October 30th Council

Hi everyone! Welcome to this morning’s council meeting.

~10:15: Meeting called to order. Land acknowledgment.

~10:16: Adoption of the agenda.

~10:16: Reports of the councillors

10:18: Reports of the executive.

Gibby (President): Mental health forum on November 1st. The Watch’s office is moving. Attended a CFS meeting. Student solidarity rally for CUPE tomorrow!

Kaitlyn (SLVP): Puppy hour in the Manning Room on Friday! Meeting about mask mandates with OHAS. Fall AGM.

Natalia (EVP): CFS AGM meeting. Meetings with South House and Jordan Roberts. Supporting CUPE 3912, organizing the student rally.

Aidan (CVP): TWAK creation and promotion. Event promotion. Organized Fall GM documents. Organized trick or treat with the KSU event for tomorrow.

Kerri (FVP): One funding request brought to Council today.

10:33: Action items.

10:33: BIRT the King’s Pride Society receive $150 in contingent funding for a showing of Rocky Horror on Monday October 31st.

Moved by Gibby.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motivated by Gibby and Kerri; funding is for participation goodie bags and renting a popcorn machine

Motion passes.

10:36: Whereas the King’s Bike Society filled out the society ratification form and completed society training, and

Whereas the King’s Wellness Society filled out the society ratification form and completed society training,

BIRT the King’s Bike Society and the King’s Wellness Society be fully ratified and recognized as societies of the University of King’s College.

Motion passes.

10:37: New business.

Upcoming dates: CUPE 3912 Student Solidarity Rally tomorrow (October 31st) at 12:00pm in the Studley Quad, King’s Mental Health Forum on November 2nd at 3:30pm.

10:41: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Gibby.

Seconded by Tessa.

Motion passes.

Thanks everyone!

Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program

Storwell is Offering a $2,000 Bursary to Help Foster Children Pursue Their Post-Secondary Education

In response to the growing number of foster children and youth in care that struggle to afford post-
secondary studies, Storwell has developed the Storwell Foster Children Bursary program. Along with
providing accessible and affordable self storage units, Storwell is also devoted to helping out the local
community through various charitable causes and social initiatives.

A major issue for youth leaving foster care is the lack of family support. Youth leaving foster care often
have strained connections with family and may struggle to build a strong support network. While many
young people across Canada continue to rely on their parents for housing, financial, and emotional
support well into their 20s, youth leaving foster care are expected to be completely independent at the
age of 18. This means they may not have anyone to fall back on if they miss a bill payment, are
temporarily out of work, or a large expense comes up. This leaves many young people at risk for
unstable housing. Research shows a significant relationship between adult homelessness and a history of
living in foster care. A Raising the Roof study from 2009 with street-involved youth found that 43% of
survey respondents had also been in foster care.

Another hurdle that foster children must overcome in their pursuit of post-secondary education is the
stigma associated with growing up in the foster care system, which stops many students from reaching
out and asking for the assistance that they require. Hopefully, as more initiatives like the Storwell foster
children bursary become available and education about foster care becomes more widespread, this
stigma will begin to dissipate and foster children and youth in care will be able to receive the attention
and support that they deserve.

The aim of the Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program is to provide foster children and youth in care
with resources and opportunities that might be otherwise unavailable to them. With the proper tools,
these students can work towards building a better life for themselves through the pursuit of higher
education. Eligibility requirements and access to the bursary application form can be found at:
https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application

October 16th Council

Welcome to council everyone!

10:07: Meeting called to order by Raeesa. Land acknowledgment.

10:08: Adoption of the agenda, with added Finance Committee recommendations for society funding and a society ratification motion.

10:10: Approval of the minutes from previous emergency council.

10:11: Oral reports of the councillors.

Tessa: Attended the BOG meeting, where the Internationalization plan was discussed at length.

Victor: Day Students’ Mixer happened, upcoming meal ticket distribution, movie night and trip to Noggins Farm.

Sara: Attended Finance Committee on Friday.

10:28: Oral reports of the executives.

