as events and trips typically hold Club status, and student groups that focus on resource provision typically hold Service status. This motion thus seeks to revoke the Service Status of the McGill International Students Network and instead grant this student group Full Club Status.

Motion Regarding the Adoption of a Human Resources Policy

Summary: The SSMU currently has little formalized regulations that govern its human resources. The Human Resources Policy would outline information related to human resources that don’t need to be kept confidential. The attached policy would expire on April 7, 2021.

Human Resources Policy

Motion Regarding the Service Status of Organic Campus

Summary: Organic Campus is a SSMU Service that provides cheap, local, organic food options to McGill students and increases vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food options on campus. By nature of their business-like operational structure Organic Campus fails to meet the definition of a Service.  SSMU Service should be offered to all SSMU members free of charge, which would be financially unfeasible for Organic Campus if they would to remain a SSMU Service. Therefore, this motion seeks to revoke the Service Status of Organic Campus and replace it with an Independent Student Group Status.

Motion Regarding the Adoption of a Smoking on Campus Policy

Summary: There were concerns were raised to Student Senators over second-hand smoke exposure on campus. As a result, an informal working group was struck to engage in consultative efforts. The appended policy is the product of the working groups’  consultation. This motion seeks to adopt the appended policy for a 5-year period to expire in April of 2021 to address this issue.

Smoking Policy

Motion Regarding the Equity Policy Amendments

Summary: SSMU documentation currently only recognizes two genders. Additionally, clarification regarding procedures surrounding the Equity Complaints procedures and the involvement of the Vice-President (Student Life) is needed. This motion seeks to address these issues by amending the Equity Policy to add the following clauses:

  • 2.7 The SSMU shall commit to using gender-neutral language in its documents, in all electronic and written correspondence from SSMU addresses, and in the workplace. This shift shall be implemented systematically under the supervision of the Office of the Vice-President (University Affairs).
  • 14.7 When the complaint issued involves a Club, Service or Independent Student Group, the Vice-President (Student Life) shall be notified.

Motion Regarding the Service Status of the Savoy Society

Summary: Savoy Society is a SSMU Service that produces a main stage production of a Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta on an annual basis. The Savoy Society fails to meet the definition of a Service. SSMU Services should be offered to all SSMU members free of charge and should not be contingent on membership or direct participation in a group. The motion seeks revoke the Service Status of the Savoy Society while retaining it as a programming department of the Society under the portfolio of the Vice-President (Student Life).

Motion Regarding the Amendment of the Accountable Leadership Policy

Summary: The current Accountable Leadership Policy is both illegal and unrealistic. It must be amended because holding our elected representatives accountable is a focal part of ensuring that the SSMU is a transparent and well-run organization. The amended policy is attached below and upon adoption, it would expire on April 7, 2021.

Amended Accountable Leadership Policy

Motion summaries and updates for the March 31st, 2016 SSMU Council

My apologies MESS, I wasn’t able to summarize any of the motions for this council, due to personal health reasons. Please contact me to set up an appointment to review any of the motions for this week.

Your enviro rep to SSMU Council,
Chelsea Kingzett

 

Motion summaries and updates for the March 10th, 2016 SSMU Council

Motion Regarding the Adoption of a Policy on Indigenous Solidarity

Summary: This policy aims to undertake public awareness campaigns to recognize underaddressed components of Indigenous history, to better support Indigenous students and to lobby the University to prioritize Indigenous solidarity in service provision and academia.

This policy mandates the Office of the Vice-President (VP) External Affairs to compile contact information and consult with stakeholders related to Indigenous matters on campus and in local Indigenous communities on this policy, and on supplementary matters involving Indigenous student life that are not in the policy. Additionally, this policy mandates to SSMU to support Indigenous students and student groups through the Office of the VP University Affairs and VP Student Life. This shall be accomplished by assuring SSMU services provide adequate support; actively maintaining space for indigenous voices in the SSMU; refine areas where additional support may be offered; assuring that the traditional territory acknowledgement is made at SSMU events and at events external to the SSMU that are funded by the Funding Committee; lobbying the University to assure that their services provide adequate support for Indigenous people; and by waiving memberships for Indigenous student groups.

