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.

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 php@opirgkingston.org.

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 viagra for sale.

PHPInterviewrRequests

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 generic viagra for more information. Check out buy viagra 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 hiring@opirgkingston.org and any questions or concerns can be sent to info@opirgkingston.org.

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 cheap viagra 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

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.

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.

Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets – October Edition

In continuing our series ‘Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets‘ OPIRG Kingston is proud to release the October poster and story, titled: Alfie Pierce.

You can find the story and the poster follow this link.

If you are curious about the People’s History Project or Archive, feel free to email info[at]opirgkingston.org our stop by our office at 51 Bader Lane.