Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, January 11th, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 11, 2017:

Governance Review: Council heard a report on the ongoing governance review.  The Governance Review Implementation Committee would like to go to referendum to reduce the size of Council.  There are also plans to widen the scope of the Advisory Board for Business and Administration so that it provides advice for the AMS as a whole and not just for AMS businesses.

Governance Review Part II: After much debate, Council approved a recommendation from the Governance Review Implementation Committee that the plan to introduce staggered two-year terms for Councillors be abandoned because it is not feasible.

Nest Lease: Council approved an amendment to the lease to allow for borrowing from an external lender.  The plan is to seek a lender who will provide funding at a lower interest rate than UBC is charging.

SLSC and Campus Vibe: VP Administration Chris Scott reported on improvements to the Student Life and Sustainability Centre (a new wall is up, and carpeting is coming).  He also reported that the implementation of Campus Vibe, the new software system for managing clubs, is almost complete.

Expulsion Policy: After much debate, Council approved an amendment to the SUB Expulsion Policy, transferring the power to carry out expulsions to the new Operations Committee, but it also asked that the Operations Committee come back with a revised version of the policy by the first meeting in February.

Businesses: Managing Director Keith Hester said the businesses are looking good.

AMS History Book: Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb announced that he has finished writing the book.  In order to do so, he read every issue of the Ubyssey.

Block Party promotion: Council discussed ways to increase turnout.

Athletics referendum? Council discussed whether to go forward with a referendum to introduce a new fee to help pay for fitness space on campus.

Next regular Council meeting: January 25, 2017 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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