Live Blog: Council, Sunday February 28th, 2021

5:02: Meeting Called to Order

Land Acknowledgement

5:03: Adoption of the Agenda

No amendments to be made

Agenda is Adopted

5:04: Adoption of the Minutes from the last meeting

Levi has proposed amendments. Minor spelling problem with the spelling of Katie Merwin’s

Amendment Adopted

5:08: Motion to add additional content warnings to last meetings minutes for sensitive content

And motions to correct some grammatical errors.

5:12: All amendments adopted by unanimous consent

5:13: Minutes adopted by unanimous consent

5:14: Reports of Councillors

Nathan does not have much to report

Victoria has started exec training, met with Nick, and the Virtual Escape Room Event should be going forward Thursday

Aideen and Ry have discussed changeover, and Aideen has attended meetings in regards to changeover, Ry and Aideen have upcoming meetings regarding the changeover

Kaitlyn is also doing work in regards to the changeover, will be shadowing some meetings with Mason. Has also been in touch with first-year students in regards to issues with FYP lectures after reading week

Ridge attended the zoom residence panel with Kailen, and they got together with other residence students for a debrief afterwards

Stephen attended NASH83, a virtual conference for student journalists. And is working to get more feedback from his google form

Emma does not have much to report, but she has been preparing for DSS Elections. Current residence students who will be day students next year are welcome to run!

Kailen is reviewing reports she was given from the residence panel.

5:26: Reports of the Executive

Information about reports should be available within the minutes from this meeting when they are approved on March 14th!

5:49: Reports of the staff. Rebecca and JM are presenting reports.

6:06: JM’s Report

6:23: Moving on to Action Items

6:33: Motion 6.1 has passed

6:38: Motion 6.2 has passed

6:39: New Business

6:39: Motion to Adjourn

6:39: Motion passed. See you March 14th!








Live Blog: February 7 2021 Council

Regrets from Mason

5:07: Meeting called to order and land acknowledgment by Chris and Isabella

5:07: Adoption of the Agenda

Some minor amendments to the agenda

5:10: Agenda Adopted by unanimous consent

5:11: Adoption of minutes from the last council

Minor amendment to be made: the wrong date on minutes

5:12: Minutes adopted by unanimous consent

5:13: Reports of the Councillors

Victoria attended candidate speeches for the upcoming election and is finishing up details on her project with Mason

Nathan reports having discussions about the issue of the library steps renovation and classics in the quad, and discussions about the green shield plan with Nick, given the extra funds leftover from this year.

Aideen and Ry don’t have much to report, Aideen mentions they were able to spend time in the wardroom space in the past two weeks and that it is lucky we have it open again.

Kailen has kept up with bi-weekly meetings with the assistant dean and has been given plans for a residence council, and plans for updates to common rooms have been delivered to Kailen from the administration

David asked about the updates to common rooms, Kailen clarified it was mostly just furniture updates

Emma sat on the UHP hiring committee, the meeting had to be rescheduled due to miscommunication but it came together. Emma has been in contact with both JM and Katie Merwin about getting a monitor for the reopening of the wardroom space

Ridge has nothing new to report

Stephen spoke with Kheira at the watch to talk about further supports, a google doc was shared with BJH students for feedback and is looking to drop into some first-year classes virtually to get some more feedback

Stephen’s report is more of generalized feedback and is unsure if it will be made public at this time. The main audience is the admin, not the public.


Reports of the executive (all should be available to view in writing on the KSU website)

Levi is first, report of the President


Mason with the report of the SLVP

As Mason is not present, the report will have to be accessed through the written version for anyone who wants to access it

Nick, with the report of the Financial VP


Hope, with the report of the external VP


Isabella, with the report of the Communications VP


Action Items


“Whereas last council we voted to have our UHP investigate how to implement the FYP
specific recommendations contained within the KSU Accessibility Report; therefore
BIRT ________ be hired as our UHP this year.”

Moved by Hope

The UHP recommends Taylor MacLeod to fill that blank (position) in the motion, and the vote on the motion passed.

5.2: This action item can be seen in the agenda or (in two weeks) the minutes. Due to the sensitive content, I will not put it in the live blog at this time.

6:16: Motion passed by a vote


5.3: BIRT that the Wordsmith Society receive $50 for their writing contest, the Octopus.


Motion passed


Action Item 5.4:

This action item can be seen in the agenda or (in two weeks) the minutes. Due to the sensitive content, I will not put it in the live blog at this time.

