En­dorse­ments: Win­ter 2018 Ref­er­en­dum Pe­riod

The McGill Daily - - SSMU Elections -

Pol­icy on Im­ple­men­ta­tion of a Fall Read­ing Week – YES

While a ma­jor­ity of Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties have al­ready im­ple­mented a minimum of four or more study days in the Fall semester, Mcgill be­longs to a grow­ing few that have not. Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 sur­vey by Mcgill En­roll­ment Ser­vices, 71.5% of re­spon­dents were in favour of a Fall Read­ing Week, and re­search has sug­gested that such a break would of­fer some much-needed respite to new stu­dents who might be over-bur­dened with a tran­si­tion to life at Mcgill. The adop­tion of such a pol­icy would man­date SSMU to sup­port cam­paigns for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a Fall Read­ing Week at Mcgill through the of­fices of the VP Ex­ter­nal and the VP Univer­sity Af­fairs, giv­ing stu­dents added le­git­i­macy to pur­sue this goal. As such, The Daily en­dorses a Yes vote re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of such a pol­icy.

ECOLE Fee Levy – YES

Cre­ated in 2011, the Ed­u­ca­tional Com­mu­nity Liv­ing En­vi­ron­ment (ECOLE) at Mcgill, a col­lec­tive liv­ing house and com­mu­nity space on the univer­sity’s down­town cam­pus, has strived to ex­em­plify a model of urban sus­tain­able liv­ing through ap­plied stu­dent re­search, al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity build­ing. With­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s $2.00 opt-out­able stu­dent fee levy, ECOLE would be in­ca­pable of sup­port­ing its own open study lounge hours, free space book­ing ser­vices, and putting on events and pro­gram­ming around en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­ci­etal sus­tain­abil­ity. As such, The Daily en­dorses a Yes vote for this fee.

BSN Fee Re­newal and Fee in­crease – YES

The Black Stu­dents’ Net­work (BSN) at Mcgill works ev­ery­day to­wards mak­ing our univer­sity cam­pus safer and more ac­ces­si­ble for Black stu­dents, and is com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing the Mcgill un­der­grad­u­ate com­mu­nity by host­ing pan­els and events to dis­cuss racial is­sues. In re­cent years, the BSN has be­come the main fi­nan­cial con­trib­u­tor to Black His­tory Month at Mcgill, and has came for­ward and made it clear that with­out a fee levy, con­tin­u­ing to put on BHM at Mcgill will not be pos­si­ble. As such, The Daily en­dorses both a re­newal of the BSN’S opt-out­able fee and a levy to in­crease the fee to $1.00 per stu­dent for full-time stu­dents and $0.50 per stu­dent for part time stu­dents per semester, from $0.40 per full-time stu­dent and $0.20 for part-time stu­dents.

Amend­ments to the Univer­sity Cen­tre Fee, the SSMU Clubs Fee, and the SSMU Cam­pus Life Fee – YES

With the SSMU Build­ing clo­sure comes a new set of prob­lems for SSMU, mainly con­cern­ing its abil­ity to house the nu­mer­ous clubs and ser­vices in­te­gral to Mcgill stu­dent life. Many of the fees that have helped SSMU keep said clubs and ser­vices go­ing have strict def­i­ni­tions of how they can be spent, which could po­ten­tially con­strain SSMU’S abil­i­ties to se­cure spa­ces for them with the build­ing clo­sure. Th­ese three mo­tions would al­low SSMU some more lee­way in man­ag­ing ob­sta­cles in the com­ing months, ob­sta­cles that in­clude pay­ing third-par­ties other than Mcgill Univer­sity for ex­penses re­lated to SSMU Build­ing clo­sure, al­low­ing SSMU to use sig­nif­i­cant rollovers in the Club Fund and the Cam­pus Life Fund from pre­vi­ous years, and amend­ing SSMU’S In­ter­nal Reg­u­la­tions to al­low SSMU to grant money to clubs that are not cur­rently run­ning a deficit. The Daily en­dorses a Yes vote in th­ese three ref­er­en­dum ques­tions.

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