AGENDA

Opening Plenary

May 2011 National General Meeting

1. ATTENDANCE ROLL CALL

The Federation's Bylaws require that no less than one-half of the voting members of the Federation having voting rights be present in-person or by-proxy at the general meeting for business to be conducted. A roll call of the voting members will be taken to determine attendance and to confirm that a quorum of voting members is present.

2. ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROXIES

The Federation's Bylaws enable a voting member that is unable to attend all or portions of a general meeting to appoint another member to act as its proxy for all or portions of the meeting. Notification of proxy appointments received in accordance with Bylaw II, Section 5-b, will be announced at this time.

3. RATIFICATION OF PLENARY SPEAKER

The plenary is the formal decision-making assembly at the general meeting. In order to facilitate the decision-making process, a Plenary Speaker is appointed to chair general meeting plenary sessions.

4. WELCOMING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS

5. ADOPTION OF THE PLENARY AGENDA

The plenary will consider the plenary agenda prepared by the National Executive. Any changes to the agenda may be proposed at this time.

6. ADOPTION OF THE NATIONAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

The plenary will consider the proposed schedule for the four days of the general meeting. Any changes to the agenda may be proposed at this time.

7. ADOPTION OF THE NATIONAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The plenary will consider the minutes of the previous national general meeting.

8. OVERVIEW OF PROCEDURES

a. Rules of Order and Plenary Procedures

b. Anti-Harassment Procedures for the General Meeting

c. Presentation by the Federation's Staff Relations Officer

9. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP

10. PREPARATIONS FOR ELECTIONS

a. Introduction of Electoral Officers

b. Overview of Election Schedule and Procedures

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The Electoral Officers will provide an overview otthe election schedule and procedures at this time.

11. ADOPTION OF STANDING PLENARY SUB·COMMITTEE AND FORUM AGENDA

As per Standing Resolution 1, Section 1, the following plenary sub-committees and forum are automatically struck:

- Budget Committee;

- Campaigns and Government Relations Forum;

- Organisational and Services Development Committee; and

- Policy Review and Development Committee.

The plenary will consider the plenary sub-committee and forum agendas prepared by the National Executive. Any changes or additions to the agendas may be proposed at this time.

12. CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS SERVED WITH DUE NOTICE

The Federation Bylaws require that all motions except those of an emergency or procedural nature be submitted no fewer than six weeks prior to the general meeting at which they are to be considered.

a. Motion Served with Notice by the Previous General Meeting

The following motion was referred to the National Executive by the November 2010 National General Meeting:

2010/11: 069 MOTION

Local 37/Local 100

Whereas the Federation's Bulk Purchasing of Orientation Materials Service facilitates the delivery of sweatshop-free materials on campuses across Canada; and

Whereas the Federation's Bulk Purchasing of Orientation 'Materials Service works with the Single Mothers' Cooperative of Ef Salvador; and

Whereas the Service furthers Federation policies to support workers' rights, ethical purchasing, and university and college codes of conduct; and

Whereas the Bulk Purchasing of Orientation Materials Service has been expanded to open purchasing throughout the year; therefore

Be it resolved that the Bulk Purchasing of Orientation Materials Service be renamed the Sweatshop-free Materials Service.

The National Executive recommends the adoption of Motion 2010/11 :069 with subsequent amendment:

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MOTION TO AMEND

Be it resolved that Motion-201 0/11 :069 be amended to read:

"Be it resolved that the Bulk Purchasing of Orientation Materials Service be renamed the Ethical Purchasing Network: Sweatshop-free and sustainable materials."

b. New Motions Served with Notice

The following motions were served with notice and shall be considered at the meeting.

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Local1!

Whereas student debt in Canada has reached unsustainable levels; and

Whereas non-repayable student financial aid (grants) has not kept pace with repayable student financial assistance (loans); and

Whereas in September 2010, student debt owed to the federal government reached surpassed $15 billion for the first time in Canadian history; and

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Whereas the Canada Student Loans Program is governed by the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act and manages a mixture of direct student loans and risk-shared loans; and

Whereas the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act has a loan ceiling of $15 billion; and

Whereas in August 2010, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada made regulatory changes to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act to exclude risk-shared loans from the Act allowing the government to allow federal student debt to go beyond the $15 billion ceiling by redefining the CSLP loans to hide $2 billion; and

Whereas Human Resources and Skills Development Canada estimates calculated that total student debt would not exceed the $15 billion ceiling until 2014-15, the year transfer payments to provinces are to be re-negotiated; and