6:35: Motion passed by a vote

6:35 Motion to adjourn by Aideen, seconded by Nick

Council Ajourned








Council Live Blog: January 24, 2021

5:01: Meeting called to order

Land Acknowledgement

5:02: Adoption of the Agenda

Hope motions to have herself move action items 5.1 and 5.2

Motion passed by unanimous consent

Agenda adopted by unanimous consent

5:04: Adoption of minutes from the last meeting

Some minor spelling amendments brought forward by Nathan

Motion passed by unanimous consent

David notes one other grammar mistake

Passed by unanimous consent


Ry brings forward another spelling mistake

Passed by unanimous consent


Isabella moves to fix the spelling of David Shuman’s name

Passed by unanimous consent

5:10: Minutes adopted by unanimous consent

Reports of the councillors

Victoria has continued to plan a student Escape Room event with Mason

Attended a meeting about the residence student concerns

Submitted nomination for financial VP

Aideen and Ry have released the response to Bill’s EDI report

Aideen has submitted her nomination to run for External VP

Ry and Aideen attended a meeting with vice presidential candidate Sarah Clift


Emma sent an email to touch base with day students.

The day student society is in the planning stages for a pen pal program

Stephen has not much to report, planning a meeting with watch exec


Nathan had a meeting with the president of the King’s Academic Society

Reporting higher level of satisfaction with second-semester classes but reporting burnout from last semester


Kaitlyn has nominated herself to run for student life VP

Ongoing discussions about accessibility in FYP

Planning a trivia-style night for FYP students sometime in January

5:21: Reports of the executive committee

Levi is reporting a busy last two weeks. Read through and edited the EDI response from the BOG reps. Met with residence rep Kailen. Received a petition from students requesting to see the union’s financial books and records, which was forwarded to Nick. Met with the student on the Sexualized Violence Policy Implementation Committee. Attended residence organizing meetings.

Meeting with Sarah Clift, like Ry and Aideen reported.

Meetings involving the moves moving forward in regards to the winter meal fee issues brought up at last council.

Meeting with SVPRO Jordon Robert’s about the ongoing issues in residence.

CFS national put on a president’s forum that Levu attended.

Upcoming there is a residence organizing meeting on Tuesday. A “what the KSU can do for you” workshop on Wednesday, and KSU speeches upcoming on Thursday.

A residence town hall will be coming up before the reading week break.

5:31: Report of the SLVP

Mason has had a fun and busy two weeks. Also attended the student organizing meetings regarding the residence concerns. Continuing to work with Victoria on the escape room event. Met with Katie and Peter three times surrounding the residence issues, they came up with the plan for the town hall, and the residence fees issues. OH&S meeting.

A note of personal disclosure Mason wants to note is that they have been hired as a Jr.Don, the executive team will be going over Mason’s roles to avoid conflicts of interest.

5:37 Report of the FVP

Meeting with the bookkeeper and the accountant. Chaired the seven-person executive meeting. Nick did two, two-hour sessions going over all the numbers in regards to the petition to see the KSU financial records.

There are conversations going over reorganizing student residence fees. There is a survey that Nick would like to use to collect student testimonials.

Meeting with the dean and vice-president.

Nick’s budget advisory meeting is this coming Tuesday.

5:40: External VP Report

Hope notes she’ll do her best to summarize as a lot of her report is a repetition of other’s reports.

Aside from the many meetings, Hope has begun brainstorming the next round of care packages.

At the CFS national constituency space and went over items discussed at the GM back in November.

There is a Facebook event with the information for the upcoming organizing meeting on Tuesday.

5:45: Report of the communications vice-president

Isabella has continued to put out TWAK. It has been a busy two weeks in terms of social media presence given the work around the residence fees and some other ongoing things.

Isabella did an Instagram Q&A and is keeping up with sharing information from the CFS and DSU.

Isabella also attended the meetings with Peter and Katie and Sarah Clift.

Isabella was also at the CFS National Constituency meeting.

5:50: Actions items.

5.1 Moved by Hope and seconded by Levi

Motion Passed


Item 5.2 Moved by Hope Seconded by Aideen

6:02: We’ve moved forward to nominations for the UHP hiring committee. Patsy Ginou, Micheal Green, Emma O. and Kaitlyn MacNeil are the nominees.

Patsy Ginou, Emma Oliver, and Kaitlyn MacNeil have received the most votes to be on the UHP Hiring Committee

6:11: Motion has been passed.

6:11: New Business

No new business

Motion to adjourn by Levi seconded by Victoria

Council adjourned at 6:12










Live Blog Council 10 January 2021

Hey everyone! The first council of 2020 should be starting up in a few minutes!

