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Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

York Federation of Students, Local 68 Canadian Federation of Students


Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • 307 York University Student Centre
Board Members Present Council Members Absent
President, Krisna Saravanamuttu McLaughlin Director, Adam Clarke
VP Operations, Steven Broadley Osgoode Director, Burton Taylor
VP Campus Life, Vanessa Hunt Education Director, Marc Caporiccio
VP Equity, Yusuf Mohamed
VP Campaigns & Advocacy, Darshika Selvasivam
Arts Director, Siva Vimalachandran
Atkinson Director, Ayesha Zubair
Bethune Director, Shirin Vacant Council Positions
Founders Director, Divya Khurana N/A
Environmental Studies Director, Karan Jandoo
Health Studies Director, Natalia Weiss
Schulich Director, Gregory Kay
Science & Engineering Director, Shahbaz Mir
Stong Director, Danielle Boakye
Vanier Director, Franklyn Earl-McFadden
Winters Director, Aidan Todd-Parish
Calumet Director, Monirul Pathan
Fine Arts Director, Farah Tamachi
Glendon Director, Jayson Henry

YFS Staff Present


Executive Director, Jeremy Salter
Programming & Events Coordinator, Osmel Maynes
Guests
N/A

1.0 Call to Order

2.0 Roll Call

3.0 Appointment of Speaker

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-01 – Approval of Speaker

Motion Moved: Saravanmuttu Seconded:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Jeremy Salter be appointed as speaker for the July 7 board
meeting

4.0 Speakers Remarks

5.0 Approval of Agenda

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-02 – Approval of Agenda

MOTION Moved: Saravanamuttu Seconded:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT agenda be approved as presented.

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York Federation of Students, Local 68 Canadian Federation of Students
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • 307 York University Student Centre

6.0 Approval of Minutes – Page 4

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10- 03 – Approval of minutes

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the May 30, 2010 minutes be approved

7.0 Executive Committee Report - Page 13

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-04 – Executive Committee Report

MOTION Moved: Saravanamuttu Seconded:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the June 2010 Executive Committee report be adopted

8.0 Financial Report

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-05 – Financial Report

MOTION Moved: Boradley Seconded:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the June 2010 Executive Committee report be adopted

8.0 Contingency Reserves

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-06 – Contingency Reserves/Office renovations

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded:

Whereas at the previous Board meeting the approved a transfer of $150,000 to the YFS
Reserve account; and,

Whereas the Reserve account currently has a balance of approximately $427,000; and,

Whereas the Board approved a budget which included $100, 000 for renovations of the
YFS office; and

Whereas the recommendation for a $100, 000 donation came based on advice from the
design firm hired to renovate the office; and,

Whereas the most competitive quote for the renovation of the space is currently
approximately $144, 000; and.

Whereas the contingency reserve account policy allows for money from the account to be

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York Federation of Students, Local 68 Canadian Federation of Students
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • 307 York University Student Centre
used for large scale renovations of YFS space; and,

Whereas the renovations to the YFS space will accommodate the increased staff
compliment, allows for improved service delivery, creates the Resources Centre and meets
the requirements of Bill 168 to provide a safe space from all employees; therefore’

Be it resolved that up to $50,000 be allocated from the contingency reserve account for
renovations of the YFS office; and

Be it further resolved that allocations to the reserve account of a minimum of $25, 000/year
for two years be made.

9.0 Director’s e-mail address

*Osmel Maynes, YFS Events & Programming Coordinator, will speak to the board about the use
of director e-mail addresses

10.0 Other Business

Constituency Reports

11.0 Adjournment

Motion: YFS-B: 07/07/10-07 – Adjournment

MOTION Moved: Seconded:

.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the meeting adjourn.

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
York Federation of Students, Local 68 Canadian Federation of Students
Sunday, May 30, 2010 • Kempenfelt Conference Centre
Board Members Present Council Members Absent
President, Krisna Saravanamuttu (present) McLaughlin Director, Adam Clarke
VP Operations, Steven Broadley (present) Osgoode Director, Burton Taylor
VP Campus Life, Vanessa Hunt (present) Education Director, Marc Caporiccio
VP Equity, Yusuf Mohamed (present)
VP Campaigns & Advocacy, Darshika Selvasivam
(present)
Arts Director, Siva Vimalachandran (present)
Atkinson Director, Ayesha Zubair (present) Vacant Council Positions
Bethune Director, Shirin (not present) N/A
Founders Director, Divya Khurana (not present)
Environmental Studies Director, Karan Jandoo (not
present)
Health Studies Director, Natalia Weiss (present)
Schulich Director, Gregory Kay
(not present)
Science & Engineering Director, Shahbaz Mir
(present)
Stong Director, Danielle Boakye (present)
Vanier Director, Franklyn Earl-McFadden (present)
Winters Director, Aidan Todd-Parish (present)
Calumet Director, Monirul Pathan (present)
Fine Arts Director, Farah Tamachi (present)
Glendon Director, Jayson Henry (not present)

