Results of the Referendum

Unofficial results of the 2018 Referendum Elections:


Yes: 181 votes, 80.8%

No: 40 votes, 17.9%

VOID: 3 votes, 1.3%


Yes: 203 votes, 89.4%

No: 23 votes, 10.1%

VOID: 1 vote, 0.4%

The Loaded Ladle

Yes: 206 votes, 90.8%

No: 20 votes, 8.8%

VOID: 1 vote, 0.4%

The Galley

Yes: 202 votes, 89.4%

No: 21 votes, 9.3%

VOID: 3 votes, 1.3%

2018 Spring Referendum Elections Registration Package:

2018 Referendum Nomination Package

Referendum Questions
(as voted on at the March 4th KSU Council meeting)


“Whereas the King’s Galley is a student owned and operated café dedicated to providing affordable products and supporting the local food economy; and

Whereas a levy of $6.00 per full-time student per semester and $6.00 per part-time student per semester would allow the King’s Galley to expand their menu to offer more locally produced options at affordable prices;

Do you support increasing the King’s Galley levy by $2.00 per semester for full-time and part-time students to a total of $6.00 per semester?




“Whereas the levy for the Nova Scotia Public Research Interest Group (NSPIRG) has not increased since it was instituted in 2012; and

Whereas an increase in levy funding would allow NSPIRG to increase capacity for projects, campaigns, student research, student employment, funding and outreach to diverse groups of students; and

Whereas this levy increase will support the sustainability and future growth of NSPIRG;

Do you support increasing the Nova Scotia Public Research Interest Group (NSPIRG) levy by $1.50 per semester for full-time students to a total of $4.50 per semester?



“Whereas the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a non-profit organization that runs the Student Refugee Program, allowing the University of King’s College Local Committee to sponsor young refugees from around the world to do their post-secondary education at King’s;

Do you support increasing the WUSC King’s Local Committee levy by $2.50 for full-time and part-time students to a total of $7.50 per semester?


Loaded Ladle
“Whereas the Loaded Ladle is a non-profit cooperative dedicated to providing affordable, diverse, fresh, and nutritious food to as many people as possible; and

Whereas a levy of $4.50 per full time student per semester and $2.25 per part time student per semester would allow the Loaded Ladle to continue to serve full meals 4 days per week with an increase in the amount of meals provided; as well as provide education, programming and skill-sharing workshops dedicated to food justice issues;

Do you support the creation of a levy at King’s for the Loaded Ladle consisting of $4.50 per full time student per semester and $2.25 per part time student per semester?


Unofficial Results of the 2018 KSU Spring Elections!
Board of Governors Representatives
Julia-Simone Rutgers 191 votes, 38.5%

Chris Pearse 191 votes, 38.5%
Aeriana Narbonne 97 votes, 19.6%
Re-open Nominations 10 votes, 2%
VOID 7 votes, 1.4%
Communications Vice President

Izzy Ortner 266 votes, 88.4%
Re-open Nominations 29 votes, 9.6%
VOID 6 votes, 2%
External Vice President
Isabelle Reynolds 280 votes, 93.6%
Re-open Nominations 13 votes, 4.3%
VOID 6 votes, 2%
Financial Vice President

Marie Dolcetti-Koros 241 votes, 80%

Re-open Nominations 52 votes, 17.4%

VOID 6 votes, 2%
Student Life Vice President
Michael Greenlaw 281 votes, 91.5%

Re-open Nominations 23 votes, 7.5%
VOID 3 votes, 1%
Lianne Xiao 156 votes, 52.7%
James P. Wise 86 votes, 29%

Re-open Nominations 51 votes, 17.2%

VOID 3 votes, 1%


Caught the democratic bug and want to get involved with your students’ union? Nominations are now open for the KSU Spring Elections. See below for important elections dates, information about the candidates, and when you can vote!

Positions for Election

  • Communications Vice-President
  • External Vice-President
  • Financial Vice-President
  • Student Life Vice-President
  • President
  • Board of Governors Representatives (2 positions available)

Elections Timeline

Friday, January 26                  Nominations open

Thursday, February 1            Nominations close at 6:59pm

Friday, February 2                  Candidates meeting, 4:00pm in the KTS Lecture Hall (Red Room)

Friday, February 9                  Candidate speeches and Q&A, 6:00pm in the Wardroom

Tuesday, February 13            Campaigning ends at 11:59pm

Wednesday, February 14       First day of voting, 9:00am-7:00pm, outside of Prince Hall

Thursday, February 15           Last day of voting, 9:00am-7:00pm, outside of Prince Hall

Thursday, February 15            Election results in the Wardroom at 10pm

If you want to know more about the positions or have any questions, check out the KSU Facebook Page or e-mail Gina Grattan at cro@ksu.ca!