Whereas the Canada Student Loans Program further underestimated their annual lending in 2010-11 by over $300 million; and

Whereas it is estimated that the recalculated $15 billion ceiling on student debt may be breached again in fall 2011 or winter 2012 necessitating further regulatory changes, amendments, or other changes to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act; therefore

Be it resolved that full public consultations in advance of any further changes to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act be called for; and

Be it further resolved that all political parties be called upon to maintain the debt ceiling on student debt provided in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act; and

Be it further resolved that a national strategy for the progressive elimination of student debt in Canada be introduced beginning with the immediate redirection of all educationrelated tax credits and savings schemes in to up-front, needs-based grants through the Canada Student Grants Program.

MOTION

Loca1108!

Whereas governments from across the globe have implemented austerity measures which have included widespread funding cuts to post-secondary education and significant tuition fee increases; and

Whereas students and student organisations from the Americas, Europe, ASia, Africa and Oceania have been actively engaged in the struggle for accessible education; and

Whereas the Federation strives towards supporting "student organisations that are generally in keeping with the aims and principles of the Federation"; therefore

Be it resolved that work be undertaken in solidarity with students and student organisations from across the globe to denounce austerity measures and promote accessible education for all; and

Be it further resolved that relations be actively developed with continental and national student organisations and movements.

MOTION

Loca1108!

Whereas La charte deja langue trenceise, also known as Bill 101, is a law in the province of Quebec that defines French, the language of the majority of the population, as the

only official language of Quebec and designates specific language rights for everyone in the province; and

Whereas the Partl Quebecois has approved a proposal to extend Bill 101 to CEGEPs, that would prevent Francophone and Allophone students to attend an English CEGEP; and

Whereas research conducted by the Conseil superisure de la langue francaise finds that attending English CEGEPs has hardly any impact on linguistic transfers, and in no way jeopardises the protection of the French language, which is the ostensible purpose of Bill 101;and

Whereas many Francophone and Allophone students choose to study at English CEGEPs, including 20 percent of Dawson College's student population, in an attempt to

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expand their linguistic range and to access specialised programs only offered at certain institutions; therefore

Be it resolved that a letter be written to the Parti Quebecois condemning their decision to extend Bill 1 01 to include CEGEPs; and

Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to write letters to the Parti Quebecois condemning their decision to extend Bill 101 to include CEGEPs.

MOTION

Loca1108!

Whereas recently several university and college administrators have been exposed for their inappropriate use of public funds; and

Whereas Concordia University dispensed over 2 million dollars in severance pay to two University Presidents in the past four years; and

Whereas nine universities and colleges in Ontario were found to have spent over one million dollars in public funds to hire lobbyists to advocate for increased tuition fees; and

Whereas many University and College administrators earn disproportionally high salaries; therefore

Be it resolved that research and campaign material be developed to highlight economic inequalities, frivolous spending, financial mismanagement, and golden parachutes offered, by the administration of Canadian colleges and universities.

MOTION

Local24!

Whereas the Federation has long worked with UFile.ca to offer access to free tax filing; and

Whereas member locals are increasingly augmenting that service by organising and administrating tax clinics to provide students with free, one-on-one tax filing support; and

Whereas a large part of administrating tax clinics involve scheduling volunteers to work during the clinic and signing up students who wish to have their taxes prepared; and

Whereas currently member locals rely on a variety of different scheduling systems including outdated paper processes and outsourced online databases and websites; and

Whereas developing a website component at a national level will help improve the administration of tax clinics while supporting member locals who wish to organise tax clinics for the first time; therefore

Be it resolved that a new website component be developed that would facilitate the administration and scheduling of member local tax clinics; and

Be it further resolved that this new website component also cross-promote the UFile discount service already offered by the Federation.

MOTION

Local24!

