RPIRG News & Events


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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YOUR TIME HAS COME – Become an RPIRG Board Member

Spring is in the air, and so is election season! Beginning February 23-27 RPIRG will be accepting nominations for the 2015-16 Board of Directors!

The voting will take place in conjunction with the Student Union election that is happening March 16-19, 2015.

What does it mean to be on a board?      Would I be a good board member?    What is RPIRG? 

Election 2015 Poster

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Winter 2015 CRU Toolkit Workshops

Registration for the Winter Toolkit Workshops will now be taking place here on the RPIRG website! Click here to learn more about the new and informative workshops that are being offered this semester.

We would like to again thank our partners the Community Research Unit (CRU), Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC), and the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) for their continued efforts to make the Toolkit Workshops a success!

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Turn your apathy into action!

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Beginning Thursday January 22, RPIRG is creating space on campus to: talk about issues like border imperialism, the recent shootings in France and Ferguson, etc; offering training to further acceptance in the community and workplaces; and getting like minded people together! To see more details CLICK HERE! Join us!

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U-Pass petition a success!

Not only has the Regina Green Ride Transit Network received the necessary 700 signatures needed for their U-Pass petition, but additionally they have gained the support of University President Dr. Vianne Timmons and  Provost & VP Academic Thomas Chase! Journalism student, Lauren Neumann, was there to report the story:

U of R President in Favour of U-Pass

Lauren Neumann

On Nov. 27, the University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons signed a symbolic 701st signature to show her support for the U-Pass petition.

The petition has been in action since mid-October of this year, and reached its goal of 700 signatures earlier this week. Timmons’ signature was the cherry on top of a successful response from the university’s student body. She hopes that the pass goes through.

“It’s a wonderful initiative and it’s important for the environment,” said Timmons. She opts for environmentally-friendly ways of transportation whenever she can, and understands that parking is an issue at the university and that there has been a large drive towards sustainability around campus.

The current student city monthly bus passes are set to rise from $53 to $78 by 2017. Regina Green Ride Transit Network has been working on implementing the U-Pass, or Universal Bus Pass to subsidize the cost for all students through their tuition to $70-$90 per semester, and encourage ridership. For students living on campus, within a kilometre of campus, or commuters outside of city limits, there will be an option to apply for an opt-out.

“For students, to have that U-Pass, they will be more inclined to use the bus,” added Timmons, “(and) I think it’s an important part of the community.” She is taking into consideration ways to create a strategy to encourage staff, faculty and students to use public transportation. As far as further possible subsidization of the pass, she also noted that she is open to an approach by the University of Regina’s Student Union (URSU) to discuss a partnership on the U-Pass.

The petition is now to be presented to URSU, where a the Board of Directors will deliberate the ratification of the petition in order to allow U-Pass referendum to take place in February/March of 2015.

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