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LIVE BLOG: Council November 19, 2017

Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had an awesome study break and got home safely!

10:10 Called to order

10:11 Agenda  approved

10:11 Minutes from last meeting approved with minor edits


Chris – Not much to report. During the study break I talked with Student Council representatives at Quest University in Squamish, BC, to look for new ideas and events to bring back to Halifax. Once I get more details I can’t wait to bring these up with students and other Council and Exec members.

Kaila – Not much to report. Going to plan a couple coding workshops in January for J-School. Coding is only offered in the Master’s program right now. This would help out graduate students who want to learn how to code. Alex Quan from Global News has volunteered to teach the workshop

Heather – Has a few meetings coming up. One with the Dean of Students about issues with the kitchen in Alex Hall, and a Food Service meeting.

Izzy – Adrianna and Izzy are planning an art mentorship group!

Cedric – DSS has been working on the holidays party in the Wardy on the 30th!

Daniel – Getting into gear for the last BOG meeting before the break. Talking about consultation with Indigenous students and working toward reconciliation with the BOG and how that can be enacted on campus

Aeriana – Has started a FYP Science Facebook group

Adrianna – Thinking about doing an art student study group with some snacks and breaks for an easier time

JS – Getting ready with Daniel for the December BOG meeting!


Lianne: Thanks for attending the last councillor training session. Attended the Podcast listening event which went really well. Also attended the Race in a Glass nation, which went very well and had a great turnout.

There is a Campus Planning Committee Town Hall where they will discuss changes to the Tri-Bays as well as accessibility needs.

Marie: Met with the WUSC levy board. Lots of outreach happened since the last meeting: Free Cider for Free Education, outreach on Racism and Colonialism. Shout out to Lianne for her hard work on Desmond Cole’s talk at King’s on October 25th! It was awesome!

Attended the Canadian Federation of Students Provincial Executive meeting  where they reviewed reports from member locals.

Upcoming: Divest 101 on Tuesday in the Wardroom. Divest Dal will begin a week-long campout at Dalhousie starting Wednesday to put divestment back on the table. Also keep your eyes peeled for a Fight the Fees meeting.

Cassie: Keeping up with the day-to-day social media.

November 23rd: University will hold consultations on the 2018-2019 budget. This is an awesome opportunity! Goes from 2:30-6:30.

On November 30th, the Alex Fountain Lecture will be held from 7:30-8:40 in Alumni Hall. The speaker this year is Tanya Tagaq will present a lecture titled “Climate, Culture, and Collaboration.” This sounds SUPER rad!

Brennan and Zoe are away :'(


5.1. BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club receive $20 in contingent funding to purchase chips and drinks for a discussion titled “Hannah Arendt: The Jew as Pariah” on November 22nd, 2017. Motion passes

5.2. BIRT the CSP Students’ Society receive $53.00 in contingent funding to purchase coffee and cookies for “Shut Up & Write!”, an event to give CSP a focused environment in which to work, on November 26th, 2017. Motion passes

5.3. BIRT the King’s Wordsmiths receive $68.26 in contingent funding to purchase King’s Bookstore gift cards, pens, and notebooks to serve as prizes for the 100 Word Dash Writing Contest, which closes on November 30th, 2017 at midnight. Motion passes

5.4. BIRT the Unconscious Collective Vocal Ensemble receive $167 in contingent funding to purchase food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for the reception following their winter concert “All For a New Day” on December 1st, 2017.

5.5. BIRT the Students Advocating for Representative Curricula (SNARC) Society receive $1065.00 in non-contingent funding to purchase drink tickets and provide honoraria for, “SNARCon 2018: Intersections”, from January 19, 2018- January, 20, 2018. Moved to table by Marie.

In camera (10:35)

Ex-camera (11:03)

11:03 15 minute Recess!

11:26 We’re back!

Motion to table Item 5.5. is still on the table.

Drew Guyan from SNARC is here to participate in the discussion. Drew is concerned about the lack of communication surrounding the funding request, and is going into detail regarding the actual request.

Daniel thanks Drew for coming in on no notice, and apologizes on behalf of council for the lack of communication

Marie also thanks Drew for coming and acknowledges the issue with miscommunication. Marie says there might be an issue with retro-active funding concerning the honouraria.

Lianne is talking about how difficult this conversation is to have without Zoe here, but is totally okay with voting on this and possibly granting the funding request.

JS says that we have all the information we need to grant a funding request. Not having Zoe here does not affect the amount of information we need to grant the request.

Kaila feels comfortable voting on this, and expresses her frustration at the length of the meeting and the miscommunication that has caused it. We should have all the information we need coming into Council

Drew apologizes for the lateness of the request. Originally there were two coordinators and one had to drop out, so the late search for another coordinator made this process harder.

Lianne says that they are a lot of conversations that happen in private that aren’t necessarily ‘back-door’ meetings.

Daniel says the onus is not on SNARC for the failure of Council and the Finance Committee and that we have a duty to consider the notion.

Marie would like to again acknowledge the miscommunication. The intent behind the motion to table is not to stop SNARC from happening, but to include all the voices that need to be a part of the process in the process.

Cassie is apologizing for her lack of diligence with the agenda. It was put on the agenda without her knowing. As Cassie understood it was being moved to next council.

JS is asking Cassie who put it on the agenda without her knowing. Cassie doesn’t know. JS says there is a lack of transparency between Council and the Executive. We have the information we need to grant the request, and it is troubling that this ended up on the agenda without the Communications VP knowing. It is important to have this conversation.

Daniel says we have all the people we need to make this decision.

Kaila agrees with Daniel. This isn’t SNARC’s fault and we shouldn’t table it. Council should convene internally and find out how we are misinformed

Lianne says Zoe put the item on the Agenda.

Lianne calls the question.

11:45 The question is called

5.5. BIRT the Students Advocating for Representative Curricula (SNARC) Society receive $1065.00 in non-contingent funding to purchase drink tickets and provide honoraria for, “SNARCon 2018: Intersections”, from January 19, 2018- January, 20, 2018.

Motion to TABLE this item is denied.

Cedric says this lack of transparency is a continuing problem and should be addressed.

5.5. BIRT the Students Advocating for Representative Curricula (SNARC) Society receive $1065.00 in non-contingent funding to purchase drink tickets and provide honoraria for, “SNARCon 2018: Intersections”, from January 19, 2018- January, 20, 2018. Motion passes 

5.6. BIRT ________be elected to the Watch Board of Publishers as a Member-at-Large for the 2017/18 academic year.

Marie nominates Michelle Cuthbert

Lianne nominates Laura Hardy

JS originally held this position, and found out that members of Council aren’t allowed to fill this position. We should consider this. There are people who are interested in serving on Council and who are also interested in journalism. This is a concerning limitation.

Kaila would like to note that if she was a Dalhousie Student she would not be able to work for the DSU and the Dalhousie Gazette at the same time.

Hannah (our Watch reporter) says there were concerns in the last General Meeting about the KSU and the Watch’s relationship. Put this into place to distinguish the two bodies.

JS thinks there is a difference between saying this for the board than for the executive. This specific position should be open to all members who pay a levy to the watch.

Daniel calls the question. Passes

5.6. BIRT Laura Hardy be elected to the Watch Board of Publishers as a Member-at-Large for the 2017/18 academic year. Motion passes

5.7. BIRT______and_______be elected to the University Equity Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Lianne nominates Jayde Tynes

Lianne nominates Eddie Cuevas

Marie nominates Hannah MacDougall

Aeriana Narbonne nominates herself

Lianne nominates Hilary Allistar

5.7. BIRT Jayde Tynes and Eddie Cuevas be elected to the University Equity Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

Next meeting is on TBD

12:07)Movement to adjourn. Motion passes 

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LIVE BLOG: Council October 29, 2017


Good morning King’s folks! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Meeting is called to order. Agenda is adopted.

Short recess so we can print the minutes from last meeting!


