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Updated on Saturday, September 27

#19857

OMG: This is very interesting, and potentially disturbing:
http://www.uwimprint.ca/article/4487-feds-president-backpedals-on-communications-policy

It's one thing to restrict staff or directors' media communication (which this doesn't do). But Council is an oversight body - their place is above the exec. Anything that restricts Councillors ability to speak freely on matters concerning their mandate is undemocratic and a big step backwards for Feds.

23 comments

  1. I was concerned when I read that article too.

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  2. They're becoming very Harper-like in their communications policy.

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  3. Can someone on Council give the actual text of the motion?

    I'm getting a feeling that the Feds Governance review treated Feds entirely as a corporation, without any regard for their role as a government.

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    1. Considering they never released this governance review, who knows what it says?

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    2. 3b, the minutes from a past board meeting say they'll be presenting it in detail at the upcoming General Meeting.

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    3. As someone who was interviewed as information for the Governance Review, you are 100% correct. Any recommendations should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  4. "Student's council sometimes doesn't know where their place is"...

    Wow that's dictatorial.

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    1. If I were a councillor, on the basis of this statement in the official student paper alone I'd censure the President for Contempt of Council.

      ...and then watch the federal conservatives recruit her into their ranks... LOL

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    2. Maybe the President needs a policy about how SHE communicates with the media to keep her from saying dumb shit like this?

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  5. Democracy is overrated

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    1. Yeah, honestly a dictatorship worked pretty well for Rome, Nazi Germany, etc.

      You just need a limit on the time the guy is in office

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  6. Thing I regret: electing this exec team.

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  7. You can find the actual proposed policy here (Attachment 20): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_heVS67z37XM1Nla2s5MkxWcE0&usp=sharing

    Hopefully Council is smart enough to understand that their freedom to speak their mind - within Feds, to the media, and to their own constituents - on ANY issue relevant to the Federation, can not and should not be restricted in policy!

    BOARD members have to observe board solidarity and stand behind all BoD decisions (even the ones they themselves voted against); no such restrictions does OR EVER SHOULD apply to Council. The whole point of Council is that it's a DEMOCRATIC OVERSIGHT BODY for Feds, representing STUDENT INTERESTS, ahead of the corporate interests.

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    1. So, I don't see that this restricts individual Councillors... but by the looks of things, if Council passed a motion, Board would have to approve it before it could be officially communicated?

      That's bullshit. If this is even legal under the Feds bylaws, then someone needs to rework the bylaws to make sure Council has a clear set of inviolable privileges. Keep the power with the students!

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    2. This seems to invert the reporting structure but maybe I'm overstating.

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  8. Unfortunately this fits a pattern. Stay tuned I don't think they're done.

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    1. Yes I speculate it's a power grab by UW admin via the GM. Look for them to entrench their power while they have a weak and subservient student exec.

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    2. ^There are a lot of possibilities here, but yours strikes me as the least plausible, 8a. That's just silly.

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    3. 8b, can you explain any of what you said? 8a's guess seems to fit what's been going on.

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    4. 8c, what's been going on is nothing more than the Feds President trying to implement the recommendations of the Governance Review, without effective communication or consultation.

      UW Admin has nothing to do with it. They honestly don't care about Feds' internal politics, as it doesn't effect them.

      The GM is doing the same work for Feds she's always done.

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    5. Is the governance review public in full? It seems to be used as an excuse for definitely anti-governance actions.

      No the GM's role increased this year.

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