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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!

4.1

  • 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!

4.2

  • 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!

4.3

  • 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!

4.4

  • 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!

4.5

  • 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!

4.6

  • 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!

4.7

  • 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)

4.8

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.

EXEC REPORTS

Lianne:

  • 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.

Michael

  • 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!

Marie

  • 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 chaplainadvisory@ukings.ca 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.

Isabelle

  • 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

ACTION ITEMS

  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)

SEE YOU LOVELY FOLKS IN SEPTEMBER!

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

2018-03-18_KSU_Council_Minutes+Reports

2018-04-08_KSU_Council_Agenda+Reports

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

ORAL REPORTS

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 cfs-ns.ca 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 evp@ksu.ca!

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 info@ksu.ca! The KSU AGM will also take place on March 28th, 2018 at 6pm in the Wardroom!

ACTION ITEMS

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

HUGE SORRY TO EVERYONE JUST REALIZED I NEVER CHECKED THE LIVE BLOG BOX SO I HAVE BEEN UPDATING THIS WHOLE TIME AND NO ONE IS SEEING IT I AM SO SORRY!!!

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

NEW BUSINESS

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!

2018-03-18_Agenda+Reports

2018-02-11-KSU_Council_Minutes+Reports

2018-03-04-KSU_Council_Minutes+Reports

COUNCIL LIVE BLOG: March 4, 2018

Good morning everyone! Hope all of you had a lovely reading week!

10:12 Meeting called to order!

Agenda Adoption

Brennan would like to amend item 5.5, the referendum question from WUSC. The initial clause didn’t have a whereas clause and WUSC has now sent one in.

Amendment passes.

Agenda was adopted!

Approval of minutes

Approved!

ORAL REPORTS

Aeriana – Tabled with Chris on Tuesday for Pads are Rad!

Cedric – has continued sitting with Lianne on the Dean Search Committee. The DSS Candygram event was great! Yesterday the Sugarmoon farm trip was amazing and lots of students came! Even Bill and Casey!

Kaila – Also has been doing outreach regarding Pads are Rad and the Reduce the Fees photo campaign. Will be discussing reducing journalism fees with Lianne at the Academic committee meeting tomorrow . Also having a J-School round table on the 13th at 4pm in Classroom 3 for J-School students to talk about fee reduction.

Izzy – Counted all the votes for the FYP T-shirts. Handed out forms for students to input their opinion on the new Chaplain. Black History Month Poetry reading and Dance Party were amazing events!

EXEC REPORTS (link to full reports will be posted)

Brennan – has been working to schedule changeover for the incoming exec and BOG reps.

Galley now has a space agreement again!

Bill has been saying we need an external review for fee reduction, which Brennan sees as a stalling tactic. Outreach was to let students know and to get their support in the movement for fee reduction.

Attended a farewell reception for Nick Hatt. Reinforced the importance for the current search for a new Dean of Students. Was very sad but very nice to celebrate him!

Board Executive Committee is meeting this week and Brennan will be working with incoming and outgoing BOG reps to create the report for that meeting.

This is Brennan’s last Council meeting! Has been on Council his entire time at King’s!

Lianne – Racialized Student’s Collective held a Hidden Figures viewing which was very nice! The Black History Month Dance Party, Moonlight screening, and poetry reading were amazing. Wants to thank all of those folks who supported, attended, or ran such awesome events.

Have done more outreach regarding the Chaplain and Dean search!

Zoë – Has begun training incoming FVP Marie, and will continue to work together to make the transition as smooth as possible.

General Liability Insurance has been renewed and coverage has been increased from $1 million to $2 million!

Budget Advisory Committee on Feb 14th. Received updates from the President on work being done to deal with the deficit, and reviewed a report from the Registrar on student recruitment and conversion. Didn’t feel the administration was really listening to student input on the future budget.

Marie wants to thank Zoe for all her work on Council and in the KSU. This is Zoe’s last council too!

Marie – Has continued to meet with the UHPs to check in regularly with them.

Attended a chaplain search committee meeting in place of Lianne.

Student Government Roundtable on Feb 22: Discussed barriers for international students with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Despite the frustration of the meeting all the students there were incredible representatives!

Reached out to students for the photo campaign to ask Bill to reduce fees! Also reached out for the Pads are Rad workshop!

KSU Election Results: Included in the Agenda and Reports document

ACTION ITEMS

(Hey folks. Its hard to keep up with typing all the Referendum questions, so please check out the Agenda and Reports doc at the end of the live blog to read the fully!)

5.1. BIRT the King’s Feminist Collective receive $111.52 in contingent funding to purchase drinks and snacks for a Self Care Night on March 7, 2018. (Tabled from February 26, 2018 meeting)

Zoe says that original concerns were around the amount of money to number of students ratio. The society said that the expected attendance was very rough, and wanted to spend more money on healthier snacks. Since it has been submitted, more people have come forward to contribute so they might not spend all the money. Since they will only be reimbursed for what they spend, there is an understanding that this whole amount will not be spent and that amending it down would be a little arbitraryt

Motion passes

5.2. BIRT the king’s Feminist Collective receive $94 in contingent funding to purchase craft supplies for a Self-Care Night on march 7, 2018.

Zoe and the society discussed lending art supplies from the KSU to help reduce the cost. Didn’t know how much to amend it down right away, but would like to amend the motion to be for $56.50.

Will now read: 5.2. BIRT the king’s Feminist Collective receive $56.50 in contingent funding to purchase craft supplies for a Self-Care Night on march 7, 2018.

Amendment passes

5.2. BIRT the king’s Feminist Collective receive $94 in contingent funding to purchase craft supplies for a Self-Care Night on march 7, 2018.

Motion passes

5.3. BIRT the following referendum question appear on a ballot to be posed to the general members of the King’s Students’ Union on March 19-20, 2018.

Lily says that NSPIRG run social and environmental justice events, and the levy would be used to provide part-time employment for students and to increase student and community grants.

Motion passes

5.4. BIRT the following referendum question appear on a ballot to be posed to the general members of the king’s Students’ Union on March 19-20, 2018.

Brianna says that Students already pay a levy of $4 per semester and this would be increased to $6 to help the Galley stay open later and to provide more locally-sourced products at affordable prices.

Motion passes

5.5. BIRT that the following referendum question appear on a ballot to be posed to the general members of the king’s Students’ Union

Riel says that WUSC every other year sponsors a student refugee at King’s, but since the levy hasn’t been increased since 2009, it has been hard to raise enough money to do so.

Motion passes

5.6. BIRT the following referendum question appear on a ballot to be posed to the general members of the King’s Students’ Union on March 19-20, 2018

Brennan says the Loaded Ladle does not currently have a levy at King’s

Cedric asks if a King’s levy would mean increased Loaded Ladle presence on King’s campus?

Brennan says he will ask the Ladle board.

Motion passes.

5.7. the Dal/King’s Swing Society be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Lianne is really excited to see it ratified! The society has a no partner needed, no experience needed policy and will be putting on workshops here at King’s

Motion passes.

