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 2018-09-13

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2018-09-13 APPROVED
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
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 Scara (she/her) external.aus@mail.mcgill.ca
Arts and Science TBA artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Rowan Fletcher (she/her) athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs TBA clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs TBA 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 TBA engrep2@ssmu.ca
Environment Julia Brand (she/her) envirorep@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) TBA 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 Jayne (he/him) musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Caitlin Bazylykut (she/her) nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Philippe Cossette (he/him) ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Residences TBA 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 TBA 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