Whereas the labour movement has worked hard to win and affirm the rights of workers to belong to unions and to engage in free collective bargaining as a way to determine wages and benefits and equitable working conditions; and

Whereas on March 9, 2011 the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate used the excuse of the recession to pass a bill that strips un ionised public sector employees in Wisconsin of their right to collectively bargain; and

Whereas this type of overt attack on organised labour sets a dangerous precedent for workers across the world, and is being duplicated by governments in other states and countries including Canada, where we have already seen-so-called austerity measures that having deep impacts on workers and their families in our communities; and

Whereas attacks on those who deliver our public services are part of an attack on the services themselves, including education, health care, garbage collection, community centers and libraries; and

Whereas students not only rely on these services but are also workers in the public sector; and

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Whereas large awareness campaigns and recall campaigns are currently being organised to hold legislators and other decision makers accountable for their actions; and

Whereas the student movement has a long and proud history of supporting the struggles faced by workers; therefore

Be it resolved that efforts of labour groups and labour activists in Wisconsin who are working to defend workers' rights be supported; and

Be it further resolved that a letter of support be sent to the Wicsonsin State chapter of the American Federation of Labour expressing solidarity.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY

Local68f

Be it resolved that the Issues Policy on Alternative Federal Budget be amended to read:

Alternative Federal Budget Preamble:

The creation of an Alternative Federal Budget allows citizens and individuals to view the possibilities of Canada's budget in light of what is actually presented from year to year. It is important to su pport the creation of such a docu ment so that we are better able to create lobby documents and policies maintaining realistic budget requests allowing for the prioritization of education and students. Alternative Federal Budgets, such as the one created by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives annually, are a result of collaborative deliberations by representatives of a wide spectrum of civil society organizations, maintaining a set of social justice values. Our responsibility at the Federation is to lobby and support students by comprehending the possibilities and limits of the budget and prioritizing a space for this demographic successfully. By supporting such a budget, we seek to provide a picture of what is possible and develop policies that support public mobilizing around significant issues.

Policy:

The Federation supports the creation of an Alternative Federal Budget annually.

The Federation supports the prioritization of education in such budgets reflecting the values and concerns of our membership.

The Federation supports an Alternative Federal Budget that prioritizes an equitable social, economic, and environmental agenda and ensures public accountability.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local68f

Be it resolved that Issues Policy on Automobile Insurance be amended to read:

Automobile Insurance Preamble:

According to the Canadian Human Rights Act, public businesses cannot discriminate against individuals for the purpose of providing varying rates for their products and/or services. However, Automobile Insurance providers have been doing so as determinant factors in formulating rates. The Insurance industry uses the following factors to "reflect risk": age, sex, race, and marital status as determining factors for w~o should pay more or less for insurance coverage. It is important that the Federation take a stance against monopolies that continue to charge varying rates for vital services such automobile insurance. Especially those that charge varying rates based on discrimi natory factors.

Policy:

The Federation promotes inclusivity and is opposed to discrimination of any kind in all aspects of life.

The Federation will work diligently to raise awareness on discrimination issues with regards to any and all corporations that are making gratuitous amounts of profits via exclusionary policies.

The Federation supports publicly owned and operated automobile insurance at the provincial level, similar to systems in British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

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MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local68!

Be it resolved that the Operations Policy on Campaigns be amended to read:

Campaigns Preamble:

In order to be successful, campaigns of the Federation must remain inclusive in order to allow for full participation of every member that wishes to do so. Recognizing that many barriers exist that directly or indirectly inhibit marginalized members from engaging in such campaigns, it is crucial that policies and practices are adopted that promote participation and allow everyone a chance to get involved. Campaigns of the Federation do not benefit by remaining exclusive to certain members and will only be successful by ensuring that the marginalized and underrepresented members of society are able to have a voice by working together and in numbers on campaigns that affect all of us.

Policy:

The Federation will work towards confronting, challenging, and changing any structures that do not allow for full participation of every member in campaigns.

Anti-oppression strategies shall be integrated into all Federation campaigns.

The Federation will promote inclusive, equitable, and anti-oppressive campaign organizing to member locals in order for them to be more effective in working with membership.

Campaigns of the Federation will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, age among other socially or personally constructed identities.

The Federation opposes working on, or supporting, any campaign that is exclusive, unless it is a need voiced specifically by a marginalised community and is not oppressive to others.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local68!

Be it resolved that the Issues Policy on Black History!African Liberation month be amended to read:

Black History/African Liberation Preamble:

'Black History Month' originally called 'Negro History Week' originated in 1926, in the United States, through the work of African American scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. His aim was to raise awareness of the contributions of African people around the world. The month of February was selected in reference to the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, an American social reformer, orator, and a leader of the abolitionist movement, and Abraham Lincoln.

In the 1950's, community organisations in Canada such as the Canadian Negro Women's Association recogn ized the importance of celebrating the history and contributions of the black community in Toronto. In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to declare Black History Month through the efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, Toronto Area MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion which was passed unanimously by the Canadian House of Commons to recognise Black History Month across Canada. Today, schools across Canada it to commemorate the

contributions of Africans to the world. .

