WPIRG Referendum

As per the Federation of Students by-laws, a majority of students' councillors successfully motioned to initiate a referendum for the following question:

Which one of the following options do you support?

  1. Keep the mandatory, refundable $4.75 per academic term fee for WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group).
  2. Remove the mandatory, refundable $4.75 per academic term fee for WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group).

Results

  

8788  

Total votes cast

1579  

Keep the mandatory, refundable $4.75 per academic term fee for WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group)? Number of votes

7156  

Remove the mandatory, refundable $4.75 per academic term fee for WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group)? Number of votes

53  

Declined votes

Important Dates

  
Sept 12 - Sept 16    
Interim Week
  
Sept 14   All Committees Meeting
 5.30 pm SLC Room 2143
  
Sept 19 - Sept 28Campaign Period
 12:00 a.m. Monday September 19  - 10:00pm  Wednesday September 28
   
Sept 21Debate
 8:00 p.m. in the SLC Great Hall
 Watch the debate live: https://livestream.com/UWFeds/WPIRGReferendumDebate
   
Sept 26-28Polling Period
 10am Monday September 26 – 10pm Wednesday September 28
   
Sept 29Results Announcement
 4:30pm SLC Great Hall

KEEP/REMOVE Committees

Remove Committee website: http://voteremove.ca
Keep Committee website: http://keepwpirg.com

Rules of Debate

  1. Each committee will be given up-to three (3) minutes to make an opening statement
  2. Each committee will be given up-to ten (10) minutes each to debate the following:

    Since 1973, WPIRG has received an automatic per term fee from the undergraduates of UW. Today, that fee stands at $4.75 per term - What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of no longer making this fee automatic?

  3. Each committee will be given up-to five (5) minutes to respond to a pre-submitted question from the opposing committee.*
  4. Each committee will be given up-to five (5) minutes to respond to a second pre-submitted question from the opposing committee.*
  5. Each committee will then be given up-to five (5) minutes to make closing remarks.

* Committees will be required to submit this question to the ERO no later than Tuesday September 20th at 11:59pm

Allegations

As per the Feds' Elections and Referenda procedure any individual may privately allege to the Elections and Referenda Officer (ERO) that a referendum committee has violated an aspect of the campaign rules. To submit an allegation please email: elections@feds.ca.

View a list of current allegations.