5.8. BIRT the Dance Collective receive $140 in contingent funding to pay for a photographer honourarium and purchase snacks for their dance show on March 16 and 17, 2018, and rehearsals leading up to it.

Motion passes

5.9. BIRT the Blue Devils Supporter Society receive $300 in contingent fundung to cover the costs of travelling to Truro to attend the women’s rugby game from March 9-11, 2018.

Funding is for gas and one hotel room for volunteer drivers to Truro. Hoping to have about 5 people travel. Want to support the Women’s rugby team and to spread support via social media. Athletics doesn’t have the funds to bring supporters to events like this.

Motion passes.

5.10. BIRT that ______,______, and ________ be elected to the 2018 Orientation Week Coordinator Search Committee.

Lianne nominate Ruth Ballard, Gill Gawron

Brennan nominates Ellen Zagar and Nika Lennox

5.10. BIRT that Ruth Ballard, Gill Gawron, and Ellen Zagar be elected to the 2018 Orientation Week Coordinator Search Committee.

Motion Passes

5.11. BIRT that ______,______, and ________ be elected to the CUBE Coordinator Search Committee

Lianne nominates Maya Palacio and Brendan Petrasek

Brennan nominates Simon Gillies

5.11. BIRT that Simon Gillies, Maya Palacio, and Brendan Petrasek be elected to the CUBE Coordinator Search Committee

Motion passes

5.12. BIRT that _____, _______ , and _________be elected to the 2018 Chief Returning Officer Search Committee.

Brennan would like to move an omnibus motion to table item 5.12., 5.13., and 5.14. to the March 18th meeting due to lack of nominations

Brennan says that the only Committee that needed to be filled this meeting was O-Week Coordinators.

All motions tabled

NEW BUSINESS

Brennan has a motion to bring forth on behalf of Cassie. Michale Greenlaw, the current scribe, was elected to SLVP, and would like to be released so he can be more involved in meetings.

BIRT that Michael Greenlaw receive an honourarium of $300  for his work as Scribe in the winter term of the 2017-2018 academic year

Motion passes

Zoe asks who our scribe will be moving forward.

Brennan says that hopefully we can find someone to scribe for both of the next two meetings. Will be advertising an interim scribe position that will receive honouraria from the contingency part of our budget.

11:10 Meeting adjourned

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COUNCIL LIVE BLOG: February 11, 2018

Good morning everyone! Hope all you folks are finding some time to relax during this rainy weekend!

Here are the Council docs (Agenda and Exec Reports – Feb 11, Meeting Minutes – Jan 28, Jan 14)

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2018-01-14-Council_Minutes_Reports

2018-01-28-Council_Minutes+Reports

We have a new chair for today! Grant MacNeil from CFS-NS is here and we’re super happy!

Motion to ratify Grant MacNeil as Chairperson

Motion passes

10:04 Meeting called to order!

Adoption of Agenda

Moved by Brennan, seconded by Heather

Keenan Livingstone would like to move item 5.1. to after the approval of the agenda. He’s gotta run soon!

Motioned to move item 5.1. before Item 2. Moved by Zoe

Motion carries.

Motion to approve agenda as amended

Zoe has an amendment. To include another motion to discuss as item 5.3. BIRT that the King’s Pride Society receive $65 in contingent funding to purchase snacks and decorations for Glitterpunk: Queereoke on February 16, 2018

Request was late and did not go through Finance committee

Motion passes

Agenda as amended was approved

Item 5.1. 

  1. BIRT the Early Modern Studies Society receive $350 in non-contingent funding to publish the journal ‘Babel’ and to purchase drinks and snacks for the launch party on March 2, 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe
    Finance Committee Recommends approvalKeenan says they’ve really tried hard to reduce costs and will be using some leftover funding to cover publishing costs. Motion passes

Approval of Minutes from January 14th, 2018 

Moved by Lianne

Cassie asks if we’ve checked over these minutes because they’re very long. Wondering if we want to read through them to double-check accuracy. These minutes have only been edited grammatically.

Zoe moves for a 5-minute recess to read the minutes

Motion passes (see you in 10:19)

Called to order 10:19

Approval of Minutes from January 14th, 2018

Cedric has two amendments. Wants to say thank you to Michael for working so hard to edit all the minutes.

Page 6 Second last paragraph:

“Cédric Blais said that he is confused with how the Societies Act plays out. He said that he would like to bring awareness to the fact that this is the second time that members of the executive have shut down a motion put forward by a union member and that they are specifically using the governing Bylaws.”

Amendment: Cédric Blais said that he is confused with how the Societies Act plays out. He said that he would like to bring awareness to the fact that this is the second time that members of the executive have shut down a motion put forward by a union member because they don’t like using the governing Bylaws.

Motion passes

Page 16 End of the second paragraph – Addition: “He would like to draw attention to the fact that retroactive funding had been previously used to try to justify denying SNARC a funding request”

Cedric says the reason it wasn’t included was because the Chair said it was off-topic regarding the motion on the table, but would like to re-intergrate it into the Minutes.

Daniel moves to amend the motion to add “The Chair warned that this subject was off-topic” to the end of the previous amendment.

Daniel’s motion passes

Amendment now reads “He would like to draw attention to the fact that retroactive funding had been previously used to try to justify denying SNARC a funding request. The Chair warned that this subject was off-topic”

Motion passes

Daniel moves to amend Page 7 Second paragraph to read ”

“Daniel Whitten said that as an institution the KSU is usually hesitant to vote on something owing to the unprecedentedness of it, but that should not be a reason to vote against a motion.”

Motion passes

Minutes from January 14th 2018 are Adopted

Approval of minutes from January 28th, 2018 

Minutes approved

ORAL REPORTS

Chris: Hey everyone! I don’t have a lot to report. I helped with outreach for the Consent on Campus meeting that happened last Wednesday, and though absent I submitted some ideas for discussion. I want to apologize to the membership for being MIA for the first few weeks of the semester from Council and the Office, but I’m back and excited to contribute! Big thanks to those who filled in Live-blogging!

Cedric: As a member of the DSS got to sit on the New Dean’s search committee. Had the chance to meet the current interim dean and he seems very optimistic about his capacity to fill in. The DSS is working on Candygrams which can be bought online or at school on Monday. They’re $2 and they’ll get a message and a bag of Candy. Nature Sugar Moon Farms trip is coming up and is awesome. All should feel welcome to join!

Daniel: Has had a couple folks speak to him about their meeting last week with Elder Geri about including elders in Grad Week and reaching out to Indigenous students on Campus. Has looked at other campuses to look at how white supremacy has been playing out and what the response has been to prepare for King’s.

Heather: Hasn’t been able to do much because of personal health but is excited to come back!

Aeriana: Attended the Dal Science meeting and attended Lunch with the President!

Adrianna: the last 2 DASS meetings have been cancelled but has been helping Izzy with FYP T-shirts.

Izzy: Worked with the Racialized Student’s collective to organize a playlist for an upcoming Wardy event celebrating black artists. Worked with Adrianna on the FYP T-shirts! They’re are some funny quotes that might be on it!