Minutes from Oct 15 were approved by unanimous consent

10:16 Councillor Reports!

Kaila: Went to the first Kings Journalism Society meeting!

Heather: On the 23rd went to the Residence Life Meeting with Brennan to talk about the new Don

Aeriana: Thursday handouts for FYP science students!

Adrianna: Goes to the net DASS meeting this Thursday

Izzy: Talking about a first-year/upper-year bonding time! Thinking of starting an Indigenous reconciliation chat about presentation vs. implementation on campus

EXEC REPORTS (Read more about the Exec reports using the link at the bottom)

Brennan: KSU Fall General Meeting was awesome! We hit quorum right away!

Participated in Councillor Training part 2 on October 21st which went really well! There were some really amazing presentations!

Attended Rebecca Stuckey’s workshop in the Wardroom about Cultural Appropriation. This went really well and hopefully we can have more of these events in the future!

Received some great feedback during Sexual Violence Policy Town Halls on the 17th and 18th.

There is a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday where they will vote on capital and deficit financing.

CFS is holding their second event in the Consent Culture Series at the Mount on the 30th at 6! Brennan and Marie are going!

Lianne: Fall General Meeting was awesome!

The Racialized Students’ Collective held its second meeting!

Renovations are being planned for the Tri-Bays including a common space and larger bathrooms. Campus Planning committee is discussing the best way to consult students

Desmond Cole’s chat with racialized students on the 24th and Black Power Hour on the 25th were amazing!

Zoe: There have been problems with retroactive funding requests. Zoe has updated the funding request sheet and is working on a mass email to let societies know what’s up.

Exec passed a motion to redirect $20 from the contingency line of the budget to pay interim scribe Frances-Grace Fyfe.

Levy cheques for levied societies are being distributed.

Will be going with Brennan to the CFS National General Meeting in November. Will be submitting a motion about accessible education (can be found in the report).

The Exec talked last meeting about submitting an emergency motion to support Masuma Khan and Kati George-Jim. Brennan and Zoe are working on writing this motion


Not much to report! Just everyday stuff! Wrote TWAK from Belgium (Brennan says VERY impressive).

Attended one of the Sexual Violence and Assault Policy Consultations and asked questions about the draft


5.1. BIRT The Dalhousie-King’s Fashion Design Show Society receive $1000 in non-contingent funding to put on the Vaudeville charity fashion show on March 4th, 2018. Motion passes

5.2. BIRT The King’s Jewish Book Club receive $13.50 in contingent funding to purchase snacks for a meeting on Jewish Folk Tales on November 1st, 2017. Motion passes

5.3. BIRT The King’s Journalism Society receive $73.60 in retroactive funding to purchase pizza for their first meeting of the year on October 11th 2017. Motion passes

5.4. BIRT The King’s Dance Collective receive $345 in retroactive funding to pay for a Studio in Essence Pole Dance Workshop on October 21st, 2017, contingent on meeting with the Financial Vice President, and signing the Society Funding Process and Retroactive Funding form. Motion passes


5.5. BIRT The King’s Student’s Union condemn Dalhousie University’s racist and Islamophobic actions towards Masuma Khan; and

BIFRT The King’s Students’ Union write a letter to Dalhousie University President, Richard Florizone, to condemn the University’s actions, call on Dalhousie to apologize to Masuma Kahn, and act on students’ demands to support racialized and Indigenous students on campus; and

BIFRT The King’s Students’ Union write a letter to University of King’s College President, Bill Lahey, to call on the University of King’s College to condemn Dalhousie’s actions, publicly support students’ demands, and act on students’ demands to support racialized and Indigenous students on the King’s Campus. Motion passes

5.6. BIRT The King’s Students’ Union condemn the Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors and Board Chair Lawrence Stordy silencing and colonial actions against student Board of Governors Representative Kati George-Jim on June 27, 2017; and

BIFRT The King’s Students’ Union write a letter to Board Chair, Lawrence Stordy, to condemn the Board’s actions, call on Dalhousie to apologize to Kati George-Jim, and act on students’ demands to support racialized and Indigenous students on campus; and

BIFRT The King’s Students’ Union write a letter to University of King’s College President, Bill Lahey, calling on the University of King’s College to condemn Dalhousie’s actions, publicly support student’s demands, and act on students’ demands to support racialized and Indigenous students on the King’s Campus. Motion passes

Lianne moves for a 7-minute recess. Passes

11:11 We’re BACK!

5.7. Be it resolved that Levi Clarkson, Emma Graveson, and Katie Weatherly be elected to the search committee for the union hired position to support student mental health. Motion passes

5.8. BIRT Dorsa Eslami, Izzy Ortner, and Buffy Sweny be elected to the search committee for the union hired position to support racialised students. Motion passes.

5.9. BIRT Brianna Dunn be elected to the Board of Appeal and Discipline for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. Motion Passes.

5.10. BIRT Caleb Sher be elected to the University Journalism Discipline Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

5.11. BIRT ________and___________ be elected to the University Equity Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Moved by Brennan to table this motion to find out more about term length and necessity of new positions. Motion passes

5.12. BIRT Gina Grattan be elected to the University Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

No new business!

Next meeting is TBD!

11:42 We are adjourned!






LIVE BLOG: KSU Fall General Meeting

18:03 The Fall General Meeting has just begun!

18:04 This meeting is taking place on unseeded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaq Territory.

18:06 First Motion: Adoption of Minutes. Minutes Adopted. Approval of last minutes. Approved.

18:08 Brennan: Food services. All of the calls made on the university by last spring were met. Ward room continues to have first right of refusal. Galley space agreement will be ready soon. Board of Governors meeting in June update: Students can now email the board of Governors. Over 100 emails were sent. The board did increase by 2% the fees. But, some fees were frozen, which is a direct result of student action. King’s is still without a stand alone policy on sexual assault, but we are working on it now. Right now, it is in the consultation stage. There is more information on our page about it.

18:11 We will be highlighting 3 different ways of getting involved:

  1. Consent Culture
  2. Pick up your International Student ID Card
  3. Workshop on cultural Appropriation

18:13 Lianne: Updated the gratification packages. Good job with the orientation week, Astroweek!On October 24th Desmond Coll with be here. If you are radicalized and are more interested in getting involved, email Lianne. If you love sports, there are different sporting events every Wednesday and Thursday.

18:15 Zoe: Menstrual health products are available outside the KSU office. She has attended many meetings, students won the elimination of the Electronic fees. She will be talking more in depth on the fall budget tonight. She hopes you all feel that you feel comfortable with sharing your option on the budget. Take advantage of the levy groups! Rent a bike, pick up a copy of the watch — you pay for it! There will be more town halls to reduce and eliminate tuition fees. Look forward to these coming consultations!

18:18: Marie: Thank you to all the people who came out the day that fees were due. We will continue to organize around the high cost of tuition fees. They frankly shouldn’t exist. Our union hiered positions:

  1. Radicalized Students Collective
  2. Mental Health (products on an off campus)

Along with the Canadian Federation of Students, we actively lobby the government. The main ask of the Consent Culture Document is to pass legislation so that universities have stand alone policy. To get involved, email Marie!

18:22 Cassie: Communications VP. Updating social media. 160 new emails for Twak (pretty much all first years!) She is in charge of all meetings agenda wise. If you have any questions contact her/talk to her personally. Want to get involved? Join Twak! If you are involved in a society/have an event she can help you out!


18:24 Cassie: 1) If we loose the minimum amount of people, then it will go to council. You can go into council. Vote: Passes. 2) Budget adopted …

18:26 Zoe: Wait! What are budgets? There are copies on the table and they are projected on the slide.

18:27 Last year, we passed a deficit so that we would spend more than we made, by about $1000. Some cuts were made. There was a referendum to increase union dues.

18:29 Explanation of the Budget. If you would like a copy, please email Zoe!

Zoe talk about the Budget:

18:33 First Levy: Health plan. Change year to year, and folks are able to opt out. Next, there are external levies (Bike levy). There are also internal. Orientation week is one example. Every student pays $21 towards this.

