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Live Blog Sunday 27th, 2019

Welcome to the live blog! We are in the Wilson common room.

We are now at the exec reports. Lianne is speaking – an emergency motion about Ford’s education reform was passed at CFS NS.

Nominations for the KSU election are open! Woohoo! Anne Carson gave the Alex Fountain lecture – it was great.

Michael (SLVP) ‘s report.

Michael is working to organize health week. Panel on Failure and adulating fair upcoming! The presidential skate is happening today at the oval. There will be free beavertails.

Met with Trish (the athletics coordinator), who will be organizing two “non-dudes” weight room training days.

Several UKC games are coming up!

Marie’s report (Financial Vice-President): meeting about tuition fees. Attended finance audit & risk committee. What will the admin do about the 2.2 million grant being given to the university. Currently: it looks like it will finance the university’s debt, and we’d like it to go elsewhere.

Lianne has been elected as KSU chair for next year. Edit: Lianne has been elected as CFS NS chair. Sorry for the mistake!

JS asks about the MOU: Marie defers to Isabelle, who says there isn’t much update.

Isabelle: tabled about the 2.2 million $. CFS general meeting. Attened silent protest at Dal against interim president Mackinnon. The 27th there will be trauma informed active listener training.

Communications Vice-President

Also went to CFS AGM. TWAK is happening, attended call-in workshop. Nominations are open!

Action Items

5.1 BIRT the Vandeville fashion and design show be re-ratified as a Tier 2 society.

The motion passes.

5.3 BIRT the HOST experiments club receive 375$ in non contingent funding.

The motion passes.

5.3 BIRT the HOST society receive 1767$ in non contingent funding for the HOST conference.

The motion passes.

BIRT the king’s pride society receive 55$ for meetings!

The motion passes.

BIRT the king’s political lesbianism receive 18.9$ funding for their GayGm.

The motion passes.

5.6 BIRT king’s pride receive 110$ for their event Queereoke, Glee Cowboy.

The motion passes.

5.7 Motion in support of writing a letter in support of the Unist’ot’en camp, responding a call for support from the Wet’suwet’en nation.

The motion passes.

5.8 Whereas the Wardy is a service of the KSU,

Whereas there is no official way to address complaints,


5.8 Whereas, the Wardroom is a service of the KSU.

Whereas, the Founding Provisions of the KSU must be upheld in all Union services.

Whereas, there is no process for the Wardroom to respond to reports that the founding provisions are not being upheld.

Whereas, there must be a process until we can vote on a permanent option at the next AGM.

BIRT the ad hoc Wardroom Support/Complaint Committee runs until the 2019 fall AGM.

BIRT the general members for this committee be elected during council on February 10th, 2019.

BIRT the report from this committee be presented at the second council meeting in the Fall.

BIRT the terms of the committee be as follows:

There is hereby constituted the ad hoc Wardroom Support/Complaint Committee, consisting of:

  1. The President (Chair)
  2. The Wardroom General Manager
  3. The Galley General Manager
  4. One (1) Wardroom Staff Member, who will be elected by the Wardroom staff.
  5. One (1) General Member, who will be elected by Council.
  6. The Hospitality Coordinator (ex-officio)
  7. The Wardroom UHP (ex-officio)

A meeting of the Wardroom Support/Complaint Committee will be called immediately if requested to the President by any member of the Committee or, if a complaint is received. Quorum is three (3) persons.

The duties of the Wardroom Support/Complaint Committee are:

  1. To review formal complaints regarding behaviour that is contrary to the Union’s founding provisions;
  2. To respond to the complaints in a timely manner;
  3. To determine action to move forward;
  4. To report recommendations to council.

Moved by Lianne Xiao


JS asks what kind of response the committee/council would be able to use. Lianne says it is based on a case by case, may involve the KSU banned list, etc. Marie says this is a way to formalize this. Lianne adds that this is a trial committee.

JS asks what coordination will there be with Patrol and the University? Lianne responds she meets the Dean once a month and communicates there.

Questions about what the UHP would do. This can be further discussed.

Motion 5.8 is put to a vote, and passes.


New Business:

an emergency council will have to be called to elect the UHPs, since there was a failure to advertise for this meeting. It will be on this Thursday from 5 to 7pm.

Motion to adjourn, seconded.

Council Live Blog 13/01/2019

Ok so I lost the page for the other live-blog, so here we go again! Sorry about that folks. We are now at councillor reports.

We are now at exec reports!

Lianne (President)

Lianne and some others had a meeting about tuition with Bill.

The university recently got a whole bunch of money.

Michael (Student Life President)

Cube is DEAD. Michael sat down with the two coordinators. Problems with gender binary in sport. Tensions with men’s basketball team. Lack of participation. The programme reflected that small budget line. The quality of the programme will reflect the budget line. Suggestion to make the programme more flexible, a more representative honoraria. The KSU exec & Michael will brainstorm what to do moving forward. There is now money that is open in the budget (500$) due to the end of Cube.

Michael is going to a meeting on how to move away from Bell Let’s Talk. Will be looking for new Mental Health charity to donate to – send suggestions!

The king’s badminton games will be taking place on the 18th and 19th on campus! Come support your athletes! Same for volley-ball.

Marie (Financial Vice-President)

It is was a very short report. There are funding requests.

Isabelle (External Vice-president)

Work is being done on the consent culture campaign. Isabelle had conversations over the break, met with Katie Clarke. There is a workshop on calling-in and being called in on the 26th. Workshop in February currently called “how to receive disclosures”.

