Legislative Council

Legislative Council

The 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 in the Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of the Shatner Building) beginning at 6pm. For 2017-2018, the dates of Council are:

Fall Semester:

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)

Winter Semester
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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 2017 – 2018

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 2017-09-14

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council 2017-09-14
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Adoption of the Standing Rules for the 2017-2018 Legislative Council 2017-09-14
Motion Regarding the Status of the Students’ Society Programming Network 2017-09-14
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report to Council – VP External 2017-09-14
Report to Council – VP Finance 2017-09-14
Report to Council – VP Internal 2017-09-14
Report to Council – President 2017-09-14
Report to Council – VP Student Life 2017-09-14
Report to Council – VP UA 2017-09-14
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-09-28

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council 2017-09-28 Approved
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-09-28
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Nominations to the SSMU Board of Directors 2017-09-28 Approved
Notice of Motion Regarding First Year Council Fee Referendum Question 2017-09-28 Approved
Notice of Motion Regarding Peer Support Centre Fee Referendum Question 2017-09-28 Approved
Notice of Motion Regarding Renewal of the SSMU Ambassador Fee 2017-09-28 Approved
Notice of Motion Regarding Sustainability Projects Fund Fee Referendum Question 2017-09-28 Approved
Notice of Motion to Bring the Question of AVEQ Affiliation to Referendum 2017-09-28 Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report to Council – Law Representative 2017-09-28
Report to Council – Executive Committee 2017-09-28
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report to Council – VP Finance 2017-09-28
ADDENDUM
Councillor-Committee-Allocations 2017-09-28
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-10-12

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-10-12
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-10-12

MOTIONS
Notice of Motion Regarding the Proposed Bike Centre Facility-Not Approved 2017-10-12
Notice of Motion to Approve the Creation of a Stand-Alone Francophone Affairs Committee-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion to Acknowledge Rape Culture on McGill Campus and at SSMU-Approved 2017-10-12

Motion to Approve Audit-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion to Bring the Question of AVEQ Affiliation to Referendum-Tabled 2017-10-12
Motion to to Endorse the Popular Demonstration against Racism and the Far-Right on November 12th-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion Regarding the Appointment of Two Executives to the Steering Committee-Approved 2017-10-12

Motion Regarding Renewal of the SSMU Ambassador Fee-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion Regarding Sustainability Projects Fund Fee Referendum Question-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion Regarding First Year Council Fee Referendum Question-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion Regarding Peer Support Centre Fee Referendum Question-Approved 2017-10-12
Motion Regarding Council Nominations to the SSMU Board of Directors-Approved 2017-10-12

COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-10-19

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council 2017-10-19 APPROVED

PRESENTATIONS
UEQ 2017-10-19
LIFC 2017-10-19

MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion to Bring the Question of AVEQ Affiliation to Referendum 2017-10-19 TABLED
Motion Regarding the Adoption of Standing Rules at the Fall 2017 General Assembly 2017-10-19 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Proposed Bike Centre Facility 2017-10-19 APPROVED
Motion to Approve the Creation of a Stand-Alone Francophone Affairs Committee 2017-10-19 APPROVED

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2017-10-19
Report – Steering Committee 2017-10-19

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP Finance 2017-10-19
Report – VP Internal 2017-10-19
Report – VP Student Life 2017-10-19
Report – VP UA 2017-10-19
Report – VP External 2017-10-19

ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-11-02

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2017-11-02

PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Calling for an Immediate Contestation of Bill 62 – APPROVED 2017-11-02
Motion in Support of November 10th Mobilizations- APPROVED 2017-11-02
Motion Regarding Endorsement of Daily Publications Society Referendum Question- NOT APPROVED 2017-11-02
Motion to Create an Ad Hoc Committee on Provincial Representation- APPROVED 2017-11-02
Notice of Motion for the Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors to Undertake the Selection of Future Board Members Anonymously – FOR APPROVAL 2017-11-02

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2017-11-02
Report – Executive Committee 2017-11-02

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP Student Life 2017-11-02
Report – VP University Affairs 2017-11-02
Report – President 2017-11-02
Report – VP External 2017-11-02
Report – VP Internal 2017-11-02

ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-11-16

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2017-11-16

PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion for the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors to Undertake the Selection of Future Board Members Anonymously APPROVED 2017-11-16
Motion Regarding Council Nomination to Special Committee on Anti-Semitism APPROVED 2017-11-16
Motion to Amend the Standing Rules of Legislative Council APPROVED 2017-11-16
Motion to Call a Special Referendum Period NOT APPROVED 2017-11-16
Motion to Investigate a Committee on Governance Reform APPROVED 2017-11-16

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2017-11-16

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – University Affairs 2017-11-16
Report – VP External 2017-11-16
Report – VP Internal 2017-11-16
Report – VP Student Life 2017-11-16

ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-11-30

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2017-12-07

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-01-11

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-01-28

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-02-08

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-02-22

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-03-15

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-03-29

 

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 Corinne Bulger artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts Jennifer Chan artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts Kevin Zhou artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts Alice Yue external.aus@mail.mcgill.ca
Arts and Science R’ay Fodor artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Yué Jiao athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs TBA clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs TBA clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry Nishath Syed dentistryrep@ssmu.mcgillca
Education Josephine Wright O’Manique edrep@ssmu.ca
Engineering Vivian Campbell engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering Namrata Khopkar engrep2@ssmu.ca
Environment Jamal Tarrabain envirorep@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) Anthony Koch fycrep@ssmu.ca
Law Melisa Demir lawrep@ssmu.ca
Law TBA lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management Denzel Mutoko managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management Roderick Madeira-Mackinnon managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine André Lametti medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music TBA musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Caitlin Bazylykut nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Danny Dinh ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Residences Yoana Pehlyova ircrep@ssmu.ca
Science Vithushon Thayalan sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science Mana Moshkforoush sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science Marjan Ghazi sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Tre Mansdoerfer engineeringsenator@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Isabella Anderson artssenator1@ssmu.ca
Services TBA servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work Matthew Savage socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
Non-Voting Members of Council
Constituency Name Bio & Email Address
Speaker speaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian Christelle Tessono parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Catharina O’Donnell recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager Ryan Hughes gm@ssmu.mcgill.ca