18:36 Changes: increased dues. Most of the revenue comes from this.

18:38 Most Honoraria portion of the budget stayed the same.

18:39 Money per committee was cut back (it was just for food). Day planner was also cut back.

18:40 Had an extra delegate to a conference.

18:42 Sustainability line, does not exist this year.

18:44 Contingency: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY $$$

18:45 This a balanced budget. Any questions?

—————————————–FLOOR IS NOW OPEN TO DEBATE—————————————-

  1. Are they consistent with the Canadian dollar?
    1. Yes, it does reflect an increase on inflation.
  2. How are you going to make up for the $1000 you lost?!!!!!!! (asked by Josh)
    1. It’s on a yearly basis. When we decided to have a deficit, it doesn’t mean that we went into a negative, it just means that we have less savings.
  3. Where did the $44 000 come from?
    1. That comes from the membership dues.

Voting on budget BEGINS




18:50 Zoe: Watch board of publishers can be now nominated.

18:54 Gina nominates J.S. Freelancer and very involved at King’s.

18:54 Isabelle Nominates herself. Interested in getting more involved and she will come to every meeting!

18:55 Zoe nominate Kayla. Third year journalism student.

These three are now elected to the Watch Board of Publisher! Congratulations 😀


18:57 Lianne: Academic Committee nominations are now open.

18:58 Isabelle nominated herself. Gina nominated FG. Katie nominated herself.

18:59 Katie is a fourth year student, she was on it last year. Super passionate about how we engage with curriculum as students. Intersectional feminism is great. Creating an academic community which is assessable to everyone.

19:01 FG sat last year, was a science rep. Interested in how students interact with professors, wants to make some changes to how this committee works.

19:01 Isabelle wants a link between King’s and Dal, and feeling alienated at Dal.

19:02 Ruth is a second year student who is very excited to sit on this council.

Only three spaces. Each person get 3 votes.

Kate, FG, and Isabelle have been elected. 😉


19:06 Marie: WUSC 1 General member can now be elected.

19:09 Riel is nominated. Does not know much, but thinks it sounds neat.

Motion passed 😛


Meeting Adjourned 🙂 Thanks for everyone who came out or followed the Live Blog 😀

LIVE BLOG: Council October 15, 2017



Agenda and Executive Reports

10:16 Meeting has been called to order! Woohoo! Agenda was adopted!

10:17 Minutes from last meeting adopted


10:18 My report! Just looking forward to bringing King’s Students together with other reps in fun ways!

Cedric says the DSS has elected their First Year Rep!

Kaila (Journalism Rep!) Wants to look for ways to better represent J-School

Izzy (First Year Rep!)

Aeriana (Science Rep!)

Daniel – Lot of discussion about university funding discrepancies at last BOG meeting. Also talked about student employment and a possible HR policy.

Heather (Residence Rep!) Met with Dean Hatt about her role on committees and within residence life.

JS – Administration was interested in advocating for university funding. Also looking to make a long term plan for balancing Kings’ budget.


Brennan – First Councillor training was this Friday and it was awesome! Next one is on Saturday Oct 21st.

JS and Daniel covered the BOG meeting. They did an awesome job representing the KSU and its report.

Met with the Advance committee to talk about how to increase enrolment and work on university recruitment and diversity on campus

Has been working on the Sexual violence policy with the committee. They have a draft in place. There will be town hall consultations this week about the policy Oct 17th and 18th at 6:30. There will be active listeners present.

Attended a student government roundtable with Marie to meet with representatives from other universities.

Brennan and Zoe are going to represent King’s at the CFS national meeting! Cool!

Attended Sisters and Spirits Vigil on Oct. 4.

Upcoming Dates: Fall General Meeting Oct 19th at 6:30 in the Wardroom!

Lianne – Wants to welcome all new councillors!

Attended the Sisters in Spirit Vigil with Brennan.

Went to a CFS Racialised and Indigenous Student Experience Summit in Toronto which was a really cool experience.

Zoe – Has done a lot of budget consulting this past week. Also created a brief survey for students about the budget and different items and their importance to students. Was also available for one-on-one meetings for questions and discussed budget last Council meeting.

Exec voted to donate $100 to Desmond Cole’s speaking tour in Halifax

Marie – Nothing on external university affairs

Aidan McNally and Gina Grattan did outreach on consent culture in the Wardroom on Tuesday Oct. 10th. Thanks to them!

With Brennan presented a document titled “Working Towards Consent Culture: Developing a Plan to Combat Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia” at the Student Government Roundtable.

Brennan says Marie was a SUPERSTAR at this meeting.

Cassie – Just got back last night from Belgium so will present her report next meeting!

More details about Exec reports in the link at the top!


UKC Blue Devils Supporter Society is ratified as a Tier 1 Society. (“One Drum, One Flag, Lots of Enthusiasm!”)

Contemporary Studies Society is ratified as a Tier 2 Society

The King’s Visual Arts Society is ratified as a Tier 1 Society

World University Service of Canada – King’s Chapter (WUSC) is ratified as a Tier 2 Society

The History of Science and Technology (HOST) Society is ratified as a Tier 2 Society

King’s Outdoor and Sustainability Society receives $182.75 in contingent funding for snacks and a Driver Dave for a Day trip to Crystal Crescent Beach on Oct. 21, 2017

King’s Theatrical Society receives 850 additional black and white photocopies for scripts and Murder in the Cathedral programs.

The King’s Foreign Film Society receives $31.36 in contingent funding to purchase bread, cheese, and pretzels for a Film Screening on October 19th 2017.

The King’s P.R.I.D.E. Society receives $58.56 in contingent funding to purchase decorations, pizza, and snacks for Queereoke: Ladies of the 80s on October 20th, 2017.

The King’s P.R.I.D.E. Society receives $26.51 in contingent funding to purchase snacks and tea for their weekly Friday meetings

The Early Modern Studies Society receives $200 in non-contingent funding to purchase decorations, candy, and prizes for a Luther 500 Costume Party on November 1st, 2017

Zoe moves to table funding request from Dalhousie-King’s Fashion Design Show for next meeting. – Passed

11:09 – 6 minute recess moved by JS – Passed

11:15 Recess over!


7.1 GENERAL MEETING THIS THURSDAY (6:00 in the Wardroom- CORRECTION on what I said earlier)! Any King’s student can come. Exec members provide reports and the budget is explained line by line and then voted upon by those attending. There is a quorum (5% of the population) that MUST be met. Shouldn’t be long! There is a Facebook event  and a reminder will be in TWAK. There will also be LOTS OF SNACKS YAY. We are talking about ways to get all of y’all to come and get informed! The Watch Board of Publishers, Academic Committee and other positions will be elected – you can be nominated/nominate yourself at the meeting, even if you are unable to attend!

WATCH OUT for FYP Announcements, Leaflets, posts and MORE for the GM! Invite your friends!


7.2 THE BUDGET – Zoe is going through the budget for us and highlighting key changes! These will be presented also at the General Meeting (which is why you should come!). The budget was presented in the Spring as a Draft Budget.

A copy of the budget is available here or outside of the KSU office in hard copy

11:59 We are adjourned!


Live Blog October 1st, 2017


Oct. 1st, 2017 Council Agenda 


Good morning! It’s your Financial VP, Zoe! It’s been a MINUTE since I last liveblogged (throwback 2 being member @ large in first year) but I’m BACK BABY.

We’re getting started and the minutes & agenda have been approved.

10:03 Councillor reports:

Daniel (Board of Governors Rep) reports that he and JS and Brennan attended a Board of GOvernors meeting. Full report next council.

Riel (First Year Rep) is at his last council! HE is excited to meet with the new first year rep

Cedric (Day Students’ Society President) reports: The Day Students Society planned an AMAZING Maritime Night. DSS General Meeting at 3pm in the Wardroom on Monday!