The Provincial CFS meeting is coming up. They will be here to table on Wednesday.

Izzy (Communications Vice-President)

Twak is a thing! Upcoming dates: the CFS GM.

Action Items:

5. Action Items

5.1 Whereas Laval University was the first institution in Canada to divest fully from fossil fuel companies and whereas the University of Guelph invests in fifty-five fossil fuel companies, and;

Whereas the King’s Students’ Union supports local, provincial, and federal divestment initiatives, and; Whereas Fossil Free Guelph is demanding:

1. A freeze on fossil fuel investments from the University of Guelph;
2. Divest the 38 million dollars from the fossil fuel industry (oil and coal production companies); 3. Invest the former fossil fuel investments into the green energy sector

BIRT the Kings’ Student Union write a letter of support in support of Fossil Free Guelph (FGG) and their demands.

Moved by Lianne Xiao

Motion passes.

5.2 BIRT the HOST Society receive a total of $200.00 in contingent funding for 20 tickets to the play Arcadia, showing at the Bus Stop Theater in January.

Moved by Lianne Xiao

Finance Committee recommends approval.

The motion passes.

5.3 BIRT the EMSP society receive a total of $2,550.00 in non-contingent funding for the 7th annual Conference of the Early Modern, being held on January 18th and 19th.
Moved by
Finance Committee recommends approval

The motion passes.

6. New business










Live blog – Sunday December 2nd, 2018


The meeting has been called to order, but we don’t have a scribe! We are now on recess.

Item 2: statement by the EVP about the letter released on Thursday.

Isabelle had been working on a letter for the university and chapel.

She would like to apologize for the harm and oversights that were made through the statement.

Marie would like to apologize as well.

Item 3: Approval of Minutes from November 18, 2018

Item 4: Reports of the Executive Committee

Report of the President. Maritimes Rise, panel of sexual violence and the law, actions surrounding the prison industrial complex, trying to get the university to have a smoking space on king’s campus. Tabling about the MOU. The sexualized violence policy is done.

Report of the slvp. Academic committee meeting (preliminary meeting). Athletics and Bell Lets Talk: finding different ways to talk about mental health. Athletics won’t be doing Bell let’s talk. They will be looking for new organizations to donate to.

Report of the FVP. (it was very short)

Report of the EVP.  Organizing meeting about the BOG. Tabling at Dalhousie in the LSC (weird flex but ok). Fight the fees trivia. The sexual violence and the law panel. Call in vs Call out workshop coming up, as well as how to receive disclosures. Action for the BOG next week.

Report of the CVP. (also short)

5. Oral reports and goals of councillors.

Action Items


BIRT Zoe Brimacombe receive $425, the first half of the Chair’s honourarium.

Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


BIRT Gina Grattan receive $425, the first half of the Chief Returning Officer honourarium.

     Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


BIRT Angela Capobianco receive $300, the first half of the Scribe’s honourarium.

     Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


BIRT CUBE Coordinator Ellen Zagar be paid a $200 honorarium for coordinating the KSU’s intramural program for the first semester.

Moved by Michael Greenlaw

It passes.


BIRT CUBE Coordinator Mal Thomas be paid a $200 honorarium for coordinating the KSU’s intramural program for the first semester.

It passes.


BIRT the King’s Students’ Union write an open letter to our MP Andy Filmore stating our support for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and opposing the back to work legislation passed on November 26, 2018.

Moved by Isabelle Reynolds

It passes.


Content warning

The student who asked for this motion asked to include a ‘whereas’ clause concerning the fact that the recently was an incident of aggravated sexualized violence on campus, including the drugging of the drink student in the Wardroom.

BIRT the King’s Students’ Union release a statement acknowledging the presence of, and the systemic masking of, sexualized violence on King’s campus, and acknowledging that inaction obscures the existence of sexualized violence and protects abusers, which allows for continued abuse and perpetuates rape culture on campus; and

BIFRT the King’s Students’ Union demand that the University administration acknowledge that a Sexualized Violence Policy is the beginning, and not the end, of combatting the culture of sexualized violence that exists systemically on King’s campus; and

BIFRT the King’s Students’ Union Executive through the role of the External Vice-President be tasked by the King’s Students’ Union Council with creating a campaign specifically related to the reality of sexualized violence on King’s campus.

Moved by Isabelle Reynolds


BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club receive $82.50 in contingent funding to host a Wardy Channukah party on December 10 at 8pm.

Finance Committee Recommends approval

Moved by Marie Dolcetti Koros


Whereas the King’s Students’ Union posted a statement on November 29th, 2019 calling for the renaming of the “Christmas Brunch,” and;

Whereas the intent of the statement was to call on the University of King’s College and the University of King’s College Chapel to host more religiously inclusive events, and;

Whereas the King’s Students’ Union failed to consult communities that would be directly affected, specifically Jewish students, before publishing the letter, and;

Whereas the King’s Students’ Union deleted the statement posted online, following harm directly perpetuated against Jewish students, and;

Whereas the Jewish community has already been organizing against anti-Semitism, occurring independently of the King’s Students’ Union, and;

BIRT the King’s Students’ Union retract the original statement, and;

BIFRT the King’s Students’ Union support the independent organizing of the Jewish community, and of any other religious minorities existing on campus.

Moved by Lianne Xiao


New Business.