Board of Governors Representatives (2)
Aeriana Narbonne
Chris Pearse
Julia-Simone Rutgers

Communications Vice President 
Izzy Ortner

External Vice President
Isabelle Reynolds

Financial Vice President 
Marie Dolcetti-Koros

Student Life Vice President 
Michael Greenlaw


James P. Wise
Lianne Xiao

Candidate Speeches and Platforms

Candidate speeches will be held on Friday February 9, 2018 in the Wardroom at 6:00pm. Check out the candidate speeches here.

Aeriana Narbonne for Board of Governors Representative Platform
Julia-Simone Rutgers for Board of Governors Representative Platform
Isabelle Reynolds for External Vice-President Platform
Michael Greenlaw for Student Life Vice-President
James P. Wise for President Platform
Lianne Xiao for President Platform

All candidates have the opportunity to submit a platform. Any candidate without a platform did not submit one.

Candidate and Campaign Strikes

No strikes have been issued in the 2018 spring elections.

Spring Election Scrutineers

All candidates have the option to send a scrutineer to the count to observe and to lodge appeals and complaints on behalf of the candidates they represent.

Chris Tully will be the scrutineer for James P. Wise.
Alexandra Sweny will be the scrutineer for Lianne Xiao.

Elections Documents

Click here to download the official Spring 2018 Nominations Package.

Rulings related to Elections

No rulings have been issued in the 2018 spring elections.

If you have any questions about the election, please contact Gina Grattan,
our Chief Returning Officer, at 
cro@ksu.ca. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Union, Charlotte Sullivan.

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Interested in running for the KSU Executive or the KSU Council of Students? Check out our FAQs!

elections 1Q: What can I run for?

A: Go to the Meet Your KSU section of the website for a run-down of what the Bylaws describe your responsibilities to be, as well as some people who have held the position in the past (who you may want to ask for advice or suggestions). If you’re still unclear, email our Communications Vice-President at communicationsvp@ksu.ca.

Q: How do sign up?

A: Grab a nomination form from outside the KSU office or download above. Submit the completed form to the Chief Returning Officer.

Q: I’ve handed in my nomination form, now what?

A: You can start thinking about campaigning! Be creative, but be wary. So long as your campaign stays within the range of what the KSU Elections Procedure (available above) and the Bylaws decree, it’s as good as gold. Also, up to 75 campaign posters can be photocopied in the KSU office (for free!). Don’t forget that campaigning begins AFTER the mandatory candidates meeting!

Q: Where do I hand in my completed nomination forms?

A: Return it in person to our Chief Returning Officer, Gina Grattan in the King’s Student’s Union Office.

elections 2Q: I’m a first year student. Does that mean I should only run for First Year Representative?

A: While First Year Rep is clearly a job meant for a first year, any King’s student can run for just about any position. In fact, first years running for Council positions is looked highly upon, so come on out!

Q: Do I have to be a full-time student to run for a position?

A: No! As long as you are at least part-time, you may run for Council.

Q: What is Council?

A: The King’s Students’ Union Council is a body that meets every two weeks, usually on a Sunday. It convenes with all members of the KSU Executive, as well as all the department representatives, a First Year Representative, the Residence Representative, the Board of Governors Representatives, and the Member-At-Large. Together, they decide the direction of the Union and its ongoing actions and campaigns, bringing up and representing the opinions of each Councillor’s constituents.

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How To Run an Effective Campaign

The number one most important thing is to never step outside of the strictly defined rules laid out by the KSU Bylaws and Elections Procedure. These documents are available on this website and have been transmitted many times over in many different ways, so there’s no excuse for any transgression. Our CRO will be on the lookout for anything that is deemed insulting, unnecessarily vitriolic, offensive, smearing, or otherwise preventative of another campaign’s ability to function.

Also, be sure to know that you may only spend a maximum of $25 on your campaign, as well as ensuring that when you are putting up your posters around campus, to number them and write down each poster’s location, so that you can submit that list for the Chief Returning Officer so when they check for them the night before the elections that you’re not liable for posters that may have fallen off/thrown out, and so you know where they are yourself.

Otherwise, be as creative as you can! A good poster in good places works wonders (the Wardroom, doors outside Prince Hall and the A&A are great places) and a funny theme or campaign slogan is effective at tying in your name with something positive. But always try to do more.  Run an event that’s endorsed by you. Really get involved, because that shows you give half a damn, and that’s something people genuinely care about.

Just don’t forget to end all campaigning by 11:59 pm the day before the elections, or all that effort might be for naught!

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How To Write a Platform

Elections 4Crucial to any election campaign, a platform is important especially for a school that is rarely in the same place at the same time (with the occasional exception of Happy Hour in the Wardy). In a short 300-word statement, make clear your policies and your goals as you try to undertake your particular position. Be clear and concise but also charming and substantive. If people are going to be going to the ballots without really following the election at all, then those short sentences could make or break a vote in your favour.

These statements are due almost immediately after the speeches, but the earlier you make these available to the Chief Returning Officer, the sooner one can post them around the school. Not having one completed is a blow to a campaign, so don’t forget this crucial last step.

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