5:02pm: Meeting called to order! Welcome to the first council meeting of 2021!

5:03: Chris is going over some guidelines for council for those who are here for the first time

5:05: Adoption of the agenda by unanimous consent

5:06: Approval of minutes from December 6, 2020

Levi has brought up a typo in the minutes

There are no farther amendments to be made

5:07: Minutes adopted by unanimous consent

5:09: Reports of councillors! Victoria (member-at-large) is up first, nothing much to report but if you’re reading along with the live blogs please note there are some technical difficulties happening and the site is occasionally crashing so this blog may not be consistent!

Emma from the DSS is reporting a successful fall GM that happened the end of last semester!

Kailen (residence rep) is fielding a lot of complaints from the residence students from over the winter break and has a meeting planned with Katie Merwin coming up

Kaitlyn (first year rep) is planning on an activity for first years for the winter break and February and is open to suggestions from first years!

Aideen (BOG rep) is pleased to announce that the response to the president’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion report is now available, this response was completed by both Aideen and Ry, the other Board of Governer’s Rep

Ridge (Science rep) is struggling to connect with the Dal Science Society, and like Kailen is receiving many reports from students of issues that occurred over the winter break

Stephen is meeting with Tim Currey about safety and security for journalists, and also attended the anti-o meeting that many of the councillors attended

Nathan (Arts rep) receiving complaints from students who are being required to keep their video on for courses, as it is enhancing struggles with social anxiety. Nathan is not present at the meeting but if any of you have questions for Nathan or any of the councillors please reach out through their emails on the KSU website

5:21: Executive Reports!

Levi (President): Attended Galley Board of Directors meeting, and the Anti-Oppression workshop that ended councillor training.

Participated in discussions about extending winter break, which did not happen, and the continued offering of pass/ill option and concerns for students in self-isolation

Attended Enrollment management committee meeting

The first diversity hire has been hired effective July 1st

Winter elections for BOG reps and the executive are coming up, reach out to the exec team if you have questions about the positions!

Mason’s (Student Life VP) Report:

Meetings with Tim and Katie about student mental health, resources available to students, students isolating etc.

Drafting an email to send to profs about time-zones, synchronous courses, etc. as a reminder of these issues students may face in the semester

Attended academic committee meeting

Nick (Financial VP):

Maintained the finances (aka paid union staff every two weeks)

Budget advisory committee meeting

Another one is coming up that will continue discussions about the increasing university deficit

Hope (external VP)

attended equity committee meeting

vacant position of the equity officer, now the position has been upgraded from part-time to a full-time position. A list of recommendations has been put forward to the president regarding the concern this position may be amalgamated with the accessibility officer.

Attended investment committee meeting

Levi attended a round table that Hope was unable to attend. This meeting included discussions about the issue of International Students quarantining and the financial issues requiring them to isolate themselves in hotels. There seems to have been confusion over the actual requirements by the federal government.

Isabella (Communications VP):

Also attended the meeting about extended winter break, which didn’t happen

Finalized the KSU blurb that is included in the academic calendar

Has continued to keep the KSU Instagram updated and is prepared to release the first TWAK of the year tomorrow!

5:48: Reports are now concluded. There are no action items at this time.

New Business:

Luke Baumgart is proposing a motion regarding the charge residence students were required to pay when they stayed over the winter break.

Students were unaware they would have to pay extra to eat over the winter break, for a meal plan they were required to have.

Students were first told in mid-November that they would be responsible for their meals over break, then told there would be a meal plan, then even later that it would be mandatory.

The conversation on this topic is continuing while the wording of the motion is being worked out.

We’re discussing the motion to amend the original wording Luke proposed

6:30: The conversation is still continuing, residence students are responding to questions from council on specifics of the problem over the break, issues included inedible meals and meals that were inedible specifically because of allergens. Students also reported small portions of vegetables, not being more than corn or a small salad

7:00: The amendment has been struck down

7:04: The original motion is now on the table again

7:07: Nick moves Hope and his amendment of the original motion

7:11: The amendment passed.

7:17: Motion Passed

7:18: Simon moved to change the bylaws and for council meetings to operate under general meeting bylaws

This motion can not go forward because bylaw changes have to occur at a general meeting

7:29: Ryland is bringing forward the statement they and Aideen wrote in response to the President’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report.

7:36: Motion to adjourn by David, seconded by Kailen, motion passed





6 December, 2020 Council

Hey everyone, it is the last council of 2020! We are at quorum and the meeting is about to begin!