8. Motion to adjourn – adjourned!



Council Live Blog – November 18th, 2018

Welcome back to the council live-blog! We currently do not have quorum. We will be sitting around till we get it – oh the joys of politics!

We now how quorum, thanks to the many councillors who agreed to be on speaker phone. Exciting!

Called to order!

Amendment to agenda: add item number 4, oral reports of councillors.

A couple of other motions have also been added – we will get to them soon.

The minutes from last meeting are adopted.

3.1 Report of the President, read by the SLVP.

Two town halls were held for the sexualized violence committee policy. Lianne attended and organized Maritime RISE conference. October 22nd and 23rd, she attended a keynote for the launch of ReconciliACTION. Fifteen and Fairness tabled in the Wardy, and she also sat on various committees. There is an upcoming panel on sexual violence and the law.

3.2 Report of the SLVP

Throwback October 12th 13: attended councillor training. Attended the AGM, meeting with NSPIRG, the KTS. Externally: helped out with Fight the Fees campaign. Prepared for the fan fall fest. Both teams won! End of November: there will be volleyball tournament. CUBE is happening. Next Sunday: bouldering! November 5th: the slvp is SINGING in a choir concert omg this is wild, Michael Greenlaw will be singing Hayden? Wow my mind is blown.

3.3 Report of the FVP (on speakerphone!)

Last two weeks: very relaxed. Marie did some intensive consultation prior to passing the budget, lots of internal organizing, discussed O-Week finances. Marie has been going through the union’s financial statements, and she loves going to the bank. (Can’t say I relate to that, but to each their own I guess.)

3.4 Report of the EVP, read by the CVP

Isabelle organized a soft fight the fees meeting, discussed the MOU, and organized tabling around the renegotiation of the MOU. November 8th she organized a meeting on the December 6th BOG. 2nd consent culture event was on the 29th: a workshop on active listening. November 7th: meeting concerning a panel she will part of (sorry it’s hard to keep up with all the things). Oct. 23rd she attended the launch of ReconciliACTION. She will be holding two MOU related events in the last month of November. November 27th: third consent culture event.

3.5 Report of the CVP

The fall general meeting took place, Izzy attended the campaigning for 15 and Fairness. TWAK is still a thing! Office hours: 10:30 to 11:30. Izzy attended the RISE keynote at MSVU. Upcoming dates: izzy will set up a BRC meeting.

4. Oral Reports of Councillors

Nick attended on conference on accessibility, and is thinking about making it the base for an event. Cédric and Patsy have attended the GM, sexual violence policy town halls, and so has Emily. JS went to the slavery inquiry and had a separate meeting with Bill Lahey and Tim Curry to make the journalism school safer and more welcoming for radicalized students. Meeting people in the J-School to encourage anti-oppression training.  Hope has also attended various of the above-mentioned meetings, and went to the active listening training, got her password for her email and will attend a dal science society meeting tomorrow!

5. Action items

5.1 BIRT the Students for Sustainability be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

Marie motions to suspend the rules and go through business out of order ( she needs to leave soon)

5.2 BIRT the Unconscious collective vocal ensemble receive 333.74$ for various events (haven’t had the time to note it all down, Zoe is talking fast!) The motion carries.

5.6 BIRT that (blank) be elected to sit on the university board of appeals.

The board appeals is for any academic appeals that are put forward, and it’s important to have a student representative there.

The floor is open to nominations.

Marie nominates Levi Clarkson. Levi has been involved with the union in various capacities, and will do a great job!

Levi is elected and the motion passes!

Marie is now getting off of speaker phone. Chris will now call in.

Back to 5.1!

5.1 BIRT the Students for Sustainability be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year

A new society! Michael has been meeting with students who are working on it. Their goal is to promote sustainable practices and encourage people to think about sustainability.

It passes!

5.3 BIRT Sodales, the Dalhousie/King’s debate team be ratified as a tier 1 society.

It passes!

5.4 BIRT that (blank) and (blank) be elected to sit on the university equity committee.

Ciara Gordon, Marlee Sanson, Levi Clarkson, Dominique Amit are nominated.

Marlee Sanson and Dominique Amit have been elected to fill in the blanks. The motion will not be passed with their names to fill in the blanks.

5.5 BIRT (blank) be elected to sit on enrolment management committee.

Beth Airton has been nominated.

Beth is elected, and the motion passes.

There is no new business. We are adjourned. Yay!


Live Blog – October 28th, 2018

Currently, the entire council is locked out of the boardroom. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

We are in! We don’t have quorum yet though – oops.

The Chair’s laptop started playing Marianna’s Trench.

Ok so we don’t have quorum, so we’re going to see if we can get someone on speaker phone???

Lianne will call in! God bless.

We are going to rush through this – Lianne has 15 minutes. Speedy council today.

Agenda adopted! Now: the minutes have been approved.


The exec reports have been tabled. Onto action items.BIRT the King’s Student’s Union send a letter to our MP,Andy Fillmore­­­, outlining our support for the Liberal Government’s introduction of legislation which would allow people who have served their sentences for cannabis possession to apply for a pardon. We will also voice our position that incarcerated persons currently serving sentences for cannabis possession should be granted the same opportunity.

      Moved by Isabelle Reynolds

The motion carries.


  • Be it resolved that the King’s Student’s Unionwrite our stance opposing Halifax Smoking ban and encouraging the University of King’s College to create a designated smoking area on University property.