Furthermore, this policy shall mandate the SSMU to support Indigenous Communities external to McGill through the Office of the VP External by maintaining outreach and by providing First Refual Rights for SSMU events related to Indigenous life. This essentially means that Indigenous peoples will be given contractual priority over non-indigenous peoples for said events. Additionally, this policy outlines the SSMU’s stance on solidarity with Indigenous peoples. This act of solidarity shall be actualized by means of advocacy and lobbying the University to increase Indigenous presence on campus, in academia, in support staff demographics, and in administrative and decision-making processes of the University. Lastly, this policy would mandate the SSMU to advocate the University for physical representation of Indigenous culture on campus.

Motion to Amend SSMU’s Policy on Support for Family Care

Summary: The current SSMU Policy on Support for Family Care does not adequately define the needs of students with dependents and processes necessary to fulfill those needs. The amendments to this policy aim to address issues of exclusion and discrimination faced by students with dependents.

This policy mandates the Office of the President to compile contact information and consult with stakeholders related to Child Care on campus. Furthermore, the SSMU shall support for student parents through advocacy, accessibility, consistent chip care services, child care at events held in the William Shatner Building, as well as consultation on the existing services and advocacy efforts to address the needs of student parents who experience barriers due to intersectionality of identify characteristics. Additionally, this policy will extend support for students with dependents other than children by lobbying the University for needs of dependents; removing barriers limiting the participation and accessibility of students with dependents to SSMU activities and services; and collaborating with local organizations on care giving projects.

***SAVE THE DATE! Electoral Period***
Campaigning Period: March 7th @ 9am – March 18th @3pm
Exec Candidates’ Debate: March 14th @ 7pm (SSMU Ballroom)
Polling Period:  March 16th @ 9am – March 18th @ 3pm
Elections Results at Gert’s: March 18th @ 5pm.

Please be sure to VOTE in the upcoming polling period. You will get a chance to vote on SSMU Senators and Executives, as well as referendum questions. For a complete list of the referenda questions, and the Senator and  Executive candidates please refer to the email that was distributed by Elections SSMU to your McGill email address.

I wanted to highlight the following referendum question that I believe students should pay close attention to, as it may be misleading on the polling ballot:

Motion Regarding Constitutional Amendments (Appendix AAppendix BAppendix C)

The way this motion is presented on the polling ballot may be confusing, and warrants explanation. It’s a two fold question asking students if they approve the amended Constitution attached as Appendix A, and if they approve the amendment to Article 13.2 and 13.3 attached as Appendix C. It will be presented as follows:

Part 1: Do you agree to adopt the revised Constitution appended hereto as Appendix A?

Part 2: Do you agree to amend the revised Constitution to include a revision of Article 13.2 and the addition of a new Article 13.3, the changes as outlined in Appendix C?

Where Appendix C would change the Constitution as indicated below:

“The General Assembly may not consider issues that the General Assembly Steering Committee has determined are external and divisive, except where the General Assembly votes by a two-thirds (2/3) vote to disregard the determination of the General Assembly Steering Committee that sets the agenda for the GA and to put such a motion on the agenda. Where such a vote is passed, the General Assembly may subsequently debate and vote on the issue – such a vote shall require a two thirds (2/3) vote to pass. In this instance, an “external” issue shall mean an issue that is primarily external to McGill, and “divisive” shall mean an issue that one could reasonably expect significant opposition to.”

Students can vote separately on the general Constitutional Amendments and the amended Article 13.2/13.3.

More information can be found here:

Here is a link to the NO committee Facebook event that has more information on the consequences to direct democracy, if Article 13.2 and 13.3 were passed. If you would like more information on why you should vote YES to this constitutional amendment, check out the committee’s Facebook event.

