Legislative Council

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the seven (7) SSMU Executives comprise the voting members of Council. The Speaker, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members. According to Article 3 of the SSMU Constitution, Council is the governing body of the Society and “shall be empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Society.

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday beginning at 6pm. For 2018-2019, the dates of Council are:

Fall Semester:
September 13th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
September 27th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
October 11th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
October 18th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
November 1st, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
November 15th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603
November 29th, 2018 – McConnell Engineering 603

Winter Semester
January 10th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
January 24th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
February 7th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
February 21st, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
February 28th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
March 14th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603
March 28th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering 603

While Council is run according to Robert’s Rules of Order, its proceedings should be accessible to all members; don’t hesitate to ask the Speaker, Parliamentarian or a Councillor (including Executives) how you can participate in the debate. Council meetings can last several hours, so if you are interested in a particular issue, it may be wise to check the agenda in advance and/or ask a Councillor to contact you (e.g. by text message) when the item relevant to your issue is coming up. The agenda order can also be amended to accommodate your schedule, so get in touch with a Councillor if this is something you require. You can peruse its agenda and “documents in advance” (reports of Executives and Committees, as well as proposed resolutions and policies) below.

 

Council Documents 2018 – 2019

 
If for any reason you have any difficulty accessing the documents above, please email the Speaker of Council or the President. You can also follow the Legislative Council on Twitter with the hashtag #SSMULegCouncil!

Council Meeting 2018-11-15

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-11-15 FOR APPROVAL
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda 2018-11-15 (1) FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda 2018-11-15 (2) FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations of Governance on Freedom of Information 2018-11-15 FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Responsible Representation of Governing Bodies 2018-11-15 FOR APPROVAL
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Arts Representative 2018-11-15
Report – Clubs Representative 2018-11-15
Report – Engineering Representative 2018-11-15
Report – Science Representative 2018-11-15
Report – Senate Caucus Representative 2018-11-15
Report – Steering Committee 2018-11-15
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-11-01

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-11-01 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council 2018-11-01 FOR APPROVAL
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding VP UA Mandate to Advocate for S_U Grading Option 2018-11-01 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Nomination of the Auditor for the Fiscal Year of 2019 2018-10-29 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Restoration of Discretionary Funding for SACOMSS 2018-11-01 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Nomination of Directors for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors 2018-10-29 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Internal Regulation Updates 2018-11-01 APPROVED
Motion Regarding French Translation of SSMU Documents 2018-11-01 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Changes Made to Referendum Questions 2018-11-01 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Standing Rules of Council 2018-10-18 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Constitution for GA Quorum 2018-11-01 POSTPONED
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Finance Committee 2018-11-01
Report – Executive Committee 2018-11-01
Report – Arts Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Athletics Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Clubs Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Community Engagement Committee 2018-11-01
Report – Environment Committee 2018-11-01
Report – Law Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Management Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Medicine Representative 2018-11-01
Report – Steering Committee 2018-11-01
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP (University Affairs) 2018-11-01
Report – VP (Student Life) 2018-11-01
Report – VP (Internal Affairs) 2018-11-01
Report – VP (Finance) 2018-11-01
Report – President 2018-11-01
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2018-11-01
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-10-18

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-10-18 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council 2018-10-18 APPROVED
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Adoption of General Assembly Standing Rules 2018-10-18 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Standing Rules of Council 2018-10-18 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Approval of Judicial Board Proposed Procedure Changes 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Council Length 2018-10-18 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Mandating the Finance Committee to Focus on Restructuring SSMU_s Fees 2018-10-18 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Responsible Representation 2018-10-11 NOT APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Creation of an Anti-Violence Fee Levy 2018-10-18 APPROVED
Motion to Support the Rights of Canada’s Most Vulnerable Children 2018-10-11 APPROVED
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2018-10-18
Report – Ad-Hoc Fall Reading Break Committee 2018-10-18
Report – Mental Health Committee 2018-10-18
Report – Steering Committee 2018-10-18
Report – Arts & Science Representative 2018-10-18
Report – Arts Representative 2018-10-18
Report – Athletics Representative 2018-10-18
Report – FYC Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Management Representative 2018-10-18
Report – PTOT Representative 2018-10-18
Report – Science Representative 2018-10-18
Report – Senate Caucus Representative 2018-10-18
Report – Social Work Representative 2018-10-18
Report- IRC Representative 2018-10-18
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-10-18
Report – VP (Finance) 2018-10-18
Report – VP (Internal Affairs) 2018-10-18
Report – VP (Student Life) 2018-10-18
Report – VP (University Affairs) 2018-10-18
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2018-10-18
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-10-11

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-10-11 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – Arab Student Network 2011-10-11
Presentation – Lester Asset Management 2018-10-11
Presentation – Plate Club 2018-10-11
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council 2018-10-11 FOR APPROVAL
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Adoption of a Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Approval of Judicial Board Proposed Procedure Changes 2018-10-11 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Arab Student Network Fee Referendum Question 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations on Strike General Assemblies 2018-09-27 NOT APPROVED
Motion Regarding Charity Fee Referendum Question 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Environment Fee Referendum Question 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Renaming of McGill Men_s Varsity Teams 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Responsible Representation 2018-10-11 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding the Creation of a Legal Defence Fund and Fee Levy 2018-10-11 NOT APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Creation of an Anti-Violence Fee Levy 2018-10-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Plate Club Fee Referendum Question APPROVED
Motion to Support the Rights of Canada’s Most Vulnerable Children 2018-10-11 POSTPONED
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Ad-Hoc Fall Reading Break Committee 2018-10-11
Report – Arts & Science Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Executive Committee 2018-10-11
Report – Management Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Mental Health Committee 2018-10-11
Report – Science Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Senate Caucus Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Social Work Representative 2018-10-11
Report – Steering Committee 2018-10-11
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-10-11
Report – VP (Internal Affairs) 2018-10-11
Report – VP (Student Life) 2018-10-11
Report – VP (Finance) 2018-10-11
Report – VP (University Affairs) 2018-10-11
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2018-10-11
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-09-27

