Most fees pass in AMS Fall Referendum

Five ASUS reps elected, Society’s governance officer says candidate bios will appear in winter election

Most fees pass in AMS Fall Referendum.
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Queen’s students took to the electronic ballot box between Oct. 22 and 23 for the AMS Fall Referendum and the ASUS Fall By-Election. The results saw nearly all fees passed and the election of five ASUS representatives.

Voter turnout was 14.1 per cent, a 9.1 per cent decrease from the 2018 AMS Fall Referendum.

The vote established four new fees, approved eight fees for continuation, and the election of five ASUS representatives.

As part of the triennial review, voters supported the continuation of the NeuGeneration fee of $0.35, the AMS Food Bank fee of $2.00, and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival fee of $0.50.

Voters also approved the SWAM Kingston fee of $0.10, the Queen’s Conference on Education fee of $0.75, the Queen’s Baja SAE Design Team fee of $0.69, the Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team fee of $0.50, and the Loving Spoonful fee of $0.90.

The vote also established new fees subject to individual opt-out, including the Freedom From Violence Queen’s fee of $0.15, the Get REAL Queen’s fee of $0.50, the Queen’s University Scientista fee of $0.40, and the Canadian Association in Research in Regenerative Medicine at Queen’s fee of $0.50.

The only fee that didn’t pass was the establishment of the Queen’s Dancerama fee of $0.50.

All candidates who ran for this year’s ASUS Fall By-Election were elected without opposition.

Clara Civiero and Catherine Bowers were elected to the position of Class of 2022 Year Representatives, Noam Epstein Roth and Kate Gaffney were elected to the position of Class of 2020 Year Representatives, and Philip Jakov was elected to the position of ASUS Representative to the AMS.

In the ASUS election, no bios were attached to the names of candidates on the ballot. 

“This is an issue we will resolve with the AMS for our Winter Election,” Libby Duke, ASUS governance officer, wrote in a statement to The Journal.

She added that candidate bios were available on ASUS social media platforms.

Duke said she couldn’t disclose voting statistics to The Journal because ASUS doesn’t share that information with external parties.


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