Motion summaries and updates for the March 10th, 2016 SSMU Council

Motion Regarding Opposition to Elements of Bill 56

Summary: Bill 56 is a new law that governs lobbying activities in Quebec, replacing the former Lobbying Ethics and Transparency Act. This Bill expands the definition of ‘lobbyists’ to include non-profit organizations and non-incorporated groups. Under this Bill, the SSMU, and other student groups, and community organizations would need to lobby the government in the following way:

  • Require every individual who lobbies the government on behalf of a student group to register as a lobbyist (as opposed only the organization needing to register, as is currently the case)
  • Increase reporting requirements to quarterly reports on lobbying activities
  • Require all lobbyists to register and provide quarterly reports, even if they do not lobby as a regular part of their duties (as an concrete example, if the SSMU President decided to send an email to an elected official about a SSMU position, even if this was done once in the year, they would be required to register as a lobbyist first)
  • Requires third parties to register (i.e the SSMU would need to register if it decided to lobby on behalf of another student association on campus)

How would Bill 56 affect non-profits and community groups?

The implementation of this law would place a HUGE burden on smaller student groups and community organizations who may not have the training and staff required to comply, and may result in large fines. Bill 56 been widely opposed by NGOs and community groups because it is (1) and administrative nightmare, and (2) these new legal measures would limit the exercise of democracy and citizenship, infringe on the association and expression rights, along with the along with the defence of the population and of the common good. A petition was created in opposition to the inclusion of non-profits and community groups on the National Assembly website, and as of March 6th has received 8121 signatures. You can check out the petition here.

If this motion were passed by the SSMU Council, the SSMU would:
1. Take a position against the inclusion of non-profits and community organizations in the Bill.
2. Sign the petition on the National Assembly website.
3. Prepare a memorandum detailing its opposition to the inclusion of  non-profits and community organizations in the Bill for presentation at any public consultations on this issue.

SAVE THE DATE! The SSMU Winter General Assembly – February 22nd, 3-6pm in the SSMU Ballroom

The GA helps facilitate student input on change to their student society, by giving students equal voting power on motions submitted to the GA. Please come out and participate in the debate and vote! 

Motion summaries and updates for the February 25th, 2016 SSMU Council

My apologies MESS, I wasn’t able to summarize any of the motions for this council, due to personal health reasons. Please contact me to set up an appointment to review any of the motions for this week.

Your enviro rep to SSMU Council,
Chelsea Kingzett

February 8th, 2016
Motion summaries and updates for the February 11th, 2016 SSMU Council

Motion Regarding the Renewal and Increase of the TVM: Student Television at McGill Fee

Summary: TVM is McGill University’s only student-run film and television production Service, providing entertainment, news, a wide range of workshops, and enabling the filmmaking community to connect on campus. In recent years, TVM has expanded its services and its membership has more than doubled, while its fee levy has not been raised since the 2010-2011 year to accommodate TVM’s growth in membership, services, educational initiatives, and programming. TVM is now searching to renew and increase their fee levy by way of referendum.

Do you agree that the Legislative Council approve the following question to be added to the ballot for the Winter 2016 referendum period:

“(PART 1) Do you agree to the renewal of the opt-outable TVM: Student Television at McGill Fee of $1.50 per student per semester for full time students and $0.90 per student per semester for part time students, payable by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting in Fall 2016 and ending in Winter 2021 (inclusive) at which point it will be brought back to the membership for renewal?”

Do you agree that the Legislative Council approve the following question for the Winter 2016 referendum period:

“(PART 2) Do you agree to a $0.75 increase in the opt-outable TVM: Student Television at McGill Fee, payable by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting in Fall 2016 and ending in Winter 2021 (inclusive) at which point it will be brought back to the membership for renewal, resulting in the following fee schedule:

$2.25 per student per semester for full time students
$1.65 per student per semester for part time students.”

Motion Regarding the AVEQ Affiliation Referendum

Summary:  the SSMU is an independent student association and is currently not affiliated with any provincial or federal student association, which therefore, limits the SSMU’s ability to influence provincial and federal politics by advocating for accessible and high quality education. Historically, the SSMU has affiliated with provincial student associations.

