The controversial motion to abolish the General Assembly (GA), authored by SSMU President Zach Newburgh, was referred to a committee after a Council vote. The committee will conduct further research in hopes of improving the GA, and making the institution more democratic and accessible to students.
The Executive Committee were also asked why they failed to go on a retreat scheduled for the previous week. Newburgh replied, “Very frankly, members of the SSMU Executive were disappointed with the way in which the GA motion was brought up, and therefore refused to go on the Executive retreat.” This claim contradicted a statement made by VP Finance and Operations Nick Drew, who, in an interview with The Daily attributed the cancellation of the retreat to excessive work.
The Executive’s decision to cancel the retreat cost SSMU $800.