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Canadian Federation of Students May 2011 Annual General Meeting Agenda

Canadian Federation of Students May 2011 Annual General Meeting Agenda

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AGENDA
OpeningPlenary
May2011NationalGeneralMeeting1.ATTENDANCEROLLCALLTheFederation'sBylawsrequirethatnolessthanone-halfofthevotingmembersoftheFederationhavingvotingrightsbepresentin-personorby-proxyatthegeneralmeetingforbusinesstobeconducted.Arollcallofthevotingmemberswillbetakentodetermineattendanceandtoconfirmthataquorumofvotingmembersispresent.2.ANNOUNCEMENTOFPROXIESTheFederation'sBylawsenableavotingmemberthatisunabletoattendallorportionsofageneralmeetingtoappointanothermembertoactasitsproxyforallorportionsofthemeeting.NotificationofproxyappointmentsreceivedinaccordancewithBylawII,Section5-b,willbeannouncedatthistime.3.RATIFICATIONOFPLENARYSPEAKERTheplenaryistheformaldecision-makingassemblyatthegeneralmeeting.Inordertofacilitatethedecision-makingprocess,aPlenarySpeakerisappointedtochairgeneralmeetingplenarysessions.4.WELCOMINGREMARKSANDINTRODUCTIONS5.ADOPTIONOFTHEPLENARYAGENDATheplenarywillconsidertheplenaryagendapreparedbytheNationalExecutive.Anychangestotheagendamaybeproposedatthistime.6.ADOPTIONOFTHENATIONALGENERALMEETINGAGENDATheplenarywillconsidertheproposedscheduleforthefourdaysofthegeneralmeeting.Anychangestotheagendamaybeproposedatthistime.7.ADOPTIONOFTHENATIONALGENERALMEETINGMINUTESTheplenarywillconsidertheminutesofthepreviousnationalgeneralmeeting.8.OVERVIEWOFPROCEDURESa.RulesofOrderandPlenaryProceduresb.Anti-HarassmentProceduresfortheGeneralMeetingc.PresentationbytheFederation'sStaffRelationsOfficer9.CHANGESINMEMBERSHIP10.PREPARATIONSFORELECTIONSa.IntroductionofElectoralOfficersb.OverviewofElectionScheduleandProcedures
 
PAGE2-OPENINGPLENARYAGENDA
59
th
Semi-AnnualNationalGeneralMeetingoftheCanadianFederationofStudents(-Services)Tuesday,May31toFriday,June3,2011TheElectoralOfficerswillprovideanoverview
otthe
electionscheduleandproceduresatthistime.
11.ADOPTIONOFSTANDINGPLENARYSUB·COMMITTEEANDFORUMAGENDA
AsperStandingResolution1,Section1,thefollowingplenarysub-committeesandforumareautomaticallystruck:-BudgetCommittee;-CampaignsandGovernmentRelationsForum;-OrganisationalandServicesDevelopmentCommittee;and-PolicyReviewandDevelopmentCommittee.Theplenarywillconsidertheplenarysub-committeeandforumagendaspreparedbytheNationalExecutive.Anychangesoradditionstotheagendasmaybeproposedatthistime.
12.CONSIDERATIONOFMOTIONSSERVEDWITHDUENOTICE
TheFederationBylawsrequirethatallmotionsexceptthoseofanemergencyorproceduralnaturebesubmittednofewerthansixweekspriortothegeneralmeetingatwhichtheyaretobeconsidered.
a.MotionServedwithNotice
by
thePreviousGeneralMeeting
ThefollowingmotionwasreferredtotheNationalExecutivebytheNovember
2010
NationalGeneralMeeting:
2010/11:
069MOTION
Local37/Local100WhereastheFederation'sBulkPurchasingofOrientationMaterialsServicefacilitatesthedeliveryofsweatshop-freematerialsoncampusesacrossCanada;andWhereastheFederation'sBulkPurchasingofOrientation'MaterialsServiceworkswiththeSingleMothers'CooperativeofEfSalvador;andWhereastheServicefurthersFederationpoliciestosupportworkers'rights,ethicalpurchasing,anduniversityandcollegecodesofconduct;andWhereastheBulkPurchasingofOrientationMaterialsServicehasbeenexpandedtoopenpurchasingthroughouttheyear;thereforeBeitresolvedthattheBulkPurchasingofOrientationMaterialsServiceberenamedtheSweatshop-freeMaterialsService.TheNationalExecutiverecommendstheadoptionofMotion
2010/11
:069withsubsequentamendment:
2011/05:N01MOTIONTOAMEND
BeitresolvedthatMotion-201
0/11
:069beamendedtoread:"BeitresolvedthattheBulkPurchasingofOrientationMaterialsServiceberenamedthe
EthicalPurchasingNetwork:Sweatshop-freeandsustainablematerials."
b.NewMotionsServedwithNotice
Thefollowingmotionswereservedwithnoticeandshallbeconsideredatthemeeting.
2011/05:N02MOTION
Local1!WhereasstudentdebtinCanadahasreachedunsustainablelevels;andWhereasnon-repayablestudentfinancialaid(grants)hasnotkeptpacewithrepayablestudentfinancialassistance(loans);andWhereasinSeptember2010,studentdebtowedtothefederalgovernmentreachedsurpassed$15billionforthefirsttimeinCanadianhistory;and
 
