Motion for AGM in Support of Student Municipal Electoral Rights (23 April 2013)

The following motion will be presented from the floor at QUFA’s Spring General Meeting (12:30-2:30 p.m., 24 April, in Ellis Hall Auditorium):

[Note: this motion was passed unanimously.]

WHEREAS the City of Kingston has recently been considering options for re-dividing the municipal electoral districts in preparation for the 2014 municipal election; and

WHEREAS City of Kingston staff state in their “final report” to the Kingston City Council that “the Preferred boundary configuration for re-divided districts is shown on Revised Option 4 (See Exhibit F).  This Option is based on the total 2011 Census population including the post-secondary student estimates” [http://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/561782/COU_A11-13144.pdf/e8dfc1d3-4432-4ab3-9334-57e3b991a6a1]; and

WHEREAS the City of Kingston selected “Option 1” instead of “Revised Option 4” at the Kingston City Council meeting (9 April 2013), thus opting not to include post-secondary students in the total population counts for the re-divided electoral districts; and

WHEREAS the Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (AMS) convened a special session of the AMS Assembly on 17 April 2013 to discuss the City of Kingston’s plans for re-division of the electoral districts, and “voted to support an appeal by the AMS to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), should City Council pass an option that excludes students from the population count, and should the [AMS] executive deem such an action necessary” [http://www.myams.org/news/ams-assembly-votes-to-support-ontario-municipal-board-appeal.aspx];

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) direct the QUFA Executive to write to the Mayor of Kingston, Mr. Mark Gerretsen, indicating that QUFA does not support any electoral boundary re-division that excludes students from the population count, and further that QUFA endorses “Revised Option 4” as the best option for City of Kingston to adopt in re-dividing the municipal electoral districts.

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