Friday, May 22, 2015

OPIRG VIEWS - Wednesday and Thursday snapshots

Wednesday History and Science hike into west campus, that's our Randy Kay
talking about some of the changes to improve habitat
Custom sign created by students who showed up early for the hike! Thank you!
PLANNING: we want your ideas and input into upgrading our capacity to support volunteers,
come write on our door! Markers provided!

Changing the way we support students: clearing out under used, outdated, or
broken down books from our collection, volunteers welcome to help!
Planning: Robyn is organizing our Making Connections week, and is connecting
here with Sarah Jama of the Student Success Centre, collaborating on MACQUEST
PLANNING: OPIRG Podcasting? why not? would you be interested in volunteering to create
informative and fun podcasts on social justice and environmental issues?

Just some stuff we are getting up to this spring/summer: feel free to join in! Got a great idea? let us know!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Volunteers for trail survey

We are looking for volunteers to help out with an exciting project taking off June 21 2015. The Hamilton-Burlington Trails Council (HBTC) is conducting a survey of local trail users. This survey aims to gather information on trail use patterns, user demographics as well as community input on the local trails. Ultimately, this information will be used to assist in the development and planning of an effective trail and urban greenway network.

For volunteers, the opportunity would involve traveling to survey locations in the Hamilton-Burlington area where they will perform trail surveys. Volunteers will always work in teams of 2. One volunteer will record observable traits of passing trail users (mode of transportation, gender, etc...) while the other will invite trail users to complete a 10-mintue trail survey questionnaire. The time commitment from volunteers will be approximately 2 hours per week or every other week, as volunteers are available. Volunteers will be fully informed about the project and trained during one of our two volunteer training days on June 13 and June 17.

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information on the project, please contact the survey coordinator, Alex Farquharson, at

For more information on the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council, please visit

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PIRG talks

Call out!
OPIRG + TED talks = PIRG talks
Students and community members interested in receiving funding to put plans into action around social justice and environmental issues are invited to participate in this brand new event. If your group or idea is in line with OPIRG's philosophy, you can register to present a 5 minute PIRG talk and be eligible to obtain a grant.
It's a great opportunity to gain interest, volunteers and momentum for your cause.
  • Create a five minute PIRG talk to pitch your issue/project/brilliant idea
  • Audience votes
  • First place $750 and second place $250 towards project
  • Winners will create proposal for final commitment and funding approval
  • Go forth and change the world
Register with

Search for OPIRG McMaster on Facebook and check out the PIRG talks event at Making Connections: OPIRG's Social Justice and Environment week (coming soon…)

Come check out PIRG talks as an audience member and cast your vote.

Tuesday September 15 2015 4:30-6:30 pm 
location: TBA

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Volunteer with Hamilton Street Tree Project!

After another successful year at Crown Point with 83 tree requests, the Street Tree Project will be heading to the Gibson neighbourhood to paint another great neighbourhood green!

If you would like to get involved this year in making a positive impact for Hamilton communities while meeting some wonderful residents in the Gibson area, contact us via email (, phone (905-525-9140 ext. 26026), or by coming in to the OPIRG resource centre (MUSC 229)

How to get lucky

To be lucky, in short, is to be open, adaptive, flexible, receptive to the new, relaxed and awake, so you can see the opportunities when they arrive and then act on them without hesitation, doubt or fear

McMaster Lot M: lots of "luck" so far results in this parking lot being de-paved

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Africa Called, Cuba Answered

The Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba proudly Presents:

Africa Called, Cuba Answered
Cuba’s Critical Contribution to the Fight against Ebola
Featuring Dr. José de Jesús Portilla García

Wednesday May 27 @630pm
URBIS 267 King St East (formerly Volunteer Hamilton)
Venue is wheelchair accessible

Free event/donations accepted
All funds raised go to CNC's Cuba for West Africa Fund

The Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba is pleased to welcome Dr. José de Jesús Portilla García to McMaster Campus on Thursday May 28.  Dr. Portilla Garcia is taking part in a nation-wide tour organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) to discuss the invaluable contribution of the Cuban medical brigades to the global fight against Ebola in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

 Standing side-by-side with the peoples of West Africa, more than 450 Cuban doctors and nurses – chosen from more than 15,000 volunteers - went to West Africa and joined the struggle against Ebola. The Cuban medical mission was by far the largest sent by any country.

Internationally recognized for their unique and successful model of medical internationalism, with tens of thousands of medical personnel stationed around the globe, Cuba has been at the forefront of disaster medical relief for decades. Always the first to send the most when disaster strikes, including to Indonesia, following the Tsunami and to Haiti and Pakistan following the earthquakes, Cuba consistently punches above its weight when it comes to medical relief work.  Come to see why Cuba’s unique medical brigades are renowned worldwide for their contribution to global health and friendship between nations.

About Dr. Portilla Garcia: Dr. Portilla García has considerable experience in and knowledge of Cuba's medical internationalist missions across the globe. He has had a distinguished career. Highlights include: chief of Cuban medical personnel during Cuba's internationalist mission in the former Republic of Congo; head of PCC’s Department of Heath for the province of Havana and director of the Department of Bilateral Collaboration in the Ministry of Public Health.  Dr. García Portilla also represents Cuba at various international conferences and gatherings.

The HFAC in coordination with the McMaster Michael DeGroote School of Medicine's Global Health Committe and Infectious Diseases Interest Group is hosting a special session for health care students and professionals on Thursday May 28. For more information on this, please contact us directly

Join us!  For more information or to get involved contact

Making Connections with Robyn Ocean

Robyn Ocean is coordinating the 2015 Making Connections: OPIRG's Social Justice and Environment week. The theme this year is "Put the Social back in Social Justice". BOOM!

"Life is for the living and we can find ways to enjoy and revel in each moment. Being happy is a great thorn in the side of industrial capitalism. Our own bodies, mental space and emotional well being are great sites of resistance. These are the places that we can make the most change because it is within our hands and hearts. Of course acknowledging power and privilege, some have more access to the resources necessary to make changes. Working in solidarity and building relationships as allies, as survivors, as activists, we can support the liberation of all.

We hope to see you at this year's Making Connections events that will engage topics such as colonization, body acceptance, food security, WOMEN and more."