FG (Science Rep) planned a SICK science student get-together, which was well-attended (including Neil Robertson). Wow!

10:05 Reports and Rulings

The ruling of the Chair RE: extending nominations for the fall elections was discussed briefly.

Brennan (President) reports: he is grateful to the outgoing councillors. The exec also ran an “elections toolkit” event for folks interested in being councillors. He has been up to lots of things, including a tuition fees action, the town hall on college finances, the Maritimes Skills Development Symposium, an Alumni Association Executive meeting, and a meeting of the Sexual Violence Awareness, Prevention, and Response Policy Committee. This Wednesday, Oct. 4th there is a Sisters in Spirit Vigil at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre. The King’s Feminist Collective is leading a group in getting over there, check out the details in their facebook group.

The report of the Student Live Vice President, Lianne, is presented by ME because Lianne is away at the Racialized and Indigenous Student Experience Summit. She was involved in the elections toolkit, society training, the skills symposium, and the tuition fees action!

Oct. 1st, 2017 Council Agenda (3) 2017-09-17-KSU_Council_MinutesI report on society training, the tuition fee action, the town hall on college finances and the skills symposium. I also note that budget consultation for the KSU budget will be happening this week! Check out the facebook event for all the details.

Marie (External Vice-President) begins by thanking everyone who participated in the tuition fees action. She was also involved in the budget town hall, a Bill 148 rally, the Skills Symposium. Marie reports that she and Brennan will be attending a student-government roundtable on October 3rd.

Cassie (Communications Vice-President) reports on Fall Elections, the elections toolkit, and communications outreach. She adds that councillor speeches are tomorrow at 6pm, and voting will be October 4th-5th. Check out elections details here!

10:19 GM Notice

This is just formal notice that the KSU Fall GM is on October 19th at 6:30 in the Wardy! We are excited that it will be in the wardy!

10:21 Society Ratifications

The King’s Improv Society is ratified as a tier 1 society.

Best Buddies Canada – King’s Chapter Society  is ratified as a tier 1 society.’

Le Salon is ratified as a tier 1 society.

The King’s Journalism Society is ratified as a tier 2 society.

10:25 We recess for 3 minutes for Michael to figure out a minutes thing!

10:29 We are back from recess!

SNARC is ratified as a tier 2 society.

The King’s Dance Collective is ratified as a tier 2 society.

The Sodales Debating Society is ratified as a tier 2 society.

The CKDU-FM Society is ratified as a tier 2 society. (This is a levied society!)

10:33 Onto society funding! 

Council votes to approve $30 for the Early Modern Studies Society to purchase snacks for a Mental Health in the Early Modern Period and Contemporary Mental Health Services event.

Council votes to approve $30 in funding for the Early Modern Studies Society to purchase tea for thesis study snacks events to be held throughout the year.

10:39 Committee elections!

Adeline Catlin (celiac! excited to be on this committee!) and Caroline French (vegetarian! a regular in Prince Hall!) are elected to the Dining Services Advisory Committee

Levi Clarkson is elected to the University Sexual Violence Awareness, Prevention and Response Policy Committee. We had students submit nominations to a third part (the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia office) and they provided a recommendation.

10:44 New business

No new Business!

10:44 Notice of next meeting

Next meeting in two weeks, same bat time, same bat place.

10:45 Adjournment!

BYE <3 <3 <3

LIVE BLOG: Council September 17



Executive Reports

Goooood Morning King’s! It’s me! JS! Your current BoG rep! In the absence of former member at large JBK, I am writing the live blog this morning! Cheers!

10:04 – We are called to ORDER!

10:05- In Camera ~~

10:23- Ex Camera

10:24- Motion to strike Chair’s Report from last April’s minutes. Motion passes 5-4. The report is no longer in the minutes but is available on the KSU website here.

10:26- Councillor Reports

FG, Riel have not done too much but they are here! Nice! It’s the beginning of the year!

Cedric says DSS has been doing a lot lately because they were heavily involved with O-Week

I defer to my co-BoG member Daniel! He talked about the board meeting that was held on June 22. It was a budget-related meeting in which we talked about student fees and managed to freeze ancillary fees for the first time ever! We are also gearing up for the next Board of Governor’s meeting this coming Thursday.

10:30- Executive Reports!

See the documents above! I am eating my breakfast!


I ask whether any work has been done to start putting together community guidelines in the Wardroom following discussions around WuTang Night.

Daniel confirmed when the Galley space agreement expired. The report reads December 31st, 2017 but it’s actually 2016.


Daniel asks whether Lianne is part of meetings to replace the don of Cochran bay. She is, but the meeting happened this Friday so it is not included in her report.


Daniel speaks in favour of pre-council funding plan!

I am asking whether it is ok to have the executive only vote on a motion without bringing it to council. According to Robert’s Rules it is not, but this was an extraordinary circumstance.

Daniel asks if it is possible to add a motion approving the funding in question (see section 1.2 of the FVP report). This would be retroactive and is thus against our bylaws so we are not going to do that.


Cedric wants to know whether the UHPs are new or simply reworked…they have been reworked with feedback from former UHPs to create project-based roles. Very cool!


no queries 🙂

10:53- 5 min RECESS!!!!

11:00- we took a little too long sorry.


-Legally, the galley and the wardy are A-OK!

-There are some new staff and some graduated staff

-There are new drinks and food, like Caesar’s and Bulwark and Tea North in the Wardroom and SOUP at the Galley!! Very exciting that we have non-alcoholic drink items in the Wardroom that are not just coca-cola products! I am happy and excited!

-We need a permanent lighting system still. Jenn is a boss and she is working on it.

I ask Jenn about the community guidelines and she says they are talking about it within management! Cheers!

11:10- Report of the Services and Campaigns Coordinator!!!

-Michaela was involved with Grad week and O-Week! Nice!

-She also went to a CFS general meeting which was very cool

-There are new Sexual and Menstrual Health Products, like latex-free condoms <3

-There has been a LOT of work done re: Health and Dental Plan which is amazing because it’s a really good and unique plan specific to King’s students!!! The plan rate has gone up moderately, but is still comparably affordable. The opt-out day is TOMORROW if you are looking to opt-out of the plan.

-ISIC cards are going to be ~~mobile~~ this year which means that the ISIC printer can be brought to different events, etc. so we can all have International Student Identity Cards! (you should get one it counts as student ID literally internationally)

Also of note: Moka is a sweet office dog who is hypoallergenic and sleepy which makes for a nice office pet 🙂

11:20- Grad Week Report (delivered by the SCC)

-This year no grad week coordinators were hired, and grad week was run by the SCC in coordination with the hospitalities coordinator and the executive. Overall there were some kinks to work out, but this system was trial and error for this year so it went well.

-The report recommends that, in future years, the responsibility of coordinating Grad Week should fall on the staff-people, rather than on UHPs that would have to be hired and trained. Zoe and Brennan offer their support for this.

11:27- ACTION ITEMS (see agenda!)

6.1. BIRT the King’s Cycling Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao – passes unanimously 

6.2. BIRT the King’s Pride Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.3. BIRT the Dalhousie/King’s Fashion Design Show Society be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

amended to read Tier 2

6.4. BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.5. BIRT the King’s Foreign Film Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.6. BIRT the King’s Chess Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.7. BIRT the St. Andrew’s Mission Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.8. BIRT that the King’s Wordsmiths Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.9. BIRT the King’s Outdoor and Sustainability Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.10. BIRT the South House be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously  (Lianne and Zoe abstain because they are on the SoHo board)

6.11. BIRT the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.12. BIRT the Dalhousie/King’s Bike Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

6.13. BIRT the Unconscious Collective be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously 

amended this and the following three motions (6.13-6.16 inclusive) to read Tier 2

6.14. BIRT the Haliburton Society be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao  – passes unanimously (Daniel abstains as he is on the exec)

Some executives of Haliburton are here to speak in favour! CHEEEEEEERS! <3 <3 <3

6.15. BIRT the King’s Theatrical Society be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao – passes unanimously

6.16. BIRT the Early Modern Studies Society be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao – passes unanimously

Keenan (an EXEC <3 <3) says that Babel is going to be published and some more connectivity with the community will be happening! Cute!

