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SSMU REPORT CARDS: JOSE DíAZ – VP Finance and Operations

Vice-President Finance and Operations Jose Díaz began his term in the most difficult position of any of the executives. Tobias Silverstein, his predecessor, had resigned midway through his term, leaving the rest of the executives to handle his portfolio. Despite this initial disadvantage, Díaz stepped confidently into his position and has handled his portfolio well throughout the year.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: REBECCA DOOLEY – VP University Affairs

At this time last year, the Tribune voiced concerns with Students' Society Vice-President University Affairs Rebecca Dooley's lack of experience. Before her tenure as VP UA, she'd been Queer McGill's political action coordinator, which, the Tribune believed, was insufficient training for the portfolio.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: IVAN NEILSON – President

When Ivan Neilson was elected last year, the Tribune was confident that he would be a competent president. We thought his pragmatic nature would allow him to work effectively with the vice-presidents and build a good relationship with McGill's administration.
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SSMU Council votes to reinstate Choose Life’s club status

After a semester of meetings on the future of Choose Life - the controversial pro-life group whose club status was suspended last semester - the Students' Society Council officially reinstated the group's club status last Thursday. Choose Life's club status was suspended last year on November 12 in light of the conflicts surrounding the club's "Echoes of the Holocaust" event.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: ALEX BROWN – VP Internal

The Tribune applauds Alex Brown for her work with the VP Internal portfolio this year. Brown has been consistently visible and knowledgeable on Students' Society projects and events since September. Frosh is always a major undertaking for the vice-president internal, and Brown handled the year's opening event successfully, generating profits to support other SSMU endeavors.
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Women helping women

In 2011, Winnipeg is planning to open Manitoba's first birthing centre, where mothers can give birth in a less clinical atmosphere with the assistance of midwives, nurses, and doulas. While it's a step forward for natural births in the province, midwifery and natural births are still the minority among birthing practices in Canada.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: COUNCIL

SSMU's Legislative Council has had, by many accounts, a disappointing year. Although it's difficult to evaluate the performance of a body of this type, the Tribune feels that this year's Council deserves a below-average grade. Although there were some councillors who were proactive, well-informed, and contributed in a constructive manner to debates, there were too many councillors who seemed to revel in making mountains out of molehills, and speaking mainly to hear the sound of their own voices.
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