Black History Month is an opportunity for everyone to recognize and celebrate the past and present contributions that Africans make and have made to society and akey time to bring awareness' and advocacy to the much needed effort to liberate Africans all over the world from all forms of oppression.

Policy:

The Federation recognises and supports pro-active involvement in Black History Month/African Liberation' Month observed in February.

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In the spirit of justice and equality, and the continued effort from African communities to liberate themselves from all forms of social, political, and economic oppression and disenfranchisement, the Federation supports anti-racism, liberation education, and black history initiatives.

The Federation recognizes that one month is not sufficient in recognising and honouring the contributions of any peoples and supports raising awareness year round.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local6S!

Be it resolved that the Issues Policy on Multiculturalism be amended to read:

Mu Iticu Itu ralism Preamble:

Multiculturalism and diversity in Canada has strengthened the fibre of our society by allowing for diverse views and opinions to enter our social, political, and economic spheres. The various populations that have immigrated to Canada in the past and recently have made lasting impacts on the way our society functions particularly in reference to our priorities and values. Now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to raise awareness and educate ourselves on issues that affect the international community and ourselves as members of such a community. It is important that in this era of globalization and the changing face of our society, we remain in tune with student issues ranging from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Policy:

The Federation supports an immigration policy that further strengthens the multicultural nature of Canadian society.

Whether it be concerns of immigration, refugees, or status, the Federation recognises the need to be inclusive and fair in its understanding ofthe issues that affect various communities and their entry into Canada.

The Federation opposes legislation and political party that would undermine Canada's multicultural identity.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local6S!

Be it resolved that the Issues Policy on Policing and Military Actions be amended to read:

Policing and Military Actions Preamble:

The term "peace keeping" has been a cause for concern since the 1990's, in Canada and abroad. In 1994 during the Rwandan genocide Canadian and other "peace keepers" were ordered to sit idly by. A lack of international precedent is often cited as one of the barriers for Governments and military forces to act proactively to ensure liberation and freedom of people, both foreign and locally. A "hands-on" precedent must be established to prevent inaction when instances occur in the future. There must be a firm understanding of when it is and it is not appropriate for governments, police and military to use force.

Canada's legislation is built around an entrenched set of rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Even with these rights, there continue to be intermittent violations of Canadians' rights. For example, during the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit, Canadian's expressing their democratic right to protect were subject to a litany abuses including the largest mass arrests in Canadian history. A democratic government should work listen to the voices and concerns of its people, a belief strongly supported by the Federation. Instead we have witnessed outspoken voices being muffled by Police under strict rule of "our" Government.

All people should be free from endangerment and unfair treatment - both in Canada and around the world. Government's have the responsibility to support their people and act on their behalf at home and internationally.

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Policy:

The Federation opposes brutality in domestic policing and foreign military actions, including but not limited to actions classified as "peace keeping".

The Federation opposes the aggressive use of force by police forces agai nst passive protestors.

The Federation supports foreign policy based off a system of constant assessment and planning, and holds that action should be taken when there is a reliable outcome. Action must minimise pain, suffering and cost to domestic communities.

MOTION TO AMEND POLICY Local 681

Be it resolved that the Issues policy on Religious Freedom be amended to read:

Religious Freedom Preamble:

The Federation has an anti-oppressive mandate and strives to achieve inclusion not only within member locals' campuses, but within society as well. Canada's population is diverse and among that diverse population are different religious groups all of which are equal members of society. Section two of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms affords all people of Canada right the right freedom of conscience and religion. In addition, Section 15 of the Charter, provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act and of most, if not all, provincial human rights statutes., including the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, provide that all people shall be free from discrimination on the basis of their religion.

Policy

The Federation supports:

- the consideration of religious/spiritual holidays in academic scheduling;

- the right of students to have access to multi-faith prayer space on campus thatls stable,

accessible, adequate, and respectful to the religious needs of all students.

- universities and colleges offering:

i. courses on religious understanding and freedom;

ii. Halal and Kosher food options at campus dining establishments and allowing members of the campus community to bring in outside outside food for catering in circumstances where dietary requirements are not met by the campus's catering. In addition, students should have the option to opt-out of meal plans if dining options are not inclusive.

iii. religious Inclusive programming during frosh and orientation activities.

