Monday, April 21, 2014

Fair Elections in Canada?

Bill C-23, the ironically named “Fair Elections” Act is a bill that will dangerously change how, and if, some Canadians can participate in our democracy. If passed, this act will see US style voter suppression imposed on Canadians and is clearly targeted youth and students, poor people, seniors, Aboriginal people and other marginalized groups.

The “Fair Elections Act” eliminates key provisions of our current election system – including vouching and voter ID cards – which could deprive as many as 520,000 Canadians of their right to vote. The Act will also muzzle Elections Canada, cancelling voter education and engagement programs like Student Vote.

A national day of action is planned for Saturday, April 26, 2014.

We will be rallying 1pm at the Federal Building, 55 Bay St N. Hamilton ON

There might be some rain - so bring umbrellas! 

Check out the facebook event:

Friday, April 11, 2014


Freeskool volunteers contributed for many years, thanks!
The OPIRG Board Working Group Interview Committee has recommended the following 12 New and Returning Working Groups for September 2014:


  • The Sustainable Happiness Circle
  • Breakfast Outreach Program


  • Threadwork
  • Changing Gears Collective
  • McMaster Initiative for Water
  • Food For Thought
  • Guatemalan Solidarity Working Group
  • Food Not Bombs (FNB) Hamilton
  • Fossil Free McMaster
  • Hamilton Urban Beekeepers (HUB)
  • McMaster First Nations Student Association
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative


And we say thanks for to the following groups for their contributions, some here for a short period, and some for multiple years, but all these groups leave having gone as far as they could, and made a difference along the way:
  • Adaptive Design Hamilton
  • Hamilton Freeskool!
  • Hamilton Students Community Initaitives
  • Hamiltonians for Migrant and Refugee Health
  • Radical Reading Storytelling Series
MORE DETAILS TO COME AT OPIRG.CA including descriptions and contact information. Current groups finish August 31/14.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Board of Directors 2014-2015

7/9 of the 2013-2014 OPIRG Board
Congratulations to the McMaster students and community members who were elected to serve on the OPIRG Board of Directors for the next year. We have always had great representation and input from students who volunteer to ensure OPIRG McMaster remains a vibrant place for student and community self-activity on issues of social justice and the environment. The Board is the brain, heart and soul of OPIRG. Thanks to everyone who stepped up!

Welcome new board members:

Sarah Adjekum
Zaynab Al-waadh
Diana Elborno
Cody Flomen
Peter Hutton
Esmonde Jamieson-Eckel
Mel Napeloni
Lindsay Stitt
Romita Sur

And welcome back to returning board members:
Kojo Damptey
Isabelle Dobronyi
Yuvreet Kaur
Sabeen Kazmi
Edward Lovo 
AiLi Wang

And finally, thanks to those who served so well this very intense year:
Alisha Sunderji
Janikka Blair Murray
Alexandra Epp

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This PIG is back in the game

The OPIRG Board of Directors is extending the deadline for Public Interest Grant applications until May 31, 2014. Great ideas for $1,000.00

Another Great Year for OPIRG McMaster! Scenes from our AGM!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


AGENDA: Annual General Meeting

Election Date
Date: April 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Room: MUSC 318
Facilitator: Isabelle Dobronyi
Minute Taker: Yuvreet Kaur
Food – 6:00 pm until 6:30 pm
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve minutes of the last AGM, April 4th, 2013
  • OPIRG review
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator Report – Randy Kay
  • Working Group reports (16 groups)
  • Volunteer awards – Randy to present
  • Public Interest Grant (PIG) – and the winner is….. Isabelle to update
  • OPIRG Summer Jobs
  • Discussion of Bylaw 5 and thoughts for the future
  • Presentation of Audited Statement for approval – Cecilia Irazuzta and Kojo Damptey
  • Motion to approve B.D. Hawkins Chartered Accountant as auditor for the financial year ending August, 2014
  • Presentation of Budget for September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015 for approval – Cecilia Irazuzta and Kojo Damptey
  • Introduction of Nominees for Board of Directors: 
  • Sarah Aberafi Adjekum
  • Zaynab Al-Waadh
  • Diana Elborno
  • Cody Flomen
  • Esmonde Jamieson-Eckel
  • Peter Hutton
  • Mel Napeloni
  • Lindsay Stitt
  • Romita Sur

Introduction of Returning Board Members: 
  • Kojo Damptey
  • Isabelle Dobronyi
  • Yuvreet Kaur
  • Sabeen Kazmi
  • Edward Lovoquintanilla

  • Motion to approve the list of nominees.
  • Meeting dates to be determined (meeting of the old and new board to pass on pearls of wisdom and first meeting of the new board)
  • Other business/announcements

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Volunteers Have a Howl in Cootes Paradise!