EXEC REPORTS (see above)

Brennan: Attended the Consent on Campus meeting last Wednesday.

A lot of work has been put toward the upcoming Executive and BOG rep changeover. Creating Workshops and procedure to help make the process smoother.

At the last meeting of KSU Council on January 28, Council passed a motion asking the King’s Students’ Union to send a letter expressing solidarity with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq. The letter was mailed on Tuesday, February 6 to Mayor Mike Savage, Councillor Waye Mason, and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. It was also posted to the KSU Facebook page and on the KSU website.

The Galley’s 6th birthday is coming up and it’s going to be RAD.

Cedric asks who is making the zine for the Galley. Brennan says its the Galley staff.

Daniel wants to encourage Council in the future to move letters like these immediately instead of waiting before sending them. Brennan says he didn’t want to act unilaterally and wanted people to read it over but totally agrees with Daniel

Lianne: Attended the BIPOC Elections Workshop hosted by Amina from the DSU and it was a really really nice event and encourages future events like these.

Met with the Chaplain Advisory Search Committee. The committee is having a consultation meeting for any students who wish to contribute on February 15th from 6:45-8:30 pm.

Zoe: Did outreach for Consent on Campus meeting

Attended a Budget Advisory Committee meeting on the 31st to review departmental budget increase requests

Put together an official student recommendations for the King’s budget report after speaking to a lot of students. Check out the report above to see the recommendations.

Attended the CFS-NS Annual General Meeting. It was an amazing meeting and there were a lot of great people to learn from

Traveled to Ottawa to participate in the CFS National Lobby Week. Met with 10 MPs from across Canada including Andy Fillmore. Our lobby document is available in the office in hard copy and on the CFS Website.

Marie: Continued to meet with our Union-Hired Positions to check-up on them.

Attended the Consent on Campus meeting last Wednesday

Attended a conference organized by the Antigonish Women’s Center for the creation of a Bystander Intervention Program. The program is part of the provincial government’s strategy to address sexualized violence on university campuses. Spoke on a panel with student representatives from across the province who gave updates about their campuses.

Also attended the annual GM for CFS-NS. Was an amazing weekend of workshops and learning. At the meeting, Local 11 moved two motions: one was a routine motion to update the organization’s bylaws with the Registry of Joint Stocks, and the other was a motion for the federation to create a toolkit for organizing against racism and colonialism on Nova Scotia campuses. Both motions passed.

There is a reusable Pad Workshop on March 1st at 7pm and Marie hopes lots of folks will come out

Daniel asks if there was any discussion of White Supremacy on Campus at the CFS-NS AGM.

Marie says most of the weekend they talked about this, including talks about white feminism. Passed a motion regarding Rick Mehta and there was a large discussion around this toolkit.

Zoe adds that the Allyship workshop was focused on creating a safe space for racialized students and how white students can be better allies.

Cassie: Working on easing the CVP changeover.

Elections are this week! Students need their Student ID or ISIC Card. Voting will be Wednesday and Thursday this week (the 14-15) from 9am-7pm outside of Prince Hall.

Action Items

  1. 5.2. BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club receive $15 in contingent funding to purchase snacks for a regular meeting on February 28, 2018.
    Moved by Zoe Brimacombe. Finance Committee Recommends approval. Motion passes
  2. 5.3. BIRT that the King’s Pride Society receive $65 in contingent funding to purchase snacks and decorations for Glitterpunk: Queereoke on February 16, 2018. Motion Passes

New Business

6.1. Awards Discussion!

Lianne has a report on how we can improve these student awards. Looked at things like gendered language, the people these awards are named afterwards, and the connection of awards with Alumni.

We haven’t done them for the past two years, and it would be fun to have them back, but do we want different ones, new ones, etc.?

Heather thinks it is great to bring them back, but that we should move forward on the gender issue, while remembering the connection to alumni.

Cassie is confused about the residence awards because they’re used to be Presidents by floor. Maybe we could make this more relevant to the current situation.

Lianne agrees that these are outdated!

Zoe agrees with Cassie. What could one do to be an ‘outstanding’ residence student. We should think about what we value at King’s to help shape awards. Also wondering what exactly the commemorative names are and where they come from.

Lianne says we have free range on category but that it is important to keep the name on the award

Daniel thinks if we were to reach out the Deans and Dons it would be clear what stands out about students in Residence. There are always students who go above and beyond to make it a home for people. It is important to reach out to these folks.

Zoe is wondering what made these people worthy of commemoration. Wants to embrace the spirit of why the awards were given while updating categories.

Heather agrees with Daniel on the importance of acknowledging great residence students.

Lianne asks if we should just eliminate gendered language or redo categories completely.

Daniel thinks the categories are important to acknowledge the roles students play on campus so groups aren’t ignored.

Cassie says although these are deserving categories they don’t represent the whole of the King’s community. The Athletics community, the Chapel community, etc. If we categorize it too much we leave out important parts of Student life.

Izzy asks if it is possible for the categorization to make more than one person a recipient.

Zoe is wondering if we could split up current awards to make room for more general achievement awards

Cedric is wondering whether or not we should make sure that everyone is involved in the process of recipient selection to make the process more inclusive. Acknowledges it would be hard to coordinate.

Lianne says this ties into a discussion on how we actually select the awards. Do people have thoughts?

Brennan thinks a committee structure to discuss recipients is important as long as it is representational of King’s Communities.

Adrianna thinks its important that the general membership know who is on this committee. There might be folks who don’t belong to one specific ‘community’

Daniel agrees that its important to reach out to those who aren’t a part of a specific group, but that its important that the names of the committee members and recipients tie into communities.

Heather does agree with Daniel. Transparency is something we need to keep an eye on. Need to make sure we’re doing things properly.

Lianne says she will bring an update next time. How should councillors reach out to members to hear what they think?

Daniel thinks word of mouth is great but there should be something concrete for the KSU to refer to.

Zoe thinks reaching out to societies to talk about it amongst themselves is a good idea.

Daniel thinks that its also important to think about how we are going to reach out to other marginalized communities on campus. This might look like tailoring awards to these folks or making the awards more accommodating.

6.2. Next meeting – March 4th 2018

11:20 Motion to adjourn!

Motion passes

Here is Lianne’s report on Awards as of today!

2018-02-Awards_Report

 

 

 

 

LIVE BLOG Monday 22 2018 ; EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

17:08 Council Begins!

Agenda adopted.

Action 1 : BIRT the exec committee send an email to the “This Week at King’s” mailing list retraction and apologizing for the “KSU Membership Advisory” sent on 4 December 2017

Brought forward by Daniel (BOG Rep)

Pride has not brought this up until now because they did not want LGTB students to think that their council was against them. The gender inclusive washroom signs faced barriers. KSU said that it was not worth it to add signs because people already knew where they were and King’s would loose the charm if they knew). The exec members would go out to take secret phone calls.