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-09-27 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Legislative Council Minutes 2018-09-27 APPROVED
MOTIONS
Motion for Special Emphasis to be Placed on Greater Engagement with Student Governance for 2018-2019 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Health and Dental Review Committee 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Council Nominations to the SSMU Board of Directors 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Policy on Clubs and Services as SSMU’s Highest Priority 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Policy on VP Internal Intoxication and V.I.P Culture at SSMU Events 2018-09-27 APPROVED
Motion to Adopt a Policy Against Affiliation with Far Right Groups 2018-09-27 POSTPONED
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations 2018-09-27 FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Internal Regulations on Strike General Assemblies 2018-09-27 FOR APPROVAL
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2018-09-27
Report – Arts Representative 2018-09-27
Report – Education Representative 2018-09-27
Report – Engineering Representative 2018-09-27
Report – Management Representative 2018-09-27
Report – Social Work Representative 2018-09-27
Report – Steering Committee 2018-09-27
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-09-27
Report – VP (External Affairs) 2018-09-27
Report – VP (Finance) 2018-09-27
Report – VP (Internal Affairs) 2018-09-27
Report – VP (Student Life) 2018-09-27
Report – VP (University Affairs) 2018-09-27
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Legislative-Council-Record-of-Votes 2018-09-27
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-09-13

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-09-13 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Legislative Council Minutes 2018-09-13 APPROVED
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Adoption of the Standing Rules for the 2018-19 Legislative Council 2018-09-13 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Committee Terms of Reference 2018-09-13 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Nominations to the SSMU Board of Directors 2018-09-13 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Elections Timeline 2018-09-13 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Policy on VP Internal Intoxication and V.I.P Culture at SSMU Events 2018-09-13 POSTPONED
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2018-09-13
Report – Executive Committee 2018-09-13
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-09-13
Report – VP (External Affairs) 2018-09-13
Report – VP (Finance) 2018-09-13
Report – VP (Internal Affairs) 2018-09-13
Report – VP (Student Life) 2018-09-13
Report- VP (UA) 2018-09-13
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2018-09-13
SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Speaker of Council & Parliamentarian

 

Speaker of Council acts as the chair of Council. They are responsible for the smooth procedural functioning of Council meetings which includes the call to order (which opens the meeting), granting the floor (i.e. giving people permission to speak) and stating motions and putting them to a vote. The Speaker is guided in their tasks by Robert’s Rules of Order in addition to the Constitution, Internal Regulations and any relevant resolutions of Council.

Parliamentarian is also responsible for running Council with the Speaker. While the Speaker controls the floor and grants Councillors speaking rights in an appropriate fashion, the Parliamentarian takes care of the organization, projection and amending of motions and reports during Council.

 

Committees of Council

 

SSMU Committees make recommendations to Council on everything from the allocation of funding to student groups to the approval of new clubs to the adoption of new policies. Each Councillor sits on at least one SSMU Committee. The Committee Terms of Reference Book 2016-09-15 contains all of the information about the various committees at SSMU.

 

Representatives

 

The voting members of SSMU’s Legislative Council comprise thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the 6 SSMU Executives. The Speakers, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members.

Councillors’ primary responsibility is to represent the interests of their constituencies in SSMU governance. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your representatives!

This year’s representatives are:

Constituency Name Bio & Email Address
Arts Ana Paula Sanchez (she/her) artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts Andrew Figueiredo (he/him) artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts Garima Karia (she/her) artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts Rebecca Scarra (she/her) external.aus@mail.mcgill.ca
Arts and Science Imogen Hobbs (she/her) artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Rowan Fletcher (she/her) athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs Zaheed Kara (he/him) clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs Victoria Flaherty (she/her) clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry Brandon Hersh (he/him) dentistryrep@ssmu.mcgillca
Education Mu Rong Yang (she/her) edrep@ssmu.ca
Engineering Gareth Price (he/him) engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering Maxence Frenette (he/him) engrep2@ssmu.ca
Environment Julia Brand (she/her) envirorep@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) Robert Hu (he/him) fycrep@ssmu.ca
Law Marie Pilote (she/her) lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management Benjam Smit (he/him) managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management Brooke Callaghan (she/her) managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine Kenzy Abdelhamid (she/her) medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music Julian Jayme (he/him) musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Caitlin Bazylykut (she/her) nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Philippe Cossette (he/him) ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Residences Shannon Stemper (she/her) ircrep@ssmu.ca
Science Fairhurst Lyons (she/her) sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science Haoyi Qiu (she/her) sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science Moses Milchberg (he/him) sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Bryan Buraga (he/him) artsscisenator@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Andre Lametti (he/him) medicinesenator@ssmu.ca
Services Natalie Constantin (she/her) servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work Zach Kleiner (they/them) socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
Non-Voting Members of Council
Constituency Name Bio & Email Address
Speaker Nikolas Dolmat speaker@ssmu.ca
On-Call Speaker Husayn Jamal speaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian Samuel Haward parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Orla Mahon recsec@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Eric Krol recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager Ryan Hughes gm@ssmu.mcgill.ca