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)

Winter Semester
Thursday, January 11th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, January 25th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, February 8th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 McConnell Engineering, Room 603
Thursday, April 5th, 2018 McConnell Engineering, Room 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 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
Minutes-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-10-19

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
Minutes-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-11-02

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
Minutes-Legislative Council-Approved 2017-11-16

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
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2017-11-30

PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Modification of Internal Regulations of Representation and Advocacy APPROVED 2017-11-30
Motion Regarding the Provision of Bridge Funding for Savoy Society APPROVED 2017-11-30
Motion Regarding the Timeline of the By-Eleciton for the Vice-President (Finance) APPROVED 2017-11-30
Motion to Amend the Adhoc Committee on Provincial Representation Terms of Reference APPROVED 2017-11-30

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2017-11-30

Report – Steering Committee 2017-11-30
Report – Accountability Committee 2017-11-30

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2017-11-30

Report – VP External 2017-11-30
Report – VP Internal 2017-11-30
Report – VP Student Life 2017-11-30
Report – VP UA 2017-11-30
ADDENDUM
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SAVOY WORKING BUDGET
Report – Environment Representative 2017-11-30
Report – POTUS Representative 2017-11-30

VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-01-11

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-01-11

PRESENTATIONS
Indigenous Affairs Presentation to Legislative Council 2018-01-11

MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council FOR APPROVAL 2018-01-11

MOTIONS
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2018-01-11

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-01-11
Report – VP External 2018-01-11
Report – VP Internal 2018-01-11
Report – VP Student Life 2018-01-11
Report – VP UA 2018-01-11

ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-01-25

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-01-25

PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Nominations to the SSMU Board of Directors APPROVED 2018-01-25
Motion to Endorse the SSMU Survivor Bill of Rights APPROVED 2018-01-25
Motion to Hold the Winter 2018 General Assembly After the SSMU Elections APPROVED 2018-01-25

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2018-01-25
Report – Executive Committee 2018-01-25
Report – Accountability Committee 2018-01-25

EXECUTIVE REPORTS
Report – President 2018-01-25
Report – VP Finance 2018-01-25
Report – VP UA 2018-01-25
Report – VP Student Life 2018-01-25
Report – VP External 2018-01-25
REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
Report – Education Representative 2018-01-25
Report – Services Representative 2018-01-25

ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-02-08

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-02-08
PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – ECOLE Project 2018-02-08
MINUTES
Minutes – 2018-02-08 FOR APPROVAL
MOTIONS
Motion on Consultation on Systemic Racism in Montreal APPROVED 2018-02-08
Motion Regarding the ECOLE Project Fee Levy Renewal APPROVED 2018-02-08
Motion to Amend the SSMU Campus Life Fee TABLED 2018-02-08
Motion to Amend the SSMU Clubs Fee TABLED 2018-02-08
Motion to Amend the University Centre Building Fee TABLED 2018-02-08
Motion to De-gender the Language of the SSMU APPROVED 2018-02-08
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Steering Committee 2018-02-08
Executive Committee 2018-02-08
Report – Senate Caucus Rep 2018-02-08
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
President 2018-02-08
VP External 2018-02-08
VP Finance 2018-02-08
VP Internal 2018-02-08
VP Student Life 2018-02-08
VP UA 2018-02-08
ADDENDUM
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-02-22

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-02-22
PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – Bicentenial 2018-02-22
Presentation – BSN 2018-02-22
MINUTES
Minutes – Legislative Council – 2017-02-22 FOR APPROVAL
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Black Students’ Network Fee for the 2018 Winter Referendum APPROVED 2018-02-22
Motion to Amend the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda NOT APPROVED2018-02-22
Motion to Amend the SSMU Campus Life Fee APPROVED 2018-02-22
Motion to Amend the SSMU Clubs Fee APPROVED 2018-02-22
Motion to Amend the University Centre Building Fee APPROVED 2018-02-22
Motion to Create a Governance Documents Working Group APPROVED 2018-02-22
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2018-02-22
Report – Counselling Services Committee 2017
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP External 2018-02-22
Report – VP Finance 2018-02-22
Report – VP Internal 2018-02-22
Report – VP Student Life
Report – VP UA 2018-02-22
Report – President 2018-02-22
ADDENDUM
Report – Engineering Representative 2018-02-22
Report – Science Representative 2018-02-22
Report – Winter AVEQ Congress 2018-02-22
SSMU Mental Health Commission Working Report
PSAB – Report
Report – De-gender the Language of the SSMU 2018-02-22
VOTING RECORD
Record of Votes – Legislative Council 2018-02-22
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-03-15

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-03-15
PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – SSMU Special Committee on Anti-Semitism 2018-03-15
Presentation – Fiat Lux 2018-03-15
MINUTES
Minutes – FOR APPROVAL 2018-03-15 Revised
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Special Committee on Anti-Semitism APPROVED 2018-03-15
Motion Regarding the Policy for the Implementation of a Fall Reading Break APPROVED 2018-03-15
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Legislative Council – Executive Committee Report 2018-03-15
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP UA 2018-03-15
Report – President 2018-03-15
Report – VP External 2018-03-15
Report – VP Finance 2018-03-15
Report – VP Internal 2018-03-15
Report – VP Student Life 2018-03-15
ADDENDUM
Report – Music Representative 2018-03-15
VOTING RECORD
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-03-29

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-03-29
PRESENTATIONS
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Sustainability Policy APPROVED 2018-03-29
Motion to Amend the Internal Regulations to Improve Accessibility, Impartiality, and Stability of the Board of Directors APPROVED 2018-03-29
Motion to Amend the Legislative Council Standing Rules APPROVED 2018-03-29
Motion to Organize the Fight for Free Education and Cancellation of Student Debt APPROVED 2018-03-29
Motion to pay the 2017-2018 Executive for work completed APPROVED 2018-03-29
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2018-03-29
Report – Ad Hoc Committee on Provincial Representation 2018-03-29
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2018-03-29
Report – VP External 2018-03-29
Report – VP Student Life 2018-03-29
Report – VP UA 2018-03-29
ADDENDUM
Report – Clubs Commissioner 2018-03-29
VOTING RECORD
Record of Votes – 2018-03-29
SPECIAL GUESTS

Council Meeting 2018-04-05

RESOLUTION BOOK
ATTENDANCE
AGENDA
Agenda – Legislative Council APPROVED 2018-04-05
PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – GSVP 2018-04-05
MINUTES
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Council Endorsement for Fiat Lux 2018-04-05
Motion Regarding the Service Status of Arab Student Network 2018-04-05
Motion Regarding the Service Status of Arab Student Network APPROVED 2018-04-05
Motion Regarding the SSMU Equity Policy (2018) APPROVED 2018-04-05
Motion to Mandate Sexual Violence Training for New Representatives 2018-04-05
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Accountability Committee 2018-04-05
Report – ACPR – RECOMMENDATIONS APPROVED 2018-04-05
Report – Club Committee 2018-04-05
Report – Environment Committee 2018-04-05
Report – FYC 2018-04-05
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – VP UA 2018-04-05
ADDENDUM

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VOTING RECORD
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 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