A meeting was finally created, but no pride members were invited. You can see on the fb post by the KSU that they did not give pride credit. The sign that they wanted was also not one of the options given to put up. They wonder still why it took so long for the signs to be put up.

 

He agrees with those folks that it was important to bring it up and contextualize it. He thinks it’s really important for what people call systematic behaviour that this is just another example and to contextualize that.

17:17 Brief overview of motion from last council:

Objections to the wall of women, Daniel’s motivation for it was that the TWAK mailing list is much wider than just the membership and impacted the members of SNARC as it was send to teachers and alum. Disappointed with how the KSU is using their voice as a over structure on campus.

FLOOR IS OPEN FOR DEBATE

Cedric: Amendment. Instead of writing it as it currently stands, something along the lines of

BIRT the exec write an official statement retreating and apologizing for 4 dec that this public statement be on the KSU website, be read at the following council meeting, and be linked to the next “This week at King’s”

Motivate: He has been talking to many people and although he cannot speak for them, he has received confirmation from the SNARC exec that this is something that they would support. The two main issues:

A) The apology would need to be sent the same way the original one was, which would be misusing TWAK to apologize for a misuse of TWAK.

B) Keep in mind that we send it simply as a general advisory it reaches a broad range of people, therefore this issue is far more liable to explode far beyond the scope then that which is needed for this controversy. This what we are proposing is that this uses an official channel. It uses the This week at king’s in a way which is legit. Which means that those who have signed up will get the email because they do what to know what is up. Through TWAK is important if you are truly interested in King’s you will click the link. This is a fairly extensive change which does not make us blow this issue into waters we would not want it to be in.

Daniel: (agrees)

Brennan : a number of students have said that they feel uncomfortable in the way in which this was shared and he wants to listen to the student and want to have productive conversations moving forward.

1728 Recess over

No questions or comments. Voting…amendment PASSES

Zoe: Is in favour of the motion. Very hopeful that we can move forward and do work together and hopefully resolve the tension that has been heavy for the past couple of months. Hopes that others feel resolved but recognizes that this is not the end. This is an ongoing struggle and she is very interested in it. She thinks that this is the end of one aspect but not the end of working together.

Cedric: The amendment would not have been possible without ongoing conversations with members of the exec.

Daniel: Thanks Zoe. Hopefully moving to a place where we can work together. Wanted to let people know that there is mental health help available for all

Anise: Clarify what the council will be apologizing for, that the wording can change things. If this were to be sent out so wide spread, we should know the specific language.

Zoe: Her interpretation would be to retract the other one and send the amendment as it is. Also wants to thank Cedric, thinks he is doing great work.

2.1 Voting…

 

*** Next council will be moved to 3PM.

17:35 Motion to Adjourn. PASS

 

LIVE BLOG: January 14 2018

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10:13 CALL TO ORDER!

Cassie: Move special resolutions before action items.

Rachel: Correction: Apology has not been sent to her.

Brennan: May have gotten sent to the wrong email. Will follow up after meeting.

10:14 Run over of Robert’s Rules.

Daniel: Wants to know if the language in the minutes from last week properly reflect how people said it at the time.

Michael: The last sentence has been edited. Communications Rep gets the minutes before they are sent out. Watered down if anything, but meaning unchanged.

Daniel: Wants to know how it changed.

Zoe: Wants to move to table these minutes to the next meeting because the minutes are long and wants to be able to go through thoroughly.

Kaila: Also notes that some of the language has been changed.

Brennan: Agrees as well, wants to make sure that what everyone said is accurate.

Cassie: Next meeting can have the edited minutes along side the unedited minutes.

Daniel: Concerned about the process of the minutes, the watering down of it.

Cassie: Edits the minutes. Because they are not word for word they need to be watered down for the protection of the council. Because in the heat of the moment sometimes the wording is stronger. That is why it is watered down. Also why the minutes are sent early to allow for adoption of the minutes.

J.S: Concerned about watering down.

Call to question to vote: TABLE ADOPTION OF MINUTES UNTIL NEXT COUNCIL

10: 25 ORAL REPORTS

Aeriana: On January 23rd I will be attending the science student reception at the president’s lodge. I will also be attending the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting on January 28th.

Heather: Continuing to better the Residence Life

Cédric: Glad that so many people are here to be a part of the democratic process. Day students can look forward to trivia coming up — next Tuesday. As well as a trip to the Sugar Farm. List of all the dates will be up in a week and a half or so

JS: Board of Governors will be meeting with the elders at Dalhousie to consult about working with the Mi’kmaq people.

Daniel: Moves to go in Camera

10:29 IN CAMERA

At this time there will be no posts.

10:41 OUT OF CAMERA

Daniel: Board of Governor’s Meeting on Dec 7 was a short meeting. Planned renovations for the tri bays, all were excited for this development. Shared a personal story to talk about the price of tuition and how it is difficult for people who can’t afford presents and trips home. Also talked about flying the Mi’kmaq flag on Campus. A tiny first step in where we need to go. The president said that he had been trying to work through this through his own office but not that it was unanimously approved by the council it will be much easier to get it started.

Kaila: Coding workshop coming up. Journalism society will be meeting on the 18th

Adrianna: Das meeting is coming up.

Izzy: FYP t-shirts are being designed.

10:47 REPORTS OF EXEC ** Please see link above

Brennan (President): The Galley Board of Directors will meet later this month to discuss an updated draft of the Galley Space Agreement. Elections are coming up in the KSU. Planning for information sessions. Trying to get more non-male and radicalized students involved. Let him or Cassie know if you want any speakers*.

Lianne: On January 10, I met with Vice President Peter O’Brien to discuss the new student absence regulation policy, which will come into mandatory effect in September 2018. The new policy is optional for professors this semester. Project for looking into slavery at King’s was submitted by the President of King’s.

Zoe: Attended the fountain lecture. Met with the Budget Advisory Committee, looking into student fees. Attended “Not So Silent Vigil” hosted by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. On December 7, I attended this panel, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. The panellists were Jade Peek, Tiffany Gordon and Jackie Stevens, and Aidan McNally moderated the panel. All panellists spoke at length provided important perspectives on fighting sexual violence

Marie: woking on Search Parties. One was put in last council. Also attended the memorial lecture. Attended the panel as well. Divestment Awareness campaign will contain class talks, postering, and attending meetings. Please feel free to get involved. St. Mary’s will be having an even focused on sexual violence. Will be attending the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting.

Daniel: Any plans for the KSU getting involved in vocally supporting things like the Cornwall statue.

Marie: Not as of now. But if anyone would like to start that let’s meet and talk about it.

Cassie: Working hard on Bylaw amendments before the elections. By law committee is talking also about the roles of councillors. Needs to reupload the minutes, the last couple meetings are not up yet because of technical issues. Elections are coming up fast. Still working with the wardy room to see what days work best for them. Voting will occur on February 14 and February 15 from 9am-7pm outside of Prince Hall. Next council meeting will take place on January 28th late: pushed to 15:00!! Referendums typically go with elections, so that needs to be set ASAP.