YFS Staff Present


Executive Director, Jeremy Salter
Programming & Campus Life Coordinator, Osmel
Maynes
Renelle Als-Lee, Member Services Coordinator
Ashkon Hashemi, Speaker of the Board

Guests
Gayle McFadden

1.0 Call to Order 10:08 am

2.0 Roll Call

3.0 Approval of Agenda

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-01 – Approval of Agenda

MOTION Moved: Saravanamuttu Seconded: Weiss

BE IT RESOLVED THAT agenda be approved as presented.

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Carried.

4.0 Appointment of Speaker

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-02 – Approval of Speaker

Motion Moved: Zubair Seconded:


Mir

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ashkon Hashemi be appointed as speaker for the 2010/2011


Year

Carried.

5.0 Speakers Remarks

None.

6.0 Approval of Minutes

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10- 03 – Approval of minutes

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the March 22, 2010 minutes be approved

Carried.

7.0 Ratification of YFS Board Secretary

Motion: YFS-B 30/05/10-04 – Ratification of YFS Board Secretary

MOTION Moved: Zubair Seconded: Selvasivam

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Steven Broadley be appointed as the YFS secretary for the 2010/2011
fiscal year.

Krisna: Steven was the secretary last year not only for the board, but also for the various other
committees that he sits on. It would be advisable to continue with him as our secretary.

Carried.

8.0 Executive Committee Report

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-05 – Approval of Executive Committee Report

MOTION Moved: Saravanamuttu Seconded: Mohamed

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BE IT RESOLVED THAT the May 2010 Executive Committee be accepted

The Executive Committee Report is read out.

Carried.

9.0 Student Centre Representatives

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-06– Student Centre Representatives

MOTION Moved: Zubair Seconded: Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Krisna Saravanamuttu, Darshika Selvasivam, Jeremy Salter, and


Steven Broadley be appointed as the YFS representatives on the York University Student
Centre Board of Directors

Carried.

10.0 Presidential Commissioner

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-07 –Presidential Commissioner

MOTION Moved: Saravanamuttu Seconded: Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Canova Kutuk be appointed as the YFS Presidential


Commissioner

Krisna: Canova has worked with us over the last year. Her work ethic has been exemplary.

Carried

11.0 Operations Commissioner

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-08 –Operations Commissioner

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Mohamed

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Natalia Weiss be appointed as the YFS Vice President


Operations Commissioner

Steven: Natalia worked on ratifying a number of health sciences clubs last year. She is
extraordinarily well versed in the clubs policy and would be a great help over next year.

Carried.

12.0 Campaigns & Advocacy Commissioner

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Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-09 –Campaigns & Advocacy Commissioner

MOTION Moved: Selvasivam Seconded: Weiss

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Siva Vimalachandran be appointed as the YFS Vice President


Campaigns & Advocacy Commissioner

Darshika: he has experience working with community groups on issues that the YFS does
work on. He would be a great asset next year.

Carried.

13.0 Campus Life Commissioner

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-10 –Campus Life Commissioner

MOTION Moved: Hunt Seconded: Zubair

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Gayle McFadden be appointed as the YFS Vice President


Campus Life Commissioner.

Vanessa: Gayle has extensive experience in the office despite last year being her first.
She creates a strong and positive environment.

Carried.

14.0 Equity Commissioner

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-11 –Equity Commissioner

MOTION Moved: Mohamed Seconded: Selvasivam

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ayesha Zubair be appointed as the YFS Vice President Equity
Commissioner

Yusuf: Ayesha has always been in or around the office helping out wherever she can. This
was true of her despite not having a position.

Carried.

15.0 Budget

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-12 – Budget

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Weiss

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the 2010/2011 operating budget be adopted as presented

Steven Broadley goes through the budget line by line with an explanation of why things
have been detailed.

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Carried.

16.0 YFS Committees

For this section of the agenda the Board will select from amongst themselves members
to sit on various sub committees. Please note the representatives for the Equity
Committee are from the Community Service Groups.

17.1 Campaigns Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-13 – Campaigns Committee

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Hunt

Be it resolved that ____Weiss____ and ____Boakye____ be appointed to the Campaigns


Committee

Carried.