5:03: Council has started!

5:04: Agenda Adopted by unanimous consent

5:06: Just grammatical errors in the minutes from the last council to fix that Levi is moving to edit

5:08: All motions to edit the minutes have been passed.

5:09: The minutes have been approved by unanimous consent

5:10: Councillor reports! Aideen and Rylan are up first! They have started to draft a response to the EDI report

5:12: Ridge is up next. Not much to report.

5:13: Nathan is next, also not much to report. Reached out to the co-president of the Disabled Student’s Collective, waiting to hear back. Had a meeting with the academic committee.

5:17: My (Victoria’s) report! Nothing much to report.

5:19: Stephen’s report

* I had some technical difficulties during Stephen’s report so please look at council minutes once they are released for more details on that!

5:24: Emma’s report. Day Student Society GM upcoming over zoom.

5:26: Kailen’s report, discussed concerns about the winter break meal plan with Tim, discussions still ongoing

5: 28: Reports of the exec

Levi: Met with Kaitlyn the first year rep for councillor training

In the process of organizing another anti-oppression workshop

Starting prepping with BOG reps for meeting with the board next week

Met with Peter and Katie

5:36: Mason’s report

working on the care packages

did an “ask an exec” on Tuesday

had a meeting with Peter and Katie

changes to residence guidelines for COVID safety

Kailen brought up the biggest change to residence is that the dining hall is takeout only

5:40 Nick’s report

The executive had an anti-o workshop with South House

Took place in discussions about how to make emergency bursaries available to international students

5:44: Hope’s report

Struggles uploading a video about exams for first years due to tech issues

Several committee meetings upcoming

5:50: Isabella’s report

Has been keeping up on TWAK

Busy week for academics

Action items

5:52: Item 5.1, paying the scribe $300 of their honorarium

5:54: Motion passed by a vote

5:54: Item 5.2, paying the chair $425 of their honorarium

5:55: Nick has temporarily taken over as chair due to a conflict of interest

5:55: Item seconded, motivated by Levi

5:56: Motion passed by a vote

5:57: Item 5.3, BIRT the DSS be ratified as a Tier 2 society, moved by Mason

6:02: Motion passed by a vote

6:02: No new buisness

6:02: Motion to adjourned

6:02: Motion struck

6:03: Michael says to remember to do SRIs available through Dalhousie emails!

6:04: Isabella explains that this year SRIs are going straight to professors and not to any higher-ups this semester in light of this year’s difficult circumstances

6:05: Motion to adjourn

6:05: Council adjourned!

See you in 2021 everyone, good luck with finals!









22 November, 2020

Hey, everyone! This was my first live blog as Member at Large. Today’s Meeting was a bit longer with several action items on the table! Still figuring this whole thing out but I tried to be comprehensive and to the point!

5:09pm AST: Meeting called to order

5:10pm AST: Land Acknowledgement

5:12pm AST: Motion to appoint Levi as Interim Chair

Moved by Nick

Seconded by Isabella

5:13pm AST: Motion passed

5:14pm AST: Adoption of the agenda

Isabella motions to make action item 5.1 and 5.2 into one motion being 5.1

Seconded by Mason

5:17pm AST: Motion Passed

5:18pm AST: Isabella motions to renumber the following motions

Seconded by Mason

5:19pm AST: Motion passed by unanimous consent

5:19pm AST: Isabella motions to move new action item 5.3 instead of Levi, as they are the interim chair and cannot therefore move action items this council

5: 21pm AST: Adopted by unanimous consent

5:21pm AST: Approval of minutes from November 2nd

Adopted by unanimous consent

5:22pm AST: Oral reports of the councillors

Emma met with the bank about the day student society account

Victoria attended the finance committee

5:24pm AST: Nathan attended

5:28pm AST : Ridge attended meeting with Kailen and Tim

Kailen met with Tim about communicating with residence students about restrictions, and about the state of student mental health on campus

Kailen also attended a meeting with Mason to speak with Katie further about communicating with students in a more clear matter

5:32pm AST: Aideen recommends reaching out to South House, they could provide knowledge on how to possibly approach the current mental health crisis and substance abuse problems on campus

5:33pm AST: Stephen has plans to complete projects from the summer. One involves reaching out to Bill Lahey about his statements from the summer regarding advocacy for Indigenous students.

Stephen has plans to reach out to The Watch about how he can help advocate for their needs at this time

Also planning on bringing up discussions on courses that involve safety in journalism and the need for them that began this summer

5:36pm AST: Kaitlyn is our first year rep! It is her first meeting.