11:03 REPORT OF HOSPITALITIES COORDINATOR (Presented by Michaela)

Licenses are in good standing. Went through a round of staff hiring. Still ongoing updates with the renovations. Lighting needs be changed soon. Lots of different events were held last semester. Gallery is doing well soon. Please direct more questions to hs@ksu.ca

11:05 REPORT OF SERVICES AND CAMPAIGNS COORDINATOR (Michaela)

Sexual and menstrual health products are available outside of the office. The health plans could be opted in and opted out. That work ran very smoothly, lots of presentations had been made as well as information online, on posters on campus, and on the KSU website. International Student cards will continue to be made. Some trainings were ran for the new members. During fall reading week back office is now functional!! KSU office was closed for the Christmas break. If you need support you can go to her — FYP t-shirts are being created. Communication VP have been working to uploading past year’s meeting, hope to have that up by the end of the month. Working to create templates for agendas for minutes and exec reports. All council documents are sent to her before council. Creating templates for future elections. Office is closed for the reading week. Health plan opt in for students who are  new to the school is available.

11:13 SPEACIAL RESOLUTIONS

BIRT Chris Tully be expelled from the KSU

CHRIS: feels uncomfortable with the actions taken by the union. Feels like he should be able to leave something he does not want to be a part of.

Cedric: This is completely acceptable. His role as a student comes before his role as a union member. Hopes that these motion can be passed easily.

Daniel: Is sad to see someone leave. It is important for us to work together. That being said, will support this motion. We have not lived up to his expectations. Hopes that we all take that to heart. Thinks that no one needs to feel compelled to feel a part of something that they do not believe in. There needs to be a by-law in how people can resigned. There is no resignation option as of now. Thinks that everyone here cares about autonomy. Chris as of now does not consent to being a part of this union. He is sad that this is where we are.

Paisley: Wondering what it means to be expelled from this union.

Brennan: Sad to see these motions coming forward. Recognizes that people feel uncomfortable. This is unprecedented. Spoken with folks at in the university, unsure of how to proceed.

Lianne: Thinking about who is speaking the most and who is speaking the least.

Cédric: Concerned that this is the second meeting of this year where people are concerned about the bylaws.

Brennan: Having it on the agenda believes that this union is upholding the  bylaws. He recognizes that this motion is coming from a place of concern. Wants to meet with Chris about other options. Would vote against it because unsure of what the outcome would be — not because it would be difficult, but unsure of how to navigate.

Daniel: Always gets upset about the unprecedentedness of something as a means of denying the agency of members.

Marie: We are open to other options. Coming from the stand point that council is a membership, it merits thoughtful discussion.

Izzy: Seems very symbolic that might merit resentment to the union. What is the specific.  reasoning.

Chris: There has been a willingness to ignore bylaws and governing documents. Right regardless of reasoning to opt out f something he does not want to become a part of. If this were a society he could leave.

Kate: Wants this to be flagged to the Bylaw review committee.

It will be on the next meeting.

J.S: Self expulsion is something that is unexpected. Something that is unprecedented should not be a reason to avoid it. We should work towards conversation. We have seen there are larger structural problems that need to be addressed. People should not feel uncomfortable with their union.

Daniel: This should exist outside of the public view. Wants everyone here to be conscious of that.

Zoe: Hears the discontent that comes with this motion. Wants to know how to listen to members feeling uncomfortable. Union is membership driven. Speaking against the motion.  Something being unprecedented is not a way to getting out of doing work.

Brennan: Did hear back from the university yesterday evening. No mechanisms in place.

Zoe: Those are the reasons that she believes that she cannot vote yes on this motion. Is not in the best interest of every member.

Hannah: Speaking in favour of the motion. In any membership driven organization there must be the option, the opportunity to not be a member. Because it is unprecedented is not a reason to not do it. We really have to create framework to leave the union and be a student. Sure places around the county and around the world have had similar situations.

Adrianna: They should have the opportunity to leave the union.

Chris: Understands the willingness to see what this would look like. Would not need to pay the fees. Does not think there is a mechanism to not pay. If this were tabled a finical penalty would be put on him.

Lianne: Disappointing to see such an extreme action to be taken. Instead of being met at the KSU office to be put in such a public place. That union changes people every year, this will follow the union for years to come. We offer a health plan, sexual health products, etc. We do so many things. Would Chris also need to leave the KTS?

Chris: No, can be a student of another school even to be a part of the KTS. Does not intend this as a slap in the face, more of personal problems with the union. Not as a comment on the services offered by the union.

Izzy: Needs to be thought more in depth, therefore must be tabled because there must be more of a conversation.

Chris: The fallout would be things that would effect him. Good to be left to deal with the ramifications of this choice.

Hannah: What we have heard this is not a decision they are taking lightly. They have thought about this. They have weighed the pros and cons. This decision are worth it all the same. Have considered all the things they would need to deal with

Heather: We’re not saying they haven’t though about the ramification, not saying they haven’t taken the time. The actions that occur through this will open the door to how future students will do this and how this will effect the structure of the KSU.

Kate: Hearing people say ‘we know what’s best for you’. He has the right to leave, must respect that right.

JS: The question on the table is not what will happen with the KSU. We are still not listening to students. That’s disappointing. Leaving the union is a huge move. Tabling this motion, we will not get any more information. Is not a question of whether or not we like it, but that it is out right to do that. We are still not listening.

Kaila: Agrees with JS. Need to look forward in what we can change to ensure this does not happen.

