The general meeting of the King’s Co-op Bookstore has been postponed.
The meeting, which was called by a petition circulated by five King’s students, was originally set for Nov. 21.
One of those students, Harry Sawchuk, says in an email the meeting was called off because it conflicted with the rules that govern cooperatives in Nova Scotia.
Read about the cuts to bookstore employee hours that led students to call the meeting here.
“[They] state that big meetings such as this one, where constitutional amendments are up for voting, must be publicized by email to every member of the co-op at least ten days in advance.”
Sawchuk says the email must also inform the cooperative’s members of the motions to be put forward, as well as the time, location and date of the meeting.
He says Quinn Harrington, the secretary of the bookstore’s board of directors, is responsible for booking a room and for notifying the cooperative’s members.
While Harrington sent an email to the King’s student body well enough in advance of the meeting, specifying the date and the motions, the notification did not include a time or a location, says Sawchuk. “He had not booked one yet.”
“Because of this oversight we got an email from the co-op governing body on Friday telling us that this meeting and vote could not go ahead, as if it did, any motion passed would be invalidated by the improper notification mess.”
Sawchuk says due to the proximity of the December exam season, the general meeting will be rescheduled for next semester.
Earlier today Stephanie Duchon, the bookstore’s president, sent an email to the cooperative’s members that confirmed the meeting has been cancelled.
In its place, however, writes Duchon, the bookstore’s board of directors will hold a town hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Frazee Room. She notes the board will not discuss the special resolutions.
She says more information will follow regarding where and when the general meeting will take place.
Duchon’s email to the bookstore general membership: