March 2015 Members Meeting


*Update: the date of the Members Meeting has changed from February 26 to March 5*

The second Members Meeting of the Winter 2015 term will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 6-8pm in MC 4042 (free hot dinner served at 5:30pm).

Our Members Meetings are direct democracy in practice. During Members Meetings student and community members come together to make important decisions about what campaigns, projects and actions WPIRG takes on or supports with funding. It is a great opportunity to learn more about WPIRG, meet other campus organizers and of course take part in running the organization. For more information about how Members Meeting work and for minutes from past Members Meetings, click here.  

If you wish to submit a discussion item, motion or funding application to be considered at the Members Meeting, please do so by Monday, February 23, 11:59pm. You may email your item to The meeting agenda will be posted here after Monday, February 23.

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Email Alex Diceanu at if you have any questions.


Update and Message from Marilyn Boutilier

The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group would like to provide an update on Marilyn’s situation as well as pass along a message from Marilyn. On January 21 Marilyn and her union representatives met with Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources. At this meeting UW offered Marilyn a settlement in return for dropping the campaign and forgoing labour arbitration. Marilyn has since decided that taking the settlement is the best option for her and her family. While the details must remain confidential, Marilyn and us are confident that the settlement offered was due to the public support that all of you showed for Marilyn. In Marilyn’s words:

“Dear friends and supporters,

I would like to thank you all for your support and kind words during my ordeal with the university. It has meant the world to me and I will never forget the friends I have made over the years working at Browser’s and the people who came forward to help me. You all believed in me, and know in your hearts it was worth fighting for. I wish you all the best and will never forget! Yours truly,

Marilyn Boutilier”

WPIRG would also like to thank all of you for supporting Marilyn and signing our letter. Together we were able to make a difficult situation easier for Marilyn while raising important concerns about how our university handled this matter. And we now know that there is a campus community (with local community support) willing to speak together in the public interest on matters of concern on campus. This is something we can build on and that is no small achievement. We think student, staff and faculty working together have an important role to play at the University of Waterloo and we intend to keep on organizing! If you are interested in this kind of collaboration, please do get in touch.


Alex Diceanu, WPIRG Staff

on behalf of the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group

Office Closed for Reading Week

The WPIRG office will be closed from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20 during UW’s Reading Week. If you need to get in touch with us during this time, you may contact one of our staff or email us at

The office will open again on Monday, February 23, 11-5pm. Our office is located in room 4222 in the Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel College, 140 Westmount St. North.