Gibby (President): Hiring process of an Accessibility Officer has nearly come to an end, the school is in negotiations with a candidate and hoping to have them start on November 1st. Meeting with Isa Wright about starting a mental health forum at King’s. A student brainstorming session about developing mental health supports facilitated by Isa will take place on November 2nd. Fall elections will open on Monday, and KSU exec have started tabling on Wednesdays and Thursday to increase awareness about the union.

Kaitlyn (SLVP): Society training event. Meeting about field trips for first years. Meeting with city councillor Waye Mason about providing student feedback about a proposed bylaw.

Kerri, the FVP, was not present at the meeting. Their report is available in council documents.

Natalia (EVP): Planning around solidarity with the upcoming DAL TA strike. Meeting with a student about their idea for field trips for first years to learn about Halifax. Held a meeting with Jordan about hosting an event about consent in November.

Aidan (CVP): Organizing bylaw review committee, which will meet for the first time tomorrow. Hiring the new CRO. TWAK, general social media stuff, advertising the Fall GM.

10:56: Action Items

10:57: 5.1 BIRT Paige Chaisson, Terra Carter and Neyve Egger be paid for their work as O-Week Coordinators.

Motivated by Victoria Gibbs.

Seconded by Natalia.

10:58: BIRT the UKing’s Lit Society be approved for $298 in accumulated funding.

Moved by Victoria Gibbs.

Seconded by Tessa.

Motion passes.

11:00: BIRT the TTRPG Society be approved for $70 in contingent funding.

Moved by Victoria Gibbs.

Motion passes.

11:02: A third funding motion which I could not catch for the liveblog; please consult the meeting minutes when released or visit the KSU office if interested.

11:03: BIRT South House, the UKing’s Lit Society, the Unconscious Vocal Collective and the Dal/King’s Debate Society be fully ratified.

Moved by Kaitlyn.

Motion passes.

11:04: New business.

Gibby: Wants to discuss how we will support the upcoming TA strike at Dal.

11:13: Motion to add a BIRT the KSU issue a statement by Wednesday October 19th in support of the strike, including acknowledgment of the adverse effects students may face and resources to help them with this.

Moved by Gibby.

Motion passes.

11:14: Motion to adjourn.

Motion passes.

Thanks everyone!

 

Emergency Council October 1st 2022

Welcome to Emergency Council, replacing the regular Council that was missed due to Hurricane Fiona.

10:07: Meeting called to order.

10:15: Adoption of the agenda with unanimous consent.

10:16: Approval of minutes from Council on Sept 11, 2022.

10:16: Action Items begin

10:17: 3.1. BIRT Sophie Harriman be elected as Chief Returning Officer for the 2022/2023 year.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Sam.

Motion passes.

10:18: 3.2. BIRT Sam Sharp and Caroline Belbin be elected to the Bylaw Review Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motion passes.

10:29: 3.3. BIRT Emily Reid, Aideen Reynolds, Caroline Belbin, and Ben Robinson be elected to the Elections Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Sam.

Motion passes.

10:36: 3.4. BIRT Aideen Reynolds and Tessa Hill be elected to the Galley Board of Directors. 

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motion passes.

10:41: 3.5. BIRT Lau Maude be elected to the World University Service of Canada Levy Board.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Tessa.

Motion passes.

10:48: 3.6. Whereas the Loaded Ladle has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and 

Whereas the King’s Jewish Cultural Society has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and 

Whereas the CKDU-FM Society has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and

Whereas the Day Students Society has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and 

Whereas the University of King’s College Tabletop Roleplaying Games Society has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and 

Whereas NSPIRG has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and

Whereas the King’s Theatrical Society has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; and

Whereas the King’s Dance Collective has completed the society ratification form and attended society training; therefore

BIRT the Loaded Ladle, the King’s Jewish Cultural Society, the CKDU-FM Society, the Day Students Society, the University of King’s College Tabletop Roleplaying Games Society, NSPIRG, the King’s Theatrical Society and the King’s Dance Collective be fully ratified as societies of the University of King’s College. 

Moved by Kaitlyn MacNeill

Seconded by Aidan.

Motion passes.

10:51: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Sam.

Seconded by Tessa.