The SSMU has been in discussions with the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ) about potential affiliation. AVEQ is a provincial level student association with the mission to unite Quebec’s university students so as to defend their pedagogical, political, social, and economic interests, by means of research, representation, and mobilization. In addition to advocating for accessible and high quality education, they seek to address environmental justice and social justice issues through mobilizing and lobbying efforts.

Do you agree that the SSMU Legislative Council add the following question to the Winter 2016 referendum period:

“Do you support the creation of a non-opt-outable AVEQ fee of $3.50 per student per semester, payable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, to start in Fall 2016 and to be charged until Winter 2021 (inclusive), and that the fee be adjusted to inflation, as indexed by the Bank of Canada CPI (Consumer Price Index), in order for the SSMU to affiliate with the provincial student federation the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ), with the understanding that a no vote will result in the SSMU remaining an independent student association?”

If you want to know more about this provincial level student association, please visit their website found below.
AVEQ: www.aveq-nous.org

Motion Regarding the Renewal of the SSMU Equity Fee

Summary: The SSMU Constitution outlines commitment to demonstrating leadership in matters of human rights, social justice, and environmental protection. Furthermore, the Constitution indicates that the Society commits itself to groups, programs and activities that are devoted to the well-being of a group disadvantaged because of irrelevant personal characteristics. These commitments were demonstrated when the Society passed an opt-outable $0.50 Equity Fee in the Winter 2013 Referendum.

This fee totals to $10,000.00 being  distributed amongst “initiatives that foster leadership, encourage civic engagement, and make observable and/or measurable differences in the representation or experiences of individuals who are members of historically and currently disadvantaged groups, support projects, research and policies that aim to end discrimination and promote accessibility and inclusiveness in the McGill community”.

Do you agree that the Society pose the following question in the Winter 2016 Referendum:

“Do you agree to renew the SSMU Equity Fee of $0.50 per semester, payable and opt-outable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting in Fall 2016 and ending Winter 2021 (inclusive), at which time it will be brought back to the membership for renewal?”

Motion Regarding the Creation of a Club Fund Fee

Summary: One of the highest priorities of the SSMU is to provide clubs and services to students. Currently, the Club Fund, which is part of the SSMU Operating Budget, financially supports the majority of the clubs on campus. There is $25,000 allocated to the Club Fund each semester, which is insufficient to meet the need for funding by the 240+ clubs recognized by the SSMU, with a total of $117,369.48 requested from the Club Fund during the Fall 2015 semester.

Due to budgetary constraints the Club Fund cannot be increased and is vulnerable to being cut in favour of other areas of the SSMU budget. This is why the SSMU wants to put in place a dedicated fee to fund the Club Fund to ensure a secure source of funding to support student groups. This fee levy would double the available funding for clubs to foster student life on campus.

Do you agree that the Legislative Council approve the following question for the Winter 2016 referendum period:

“Do you agree to the creation of a $2.75 per semester Club Fund Fee, payable and opt-outable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting in Fall 2016 and ending in Winter 2021 (inclusive) at which point it will be brought back to the membership for renewal?”

Motion Regarding the Renewal of the SSMU Access Bursary Fee

Summary: In 1999, the SSMU created the SSMU Access Bursary Fund, funded by the SSMU Access Bursary Fee, through a student referendum, to provide bursaries, administered through Scholarships and Student Aid, to undergraduate students in financial need. This fund is matched DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR by the University and its Alumni.

Do you agree that the Society pose the following question in the Winter 2016 Referendum:

“Do you agree to renew the SSMU Access Bursary Fee of $8.50 per semester for full-time students and $4.25 per semester for part-time students, payable and opt- outable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting Fall 2016 and ending Winter 2021 (inclusive), at which time it will be brought to the membership for renewal?”

Motion Regarding the Renewal of the McGill Writing Centre Ancillary Fee

Summary: the Society voted in the Winter 2013 Referendum to establish the Writing Centre Ancillary Fee of $1.50 per student per semester, the funds from which are used to support the McGill Writing Centre (MWC). This centre is as a central resource to students seeking assistance with written communication.

