OPIRG November Update

What has OPIRG been up to lately? Read on to find out what we’ve been doing in the past few weeks.

Accessibility Research Opportunity: How is accessibility understood by those at Queen’s? How do we practice accessibility? Our latest call for proposals seeks to answer these questions and more. Applications are due November 30th. 

We Believe in a Campus Free of Sexual Violence: Campaign volunteers will be meeting this week to go over planning next steps for the campaign. So far, we’ve collected over 250 signatures. Free “We Believe” posters are available from the OPIRG office at any time during regular office hours– remember to get one for your office or room!

AMS Fall Referendum: Although we were successful in the referendum vote, the results have been tossed out (Queen’s Journal story here). We’ve been informed that we will be up on the ballot again in January. While this is disappointing news, we thank all of our volunteers for their hard work.

Kingston Community Garden Census: This research report is on its way to completion and we hope to have it ready for a Winter 2016 release. Stay tuned!

Fall 2015 Call for Research Proposals: Application and Implementation of Accessibility Principles at Queen’s University


OPIRG is excited to announce our first research grant of the 2015-2016 academic year: Application and Implementation of Accessibility Principles at Queen’s University.

This grant, eligible to Queen’s University students, seeks to fund research that examines how, we as a campus, understand accessibility and how we do, or don’t, practice an accessibility politic.

The Call for Proposals can be found here: Call for Research Proposals 2015

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, we encourage you to contact the OPIRG office either by email: info[at]opirgkingston.org or by phone: (613) 533 3189. Completed submissions are due November 30, and can be sent to info[at]opirgkingston.org.

OPIRG Supports Accountability and Transparency


Here at OPIRG, we greatly value accountability and fairness. In order to be transparent with where we’re spending student dollars, we’ve created an infographic just for the budget.

Our entire proposed 2016 – 2017 budget which was submitted for validation to the AMS elections team can also be found here. This will be the budget we are held accountable to and intend to follow if we are successful with the fee.


Support social and environmental justice! Our campaign continues

We’ve got more great shareable pictures that embody what OPIRG does and our values; check them out!

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In the interests of full transparency given that we are requesting an opt-out student fee, we are displaying our proposed budget which incorporates the AMS fee. The budget can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14iKyoOlvxnNuEVss9LQXulEaynwMqgGk4hjZO6B7Bkg/edit?usp=sharing. This is the same budget we submitted for validation to the Commission of Internal Affairs AMS Elections Team.

Thank you to all our friends and volunteers for your continued support!

And we are on the AMS Fall Referendum Ballot!

A huge thanks to our volunteers and all those who helped OPIRG make the AMS Fall Referendum!

Over the next week and a few days we are going to being getting all our supporters and folks out to help campaign and advocate for OPIRG.

If you are an undergraduate student at Queen’s or a member of the AMS (MBA or MD programs) you are eligible to vote in the referendum on the 3 and 4.

And to start off the campaign we have two simple infographics for everyone to understand why we are asking for a $3 fee and what an optional fee is!

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OPIRG’s vision for a campus free of sexual violence

Last Winter OPIRG Kingston funded two Queen’s University students to explore how we can build a campus free of sexual violence through education and prevention initiatives. Their research involved interviewing campus leaders from across the country; it involved engaging the leading research, both academic and lived. It is an amazing piece of original research.

Today we have the final draft. This report is to our guide to build a campus free of all forms of sexual violence. We Believe In A Campus Free Of Sexual Violence and we know how to build such a campus.

Join OPIRG in our campaign through signing up to volunteer with us, and we collectively can make lasting change. Click here to volunteer.


OPIRG Kingston is thrilled to release our latest research report from our Winter 2015 grant, Challenging Rape Culture in University Communities, and launch our newest campaign: We Believe In A Campus Free of Sexual Violence.

Our report launch event will be taking place on Tuesday October 20th in Wallace Hall (JDUC) from 5-7PM. We will be joined by guest speaker Julie Lalonde who will be speaking on sexual assault prevention and education.

Find the event on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1528266187464883/

Join us as we work towards making Queen’s the first university in Canada to eliminate rape culture. We believe in a campus free of sexual violence, and we know how to build that campus!

Call for new members for the Board of Directors of OPIRG Kingston

OPIRG Kingston is looking for two to three new undergraduate or graduate students to join our volunteer Board of Directors.

OPIRG Kingston is non-profit organization and the Board of Directors is the highest and most important governing body of the organization – responsible for direction, governance, strategic planning, and overseeing the affairs of the organization.

Find our call for members here: OPIRG Kingston Volunteer Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info[at]opirgkingston.org

And that’s a wrap for Alt-Frosh 2015!

And with our last event just finishing Alt Frosh 2015 has come to a close. Through 22 events with 16 campus and community partners Alt Frosh this year touched on critical and important issues facing Queen’s University and the Kingston Community.

We would like to extend a thank you to the amazing team of workshop facilitators and volunteers – this year’s Alt-Frosh would not have been amazing without you. We would also like to extend our appreciation for all the amazing folks who attend the workshops, presentations, and screenings. More than 300 people signed up through these events for our listserv and more than 100 expressed interested in volunteering with us – an awesome turnout!

Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce and present 2015 Alt Frosh! Find the whole calendar here.

All this work has been made possible with an awesome group of volunteers and supporters (and in case you would like to also lend a hand we will be having another volunteer orientation session, find out the details here).

Further OPIRG would like to extend a huge thank you to all our partners for making this possible: Continue reading “Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!”