Motion passes.

Thank you everyone!

Council Sept 11

Welcome back to the first council of the year everyone!

10:06: Meeting begins informally with introductions.

10:09: Meeting called to order by Raeesa, the Chair. Land acknowledgment.

10:10: Adoption of the agenda.

Addition of four motions.

Agenda is adopted by unanimous consent.

10:12: Minutes from the Emergency Council on May 6, 2022 approved, with small amendments to attendance.

10:13: Oral reports of the councillors

Sara (Member at Large): Nothing to report, great to be back!

Victor (Day Students Society): Pool table has been sorted out.

Sam and Tessa (Board Of Governors): Tuition increased at last BOG meeting, despite students voting against increases and speaking against them.

10:16: Reports of the Executive Committee.

Gibby (President): Spoke to relationship between students’ mental health and finances at the BOG meeting regarding tuition increases. O-Week will be formally discussed next council, but it went great and they are very grateful for everyone involved. New  Services and Committees Coordinator was hired, and will start this coming week.

Kaitlyn (Student Life Vice President): Meetings with Health Coordinator. Helped out with O-Week. Society training and ratification is upcoming.

Kerri (Financial Vice President): Coordinator Hiring Committee, looking forward to the new Coordinator’s starting. Regular financial business, including transferring money intended for student financial aid to maximize its short-term use. Increased coverage for prescription drugs and mental health care in this year’s student insurance plan.

Natalia (External Vice President): Working with NSPIRG and Victoria to work with international students, created a student toolkit to help them find the services that are for them specifically. Met with previous EVP to learn about on-campus services. Worked on O-Week. Met with CFS about an upcoming event.

Aidan (Communications Vice President): Attending Emergency Council meeting (and acted as temporary scribe), helped with scribe training for the new scribe Ellie. Promoted TWAK during first week, will be sending it out tomorrow. Created and share O-Week posts.

10:28: Action Items.

10:28: 5.1 BIRT Daniel Konopelski resign as first year representative.

Moved by Gibby, who read Daniel’s reasoning as sent virtually.

Motion passes.

10:29: 5.2 BIRT the union write a statement in regards to the impact of the ruling of Roe v. Wade in the USA on June 24th, 2022.

Moved by Gibby.

Seconded by Aidan.

Student motivation read by Victoria. Further motivated by Victoria, due to potential impact on American students and the Canadian healthcare system.

Motion passes.

10:31: 5.3 BIRT the union issue a statement on HRM’s eviction of people living in People’s Park, resulting in the park being fenced off.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

10:34: 5.4 BIRT the union make a donation of $100 to an organization that supports unhoused people from the 2021-2022 outreach fund.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

10:35: 5.5 BIRT the union make a donation of $100 from the 2021-2022 outreach fund to Abortion Support Services Atlantic.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Gibby.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

10:36: New business.

Election nominations open on September 19, CRO will be hired soon, advertising for the Fall GM will begin soon.

10:38: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Gibby.

Seconded by Natalia.

Motion passes.

End of council.

Thanks everyone!

May 6th Emergency Council

Welcome to the emergency council meeting!

6:04: Meeting called to order. Land acknowledgment.

6:05: BIRT Paige Chaisson, Mason Carter and Neyve Egger be hired as the 2022-2033 Orientation Week Coordinators.

Moved by Victoria.

Motion passes.

6:08: BIRT Ellie Anderson be hired as the scribe for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Moved by Aidan.

Motion passes.

6:09: New business.

Conversation around making a donation in support of relief efforts in Yemen.

6:21: BIRT $100 be donated to a cause to support relief for the war in Yemen.

Moved by Julian.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motion passes.

6:27: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Sam.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motion passes.

Have a great summer everyone!

April 3rd Council Liveblog

Good morning! Welcome to the council liveblog for April 3rd.

10:10: Meeting called to order. Land acknowledgment.

10:17: Adoption of the agenda, with added finance committee motions regarding society funding.

10:18: Approval of the minutes from last council.

10:18: Oral reports of the councillors.

Daniel: FYP updates. HALP hiring committee.