6.17. BIRT the Wordsmith’s Society receive $33.10 in contingent funding to purchase hot chocolate, tea, and baked goods for their Fall AGM on September 21st. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe – Finance Committee has no recommendation  – passes unanimously

6.18. BIRT the King’s Foreign Film Society receive $35 in contingent funding to purchase baguettes and assorted cheeses for their first film screening of the 2017/18 year on September 21st. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe – Finance Committee has no recommendation  – passes unanimously

6.19. BIRT the Haliburton Society receive $1746.32 in non-contingent funding to cover the costs of their operations throughout the year, including food and drinks for both regular meetings (biweekly, beginning September 20th) and the Fellows Dinner, banking fees, and five acquisitions. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe – Finance Committee has no recommendation – passes unanimously (Daniel abstains as he is on the executive)

6.20. BIRT ________, ___________, ___________, and _________ be elected members of the KSU Finance Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

We are filling the blanks with the names Angela Capobianco , Katie Buckley, Mary Innes, and Levi Clarkson.

passes unanimously

6.21. BIRT ________, ___________, and ________, be elected members of the KSU staff person search and review committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Nominations: Alexandra Sweny, Allison Lord, Brianna Dunn, Julia-Simone Rutgers (that is melol)

Zoe is very excited to see people who work in our businesses being on the committee! That is very nice!

blanks are filled by Julia-Simone Rutgers, Allison Lord, and Brianna Dunn

passes unanimously

6.22. BIRT ___________, and ________ be elected to the University Food Services Advisory Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year.

We are tabling this for now because we want to make sure the people that sit in the meeting are people who eat in Prince Hall see the minutes for Brennan’s description of the role also there is a post about it on the KSU Facebook page… anyone interested should get in touch with Brennan!

Tabling passes unanimously

11:59 – New business


7.1 BIRT the Day Student’s Society be ratified as a Tier 2 society for the 2017/2018 academic year. Moved by Lianne Xiao

Cedric speaks about the DSS and how they won’t need funding. Brennan expresses his support of the DSS and their hard work these past couple weeks.

passes unanimously 

Other business:

-Nominations for fall councillor elections open NEXT WEEK!!!!


bye. love ya, see ya soon.

LIVE BLOG: Council April 9

It’s the last Council meeting of the year, for real this time!



Minutes from last Council on April 2, 2017

Report of the Chief Returning Officer

Report of the Scribe



No written Exec reports for this meeting! I’ll blog oral reports as best I can!

10:11:27 AM. Just waiting for a printed copy of the minutes from last Council!

10:18:23 AM. We’re starting!!

Agenda adopted, minutes approved.

JS: JS has not done much since last week!

Me: neither!

Daniel: also not a lot! Making plans for the summer.

FG: samesies!

Cedric: on Friday the DSS had a “Beer with Bill” event that went very well. They learned that alcohol increases turnout! Expect more of this.

Lucia: there’s been trouble this year with students maintaining spaces and materials, like kitchen supplies. She’s been talking with the Assistant Dean about organizing a ‘respect the space’ workshop for o-week next year.

Riel: still hawking FYP shirts!

Brennan: food services update, Bonnie Sands has committed fully to all four of our demands! The Union celebrated this as a huge win for students. YAY.

Lianne: CUBE search committee has found two people! Also been working on o-week leader interviews. Also student and society appreciation night happened and it was great!

Zoe: distributed honoraria cheques to UHPs this week and has been celebrating the food services.

Marie: tabling with letter to Kelly Regan. Yesterday Gina and Marie went to an Exec meeting of CFS-NS, recapped the past year and brainstormed for next year.

Cassie: not much! Keeping on top of chalkboards and social media and TWAK etc.


Cassie is delivering the report of the Chief Returning Officer, Hannah MacDougall. It’s LONG which is GREAT but I don’t love typing so please go read the PDF linked above! This report is really really good, seriously, read it.

Cassie delivers the report of the Scribe, Maggie Dingwell (who is here taking minutes right now! whee!) This will be linked above once I get it, it’s short and sweet.

Charlotte delivers her report, as Chair. Charlotte is stoked about having had a great term, and about working another term next year! Procedurally this year was very smooth. BRC met very frequently and compiled a report about 20 pages long. Communication between BRC and the Executive left a lot to be desired from both sides. The first draft of this report was sent to the KSU President in January, but the committee received no feedback until a week before the General Meeting. This led to a frustrating but important conversation, and the committee’s final report was 7 pages. This was the right decision but communication should have been better, earlier. Charlotte is very excited about UHP pay raises. She would like Council agendas to go out 24hr in advance!

I ask Charlotte if she can clarify the status of the CRO’s recommendations, which I think were included in BRC’s original report but removed from the final version.

Charlotte says over the summer the SCC, President, CRO, and Chair will work on referendum procedures and amendments based on the CRO’s report, these will come to the Fall GM.

Brennan adds that just because these recommendations didn’t come forward at the Spring GM, doesn’t mean they aren’t super valuable and will be a continued source of guidance. Brennan also thanks Charlotte for a great term and is stoked to work with her next year.


Action Items

BIRT __________ and __________ be hired as the CUBE coordinators for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Lianne: the committee is putting forward Ellen Zagar and Cooper Toogood.

Brennan is stoked that we are paying these people more! Blanks filled with two names. Motion passes.

BIRT __________ be hired as the Scribe for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Cassie: this committee has met twice and is recommending Michael Greenlaw. Blank filled with one name. Motion passes.

BIRT __________, __________, and __________ be appointed to the Staff Person Review & Search Committee.

I moved this so it didn’t get forgotten!

Brennan: this committee oversees hiring and reviewing our staff people. It slipped Brennan’s mind that this committee needed to be elected. It’s very important that these reviews happen. Brennan moves to table this motion because not enough advertising has happened for these positions.

I emphasize how important it is that this committee sits now to receive feedback. Also, several members of Council have reached out to people to sit on it. I don’t think it should be tabled.

Zoe: sat on this committee last year as FVP. Is in favour of tabling it. There has not been any advertising for these roles, she doesn’t feel comfortable putting names forward. Also, in the past reviews have happened in the Fall. Brennan is the direct supervisor of these staff people, and the committee doesn’t have any power to do anything. It doesn’t have as much weight as Jacob has suggested.

Brennan: hiring and review should be given equal weight. These are both very important though, doesn’t feel comfortable electing people that were contacted individually. As President, he does supervise them directly and is committed to making himself available for feedback.

Daniel: asks if there is a mandate for members to sit for a full year? Could we elect temporary members?

Brennan: theoretically yes, but this committee doesn’t need to sit over the summer.

Lucia: seconds what Brennan said about committees being friends of councillors.

JS: what if we moved it to the summer Council meeting? Shouldn’t it happen before contract renewal?

Me: has contract renewal happened?

Brennan: yes.

Me: does the President have the authority to renew contracts without Council’s approval?

Charlotte: yes.

I move the meeting in camera.

10:56:14 AM. In camera.

11:23:04 AM. Ex camera.

Recess for 5min.

Motion is to table Item 6.3, the motion for the Staff Review Committee. Motion passes, main motion is tabled.


New Business

I move: BIRT the President present a report to the Bylaw Review Committee, no later than that last Council meeting of 2017, making recommendations concerning a formal complaint process for the Union.

This is basically a safeguard to make sure that this actually happens. Motion passes.

Brennan: this is our last Council meeting of the academic year! It’s been great, can’t wait to work with everyone who’s coming back in the Fall!

Cassie reminds everyone to submit their final reports to her!

11:34:25 AM. Adjourned.


P.S. This is my last KSU live blog ever! It’s been a blast, friends. Hang ten, it’s chill.