Moved by Isabelle Reynolds

The motion carries.


  • BIRT the Political Lesbianism Society be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

Moved by Michael Greenlaw

The motion carries.


  • BIRT the HOST society receive $48.00 in contingent funding for their event Experiments Club: Tempera paint on October 29th.

Moved by Izzy Ortner

Finance Committee recommends approval

The motion carries.


  • BIRT SNARC receive $60.00 in non-contingent funding for their Book Club event featuring: the worth of women on November 6thor 8th.

Moved by Izzy Ortner

Finance Committee recommends approval

The motion carries.



  • BIRT the King’s PRIDE society receive $30.00 in contingent funding for their field trip to the Glitter Bean Café and South House on November 2nd.

Moved by Izzy Ortner

Finance Committee recommends approval

The motion carries.


  • BIRT the Early Modern Studies Society receive $72.00 for their First Year Introduction & Guy Falkes event on November 5th at 4 pm in the Wilson Common Room.

Moved by Cédric Blais.

The motion carries.


BIRT the King’s Spanish Society receive $72.00 in contingent funding for their Conversation and Movie Night on November 8th.

Moved by Cédric Blais.

The motion carries.


BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club receive $15.00 in contingent funding for their Discussion on Jewish Eroticism event on November 1st.

Moved by Cédric Blais.

The motion carries.


We’ve reached the end!

Council took 10 minutes and 20 seconds today. Wow. I can’t believe we made this happen. Everyone got funding!

Next council meeting: November 18th (after the fall reading week)


Sunday, October 14th. Council Live Blog

Welcome to this new KSU live blog! This is Cédric, your new member at large, typing. This is my first time doing this, and I haven’t had enough sleep. Wish me luck lol

This is our first meeting with our new councillors! Zoe is giving us a short rundown of robert’s rules – love Robert.

What is Robert’s rule? Good question! It’s a way to run meetings. It’s also hierarchical and colonial, so remain critical of it!

“Rules of order are kinda complicated and weird sometimes” – amen

Next time – council practice run as a circle in the Wardy, maybe?

“Let’s all take care of each other, yahoo” – Zoe

(Rundown of Robert’s rules is still ongoing, things are pretty chill.)

We have a Rob’sRules cheat sheet – I will try to post it here? Not sure if it will work?

I can’t believe this worked!

We are now having a little Robert’s rule practice. – Point of Information from slvp Michael Greenlaw: what is the KSU?

The current fake motion is hotly debated: should we buy a bouncy castle? Marie is moving an amendment: we want a water slide.Seconded. “It would be so great”. Love this fake motion.

Izzy: we are a frugal union. This is ridiculous.

Lianne: all things considered, I would like to speak against this (fake) motion.

The practice bouncy castle motion has been defeated. Sad :..(

Ah! The meeting has now been officially called to order. We now begin.

The agenda has been adopted, moving on to item 2:

Approval of Minutes from September 23, 2018

The minutes are approved, and we are moving on the reports of the Executive Committee.

Lianne is reading her report; welcome to new councillors! The enrolment committee is looking for a student to fill a seat. October 13th and 16th: sexual violence policy consultations Weill be taking place. 2 Students are still needed for the equity committee, let Lianne know if you’re interested!

The KSU is leading an inquiry investigating raising student wages to 15 dollars per hour for the two Union Businesses (Wardy and Galley). Also looking for other workers on campus to advocate for their wages.

Michael’s report has now begun! To address the lack of attendance at society training, there will now be 4 society training meetings per year, two per term. There is a general meeting at 6pm on October 25th!

Report of Marie, the FVP! Marie has been consulting students, and hopes people can engage with this process as much as possible. Ways to get involved include: talking with Marie in the Wardy on Tuesday morning, filling out the anonymous survey on the KSU’s facebook page, there will be a discussion at 4:30 in the Shatford room tomorrow. People can also stop by at her office hours! If none of those things work for you, get in touch with her!

Marie is also working on changing the internal systems of the union. EVP Isabelle has been doing such a great job (true). Isabelle is sick and could not be here, so Marie wanted to add she joined Isabelle at a government roundtable. Isabelle can tell you more!

Report of the External Vice-President, Isabelle Reynolds. Lianne is giving us a summary of Isabelle’s report. There is an upcoming active listening training workshop, and a consent culture workshop.

It is now Izzy Ortner’s turn, the communications vice-president! RISE is taking place October 26th-28th!

Normally at this point we would be going through the oral goals of councillors, but it’s not in the agenda right now… that’s what we will do at future meetings, but no one has much to say this week.

Action items!


  • BIRT the previous adopted motion 5. 2 “BIRT Jennifer Nowoselski be hired as the bookkeeper for the King’s Students’ Union for the 2018/19 fiscal year” be amended by striking out “for the 2018/19 fiscal year.”

     Moved by Lianne Xiao)

Lianne motions to go in camera for this motion. Motion passes. I’ll see you all on the other side!

We are now out of camera!

Returning to debate on motion 4.1 (see above). The motion passes!


  • BIRT Best Buddies be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

Moved by Michael Greenlaw

Best buddies is re-ratifying! They seek to establish 1 on 1 friendships for people with intellectual/physical learning disabilities, encourage growth and personal development.

The motion passes!


  • BIRT World University Service of Canada King’s Chapter (WUSC) be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

      Moved by Michael Greenlaw

They will sponsor a young refugee to attend King’s, and fundraise and raise awareness about the student refugee program. This is a year of fundraising, next year we will host someone.