Julian: Hearing complaints about the lack of vegetarian options in the dining hall. Otherwise, nothing to report.

Sam: Nothing to report from the BOG. Took part in the HALP hiring committee.

Sara: Attended the GM, final edits on the Academic Accessibility Committee plan.

Victor: End-of-year DSS admin, including budget.

10:24: Executive reports

Report of the President (Victoria): Spring GM, organizing hiring committees, attended a presentation from the sexualized violence review, first student government round table.

Report of the SLVP (Kaitlyn): As Kaitlyn is absent, Victoria gave a summary.

Office hours, executive committees, spring GM, meeting with a representative from Tailwind (an organization that provides students with mental health services), other meeting (details in report).

Report of the FVP (Kerri): Spring GM (budget passed), regular union finances, finance committee, O-Week Hiring Committee, meeting with Jordan Roberts.

Report of the EVP (Natalia): Discussing international student activism with students, meeting with Jordan Roberts about O-Week hiring process, spring GM.

Report of the CVP: Executive meetings, Bylaw Review Committee meeting, organizing hiring committees, TWAK, social media posts about the spring GM, hiring committees, executive committees and valedictorian.

10:38: Omnibus motion of bylaw amendments (5.1-5.6)

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motion passes.

10:44: 5.7 BIRT Daniel Konopelski and Neyve Egger be elected to the Bylaw Review Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Aidan.

Nominations.

Motion passes.

10:50: 5.8 BIRT —- be elected to Elections Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Aidan.

Nomination.

Motion to table due to lack of nominations by Victoria, seconded by Daniel.

Motion tabled until next council.

10:54: 5.9 BIRT David Shuman, Daniel Konopelski and Sara MacCallum be elected to The Watch Board of Publishers.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Daniel.

Nominations.

Motion passes.

11:02: 5.10 BIRT Sam Sharp and Mason Carter be elected to The Galley Board of Directors.

Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Aidan.

Nominations.

Motion passes.

11:07: 5.11 BIRT be elected to the WUSC (World University Service of Canada) Levy Board.

Moved by Natalia.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Natalia and Victoria.

Motion to table due to a lack of nominations by Victoria.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motion tabled.

11:15: 5.12 BIRT David Shuman, Emily Reid and Daniel Konopelski be elected to Academic Committee.

Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Aidan.

Motivated by Victoria.

Nominations.

Motion passes.

11:21: 5.13 BIRT Raeesa Alibhai be elected to the Scribe Hiring Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motivated by Aidan.

Nomination.

Motion passes.

11:26: 5.14 BIRT Daniel Konopelski, Mason Carter and Sara MacCallum be elected to the Chief Returning Officer Hiring Committee.

Moved by Aidan.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motivated by Aidan.

Nomination.

Motion passes.

11:35: 5.15 BIRT Raeesa Alibhai be hired as the Chair for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Victoria.

Motion passes.

11:37: 5.16 BIRT Katie Cheslock be hired as the HALP (Healthy Active Living Coordinator) for the summer of 2022.

Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Sam.

Motivated by Victoria.

Motion passes.

11:43: 5.17 BIRT the King’s Tabletop Roleplaying Game Society be approved to receive $15.16 in contingent funding for their most recent in-person event.

Recommended by Finance Committee.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Kaitlyn.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

11:44: 5.18 BIRT the King’s Jewish Cultural Society receives $20.00 in contingent funding for their upcoming Passover event and AGM.

Recommended by Finance Committee.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Aidan.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

11:48: 5.19 BIRT the Chair be paid an honorarium of $850.00, having fulfilled their duties through the winter term.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Kerri and Daniel.

Motion passes.

11:50: 5.20 BIRT the Scribe be paid an honorarium of $400.00, having fulfilled their duties through the winter term.

Moved by Kerri.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Kerri.

Motion passes.

11:52: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Sam.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motion passes.

Thanks everyone!

March 6th Council Liveblog

Good morning everyone! Welcome to council. Today is the last meeting with the current exec, thank you to them all for their work!

10:06: Meeting called to order. Land acknowledgement.

10:07: Agenda adopted my unanimous consent.