17.2 Clubs Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-14 – Clubs Committee

MOTION Moved: Pathan Seconded: Mir


Be it resolved that __McFadden__ and _Jandoo___ be appointed to the Clubs Committee

Carried.

17.3 Constitution and By Laws Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-15 – Constitution and By Laws Committee

MOTION Moved: Hunt Seconded: Selvasivam


Be it resolved that ___Vimalachendran____ and ___Taylor___ be appointed to the
Constitution and By Laws Committee

Carried.

17.4 Equity Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-16 – Equity Committee

MOTION Moved: Zubair Seconded: Weiss


Be it resolved that Brendon Best and Alastair Woods be appointed to the Equity
Committee

Carried.

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17.5 Events Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-17 – Events Committee

MOTION Moved: Mohamed Seconded: Saravanamuttu


Be it resolved that ___Clarke_____ and ____Todd-Parish_____ be appointed to the
Events Committee

Carried.

17.6 Finance Committee

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-18 – Finance Committee

MOTION Moved: Mir Seconded: Vimalachendran


Be it resolved that ____Pathan___ and __Khurana___ be appointed to the Finance
Committee

Carried.

18.0 Health Plan Levy

Motion: YFS-B 30/05/10-19 Health Plan Levy

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Weiss

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the YFS Health and Dental Plan levy for 2010 be increased to a
maximum of 15 percent; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the executive committee be empowered to negotiate


modest plan improvements on behalf of the Board and set the fee accordingly.

Steven: this is standard operating procedure of the YFS. The priority will always be given
to either keeping the plan the same price or reducing the price.

Shahbaz: I would prefer you bring back the offer to the board before signing.

Steven: that would be impossible. If the board rejects the plan then we could be in a
situation where we would not be able to have a health plan provided to our students as the
university requires how much we are going to charge relatively soon.

Carried.

Shahbaz Mir abstains.

19.0 Health Plan Reserve Account

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Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-20 – Health Plan Reserve Account

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED THAT $1,000,000 be allocated to the YFS Health Plan reserve account

Carried.

20.0 Contingency Reserves

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-21 – Contingency Reserves

MOTION Moved: Broadley Seconded: Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED THAT $150,000 be allocated to the contingency reserve account

Carried.

21.0 Opposition to Bill 94 (Quebec proposed legislation)

Motion: YFS-B: 30/05/10-22 – staff positions

MOTION Moved: Mohamed Seconded: Mir

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the YFS oppose the adoption of proposed legislation Bill 94 in
Quebec, which if approved, would deny essential government services, public
employment, educational opportunities, and health care to Muslim women who
wear the niqab (face veil); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the executive committee be directed to send a letter of
condemnation to the Premier of Quebec voicing the YFS’ objections to the adoption of Bill
94.

Yusuf: this is targeting Muslim women. This bill is restricting government services and
is being oppressive.

Carried.

22.0 Other Business

None.

23.0 Adjournment

Motion: YFS-B: 21/06/09-23 – Adjournment

MOTION Moved: Tamachi Seconded: McFadden

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BE IT RESOLVED THAT the meeting adjourns.

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Carried.

Steven Broadley
Vice-President of Operations, York Federation of Students
vpoperations@yfs.ca
905-965-4222

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Student Code of Conduct Review Panel

Last year the YFS executive made nine recommendations to the President's Task Force
on Student Life, Learning and Community. Thereafter, seven of these nine
recommendations were adopted in the Task Force's final recommendations to York
University President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. A key recommendation was
to revise the non-academic student code of conduct (the code) to focus on mediation,
restorative justice, and educational remedies. Subsequently, York University's Vice
President Students, Robert J. Tiffin, struck a review panel this March with
representation from administrators, staff, faculty, and students (the YFS President
serves on the committee).

The YFS advocated and achieved the establishment of fundamental student rights like
the freedom of expression and the freedom of assembly, as well as procedural rights
like the ability to have an advocate or advisor present throughout all levels of the
adjudicative process. The implementation of student rights will empower the student
body while helping to foster a student’s sense of attachment and responsibility to the
York community. As well, the new Code will see a greater emphasis on restorative
justice and educational remedies where transgressors become aware of the wrong
done to specific individuals and the York community. Wherever possible, the review
panel is developing models that will be less formal in nature with a greater focus on
mediation or educational remedies. For instance, the panel developed the
establishment of a Peer Review Board (PRB)-compromised of residence students and
staff-to deal with residence issues.