5:37pm AST: Ryland delivers report for BOG reps, a last-minute meeting about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Report by the Board of Governors took place both Ryland and Aideen were unable to attend but plan on reviewing

5:40pm AST: David asks what timeline we are on for the KSU response on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion report

Ryland speaks to finishing the term and then releasing the report

Aideen adds that both Ryland and her want to give it the proper amount of energy

5:49pm AST: Reports of the executive committee

(Levi’s) Report of the President:

Instagram live/Instagram takeover to ask/answer question of students

The exec continues to meet with Peter O’brian and Katie Merwin

Discussed the FASS forum and student mental health crisis

Levi is sitting on the Vice-President search committee as Peter O’brian is in his last term

Levi, Hope, Isabella meant with Jordan Roberts the SVPRO to discuss the mental health crisis

Levi wrote some feedback to Jordan and the committee about changes being made to the SVPR

Levi attended the meeting with the board of governors about the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion policy and brought up issues on behalf of the students.

Attended CFS meeting

6:00pm AST:

(Mason’s) Report of the SLVP:

Hope and Mason working on care packages for students

Attended meetings with Tim and Katie about what next semester may look like for students

Occupational health and safety meeting, an emergency meeting is happening next week to discuss open spaces on campus due to an increase in COVID-19 cases

Mason attended a student, staff, and faculty alliance meeting. No updates from Dalhousie faculty at this meeting.

6:05pm AST: Report of financial VP

Nick discussed the finance meeting which resulted in the action items from today being brought to the meeting

6:07pm AST: Report of external VP

Attended meeting about FASS forum with Roberta Barker

Meeting with Peter and Katie

Attended CFS meeting

6:11pm AST: Report of CVP

Isabella has been releasing TWAK

Was in a meeting with Katie and Tim and the rest of the exec

Met with Jordan along with Levi and Hope

Attended the CFS annual meeting

6:15pm AST: Action Items!

Action 5.1 $132.25 should be allocated for the purchasing of a zoom premium account for the remainder of the school year, and $228.28 for the otter transcription service

Nick motivates this motion, explaining the need for when multiple groups are using the current zoom account some are getting kicked off. This zoom account would be useful for societies, the intention was for it to be a dedicated society zoom account

Aideen seconds the motion

Discussion took place about whether or not there was an established need for the otter service on the second account

6:23pm AST: Vote. Motion passed

6:23pm AST: Action item 5.2

Be it resolved that the KTS receives $300 in society funding to subsidize their honoraria for their ongoing workshop series

6:25pm AST: Vote. Motion passed.

6:26pm AST: Action Item 5.4

Be it resolved that the CRO be paid $425 for their work running the fall councillor elections

Moved by Isabella

Seconded by Ryland

6:27pm AST: Vote. Motion passed.

6:28 pm AST: David motions to adjourned

There is a discussion about whether David is allowed to do this as a general member

The answer is yes.

6:29pm AST: Mason seconds this motion. Vote. It passes! Meeting adjourned!











Live Blog: 09/02/2020

Goood morning! It’s a short council today but a few important things on the agenda.

We’re hiring the UHP for Accessibility Needs and electing people to the Galley Board of Directors for 2019-20.

Currently we’re waiting to have quorum

Okay we have quorum!

Agenda adopted by unanimous consent

Lindsey moves to amend movements to correct her name, seconded by Mason, amended.

Sam moves to correct spelling of her last name, Levi seconds, amended.

Aideen moves to correct “Ginny looking for weed smell” to “Ginny looking to fine 1st floor Alex for weed smell”, Adrianna seconds, amended.

Mason moves to change “mould” to “mold”, Nick seconds, amended.

Minutes adopted.

Aideen currently running so its hard for her to perform her duties in a way that feels ethical. She went to an event.

Madeleine met with Sam about the accessibility survey. They discussed next steps and Sam began drafting an email to those who wanted follow-ups that’ll go out within the week.

Sam, Aideen, Tessa, and Madeleine met with Patsy to discuss mental health organizing.

Lindsey went to Dal science society meeting.

Mason went to CFS-AGM. Working to set up Journalism event still.

DSS GM happened! Approved budget and elected a CRO for their elections.

Adrianna doesn’t have a lot. But thinking about the handover of the BoG position.

