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Sunday, July 29, 2007

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If any of the CSA board members promised change in their election campaigns, there is no way that can be disputed. On Wednesday July 25th the CSA board had their fifth meeting of the summer. The main items on the agenda were putting to use the current budget surplus that has resulted from the late night bus service being on hold last year, the Ontario Citizen's Assembly Vote MMP Campaign and the massive amending of the CSA's election bylaws. The largest of these items of course was the new election bylaws.

The first of the matters to be addressed was the use of the transit surplus. Evan Dalzell, the Local Affairs Commissioner, presented a collected list of suggestions for further research. Following a bit of discussion on each of the items a shortened list of 4 suggestions were left for Evan to examine including adding the "Next Bus" system to the late night bus service if it is not already available, adding bus shelters at stops most used by students, large route maps around campus and at popular stops and lastly making the $2 route maps available for free.

The second issue regards the approaching provincial election. During the election there is to be a referendum regarding alterations to the current electoral system from single member plurality system to a mixed member proportional system. It is believed that this system will better represent Ontarions. The CSA is resolved to educate and inform the student population about this up coming referendum and the election in general.

Last came the heart of the meeting. The explanation and limited discussion of the electoral bylaw revisions occupied the majority of the meeting time. The scope of the by law changes are immense. The board was presented with the electoral bylaws in their entirety with whole sections struck out and whole sections written anew. A number of items in the new bylaws spawned debate among board members. However, the majority of the additions and subtractions were quickly accepted and officially approved at the end of the meeting with only one section being divided out to be discussed at a later meeting. Although few people would consider a six hour meeting swift, perhaps not even the tired and drained board members, but in this case it is absolutely true. In six hours the board swept through pages upon pages of sterile bylaws with near reckless abandon. These changes can be defined as nothing less than monumental.

For information regarding the fall provincial election, the mixed member proportional campaign or the late night bus service surplus contact Local Affairs Commissioner Evan Dalzell at .

For information regarding the numerous changes to the CSA electoral bylaws contact Communications Commissioner Meaghan Hourigan.

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  1. Posted by: Breanne Walt on Aug 1, 2007 @ 4:06pm

    Despite this being a very good article, I would like to know where students can find further information on the changes to electoral bylaws.

    Thanks!

  2. Posted by: Evan Dalzell - CSA Local Affairs Commissioner on Aug 2, 2007 @ 10:53am

    As always, the minutes of our Board meetings, as well as our by-laws and policies, are posted online. This may take a while to be updated, however, as we are currently undergoing a re-vamping of the csaonline.ca website. Also, our board meetings are always open to the public.

  3. Posted by: on Aug 8, 2007 @ 5:26pm

    I'd just like to provide a bit of context as to the rationale around our last board meeting. While it may appear at first glance that the changes to electoral bylaws were hastily voted upon, the CSA spent no fewer than 3 board meetings (4 if you count our board meeting tonight) with the issue on the agenda.

    Board members were presented with a rough idea of the election bylaw changes, and then given two weeks to speak to constituents and make suggestions. After that period, the revised changes were presented to board members at a meeting as a "notice of motion". Two weeks after this, the meeting this article was written about convened, and the changes were discussed and worked on. This represents an entire month of deliberating, editing, and reflecting on the behalf of Executives and Board members. The bylaw changes were pretty huge, but sorely needed in order for the CSA elections to be relevant in today's changing times.

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