Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Loving OPIRG

Some brief updates on what OPIRG has been up to these (not so) quiet summer months:

STREET TREE PROJECT: Over 80 street tree requests in Crown Point Neighbourhood of Hamilton, thanks to our summer student staff Krista! A great partnership with the city of Hamilton's street tree programme means that OPIRG targets communities with higher than average poor air quality for a door to door campaign to sign people up for a free street tree.

Our 5th annual Alternative Welcome Week gets a new name: MAKING CONNECTIONS: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENT WEEK but keeps the theme of introducing McMaster students from all years to the exciting issues being addressed by other students in our volunteer working groups, as well as other campus and community groups. The week is being assembled by another summer student staff member: Madeleine: for now follow updates on twitter @ConnectionsWeek and check the events calendar.

A couple of our food-focused working groups have been active, FOOD NOT BOMBS! and FOOD FOR THOUGHT have both held events. Updates to come from them!

If you have any updates to share, feel free to comment below!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Talking Trees

OPIRG McMaster's Street Tree Coordinator Krista Kruja meeting with Bill Longley of the City Street Tree Program at the Locke Street cafe Democracy, to finalize data from this year's successful door-to-door campaign in the Crown Point neighbourhood. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Street View

 Volunteer Elisha (L) joined Street Tree coordinator Krista (R) at a special event in the Crown Point neighbourhood today celebrating the makeover of Belview Park. Elisha and Krista were there to see if anyone wanted to sign up for a free street tree for their front yard.

Find out more at Trees for Streets/Streets for Trees= sTREEts

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Hours

The OPIRG McMaster office is closing for the month of July for staff holidays. If you have Resource material to return, you have an automatic extension until we reopen August 4 at 10am to resume Monday to Thursday office hours 10am to 4:30pm.


Plenty of hard copies of the new issue of PIRGSPECTIVES (Spring/Summer 2014) in the wall rack outside the opirg office in the McMaster University Centre, room 229. Take a copy or two and pass them around at your favourite coffee shop!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


OPIRG McMaster's news and updates from our volunteers, working groups and community allies. Articles on:

  •  Mental Health by Alise deBie,
  • Self Care by Christina Vietinghoff,
  • Volunteer Experience by Jessica Benjak,
  • Street Tree Project by Krista Kruja,
  • Community Volunteer Action by Laura Crump,
  • Alternative Welcome Week 2014 by Madeleine Bondy,
  • Board Bio: Yuvreet Kaur by Margot Rosenberg,
  • Ankit Khirwadkar/resource database by Yuvreet Kaur,
  • Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation photos by Nina Chopra

And thanks to volunteer editors and proofreaders Jane Zhang, and Rebekah Roy, Layout by Nina Chopra.

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