A major concern with the former Code was that its jurisdiction applied to off campus
behavior. Although the YFS strongly opposed this provision, members of the panel were
insistent upon it remaining to deal with safety and security concerns that may become a
campus concern. In that light, the YFS successfully argued that since the
responsibilities outlined in the Code apply off campus, the student rights outlined in the
Code must apply off campus. Moreover, the YFS was able to limit the Code’s off
campus jurisdiction to situations where the University organized or sanctioned an event
and the student in question was acting as an authorized delegate or representative.

However, the YFS is deeply concerned that the Panel is attempting to have the non-
academic Code of Conduct carry influence over students’ academic lives. In spite of the
YFS President’s protest, the panel is attempting to codify that non-compliance with a
Code sanction can result in an automatic academic activity block placed on a student.
The York University Senate is the highest academic governing body of the institution,
and it is therefore beyond the jurisdiction of the Code to influence students’ academic
experience.

The YFS executive is hoping to provide a formal presentation on the new version of the
Code, which will be renamed the Student Code of Rights & Responsibilities, at a future
board meeting to inform directors and other concerned students.

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Directors’ YFS e-mail addresses

At the May 2010 YFS board retreat directors indicated a desire to communicate with
their constituents by using designated YFS e-mail addresses. After investigating the
possibility, the YFS executive committee is pleased to provide directors with
constituency e-mail addresses. Osmel Maynes, YFS Programming and Campus Life
Coordinator, will speak to this item at today’s meeting.

Academic Orientations

The YFS annually participates at the numerous colleges’ academic orientations. Over
the last month the YFS President met with college masters and academic advisors to
ensure a presence at academic orientation where YFS executive committee members
will speak to incoming students about their students’ union campaigns and advocacy,
services, and events and programming.

Meeting to discuss extension of add/drop academic and financial deadline.

The YFS President and YFS Executive Director met with Joanne Duklas, York
University Registar and Associate Vice President (AVP) of Enrollment Management, on
June 15 to initiate a dialogue on extending the academic and financial add/drop
deadlines. Various modalities to extend the deadlines were discussed. The YFS
representatives and AVP Duklas agreed to collaborate on a joint proposal submitted to
the Senate Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum, and Pedagogy (ASCP).
The YFS President, YFS Executive Director, and York University AVP Duklas will meet
again on Tuesday September 7, 2010 @ 2pm to discuss the joint proposal.

Meeting to discuss rollover of YU card money

The YFS President and YFS Executive Director met with Gary Brewer, York University
Vice President Finance and Administration, on June 23, 2010 to initiate a dialogue on
providing students with the ability to transfer any remaining funds from a meal plan at
the end of the academic year onto accounts in the following year. The YFS
representatives and Gary Brewer agreed to work together throughout the summer
months to give students more flexibility with their YU card meal plans.

Good Food Box

The Good Food Box program provides top quality fresh fruits and vegetables directly
from farmers across Ontario, and the YFS prioritizes providing more healthy food
options to our members. The YFS Health Director, Natalia Weiss, contacted The Good
Food Box organization to bring the service to York University students living in the
Village (students living in residence already access this service). The YFS President
and the YFS Health Director met on Saturday July 12 to discuss a strategy to establish
the Good Food Box service by September. In the coming months, the YFS will distribute

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leaflets and order forms to students living in the Village. Students will then be required
to submit their order forms and pick up their delivery at the YFS Member Services Office
(MSO).

Meeting with Glendon College Students’ Union (GCSU) to discuss Associate


Membership Agreement

According to York University’s Presidential Regulation # 4 all undergraduate students


“must be represented by, and pay a fee” to the York Federation of Students. The
regulation also stipulates that Glendon College students will be associate members of
the Federation as per an associate membership agreement reached between the
Federation and the Glendon College Students’ Union (GCSU). In the past, the YFS has
had associate membership agreements with the Atkinson Students’ Association (ASA)
and the Legal & Literary Society which have since been reviewed and mutually
terminated.

On Sunday June 13 the YFS President and YFS Executive Director met with Oscar
Mero-Burgano, GCSU President, and Nadine Tkatchesvskaia, GCSU VP External, to
review the Associate Membership Agreement. Both parties discussed an aspect of the
agreement called the “Joint Activity Fund” which the GCSU pays into on an annual
basis (and the YFS does not) to provide events for Glendon students. The YFS and
GCSU representatives discussed the autonomy of the GCSU in governing its own
allocation of resources, as well as the overlapping services provided to Glendon
students by both the YFS and the GCSU. Both parties agreed that the GCSU should
have full autonomy over the use of its own funds. Another issue both parties discussed
was the fact that currently Glendon students do not pay YFS membership fees; yet they
enjoy all of the YFS rights and privileges. GCSU representatives strongly indicated their
opposition to Glendon students paying union dues to both the GCSU and the YFS.

