And we are hiring for the summer!

OPIRG Kingston is happy to share that we will again be hiring two summer student positions through the Canada Summer Jobs program! Check out our two job postings and please share them widely!

The details for the Orientation Planning Coordinator can be found here. The details for the Social History Research Coordinator can be found here.

Interested applicants are expected to apply by 4pm on June 26 by sending a resume and cover letter to The positions are expected to start Tuesday July 4. For questions and clarification applicants should email

Schedule for Saturday March 18 – First Day of the Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right

Please find the full, utterly-and-totally-set schedule for the first day of our upcoming Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right

Accessibility details of Grant Hall can be found buy viagra. During the course of Saturday we will be provided free refreshments throughout the day (coffee, coffee, coffee, tea, delicious food snacks), if you have dietary requirements (we already have vegans and vegetarians covered) if you would be willing to send an email to we will ensure to provide.

Forum on the Rise of the ‘Alt Right’

Slowly, day by day, one meeting at a time, here at OPIRG we have been planning our next labour of love a Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right.

As a result we are excited to invite members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities, as well as organizers from across the province to our upcoming Forum on the Rise of the ‘Alt Right’ and their ever increasing work on our campuses and in our communities. This forum seeks to be a space where campus and community organizers from across the province share experiences, stories and tactics in challenging the rise of the so-called alt-right while also building the skills and analysis to contest their organizing.

Join us on Saturday March 18 (noon-6pm, Grant Hall at Queen’s University) while we focus on learning about how the alt-right is building their movement on a foundation white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. Further we will hear from campus and community organizers from across Ontario on how the alt-right is organizing, demonizing work for justice, and how progressive organizers are challenging their efforts.

On Sunday March 19 (930am-2pm, in Kingston Hall) the day will start with workshops, skill shares, and opportunities for in depth discussion about tactics and strategies for contesting the alt-right.

This forum is free and open to all. For more information, or to get involved, reach out to info[at]generic viagra Full forum details, including workshops, guest speakers, and all the sorts will be released in the next few days. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. If folks have any accessibility requests please send them along to info[at]

The Kingston-Temagami Action Group: Bringing the Fight for Temgami to Kingston

The urban forests of Kingston, our lawns and parks, would be cut down, and sold off all in an effort to lower taxes; or so said a notice printed on official government letterhead distributed to more than 2000 homes across Kingston in the winter of 1990. The notices were left in mailboxes and trees were tagged for removal. The province was too poor to let such valuable resources go untapped. The outrage was quick and furious and targeted to Kingston’s local MPP. The notice was actually an effort to draw attention to Teme-Augama Anishnabai who were fighting to protect their traditional and sacred land from clearcut logging and mining projects. They were the ones whose forests and sacred lands were being cut in an effort to balance the provincial budget. Actions like this one were common from 1989 to 1997 as environmentalists and activists in Kingston brought the struggle in Temagami to the streets in our community. The Kingston-Temagami Action Group for nearly ten years brought pressure to three different provincial governments. When Mike Harris and his Conservative government came to power in 1995, he was determined to ensure Temagami was open to mining and logging. Through dedicated organizing, like the action above, they ensured that never would happen. The action group, along with many others across the Province, forced the Harris government to abandon their pledge to develop Temagami. In 2002 the provincial government signed a treaty with the Teme-Augama Anishnabai ensuring that they controlled the future of Temagami and that the lands would not be clearcut or mined.

Find the full story here. Find the poster here.

Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality in Universities

OPIRG is extremely excited to release our first of the year Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality at Queen’s and in Post-Secondary Education.

With this Call for Research Proposals OPIRG is hoping to inspire and ignite a conversation, and action, about how we account for and address racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and all form of marginalization within our discussions and actions around mental health. Check out the full proposal, deadline, and suggested areas of discussion here.

OPIRG encourages all folks at Queen’s to consider applying; research is not something best left to academics and graduate students, it is something everyone should participate in. We strive to ensure that we root our research endeavours in the principles of community-based research. Further, OPIRG encourages collaborations between activists and academics, as well as between undergraduate and graduate students.