MOTION TO AMEND BYLAWS Local 981

Whereas the York Federation of Students recently had a review of its elections policy conducted by Davis LLP; and

Whereas Davis compared the York Federation of Students procedure to that used by other students' unions as well as by Elections Canada; and

Whereas the report emphasised the importance of a streamlined voting process with decisions vested in one individual empowered to supervise the election; and

Whereas almost, if not all, students' unions in Canada have a chief returning officer who is principally in charge of overseeing elections and referenda; and

Whereas having such an Officer, who is responsible for overseeing aU aspects of the vote, and is accountable to the membership through their elected National Executive, will increase transparency and accountability; therefore

Be it resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 4.b be struck and replaced with:

b. Chief Returning Officer

The referendum shall be overseen by a Chief Returning Officer appointed by the National Executive, who shall be responsible for:

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i. establishing the notice requirement for the referendum in accordance with Section 4-c of this Bylaw and ensuring that notice is posted.

ii. establishing the campaign period in accordance with Section 4-d of this Bylaw.

iii. approving all campaign materials in accordance with Section 4-e of this Bylaw and

removing campaign materials that have not been approved.

iv. deciding the number and location of polling stations.

v. setting the hours of voting in accordance with Section 4-f of this Bylaw. vi. overseeing all aspects of the voting.

vii.counting the ballots following the vote.

viii.establishing all other rules and regulations for the vote.

Be it further resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 4.e.v be amended to read:

v. Campaign materials shall not be misleading, defamatory or false. The Chief Retuning Officer shall be the sale arbiter of whether materials are misl~ading, defamatory or false.

Be it further resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 4.h 'be amended to read:

h. Appeals

Any appeals of the referendum results or rulings by the Chief Returning Officer shall be adjudicated by the Federation's National Executive.

Be it further resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 6.c be amended to read:

c, Chief Returning Officer

The referendum shall be overseen by a Chief Returning Officer appointed by the National Executive, who shall be responsible for:

i. establishing the notice requirement for the referendum in accordance with Section 4-c of this Bylaw and ensuring that notice is posted.

ii. establishing the campaign period in accordance with Section 4-d of this Bylaw.

iii. approving all campaign materials in accordance with Section 4-e of this Bylaw and

removing campaign materials that have not been approved.

iv. deciding the number and location of polling stations.

v. setting the hours of voting in accordance with Section 4-f of this Bylaw. vi. overseeing all aspects of the voting.

vii.counting the ballots following the vote.

viii.estabJishing all other rules and regulations for the vote.

Be it further resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 6.f.v be amended to read:

v. Campaign materials shall not be misleading, defamatory or false. The Chief Retuning Officer shall be the sale arbiter of whether materials are misleading, defamatory or false.

Be it further resolved that Bylaw 1, Article 6.i be amended to read:

i. Appeals

Any appeals of the referendu m results or rulings by the Chief Returni ng Officer shall be adjudicated by the Federation's National Executive.

MOTION TO AMEND BYLAWS AND POLICY Local 681

Whereas the Bylaws reference fifteen years ago (1996) as the base year for the Federation fee and do not explicitly separate the membership dues for the Canadian Federation of Students and Canadian Federation of Students-Services; and

Whereas it is essential that the Bylaws clearly list all Federation membership dues, including those of affiliated provincial components; therefore

Be it resolved that Articles 2-a-vi and 2-a-vii of the Canadian Federation of Students' Bylaw I be repealed and replaced with the following:

vi. Commencing with the 2009·10 academic year, a full voting member association shall be required to collect and remit to the

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Canadian Federation of Students a membership fee of $3.00 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

vii. In addition to Bylaw I, Article 2-a-vi, a full voting member association'shall be required to collect and remit the membership fee ofthe Canadian Federation of Students-Services, as set out in the Bylaws of the Canad ian Federation of Stucsnts-Servlces, and the applicable provincial compon ent fee as set out by standing resolution.

viii. The membership fees described in Bylaw I, Articles 2-a-vi and 2- a-vii, may be pro-rated for part-time and short-term students in accordance with the practice of the full voting member association with respect to the pro-ration of its own fees.

ix. The membership fees described in Bylaw I, Articles 2-a-vi and 2- a-vii, shall be adjusted each academic year by the rate of change in the Canadian Consumer Price Index during the previous

calen dar year.