–SEE SECTION 1.4 OF BYLAWS

~~~~Chris is appealig to section 1.5

Cédric: This authority has the responsibility to uphold the rights of members. The more we wait, the more difficult it will get. This isn’t just s taking on whatever infrastructures. We should rise up to this challenge.

Zoe: Chris has considered this at length. However, should remember our collective responsibility. Raised that it mostly had ramifications for the individual. She is here on council to represent the collective. We work together to be stronger.

Daniel: Will not get more answers unless we let him use his right.

POI: Special Resolutions not circulated until Thursday.

Lianne: Disappointed we are still talking about

Isabelle: What will this say about the KSU if this is passed? That they listened to someone.

Hannah: What is the problem if students gained the right to leave the KSU?

— 15 minute recess

12:14 Back in session

Cédric: Calls into question

BIRT Christopher Tully be expelled from the King’s Students’ Union

MOTION FAILED

Beth: Spent last semester trying to resolve issues. If there were any positive resolution from the conversation, ultimately they do not trust them to act correctly. Choosing to leave the union to be left alone.

Kennan: That choice, being a member, is an illusion. Does support the union, does not support this, that they must go to another place.

JS: We have just created a precedent. Believes that there will be a lot more implications. We might have another chance to make this right. We have just said that we cannot exercise this right.

Danna: With the people she has spoken with is the idea that these meetings are closed. Thinks transparency is lacking. KSU prioritizes bureaucracy.

Chris: Made a decision about his life that has impacts on him without listening to him. The KSU did not respect him today. Hope to have an opportunity now. Hopes KSU will respect an individual autonomy.

Kaila: The union needs to be protected to protect our students. This has not been represented of the student. Disappointed that this has devolved. Thought she was coming into a union that was for the students. This makes her question her ability to represent the students.

Marie: Voted the way she did because she is thinking about everyone that she represents. We’re all here, this conversation effects all of us. We need to talk about all of this. All of these elective positions are open to folks to run.

Beth: Chris was asked what lead him to such an extreme desion. She feels like most of the exec members she feels like she could have worked with. Feels unable to do so now.

Kate: This is difficult work. These conversations keep happening. Changing the work is something that has been addressed. Feels like 90% of the previous conversation is not addressing what the student wants.

Kristen: Disagrees with the idea that one student leaving affects everyone, not just the student. If someone has these concerns it means that people are not doing their jobs correctly.

Cedric: Disagrees with the notion that this is the idea of the good of the collective vs the individual. If we believe that the collective is essential to a community, it must be meaningful by people choosing to be a part of it.

Anonymous: If  the interest of the student does not align with the KSU does the KSU represent the students?

Aeriana: The way that I voted the way I did was because this was the first I was hearing about this and I feel like this happened quite quickly. Though I was on the fence up until the moment that I voted. The reason that I might choose to vote differently this time is because from what I understand Kate has been trying to have this conversation for a while, and has thought this through. A feel like we need to continue to work together to try and fix the problems we have with the KSU, and I believe the only way to do so is as a member of the union.

Rachel: Did not want to leave the union because she does not want to give up her speaking rights. Wants the KSU to stop hiding behind Rhetoric. Wants them to do their jobs. If we are to have a collective union that means differing opinions. Why does the KSU get to decide that this opinion is not valid.

Marie: Voted the way I did as it stands right now to uphold all the responsibilities. She agrees we need to figure this out.

Beth: Hopes that the KSU exec does not try to make her last semester difficult. Would like to distance herself from the council.

Zoe: Thinks about her responsibility to represent all students. Cutting somone off is not representing them because it means that they will no longer have input in their disscusions

Beth: Agrees with Zoe, but thinks that she has tried to have those conversations but does not want to be a part of something where the exec does not listen. Debated it because she thinks most of what the KSU does is valuable.

Cassie: Wants to apologize that the KSU is making people feel this way. Commends Beth for being here. As an exec, she cannot vote for this because the fact that people want t leave brings into question should this union exist. We need to find something on the middle line. Needs to find an option that does not bring the union into questions. As someone who represents everyone cannot vote for this to not exist. The Union should exist, but this should not be such a black and white. Cannot vote in favour, but this will be going to the review committee.

Kristen: Does not think how people vote is a reflection on them.

Chris: Does not hold anyone personally responsible. Has no ill feeling towards people who voted against his choice.

JS: Responsibility to the collective ownership. Making the choice to leave. Relationship should be democratic, not autocratic. Notes that it takes a lot of courage to come here and ask to leave. This is a question of someone’s rights following bylaws.

CALLED INTO QUESTION: BIRT Beth Hawco be expelled from the King’s Students’ Union

MOTION FAILED

ACTION ITEMS

5.1. BIRT the Contemporary Studies Society receive $1074.68 in non-contingent funding to finance the Hinge Journal printing and release party in late March 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.2. BIRT the Contemporary Studies Society receive $699.68 to put on the CSP Conference Spectacle from February 9-10th 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.3. BIRT the Contemporary Studies Society receive $171.95 in retroactive funding to cover money owing to the Wardroom and overdue banking fees. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

Cedric speaks in favour. Daniel speaks in favour. Kaila in favour.

— Has signed the retroactive funding form

5.4. BIRT Sodales, the Dalhousie and King’s Debating Society receive $520 in non-contingent funding to send two delegates to the McGill Winter Carnival on January 19th-21st 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.5. BIRT the King’s Journalism Society receive $42.86 in contingent funding to purchase pizza, chips, and soft drinks for their January meeting on January 18th 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.6. BIRT the King’s Early Modern Studies Society receive $2650 in non-contingent funding to cover the costs of the 6th Annual Conference of the Early Modern on January 26-27th 2018, including catering and two receptions. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.7. BIRT the King’s Early Modern Studies Society receive $30 in non-contingent funding to purchase drinks and snacks for a Workshop for Conference Presenters on January 17th 2018. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.8. BIRT WUSC receive $406.03 to send one refugee student to the WUSC Annual Assembly from January 19-20th 2018 in Ottawa. Moved by Zoe Brimacombe Finance Committee recommends approval PASSED

5.9. BIRT ELLORA SINDHU be hired to the Union Hired Position to support racialized students for the 2017/2018 academic year. Moved by Marie Dolcetti-Koros PASSED

NEW BUSINESS

Election dates for the 2018 Executive and BOG Representative Positions Nominations for the 7 positions will open on January 26, 2018 and close at 7pm on February 1, 2018. Voting will occur from 9am-7pm on February 14, 2018 and February 15, 2018 outside of Prince Hall.

Izzy: Toxic environment that occurs as a first year student trying to work with upper year students without knowing what’s going on.

Aeriana: Agrees with Izzy

Heather: Would not call the environment toxic, but agrees.

Paisley: Thinks that what Izzy said needed to be said. Thinks we should all feel comfortable in the small King’s Campus.

Chris: Agrees with Izzy. Does not want tension. Has nothing but respect for the people in this room.

Beth: Also agrees. This is a meeting that does not need to go outside of this meeting. Has more  to worry about on this campus.

Brennan We have been in here for four hours because we care and hopes we can see each other on a human level. Here to talk to all members. Hope we can move to a place of resolution. Hopes we can move to be productive.

Marie: Committed to having these discussions. Commends everyone for being here.

Kristen: The points have been made, not going on twitter, etc. A lot of conversation has gone up for what has come up today. No one should be victimized.

BIRT the exec send an email to the this week at kings retracting and apologizing for the email sent on December 4th.

13:42 (RECESS)

