Saturday, August 02, 2014

Spell Check: what do words say about us?

Recent Media Release 2014
2010 Almanac Ad 


Pre 2010 and 2010 (above) combined

Looking for clues about how OPIRG advertising word choices paint a picture of what we do: do these word cloud creations tell an accurate story? Are there descriptive words you would emphasis that aren't reflected here?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

5 reasons to volunteer for Making Connections Week @ Mac

Making Connections: OPIRG's Social Justice and Environment Week (September 8-12)
It's an exciting 5-day opportunity for Mac students and community members to get together, learn and have fun.

We need your help!

Here are 5 great reasons to volunteer your time

1. Learn about programs that are working to make a better world and a healthier planet!
2. Participate in more than 20 incredible events with everything from a bike to the Bay and a tour of farmers' markets to an evening of music for social change.
3. Meet some amazing people on campus and in Hamilton who are passionate about making a difference.
4. Discover Hamilton--- neighbourhoods and natural history.
5. Get you free, fabulous, ethically produced t-shirt from a local print studio!

It's only 5 days...and it's going to be a blast!

What you can do at Making Connections (formerly Alternative Welcome Week)

* Help out at our events and keep things running smoothly
* Welcome guest speakers and visitors
* Get a front row seat at all events
* Live tweet during sessions! (#opirgconnectionsweek)

Want to sign up or find out more?
Email Madeleine at by August 8.

Look forward to seeing you at Making Connections!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Loving OPIRG

Some brief updates on what OPIRG has been up to these (not so) quiet summer months:

STREET TREE PROJECT: Over 80 street tree requests in Crown Point Neighbourhood of Hamilton, thanks to our summer student staff Krista! A great partnership with the city of Hamilton's street tree programme means that OPIRG targets communities with higher than average poor air quality for a door to door campaign to sign people up for a free street tree.

Our 5th annual Alternative Welcome Week gets a new name: MAKING CONNECTIONS: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENT WEEK but keeps the theme of introducing McMaster students from all years to the exciting issues being addressed by other students in our volunteer working groups, as well as other campus and community groups. The week is being assembled by another summer student staff member: Madeleine: for now follow updates on twitter @ConnectionsWeek and check the events calendar.

A couple of our food-focused working groups have been active, FOOD NOT BOMBS! and FOOD FOR THOUGHT have both held events. Updates to come from them!

If you have any updates to share, feel free to comment below!

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!