Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monday, March 21 caucus meeting to discuss alleged shenanigans in the GSS election

Hi grads

As outlined by Thomas, there have been allegations of problems with the GSS election.  All students are invited to meet at 10:30 AM, Monday March 21 in the 7000 level biology graduate lounge to share your thoughts on the allegations below.

As this is a last-minute special meeting, we will only discuss this particular issue to keep the meeting short.

Brett, caucus chair
Dear BISC grads,
An emergency Council meeting has been called to address concerns over the current GSS elections. Graduate student members are welcome to attend.

Subject: Fwd: Agenda for Emergency Council Meeting
Good afternoon everyone,
Please find attached the agenda for the Emergency Council Meeting that will be held on Monday, March 21 2011, at 2:00 - 4:00 PM.
The meeting will take place in the Maggie Benston Centre, in rooms 2290 and 2292 (behind the SFSS Copy Centre).
Raged Anwar, who is our current Operations & Finance Officer, will act, if approved by Council, as the Speaker of the meeting.
The attached agenda is based on the agenda that Health Sciences representative Sarah Chown had proposed, but, adjusted to reflect what Council can and cannot do.
The Electoral Committee has been invited to take part in the meeting to provide additional information and responses to concerns that have been voiced.
The concerns from Caucuses and Councillors will provide the opportunity for all members present to share their personal thoughts, or those of their Caucus, regarding the electoral process, the regulations and bylaws regarding the elections, and identifying opportunities to improve the process and rules for the future.
The motion regarding whether there has been an infraction of the by-laws is presented in the negative specifically to not presume blame.  It will require a mover and seconder, and will be voted upon by Council.
The second motion regarding whether Council wishes to recall the current members of the Electoral Committee will also require a mover and seconder to go forward, and will be voted upon by Council.
The Next Steps is an opportunity for future actions to be proposed by Council.  Please note that these steps must also fit within the purview of what is allowed in the By-laws and regulations.
Graduate students members are welcome; however, if we do not reach quorum (15 Councillors or Alternates), the meeting cannot take place officially.
To clarify, there are no "in camera" items listed in the agenda.  Only Council can vote to go "in camera" and even if that occurs, no motions may be moved or voted on while "in camera".
Please do feel free to circulate this to Caucus members as you see fit.