13:45 Anonymous remarks made do not reflect the person who presents them. Anonymous comments sent to Daniel are being read.

MOTION TABLED


14:02 MEETING ADJOURNED

Next Council – January 28, 2018 at 3pm in the Boardroom

LIVE BLOG: Council December 3, 2017

2017-12-03_KSU_Council_Agenda+Reports December 3rd, 2017

Good morning all you lovely folks! We’re here early this morning ready to go!

9:08 Called to order!

Agenda for this meeting adopted

Minutes from Council meeting on November 19th approved

ORAL REPORTS

Chris – Not much to report. Looking forward to the Consent Culture Series event this Thursday at seven in the KTS Lecture room. Everyone should take the time to come out! Also looking into creating a poll or survey to engage students in the goings on and meetings of Council and its members. All of you should read the blog and stay informed, and I want to know how I can help!

Kaila – Still working on logistics for the coding workshop for J-school students in January. The J-School does in fact offer it, but only for the Master’s program, so undergraduate students don’t have access, but still are interested.

Heather – On Nov 24 attended the Campus Planning committee town hall to discuss changes to the tri-bays

Cedric – DSS threw a great Holiday Soiree! Also attended the town hall for the Campus planning committee and how it could benefit day students

Adrianna – Even this Tuesday: snacks and study time for students. Planning the time for an event (in conjunction with Izzy) where older students and younger students can talk together!

Daniel – Brennan and JS and Daniel are planning for the BOG meeting. Consultations on the best way to bring up reconciliation for the board and conversations went really well. Please send an email to bog@ksu.ca if you have anything else you want to add to the conversation

Aeriana – Met with the Dalhousie Science council on Nov 27. They’re doing fun events like Cookies and Cram sessions, and Aeriana is hosting one at King’s

Izzy – Also discussing the date of the mentorship event with Adrianna. Attended the academic committee meeting to learn more about other programs at the school

EXEC REPORTS

(Full reports with more details can be found in the above link)

Brennan: Attended the Listen and Learn event in the Wardroom. The Galley Space agreement is still being worked on and renegotiated. Met with Bill Leahy and Bonnie Sands to talk over a final draft of this negotiation. The Board of Governors held a conference call to authorize capital and deficit financing. They’re moving from Scotiabank to RBC. Attended the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture which was every special evening.

Couple weekends ago attended the national annual general meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students with Zoe in Gatineau, Quebec! They presented their two motions. One regarded tuition fees and increased research into how it affects different groups of people. The other was an emergency motion in support of Masuma Khan.

Their is a Board of Governors meeting this Wednesday. More details on that will be in the reports link.

Lianne: Chaired Academic committee on Nov 30th which went very well. Has met with a lot of university committees recently! Also attended the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture and was so amazed with Tanya Tagaq.  Camped out with Divest Dal to support their motion against the Board of Governors and was disappointed in the Board’s response.

Zoe: Regarding the confusion of the funding request from last meeting. Had neglected to send the motion to the Communications VP and sent it to the editor of the agenda and forgot to tell the CVP.

Society Funding update: $5,173 has been allocated so far for society funding, leaving just under 10 grand in this section of the budget. Woohoo!

Also attended a ton of university committees! (details in the link). The Town Hall on College finances was poorly advertised even though Zoe brought up this concern before then. The University will hope to receive funding to deal with accessibility issues to comply with the Accessibility Act enacted recently in the province.

Appeared on the Sheldon MacLeod show on New 95.7 to discuss Justin Trudeau’s formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians. Emphasized the importance of the apology and how it must be accompanied with action, such as ending the Blood Ban.

Marie: Really excited to report on the new UHP’s! Also attended the University budget town halls and emphasized decreasing tuition fees up front. Also attended the vigil for Climate Change held in the Chapel. Put together Divest 101 in the Wardroom which went really well! Thanks to Paisley and the Wardroom staff! Also held a fight the fees meeting!! They had a great brainstorming session and hopefully great things will happen!

Cassie: Lot’s of day-to-day work on social media and posters. The Chair brought forward bylaw amendments from last year’s Spring GM that were not reflected this year. The document Cassie received didn’t involve the amendments from the previous 2 years. They are now completely updated in the document and on the website! Has been talking with Brennan on how to ease this process for the next CVP. Apologies for the inconvenience! The bylaw review committee is also meeting on December 6th this week!

Moved by Brennan to recess for seven minutes (HOT CHOCOLATE TIME)

ACTION ITEMS

5.1. BIRT the King’s Feminist Collective be ratified as a Tier 1 society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

5.2. BIRT the Unconscious Collective Vocal Ensemble receive $84 in contingent funding to purchase pizza and snacks for their bi-annual general meeting on December 10, 2017. Motion passes

Daniel’s wondering if pizza is still a contentious funding item like it was a few years ago.

Brennan said that contention happened after the Pizza appreciation society was created simply to ask for funding for pizza.

5.3. BIRT the King’s Jewish Book Club receive $60 in contingent funding to purchase craft supplies, decorations, and baking ingredients for a Wardroom Hannukah party on December 12, 2017. Motion passes

JAM FILLED DONUTS PLUS SO MUCH FUN! Also challenging the homogeneity of christian celebrations of the Holidays at King’s.

5.4. BIRT the Early Modern Studies Society receive $25 in contingent funding to purchase tea and snacks for a Thesis Study Snacks event on December 3rd. Motion passes

5.5. BIRT ________ be hired as the Union Hired Position for Mental Health Research for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Marie is super excited! They will be responsible for a mental health research report on mental health resources available to students as well as present a report of the project by Feb 16, 2018. Was recommended by Academic committee last year.

The Search Committee recommends Anne-Lise Bloch

5.5. BIRT Anne-Lise Bloch be hired as the Union Hired Position for Mental Health Research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes.

Brennan is speaking in support of this position in general and how important it is. It is thrilling that we’re hiring a student to do meaningful and available work.

Zoe also wants to echo that the ability to restructure these positions to cater to students is a great use of resources.

Cassie is happy to see that people are applying to these positions who aren’t always as involved with the KSU, and that we are reaching out to more students.

5.6. BIRT _________ be hired as the Union Hired Position to support Racialized Students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Moved to Table until next council meeting (January 14 2018) by Marie. Due to scheduling conflicts the interviews have not been able to be conducted yet. Motion passes and previous motion is tabled.

5.7. Michael Greenlaw receive an honourarium of $300 for his work as Scribe in the fall term of the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes.

5.8. BIRT Cooper Toogood receive an honourarium of $200 for his work as a CUBE coordinator in the fall term of the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

5.9. BIRT Ellen Zagar receive an honourarium of $200 for her work as a CUBE coordinator in the fall term of the 2017-2018 academic year. Motion passes

New Business:

6.1. BIRT that the KSU apologize to Rachel Colquhoun and SNARC for a violation of Bylaw 3.4h. Moved by Rachel Colquhoun.

Rachel submitted a complaint on the KSU’s actions in the first term. It was over 8400 words. The complaint is largely regarding the wall of women in the Wardroom in 2014. It was taken down in 2016 for Wardroom renovations and hasn’t been put back up yet. Rachel personal met with advancement to get the project underway. In November, the project was vetoed by the KSU. Complaint was addressing the shutting down of the project without any indication or information.

The funding request for SNARC-con that was debated on November 19th was debated without proper communication with the SNARC executive. The Council should be aware of gross violations of transparency. While no one is particularly at fault, the President and the Financial Vice-President failed in their communication with the society. Rachel is asking for an apology for these actions. These choices are not understood, and this is an opportunity to show that the KSU upholds transparency and responsibility.

