RPIRG News & Events


RPIRG Wants YOU!

RPIRG is accepting applications for an open board member position! If you are interested email info@rpirg.org as soon as possible! To learn more about the RPIRG Board, CLICK HERE.

 

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Vote for the Green Patch!!

The RPIRG Green Patch is the running for a $15,000 grand prize through the Nature’s Path #GardenForGood Contest! This contest awards 3 gardens in the United States and 1 garden in Canada a prize to continue their work in making their communities a better place!

Help us get to the second round by voting for the Green Patch! You can vote once a day until July 6th. To vote CLICK HERE!

“If the Green Patch were to be the recipient of this award, the funds would be used to help us increase the production and scale of the Green Patch in order to match the need for quality produce donations to Carmichael, other soup kitchens in the city, and to the Campus Community Cupboard. This funding would allow us to greatly increase the output from the garden each year. If granted this award, we would: – Create and run food preservation programs and workshops – Make the garden more accessible by building wheelchair accessible beds – Implement a more efficient irrigation and water management system – Collaborate with the U of R’s Team Compost group to reduce overall food waste on campus – Create a consistent pest management system The Green Patch is an extremely valuable asset to the Regina community when it comes to providing high quality, organic food to those who can’t afford it”.

                                                            - RPIRG Green Patch 

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Summer Funding Round!!

Have a project that could use a little extra cash??? Well you’re in luck!! RPIRG is holding a special funding round! Send your application to info@rpirg.org before July 1st at midnight, for your opportunity to make your plans a reality!!

Check out our funding page for more info about eligibility! And if you have any further questions give us a shout!!

Funding Post

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Generating Momentum 2015 Registration is now OPEN!!

It’s the highlight of your summer, the event you’ve all been waiting for!!

Generating Momentum 2015 registration is now OPEN! Make sure to register before July 1st to get the early-bird registration fee of only $50! Also, be sure to check out the Facebook event for up-to-date notifications about the camp!

REGISTER HERE

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Summer Toolkit Workshop!!

You asked for it, and we listened! June 1st we are hosting a summer Toolkit Workshop focusing on research methods!

Description: Doing Research – Focus Groups and Other Methods

This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the role of research in your work with attention to focus groups as a research tool: what they are, why might you conduct one, how to analyse data and the advantages and disadvantages of the method. Participants will learn what sort of qualitative data can be gathered through focus groups and how to analyse and use it. Through interactive small-group activities, participants will apply the knowledge gained in the session and get hands on experience with the method.

Facilitator: Michelle Stewart

She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies where she teaches in the area of social justice and research methods.  Her current research investigates how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is understood in different groups that work on or are engaged with FASD. Michelle is also the Director of the Community Research Unit.  She is dedicated to community-engaged and publicly-available scholarship.

To register for this workshop CLICK HERE

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SAVE RPIRG #saveRPIRG

Students we need your help! We need you to attend the URSU Annual General Meeting that is happening on April 15! There is a motion that would change RPIRG’s fee from an opt-out, to an opt-in.

What does this mean? Essentially it will mean that RPIRG won’t have stable funding, and will need to spend all of our time trying to get students to opt-in to the fee, rather than spending our time fulfilling our mandate of promoting social and environmental justice.

This means that not only would we not have the time to organize our great events like Generating Momentum, Apathy into Action, winter cycling workshops etc; but we would also not have the funding to continue to run projects like our Green Patch garden and upcoming orchard. We also would not have the resources to provide funding each semester to various projects and events, or to our working groups like: SEARCH, Students for Mental Health and Wellness, Fruit for Thought, Regina Green Ride Transit, etc.

If you are a student, we need you to show your support for RPIRG by attending the URSU AGM on April 15th and voting against the motion. 

If you are a student who is attending the AGM, please sign the form below so we can keep track of how many RPIRG supports we will have at the AGM. (**only sign if you are a student!)

To learn more about the campaign, check out our Facebook event HERE.

Community members, faculty and staff can learn more HERE.

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Hiring Green Patch Coordinator

Are you looking for an awesome “outdoorsy” summer job?? Look no further!!!

Job Description: Green Patch Coordinator

The RPIRG Green Patch is a 5400 sq ft vegetable garden behind the Dr. John Archer Library at the U of R. It’s a source of sustainable, locally grown organic food – part of a campus movement for community engagement and sustainable development.

 

The Green Patch is run by the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), a student-run, student-funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, action and awareness in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the greater community. RPIRG has been in operation since 2007.
In partnership with Wascana Centre Authority, Facilities Management at the U of R, the Institute francais, and First Nations University of Canada, we are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to supervise and coordinate the fourth season of the RPIRG Green Patch.

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

Responsibilities:

  • Planning garden plot contents and leading spring planting.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting.
  • Ensuring the general maintenance of the garden, including following-up with volunteer work.
  • Supervising harvests, and coordinating distribution between volunteers and community partners.
  • Participating in steering committee meetings, as well as providing all relevant information to the steering committee, including bi-monthly activity reports.
  • Establishing contacts and maintaining communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness of the garden.
  • Developing and coordinating workshops and lessons on a variety of garden-related topics for university and community members, U of R classes, and campus organizations
  • Producing a post-harvest report with a summary of activities and recommendations for future years of the project.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Planting seasons and ideal growing conditions for various plants and vegetables in Saskatchewan
  • Organic garden upkeep and maintenance, including watering, weeding, pest management, etc.
  • Volunteer management, recruitment, and retention

Skills/Abilities:

  • Interest in, and willingness to work in a leadership role with student and community volunteers
  • Experience planting and harvesting a variety of plants and vegetables
  • Self-motivated, ability to work without supervision, while taking directions from a committee
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and willingness to raise awareness about the garden in various capacities

Contract Period: May 4, 2015 – October 2, 2015

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Remuneration: $15/hour

Application Deadline: April 13th, 2015 at 4pm. Applications can be emailed to info@rpirg.org

For more information, please visit: http://rpirg.org/events-projects-paren/rpirg-green-patch/

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Welcome New Board of Directors!

We are pleased to present you the 2015-2016 RPIRG Board of Directors! Give their bios a read here!! RPIRG couldn’t be more excited to begin a brand new year with this awesome, inspiring group of students!

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Check out our Board of Directors Candidates!!!

This year RPIRG will be holding a board election in conjunction with the Student Union elections! We’ve got a wonderful group of excited, talented students that need YOUR vote to be a part of the board! CLICK HERE to see a list of our candidates and learn a little bit about them.

And students, make sure to VOTE on UR Self Service between March 16-19, 2015! This is also the same spot to place your vote for the U-Pass!

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Be a Game-Changer this Election!

RPIRG has partnered with the Council of Canadians to bring the 2015 Game-Changers Tour to Regina!

“In 2011, nearly 2 out of 3 young people did not vote! If more young people vote in 2015, we can be the game-changers no one saw coming!” 

Join us March 5th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Education Rainbow Pit on campus to learn about the challenges, and opportunities of mobilizing youth for the 2015 federal election.

This election be a game changer… I WILL VOTE!

Check out the Facebook event HERE.

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