Any questions should be sent to



And that is a wrap for Alt Frosh 2016

And that was an awesome week!

With ten events over seven days, we’ve danced the night away, raised some funds, discussed and unpacked colonialism and the relationships between settlers and indigenous folks, talked about the importance of language, celebrated the work of feminism at Queen’s and planned for the work still not yet done.

Thank you to the amazing group of volunteers who tabled, shared, reached out, and help folks find out about this amazing week. Thank you to the great groups we worked with since July to make this week possible. And thank you to all those came out and made it such a tremendous success!

In January OPIRG will be hosting an open meeting to talk about how to can plan for Alt Frosh 2017, how we can continue to make the week an ever growing success, and to hear input and feedback! Keep tuned to fine out more details as the month approaches!

Welcome to Alt Frosh 2016!

It is finally here! After two months of planning, more than 10 campus clubs and groups (and a few community organization too) are proud to release the 2016 Alt Frosh Calendar!

This year’s events range from celebrating the work done, planning for the work that still needs to be addressed, and welcoming new folks to the work still unfolding.

The events are:

Feminist CookoutCome join organizers, activists, academics, feminists, and folks from all corners of the campus for a cookout in Breakwater Park – right on the lake just across from the Queen’s Residences!

Celebrate all the great work feminist organizations and organizers have brought to Queen’s and the Kingston communities while mourning the closing days of summer. Get a chance to meet some of the amazing feminist organizations on campus, mingle with soon to be new friends and enjoy some delicious foods. The food is free, and we strive to meet as many dietary restrictions as possible – there will be halal, vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and gluten free options available!

Time: 530-730pm
Location: Breakwater Park, right across from Queen’s residences.

What is Anarchism What is Anarchism? It may not be what you think it is! In this interactive workshop, members of AKA Autonomous Social Centre will discuss some key principles of anarchism. Together, we will explore how anarchism can apply in the here and now and what it has to do with some of our core values like freedom, justice and consent. All Welcome! No prior experience with Anarchism necessary! Bring your curiosity and questions! Refreshments provided. Childcare available upon request. Contact germinations(at) for questions, childcare, accessibility or other info.

Time: Tuesday September 13, 6:30pm
Location: Autonomous Social Centre, 75 Queen St, Unit 1 (up the ramp)

Choosing Inclusive Language: Building Relationships Across Difference –What’s in a word?  A label?  A name?  Words carry a history and power with them. Who uses what words and why can often go uninvestigated and create spaces where certain identities and voices are marginalized. The everyday choices we make around language can shape our resistance to injustice and build communities in which everyone is able to participate fully, equitably and with dignity.  Join OPIRG and the Queen’s Human Rights Office for a participatory workshop on language and power.

Time: Tuesday, September 13, 11am-1pm
Location: Mac-Corry B503

Blanket Exercise – This experiential workshop hosted by the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will have you “walking” in the shoes of Indigenous peoples prior to European contact. You will learn about the history of Indigenous peoples from their perspective and how contact impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. This workshop will bring an awareness to present day issues and how history has had an impact on those. An experience you will not regret or forget!!

Time: Wednesday September 14, 12-2pm
Location:  The Red Room, Kingston Hall

Screening Under the Stars: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things –Screening Under the Stars is free film screening jointly hosted by Reelout Arts Project and OPIRG. This year we will be screening ‘Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things’ a brand new documentary, directed by Queen’s alum Michael Yerxa, film just released.

Film description: As a small group in Nunavut prepare for a seminal LGBT Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

For folks who have never been to the Screening Room before, or would like to walk over as a group from Queen’s campus; we will be meeting at the Grey House (51 Bader Lane) at 8:30pm to head over jointly – the walk will be less than 20 minutes.

Time: Wednesday September 14, 9:15pm
Location: the Screening Room, 120 Princess Street

Take Back the Mic: featuring Niambi Leigh! Take Back the Mic is an open-performance space where we seek to give time and attention back to folks who have historically been kept away from the stage – queers, performers of colour, indigenous folks, people with disabilities, and so many others.