Be it further resolved that Articles 2-a-vi and 2-a-vii of the Canadian Federation of Students-Services' Bylaw I be repealed and replaced with the following:

vi. Commencing with the 2009-10 academic year, a full voting member association shall be required to collect and remit to the Canadian Federation of Students-Services a membership fee of $1.00 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

vii. In addition to Bylaw I, Article 2-a-vi, a full voting member association shall be required to collect and remit the membership fee of the Canadian Federation of Students-Services, as set out in the Bylaws of the Canadian Federation of Students, and the applicable provincial component fee as set out by standing

resol uti on .

viii. The membership fees described in Bylaw I, Articles 2-a-vi and 2- a-vii, may be pro-rated for part-time and short-term studerits in accordance with the practice of the full voting member association with respect to the pro-raton of its own fees.

ix. The membership fees described in Bylaw I, Articles 2-a-vi and 2- a-vii, shall be adjusted each academic year by the rate of ch ange in the Canadian Consumer Price Index during the previous calendar year.

Be it further resolved that Standing Resolution 33 be amended to read:

Standing Resolution 33: Provincial Component Fees

Commencing with the 2009-10 academic year, the provincial component membership fees will be as follow:

a. British Columbia Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the British Columbia Component shall be $4.00 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

b. Manitoba Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the Manitoba Component shall be $2.67 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

c. Newfoundland and Labrador Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the Newfoundland and

Labrador Component shall be $4.00 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

d. Nova Scotia Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the Nova Scotia Component shall be $4.00

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per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

e. Ontario Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the Ontario Component shall be $3.33 per semester, per individ ual member of the voting member association.

f. Quebec Component: The membership fee for a full voting rnemberbelonging to the Quebec Component shall be $2.04 per semester, per ind ividual member of the voting member association.

g. Saskatchewan Component: The membership fee for a full voting member belonging to the Saskatchewan Component shall be $1.33 per semester, per individual member of the voting member association.

MOTION TO AMEND BYLAWS AND POLICY Local6S!

Whereas it is the practice of many member locals and the Federation that members of their boards of directors sign an oath of office, committing to live up to their fiduciary responsibilities before their terms begin; and

Whereas this increases accountability; and

Whereas the Bylaws should reflect this practice; therefore Be it resolved that the following be adopted as Bylaw V.3.h:

h. Oath of Office

Following election to the National Executive a member must execute, in writing, the Federation's Oath of Office in order to commence her term.

MOTION Local6S!

Whereas Valerie Bustros, a staff person at the York University Student Centre's Underground Pub, was subjected to verbal abuse and physical assault by three men outside of the Winters College Absinthe Pub in the early morning of April 6, 2011; and

Whereas the assault was clearly motivated by misogyny and homophobia, as evidenced in statements made by attackers before and after the incident regarding Valerie's genderidentity and sexual orientation; and

Whereas the University administration failed to comment on the assault in a timely manner and also failed to mention the homophobic nature of the assault in all of its public communications; and

Whereas the York University Senate Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum and Pedagogy rejected a key recommendation from the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAe) Safety Audit Report calling for the implementation of a mandatory Equity Studies/Women's Studies course for all undergraduate students; and

Whereas this incident continues a disturbing trend at York University of sexual assault and violence, particularly against women; and

Whereas the University has conststently failed to take proactive measures to combat the forms of hatred and discrimination that manifest themselves in instances of violence; therefore

Be it resolved that a letter be written to the York University administration condemning the attack against Valerie Bustros and demanding that the University take concrete action to address the causes of violence based upon homophobia, racism, transphobia, misogyny and all forms of discrimination; and

Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to write similar letters to the university administration.

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MOTION Local 51

Whereas the National Housing program was cancelled in 1993; and Whereas the responsibility for housing was made the jurisdiction of provincial governments; and

Whereas the provincial governments are ill-equipped to implement appropriate housing

strategies; and •

Whereas Canada is the only G-6 country without a national housing strategy; and Whereas the United Nations has described Canada's housing crisis as a "national emergency"; and

Whereas a funded national housing strategy is essential to ending homelessness and ensuring secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for all people living in Canada; therefore

Be it resolved that a campaign be created calling on the Federal Government to implement a funded national housing strategy; and

Be it further resolved that a national housing strategy campaign include posters for distribution on campuses, as well as postcards addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada calling for the implementation of a national housing strategy.

MOTION

Local5!

