AMS Assembly ratifies fall referendum fees

Reports discuss Homecoming harm reduction and Commerce research

Dinah Jansen of CFRC 101.9 FM Radio advocates for continuation of ancillary fee.

The AMS held Assembly in the upper floors of Beamish-Munro Hall on Thursday night with the fall referendum as the main point of discussion—Assembly ratified the fees various clubs and organizations proposed.

After the approval of minutes at Assembly, the conversation moved into executive and representative reports, followed by the referendum fee questions. Assembly concluded with a discussion period on the triennial review fees.

President’s report 

AMS President Eric Sikich discussed the work done over Homecoming weekend, which included harm reduction initiatives located near Aberdeen Street. Sikich reported the AMS hosted a community clean-up.

Sikich’s report mentioned feedback from students that the police presence was less intrusive or aggressive than in previous years; no specific data was provided.

Further on in the report, Sikich said members of the Street Party Task Force were invited to visit the Kingston police station command centre. He said the AMS wishes to understand how police operations would allow the AMS to better support students from marginalized communities. 

Vice-President (Operations) Report

Tina Hu, vice-president (operations), told Assembly a project manager position was brought to the AMS Board of Directors for approval to help facilitate the Printing & Copy Centre (P&CC) and Studio Q merger.

Vice-President (University Affairs) Report

In his report to Assembly, Callum Robertson, vice-president (university affairs), said the AMS—along with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance—will be advocating to MPPs on university and student issues. 

He highlighted that information on the Orientation Week summit has been finalized and information will be sent to respective faculties shortly.

Statements by Students and Other Business

The Commerce Society (ComSoc) President Tara Rezvan said the organization is working with the University to fundraise for United Way. This includes fundraising events during Homecoming, which targeted alumni donors. 

Rezvan told Assembly she was happy to collaborate with other Assembly members, and thought it was a good way to signal students giving back to the Kingston community.

She added ComSoc is attempting to further engage undergraduate students in research positions, adding a new Research Engagement Officer soon. 

Crystal Sau, president of the Nursing Science Society (NSS), bid Assembly farewell. NSS operates on a December-to-December electoral schedule, different from the traditional May-to-May schedule all other societies on campus follow.

Student Senate Caucus Chair Emils Matiss submitted a report—read by Eric Sikich—highlighting policy around COVID-19 masking, which she said is not off the table—but currently not expected to become mandated.

Matiss’ report includes mention of methods students can access academic accommodations, mainly through Student Wellness Services. 

Fee ratification

Assembly verified six fee questions being placed on the ballot for the fall 2022 referendum.

These included various organizations, notably including Queen’s Model Parliament (QMP), which was previously under the Campus Affairs Commission (CAC). 

—With files from Skylar Soroka.

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