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.

Bee Friendly

Monday, June 23, 2014

Improve Your Local Energy

Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Association for Renewable Energy (HARE) are looking for volunteers to help us bring an exciting new program to Hamilton.

The residential sector is responsible for 30% of Hamilton's energy use. Imagine the energy - and money - that could be saved if home energy upgrades were more accessible!

The good news? There is a way!

How? Through local improvement charges, or LICs. These are long term, low interest rate loans provided by the municipality and placed on your property tax bill. No payment upfront!

LICs are already available in the City of Toronto. We need public support to bring an LIC program for home energy efficiency projects to Hamilton to provide homeowners here with an opportunity to lower their utility bills too. We will be going door-to-door in mid July, sharing information with residents and encouraging them to contact their Ward Councillor to ask them to bring LICs for home energy retrofits to Hamilton.

Are you interested in volunteering? There will be a volunteer training session onSaturday, June 28th at 2-4pm at Laidlaw Memorial United Church (155 Ottawa Street North) to provide you with all of the details you need to help with our effort to promote energy conservation in Hamilton!

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Joy at or at (905) 549-0900
For more information about LICs and how they work visit:

1st time photo contest: got butterflies?

Urquhart Butterfly Garden 
Photo contest
July 5 – August 30

For the first time in its twenty-year history, Dundas Urquhart Butterfly Garden in Dundas will be hosting a competition for photographers this summer, beginning on July 5th. All entries must be taken from the paths of the Urquhart Butterfly Garden. Awards will include cash prizes and gift certificates. Prizes will be awarded in two divisions, youth under 18 and adults. There are four award categories:  

Butterflies & moths; 
Insects spiders, and 'bugs'; 
Birds and other wildlife;  
Plants and flowers. 

“The Urquhart Butterfly Garden has been a destination for photographers since the day it opened,” said Joanna Chapman, the UBG's founder and co-ordinator. “We see this competition as a way to celebrate the amazing work local photographers have done here and also would  like to encourage new photographers, young and old, to take part.   Young people particularly are urged to enter this competition, all that is required is a pair of sharp eyes.” Burlington Camera has generously supplied cameras which may be borrowed by anyone who may not have a suitable camera. 

Judges for the contest are:  Sandy Bell of the Hamilton Conservation Authority; Julie Bridger, of the Dundas Valley School of Art; and Cathie Coward, of the Hamilton Spectator.
 Judging will commence after the conclusion of the competition on August 30th. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday September 20th,  at a  celebration of the competition to be held at the Hamilton Airforce Association adjacent to the garden .There will be an exhibition of the photographs, at the Air Force Club, for 3 days prior to the award ceremony, and 3 days afterwards.

In this moment where the Monarch and many other butterfly species are threatened with extinction,  photography can be a powerful tool for raising awareness about these beautiful and important creatures.

Full contest instructions and rules, as well as more information about the garden, are available at

Media contact: 
Joanna Chapman