LIVE BLOG: Council April 2



Minutes from March 19

Executive Reports

Board of Governors Meeting Report (with graphs!)


Action Item 5.1 is struck from the agenda. Minutes from March 19 approved.


Me! I went to a university budget consultation and it was mediocre.

JS and Daniel went to their first Board of Governors meeting! They have a full written report that I will add above. The BoG approved a motion to convert five sessional positions to tenure-track appointments. FINALLY. This is a fantastic amazing thing that is long overdue. Capital spending was approved, although the budget won’t be until June. The UKC Teachers’ Association (representing 5 FYP fellows) approved a new agreement with the Board. Interesting report on enrolment from the Registrar’s Office. We’re ahead of last year in applications and offers. FYP Arts enrolment is down again but Science and Journalism are up a lot. This year is the beginning of a four-year retention plan.

Riel: FYP shirt designs were picked and 75 shirts were ordered! There are still shirts left! They cost $9. Some tutors have bought them!

Drew: didn’t do much! Went to the GM. Worked on something about the campus, and maybe Kelly Regan? I zoned out for two seconds and it makes it look like Drew is slacking but SHE ISN’T I’M JUST TIRED SORRY.

Brennan: long report in a big font, Brennan says “Yahoo.” Food services! Chartwell’s won the contract. Food Services committee met 29 times in 9 months, Brennan put together a student and staff survey and made sure that the RFP included students’ concerns. Seriously read this report, it’s really important and Brennan did a buttload of work. By the end of this process Brennan was dissatisfied with the lack of debate. Chartwell’s has threatened the Galley’s independence. The Wardroom is currently the first point of contact for bar service on campus but this is not documented. There is not good precedent at King’s for keeping staff as service providers change. Students are mobilizing to make sure our voices our heard. Minutes after the University made their announcement, students posted their own advisory and began petitioning with four specific demands that address the issues above. The Union’s video has been viewed 5,000 times and the petition already has over 200 signatures.

Went to a Board of Governors meeting and the KSU Spring GM. Exec identified individual and also collective goals. BoG has a Governance committee meeting where Brennan will report on the March 1st town hall (the one that sucked). Brennan will reiterate that what we actually need is open Board meetings. Gina Grattan and Hannah Sparwasser-Soroka have started their work as Orientation Week Coordinators.

I ask Brennan about specific ways in which Chartwell’s has been threatening the Galley.

10:21:08 AM. In camera.

10:35:49 AM. Ex camera.

Lianne: report on sexual assault panel went very very well, tabling and petitioning too. All panelists donated their honoraria to Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. Lianne strongly encourages future Journalism Reps to host similar events. Student appreciation night is coming up. Attended the Racial Justice Symposium which was kicked off with a Black Lives Matter Toronto panel on Friday night. Went to lots of workshops this weekend that were really interesting and valuable. CUBE Coordinator applications are going to remain open until tomorrow night. There will be another Council meeting to approve these hires within approximately a week. Lianne also sits on the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture committee.

Zoe: spring budget passed at the KSU GM! Zoe held several events to consult with students and get feedback on the budget leading up the GM. These sessions weren’t super well attended but we did get several people coming out. She recommends more direct outreach and tabling in future years. We moved $0.88 out of surplus into contingency. UHPs got a raise finally! Nominations are open for Valedictorian and Honourary Class President. Valedictorian speeches will be tomorrow night in the Wardroom, hosted by Nat Marsh and Josh Feldman, with voting to follow. University’s budget consultation was more of a presentation, we continue to impress upon them the importance of reducing tuition and fees. Free menstrual health products are now available in and outside of the KSU office.

Marie: consent coalition tabling with letter to Kelly Regan has been going well. More tabling will happen this week. International Student Consultation happened last week with CFS-NS. Discussion of issues in Nova Scotia and at King’s especially. AGM was successful. Exec has been working on campaign around the Galley and food services, we are ready to take the necessary measures to protect these spaces!

Cassie: Cassie has been TWAKing and working on the General Meeting! The goal for the next AGM is to have much higher attendance. Bylaw Review Committee was elected at the GM! Send Cassie emails with announcement for the ‘what’s happening this week’ chalkboard in the Wardroom. CRO Search committee also has a recommendation for hiring!

Brennan says this GM had “one of the best snack spreads” that he’s ever seen.

10:50:39 AM. Recess.

10:55:51 AM. We’re back.


Action Items

BIRT __________ be hired as the Chair for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Charlotte temporarily transfers the role of Chair to Zoe Brimacombe.

Brennan reports on the work of the Chair Search Committee. They recommend Charlotte Sullivan be hired again. The one blank in the motion is filled with the one name.

Brennan: Charlotte has lots of experience inside and out of the Union with policy and other important relevant stuff.

Drew: Charlotte is the only person I’ve ever heard say she loves Robert’s Rules. (I am DEEPLY offended by this, I also love them.) Motion passes.

BIRT __________ be hired as the Chief Returning Officer for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Cassie reports on the work of the Chief Returning Officer Search Committee. They recommend Gina Grattan be hired as CRO. The one blank in the motion is filled with the one name.

Lianne: Gina has been invaluable to the Union in the past and even still now!

Cassie: Gina has loads of experience with the Union and has been through the elections process before. She answered all our questions perfectly. Motion passes.

BIRT Simon Gillies receive an honorarium of $125 for his work as a CUBE coordinator in the winter term.

Lianne: Simon is great! CUBE has added badminton and ball hockey to their cycle and they were the most attended. They spent most of their budget on badminton supplies, would like more money for floor hockey nets and pads. Had a dodgeball tournament. Suggested partnering with NSCAD for some ~friendly~ competition between schools. Simon has done a fantastic job with CUBE this year.

Brennan: supervised Simon and Itai for most of this year, they were great, we were lucky to have them. Motion passes.

BIRT Itai Kuwodza receive an honorarium of $125 for her as a CUBE coordinator in the winter term.

Lianne: Itai has had a lot of accidents this term but has still been enthusiastic and supportive and come to as many events as she can. She got a bunch of awards at the athletics banquet, has been crucial to running CUBE. Motion passes.

BIRT Margaret Dingwell receive an honorarium of $250 for her work as scribe in the winter term.

Cassie: quick minutes turnaround is super important and Maggie has been great.

JS: Maggie was amazing all year! Motion passes.

BIRT The History of Science and Technology Society receive $19.55 in non-contingent funding to purchase snacks for the HOSTSoc Annual General Meeting on April 7.

Zoe: this was our only request and so finance committee did not meet. This meeting will be in the Wilson Room, will also include a preview of the Tooth & Claw journal. Motion passes.


New Business

Brennan: there will be another Council meeting for some last-minute business within the next week.

11:09:30 AM. Adjourned!

Live Blog: March 19

Wow hi it’s council time! It’s me, JS, not Jacob! I’m your BoG rep and I’m taking these live blog notes!

The agenda was amended to add the following motion:

7.7 BIRT The King’s Jam Society receive $23 in contingent funding to purchase jams and crackers for their meeting on March 23rd

It’s 10:13 am and I was first to give oral reports: I’ve just been doing changeover and getting ready for a Board Meeting

Riel, our first year rep, has chosen the FYP shirt design, and he’s getting ready to make and distribute them…….is this okay?

Cedric says Sugarmoon farm trip probably shouldn’t have been planned for the day after St. Patrick’s day….there’s a dinner and some other things coming up!

Drew has been on a couple of search committees, and she is going to be going to DASSS meetings again!


I just posted this live blog in all the class groups while Brennan gave his ~President~ executive report. I’ll attach it for you to read.

I can’t believe it’s only been 5 days of the new exec!!

Brennan has been working on O-week hiring, and changeover, and getting ready for a board meeting!

Lianne, your SLVP, is working on a panel titled “Reporting on Sexual Assault”, which is going to be fantastic and is happening on Wednesday March 29 at 6pm in the Wardroom. Lianne is also working on some K-Point related things…the Society Appreciation/K-Point night will be happening on April 6th…stay tuned!!!