OPENINGPLENARYAGENDA-PAGE3
59
th
Semi-AnnualNationalGeneralMeetingoftheCanadianFederationofStudents(-Services)Tuesday,May31toFriday,June3,20112011/05:N032011/05:N04WhereastheCanadaStudentLoansProgramisgovernedbytheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceActandmanagesamixtureofdirectstudentloansandrisk-sharedloans;andWhereastheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceActhasaloanceilingof$15billion;andWhereasinAugust2010,theMinisterofHumanResourcesandSkillsDevelopmentCanadamaderegulatorychangestotheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceActtoexcluderisk-sharedloansfromtheActallowingthegovernmenttoallowfederalstudentdebttogobeyondthe$15billionceilingbyredefiningtheCSLPloanstohide$2billion;andWhereasHumanResourcesandSkillsDevelopmentCanadaestimatescalculatedthattotalstudentdebtwouldnotexceedthe$15billionceilinguntil2014-15,theyeartransferpaymentstoprovincesaretobere-negotiated;andWhereastheCanadaStudentLoansProgramfurtherunderestimatedtheirannuallendingin2010-11byover$300million;andWhereasitisestimatedthattherecalculated$15billionceilingonstudentdebtmaybebreachedagaininfall2011orwinter2012necessitatingfurtherregulatorychanges,amendments,orotherchangestotheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceAct;thereforeBeitresolvedthatfullpublicconsultationsinadvanceofanyfurtherchangestotheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceActbecalledfor;andBeitfurtherresolvedthatallpoliticalpartiesbecalledupontomaintainthedebtceilingonstudentdebtprovidedintheCanadaStudentFinancialAssistanceAct;andBeitfurtherresolvedthatanationalstrategyfortheprogressiveeliminationofstudentdebtinCanadabeintroducedbeginningwiththeimmediateredirectionofalleducation-relatedtaxcreditsandsavingsschemesintoup-front,needs-basedgrantsthroughtheCanadaStudentGrantsProgram.MOTIONLoca1108!Whereasgovernmentsfromacrosstheglobehaveimplementedausteritymeasureswhichhaveincludedwidespreadfundingcutstopost-secondaryeducationandsignificanttuitionfeeincreases;andWhereasstudentsandstudentorganisationsfromtheAmericas,Europe,ASia,AfricaandOceaniahavebeenactivelyengagedinthestruggleforaccessibleeducation;andWhereastheFederationstrivestowardssupporting"studentorganisationsthataregenerallyinkeepingwiththeaimsandprinciplesoftheFederation";thereforeBeitresolvedthatworkbeundertakeninsolidaritywithstudentsandstudentorganisationsfromacrosstheglobetodenounceausteritymeasuresandpromoteaccessibleeducationforall;andBeitfurtherresolvedthatrelationsbeactivelydevelopedwithcontinentalandnationalstudentorganisationsandmovements.MOTIONLoca1108!Whereas
Lachartedejalanguetrenceise,
alsoknownasBill101,isalawintheprovinceofQuebecthatdefinesFrench,thelanguageofthemajorityofthepopulation,astheonlyofficiallanguageofQuebecanddesignatesspecificlanguagerightsforeveryoneintheprovince;andWhereasthePartlQuebecoishasapprovedaproposaltoextendBill101toCEGEPs,thatwouldpreventFrancophoneandAllophonestudentstoattendanEnglishCEGEP;andWhereasresearchconductedbytheConseilsuperisuredelalanguefrancaisefindsthatattendingEnglishCEGEPshashardlyanyimpactonlinguistictransfers,andinnowayjeopardisestheprotectionoftheFrenchlanguage,whichistheostensiblepurposeofBill101;andWhereasmanyFrancophoneandAllophonestudentschoosetostudyatEnglishCEGEPs,including20percentofDawsonCollege'sstudentpopulation,inanattemptto

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