The YFS executive committee will be providing a presentation to the GCSU executive
committee on Thursday July 8 to provide a thorough analysis of the current associate
membership agreement and possible changes to be investigated.

Pride Parade

This year the YFS became an official sponsor of Pride Toronto. The event saw the
largest turnout of York University students that the YFS has seen in recent years. Pride
Toronto’s theme this year was “I Belong”. The theme that the YFS and TBLGAY
decided to go with was “Don’t Cut Us Out; We Belong”. This was a critique of Stephen
Harper and the Conservative party’s policies towards the Queer and Trans community.

As part of the sponsorship package, the YFS was given a booth at the Church St
community fair. We used this space to work with the other student unions in the GTA to

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launch the Canadian Federation of Students campaign entitled “End the Ban.” The
focus of the campaign is to end Canada Blood Services discriminatory ban on men who
have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. CBS claims that they do that to reduce
the risk of HIV being transmitted via donated blood. CBS also bans anyone who has
been to Africa from donating blood. These policies are blanket bans that are racist and
homophobic. An appropriate solution supported by students across the country it to
assess sexual behavior through a questionnaire to determine the risk of the
transmission of HIV from donated blood.

Clubs

The YFS actively participates in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) ethical bulk
purchasing service, which procures SWAG material, produced in a single mothers’
cooperative in El Salvador. In addition to the YFS’ annual Welcome Week SWAG order,
the YFS extended the service to student clubs to order SWAG. This offer was extended
to all clubs and each was eligible for a maximum of $600 of purchases. Currently, the
YFS Vice President Operations is processing the final design approvals for the SWAG.
It is expected to arrive mid-to late August.

Annually the YFS holds a clubs Town Hall. At this meeting the Vice President
Operation speaks to club representatives about club funding for the coming academic
year. As discussed at the May 2010 YFS board retreat there will be several changes to
the clubs policy in the upcoming academic year. The clubs committee meeting will
happen next week to discuss those changes and propose them to the board for further
approval. The Town Hall is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

Renovations

As discussed at the YFS board retreat, the central office will be undergoing renovations
over the summer months. The McGuinty government passed a revised Workplace
Safety Act which focuses on violence at the work place. The Act legally requires the
YFS to make several physical changes to the office. A request for quotations was sent
out to various contractors. The original quote that was given by Hirschberg Design
Group was quite a bit lower than those received from the contractors themselves and
that is why there is a motion about this issue at today’s board meeting. The timetable
for completion is still anticipated to be mid-to late August.

Welcome Week

Planning progress for the 2010 Yorkfest Welcome Week are on track. Yorkfest
Welcome Week had to be pushed back by one week due to the University’s sudden
announcement to push back the first day of class. Yorkfest Welcome Week 2010 will
have the following events:

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• Wednesday September 15- Welcome Back Breakfast


• Monday September 20- Movie Night (movie still to be selected)
• Tuesday September 21- Dirty Bingo
• Wednesday September 22- BBQ & Concert (artist still to be selected)
• Thursday September 23- Pub Night (DJ still to be selected)
• Friday September 24- Medieval Times

A meeting was held between the YFS VP Campus Life, the YFS Executive Director, and
the YFS Programming & Campus Life Co-Ordinator to delegate the remaining
responsibilities for Yorkfest Welcome Week. Planning for the event is a head of
schedule.

New Services

New services will be offered to students this summer through the YFS Member Services
Office. The VP Campus Life has acquired a discount for York University students to
Wild Water Kingdom. Students will be able to purchase these tickets for a price of
$24.50 (including all taxes, $33.85 without the discount).

The YFS has purchased 110 tickets in order to test out the demand. If sales goes well
the YFS will purchase more tickets throughout the summer.

G8/G20 Organizing

On Saturday, June 5th, 2010 the YFS supported through posters on campus a teach-in
held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) entitled “Toronto vs. the
g20: a teach-in.” The YFS also contributed $100 on behalf of York Students to support
the event. The teach-in discussed an array of subjects in order to inform community
members about the diversity of global issues that are affected by the decisions of
G8/G20 countries. Topics discussed at the teach-in included: economic justice in
Ontario; migrant justice; gender justice in inequitable pay equity; food and water
security; G20 and the University; the Harper government funding cuts to advocacy
organizations; G20 management of world resources; and the call for environmental
justice and indigenous sovereignty.