10:08: Previous meeting minutes approved by unanimous consent.

10:08: Oral reports of the councillors.

Daniel: He will continue to be involved with council despite losing the exec election. Is working with Kaitlyn on developing a travel workshop for students.

Emy: Nothing to report. Likes the idea of a travel workshop and offers help.

Sara: Academic Accessibility Committee has submitted its first draft and received feedback. Will be meeting again tomorrow to review that feedback and start on the next draft.

Tessa: Not much happening with the BOG, looking forward to continuing to be a BOG rep next year. Academic Accessibility Committee was covered by Sara.

Victor: Valentine’s cards were delivered. DSS elections begin tomorrow, with nomination forms opening. Voting is on Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th.

10:14: Executive reports

Nick: His last report at council. Committee regarding international student tuition did not reach a final decision on decoupling tuition from Dalhousie, but $100 000 in bursaries will be provided and recommended the creation of an internationalization plan. Wardroom agreement with the University has been in negotiations for 3-4 years, and is now finished. Galley agreement is coming up for renegotiation. Budget consultation is March 11, executive changeover is March 15, and his final Board Executive meeting will be March 17 (attending with incoming president, Victoria).

Kaitlyn: Meeting with dining service committee. Meeting with Daniel about travel workshop. Excited for incoming exec.

Victoria: Finance committee occurred twice since last meeting. Executive training began yesterday with CFS training, other training for office, Galley/Wardroom etc will take place over the next couple weeks. Budget Advisory Committee meetings, Finance Audit and Risk Committee meeting, President’s Advancement Advisory Committee meeting. Encourages all to attend tuition consultation on March 11. Spring General Meeting will be on March 30th.

Aideen is not in attendance. Their report is available in the Executive reports document.

Sam: Council, exec and committee meetings. Last solo TWAK tomorrow; next one will be done with the incoming CVP. Looking into Zoom issues; will need to change procedure to stop trolling.

Victoria: Looking into having the next council in-person.

10:30: 5.1 BIRT the King’s Wellness Society receive $51.13 in contingent funding for their interest meeting.

Recommended by Finance Committee. Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Nick.

Motivated by Victoria.

Motion passes.

10:32: 5.2 BIRT the King’s Literary Society receive $31.20 in non-contingent funding for one of their regular upcoming meetings

Recommended by Finance Committee. Moved by Vitoria.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Victoria.

Motion passes.

10:34: 5.3 BIRT the King’s Food Security Initiative receive $124.32 in contingent funding for food-box upkeep and isolation packages.

Recommended by Finance Committee. Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Nick.

Motivated by Victoria.

Motion passes.

10:37: 5.4 BIRT the King’s Student’s Union make a donation of $100 to an anti-war organization or charity of our discretion.

(further details available in the agenda)

Moved by Victoria.

Seconded by Daniel.

Motivated by Victoria.

Further motivated by Sam, including a recommendation of either the Canada-Ukraine Foundation of Doctors without Borders.

Victoria says that further discussion can take place after council, as the decision of a charity is not part of the motion.

Motion passes.

10:43: 5.5 BIRT The King’s Student’s Union write an open letter to the Halifax Police Department condemning their actions, and in solidarity with our unhoused neighbours; and

BIFRT The King’s Student’s Union contact the People’s Park to ask what folks need, and make a donation of necessary supplies to the People’s Park.

(further details available in the agenda)

Motion to amend the motion to be moved by Nick instead of Aideen passes.

Moved by Nick.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motivated by Nick.

Further motivated by Daniel.

Motion passes.

10:48: Whereas section 14.4 of the KSU bylaws requires an automatic motion to impeach a council member who misses three consecutive meetings without regrets, BIRT the Journalism Representative be impeached.

Motion fails.

Nick proposes to get in contact with the council member in question, and vote on this motion again next council if they do not attend.

10:55: Daniel mentions feedback he has submitted with thoughts on how to improve elections in future.

Nick says it has been sent to the CRO, and will be brought to Elections Committee and the General Meeting for discussion and voting.

10:56: Motion to adjourn.

Moved by Nick.

Seconded by Victoria.

Motion passes.