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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March 5, 2018

Joint statement re: SGPS Presidential By-Election by Stéfy McKnight & Tyler Morrison

Today is the beginning of the campaign period for the Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) at Queen’s University Presidential election, with Tyler Morrison and Stéfy McKnight as candidates. Over the course of the last month, we (Stéfy McKnight and Tyler Morrison) have collectively received a number of questions about why there is a by-election for the position of SGPS President, and we hope that this statement will clarify those points and concerns. The original SGPS Presidential election in January was nullified. The SGPS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) received notice of a self-disclosed accidental infraction of election policy, brought to their attention as soon as it was discovered by the candidate, Stéfy McKnight. McKnight utilized more than the allotted campaign budget. The CRO placed a fine for the violation, which was then appealed by Tyler Morrison, who has since pardoned the infraction. This appeal activated the SGPS Judicial Committee who nullified the results of the election, triggering the upcoming by-election. Although the over spending infraction was small, both candidates accept the decision by the Judicial Committee to nullify the results, and are looking forward to engaging in the upcoming campaign period. We prepared this statement with the desire to put this violation and appeal behind us, and attempt to have the most neutral and fair by-election as possible. Moving forward, we have respectively agreed to not respond to further questions about this issue. We wish to focus the campaign period and election on SGPS issues, policies; our platforms and plans for the SGPS, and not on the infraction and appeal. We urge SGPS members to positively engage in the electoral process, focusing on graduate and professional student issues and policies in the upcoming campaign period, and not on the infraction. We are adamant that this is the most productive and logical way to move forward. Remember to cast your votes online through your email on March 12th and 13th. Submitted respectively, Stéfy McKnight & Tyler Morrison
February 15, 2018

Statement on SGPS Presidential By-Election and Re-Referendum of Fees

Kingston, ON – On the evening of Tuesday, February 13, SGPS Council passed the following decisions: To reject the recommendation of the Judicial Committee to have SGPS Council appoint either Stephanie McKnight or Tyler Morrison as president for the 2018-19 academic year. To instead hold a by-election between the two candidates, allowing the student body to elect their president directly. To reduce the threshold for opt-out fees to pass from a 2/3 majority to a simple majority. To reduce the threshold for mandatory fees to pass from a 2/3 majority to a simple majority, so long as quorum of 15% voter turnout is met. If quorum is not met, mandatory fees will require a 2/3 majority to pass. To hold a re-referendum on the Bus-It and OPIRG fees, with the new fee policies, described above, in effect. The by-election and re-referendum will take place March 5-13. The campaign period will occur from March 5-11, and the voting period will occur from March 12-13. Please direct any inquiries to Jennifer Williams, SGPS Speaker, at speaker@sgps.ca.