YFS executive organized for the student contingent feeder rally on Saturday,
June 26th 2010 as part of the People First rally organized by the Canadian Federation of
Students, The Council of Canadians, Oxfam Canada, CUPE Ontario, and the Ontario
Federation of Labour to demand that world leaders invest into social services. The rally
also sought to question the Federal Governments spending of $1 billion into the G8/G20
Summit held in Toronto. The feeder Rally was entitled “From the Classroom to the
Streets: Keep Education Public” to demand a real prioritization of education in Canada
by all levels of government. Many York University students attended the rally, as a
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the $1 billion spent to fund the G8/G20 and the inaccessibility of education in Canada.
The Student Feeder rally led into the Peoples First March at Queen’s Park, which
discussed the issue of Maternal Health Care, as it was a major issue being discussed
during the summit.

First Nations University Campaign

The Campaign to “Save First Nations University Canada (Save FNUC)” is focused on
holding Canada’s Government accountable to sustaining long-term funding for FNUC as
it is facing the threat of being shut down due to inadequate government funding. In
February 2010 the Federal and Saskatchewan government cut funding to the
University. Although the Saskatchewan government has decided to restore funding, the
Federal Government has refused to commit to funding beyond March 2011. FNUC is
the home of Treaty Education and the only one of its kind in Canada and has been a
leader in Indigenous education for over 30 years. It was designed to serve as a model
for First Nations controlled education and has the highest concentration of post-
secondary level education from a First Nations perspective in the world. Students
across Canada have mobilized around the post-card campaign to “Save FNUC” that is
directed at the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

The YFS also attended the First Nations Day of Action on June 24, 2010 at Queens
Park. The Focus of the rally was to call on the Federal Government to honor education
rights and sign the United National Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The rally began at Queen’s Park with numerous of First Nations Speakers and Allies.
The rally then moved into a march through downtown Toronto and reconvened at
Queen’s Park.

YFS Food Bank

The Vice President Equity and the YFS Student Rights & Support Services Co-
Coordinator are responsible for the YFS Food Bank and its volunteers. We have made
several call outs for volunteers through our listserv, social networking sites (Facebook),
commissioners as well as board members. So far we have rounded up several
volunteers who are interested in facilitating the YFS Food Bank for the summer. A
mandatory training session for volunteers on July 7th is scheduled.

Bill 94

The “No Bill 94” campaign and the May 18th Day of Action was a great success. The
executive committee was able to inform citizens about the issue and create a strong
oppositional stance amongst our membership. On May 18th we were able to take part in
a news conference that took place at the Newcomers Women’s Services Toronto where
media outlets such as CBC radio & OMNI Television were present. Community

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members, lawyers, and other organizations took part in a panel discussion to speak
about the issue and to answer questions. Our demonstration was one of many that took
place in Canada where citizens showed solidarity with Muslim Women.

Moreover, as directed at the last board of directors meeting on May 30, 2010 the YFS
Vice President Equity sent a letter of condemnation to Michael Ignatieff, Stephen
Harper, Jean Charest and others expressing our opposition of the bill. A copy of the
letter is found in the appendix of this board package.

Anti-Oppression Training

The YFS annually partners with the York University Centre for Human Rights (CHR) to
provide hundreds of orientation leaders with anti-oppression training. Through the
evaluations we gathered we were able to see that this training is successful and should
continue to be offered every year. During meetings with Centre for Human Rights we
discussed the possibility of changing the curriculum for the benefit of those students
who have undergone the same training over the last three years. We also discussed
including the topic of Sexual Assault seeing as it is relevant to this campus and our
constituents.

YFS and CHR representatives met with Michael Kasaboski, York University Student
Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) Orientation and Student Experience
assistant, on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 1pm to discuss the itinerary of our training
session as well as the schedule of the events for frosh week. YFS representatives will
be meeting with Natasha Dookie, internal coordinator of SASSL, on Thursday July 8,
2010 at 11am to discuss the implementation of sexual assault awareness into anti-
oppression training.

Orientation Package for Students with Disabilities

The Vanier Director (Franklyn Earle-McFadden) met with the YFS Vice President Equity
and the YFS President to develop and/or revise an orientation package for students with
disabilities. We have contacted Marc Wilchesky (Executive Director, Counseling &
Disabilities Services) to set up a meeting and review the current content that is a part of
the orientation package to ensure it is inclusive for all members with disabilities. He
informed us of an information session being held for students with disabilities on August
31st along with representatives from Student Financial Services, Office of Alternate
Exams, Library Accessibility Services and Student Awards. We hope that through a
series of meetings with Counseling & Disabilities Services and the Access Centre that
we will be able to have an inclusive orientation package for students with disabilities
ready for August 2011.

