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 2019-2020, the dates of Council are:

Fall Semester
September 10th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603
September 26th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603
October 10th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603
October 24th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603
November 14th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603
November 28th, 2019 – McConnell Engineering, Room 603

Winter Semester
January 16th, 2020
January 30th, 2020
February 13th, 2020
February 27th, 2020
March 12th, 2020
March 26th, 2020
April 2nd, 2020

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 2019 – 2020

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!

RESOLUTION BOOK
Book of Resolutions-Legislative Council

Electronic Council Motions

MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Nominations to the Society’s Board of Directors 2019-07-11 APPROVED
ELECTRONIC VOTES
Record of Votes – Electronic Motions 2019-2020 (Updated 2019-08-26)

Council Meeting 2019-09-10

AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2019-09-10 APPROVED
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council 2019-09-10 APPROVED
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Adoption of the Standing Rules for the 2019-2020 Legislative Council 2019-09-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Adoption of a Conflict of Interest Policy 2019-02-07 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Plan on Clubs and Services as SSMU’s Highest Priority 2019-03-28 COMMITTED
Motion Regarding Adequate Notice on Mandatory Club Workshops 2019-04-04 COMMITTED
Motion Regarding Nominations to the Society’s Board of Directors 2019-09-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Committee Allocations 2019-09-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Interim Provisions for the Internal Regulations of Governance 2019-07-09 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Transfer of Affiliation of McGill Cycling 2019-09-10 APPROVED
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2019-09-10
Report – Executive Committee 2019-09-10
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2019-09-10
Report – Vice-President (University Affairs) 2019-09-10
Report – Vice-President (Internal) 2019-09-10
Report – Vice-President (Finance) 2019-09-10
Report – Vice-President (Student Life) 2019-09-10
Report – Vice-President (External Affairs) 2019-09-10
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Record of Votes 2019-09-10
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2019-09-26

LIVESTREAM
YouTube Link
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council 2019-09-26 APPROVED
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council 2019-09-26 APPROVED
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding 2019-2020 Elections SSMU Timeline 2019-09-26 APPROVED
Motion Regarding an Interim Provision for the Internal Regulations of Finance 2019-07-16 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Creation of Indigenous Equity Fund and Fee 2019-09-26 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Development and Implementation Process for Policies and Plans 2019-09-26 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Support of Climate Justice Actions at McGill 2019-09-26 APPROVED
Notice of Motion Regarding Amendments to the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda 2019-09-26 FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Changes to the Health and Dental Review Committee Terms of Reference 2019-09-26 FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding Policy on Moratorium on McGill Fees Until Fossil Fuel Divestment 2019-09-26 FOR APPROVAL
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2019-09-26
Report – Executive Committee 2019-09-26
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report – Arts & Science Representative 2019-09-26
Report – Arts Representative 2019-09-26
Report – Management Representative 2019-09-26
EXECUTIVE REPORTS
Report – Vice-President (University Affairs) 09-26-2019
Report – Vice-President (Student Life) 2019-09-26
Report – Vice-President (Internal) 2019-09-26
Report – Vice-President (Finance) 2019-09-26
Report – Vice-President (External) 2019-09-26
Report – President 2019-09-26
ADDENDUM
Presentation – FY19 SPF Annual Report
VOTING RECORD
Record of Votes 2019-09-26
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2019-10-10

LIVESTREAM
AGENDA
Agenda 2019-10-10 APPROVED
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Notice of Motion Regarding the Creation of an Affordable Student Housing Committee 2019-10-10 FOR APPROVAL
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda 2019-09-26 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Changes to the Health and Dental Review Committee Terms of Reference 2019-09-26 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Committee Allocations 2019-10-10 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Condemnation of Bill 21 2019-10-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Condemnation of Judicial Challenge of Human Rights Tribunal Ruling Regarding First Nations Children 2019-10-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Creation of an Athletics Facility Improvement Fee Referendum Question 2019-10-10 NOT APPROVED
Motion Regarding Creation of SSMU Student Academic Support Services and Fee Levy 2019-10-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Creation of the Gerts Reopening Fund and Fee 2019-10-10 NOT APPROVED
Motion Regarding Increase and Nature of SSMU Equity Fee Referendum Question 2019-10-10 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Policy on Moratorium on McGill Fees Until Fossil Fuel Divestment 2019-09-26 APPROVED
Motion Regarding SSMU Club Fund Fee Referendum Question 2019-10-10 APPROVED
Notice of Motion Regarding Adoption of an Events Management Policy 2019-10-03 FOR APPROVAL
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2019-10-10
Rapport – Comité des Affaires Francophones 2019-10-10
Report – Executive Committee 2019-10-10
Report – Funding Committee 2019-10-10
Report – Service Review Committee 2019-10-10
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report – Engineering Representative 2019-10-10
Report – Medicine Representative 2019-10-10
Report – Science Representative 2019-10-10
Report – Senate Caucus Representative 2019-10-10
Report – Social Work Representative 2019-10-10
EXECUTIVE REPORTS
Report – Vice-President (Finance) 2019-10-10
Report – Vice-President (Student Life) 2019-10-10
Report – Vice-President (University Affairs) 2019-10-10
Report – Vice-President (Internal) 2019-10-10
Report – President 2019-10-10
Report – Vice-President (External) 2019-10-10
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
Record of Votes 2019-10-10
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2019-10-24

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MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
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ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2019-11-14

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Council Meeting 2019-11-28

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Council Meeting 2020-01-16

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Council Meeting 2020-01-30

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Council Meeting 2020-02-13

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Council Meeting 2020-02-27

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Council Meeting 2020-03-12

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Council Meeting 2020-03-26

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Council Meeting 2020-04-02

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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 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 Email Address
Arts Adin Chan artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts Andrew Chase artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts Shreya Dandamudi artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts Darshan Daryanani artsrep4@ssmu.ca
Arts and Science Kevin Franceschini artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Jared Kersh athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs Ariana Kaye clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs Victoria Flaherty clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry Hassan Sbayte dentistryrep@ssmu.ca
Education Vacant edrep@ssmu.ca
Engineering Mustafa Fakih engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering Bruno Marcoux engrep2@ssmu.ca
Environment Michael Rhamey envirorep@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) Shuchita Das fycrep@ssmu.ca
Law Beatrice Mackie lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management Elan Eisner managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management Jonathan Gurvey managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine Andrew Dixon medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music Vacant musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Annalise Patzer nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Mariam Morgan ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Residences Vacant ircrep@ssmu.ca
Science Maxine Wu sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science Rohan Bhutkar sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science Jordyn Wright sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus André Lametti medicinesenator@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Jeremy Garneau engineeringsenator@ssmu.ca
Services Noah Merali servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work Vacant socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
Non-Voting Members of Council
Constituency Name Bio & Email Address
Speaker Husayn Jamal speaker@ssmu.ca
On-Call Speaker Phoebe Lee speaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian Wing Wong parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Jamie Cowan recsec@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Parminder Cheema recsec@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Lauren Hill recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager Vacant gm@ssmu.ca