May 2017: Council Summary

The following provides a brief summary of the recent Council meeting on May 25. The complete Council package, which includes the agenda and reports, can be accessed online. Full minutes of the May Council meeting will be available in the June 2017 Council package.

This summary is provided to increase transparency, and to support Councillors in completing their obligations under Bylaw 2.3.5; “shall regularly communicate with his or her constituents concerning the activities, programs, and decisions of the Society”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or the Speaker.

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Announcements

  • Nominations are open for the position of Speaker. Nominations or questions are requested at executive@sogs.ca by June 20.
  • We are currently seeking nominations for a by-election for the role of Accessibility Commissioner. The position is open to all SOGS members. Interested members are requested to contact speaker@sogs.ca with their statements or inquiries by June 20.
  • Information and promotional material for the 2017 fall orientation is already available online. Please share these materials with incoming students and any key staff/faculty involved in welcoming incoming students in your department.

Upcoming dates of importance

  • May 31:Bursaries/subsidies due
  • June 15: Submissions to Handbook Cover Design Contest due
  • June 21: June Board Game Night
  • June 27: Free outdoor yoga session on UC Hill
  • July 8: Niagara Falls Trip
  • July 30: Pride Parade

Motion decisions

Reminder: Motions generally include several clauses providing the background or justification of a motion followed by one or several resolutions. The resolutions are the specific actions being proposed. For brevity, resolutions use the initialisms BIRT (be it resolved that) and BIFRT (be it further resolved that).

Motions arising from the President/Executive

Motion 1 (President)

PASSED

Whereas the Communications Administrator will soon be on leave and a temporary
replacement must be hired for the duration of the leave,
BIRT the hiring committee for the temporary Communications Administrator shall consist of the
President, a Vice-President, and the Communications Administrator.
BIFRT this committee be chaired by the President.

Motion 2 (VP Advocacy)

PASSED

BIRT the Graduate Peer Support Committee be established as a standing Committee in
accordance with the provided terms of reference

Motions arising from Other Committees

Motions 3 (Equity Committee)

PASSED

Whereas the Equity Committee chair under the VP Advocacy portfolio has done excellent work and;
Whereas members of the committee believe the chair has earned his honorarium:
BIRT the Equity Committee approves the $500 honoraria for the chairperson, Taniya Nagpal.

Motion 4 (Sustainability Committee)

PASSED

Whereas the Equity Committee chair under the VP Advocacy portfolio has done excellent work and;
Whereas members of the committee believe the chair has earned his honorarium:
BIRT the Equity Committee approves the $500 honoraria for the chairperson, Taniya Nagpal.

 

New business

Motion 5 (VP Finance)

PASSED

BIRT the Society adopt the new Grad Club logo design as presented at Council.

Motion 5 (Councillor)

PASSED

Whereas some Commissioners have not reported recently,
BIRT Council request that all Commissioners submit or present a report at the next meeting.

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