RPIRG News & Events


October is Sustainability Month!

October is Sustainability Month here on campus, and RPIRG has lots going on! To see what else is going on click here or visit the Facebook page.

The month will begin with a tabling fair, happening October 1 in the Riddell Centre, featuring varying sustainable groups from around the community. This will be a great chance to meet and talk with some of the groups working everyday for sustainable action!

Then on October 14, RPIRG will once again be hosting the Winter Cycling Workshop in partnership with Western Cycle and Bike Regina! This is the perfect chance to learn what it takes to cycle year round. Questions like: “What should I wear? How do I stay safe? and How do I equip my bike?” will all be answered during this time. After join the panel and find out what winter cycling is all about from a team of experienced panelists.

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October 24 marks the RPIRG Annual General Meeting with a special presentation by Dr. Emily Eaton and her “Into the Belly of the Boom” lecture.  — “Saskatchewan is now the second largest oil producing province in the country. Its recent oil boom involves experimenting with a wide range of unconventional, energy intensive and risky production. We explore how this boom is re shaping rural life and we reflect on opportunities for building rural-urban movements.

Wrapping up the month we are honored to welcome Dr. Vandana Shiva to the University of Regina on October 28th, as she challenges and motivates us with her sharp intellectual inquiry and courageous activism. She is an environmental and anti-globalization activitist and in November 2010 was named by Forbes magazine as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.

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Generating Momentum August 21-24

August is just around the corner and you know what that means! The 5th annual Generating Momentum leadership camp will be taking place. If you want to have a great time, meet a lot of new people, learn a whole bunch of new skills, and make a difference in your community, then this is the camp for you! There is still time to register, so DO IT!

If you are 18-29 and passionate about social and environmental justice then this is the place for you. Why not fit in one last summer camp before we become “adulty” and responsible right?

Click here to learn more and register!

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Genetically Engineered Foods Event JULY 30

 

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On July 30 at 7pm, RPIRG is excited to be hosting the Genetically Engineered Foods Tour as it aims to educate the public by discussing genetically engineered foods and how they shape our health and food systems and providing the Canadian public with an opportunity to discuss their concerns around GE foods from a scientific perspective.

The tour will feature a presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, who worked for 30 years as a soil biologist and genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada where he was head of a research group of 40 professional employees from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Vrain has also been the Vice President and President of national and international associations of soil biologists, and an Associate Editor of several scientific journals in Europe and the USA.

Dr. Vrain is now retired and owns a small organic herb farm on Vancouver Island where he teaches soil health. No longer a supporter of genetic engineering technology and alarmed by the avalanche of scientific studies out of Europe raising many concerns about the long-term safety of genetically engineered foods, Dr. Vrain is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the hazards of GE foods and their production.

 

Mr. Tony Mitra is a retired Marine Engineer, podcaster, videographer, blogger, citizen journalist, and food security activist. He is busy writing his first e-book of essays, Canada Under GMO Attack, and has been interviewing scientists and activists, such as Vandana Shiva, around the world about GE technology and Food Security for the better part of a decade. He will speak about action items you can engage in either independently, or by joining with others to create change.

For more info about the details of this event please see the poster below or visit our Facebook page here.

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Green Patch Coordinator position up for grabs!

RPIRG is now hiring for the Green Patch Coordinator position for the 2014 season! The garden has been planted, and needs a caregiver!

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

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 third season of the RPIRG Green Patch, the third garden in Regina’s Edible Campus project.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for garden 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 delivering or coordinating workshops and lessons for 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: June 14, 2014-October 3, 2014

Hours of Work: 20 hours per week with possibility of more hours up to 30/week

Application Deadline: June 11, 2014

For more information, please visit: http://rpirg.org/events-projects/reginas-edible-campus/

Email a CV/resume and cover letter to info[at]rpirg.org

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Generating Momentum Activist Leadership Training Camp!

GM Poster - 2014 (Medium)Registration is now open for the 5th annual Generating Momentum Camp: generatingmomentumcamp.wordpress.com

This 4-day, province-wide event held at Camp Easter Seal, located on Little Manitou Lake (near Watrous), has a focus on providing the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary for young leaders to make a difference in their communities. If you are 18 to 29 years of age and are passionate about social, global, and environmental justice, this camp is for you!

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Now Hiring Executive Director!

Executive Director

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is 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.

The ideal candidate would have ties to Regina’s activist community and experience working with non-profits. The Executive Director will work with a volunteer Board of Directors, and is accountable to them. Together they will establish and update the policies and direction of the organization on an ongoing basis. This will require an understanding of governance and campus life, and the flexibility to work with university students.