Do you agree that the Society pose the following question in the Winter 2016 Referendum:

“Do you agree to renew the McGill Writing Centre Ancillary Fee of $1.50 per term per student, payable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the SSMU, starting Fall 2016 and ending Winter 2021 (inclusive), at which time it will be brought to the membership for renewal?”

Motion Regarding the Renewal of the Access McGill Ancillary Fee

Summary: In 1988 the Society established, the Access McGill Fee via a student referendum. This fee is collected by the University to contribute to making McGill more accessible to students with disabilities. The removal of this fee would have a significant, negative, and immediate impact on students with disabilities, particularly given the exponential growth of the number of students with access needs, therefore, it must be renewed by way of referendum.

Do you agree that the Society ask the following question of its membership in the Winter 2016 Referendum:

“Do you agree to renew the Access McGill Fee of $2.00 per student per semester, payable on Minerva by all undergraduate students who are members of the Society, starting in Fall 2016 and ending Winter 2021 (inclusive), at which time it will be brought back to the membership for renewal?

January 25th, 2016
Motion summaries and updates for the January 28th, 2016 SSMU Council

SPECIAL REFERENDUM PERIOD: Jan 27th – 29th ! 
Elections SSMU will be hosting a Winter 2016 Special Referendum
Items on the list include:

1) Base Membership Fee ** in brief, the fee increase will go towards projects that students have identified as priorities (student space, mental health, support for student groups, increased student job opportunities), cover employee salaries, and will ensure that the SSMU can continue to meet student demands. 

2) Restructuring of Executive Portfolios ** in brief, this campaign seeks to improve the social sustainability and efficiency of the SSMU by reducing the workload of the current SSMU Executives by adding a 7th The SSMU has expanded significantly, and Exec’s portfolios have become unmanageable. An additional Executive member would help avoid exec burnout and improve the mental health of future execs. 

These are major changes that will be decided on by you, for you. Please take a look at both of these campaigns and submit your vote in the Special Referendum!

Motion Regarding the Plebiscite Question on Moving Towards a Smoke Free Campus at McGill 

Summary: the SSMU is seeking to determine student support for a smoke-free campus in order to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke, lower smoking rates amongst students, and help those trying to quit by providing them with a trigger-free environment.A recent survey on the matter circulated, which received over 600 responses. Of these responses, the majority of people considered second-hand smoke to be a problem on campus and supported moving towards a smoke-free campus. Many respondents expressed concerns over smoking aggravating asthma and causing environmental impacts including butt littering. Additionally, many students supported the idea of ongoing educational campaigns focused on harm reduction and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke. Furthermore, students expressed interest in increasing access to cessation resources to aid the transition to a smoke-free for smokers who wish to quit.

This week, the SSMU will be voting to bring forth the following plebiscite question to referendum in the Winter 2016 referendum period:

“Would you support McGill becoming a smoke-free campus if smoking cessation resources were provided and there were ongoing educational campaigns?”

Do you support this question being put on the ballot for the winter referendum?

Motion Regarding the Adoption of the SSMU Messages for the Community Action and Relations Endeavour
Summary: Community Action and Relations Endeavour seeks to improve the relationship between McGill students and administration and the Milton Parc Community, by communicating views and expectations of each stakeholder. This motion seeks the SSMU’s support of the messages that each stakeholder wants to communicate. Furthermore, a yes vote on this motion will create a SSMU public awareness campaign supporting CARE.

Please read the messages of each stakeholder posted below and vote in favour of, or against supporting this motion.