Whereas the cost of living has gone up; and

Whereas the disability shelter and support allowances have not kept up with inflation; and Whereas provincial components should support increases to shelter support and amounts of unpenalised earnings for people with disabilities; and

Whereas Local 5 has created a sample petition for BC; therefore

Be it resolved that provincial components be encouraged to research provincial shelter, support allowances, and eligible amounts for unpenalised earnings for people with disabilities and their relation to the cost of living; and

Be it further resolved that if provincial shelter and support allowances for people with disabilities are not adequate; that provincial components be encouraged to create campaigns calling for increases in provincial shelter and support allowances for people with disabilities to include posters and petitions addressed to provincial governments.

MOTION

Local37!

Whereas, in a February 2011 Thompson Court rape trial sentencing hearing, Justice Robert Dewar suggested that the rapist who was convicted should not have to bear full moral responsibility because the rape survivor was allegedly "ready to party", because she was-wearinq make-up, high heeled shoes and no bra; and

Whereas these commments promote rape and set a legal precedent that "date rape" is somehow different and bears less moral culpability than other forms of sexual assault; and

Whereas there may be a largely unexplored dimension of racialised crime and judgement in the case of Justice Dewar, given that the community in and around Thompson has seen racialised sex crimes in the past, that the rape survivor is Aboriginal, and that the same judge dismissed charges against the relative of an Aboriginal girl who reported repeated sexual assaults; and

Whereas efforts to expose the harm caused by Justice Dewar's comments have revealed a deep-set, widespread and disturbing level of ignorance and antipathy towards women's right to bodily autonomy, respect, and sexual consent; and

Whereas the Federation and the broader community have been calling for Justice Robert Dewar's resignation as he can only be removed from the bench in order to take responsibility for his actions, understanding the repercussions that his comments have on reinforcing rape culture and strengthening the already hostile environment that discourages women and people from reporting sexual assault; therefore

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Be it resolved that the victim blaming comments made by Justice Robert Dewar during the sentencing of a_convicted rapist in a February 2011 Thompson Court rape case be condemned; and

Be itfurther resolved that member locals be encouraged to hold events that challenge myths that reinforce rape culture in which victims are ultimately found socially responsible for their own victimisation and challenge the notion of implied consent; and

Be it further resolved that any revisions to the No Means No campaign incorporate language of victim blaming and implied consent.

MOTION

Local 781

Whereas sexual assault occurs on a continual basis on campuses and in communities across the country; and

Whereas public officials, police and members of campus administrations have a tendency to respond by placing blame on the woman who has survived the sexual assault on the basis of her attire or "implied consent" at the time of the incident; and

Whereas blaming the victim should never be used to justify actions of men who sexually assault women and does not contribute to preventing violence against women; and

Whereas the No Means No campaign is the Federation's long-standing campaign to address issues of violence against women and can be easily modified to include responses to cases of victim-blaming; therefore

Be it resolved that the No Means No campaign be adapted to include a response to instances of victim-blaming; and

Be it further resolved that an online tool kit be developed to help member locals react to cases of victim-blaming when they occur on their campuses and in their communities.

MOTION

Local 371

Whereas for the 2010/2011 year, on average undergraduate students paid $5,138 in tuition fees while graduate students paid over $6,000; and

Whereas students across Canada take on mortgaged sized debts in order to afford their education; and

Whereas both the federal and provincials government have a responsibility to fund postsecondary education and tuition fees are the symptom, not the cure, of chronic underfunding of Canada's universities and colleges; and

Whereas the Education is a Right campaign was rolled out across the country this past academic year which contained a number of different elements including postcard collection and personal stories through written comments, photos and videos; and

Whereas our campaign success involvesnot only research and government relations but membership mobilization; and

Whereas the last National Day of Action was in February 2007; and

Whereas mass membership mobilisation can be an effective tool for engaging members, and influence public policy; therefore

Be it resolved that a National Day of Action be held during the 2011-2012 academic year. MOTION·

Local 981

Whereas post-secondary education in Canada is directly regulated and operated provincially; and

Whereas provincial governments have varying approaches to funding and supporting post-secondary education; and

Whereas the Federation fights nationally for high-quality, affordable education across Canada; and

Whereas elections will be held in, at least, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island in fall 2011 ; and

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Whereas students have a significant opportunity to influence provincial candidates' and parties' platforms in favour of better funding for post-secondary education; therefore

Be it resolved that mobilisation efforts around the upcoming provincial elections be encouraged and supported; and

Be it further resolved that online and print materials be produced where requested or needed to support such elections mobilisation.

