RPIRG News & Events


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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Job Opportunity!! Student Researcher Needed!

Job Description: Living Wage Campaign Researcher

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), the Community Research Unit (CRU), and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) are working together to facilitate a community-based action research project with our local community.

RPIRG is a student run, student funded resource centre at the University of Regina committed to social and environmental justice.

The CRU is based out of the Faculty of Arts, and aims to connect community groups and University of Regina faculty and students through research, service-learning and other collaborative activities.

The SFL represents over 100,000 members, from 37 unions, and works for social and economic justice for their members and communities.

 

Project: Living Wage Campaign

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:  The student researcher will be working closely with university and community partners involved in a project to research and implement a Living Wage campaign on the University of Regina campus. The researchers primary responsibility will be to conduct a literature review regarding living wage campaigns on other Canadian campuses, as well as conducting campus wage mapping through semi-structured interviews and electronic surveys. This work will form the basis of a living wage campaign to be initiated at the University of Regina in Fall 2015.

Qualifications: Open to qualified University of Regina undergraduate or graduate students. Required skills include: strong research and written communication skills, the ability to work independently, good interpersonal skills and basic computer skills. Qualitative research skills, especially interviewing and survey design, are preferred. Interest in income equality issues, and the concept of a Living Wage is an asset.

**Please outline any applicable classes or experience you have in research methods and interviewing in your cover letter.

Schedule:  Approximately 30 hours a month (or a total of 150 hours) during the period of December 2014 – April 2015. Flexible start date!

Wage: Cupe 2419 Rates or a living wage ($16.42/hr), whichever is higher, will apply.  

To see the job posting CLICK HERE.

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested to:

Regina Public Interest Research Group

Email: info@rpirg.org

Deadline for Applications: December 12, 2014

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RPIRG AGM Agenda is here!

Along with Dr. Emily Eaton’s presentation “Into the Belly of the Boom” and a whack load of free pizza from the OWL here on campus, you can also see the wonderful things RPIRG has been up to this past year if you attend our AGM! We have attached a copy of the agenda here. Remember, if you are a student you are a member of RPIRG. See you all there!

AGM Agenda-Oct 24, 2014

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RPIRG Annual General Meeting ft. Dr Emily Eaton

RPIRG’s AGM will be taking place on October 24 from 11:30-1:00pm in the RIC Atrium here on campus!

Join us for free food over the lunch hour, as Dr. Emily Eaton presents “Into the Belly of the Boom”. This presentation looks at the recent oil boom in Saskatchewan and how it is re-shaping rural life in our province.

If you are interested in submitting a motion, these can be emailed to info@rpirg.org until October 17th!

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Fall FUNDING Deadlines are coming!

It’s not too late to apply for funding this semester! Click here for more information regarding the application criteria!

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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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