Levi had a lot! Exec met about uni budget consultations – all sorts of stuff there. Every year the university does a consultation with the full KSU exec, thinking of bringing general members. Planned to happen after BAC recommendations, KSU pushing for it to happen earlier. Levi talked to Bill about it, it’s now scheduled for Feb 26th at 2:30.

Meeting with Dean of Students and SVPRO about a variety of things, Wardroom conduct policy being discussed and working on becoming transparent

Exec held a q&a – no one came.

Levi supported a student in a meeting with their prof. Want to make this function of the KSU more transparent to student body. Met with Bill about academic committee feedback, and university budget consultations. Implementation committee – January’s been hard, review of policy is coming up! Exec committee of BoG meeting called about FYP Director’s unpaid leave for rest of the year. Concern about how this will go down. Followed up with Peter O’Brien. Enrolment management committee meeting – not a lot. Met with Peter! Pressure being put to ensure that FYP runs smoothly and that there is transparency about this.

Updates on university diversity discussion group – talk to Levi about it!

Almost anti-O for faculty?! baby steps people.

CFS-NS AGM – lots of stuff! Also vote in the KSU Spring Elections on Feb 11 & 12!


Patsy had a wonderful bullet journalling workshop! Exec strategizing around university budget. Move towards renaming haliburton society? exciting! Mental Health week is in the process of being planned. She’s also working on her changeover document.

Met with Occupational Health and Safety committee, uneventful. Also tabled with Water Protector’s bake sale!


Nick – all the regular stuff, no finance committee happened because there was nothing!


Hope’s report read by Levi – busy as usual! Tabled for fight the fees, and talked about Dal BoG meeting.  Met with Equity officer hiring committee. Met with Bill about Responsible Investment Sub-Committee, will go over this next council. Went a variety of CFS-NS events. Please vote!


Isabella – the day to day! With the addition of elections and the galley BoD hiring. Went to Kim Tallbear talk which was well attended!


Action item 5.1 – Hiring UHP for Accessibility needs. Jasmine Maher is recommended by the hiring committee – they were in unanimous consent about this person. Motion passes

5.2 – electing for Galley board of directors. Mason seconds. Only received 1 name – consider tabling.

Jess Cohlette, David Shuman – self-nominates, only have two names so will move to table motion for next council meeting. Nick seconds. Motion tabled to March 1st meeting.


New Business – letter of apology. Only for council member’s eyes.


Otherwise – motion to adjourn, Mason seconds, passes.


We’re done!

Live Blog: 26/01/2020

good morning! council has been called to order!

agenda has been adopted!

amendments to minutes:

Levi as non-voting member because they were acting as interim chair

Include mason’s name on minutes

Remove David’s name from list of voting members

Move to correct Madeleine’s name in oral reports

all amendments pass

minutes approved

Oral Reports


Aideen – Ginny was going to fine 1st floor Alex for weed smell, Aideen got the fine revoked.

Also mold risk in chapel still not addressed, meeting with Katie on thursday.


Madeleine – Personal issue – met with Neil, in future working to remove “no exceptions policy”


Lindsay – Dal Science Society are not accomplishing things


Emma – DSS doing study snacks. Planning trip to sugar moon farms! Co-ordinating winter GM


Mason – Planning an event for Journalism students to help them manage a major project


Sam – sent accessibility form to Isabella and Hope


Tessa – went to rally and helped with accessibility form


Izzy – no updates


Reports of Executive Committee


Levi – condolences to those affected by the Ukrainian Airlines crash. lots of stuff relating to the history of student activism and an action for lowering tuition. Attended meeting for Alex Fountain lecture. Attended Alumni Association meeting. Advancement Committee meeting – mostly reports. Lots of Rallies! Specifically for Wet’suwet’en, and no War with Iran, and Santina Rao. Submitted motion at CFS-NS annual GM. Upcoming – Winter Elections! and UHP hiring!


Patsy – a bunch of new societies want to ratify! Working with athletics on a Healthy Active Living Workshop.

Nick – maintained union finances, especially focused on insurance. Finance Committee met. Has been helping Societies with the funding process. Went to the BAC, spicy meeting! They want to raise tuition folks. Athletics wants funding because their equipment is old. Upcoming – Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee (27/02/2020)


Hope – very similar to Levi’s report. Lots of fight the fees actions. Attended lots of solidarity rallies and the screening of Invasion at Dal. She encourages everyone to watch it! Upcoming – CFS-NS AGM! Also keep your eyes peeled for more actions!


Isabella – lots of the usual. Fixed the by-laws formatting issues! Social Media for all of the events happening! Got supplies from SoHo.


