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Unofficial Results of the CSA Election 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

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Written by Stephanie Rennie

The 2012 CSA Elections results were released this morning after a week of campaigning and online voting. These results will remain unofficial until ratification by the CSA Board of Directors on March 14th 2012.

Just over 20% of eligible voters cast their ballot online between February 29th and March 2nd. Quorum was met for both the candidates and referendum questions.

Deaglan McManus was running uncontested and received 78.77% (3125 votes) votes in favour of them being Academic & University Affairs for 2012-2013.

Two current commissioners were vying for re-election during the 2012 CSA Elections. Drew Garvie was re-elected as the Communications & Corporate Affairs Comissioner, winning 55.41% of votes in favour of his re-election.

The current Human Resources & Operations Commissioner Joshua Ofori-Darko was also successful in gaining enough support for re-election. Ofori-Darko received 1745 votes, beating Kara Bonis by just over 300 votes.

Dominica McPherson won the race for External Affairs Commissioner, gaining 45.63% support.

Lastly, Matthew Pecore beat Jason Gallina in the race for Local Affairs Commissioner. Pecore won by just over 400 votes.

Students in the College of Arts, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, College of Biological Science, College of Physical and Engineering Science, and Ontario Agriculture College also elected Board of Directors At-Large Representatives. Steven Kavaratzis, Brye-Anne Maniacco, David Alton, Namrata Tilokani, Jessica Tarka, Paul Caruso and Anthony Blurton-Jones were all elected as Board of Director At-Large Representatives for their respected colleges for the 2012-2013 school year.

Voters were posed with three referendum questions that all passed. Quorum for the referendum questions was barely reached with a total of 20.02% of eligible students voting when 20% quorum was required.

Aqua Bottled Water Referendum

Universities across Canada are choosing to promote public tap water over the sale of bottled water.  Already, 14 post-secondary institutions in Canada have discontinued the sale of bottled water on their campuses.  Five (5) of these universities are located in Ontario.

Students are the largest demographic of consumers at this institution and by voting yes to this referendum question, you are promoting sustainable practices on campus by removing the sale of bottled water.  The University of Guelph promotes numerous sustainable practices, many of which have been championed by students (for example, the Energy Conservation Working Group).  By voting yes, you are choosing to add to the student-driven sustainable initiatives on campus.  Together, we can set an example for other sustainable initiatives on campus as well as other post-secondary institutions by not purchasing bottled water where and when public water is available.  Our campus, and the City of Guelph, is bursting with safe and accessible drinking water, and a huge benefit is – it’s provided to you free.

Together, we can “take back the tap” and promote the sustainable practice of drinking tap water, over the purchasing of bottled water.

Question:
Do you support the discontinuation of the sale of bottled water on the University of Guelph central campus?

The referendum question asking students if they support the removal of bottled water sales on campus received 78.62% votes that answered ‘yes’ to supporting the discontinuation of bottled water sales on campus.

Universities Fighting World Hunger Referendum

In partnership with the UN World Food Programme, Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) seeks to mobilize, "universities across the nation and around the globe to make fighting hunger a core value of higher education institutions" (www.universitiesfightingworldhunger.org ). Our, “mission is to create an academic hunger model that is suitable for replication or adaptation by universities in [Canada] and abroad,” (www.universitiesfightingworldhunger.org ).  Last year, the University of Guelph became the first campus in Canada to join UFWH and hosted the annual UFWH Hunger Summit, bringing together students, faculty, political, corporate and civil society leaders from around the world to discuss hunger-related issues. This year UFWH successfully organized the UoG’s World Record Challenge by mobilizing over a hundred students to package nearly 160,000 emergency relief meals in only 1 hour!
       In an effort to broaden our presence on campus and engage students in activities surrounding advocacy, fundraising, and academic initiatives, UFWH appeals to all undergraduate students to support a student fee of $0.50 to help fund UFWH programming. Funding would enable UFWH to hold events on campus in support of the World Food Programme and other local, national and international hunger-alleviation initiatives, while engaging students in a process of academic development.

Question:
Do you support a UFWH student fee of $0.50 per semester for both part-time and full-time students indexed to the cost of living?

67.53% votes cast were ‘yes’ in favour of the UFWH student fee per semester.

TeaTree House Café Referendum

Teatree House Cafe is an OPIRG working group initiated and run by a group of University of Guelph students who are passionate about critically (local and ethically) sourced food. Our main goal is to establish a student-run membership co-op that provides affordable (ie by-donation) options, and is considerate towards those dietary needs not yet satisfied by current establishments on campus.
We are currently working to extend our roots deeper within the UoG Campus by finding accessible space. In order to continue this project, the Teatree House working group is requesting student support of $0.10. We will use this funding to further our search for space, and eventually bring to life a cafe run by and for the students at the University of Guelph. It would become a centre that is welcoming and open for educational space, available for workshops and conferences, as well as a place to comfortably study. Many other Canadian Universities have successfully claimed student-run space and opened very similar community cafés. Teatree is working to build a people and planet- centered co-op structure, that is socially and financially inclusive, and that promotes a more robust connection to our food from farm to fork.

Question:
Do you support a $0.10 fee indexed to the cost of living for both full and part time undergraduate students so that Teatree House Café student group can continue to work on opening an accessible, and inclusive student-run space that serves affordable, and critically (locally, and ethically) sourced food that is mindful of unique diets?

61.18% of students answered ‘yes’ to the Teatree House Café student group fee.

Executive Committee:

Academic & University Affairs Commissioner

Yes - Deaglan McManus

3125

No

271

Decline

518

Blank

53

 

External Affairs Commissioner

Dominica McPherson

1810

Peter Miller

1647

None of the Candidates Listed

181

Decline

265

Blank

64

 

Local Affairs Commissioner

Matthew Pecore

1838

Jason Gallina

1423

None of the Candidates Listed

279

Decline

377

Blank

50

 

Communications & Corporate Affairs Commissioner

Drew Garvie

2198

Charles Hamilton

692

Chris Archibald

722

None of the Candidates Listed

131

Decline

187

Blank

37

 

Human Resources & Operations Commissioner 

Joshua Ofori-Darko

1745

Kara Bonis

1433

None of the Candidates Listed

291

Decline

440

Blank

58

 

Referendum Questions:

UFWH Referendum

Yes

2679

No

1063

Decline

204

Blank

21

 

Aqua Bottled Water Referendum

Yes

3119

No

734

Decline

96

Blank

18

 

TeaTree House Cafe Referendum

Yes

2427

No

1297

Decline

219

Blank

24

 

Board of Directors At-Large Representatives:

College of Biological Science At-Large Representative (1)

Yes - Jessica Tarka

890

No

46

Decline

128

Blank

27

 

College of Arts At-Large Representative (2)

Spoiled

0

Steven Kavaratzis

463

Brye-Anne Maniacco

431

None of the Candidates Listed

34

Decline

71

 

College of Social and Applied Human Sciences At-Large Representative (2)

Spoiled

0

David Alton

798

Namrata Tilokani

775

None of the Candidates Listed

68

Decline

137

Blank

0

 

Ontario Agriculture College At-Large Representative (1)

Yes - Anthony Blurton-Jones

355

No

29

Decline

41

Blank

9

 

College of Physical and Engineering Science At-Large Representative (1)

Yes - Paul Caruso

305

No

33

Decline

59

Blank

9

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