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Executive Committee Report June 2010  

Audit

The Vice President Operations and the Executive Director are in the process of
preparing to the 2010 audit. The audit field workers will be in the office at the end of the
month to conduct the audit.

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York Federation of Students 2010-2011 Operating Budget
2010-2011
Actuals as
Revised 2009-2010 2010-2011 of July 5,
Revenue Budget Actuals Budget 2010
Student Levied Membership Fees 1,524,500 1,704,215 1,640,320 273,748
Sundry Income (1) 21,288 18,632 21,000 0
Haiti Fundraiser 25,572 25,572 0 0
Administrative Income 306,000 306,000 300,000 0
Student Photocopier Revenue 1,200 1,392 1,200 0
Member Services Revenue 90,000 76,686 90,000 4,499
1,968,560 2,132,497 2,052,520 278,247

Expenses
Audit & Accounting Fees 40,000 33,902 40,000 2,546
Communications (2) 15,500 12,670 17,000 0
Community Service Groups (3) 155,000 141,426 177,800 9,763
Donations/Memberships 6,000 2,869 4,000 800
Executive Members' Stipends (4) 128,000 128,325 134,400 15,050
Services (5) 83,855 84,178 88,460 7,222
Programming (6) 82,000 78,390 77,500 0
Conferences (7) 10,902 10,902 12,000 12,419
CFS General Meetings (8) 13,730 13,405 13,730 5,758
Campaigns (9) 50,000 49,888 60,000 1,329
Computer, Printing and Supplies (10) 76,000 66,854 50,000 6,088
Orientation (11) 162,979 162,979 215,000 1,330
Legal Fees 50,000 39,328 50,000 0
Benefits 30,000 28,176 35,000 3,456
Repairs and Maintenance (12) 20,000 20,172 110,000 9,327
Office Insurance 10,000 9,986 15,000 0
Telephone 20,000 22,115 25,000 343
Sundry 5,000 4,992 5,000 0
Salaries and Wages (13) 216,000 249,968 261,000 20,281
Member Services Office (14) 215,000 234,148 247,600 29,856
Clubs Funding (15) 243837 238,569 263210 11,155
Postage 3,000 3,038 3,000 578
Advertising 4,000 0 0 0
Bad Debt 2,100 0 2,100 0
Elections and Referenda 25,000 31,999 35,000 0
RSP Exp 15,000 13,681 15,000 268
CPP Exp 20,000 21,941 23,000 2,714
EI Exp 12,000 12,461 14,000 1,546
EHT 5,000 3,585 5,000 0
Bank Charges 2,500 2,358 2,500 199
Commissioner Honouraria 22,500 22,630 22,500 1,248
Councilor Honouraria 17,000 15,025 17,000 0
Volunteer/Staff Appreciation 1,000 0 1,000 0
Clubs Conference 0 0 0 0
Accessibility Fund 3,000 380 3,000 330
Contingency Reserve 150,000 150,000 0 0
Haiti Donation 50,572 50,572 0 0
Total 1,966,475 1,960,912 2,044,800 143,606

Total Revenue 1,968,560 2,132,497 2,052,520 278,247

Total Expenses 1,966,475 1,960,912 2,044,800 143,606

Surplus/(Deficit) 2,085 171,585 7,720 134,641


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Schedule 1 - Sundry Income
Sundry 5,000 2,344 5,000 0
Imaginus 16,288 16,288 16,000 0
Total 21,288 18,632 21,000 0

Schedule 2 - Communications
Website 500 441 2,000 0
Promotions 15,000 12,229 15,000 0
Total 15,500 12,670 17,000 0

Schedule 3 - Community Service Groups


Access Centre 30,000 30,000 30,000 5,637
Aboriginal Students Association 30,000 21,585 30,000 0
TBLGAY 30,000 30,000 30,000 3,318
YUBSA 30,000 28,580 30,000 749
ISAY 30,000 28,269 30,000 59
Campaigns and Equity Coordinator 0 0 22,800 0
CSG Special Project Funding 5,000 2,992 5,000 0
Total 155,000 141,426 177,800 9,763

Schedule 4 - Executive Member Stipends


President 25,600 25,665 26,880 3,010
Vice President External 25,600 25,665 26,880 3,010
Vice President Operations 25,600 25,665 26,880 3,010
Vice President Equity and Services 25,600 25,665 26,880 3,010
Vice President Campus Life 25,600 25,665 26,880 3,010
Total 128,000 128,325 134,400 15,050

Schedule 5 - Services
Student Advocate 55,000 55,218 57,000 6,587
Members Handbook and Planner 26,355 28,960 28,960 635
Food 4 Thought 2,500 0 2,500 0
Total 83,855 84,178 88,460 7,222