The motion passes!


  • BIRT the Spanish Society be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

Moved by Michael Greenlaw

A new society. excite! They want conversational meetings, potlucks etc. Zoe discloses her friend has taken a Spanish class.

The motion passes!


  • BIRT The South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre be ratified as a Tier I society for the 2018/19 academic year.

         Moved by Michael Greenlaw

SoHo aims to provide resources and referrals to university and Halifax community, as well as a safe space for people to organize. They provided us with our anti-O training.

The motion passes!


  • BIRT the Students Advocating for Representative Curricula (SNARC) be ratified as a Tier II society for the 2018/19 academic year.

        Moved by Michael Greenlaw

(Brief discussion of what it means to be ‘tier 2’ for the new councillors!)

SNARC aims to advocate for a representative curriculum in all departments of King’s and Dal.

The motion passes!


  • BIRT the King’s Dance collective receive $402.50 for a pole dancing class on October 20, 2018.

     Moved by Marie Dolcetti-Koros

    Finance Committee has no recommendation.

There is no recommendation because there were a few things to clarify. That said, Marie said that she still supports passing the motion, with the understanding that she will have a conversation with the Dance exec about whether it is possible to reduce costs a little.

The motion passes! (I just noticed Zoe said ‘the motion carries’ oops)


BIRT the History of Science and Technology (HOST) Society receive a total of $88.00 for two upcoming events; $23.00 for their event Experiments Club: Astrolabes on October 18th, and $65.00 for their event Experiments Club: Pigments on October 29th.

   Moved by Marie Dolcetti-Koros

   Finance Committee recommends approval

‘I love to drink wine and learn about the stars’ – Zoe.

The motion carries!

Action items are done! Moving on to…

5. New Business!

Come to the GM! Participate in KSU consultation for the budget!

Also Cube is doing a field trip to 7 bays today. 5$ for a day pass -super epic and awesome.

16th from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Red Room: sexual violence policy meeting, students only.

Wednesday night: 6:30 to 8:30 in Alumni Hall, meeting for everyone (students, faculty, etc)

Motion to adjourn: it carries!

Council is over! Thanks everyone! Much warm feelings to all the new councillors.

See you all next week! Send your feedback about the quality of the live blog to Cédric lol.


Council LIVE BLOG: April 8 2018

Good morning folks! Hope exam season is being relatively merciful. Sending lots of positivity your way!

10:08 Meeting called to order

Adoption of the Agenda

Marie would like to propose an amendment

4.11 BIRT that SNARC receive $600 to cover the honorarium for the editors of the Canon Journal

Motion passes

Michael: Amending 3.7 to include the CUBE coordinators

Leanne would like to amend item 4.1 to include two blanks as alternates

Motion passes

Agenda adopted

Minutes from last meeting (March 18) approved

Councillor Reports

Heather – Attended the AGM on March 28. Attended the Dining Services committee where they discussed waste management. Tomorrow there is a standing residence committee meeting about Dons and how to hire them

Aerianna – attended the AGM

JS – Also attended the BOG meeting. We did get to speak for students in that room to advocate for lower tuition fees. Looking forward to the BOG student team’s work this coming year.

JS & Daniel:

  • Started the term putting particular focus on the relationship the University has with Indigenous peoples. Did manage to achieve one of their initial goals which was to have the traditional Mi’kmaq flag fly on our campus. Additionally also worked with Brennan and the KSU membership to reduce tuition fees and advocate for diversity on campus. Did have the technology fee removed.
  • Hard to make change in a room with lots of old white men who don’t necessarily relate to student’s lives. Having some continuation with the BOG is a good thing. Recommending that BOG rep terms be extended to two years in order to establish themselves and create more change.
  • The dynamic in Council that was present this year was not conducive to supporting Councillor’s work and distracted from their work at the BOG. They enjoyed bringing work to Council, but the lack of clarity and support along with complications made it hard for them to do their work that was not directly initiated by the exec committee. Felt unsupported in their independent work. The BOG reps really only interact with the Board and Council at the meetings so having that support moving forward would be greatly appreciated.
  • Thank you so much!

Cedric – Has been sitting on Council for 2 years now. Won’t return as DSS President next year. Over the past few weeks the DSS has been fairly quiet. The elections have taken place but changeover hasn’t (Congrats to Paige Narvie the new DSS President!). Has been (humbly) one of the best years the DSS has had in a long time. Have hosted multiple events to help DSS stay on campus and feel like they belong in the King’s Community (Like the Sugar moon trip, Big Night tickets, formal meal tickets, Tenant’s rights workshop, Candygrams, Orientation week funding). Coming out of these two years, he says he has struggled with the distinction between his duties as a Councillor and as DSS President. In the latter he was very very busy but didn’t know how or whether it applied to his duties as Councillor. It also made it difficult for him to be involved in Council-led events or actions. Would recommend further clarity regarding this distinction in the future and would love to discuss what this looks like. Would also recommend that information be more easily accessible to everyone. Often debates in Council hinge on who knows what, and this knowledge is often contained to those who are having the conversations before Council meetings. Maybe open executive meetings and clearer lines of communication  between societies and Councillors and the exec. This year Councillors, especially first-years, are often pressured and stressed by conversation, and would like to revisit the secret-ballot option for Council at the next General Meeting. Would finally like to thank everyone for such a rewarding experience.



