Updates SRA Meeting (March 8th, 2015):
1) The SRA passed a new operating policy on the Election Plan, detailing the roles and responsibilities of the MSU and its various positions in promoting and encouraging students to vote during municipal, provincial, and federal advocacy.
2) The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations presented, as the MSU Board of Directors has recommended to leave the organization for next year. CASA is a federal advocacy organization that represents 22 student unions across Canada, yet the MSU has often criticized the organization's voting and fee structure, while also questioning its effectiveness at advocacy for tangible goals within the PSE sector. At the last SRA meeting (March 22nd), the SRA will be voting on whether or not to leave CASA for the 2015-2016 academic year.
3) Other updates are: The MSU passed an updated version of the Examination and Term Work Scheduling policy, changed its financial structure so that there are hard floors and ceilings to the amount the MSU can keep in reserves, and updated VP, Speaker, and Commissioner elections so that candidates can be reimbursed up to 300 dollars for platform packages.
Updates on SRA Meeting (February 8th, 2015):
1) The SRA voted for the MSU to allocate 40,000 for a year-end celebration occurring on the last day of classes April 8th of this year. The celebration will include live bands, a DJ and dance floor, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, carnival games & food, a ceiling of lights, and a firework finale. Everything with the exception of food will be free!
2) The SRA also voted to officially pass an updated version of its Access Copyright General Policy paper, to rescind its general policy on the MSU's Role During Labour Disputes, and to pass an expanded version of its Operating Policy on the MSU's Role During Labour Disruptions. These new policies will be added to the MSU website in the coming weeks.
Voting for MSU Presidentials and referenda are open! As an MSU member you should have received an email with directions to vote; if you have not please contact either myself or Eamon.
Please see below for information on all candidates and referenda. Voting ends January 29th at 5 pm (this Friday), so make sure you get your ballots in before then.
Your SRA members now have this page to post updates regarding all SRA and MSU business throughout the year. Here are some interesting things going on with the MSU for the next week:
1) Presidential elections! The MSU is currently running its Presidential election, where five candidates are competing to the be the next MSU President. You can check out each candidate's platform and Facebook page at
Corey Helie-Masters - http://themasterplan.ca
Ehima Osazuwa - http://www.ehima.ca
John Tambakis - http://www.voteJohn.ca/
Matt Clarke - http://mattclarke2015.com/
Tristan Paul - http://www.tristanpaul2015.com/
The Presidential debate will occur at 2 pm on Thursday January 22nd in MUSC Atrium. To find out more about candidates you can attend the debate or visit the various campaign tables in MUSC! Campaigning will close on January 29th, while voting will be possible online between January 27th and 29th.
2) Concurrent with the MSU Presidential race are also two referenda questions. These are concerning MSU Constitutional changes and changes to the MSU Health care plan. Students will have the ability to vote for these options at the same time as MSU Presidential candidates.
More updates to come soon!