The following are motions, submitted by members, to be voted on at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. The deadline for submission of further motions is now past.
List of Meeting Motions
A) Motion to amend bylaw 7.1
B) Motion to amend definition of quorom for the TSFC AGM
C) Motion to amend tenure of the TSFC Board of Directors
D) Motion to broaden TSFC collaborations to better confront the food system crisis as a whole
E) Motion to amend bylaw 6.9
Moved: Jessica Denyer
Whereas members elect representatives to look after their interests, develop initiatives, and to ensure the financial stability and legal and operative viability of the Co-operative;
Whereas officers of the Co-operative serve as the official representatives of the Co-operative;
Whereas it is valuable to the Board of Directors to be composed in such a way as to have an internal financial officer;
Be it resolved that bylaw 7.1 (Election and Appointment) be amended to read:
The Board shall annually or as often as may be required, elect a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer from among the Board of Directors. The directors may elect or appoint such other officers and agents as they shall deem necessary who shall have such authority and shall perform such duties as the directors shall prescribe.
Moved: Anny Chen
Whereas quorum is determined as per TSFC Bylaw 5.4, which states:
A quorum for any General Meeting shall be ten (10) members or 30% of the members, whichever is the lesser. No decision shall be made at any meeting unless the requisite quorum is present.
Whereas the membership of the TSFC is over 600 people;
Whereas this definition of quorum does not ensure an adequate threshold for decision-making on behalf of the general membership; therefore
Be it resolved that the AGM direct the TSFC Board of Directors to investigate and adopt a new definition of Quorum for the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Co-operative that reflects the growth of our co-operative.
Moved: Anny Chen
Whereas tenure is determined as per TSFC Bylaw 6.4, which states:
Except as otherwise provided by law, by the articles, or by these bylaws, the elected directors will serve from the date of election until the next Annual General Meeting, they choose to retire, or they are unseated by a motion passed at a General Meeting.
Whereas there were concerns raised by the 2012-13 TSFC Board of Directors during its tenure regarding appropriate procedures for board training and transition;
Whereas former board of directors can act as advisors to the new board of directors in a way that is beneficial for board training and mentorship and for maintaining café operations and co-operative responsibilities and activities during board transition; therefore
Be it resolved that the AGM direct the TSFC Board of Directors to investigate and adopt overlapping tenure of the TSFC Board of Directors, with the aim of allowing the former directors to provide training and mentorship to the newly elected directors for a period ranging from ten (10) to twenty (20) business days after the Annual General Meeting.
Moved: Daniel Vandervoort
Whereas renowned food activist Wayne Roberts summed up the international state of the agricultural sector in 2008 by stating:
About 170 million food producers are child laborers, which speaks to the poverty and mistreatment subsidizing low food prices. Farming has the highest rate of suicide of any occupation. Agriculture accounts for half the world’s toll of workplace deaths, with 175,000 lives a year sacrificed to improper equipment management and abuse of farm chemicals. Over the last 40 years, the low incomes, irregular employment and harsh working conditions that were once the lot of rural farm laborers spread to cities, where workers who process, pack, deliver, sell, prepare or serve food are all part of most towns’ biggest employment sector;
Whereas, the food system is in crisis from rural producers to urban workers and we are all struggling within it in a variety of ways;
Whereas many crises within the food system cannot be divided from ongoing environmental issues, poverty, economic disparity, racism, colonization and others;
Whereas the Toronto Sustainable Food Co-operative is consciously organized as a cooperative with an objective to foster engagement and work to reduce oppression both within the Co-operative and in the community at large, besides encourage learning about sustainable food systems;
Whereas engagement requires a diversity of tactics from social justice to revolutionary;
Be it resolved that the Toronto Sustainable Food Co-operative prioritize requests from, seek out and work with other cooperatives, collectives, community organizations and organizers etc that focus on ongoing environmental issues, poverty, economic disparity, racism, colonization and others in order to actively confront the food system crisis as a whole.
Moved: Alexander Gopen
Whereas TSFC Bylaw 6.9 currently states:
The directors shall serve without remuneration, and shall not receive, directly or indirectly, any profit from their positions as directors, but may be paid reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties;
Be it resolved that Bylaw 6.9 be amended to read:
Although directors shall receive no monetary remuneration, each active board member is entitled to one complimentary meal equivalent to the amount of $5 from Harvest Noon cafe per week. This is only to be used by the director and is not cumulative. This is the only compensation directors receive excluding repayment of reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.