  • Chaired Academic committee meeting where they discussed tuition fees and other issues
  • Fight the Journalism Fees meetings and action
  • Really excited to have our three new O-Week Coordinators!
  • Chaired the Chair Search Committee
  • Dean Advisory Search Committee – there has been a selection made and the report will go to the president next week
  • Also attended the BOG meeting
  • There is also a farewell for Father Thorne tomorrow at 3 in the President’s Lodge
  • Over the next few weeks, the Staff Search and Review Committee will be looking to hire the next Services and Campaigns Coordinator (SCC). Our current SCC, Michaela Sam, will finish her term in June.


  • Discussed with Neil Hooper how to better support student athletes. This included supplying the Mental Health Services Resource list.
  • Alex Fountain Memorial lecture Committee Meeting
  • K-Points for K-Pins are happening this Wednesday!


  • Spent the majority of the past few weeks putting together the KSU Draft Budget for 2018-19. Was passed at the Spring General Meeting
  • If folks have things they want to see further reflected in the budget please get in touch with Marie.
  • Budget Advisory Committee Meeting where they discussed budget increases and expenditures.
  • Chaplain Search Committee – confidential email address is if you have any feedback on the candidates
  • Student Government Roundtable with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Members from the KSU and the DSU walked out to protest the decision of Minister Kousoulis to ban the representatives from the CFS from consultation on sexual violence policy after they published an Op-Ed calling the Minister out. Please reach out to Minister Kousoulis in any way to demand a response as to why he is silencing students who disagree with him, and on such an important subject.


  • Met with the WUSC levy board
  • Organized a student action for reducing Journalism fees, handing BOG members a list of demands as they walked in the room so they couldn’t be ignored.
  • Went to the Justice for Janitors picket line to protest unjust and racially motivated firings.

UHP Reports

The Chair- Charlotte

  • Thank you so much!
  • Have heard words like transparency a lot this year. Here are some things that should have and could have gone differently
    • Surprised to hear that the President struck her 2017 Final Report from the September agenda because of potential HR issues. It was late notice, and it is important for folks to have access to the actions of Council
    • Process of Complaint Resolution: Chair is supposed to act as the interpreter of the bylaws, and that the Chair will receive complaints from members if they think the bylaws have been breached. Ended up facing some issues when submitting a resolution. The president wrote a draft resolution without consultation with the Chair, that didn’t really address the problem. Was difficult to tell a friend that she was not going to use their resolution, and the power dynamic of the President and the Chair created a lot of pressure.

Motion to go in Camera (10:46) – No posts will be made at this time

Ex-Camera (10:47)

  • Next part is regarding the BRC proposed amendments package. Both exec members present on the meeting agreed that the package be voted on at the AGM by the membership. The package though was not to be publicly posted according to the president. Because there had been sufficient notice, it should have been presented to the membership. Eventually it was.
  • Recommending that the Chair’s honoraria be increased to $500 per semester for $1000 a year
  • Also recommends that everyone on Council become very familiar with the KSU governing documents.

JS says that we have heard that this is the last meeting for many folks on Council. Would like to thank Cedric and Daniel for their phenomenal work. Has watched Charlotte pour so much time and so much energy into this council. It is outrageous the amount of work the Chair is expected to do at so many odd hours and Charlotte gave and gave to this council unflinchingly. Made sure a lot of things that could have blown up happened fairly. Despite feeling unsupported Charlotte has continued to make this a stronger institution. You will be missed.

Cedric will like to second a lot of what JS has said. Charlotte has done an incredible job providing constructive and impartial feedback and whoever is Chair next has big shoes to fill.

CUBE – Michael (on behalf of Cooper and Ellen)

  • Dodgeball was great during O-Week, but the week after there was not a lot of turnout, despite meetings and advertising.
  • Generally if folks were coming out it was for a sport specifically rather than continued engagement
  • Despite a revamped communication process it was still ineffective. Enhanced advertisement early in the year, especially O-week, would help spread the word.
  • New events like Yoga actually got a bunch of people. In this vein, they recommend to move away from just sports to include healthy living events as well (such as learning how to use the gym)

Marie says that this is a really important position so anything we can do to better support them should be taken advantage of.

Cedric (as O-Week leader for 2018), this is something we should be listening to and he is looking forward to discussing with new CUBE coordinators on how we can better support them

CRO- Gina

  • Ran 2 general election periods, along with a referendum period.
  • Easily hit quorum every single election which was awesome!
    • Huge shoutout to Elections Committee!!
    • People would sit at the Voting booth and were actively participating for four+ hours!!
    • Nothing would have gone as smoothly as it did if not for them
    • Would also like to thank Michaela for all her assistance and support!
  • Didn’t get to do a lot of work on Referendum policy, and formal recommendations will be provided in a document later


  1. 4.1.  BIRT __________, __________, __________, __________, _________, and _________ be elected to the Elections Committee as interim members until the 2018 Fall General Meeting with ________ and ________ as alternates.

These will be interim positions because Standing Committees must be elected at General Meetings.

Michael nominates Cole De Jager and Brendan Petrasek

Gina nominates Mal Thomas and Cameron Lowe

Izzy nominates Adrianna Vanos and Caroline French

Isabelle nominates Chelsea McMillen and Dominique Amit

Lianne nominates Genevieve Oliver

4.1.  BIRT Genevieve Oliver, Dominique Amit, Brendan Petrasek, Cameron Lowe, Mal Thomas, and Adrianna Vanos be elected to the Elections Committee as interim members until the 2018 Fall General Meeting with Caroline French and Chelsea McMillen as alternates.

