Thursday, May 26, 2016

OPIRG McMaster has chartered a bus to take people to the Grassy Narrows River Run Rally in Queen's Park, where people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in the river in the 1960’s. Join us as we demand justice for the people of Grassy Narrows and protection for the waters and forests that give life.

The bus will be making stops to pick people up in Six Nations and Hamilton.

Schedule for bus pick-ups:
9:15 - Six Nations Community Center
10:00 - McMaster University Student Center

4:45 - Bus leaving Toronto

Please email to register or if there are any questions. To guarantee a spot on the bus we are asking people register as there are a limited number of seats.

For more details about the Grassy Narrows River Run please see:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NOW HIRING: Fundraising Event Coordinator for SACHA

Job Posting - Contract Position

Posting Date: Friday May 13, 2016                                   Closing Date: Friday June 3, 2016
Duration of Contract: 10 months; approximately 20 hours per month

SACHA, the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area), seeks a qualified, dynamic woman to coordinate all aspects of our 13th annual Chocolate Fest & Silent Auction and our United Way workplace campaign.

Reporting to the Director, the Chocolate Fest Event Coordinator will fulfill the following responsibilities:
  • Working in conjunction with the Fundraising and Management Committees, coordinate all aspects of the 2017 Chocolate Fest and SACHA’s United Way workplace campaign. This includes liaising with vendors, sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and media.
  • Increase sponsorship support of Chocolate Fest
  • Organize silent auction
  • Coordinate donor recruitment and relations
  • Coordinate Fundraising Committee meetings (monthly June to December, weekly January and February)
  • Research and assist SACHA in accessing new funding
  • Maintain accurate documentation
Selection Criteria
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:
  • Previous event coordination experience in a non-profit setting
  • Ability to work within a feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), computer and problem-solving skills
  • Background in fund development preferred
Please submit letter and resume to:
SACHA Hiring Committee
75 MacNab St South, 3rd Floor
Hamilton ON L8P 3C1

We thank everyone in advance and advise that only those interviewed will be contacted.

As part of SACHA’s work against racism and other oppressions, we strive to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Women who are Indigenous, immigrant, refugee, lesbian, bisexual; women from racialized communities, women with disAbilities, and trans women are encouraged to apply.

Nature @ McMaster - Millers Grove Invasive Species Removal

OPIRG McMaster is proud to be supporting Nature @ McMaster with their upcoming event:

This Spring / Summer, McMaster Outdoor Rec along with various campus and community partners will be restoring a plot of forest by the Ravine Road Trailhead and making it into an outdoor classroom and picnic area. We will be working to remove much of the invasive species that litter the area currently so that the native plants that will be put in through the summer have a better chance of surviving ! We will be on our hands and knees removing buckthorn, invasive grasses and the dreaded garlic mustard. 

Saturday May 28, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Meet at Ravine Rd Trailhead behind the stadium here

Pizza Lunch will be provided!

Register at:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Call for Volunteers for the 2016 Summer Street Tree Project

The Street Tree Project is looking for summer volunteers to help with door-to-door canvassing to promote green space in Hamilton!

The Project

The OPIRG Street Tree Project aims to plant trees in areas of the city with poor air quality and minimal urban canopy. The city offers free trees to be planted on any property, but many people are unaware of this initiative. Now in its fourth year, the Street Tree Project uses door-to-door canvassing, events, and social media presence to encourage people to make requests for trees to be planted on their property.

This year, we will be focusing on the Landsdale, Gibson, and Stipley neighbourhoods of Hamilton. The project will last from mid May to early July.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Training: all volunteers must attend a training session prior to beginning any work.
Canvassing: volunteers will go door to door encouraging residents to place requests for trees on their property. Volunteers will be thoroughly trained and can expect to canvas in pairs.
Community events: volunteers are encouraged to join as at community events to raise awareness about the project.
Social media: there may be opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the project blog.

There is no minimum time commitment for volunteers, but you are encouraged to come out as often as possible.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Hannah Walters-Vida at

Twitter: @TREEs4sTREEts

Volunteers from 2015, getting more street trees where they are needed most!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Get more local food in grocery stores: help with an audit of Fortinos on Main West, May 24

Hello, my name is Adam, a political science student from McMaster, and I am currently running an advocacy campaign on local foods. One aspect of this campaign deals with identifying the number of local food products that the Fortinos grocery store on Main St. West carries.

