Oct Emails Re: Meeting with CAMSR

[October 19th, 2015]

Dear Divest McGill,

I have asked the Secretary General to respond on my behalf.

Thank you for your message of October 18 and for letting us know who will be representing Divest McGill for at the CAMSR meeting. We look forward to discussing your proposal for an immediate freeze on additional fossil fuel investments. We will remind the CAMSR members to reread the 3 letters. We believe the presence of 15 members of Divest McGill already provides for a diversity of perspectives relevant to our goal of a broad ranging discussion on the issue of an immediate freeze, and do not see an advantage to having additional observers. As you know, CAMSR normally meets in Closed session.

Sincerely,

Stuart ‘Kip’ Cobbett,

Interim Chair, CAMSR

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[October 18th, 2015]

Mr. Cobbett,

We write to confirm our attendance at this week’s CAMSR meeting, which we are looking forward to. Between Divest McGill and McGill Faculty and Librarians for Divestment, we have taken time to narrow the list down to fifteen people attending to engage with you: Ellen Gillies, Victor Frankel, Jed Lenetsky, Joey Broda, Julianna Duholke, Chloé Laflamme, Emily Boytinck, Andrew Stein, Kristen Perry, Abby Craig, Evan Berry, Nina Scheer, Darin Barney, Shaun Lovejoy and Greg Mikkelson.

We have also had several McGill community members express interest in attending as observers. Thus, we would request that CAMSR confirm the number of seats that can be available for observers during the open part of the meeting, so that we can let them know.

Given the intensity of community support for divestment and the urgency of the climate crisis, a formal decision on a freeze on new fossil fuel investments is critical. We believe that you are ready for a vote on this matter, and that this vote should reasonably be taken at your meeting this Thursday, October 22nd. Our arguments in favour of a freeze on investments have already been laid out to you before and during Fossil Free Week; and so we would suggest that in advance of the meeting, all members of CAMSR re-read the 3 letters recently sent from Divest McGill and MFL4D regarding our request for an immediate freeze on fossil fuel investments. For your convenience, here are the links:

http://divestmcgill.com/fossil-freeze-sep-5-camsr-letter/

http://www.mcgillfacultyfordivestment.com/faculty-actions/

http://divestmcgill.com/letter-to-kip-cobbett-sep-21/

We would be very appreciative if everyone could come prepared for this discussion, as this will allow us all to be efficient with the time that has been allotted for consideration of this matter. We will begin with a short powerpoint, followed by a question period.

We appreciate you inviting us to this meeting, and look forward to hearing about the progress you’ve made, as well as your decision on a freeze on fossil fuel investments.

Sincerely,

Divest McGill

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[October 4th, 2015]

Mr. Cobbett,

Thank you for this invitation. It is good to hear back from you; given the urgency of this issue, we were rather disappointed that this discussion did not occur during Fossil Free Week. If an earlier date is not possible, Divest McGill members have expressed a broad interest in attending the October 22nd meeting. We will discuss this in person as a group and promptly respond in full with our decision.

In the meantime, we have attached the overview of Fossil Free Week that we have been circulating. We would appreciate this also being forwarded to all members of CAMSR so that the committee can gain a better sense of how community support for divestment at McGill has been growing throughout our campaign. For your convenience, it includes a compilation of the extensive media coverage, some photos of our events, and a few key numbers summarizing the week.

Since CAMSR has repeatedly stressed the need for further information in order to feel comfortable making a decision on fossil fuel divestment, we were surprised that none of the committee members took us up on our invitation to attend any of the week’s numerous events. Our professor teach-ins and open lectures, in which over 15 professors from 7 different faculties lectured on the issues at stake in the question of divestment, might have been particularly useful for your solicitation of expert opinions.

If you are serious about taking action, the time is now. We look forward to discussing how to move CAMSR to make a positive decision on divestment in the near future.

Divest McGill

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[October 2nd, 2015]

Dear Divest McGill,

As stated in my e-mail message to you of September 21 (sent by the Secretary General on my behalf, as is this message), your request for an immediate freeze on further fossil fuel investments will be on the agenda of the next CAMSR meeting on October 22. To assist the Committee in its discussion of the request, it would be helpful to hear from representatives of Divest McGill concerning the proposed freeze.

I am writing to invite you to choose spokespersons who are able to speak to the proposed freeze and who can attend a portion of this meeting beginning at 4:15 in Room 301 of the James Administration Building. Due to the capacity of the room I ask that you select up to 15 people to attend. We have set aside forty-five minutes for your presentation and questions from the Committee.

Please let me know, through the Secretary General, who will be in attendance on October 22, and whether you will require any audio visual support for your presentation. Also, please send a copy of your presentation and any materials in addition to your letters that you would like us to circulate to the Committee in advance of the meeting.

Sincerely,

Kip Cobbett,

Chair, CAMSR, and

Chair, Board of Governors