Zoe is still your FVP!!!! SWeet! There is SO much consultation happening about the Spring Draft Budget <3 <3

Option 1: A presentation in the Frazee Room on Monday March 20th from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Option 2: One on One Budget chats with Zoe! 1pm – 4pm on Wednesday March 22 in the Wardy!

Option 3: Email to set up a meeting! Nice!

Option 4: Just email to tell her your ideas! I love it!

Marie is our new EVP! So lovely! Marie attended a Fight the Fees meeting, and the outcomes of that focus largely on the University budget consultation that s happening on March 21st at 4pm in Classroom 3.

Marie has also been working on reinstating some UHPs that are really exciting: the Equity and Accessibility Commissioner and the Sustainability Commissioner. These positions are going to be hired in September so that they can be better defined and supported.

There’s an International Student Consultation coming up next week! Monday March 27, 12-1pm. This is a closed space for international students only!

Cassie, your new CVP, has been doing great work getting things going and keeping up with the day-to-day work of advertising events! Look forward to a section on the wardroom bulletin boards that is KSU centred! Nice!


This is the report of the O-Week Hiring Committee! And guess what? We have Orientation Week Coordinators!

Brennan added the following motion:

6.1 BIRT Hannah Sparwasser-Soroka and Gina Grattan be hired as Orientation Week Coordinators for 2017.


10:42: We are on these–

Action Items:

7.1 BIRT that the King’s Jam Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017/2018 year.

Motion Passes

7.2 BIRT The King’s Wordsmiths receive $38.48 in contingent funding to purchase drinks and snacks for the Octopus Launch and Wordsmiths AGM on April 5th.

Snacks for the journal launch! Zoe says this is a really well written funding request. Pilar speaks in favour of this society cause they’re lovely.

Motion Passes

7.3 BIRT The King’s Dance Collective receive $155 in contingent funding to purchase snacks and pay a photographer for the Turn Out For What dance show on March 24th and 25th.

Motion Passes

7.4 BIRT The Unconscious Collective Vocal Ensemble receive $292.63 in contingent funding to purchase wine, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages for a reception following their concert We Need To Talk on April 1st.

Motion Passes 

7.5 BIRT the World University Service of Canada receive $85 in non-contingent funding to purchase samosas for the annual WUSC’d Away fundraiser on March 24th.

Sam Krueger is here speaking to this. First Zoe explains that WUSC is a levied society that brings a refuge student to King’s to study which is amazing work. Sam says that it is getting really expensive to bring a student here, which is why they are throwing this fundraiser.

Motion Passes

7.6 BIRT Le Salon receive $50 in contingent funding to purchase pastries and popcorn for a screening of Les Choristes on March 26th.

French film about choral music at an all boys boarding school…..!

This society is well loved by council and so is this event.

Cedric loves this film. We also heard rumour that a certain member of Finance Committee (perhaps even a member who normally writes this very live blog…yes…Jacob) got so excited about this funding request that he played the theme to Les choristes on his laptop in the meeting. Neat.

Motion Passes

7.7 BIRT The King’s Jam Society receive $23 in contingent funding to purchase jams and crackers for their meeting on March 23rd

Informally known as “Jam Jam Society” they eat Jam…and play music…all at once. I’m FLORDE.

Motion Passes

Turns out Zoe forgot a motion??? We’re adding it in.

7.8 BIRT Students Advocating for Representative Curricula recieve $256.71 to fund a Laundry Room Gallery Opening (And Installation) on March 31st.

So like remember when the Wall of Women didn’t go back up? SNARC wants an art installation not funded by the University, which is really fun and exciting, so they’re putting up a Gallery in the Cochran Bay Laundry Room! This is COOL.

Motion Passes



LIVE BLOG: Council March 5


Executive Reports

Minutes from Feb 12



Lianne: there’s an event coming up, a panel about reporting on sexual assault. There will be journalism profs / journalists and someone from Avalon.

Curran: there was a BoG town hall, it wasn’t great and it wasn’t what students asked for so Curran and others will report this to the Board and see if there’s anything positive that can come out of it.

Me! BRC is doing cool work and we’ll be holding open consultations with students soon. The BoG town hall was terrible, especially when Hugh Wright complained about having to spend half an hour every year thinking about tuition.

FG: nothing to report!

Drew: consent coalition met for the first time this week. This was an online forum which was interesting. There might be a letter-writing campaign coming, and there will also be class talks and tabling.

Cedric: DSS GM will be next Friday, there will be snacks and budgeting! Sugar Moon trip has been postponed to the 18th.

Pilar: nothing to report.

Lucia: signed a cheque for the Symposium dinner, thinking about funding Big Night.

Aidan: congrats to new Exec! Changeover is coming! The referendum passed and Aidan had a chance to talk to lots of students about the Union and gather feedback. This referendum is a vote for the long-term sustainability of the Union. Spoke to a lot of Board members after the consultation meeting to reiterate that this isn’t a replacement for open Board meetings. Students were consistently better-prepared and more articulate than the others in the room. Exec is looking into how to formalize and submit feedback about this event. There is a full Board meeting on March 23.

Dalhousie’s Budget Advisory Committee met and had ‘consultations’ and they were terrible. The recommendations of this committee include an increase in tuition of 3% and a reduction of funding of 1.9% to all faculties (what the fuck????). They were not prepared to talk about a deficit budget or using reserve funds. They proposed a false dichotomy of needing to cut faculty funding unless tuition increased. The whole presentation was “rather condescending.” You can submit feedback to this committee at!

This is Aidan’s last Council meeting as President! She thanks everyone and is proud of the work this team has done this year.

Brennan: congrats everyone who was elected! Food services proposals have all been received, committee will be meeting soon to go over these bids. Brennan’s going to stay on the committee as the student rep. Attended a meeting of the Campus Planning Committee this week. A “pretty low-stakes” meeting. There are plans to make Alex Hall more accessible in the next year or so. University has applied for a large grant for accessibility updates. Changeover has started with both Aidan and Lianne and it’s! going! well!

Zoe: congrats to everyone involved with elections! ESPECIALLY HANNAH MACDOUGALL. Zoe is changing over with herself! She’s creating documentation for future changeovers. Budget is being prepared for the Spring General Meeting, and there will be open consultations a couple of weeks beforehand. University Budget Advisory Committee met recently too, discussed auxiliary and ancillary fees. Recommendation for open community consultation on the University’s budget in March. Zoe noted importance of circulating documents in advance, taking minutes, and ensuring other forms of accountability and feedback. It appears that there will be a 3% across-the-board increase to tuition at King’s. Bursar and committee were resistant to the idea of condemning Dal’s increases, which affect ours. Committee was closed to the idea of reducing fees, but there was discussion about freezing some fees this year. Committee recommended freezing residence fees because ‘our residences suck’ (Zoe didn’t say that, I’m paraphrasing). Finance Audit & Risk Committee also met, Zoe’s saying financial things that I don’t have the energy to understand right now but it sounds good.

This week Zoe and Gina met with South House and there will be free menstrual health products in the KSU office starting this week!! Awesome. Zoe agrees that the BoG consultation sucked but students were super eloquent and she’s glad everyone came.

Gina: lobby week happened, met with lots of politicians to talk about student issues. Lobby documents are online on the KSU and CFS websites. Talked about reducing tuition fees and other issues, including eliminating tuition at the NSCC (cool!). There’s a Fight the Fees meeting tomorrow in Classroom 3. Changeover is happening! Congrats Marie!

JS: BRC has prepared a package of recommendations for Bylaw amendments, there is consultation coming, please coming! Changeover with Cassie is happening and it’s exciting! Also with Aidan/Curran/Daniel/Liam for BoG changeover! Last Council as CVP, thank you and goodbye!

Me: thanks Exec! We <3 u!!


Recess for 5min.