BIRT __________, _________, and _________ be elected to the Bylaw Review Committee as interim members until the 2018 Fall General Meeting

JS self-nominates

Chris self-nominates

Lianne nominates Emma Steinke and Aeriana Narbonne

4.2. BIRT Chris Pearse, Aerianna Narbonne, and J-S Rutgers be elected to the Bylaw Review Committee as interim members until the 2018 Fall General Meeting.

Motion Passes

4.3. BIRT __________, _________, and _________ be elected to the Galley Board of Directors for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Moved by Lianne Xiao

Isabelle nominates Ciara Gordon

Marie Nominates Levi Clarkson and Sophie Vaisman

Names are filled with unanimous consent

Motion passes

4.4. BIRT __________, _________, and _________ be elected to the Staff Search and Review Committee for the 2018 summer semester to serve until the first council meeting of the 2018 academic year.

People who want to be nominated for this have to be in Halifax for the summer

Gina Grattan self-nominates

Brianna Dunn nominates Paisley Conrad

Lianne nominates Buffy Sweny

4.4. BIRT Gina Grattan, Paisley Conrad, and Buffy Sweny be elected to the Staff Search and Review Committee for the 2018 summer semester to serve until the first council meeting of the 2018 academic year.

Motion passes

5 minute recess! (11:29)

Called to order! (11:37)

4.5 BIRT the Arts Abstract be ratified as a tier 1 society for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Michaels says the Arts Abstract wishes to bridge the King’s Community with the greater Art community.

Cedric asks if they are the ones who stringed up the piano (yes they were and it was beautiful)

Motion passes

4.6. BIRT the Unconscious Vocal Ensemble receive $271.00 in retroactive funding for their Winter Choral Concert held on April 5th and 6th 2018.

Marie is going to speak on 4.6. and 4.7. together, since they are retro-active funding requests. The Union isn’t supposed to do these, but Finance Committee recommends approval. A misunderstanding of Council dates has become a problem (Easter weekend threw a lot of people off). There is a role not just in Society training, but in continuous clear communication  for the KSU to make this process more accessible. If these are approved the folks who submitted the requests will come sign a letter with the understanding that this is not an expectation for the future.

Daniel says the largest issue with retroactive funding has been at the beginning of the year before the first Council meeting.

Marie says there isn’t a plan in place yet for O-Week society funding, but if there are concerns or suggestions we would love to hear from you.

The Vocal Ensemble held a Winter Choral concert and it is a big event to showcase their work!

Motion passes

4.7. BIRT the King’s Wordsmiths Society receive $42.36 in retroactive funding for their AGM and the Octopus Journal Launch on April 5th 2018.

This was asked for their AGM last Thursday where they launched their Octopus journal!

Motion passes

4.8. BIRT the Unconscious Vocal Ensemble receive $65.00 in contingent funding for their AGM on April 8th.

Motion passes

4.9. BIRT the King’s Pride Society receive $85.00 in contingent funding for Queereoke: Queer Icons Edition on April 9th.

Motion passes

4.10. Be it resolved that SNARC receives $99.72 in contingent funding to cover administrative costs.

To be used to buy cheques (free cheques have run out and they are super expensive)

Motion passes

4.11 BIRT that SNARC receive $600 to cover the honorarium for the editors of the Canon Journal

Really important that we are acknowledging the work of these journal editors. Looking forward would be good to create an expected amount for editors as well as looking for other funding opportunities. Would not be good to pay one set of coordinators for their work and not another.

Cedric speaks in favour: this has been one of the best journals created by students that he has ever seen. There are good conversations to be had regarding payment of society executives, especially regarding huge projects like this that are incredibly demanding

Isabelle also would like to speak in favour. The work of the editors was absolutely astounding.

Motion passes

4.12. BIRT Ellen Zagar receive an honorarium of $200 for her work as CUBE coordinator in the winter term of the 2017/2018 academic year.

Motion passes

4.13. BIRT Cooper Toogood receive an honorarium of $200 for his work as CUBE coordinator for the winter term of the 2017/2018 academic year.

Motion passes

4.14. BIRT __________ and __________ be hired as CUBE Coordinators for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Michael brings forth the hiring committee’s recommendations: Ellen Zagar and Sophie Carmichael

4.14. BIRT Ellen Zagar and Sophie Carmichael be hired as CUBE Coordinators for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Motion passes

4.15. BIRT __________ be hired as the Chair for the 2018/2019 year.

Hiring committee recommends the hiring of Zoe Brimacombe

4.15. BIRT Zoe Brimacombe be hired as the Chair for the 2018/2019 year.

Motion passes

4.16. BIRT __________ be hired as the Scribe for the 2018/2019 year.

Hiring committee recommends Angela Capobianco

4.16. BIRT Angela Capobianco be hired as the Scribe for the 2018/2019 year.

Motion passes

4.17. BIRT __________ be hired as the Chief returning officer for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Hiring committee recommends Gina Grattan

4.17. BIRT Gina Grattan be hired as the Chief returning officer for the 2018/2019 academic year

Motion passes

Motion to ADJOURN!!! (11:57)


Here are the copies of the Agenda, the Reports, and the minutes from the last meetings



LIVE BLOG: Council March 18, 2018

Good morning folks! Hope everyone had a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day!

