Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the six (6) SSMU Executives comprise the voting members of Council. The Speakers, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members. According to Article 3 of the SSMU Constitution, Council is the governing body of the Society and “shall be empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Society.”

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday in the Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of the Shatner Building) beginning at 6pm. For 2014-2015, the dates of Council are:

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015

While Council is run according to Robert’s Rules of Order, its proceedings should be accessible to all members; don’t hesitate to ask the Speakers or a Councillor (including Executives) how you can participate in the debate. Council meetings can last several hours, so if you are interested in a particular issue it may be wise to check the agenda in advance and/or ask a Councillor or Executive to contact you (e.g. by text message) when the item your issue is coming up. You can peruse its agenda and “documents in advance” (reports of Executives and Committees, as well as proposed resolutions and policies) below.

Council Documents

 

Click here for Council documents for the 2014-2015 academic year

Click here for Council documents for the 2013-2014 academic year

Click here for Council documents for the 2012-2013 academic year

Click here for Council documents for the 2011-2012 academic year

Click here for Council documents for the 2010-2011 academic year

Click here for Council documents for the 2009-2010 academic year

Please note that we aim to post reports of Committees and Executives by the Monday morning preceding Council. The agenda and all reports and motions will be available by Tuesday evening.

Click here to view the SSMU Resolution Book (Updated 2014-11-20)

Click here to view the SSMU Resolution Book 2013-2014

Click here to view the SSMU Resolution Book 2012-2013

If for any reason you have any difficulty accessing the documents above, please email the Speaker of Council or the President.

Speakers of Council

 

The Speakers of Council act alternately as the chair of Council. They are responsible for the smooth procedural functioning of Council meetings which includes the call to order (which opens the meeting), granting the floor (i.e. giving people permission to speak) and stating motions and putting them to a vote. The Speakers are guided in their tasks by Robert’s Rules of Order in addition to the Constitution, by-laws and any relevant resolutions of Council.

It is Robert’s Rules that give the Speaker most of their powers. They make rulings on the procedural regularity of motions and makes initial interpretations of the Constitution and by-laws when deciding if motions are in order. It is very important to note that, with a few exceptions, no councillor is permitted to speak without having previously obtained the permission of the Speaker. Very strict respect of this rule is crucial to the smooth and orderly functioning of Council.

Committees of Council

SSMU Committees make recommendations to Council on everything from the allocation of funding to student groups to the approval of new clubs to the adoption of new policies. Each Councillor sits on at least one SSMU Committee. The Committee Terms of Reference contains all of the information about the various committees at SSMU.