Action Items

BIRT The Contemporary Studies Society receive 20 colour photocopies and $156.00 in non-contingent funding to purchase wine and snacks for a Thesis Speed Dating event on March 16th. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Zoe notes that there are photocopying requests here that might be unnecessary. Also, there is currently $6,907 remaining in society funding. This event is for thesis students and it’s going to be SUPER FUCKING AMAZING AND FUN. Money is for wine and snacks.

Me: this is a super cool event! It’s open to all thesis students, not just those in CSP. Motion passes.

BIRT The Contemporary Studies Society receive 40 colour photocopies and $1071.05 in non-contingent funding to pay for the printing of the journal Hinge and to purchase wine and snacks for its launch party on March 31st. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Zoe: Hinge is the journal of the Contemporary Studies Society. Most of this funding is for the journal printing, about $850.

Me: yay! This funding is in line with what the journal usually costs. We’re working on editing right now, we’re publishing ten people and it’s going to be rad. Motion passes.

BIRT The Early Modern Studies Society receive $2256.18 in non-contingent funding to put on the Conference of the Early Modern on March 10th and 11th, including the costs of a Saturday morning reception, Sodexo lunch, conference dinner, evening receptions, and a chapel concert. Finance Committee recommends amendment.

Zoe: this funding is for two meals and two receptions. The conference will include a panel and about 30 student presentations.

Zoe moves to amend the amount to $1,856.18 and strike out reference to a Chapel concert, because that isn’t going to happen. Amendment passes.

Zoe notes that this is a larger request than other conferences submitted. SNARC, CSP, and HOST were all in the $400-$600 range. This is usually a larger conference, and this request is also a lot lower than usual, last year was $2,600.

Me: this request covers food for all attendees, not just presenters. Finance Committee talked about amending this down to just presenters.

Zoe: their numbers actually aren’t a lot more than the people presenting and involved, and it’s already been cut by $400 so it’s not as huge anymore.

Aidan: speaking in favour. The request is already a lot lower than usual for this conference, and there’s been a lot of discussion about how to reduce costs with EMSS. This is $800 less than last year and sets a good precedent for a more reasonable amount for a weekend conference. Motion passes.

BIRT Students Advocating for Representative Curricula receive $831.43 to pay for the printing of the journal CANON and to purchase snacks for its launch party on April 7th. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Zoe: “It’s journal season, y’all.” This is the second year that SNARC is publishing CANON. This journal challenges the under- and mis-representation of marginalized voices in academia. Most of this funding is for the printing of this journal. They’re printing 75 copies, printing is about $700. The rest is for the launch part and an honorarium for a student artist to create the cover artwork. Motion passes.

BIRT The Contemporary Studies society receive $145.00 in non-contingent funding to purchase wine for the launch of the CANON journal on April 7th. Finance Committee recommends approval.

Zoe: this is for the same event as the previous motion. SNARC is a Tier 1 society without special designation so they can’t get alcohol funding. CSP can get this funding, so this is a handy workaround—CSP is co-hosting this event in order to provide alcohol funding. Last year this was set up similarly with the EMSP society.

Zoe moves an amendment to make it $156.76 to include non-alcoholic drinks too. Amendment passes.

Aidan is looking forward to SNARC getting special designation next year so that they can get their own alcohol! Motion passes.


BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 Chair Search Committee.

Aidan: the Union hires lots of students! These search committees meet to receive applications and select people! Time commitment is usually about three hours, happens in one sitting.

FG nominates Robert Dryer and Ghislaine Sinclair. Two FYP students who haven’t been super involved yet but are interested in getting more involved. Robby is one of the founders of the King’s Jewish Book Club.

Zoe nominates Keegan Gardner-Elmer. Second-year student, has been on elections committee.

Pilar adds that Ghislaine is awesome.

Brennan: this committee is chaired by the President (so Brennan) and the outgoing President sits too (Aidan).

Blanks are filled with the three names by unanimous consent. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 Orientation Week Coordinator Search Committee.

Aidan: this committee picks the people who run frosh week! This is most time-consuming committee, but it’s lots of fun!

Brennan: this committee includes the incoming President and SLVP, the outgoing President, and the previous Orientation Week Coordinators.

Zoe nominates Sadie Cunningham. V passionate about orientation week, comes to Union GMs and is looking to get involved!

Aidan nominates Nika Lennox. Second-year student, sat on this committee last year and was a leader in orientation week and wants more!

FG nominates Caleb Sher. FYP student who was in o-week this year. Actively involved with King’s Jewish Book Club and comes to lots of Union events/meetings.

Blanks are filled with the three names by unanimous consent. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 CUBE Coordinator Search Committee.

Brennan: CUBE is the Union’s intramural athletics program, they hold weekly events in the gym. Incoming and outgoing SLVP both sit on this committee.

Brennan nominates Jessica Simm, Rachel Colquhoun, Katie MacLean, and Peter Janson.

Jess is passionate about CUBE, plays on the women’s basketball team, sat on this committee last year and would like to again. Rachel also sat on this committee last year, interested in connections between physical health and mental health, loves CUBE. Katie is in second year, plays on the women’s soccer team, very interested in getting more involved. Peter was also on this committee last year, played on King’s men’s badminton team and wants to be involved again.

Voting ensues. The blanks are filled with Jessica Simm, Katie MacLean, and Peter Janson. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 Sustainability Officer Search Committee.

Gina: this position wasn’t hired this year because $$. They take charge on sustainability initiatives! This committee is to hire someone for next year!

Gina nominates Katharine Thomas and Elina Blomley. Katharine has been on the sustainability committee for four years and has working with several different sustainability officers, and has sat on this committee before. Elina is a second-year sustainability major and would like to get more involved with the Union.

FG nominates Ruth Ballard. Ruth is a FYP student very interested in social justice, has been very involved with KSU societies and events, including the Day of Action.

Blanks are filled with the three names by unanimous consent. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 External Commissioner (Equity & Advocacy) Search Committee.

Gina: this position also wasn’t hired last year. They deal with issues of equity and could put forward related initiatives.

Gina nominates Levi Clarkson and Mal Thomas. Levi believes they would be an asset to this committee, queer and non-binary student very aware of oppression and also of their own white privilege. Mal would love to get more involved with the Union and equity initiatives are very important to her.

Drew self-nominates. She says “I’m great.” She’s been on Council and knows how this works, involved in the Union’s equity campaigns and would bring an interesting perspective to the committee as a member of the queer community at King’s.

Blanks are filled with the three names by unanimous consent. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 Chief Returning Officer Search Committee.

JS: this committee includes the incoming and outgoing CVP.

JS nominates Alexandra Buffy Sweny, Emma Sigsworth, and Dorsa Eslami. Buffy has been on elections committee and would like to bring that knowledge into hiring the next CRO. Emma doesn’t have a lot of Union experience but would like to get involved. Dorsa has been getting more involved and attending events and would like to do more in the future.

I self-nominate. I’ve sat on this committee twice, as CVP and outgoing CVP, and I worked with Emma Morris to fix problems with the elections process and Elections Procedure.

Voting ensues. The blanks are filled with Alexandra Buffy Sweny, Dorsa Eslami, and Jacob Baker-Kretzmar. Motion passes.

BIRT ______, ______ and ______ be elected to the 2017 Scribe Search Committee.

JS: this committee also includes the incoming and outgoing CVP.

JS nominates Danna Deutsch. President of Pride society, was a part of the Yes campaign for the referendum, wants to get more involved.

FG nominates Caleb Mendel. FG says “Caleb Mendel is the friggin’ best.” He’s been involved with KJBC and comes to Union events and wants to get more involved.

Drew self-nominates. She is on Council and reads minutes, knows what the Scribe needs to do and what we’re looking for.

Blanks are filled with the three names by unanimous consent. Motion passes.


New Business

I ask when the Spring General Meeting will take place. JS says almost certainly on March 30.

Zoe thanks Council for all of their work, she had a great time working with everyone.

Next Council is March 19.


11:35:35 AM. Adjourned!