The successful candidate will have experience with the following:

  • Acting in a leadership role by providing organizational and board support to the volunteer student Board of Directors.
  • Facilitating regular board meetings and committee meetings, and participating fully in the consensus decision making process.
  • Managing day-to-day operations of the organization, including financial management and compliance with the Non-Profit Corporations Act.
  • Human Resources duties, including hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff.
  • Working with board and staff to allocate funds for student-led Working Groups and projects or events.
  • Acting as an ambassador for RPIRG, assuming an active role in RPIRG, campus, and community events, and coordinating board-run events such as an annual summer camp, workshops, and conferences.
  • Maintaining and strengthening relationships with all on-campus groups.
  • Participating in the public relations, outreach, and communication roles for the whole organization, including updating web content, being present at funded events, and working with the media.
  • Fostering student activism!

Qualified candidates will also possess the following:

  • A combination of appropriate education and applicable experience.
  • Self-motivation with the ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team member and to foster participation.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Computer skills (website management, Microsoft programs).

This position is permanent at 30-35 hours per week (negotiable). The salary range is $31,00-$38,000 per year based on qualifications and is accompanied by a benefits package.

Applications should be forwarded to info@rpirg.org with a resume and a cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5 p.m. The preferred start date is June 2, 2014, but this is negotiable.

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Welcome Tressa Nielsen, our new O & E Coordinator!

Tressa joined RPIRG May 1 as the new Outreach and Events Coordinator.

TressaI am in my fourth year of Social Work at the University of Regina and a member of the Social Work Student Society. I hope to one day work with seniors in the area of either palliative or end of life care. In addition to my schooling, I am also interested in enviromental justice, especially in the areas of sustainable housing and eating. My other passions are currently animals and yoga. I came from a family with five wonderful dogs and currently live with a betta fish and aquatic frog. I look forward to becoming involved with the RPIRG team and feel grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity!

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Hiring: Student Researcher!

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and Regina Green Ride Transit Network are working together to facilitate a community-based action research project with our local community. RPIRG is 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. Regina Green Ride Transit Network is a working group based at the University of Regina that exists to facilitate the increased usage of sustainable transportation in Regina.

Project: U-Pass Research Project

Typical Duties and Responsibilities: The student researcher will be working closely with university and community partners involved in discussion about bringing a Universal Bus Pass to the University of Regina. Partners involved in the project include the University of Regina Students Union, the City of Regina, and Regina Green Ride. Duties will include compiling information about the U-Pass program in other cities and creating a cost-recovery analysis and social return on investment forecast for a potential U-Pass program in Regina.

Qualifications: Open to qualified University of Regina undergraduate or graduate students. Required skills include strong research and written communication skills, experience or education in policy and financial analysis, the ability to work independently, good interpersonal skills and basic computer skills. Interest in transportation issues and experience working with community organizations is an asset. Travel in Regina may be required. The successful candidate is expected to attend a training course on Social Return on Investment from June 11-12, 2014.

Schedule: Approximately 10-15 hours/week during the period of May-August 2014. Start date of May 20, 2014.

Salary: Negotiable based on experience and student seniority.

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested to: info[at]rpirg.org, phone: 337-2420.

Deadline: May 2, 2014

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Summer Funding Round

Hit the ground running this fall with $$ and support for a project, event, or training!

If you have an idea for an event, project, or group that would work towards social and environmental justice initiatives, we can help! Any student can submit an application to hold an event, bring in a speaker, have a rally, throw a gala, go to a conference, host a workshop, or any number of things that promote a social or environmental justice issue.

You can find application forms and examples of successful applications here: www.rpirg.org/funding

The deadline for applications for the summer funding round is June 1.

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The Job You’ve Been Waiting For! RPIRG Hiring Outreach and Events Coordinator

Job Description: Outreach & Events Coordinator

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is 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.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular board meetings and committee meetings, by participating in the consensus decision making process, providing all relevant information to the board, including activity reports, and following up with board and staff to ensure the timely completion of tasks.
  • Event coordination: Organize, plan, promote, recruit and carry out all aspects of RPIRG’s events, including Welcome Week, Annual General Meetings, elections, conferences and campaigns.
  • Community relations/networking: Establish contacts and maintain communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness on issues of public interest.
  • Marketing to raise awareness of RPIRG student opportunities and events, including producing a monthly newsletter, ensuring board and staff attendance at funded events, creating and ordering PR materials, , and updating web content.
  • Work with board and staff to allocate funds for student-led working groups and projects. Support RPIRG working groups and all funded student projects.
  • Volunteer coordination: recruitment, retention and management of the organization’s volunteers.
  • Facilitating, ordering, and organization of the alternative library resources.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Public interest issues relevant to students and/or the community of Regina
  • Volunteer management, recruitment and retention
  • Event coordinating and management

Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work without supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design)
  • Interest in and willingness to work in a leadership role with student volunteers, using a consensus decision-making process

Contract Period: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015, with possibility for renewal.

Hours of Work: 20.0 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Reports to: Reports to and accepts direction from the Board of Directors and the Executive Director

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