Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"DECOLONIZING CONFERENCE" - Call for Submissions


SAVE THE DATENovember 3-5th, 2016 

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) invites submissions for the 2016 "Decolonizing Conference". The Decolonizing Conference is taking place at OISE/U of T from November 3-5th, 2016, with a pre-conference happening Nov. 2. We invite participation from Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Artists, and Activists to engage the central theme of the conference, and we offer a wide range of submission categories. 

Conference Theme | “Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance”  

Submission Categories 
1. Individual papers2. Individual posters3. Group poster sessions4. Group panel sessions5. Workshops (aimed at enhancing Undergraduate/Graduate Student learning)6. Other Critical Contributions: Arts-based Installations and Other New Media (Poetry, Songs, Dance, audio-based media such as podcasts, Visual media such as Film)

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Download the PDF of the Full Call for Abstracts online:

Register online: $50 Faculty and $25 Students

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tabling at Cootes to Escarpment enviro-fair in Dundas

The bicycle version of the OPIRG display
MPP McMeekin visited to show support

RBG's David Galbraith, with Dundas legend Joanna Chapman

Julie Gordon volunteered to staff our table
and make butterfly art-buttons
We had a great time networking with other environmental groups in air conditioned comfort of the airforce club in beautiful Dundas Ontario.

Our button maker was a big attraction, and it was great to have volunteer help from Julie to create buttons from magazine images.

We're happy to support the Cootes to Escarpment eco-park as they seek to secure lands to protect from development that would degrade the natural corridors and biodiversity.

Read more about the C2E park here:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

How OPIRG spent 100in1 Day in Hamilton: Free Street Trees!

Did you host or attend a 100in1 day event in Hamilton? Please share your experience with us!

Hannah, OPIRG's 2016 Street Tree Coordinator, spent time inviting people to re-envision their neighbourhood through an art project, OPIRG's contribution to the 100in1Day event in Hamilton.

You can read all about it on our Street Tree blog. The artistic results show a desire for more trees, yet some barriers to seeing the trees planted were brought up in conversation by participants.

Hannah and volunteers are ready to meet with any resident in Ward 3 neighbourhoods (Landsdale, Gibson, and Stipley, shown as green-shaded areas on this google map) to get you a free street tree.

You can contact Hannah at during the month of June.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Safely recycle your dead batteries?

In 2008, a former OPIRG McMaster working group (MacBRO) helped generate more attention to the idea of safe disposal of batteries on campus, and helped increase the number of places you can bring your dead batteries on campus by working with EOHSS to revise their policy.

You can drop them off in the marked buckets outside our Resource Centre in MUSC 229, or at the following campus locations:

  • A.N. Bournes Science Building (ABB) , Room B 166
  • Commons Building (Main Entrance/Service Desk, Room 129)
  • David Braley Centre (DBAC), Main Entrance/Joan Buddle Service Desk
  • Mary Keyes Residence (Main Entrance/Service Desk, Room 126)
  • MUSC (OPIRG Office, Room 229)
  • MUMC, Room 4N43
If you recycle your batteries somewhere else, on or off campus, please share the location with us in the comments. Help keep our landfills free of battery pollution!