The purpose of identifying the number of local foods that Fortinos carries is to build up a case that will be presented to corporate that is intended to sell them on the idea that Fortinos should highlight their selection of local food products with clear signage.

I am looking for volunteers that will come with me to Fortinos on Tuesday May 24th to go through the aisles and identify which foods come from Ontario and then to track these food products in a planner that will be provided.

I will be there from 9:00am -5:30 pm on Tuesday and if you can make it for the whole day that would great, but if you can only make for a part of the day that is perfectly fine as well. We will have a 45-minute lunch break at 12, in which free food will be provided for all volunteers. Also, all volunteers will be provided with a thank you letter that they can include in their resume.

If you are interested in food, local food, and sustainability this is a great volunteer opportunity. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me and if you would like to sign up to volunteer email me as well. My email is I am very excited to hear back from you!

(lost in the supermarket: the clash)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happy to introduce you to Hannah, our 2016 Street Tree project coordinator!

My name is Hannah Walters-Vida, and I am very excited to take on the role of the 2016 Street Tree Project Coordinator.

I was born in Vancouver, but spent most of my life in Toronto. I came to Hamilton two years ago to pursue my degree in McMaster University’s Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law program. I have been really enjoying getting to explore the city’s dynamic urban life as well as its incredible natural areas.

Throughout my time at McMaster, I have become involved with OPIRG through my work with Fossil Free McMaster and as a volunteer with CVA’s Learning and Fun program. I am very passionate about environmental and social justice issues, and strongly believe in community engagement.

I look forward to working with members of the Hamilton community to create a greener city. This project has the potential to generate long-lasting improvements for the city’s environment and community, and I cannot wait to get started!

Friday, May 06, 2016

LAL at Homegrown Hamilton

LAL is a Toronto-based electronic duo who have deep roots within the Canadian music scene with 18 years of performing and an expansive catalogue of innovative recordings to their credit.  Their musical style and lyrical content are largely informed by their ongoing support of social justice causes and art projects, with an emphasis on Queer and/or BIPOC issues.

The national tour in support of LAL’s latest album Find Safety, includes a live performance in the Hamilton area.

SHOW DATESaturday May 7 @ the Homegrown w/ Rae Spoon

For more information about LAL, see here, and for a listing of their full tour, see here.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

River Run for Grassy Narrows

OPIRG McMaster is sponsoring this upcoming event, hosted by the 2016 Grassy Narrows River Run Support Committee:

To all land defenders and people in struggle for indigenous liberation,

Please join us in Toronto on June 2nd, 2016 at noon at Queen's Park, for a rally to force Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to take action.

More than fifty years ago a paper mill in Dryden, Ontario began to dump murderous amounts of mercury into the Wabigoon River, upstream from the community of Asubpeechoseewagong (Grassy Narrows). This was one of many genocidal moments in the Canadian settler state's relationship with traditional Anishnaabe lands and people. The people of Grassy Narrows, and all the life that supports their traditional territories, have lived with the immense health effects of that crime ever since, with no responsibility taken on the part of the Ontario government that allowed that to happen.

There is new evidence that mercury levels in some areas are rising, which continues to brutally impact the residents of Grassy Narrows, especially young children. Grassy Narrows has always fiercely resisted colonization and genocide, defending the land for all of us, human and non-human. The community is known for having sustained the longest running blockade of illegal logging in Canadian history, and is now demanding that Ontario clean up the mercury it allowed to be dumped years ago. 

Join us in Toronto on June 2nd, 2016 at noon at Queen's Park, for a rally to force Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to take action. This will be the fourth River Run since 2010, which has seen mass actions (including hunger strikes) that have successfully asserted Grassy Narrows sovereignty. The River Run will be led by Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group, with an accompanying week of events from May 30th to June 3rd. We need your organization’s material support for these events -  get your people to the rally and other events, invite us to do workshops beforehand in your spaces, have your organization endorse the events, circulate this callout, and send urgently needed direct financial support through the online fundraiser .

You can also support River Run 2016 on Facebook by circulating the event page. If you would like to endorse River Run - or better, request a workshop! - please email:

See you in Toronto soon!

In solidarity, 
The 2016 Grassy Narrows River Run Support Committee