June 27, 2019

A Message From Your SGPS Executive

On January 17, 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (“MTCU”) announced the “first ever province-wide tuition reduction.” Within that announcement, the MTCU also announced a new protocol known as the Student Choice Initiative (“SCI”). The purpose of the SCI is to “… ensure students have transparency and freedom of choice regarding the campus services and organizations which get access to their money.” The protocol states that only certain fees can be considered mandatory fees and unfortunately, several fees which were previously mandatory are now considered optional. This includes the SGPS society fee. This means that for the first time in the history of the organization, students who are assessed the SGPS society fee can opt out of it, effectively choosing whether or not they want to remain a member of the SGPS. The SGPS is proud to supply our members with a new and fantastic Health and Dental plan; event insurance for our faculty/departmental societies; a robust bursaries and grants program; social events; health and wellness initiatives; access to peer support services including the Peer Academic Advisor Program (formerly known as the Student Advisor Program); as well as representation and advocacy for our members across the University. The SCI has already made a serious impact on the SGPS as we prepare for the potential loss of funds used to run events, fund our grants and bursaries, and provide services. We have had to make some very hard decisions in order to ensure that the SGPS can survive these changes. While these decisions have been very difficult to make, our focus has always been and will remain on protecting our member-driven services and ensuring that we maintain our active advocacy and resources for SGPS members on campus. The SGPS has existed since 1963 when it was just a club under the AMS. Although we have grown and changed, our dedication to the personal and professional success of our members remains constant. We hope that you will continue to remain a member of the SGPS and we look forward to serving and advocating for you for many years to come. Sincerely, Jeremy Ambraska, President Abel Hazon, VP Finance and Services Leo Erlikhman, VP Graduate Ryan Adlem, VP Professional
February 4, 2019

Statement on School of Graduate Studies Funding Packages

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January 30, 2019

2019 – 2020 SGPS Election and Referenda Results

Turnout: 1564 (36.1%) of 4330 electors voted in this ballot. Please select the individual you wish to elect as President of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University: Option Votes Jeremy Ambraska 798 (51.0%) Jaspar Wong 545 (34.8%) Abstain 221 (14.1%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the acclamation of Cameron Wathey to the position of Vice-President Community of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University? Option Votes Yes 1206 (77.1%) Abstain 261 (16.7%) No 97 (6.2%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the acclamation of Abel Hazon to the position of Vice-President Finance of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University? Option Votes Yes 1245 (79.6%) Abstain 228 (14.6%) No 91 (5.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the acclamation of Leo Erlikhman to the position of Vice-President Graduate of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University? Option Votes Yes 1130 (72.3%) Abstain 261 (16.7%) No 173 (11.1%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the acclamation of Ryan Adlem to the position of Vice-President Professional of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University? Option Votes Yes 1111 (71.0%) Abstain 308 (19.7%) No 145 (9.3%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the acclamation of Courtney Bannerman to the position of Graduate Student Senator? Option Votes Yes 1269 (81.1%) Abstain 229 (14.6%) No 66 (4.2%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the establishment of a mandatory student fee of $12.00 (indexed to CPI) for Walkhome? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 903 (57.7%) No 533 (34.1%) Abstain 128 (8.2%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $1.25 (indexed to CPI) for the Alma Mater Society Food Bank? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1233 (78.8%) No 268 (17.1%) Abstain 63 (4.0%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $1.00 (indexed to CPI) for Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1196 (76.5%) No 293 (18.7%) Abstain 75 (4.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $174.24 (indexed to CPI) for Queen’s Athletics and Recreation? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1165 (74.5%) No 333 (21.3%) Abstain 66 (4.2%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $0.71 (indexed to CPI) for Queen’s International Student Society Bursary Program? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1148 (73.4%) No 323 (20.7%) Abstain 93 (5.9%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $3.50 (indexed to CPI) for The Queen’s Journal? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 911 (58.2%) No 547 (35.0%) Abstain 106 (6.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the establishment of a mandatory student fee of $5.56 (indexed to CPI) for Work-Study Program? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 905 (57.9%) No 506 (32.4%) Abstain 153 (9.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $7.50 for CFRC 101.9FM? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 872 (55.8%) No 533 (34.1%) Abstain 159 (10.2%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $2.50 for Kingston Coalition Against Poverty? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1245 (79.6%) No 231 (14.8%) Abstain 88 (5.6%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $1.00 for Kingston Youth Shelter? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1359 (86.9%) No 142 (9.1%) Abstain 63 (4.0%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $2.00 for Loving Spoonful? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1231 (78.7%) No 228 (14.6%) Abstain 105 (6.7%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $1.00 for Queen’s International Affairs Association? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1058 (67.6%) No 352 (22.5%) Abstain 154 (9.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $20.00 for The Grad Club? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 1085 (69.4%) No 372 (23.8%) Abstain 107 (6.8%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $3.48 for World University Services Canada (WUSC) Queen’s? This fee is subject to triennial review. Option Votes Yes 970 (62.0%) No 376 (24.0%) Abstain 218 (13.9%) VOTER SUMMARY Total 1564 Click here for the certified results PDF.
August 21, 2018

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