Do you like cool architectural plans? Then check out the Huron-Sussex Plan, which, aside from setting out how development in the Huron-Sussex neighborhood will happen (it’s that area behind Robarts). This plan also represents a step forward in community relations (we hope).
Business Board Meeting
Now that I have real class, I no longer have time to write long meeting notes. I’ve listed the public agenda items for the Business Board below. If any of them sound interesting to you, then send me an email at ben[dot]coleman[at]mail[dot]utoronto[dot]ca and I’ll tell you all about it. Continue reading →
The Provost’s response to the Student Society’s Summit will be presented at the next UAB meeting, which is on the 6th of November, at 4:30pm in the Simcoe Hall Council Chambers.
The response does not include a policy recommendation, but will probably give a good idea of what that would look like. Actual policy will come to the UAB later, after consultation. In particular, members were assured that groups that were left out of the Summit would be consulted before policy was brought to the UAB.
I streamed the audio of this meeting from the public library of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, home of Canada’s largest privately-owned inland grain terminal. It’s an exciting place. (Better than Wollerton, at least).
On the agenda: a report from the president, a presentation from the VP Research and Innovation, phase two of the new architecture building, and an update on the student societies summit. Like all student leaders stuck in rural Saskatchewan, I listened to this meeting.
I had been made to believe that this meeting would be an epic event, an annual showdown where the most contentious decision of the year was made. The “Raise Tuition” vote. When I ran for governing council, this was a huge deal, with a full-blown student politics Facebook debate on the subject. People have strong opinions on what student governors should do at this most crucial of meetings.
With a theme of “Human Resources and Equity,” I knew this meeting was going to be a non-stop thrill ride of business. First on the agenda was the annual report of Angela Hildyard, the Vice-President of HR and Equity, followed by a high-octane review of employment equity and health and safety. After that, the finance guys from the University of Toronto Asset Management corporation (UTAM) gave their annual report and presentation on the humongous pile of money that they look after, while making everyone feel like they had suddenly entered an economics lecture. Transitioning from the pile of money we have to the pile of money we’ve borrowed, Sheila Brown, UofT’s CFO gave a report on our debt strategy. Lastly, a motion was passed approving the budget for the group that looks after all those houses in the Huron-Sussex neighborhood that we own… apparently.
Like any student politician looking to procrastinate and snag a free coffee & cookie, I went to this meeting. Continue reading →