December 19, 2015
The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group is pleased to announce that in less than 48 hours over 140 individuals have signed our letter calling for the University of Waterloo to reinstate recently-fired food service worker, Marilyn Boutilier. Our letter has been signed by a broad range of the UW community including staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, UW retirees and alumni. Community members from the Waterloo Region have also signed on.
The WPIRG Board of Directors invites all concerned members of the campus and local community to sign the public letter (below) seeking the reinstatement of Browser’s Cafe (DP library, University of Waterloo) worker Marilyn Boutilier.
In this week’s newsletter:
Minutes now available from the November 2014 Members Meeting.
Holiday Office Closure: December 22 – January 4.
Join the Cinema Politica announcement list.
Briarpatch Magazine call for submissions for May/June 2015 issue & Women’s Health Journalism $600 Grant.
Read the full newsletter here.
We are happy to announce that we have a new office on the UW campus in the newly-built Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel. Many thanks to Director Paul Heidebrecht and everyone at the CPA for making us part of this exciting new space on campus. We look forward in continuing our 40 plus years of social justice work at the University of Waterloo with our new partners!
The WPIRG Board of Directors
Update Contact Information:
Centre for Peace Advancement #4222
Conrad Grebel University College
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
Monday, November 17, 6pm
Environment Courtyard 1 (EV1 250)
Presented by Engineers Without Borders-UW and Waterloo 350 (WPIRG Action Group)
Community Energy Planning: Why climate activists should spend more time with engineers
What parts of society and science need to come together in the next few years to mitigate the climate crisis and build more resilient communities? Waterloo 350 and Engineers Without Borders- UW are proud to welcome Dr. Brad Bass back to campus present his research and action in the field of community energy planning. All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be provided.
About the presenter
Brad Bass is a researcher at the University of Toronto and Environment Canada. In 2007 he co-received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Bass’ research interests include effects of urbanization on environment, green infrastructure, modelling with fuzzy cognitive maps, ecological and socio-economic simulation with emergent computing, and community energy systems planning.
Last week, WPIRG shared a CBC radio interview with University of Waterloo professor, Dr. Idrisa Pandit, who criticized the expectation that Muslim-Canadian community organizations publicly condemn and apologize for any random act of violence supposedly associated with a Muslim individual. This interview followed a week of accusations and speculation in the Canadian press about the motivations, identity, and “terrorist” connections of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the lone gunman responsible for the events in Ottawa on October 22nd. It has since become clear that Zehaf-Bibeau was acting alone in this attack, that he suffered from mental illness, and that the attack is more appropriately discussed as a criminal act than as a terrorist one.