10:11 – Meeting called to order!

Agenda amendment: 5.6. BIRT That ___________, ____________, _____________ be hired as Orientation Week Coordinators of 2018

Minutes (Mar 4, Feb 11) and Agenda approved


Heather – Also attended the budget consultation meeting with the President and the Bursar of the university

Kaila – Welcome to the new Exec! On Tuesday Marie, Isabelle, Izzy and Kaila hosted a Journalism school roundtable which went very well. Talked about actions that could be taken to fight journalism fees, and to demand access to better products in the department.

Adrianna – Izzy and Adrianna started planning a Jeopardy event! Also attended the academic committee meeting. Haven’t been to DASSS in a while because of weather but will be there this Tuesday!

EXEC REPORTS (will be posted in full at the end of the live blog in a pdf) – They are also co-written by the incoming and outgoing executive.

Michael – Met with the Orientation week coordinator search committee and put forward recommendations to council. Has been meeting with Lianne and the administration during changeover, including discussing full time funding for the Sexual Violence Policy.

Marie – Has continued to meet with Zoe regarding budget, payroll and other FVP duties. On March 1, attended the Finance, Audit, and Risk committee and received the Q3 financial update and audit preparation report. This included a 3% increase to tuition but maintained a 0% raise in ancillary and auxiliary fees. There was a consultation on the budget with incoming and outgoing councillors and exec with the president and the bursar of the university. Pushed admin to publicly advocate for increased funding and to take a larger role in Dalhousie budget discussions. The SoHo levy will also be increasing next year to take into account the CPI, which has been unaccounted for in recent years as a mistake. Budget Consultations are taking place over the next week before the AGM. Get in touch with Marie if you want to set up a conversation or meeting!

Isabelle – Has been meeting with Marie during changeover. Marie has been meeting with the UHPs consistently to check in, and has also been attending the Chaplain Search Committee. Also attended the budget consultation meeting with the administration. Facilitated the “Dear Bill” photo campaign to highlight the high cost of tuition. Marie met with provincial gov’t MLAs as part of Provincial Lobby Week on March 7. The lobby doc is available online at and in hard copy in the KSU office. Also if you want to get involved in the action against increased journalism fees email Isabelle at!

Izzy – Cassie was away for most of the changeover period, but has been helping Izzy since return. Hiring for Scribe and CRO are due March 23rd, and resumes can be sent to! The KSU AGM will also take place on March 28th, 2018 at 6pm in the Wardroom!


5.1. BIRT ____, ____, and ____ be elected to the 2018 Chief Returning Officer Search Committee.(Tabled from the March 4, 2018 meeting) Moved by Brennan McCracken.

Marie nominates Sophie Vaisman, Iloe Ariss

JS nominates Charlotte Sullivan

Chris nominates Lily Barraclough

Marie nominates Dhyani Frost

5.1. BIRT Charlotte Sullivan, Iloe Ariss, and Sophie Vaisman be elected to the 2018 Chief Returning Officer Search Committee.(Tabled from the March 4, 2018 meeting)Moved by Brennan McCracken

Motion passes

5.2. BIRT ____, ____, and ____ be elected to the 2018 Scribe Search Committee. (Tabled from theMarch 4, 2018 meeting) Moved by Brennan McCracken

Michael nominates Alexandra Buffy Sweny, Gina Grattan, Ava Coulter

5.2. BIRT Alexandra Buffy Sweny, Gina Grattan, and Ava Coulter be elected to the 2018 Scribe Search Committee. (Tabled from theMarch 4, 2018 meeting) Moved by Brennan McCracken

Motion passes

Recess! (meet back for 10:47)

5.3. BIRT ____, ____, and ____ be elected to the 2018 Chair Search Committee. (Tabled from the March 4, 2018 meeting) Moved by Brennan McCracken

Marie nominates Katie MacLean, Levi Clarkson, Buffy Sweny, Emma Sigsworth

JS nominates Sadie Cunningham, and self-nominates

5.3. BIRT JS Rutgers, Levi Clarkson, and Katie MacLean be elected to the 2018 Chair Search Committee. (Tabled from the March 4, 2018 meeting) Moved by Brennan McCracken

Motion Passes


5.4.  BIRT the King’s PRIDE Society receive $70 in contingent funding to purchase materials and snacks for an Arts and Crafts event to be held in March. Moved by Marie Dolcetti Koros. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Motion passes

5.5.  BIRT the King’s PRIDE Society receive $30 in contingent funding to purchase snacks for the last meeting of the year. Moved by Marie Dolcetti Koros. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Motion passes

2-minute recess!

We’re back!

5.6. BIRT That ___________, ____________, _____________ be hired as Orientation Week Coordinators of 2018

Michael explains the duties of the O-Week Coordinators. The Search committee looked over 6 applicants and have recommended Mallory Thomas, Cédric Blais, and Frances Grace-Fyfe

5.6. BIRT That Mallory Thomas, Cédric Blais, Frances Grace-Fyfe be hired as Orientation Week Coordinators of 2018

Motion passes


6.1. Annual General Meeting! Happening on March 28th, 2018, 6:30 pm, in the Wardroom. Hope to see all you lovely folks there!

6.2. Next council meeting on April 8th, 2018, 10:00am in the boardroom!

11:03 – Adjourned (see ya!)

READ THESE if you’re looking for more info that I just couldn’t keep up with!