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U-Pass ReferendumAPIRG PlebisciteCampus Food Bank ReferendumWUSC Plebiscite
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QuestionEdmonton Transit Services (ETS) provides a U-Pass to all students at a lower price than a monthly pass, in order to encourage the use of city transportation among undergraduate students. All undergraduate students pay this U-Pass, and as a result the cost of the U-Pass is lowered for University of Alberta undergraduates. The current U-Pass deal expires in August 2017, and a referendum is being held to renew the U-Pass. The deal proposed by ETS will see the cost of the U-Pass rise by no more than $5 per year until 2020 - 2021. The University of Alberta provides a subsidy to further reduce costs to students and has committed to continuing this subsidy. The current cost of the U-Pass to other institutions is $170 while University of Alberta undergraduates pay $141.67. The U-Pass will cost University of Alberta undergraduates, after subsidy, $145.00 in 2017-18, $148.00 in 2018-19, $153.00 in 2019-20 and $158.00 in 2020-21. The conditions of this fee shall include: 1. Students can not opt-out of this fee. 2. This fee will not be assessed to Augustana and off-campus students, as defined by the University Calendar. 3. Under certain circumstances, some undergraduate students would be exempt or eligible to opt-out of the U-Pass program. Click here for an excerpt of the draft agreement. Do you support a fee of $145.00 in 2017 - 2018, $148.00 in 2018 - 2019, and $153.00 in 2019 - 2020 and $158.00 in 2020-2021 per term for full time and part time undergraduates to continue the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) at the University of Alberta?The Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) seeks to foster positive social change and empower students with the tools to become active, engaged citizens. Annually, APIRG distributes $30,000 in direct granting to student and community-led social initiatives. The conditions of the funds will include: 1. Students shall have the option to opt out via the SU website at the beginning of each term and receive a full refund of their fee; 2. The fee will be assessed only in the Fall and Winter Terms; 3. APIRG continues to function as a student-run non-profit organization in accordance with its mandate of research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest as per Schedule 6000 of the Students’ Union Bylaws. 4. The Board will be made up of up to 9 elected or appointed members, 1 SU Councillor, and up to 2 continuity appointments from the previous Board year. The Board must have a majority of elected members. 5. Augustana Students are exempt. 6. Off-campus students, as defined by the University Calendar, are included. Do you support a fee of $3.50 per term, in each of the Fall and Winter semesters, for full-time students and $1.75 per part-time students to fund APIRG?The Campus Food Bank (CFB) is a charity dedicated to eliminating hunger on campus. It is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, recent alumni and their families/dependents. If this referendum passes, the fee will replace the current funding provided by the Students' Union to the CFB. The CFB believes that university is a place where one should hunger for knowledge, not food; providing food hamper packages based on the Canada Food Guide to over 2000 individuals on an annual basis. Funding areas: Programming, events, outreach and awareness; Fundraising events and food drives; Volunteer program. The conditions of the fund shall include: 1. The fee will be collected from full-time, part-time, and off-campus undergraduate students in the Fall and Winter semester; 2. Augustana students will be exempt. 3. Students will have the option to opt out online from the fee.4. Funding areas are determined and prioritized by the CFB's staff and board. The board will consist of 7 to 12 members from the following categories: a. One Students' Union Executive member or delegate appointed from Students' Union Council. b. One Graduate Students’ Association representative. c. One volunteer representative (selected by the volunteer membership). d. 4 - 9 community members. Do you support a $1.00 fee per student, in the Fall and Winter semester, to fund the Campus Food Bank (CFB)?The World University Services of Canada (WUSC) through the Student Refugee Program (SRP) has been helping bring refugee students to the University of Alberta for over 25 years. It helps these people access this life changing program. WUSC helps bring refugee students to the University of Alberta by operating the Student Refugee Fund. All student fee dollars will go to the student refugee fund. A fee of $0.48 per student assessed in the Fall and Winter semesters, supports the Student Refugee Fund which sponsors one refugee student every year at the University of Alberta. The conditions for the fund shall include: 1. Students cannot opt out of this fee. 2. This fee shall be assessed to both Augustana and off-campus students, as defined by the University Calendar. 3. The board shall be composed of: Co-Chairs (2), Treasurer, Secretary, SRP Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and a SU Councillor. 4. At least one member of Studentsâ€TM Council shall also sit on this board. Do you support a $0.24 fee per student per semester, for full-time and part-time students, in both Fall and Winter semester for the Student Refugee Fund?
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Round 1Total ballots: 8482Total ballots: 8482Total ballots: 8482Total ballots: 8482
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Spoiled or Unmarked ballots: 357 4%Spoiled or Unmarked ballots: 531 6%Spoiled or Unmarked ballots: 431 5%Spoiled or Unmarked ballots: 448 5%
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Yes votes: 6693 79%Yes votes: 4532 53%Yes votes: 7046 83%Yes votes: 6417 76%
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No votes: 1432 17%No votes: 3419 40%No votes: 1005 12%No votes: 1617 19%
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