This event is being hosted by OPIRG and the AMS Social Issues Commission, and will feature Niambi Leigh: Born in Jamaica, Niambi Leigh is a Peterborough based poet whose work explores the intersectionality between race, gender and mental illnesses. Their work is lyrical, deeply felt and rooted in storytelling. Niambi is a poet who reminds you that even the act of breathing is an expression of strength. They are the current individual Peterborough slam champion, and went on to represent Peterborough at the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver in 2016. They are a three-time member of the Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, and traveled with the team to perform at the Canadian Festival of Spoken word in Victoria in 2014 and in Saskatoon in 2015 and Winnipeg in 2016, where they distinguished themselves as a poet on the rise.  

There will be coffee, tea, snacks and delicious food provided by the Tea Room!

Time: Thursday September 15 6:30-8:45pm
Location: the Tea Room, 45 Union Street in Beamish-Munro Hall

Friday Reading Group – RacismJoin in a passionate and engaging discussion with folks from across campus as we come together to read and share our thoughts in three different articles exploring and unpacking Islamophobia and racism. Coffee, tea and some snacks will be provided!

Time: Friday September 16 11-1pm
Location: Grey House Living Room

Soul Shakedown – Celebrate the return to Queen’s and dance the night away with some awesome music and beats from DJs EfE eMe (Latino), Tomatillo (Middle East Pop-Dance, Balkan Ska-Punk) and Inflated Powers (hip-hop, disco, electro, funk, dancehall, and oddities).

Soul Shakedown is a semi-regular show of sounds from across the world that helps raise funds for local causes – and this show’s cause is to help OPIRG Kingston raise some funds to pay some artists for our Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets Series!

Doors and music at 9pm. Admission is $8, $10 after 10:30pm

Time: Saturday September 17 from 9pm-2am
Location: the Grad Club, 168 Barrie Street

Really Really Free Market – A Really Really Free Market is a place where all things are free! Bring stuff to give away (not necessary), take stuff you need.

The “free market” benefits big corporations. The “really, really free market” benefits the rest of us. All are welcome, please invite your friends! Note: we encourage you to take home your items that are not taken if possible. For more information email

Time: Sunday September 18 from 12-3pm.

Location: Doug Fluhrer Park, at the north end of Wellington Street, rain location will be 75 Wellington Street

The People’s History Archive Is In Need of Folks With Some Stories

Our People’s History Project is in need for a few folks who have helped shape and make the histories of Kingston and Queen’s.

This summer the Project has been looking into the histories around:

– The Heritage Front organizing at Queen’s between 1994-1996
– The Anti-Racist Action Group challenging and resisting the Heritage Front at Queen’s and in Kingston between 1994-1996
– Folks who help resist the Temagami open mining and forestry during either the 1989 or 1996 efforts
– The Queen’s University Food Workers Strike of the early 90s
– The ‘Parking Ticket Service’ during 1999, and
– Efforts to divest from South African Apartheid at Queen’s University

If you, anyone you know, anyone you share coffee or tea with, or some random friend on Facebook, have any piece of these stories to share, please get in contact with

Contributions can take any shape; minutes, old posters, files, etc. However, we particularly like interviews with folks who helped make these stories of resistance and struggle.

The People’s History Project is a collection of the stories that often go untold in the Kingston and Queen’s communities. By collecting minutes, posters, interviews, and whatever form of history we can acquire, OPIRG strives to ensure that these stories are remembered and honoured in our community. For more information and some of our past work check out here.


OPIRG Kingston is Hiring! Orientation Planning Coordinator and Social History Research Coordinator

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce that we will be hiring two students for the upcoming summer! Applications are due, by email, on May 6 at 4pm.

The first will be continuing the work on the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series, check out the Social History Research Coordinator Job Description for more information. Check out here for more information about the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series.

The second will be laying the foundation and planning OPIRG Kingston’s Alt Frosh programming, check out the Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description for more information.

These positions are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program and OPIRG will be hiring pending funding approval. The Canada Summer Jobs program has certain eligibility requirements. The full list of requirements can be found at the bottom of each job description – we apologize to those who are ineligible.

All applications should be sent to and any questions or concerns can be sent to