To Milton Parc residents

  • The SSMU values the quality of life of Milton Parc and the importance of working co- operatively with the permanent residents to preserve it.
  • The SSMU values the rich history of the Milton Parc neighborhood and understands that the high quality of life present in the neighborhood is the result of community activists who have advocated for neighborhood rights for many decades.
  • The SSMU recognizes the sometimes disruptive effect and unacceptable behaviour that some McGill undergraduate students have on the Milton Parc community and its permanent residents.
  • The SSMU recognizes that some events organized by McGill students may have been highly disruptive to the residents of the Milton Parc neighbourhood, and we apologize for this.
  • The SSMU is committed to organizing initiatives that seek to reduce harm in the Milton Parc community during historically disruptive events.
  • The SSMU recognizes that students make up a minority of the population in Milton Parc and therefore should not treat it as their own.
  • The SSMU looks for relations to begin with respect, not resentment, and we welcome constructive feedback from residents.
  • We recognize the process of studentification that is taking place in the Milton Parc neighbourhood and the necessity to work collaboratively to proactively address its consequences and maintain the quality and diversity of the neighbourhood.
  • The SSMU looks forward to working together with the permanent residents of Milton Parc generally, and with the Milton Parc Citizens Committee and other community organizations in a spirit of positive engagement to find solutions to the issues we face collectively.
  • We are committed to develop yearly activities that will serve to bring student and permanent resident communities together in an effort to cultivate an enhanced community spirit.
  • We endeavour to be accessible and responsive to the permanent residents of Milton Parc.

To students

  • We encourage students to participate actively in programs and events organized to bring permanent residents and students together. Get to know your neighbours!
  • We encourage that students learn the history of the neighborhood and participate in community-lead advocacy.
  • We encourage that students get involved in local community organizations present in the Milton Parc Community.
  • We request that the student body show maturity, responsibility and ownership of the problems in Milton Parc. We are looking to foster a change in culture.
  • We request that students recognize that Milton Parc is not only their home, but the home of a majority population of permanent residents, many of whom have lived in the neighbourhood for decades.
  • We encourage students to recognize the impact that a large influx of students can have in a community and to be sensitive to its consequences.
  • The SSMU would like to inform all undergraduate students that, despite appearances, students are a minority of the population in Milton Parc; therefore the neighbourhood should not be treated as if students own it.
  • We request the participation of students in mitigating the effects of Frosh and other events that may disrupt the community.
  • When students cause disruptions in the neighbourhood, we expect that they recognize the importance of rectifying the impact of their behaviour.
  • We look forward to working with and supporting student initiatives that show leadership in cultivating understanding and good neighbourly relations.

To McGill

  • We appreciate the cooperation of the University in looking for solutions to the problems that exist in the community.
  • The SSMU wishes to work closely and co-operatively with McGill in regards to the effects of studentification in the Milton Parc neighbourhood.
  • The SSMU requests that the University take a more active approach to integrating students into the Milton Parc community, particularly through resource provision in student residences and for off-campus students living in the community.
  • We would like to see open and consistent communication and dialogue with McGill on issues relating to Milton Parc and the student presence there.
  • We are counting on the University Administration to provide concrete support to the Endeavour.

January 12th, 2016
Motion summaries and updates for the January 14th, 2016 SSMU Council

Motion Regarding the Increase of the SSMU Membership Fee

Summary:  The SSMU Membership Fee has remained the same since 2007. Whereas, the SSMU has grown in size, supporting more services/groups ect. This budgetary imbalance has resulted in the reduction of permanent and student staff hours and reduced service amenities. The SSMU would like to increase the SSMU membership fee by $5.50 per student, per semester to be able to enhance clubs and services, increase mental health services, and provide student space improvements. The SSMU is asking that an increase in membership fees be added to the Special Referendum ballot.

Motion Regarding the Special Referendum on the Restructuring of Executive Portfolios 

Summary:  The SSMU has expanded significantly over the past decade, which has expanded Executive portfolios. Exec portfolios have grown to an unmanageable level, resulting in the annual burnout of Executives, due to increased responsibilities such as the addition of mental health and the sexual assault policy to the University Affairs portfolio, the addition of new funds, new fees, and the new operations to the Finance and Operations portfolio, and the growth in the number of student groups since the creation of the Clubs and Services portfolio. The SSMU would like to add a 7th Executive to ameliorate this unsustainable working environment.Please compare the current and proposed structure of the Exec team and vote on the poll below to add a question regarding the addition of a 7th Exec to the Special Referendum ballot.

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