Brennan addresses the bylaw that was addressed in the original motion. Those miscommunications were not the fault of just one person. Bylaw 3.4h is the realm of the Student-Life Vice-President. To pass this motion would place all the blame on the Student-Life Vice president.

Cedric is speaking in favour of this motion. It ought to be possible to make the apology while acknowledging responsibility beyond just the SLVP. The KSU should at the very least make a broader apology for their general actions.

Daniel has read every page of the report and the complaint. This is nothing knew. Has heard these reports every year on campus. There are significant social consequences. It is extremely brave to bring this complaint to council. There are a lot of people who have complaints who don’t feel brave enough to bring them to council. Daniel would also like to speak in favour of this motion. Any apology would be in response to the report not in the wording of the bylaw.

Zoe moves to make an amendment to the original motion. The motion is to strike the ‘violation of Bylaw 3.4h’ from the apology to read ‘miscommunication.’ The apology should be for general miscommunication rather than the conduct of one Executive members duties.

Rachel thinks it sets a dangerous precedent if the KSU refuses to apologize for a Bylaw violation.

Izzy thinks there are racial undertones to this problem. The very real minority on the campus is targeted and expected to educate other people. This is of precedence over what we are discussing.

Lianne would like to speak in favour of the motion to amend. If the original motion passes and becomes public, this will personally affect her. This could have long-term affects, especially as a racialized student.

Daniel says there are very important conversations to be had on this campus about these issues. Regardless of all this, there was a bylaw violation. Everyone here is elected and accountable to the public. The chair has ruled that council has failed in upholding the bylaw, and an apology is in order.

Rachel believes that even though the violation is specific to the SLVP’s position, it is not Lianne’s sole responsibility. The Chair’s ruling recognizes the responsibility of multiple members. Rachel is very willing to have these conversations, and apologizes for some of her own mistakes in this process. She would simply like an apology for violating the bylaws. Again, this is a very dangerous precedent.

Lianne understands the feeling that the miscommunication came from all exec members, but this would personally affect Lianne, possibly long-term, no matter what.

Aeriana thinks it is inappropriate to say that this miscommunication was one-sided. We motioned to table the funding request to gain more information, which is not a first time thing. Some SNARC members were not present at the last meeting to debate the request since some members of the society were expecting the motion to be on the agenda for THIS meeting. It’s also not right for the KSU to apologize as a whole because that places blame on everyone.

Drew Guyan was the SNARC executive who was at the last meeting of council. They had no warning that the funding request was going to be on the agenda, so Drew had to run across campus to argue a motion that was being swept under the table.

10:39 Brennan moves to go in-camera. Motion passes.

10:56 Moved out of Camera

Rachel received an email after the funding request stating that the request would be delayed. She asked if it could be put on the Nov 19th agenda, but was denied. It was then put on the agenda without any communication. Even if the intention was to table, there was the chance that it would not be because of its presence on the agenda.

Daniel wants to clarify. Since we are responsible to these bylaws we must apologize for breaking them. The Chair has ruled that a bylaw was broken, and since Rachel has asked for a general apology, we have to provide this.

Kaila thinks there is a much bigger issue at hand here. A conversation we’re ignoring is by adhering so strictly to the bylaws we are adhering to a very colonial construct. This is a matter of an inappropriately written bylaw, and the onus should not be put on one particular person. The KSU should ensure that we are all on the same page when we are discussing issues like this. Maybe we should be thinking of other ways to fix our structure.

Cedric is wondering whether is would be possible, if we were to not put forward an apology, to put forward a motion that would not assign responsibility.

11:03 Recess moved by Daniel. Motion passes

11:09 Out of recess

Aeriana says that moving forward we should change the bylaws to better reflect the KSU, and that the Council members should learn more about the bylaws.

Motion to strike “violation of bylaw 3.4h” and replace it with ” miscommunication” passes.

6.1. BIRT that the KSU apologize to Rachel Colquhoun and SNARC for miscommunication. Moved by Rachel Colquhoun.

Lianne is speaking in favour of the motion. As a racialized woman this is inappropriate and would affect her for the rest of her life. It is hypocritical to pass motions to support Masuma Khan and then target our own racialized students.

Cassie says there is a lack of procedure in the Bylaws, and since the conversation is hard for some individuals we should end it soon. We want to apologize for the miscommunication that did happen, to acknowledge there were mistakes made, but that this apology should not target Lianne.

JS wants to amend the apology to “The executive committee issue an apology to Rachel Colquhoun and SNARC for the Chair’s ruling.” This amendment captures the complexities of the conversation and takes responsibility off of Lianne on her own. It is an official and specific response.

Rachel thinks this is good amendment. There is an important discussion to be had about the bylaws, and she doesn’t place her blame on Lianne. Would also like to apologize for the personal taxation this has caused some folks on Council. Rachel did not come with the intention to put someone specifically on the spot. But it is important to have these conversations and make sure we can all be held accountable.

Cedric speaks in favour of JS’s amendment

Daniel also speaks in favour of JS’s amendment. This is a colonial system, but it is also important to acknowledge the power presence of the KSU on campus. SNARC remains a voice for marginalized students and is treated unfairly by the power structure, and we should acknowledge this. This motion works because it does this without personally targeting anyone.

Marie says this cyclical conversation is bringing back the same issues. Continuing this conversation mirrors the Masuma Khan situation which is inappropriate.

Zoe speaks against the amendment. An apology for the bylaw still puts the onus on one member of the KSU since the Chair’s Ruling reflects this violation.

Lianne wants to speak against the amendment. The Chair’s report still outlines her job specifically. The conversation hasn’t changed. Lianne is worried for her future, her future job attempts, and has many other concerns.

JS says the amendment is in no way intended to reflect the original language of the motion. The KSU has a history of absolving themselves of responsibility through careful use of the Bylaws. She genuinely doesn’t think the Chair’s ruling doesn’t reflect Lianne’s responsibility.

Aeriana doesn’t think there should be an apology issued, since SNARC also refused to communicate effectively.

Daniel agrees that this conversation is cyclical. The membership can not stand for absolving themselves of responsibility.

Marie is saying there is no problem in apologizing. The Exec is completely willing to apologize, but only without targeting anyone specific. Anything further than the general apology is a personal attack.

Daniel says the ruling of the Chair can not be denied. How is this a personal attack.

JS meant the Chair’s report. not the ruling and she apologizes for saying the ruling instead.

Brennan is surprised that we are still having this conversation. We can not pass this motion. Wants to acknowledge that so many of these conversations have been about equity work on campus. Can’t believe that accountability is more important than equity work on campus.

The amendment fails.

Daniel wants to apologize for his language earlier regarding the report and ruling miswording. Also wants to apologize for his specific contributions to what was an uncomfortable conversation for some people.

Cedric would like to acknowledge the same misunderstanding of the motion put forward and apologize for having spoken in the conversation and the  difficult nature of the situation for some people.

Cassie says that furthering the conversation is useless at this point. There is a need for accountability, but our priority should be supporting racialized students.

6.1. BIRT that the KSU apologize to Rachel Colquhoun and SNARC for miscommunication. Moved by Rachel Colquhoun. Motion passes

11:42 Motion to adjourn. Motion passes.

Here are the motions presented by Zoe and Brennan at the CFS AGM in Gatineau

Local 11 CFS Annual General Meeting – Motions

 

 

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

ORAL REPORTS

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!

EXECUTIVE REPORTS

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 :'(

10:26 ACTION ITEMS

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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