RPIRG News & Events


Hiring: Green Patch Coordinator

RPIRG is now hiring for the Green Patch Coordinator position for the 2014 season!

**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:

  • 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 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: May 1, 2013-October 4, 2013 with possibility of a few hours in April

Hours of Work: 20 hours per week with possibility of more hours

Application Deadline: March 24, 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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Nominations Open for RPIRG Board of Directors

RPIRG is having its Annual General Election!

We are now accepting nominations for Board of Director positions! The RPIRG Board of Directors is composed of 8 Student Members of RPIRG. It is the decision-making body of RPIRG, which makes all major decisions regarding finances, long-term goals, long-term viability of the organization, staffing, and funding applications.

For more information about RPIRG, and our Board of Directors, please visit our About Us pages.

Election Timeline:
Nominations Open: February 24 @ 9:00 a.m.
Nominations Close: March 9 @ 4:00 p.m.
Campaigning: March 10 – March 16
Online Voting: March 17 – 20

To run for our Board of Directors, please download and complete the election nomination form.

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Thought-provoking Public Events

RPIRG is organizing three exciting public events!

On February 7th, Gwynne Dyer, Canadian journalist and author, will be speaking at the University of Regina on the “Triumph of Violence”. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm at the Education Auditorium, ED 106. For more details visit the event Facebook page.

On February 14th, we are hosting a social movements and organizing panel: Revolution in the Time of Love at Bushwakker Brewpub at 7 pm. The panelists (Aidan Conway, Erica Lee, Leah Keiser, and Michelle Stewart) will discuss labour solidarity, and LGBTQ social movements immigration and refugee concerns. Check out the event Facebook page.

On February 15th, Beautiful Trouble trainers and seasoned activists, Tracey Mitchell and Morrigan Phillips, will share personal activism stories and inspire the university students and community members with new ideas of how to make positive changes in the local community. The presentation will take place at the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina at 7 pm. For more information on Beautiful Trouble and the presenters visit the event Facebook page.

All three events are free and open to the students and community members.

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Apathy into Action schedule is up!

The sessions for our 7th annual Apathy into Action conference have been finalized!

I’m really passionate about an issue – what are the first steps to becoming active and making a difference?

My landlord is treating me terribly. What can I do?

I’m keen on science, but I’m not a scientist. How can I contribute to the body of scientific knowledge?

How can I do creative fundraising for my organization or cause?

Answers to these and more questions are here!

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Save the Date! Apathy into Action in January

apathymegaphoneRPIRG’s annual social justice conference, Apathy into Action, takes place January 23-25, 2014. Free and open to the university community and members of the public, the conference will feature presentations on:

  • housing and renters’ rights
  • food sovereignty
  • University bus pass campaign
  • investigative techniques for citizens
  • social justice and religious allies

…And more! Also, on Saturday, we are offering two skill-building workshops: Anti-Oppression and Creative Fundraising.

Check our conference page for updates!

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RPIRG Has a New Outreach and Events Coordinator!

Welcome, Nikolina !

Nikolina Vracar is RPIRG’s new Outreach and Events Coordinator. She is a graduate student at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Her interests include housing and environmental sustainability. Nikolina has been an integral part of RPIRG working groups SEARCH and Fruit for Thought. She is an active volunteer on the campus and in the local community.

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Apathy into Action – Call for Proposals

Apathy into Action: Social Justice Conference

Call for Presentations: January 2014

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is excited to announce the 7th annual Apathy into Action, our social justice conference at the University of Regina. For the past six years, Apathy into Action has been providing a chance for students and community members to come together and learn about pressing social and environmental justice issues. This year, Apathy into Action will take place from Thursday January 23rd until Saturday January 25th, 2014.

We are pleased to announce an open call for presentations. We are looking for presentations for Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th; these presentations should focus on current social and environmental issues facing students and the larger Regina community.

On your application, please include:

  1. your name, field of study (if a student), contact information, and the topic you will be presenting about
  2. a brief background of the topic you would like to present and why this issue is important to Regina students and community members
  3. a rough outline of how your presentation will be organized, as well as the length of your presentation (presentations can be 30 mins, 50 mins, or 75 mins long)
  4. how this topic is related to RPIRG
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RPIRG Job Opportunity!

RPIRG is hiring for an Outreach and Events Coordinator. This part-time, student position is responsible for most of the event planning and communications we do. If you’re an enthusiastic, active person interested in working with progressive people, learning new skills, and contributing to your community, this may be for you! You can find the job posting at SaskJobs.

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Funding Available – Apply Soon!

Do you have an idea for a social/environmental justice project or event, some training you’d like to take, or group that you would like to start? We can help with some financial assistance! Our second fall funding deadline is approaching fast – November 1st. You can submit an application either online or in person. Questions? Email or stop by the office and we’d love to help make your idea a reality.

For more information about eligibility or about past funded efforts, please visit our Funding Page.

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RPIRG 2013 AGM

Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. in La Rotonde (LI 216)

RPIRG is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. in La Rotonde (LI 216) to provide information to our membership (U of R students and community members who have opted-in) about our past year’s activities.

Bridget Keating, RPIRG funding recipient, will speak about her research on art and decolonization. Our working groups will showcase their past year’s efforts. A meal will be provided!

A link to the proposed agenda can be found HERE. To make a submission regarding RPIRG’s activities, please contact the Board, in writing, at least fourteen days prior to the AGM.

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