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2110 Centre tries to resolve dispute

by admin November 3, 2009

2110 Centre tries to resolve dispute

by admin November 3, 2009

The Centre 2110 for Gender Advocacy held a Special General Meeting on Monday evening with the goal of resolving differences between certain 2110 board members and some of the centre’s staff members, who are seeking to recall them. The meeting was chaotic, taking over three hours to approve the agenda. The legality of calling a recall was disputed, the legality of board member by-elections were disputed, and even the legitimacy of the Quebec government was questioned.

At one point certain members called for the removal of a person whom they felt was being physically threatening towards them. The meeting’s facilitator, Jordan Arsenault, compromised and asked him to sit in a separate corner. At another point, the group voted on whether to hear attorney and Concordia teacher Patrice Blais’ opinion on the legality of a board recall, and then spent almost an hour arguing and voting over whether his opinion should be binding or not.

Arsenault expressed the general feeling of exasperation when members began questioning the purpose of the meeting. “There’s a lot of reasons why we came. Respect for one and other’s voices and opinions is one of them. But we don’t have to vote on that, thank God.”

As of press time, no decisions regarding the board’s fate had been taken.

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The Centre 2110 for Gender Advocacy held a Special General Meeting on Monday evening with the goal of resolving differences between certain 2110 board members and some of the centre’s staff members, who are seeking to recall them. The meeting was chaotic, taking over three hours to approve the agenda. The legality of calling a recall was disputed, the legality of board member by-elections were disputed, and even the legitimacy of the Quebec government was questioned.

At one point certain members called for the removal of a person whom they felt was being physically threatening towards them. The meeting’s facilitator, Jordan Arsenault, compromised and asked him to sit in a separate corner. At another point, the group voted on whether to hear attorney and Concordia teacher Patrice Blais’ opinion on the legality of a board recall, and then spent almost an hour arguing and voting over whether his opinion should be binding or not.

Arsenault expressed the general feeling of exasperation when members began questioning the purpose of the meeting. “There’s a lot of reasons why we came. Respect for one and other’s voices and opinions is one of them. But we don’t have to vote on that, thank God.”

As of press time, no decisions regarding the board’s fate had been taken.

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