MOTION

Local 111

Whereas tuition fees in Nova Scotia had been frozen since the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the Provincial Government and university administrations; and

Whereas average student debt upon graduation in Nova Scotia is higher than any other province at $31,000; and

Whereas in September 2010, Tim O'Neill released a government-commissioned report advocating for increasing or deregulating tuition fees; and

Whereas on February 1, the Nova Scotia government announced three percent increases to tuition fees and four percent cuts to spending at universities; and

Whereas on February 2, over 2,000 students marched in support of reducing tuition fees in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Provincial Government has announced renewed Memorandum of Understanding negotiations will be held in the upcoming months; therefore

Be it resolved that a letter be written to the Nova Scotia Provincial Government condemning increases to tuition fees; and

Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to send letters to the Nova Scotia Provincial Government in opposition to tuition fee increases.

MOTION

Local7!

Whereas university administrations often increase ancillary and auxiliary fees to compensate for lacking governmental funding and to circumvent tuition fee freezes; and

Whereas NSCAD University is examining the option of creating fees at the university to pay for the maintenanceofthe University's campuses, the 'renewal of technology', the maintenance and administration of lockers, access to the buildings after hours, and access to the studios that house student's work; and

Whereas NSCAD University, as an arts institution which offers 24!7 access and studio spaces, requires students to have access to their studio spaces and materials in order to complete their course work; and

Whereas the Federation opposes the implementation of such fees outlined under "Ancillary and Auxiliary Fees"; and

Whereas Nova Scotia university Students are already being asked to pay a three percent increase to tuition fees in 2011-12; therefore

Be it resolved that member locals be encouraged to write letters to the President of NSCAD University denouncing the consideration of the implementation of maintenance of the University's campuses, the 'renewal of technology', the maintenance and administration of lockers, access to the buildings after hours, and access to the studios that house student's work; and

Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to collect information about their school's practices regarding the administration of such fees at their campuses.

13. PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE

As per Bylaw IV, Section z-t, the National Executive will present a report to the plenary detailing the work of the Federation undertaken since the previous national general meeting.

14. OTHER BUSINESS

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15. ANNOUNCEMENTS

16. RECESS

BUDGET· First Draft

Canadian Federation of Students/Canadian Federation of Students-Services July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012

2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
COMBINED STATEMENTS COMBINED BUDGET COMBINED BUDGET
(Audited) (First Draft)
REVENUE ITEMS
Membership Fees 4,169,894.66 3,417,000.00 3,300,000.00
Interest and Investments 252,738.40 53,100.00 25,000.00
National Student Health Network 235,661.21 19,200.00 75,000.00
Student Work Abroad Programme 514,315.96 125,000.00 150,000.00
Revenue from Travel CUTS 148,205.92 60,000.00 70,000.00
Other 62,438.04 1,000.00 5,000.00
TOTAL NET REVENUE 5,383,254.19 3,675,300.00 3,625,000.00
EXPENSE ITEMS
Administration and Office 246,419.40 195,400.00 195,000,00
Allocations 960,608.18 842,921.67 850,000.00
Amortization 164,082.05 196,740.00 200,000.00
Audit 69,781.01 70,000,00 70,000.00
Bulk Buying Service: Handbook Printing 102,338.64 158,050.00 110,000.00
Bulk Buying Service: Orientation 103,719.46 143,200.00 105,000.00
Bulk Buying Service: Website 41,725.69 38,800.00 40,000.00
Building 96,237.43 49,700.00 75,000.00
Campaigns and Government Relations 221,693.04 567,000.00 600,000.00
Campaigns and Government Relations - Research 94,215.51 94,500.00 125,000.00
Communications 104,814.41 79,000.00 95,000.00
General Meetings 289,787.11 287,300.00 290,000.00
ISIC/Studentsaver Net Expenses 222,793.43 296,190.00 180,000.00
Legal 105,158.63 165,000.00 125,000.00
Membership Development and Outreach 288,164.27 80,500.00 210,000.00
National Executive Meetings 36,943.07 62,000.00 55,000,00
National Executive Salaries 161,245.37 155,350.00 155,000.00
Other 8,743.21 32,500.00 30,000.00
Students' Union Directory 24,019.19 12,800,00 15,000.00
Contingency 102,510.00 100,000.00
TOTAL EXPENSES 3,342,489.10 3,629,461.67 3,625,000.00
SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) 2,040,765.09 45,838.33 0.00

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