As the executive elections approach for the Brock University Students’ Union, so does another round of referendums.
This years three-day voting period will be take place between Feb. 13 and Feb. 15.Campaigning for candidates and referendums will begin Feb. 5. The student body will be asked the following two referendum questions, with a yes or no side:
1. “Do you support the removal of the $1.50 per credit fee for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) effective May 1, 2018?”
2. “Do you support a $3.97 increase to the Student Justice Centre fee (0.91 to $4.88) starting Spring 2018 as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding?”
During the 2016/2017 academic year March elections, a similar question was asked to students regarding OPIRG with 76.3 per cent voting yes. If the student body chooses to remove the $1.50 per credit fee, OPIRG will officially lose its funding for the foreseeable future.
The Student Justice Centre also went to referendum last year, however, students voted a majority no to giving the SJC an increase in funding.
Students will have the opportunity to vote through their Brock emails — this past October, during the by-elections, a record high of 33.2 per cent of the student body voted.
The Brock Press will have full coverage of the Executive Elections throughout the next few weeks. We will feature full articles on both referendums, covering both the yes and no sides. During the week of voting, The Brock Press publication on Feb. 13 will feature profiles on every candidate. All information will also be available on brockpress.com.