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!”

Last day to apply for OPIRG student summer jobs!

Today is the last day to apply for our two awesome student summer jobs! You can find the job descriptions here PHP Coordinator Job Description and here Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info[at]opirgkingston.org

Nomadic Massive in Kingston! To support the People’s History Project!

Montreal’s Nomadic Massive is making a special stop in Kingston May 8 at the Grad Club along with some of Kingston’s own DJs from Soul Shakedown. Check out the facebook event here.

This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows which can’t be missed.

Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles in French, Spanish, Arabic, English, and Haitian Creole.

DJs Seditious and Bluestockings will start the night with hip hop, neo soul, funk, afrobeat and more.

Come out for OPIRG’s PUSH-IT concert $10 at the door, doors open @9 show starts @10. All proceeds from the event go to support OPIRG Kingston’s Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets Poster Series! This event is made possible with the help of CFRC 101.9, the City of Kingston and the City of Kingston Arts Fund.

OPIRG Is Hiring – Summer 2015 Student Jobs Descriptions

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce that we will be hiring two students for the upcoming summer!

The first will be continuing the work on the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series, check out the People’s History Project 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.

As these positions are funded by the federal government they have 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.

Any applications, questions or concerns can be emailed to info@opirgkingston.org.

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is looking for Heritage Consultant

The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is seeking a Seed Bank Consultant to help them lay the administrative foundation for Kingston’s first Community Seed Bank.
The applications for this position are due April 30 at info@seedsgrowfood.org, any questions about the project or process can also be sent to info@seedsgrowfood.org.

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is Hiring!

One of our awesome working groups is hiring a part-time position for the upcoming growing season. Find more information about KASSI at seedsgrowfood.org  and find more details below:

Part-time Seed Gardener-Coordinator

April 13 to October 9, 2015

10 hours/week @ $15/hr

Background

Kingston and Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is starting a new public seed garden at the Lakeside Community Garden (LCG) in Kingston. This one-acre garden will grow agricultural vegetable seed for a community seed centre yet to be established. This garden is a significant first step in increasing public accessibility to open-pollinated heirloom varieties in the area.

Job Description:

The Garden Coordinator is the central, part-time position, for the creation, care and maintenance of the new-to-be-established seed garden. Layout, soil improvement, and preparation of the area will be key to the successful start of this project. The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring, caring for and reporting on the implementation of the Garden Plan.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee preparation of seed garden plot for spring planting; i.e. application of compost, and wood chips for pathways,
  2. Transplant, plant and maintain a diverse planting of plant species for soil improvement and seed; i.e. cultivate, weed, water, and harvest seed according to the garden plan (with the help of KASSI and volunteers),
  3. Represent KASSI and promote their mission,
  4. Coordinate volunteer work bees as required,
  5. Maintain good relations with LCG,
  6. Maintain equipment stored at LCG,
  7. Document activity including work record, photos, plant variety descriptors and final report (lessons learned and recommendations),
  8. Harvest, label, clean and inventory seed, and
  9. Assist with training and supporting seasonal gardeners and interns.

Qualifications:

  1. Two or more years of horticultural experience (i.e. backyard gardener, community garden experience, farming, or professional practice)
  2. Experience coordinating group activity.
  3. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  4. Physically fit.
  5. Knowledge of seed saving techniques.
  6. Flexibility in work hours.

To apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to cate.the.gardener@gmail.com by March 15, 2015.

OPIRG Winter 2015 Research Grants

In the continuation of a long tradition OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce the topics, and release of our call for research proposals, for our Winter 2015 Research Grants.

This year OPIRG will award two research grants, each of a value of $1000, in the areas of:
1. Challenging Rape Culture through Education and Prevention in University Communities, and
2. Assessing the Impact and Role of Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and other Community Greening Initiatives in Kingston Ontario

Applications for these grants are due 4pm March 6, 2015.

A key component to our mandate is to facilitate and inspire community and campus based research that expands and explores issues of social and environmental justice. Our Board of Directors selected these themes as the result of significant opportunities to use this research to inform our education and action initiatives in the upcoming future.

For more information regarding these grants, the application process, or the work we intend to inspire, feel free to contact us at info[at]opirgkingston.org

Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets – January Edition [trigger warning: sexual assault, violence, homophobia]

This months edition of the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets is out! Before we get much further however we just want to flag that this content could easily be triggering. Internally there was much discussion around acknowledging the past and what has happened, or eluding to what has been written without saying those awful words. In the end we determined it best to share the words but acknowledge their triggering capacity.

Check out the other Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets posters and stories by going here. Read the whole beautifully written story here Blue Light Campaign 1989.

the COMPLETE list of workshop descriptions and facilitators bios!

A little late, and missing maybe just one piece of information, but we are so excited to release the complete list of all workshops, their times, and who will be presenting them at our Fostering Campus and Community Movements Conference! Click here Workshop and Facilitator Descriptions for the complete document!

If you have any questions or concerns email info[at]opirgkingston.org and we will get back to you as quickly as possible!