BIRT KIC (King’s Improv Collective) be ratified as a Tier I society for the remainder of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Moved by Patsy Ginou, seconded by Levi.

People are very excited! It’ll be less intimidating than the Dal one!

Motion Passes


BIRT ____________, _____________, and ____________ be elected to the UHP for Accessibility Needs Hiring Committee.
Moved by Levi Clarkson, seconded by Hope

Very esciting to consider accessibility being evaluated at Kings!

Hope nomiates Sydney Patterson, Zia Shirtliffe,  Aideen Reynolds, and Mery Bullock.

Nominations closed.

Everyone will get three votes.

Sydney – uses they/them pronouns, 3rd year, complicated relationship with disability. Thinks they have perspective on this issue, want to help with this.

Zia – wants to contribute to accessibility due to a variety of issues that affect her.  Wants to make accessibility easier.

Mery – 2nd year and affected by issues of accessibility on king’s campus  . Wants to improve accessibility on campus. Has worked to advocated for accessibility before, a very big passion of hers. She has a lot to say

Aideen – personally very passionate about accessibility. Very conscious of her privilege. Affected by mental health issues.

As votes stand: Sydeny, Aideen, and Mery are nominated.

Nominations pass


BIRT the King’s Wordsmiths receive $25.00 in contingent funding for their event, Winter Poetry Contest.
Finance Committee Recommends Approval.
Moved by Nick Harris, Levi Seconds

Wordsmiths do 2 competitions, money for $25 gift certificate to the King’s Bookstore

Motion passes

BIRT the Contemporary Studies Society receive $716.51 in non-contingent funding for their conference from February 8, 2020.
Finance Committee Recommends Approval.
Moved by Nick Harris, Mason seconds

Historically, the KSU funds part of the conferences at kings. Money for food largely. All as been cross-referenced with money from last year. Very consistent!

Motion passes

1 min amending numbering of agenda, to be consistent. motion passes

BIRT the Pride Society receive $100.00 in contingent funding for their event, Queereokie, on January 31, 2020.
Finance Committee Recommends Approval
Moved by Nick Harris, seconded by Levi

Core event on campus. Everyone loves Queereokie! Money is for pizza. Name is Y2Gay! It’s gonna be good! Motion passes


BIRT the Pride Society receive $180.00 in contingent funding for their event, Gender Celebration II, on January 28, 2020
Finance Committee Recommends Approval
Moved by Nick Harris, seconded by Isabella

Gender Party I was a success – this is a sequel. Same breakdown as last time folks. Sam and Tessa are active listeners cannot vote. Motion passes


New Business – motion to adjourn! we’re done!


Live Blog: 24/11/19

Hello! This is the (likely) last council meeting before the break!

We’re just waiting on quorum to start!

Meeting has been called to order and the land acknowledgement has taken place

1.1 Adoption of Agenda

Hope moves to add 5.11, Emma seconds

BIRT the KSU write to the King’s administration asking them to officially condemn Dalhousie’s failure to act and protect students while urging a tighter policy; and

BIFRT we ask the King’s administration to reiterate their commitment to protecting students on such matter in light of this event

Motion passes

Agenda adopted by unanimous consent

2.1 Emma not in minutes as a voting member, added by unanimous consent

minutes adopted.

3.1 Aideen met with Katie Merwin, some wins some losses

Wants another meeting in December

Room check procedure posted to facebook

Protested Laura Lynn Thompson

3.2 Me! Went to Finance Committee, and helped Aideen w/ residence work

3.3 Emma met to clarify waiver problems

3.4 Lindsay attended several events and committee meeting

3.5 Sam went to Academic Committee Meeting and the Anti-O workshop with Frank from South House

3.6 Tessa brainstormed work around accessibility, went to Academic Committee, etc.

3.7 Izzy and Adrianna brainstormed for the upcoming BoG meeting

4.1 Report of President

4.1.1 Tabled with CFS and Mason to give out ISICs

grant with NSCAD student union denied for curious reasons, a new proposal has been submitted for workshops around sexualized violence

4.1.2 Outcomes panel for Sexualized Violence and Prevention Committee, also did half-day retreat to discuss related things to the outcome panel – Bill requested their presence, Implementation of Bystander training, lots of work around sexualized violence!

4.1.3 CFS meeting, ask Levi or Hope about the minutes! Levi is at CFS AGM in Toronto and there is a BoG organizing meeting on the 27th!

4.2.1 Nick and Patsy met with Katie on mental health – not a lot happening on the school’s end. Patsy thought it went well. 2 Healthy Active living events happening, 1 before break and 1 in january on bullet-journaling. More to come!