Schedule 6 - Programming
Movie Nights 2,000 0 0 0
Community Food Kitchen 5,000 0 2,500 0
Programming - General 75,000 78,390 75,000 0
Total 82,000 78,390 77,500 0

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Schedule 7 - Conferences
Other Conferences 0 0 0 0
Board Retreat 10,902 10,902 12,000 12,419
Total 10,902 10,902 12,000 12,419

Schedule 8 - CFS General Meetings


Ontario August 2,275 2,275 2,275 0
Ontario January 2,275 1,950 2,275 0
National May 5,067 5,067 5,067 5,758
National November 4,113 4,113 4,113 0
Total 13,730 13,405 13,730 5,758

Schedule 9 - Campaigns
Equity and Human Rights 25,000 26,298 40,000 1,329
Affordable and Accessible Education 25,000 23,590 20,000 0
Total 50,000 49,888 60,000 1,329

Schedule 10 - Computer, Printing and Supplies


Computers and Supplies 50,000 40,604 20,000 2,688
Photocopier (Lease and Printing) 26,000 26,250 30,000 3,400
Total 76,000 66,854 50,000 6,088

Schedule 11 - Orientation
Orientation Swag 91,657 91,657 115,000 1,330
Orientation Week 71,322 71,322 100,000 0
Total 162,979 162,979 215,000 1,330

Schedule 12 - Repairs and Maintenance


Repairs and maintenance 10,000 10,172 100,000 9,327
Depreciation 10,000 10,000 10,000 0
Total 20,000 20,172 110,000 9,327

Schedule 13- Salaries and Wages


Wages and Salaries - YFS Office 125,000 170,779 170,000 13,301
Wages and Salaries - YFS Health Plan 91,000 79,189 91,000 6,980
Total 216,000 249,968 261,000 20,281

Schedule 14 Member Services Office


Occupancy Costs 50000 50,447 50000 7,672
Wages 40,000 40,907 77,600 8,125
Cost of goods 120,000 139,119 120,000 14,059
Renovations 5,000 3,675 0 0
Total 215,000 234,148 247,600 29,856

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Schedule 15 Clubs Funding
Club Funding 220627 215359 240000 4406
Campus Life and Clubs Coordinator 23210 23210 23210 6749
Total 243837 238,569 263210 11155

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Tuesday June 8, 2010
Premier Jean Charest Ministère du Conseil exécutif
Édifice Honoré-Mercier,
3e étage 835, boulevard René-Lévesque
Est Québec (Québec) G1A 1B4

To the Honorable Premier Jean Charest,

On behalf of the over 50,000 York University undergraduate students, I am writing to express
our opposition to Bill 94. We strongly condemn Bill 94, which will deny all public services
including essential social services, health care, education and employment to those wearing
facial coverings. In particular, this bill will discriminate against Muslim women wearing the
niqab (face veil) by infringing upon their basic right of religious freedom and their democratic
right to full civic participation.

Bill 94 is promoted as legislation that reflects a secular Quebec. However, a secular society does
not preclude the freedom of religious expression, which is enshrined in the Quebec Charter of
Human Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Bill 94 is also touted as a legislated step toward gender equality in Quebec. This cannot be
further from the truth. If the rights of women are truly a concern, the government of Quebec
should focus on implementing programs to address real gender inequality such as poverty
reduction programs and education initiatives. Barring a woman from social services,
employment, health and education, as well as creating a climate of shame and fear around her is
not an effective way to help her empower herself. Nor will it end gender inequality.

Bill 94 is a clearly discriminatory measure that will target a small number of Muslim women
who wear the niqab in Quebec, many of whom are already under the pressure of discrimination
in the context of heightened racism and misunderstanding in a post 9-11 world. Now more than
ever it is essential that Quebec hold true to its claims of democracy and equality, and find ways
to embrace difference rather than to exclude it.

Bill 94 has no place in a democratic society that claims to value women’s autonomy, liberty and
justice. A truly democratic society is one in which all individuals have the freedom of
expression and a right to access public services.

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We will continue to vocally oppose the Quebec government’s proposal to deny essential services
to women based on what they wear. We demand that Bill 94 be withdrawn immediately and not
passed by the National Assembly of Quebec.

Sincerely,

Yusuf Mohamed
Vice President Equity, York Federation of Students
Canadian Federation of Students Local 68

CC: Yolande James, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities


CC: Kathleen Weil, Minister of Justice
CC: Christine St-Pierre Minister of Culture
CC: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
CC: Michael Ignatieff, M.P., Liberal Leader

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