Society training still in process.

4.2.2 Met with a committee about the Tri-Bay renos – mostly confidential but if you have questions ask Patsy!

Athletic stuff is in the works

4.2.3 Not much! Academic Committee happened!

4.3.1 All the regular stuff! People got paid, levy checks are going out, finance committee met

4.3.2 BAC met, Tri-Bay renos also a hot topic there!

4.3.3 nothing in external – other to report

4.4.1 Hope hosted 2 workshops facilitated by some awesome folks! Trauma informed Active listening with Jordan Roberts and an anti-o with Frank from South House.

4.4.2 ESG committee met, frustrating time. Any questions, feel free to ask! Final Policy meeting on the 29th, focus on regulation of fund managers and sustainability.

4.4.3 Went to a climate strike! Just a small one but its good to remind the province!

Went to Student Government Roundtable – lots of work there, also frustrating as large emphasis on correcting superficial problems rather than the institutional ones creating them.

Released the statement approved last council denouncing white supremacy on campus

4.4.4 There’s another Climate strike on the 29th! and a BoG organizing meeting on the 27th and the RSC Dance Party is soon as well!

4.5.1 Office-y things. minutes, agenda, etc.

Updated description of KSU in the academic calendar

Updated By-laws and formatting

Made name-cards and updated the chalkboards!

4.5.2 Made an extra TWAK! Normal Social media and poster stuff

4.5.3 Not much

5.1 BIRT no December meeting

passes unanimously

5.2 BIRT the scribe gets paid $300 for their work this semester, moved by Isabella

Seconded by Izzy

motion passes

5.3 BIRT the Chair be paid $425 for their work this semester

PoO: Chair surrendered to SVLP as motion directly impacts chair

Nick seconds

Motion passes

Chair given back to Chris

5.4 BIRT King’s Students For Sustainability be ratified as a Tier 1 society for 2019-2020 academic year


motion passes

5.5 BIRT Le Salon receives $16.00 for their movie night

Seconded by Madeleine

All for movie snacks

no q’s or debate

motion passes

5.6 BIRT King’s Dance Collective receive $517.50 for pole-dancing

Seconded by Patsy

This is a regular thing at King’s! A bulk cost for up to 20 people!

Patsy does extra motivation.

Motion passes

5.7 BIRT RSC receive $80.00 in non-contingent funding for their event, RSC Dance Party on the 29th

Seconded by Hope.

No questions or debate

Motion passes

First approval for a resource centre!

5.8 BIRT King’s Jewish Bookclub receive $112,00 in contingent funding for their event, Wardy Jewish Book Club Party on December 9th, 2019.

Seconded, and passes.

5.9 BIRT Pride Society receive $164.00 in contingent funding for their event, Gender Celebration on the 26th.

Seconded by Sam.

PoC: Sam and Tessa are active listeners, are being paid – no quorum here

Waiting to locate someone to call in.

We got a hold of Levi!

No q’s or debate

Motion passes! Thank you Levi!

5.10 BIRT the Unconcious Collective Ensemble receive $363.18 in contingent funding for their event, #Mood, on November 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019

Seconded by Tessa

Motioning to amend some errors in the agenda.

Nick apologizes for the errors

Motion to amend errors passes

No q’s or debate

Motion passes

5.11 BIRT the KSU write to the King’s administration asking them to officially condemn Dalhousie’s failure to act and protect students while urging a tighter policy; and

BIFRT we ask the King’s administration to reiterate their commitment to protecting students on such matter in light of this event.

Seconded by Isabella

It’s important to release campus specific statements! – Isabella

Motion Passes

6.1 Nick moves to adjourn

Aideen seconds

And we’re done!

Council Meeting: Dec 02/18

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

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

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

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

Marie would like to apologize as well.

Item 3: Approval of Minutes from November 18, 2018

Item 4: Reports of the Executive Committee

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

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

Report of the FVP. (it was very short)

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

Report of the CVP. (also short)

5. Oral reports and goals of councillors.

Action Items


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

Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


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

     Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


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

     Moved by Lianne Xiao

It passes.


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

Moved by Michael Greenlaw

It passes.


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

It passes.


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

Moved by Isabelle Reynolds

It passes.


Content warning

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

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

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

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

Moved by Isabelle Reynolds


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

Finance Committee Recommends approval

Moved by Marie Dolcetti Koros


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moved by Lianne Xiao


New Business.

8. Motion to adjourn – adjourned!