February 2020

Monday 3

LPIRG Board of Directors Nomination Open

Location:

Nominations for the LPIRG Board of Directors are open Febuary 3rd and will close 5pm on February 24th. 
 
Nomination forms can be picked up at the LPIRG office, or by emailing pirg@uleth.ca
 
Mission Statement
LPIRG is a student-funded, student-directed, non-profit organization providing resources for students and community members to engage with environmental and social justice issue   LPIRG embraces plurality and participation, and encourages students to critically evaluate the institutions and systems in which they take part. LPIRG assists students in translating their knowledge through research, education, and action to serve public interest.
 
Board of Directors
Expectations for Board Members
1. Represent unconflicted loyalty to the interests of LPIRG and its members.
2. Avoid conflict of interest with respect to fiduciary responsibility. Fiduciary responsibility relates to holding a position of trust which requires an LPIRG Board member to act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the organization.
3. No Board member may exercise individual authority over staff or the society.
4. Deal with outside organizations or individuals, clients and staff, and with each other in a manner reflecting fair play, ethics and direct communication.
5. Help maintain friendly, positive working relationships with Board, staff and other volunteers.
6. Keep Board matters and issues discussed at meetings strictly confidential; never repeat any of this to family members or friends outside the organization.
7. Speak positively of the organization to the public.
 
Responsibilities of Individual Board Members
1. Know and support LPIRG’s mission statement.
2. Attend all board meetings and assigned committee meetings.
3. Read pre-meeting material before each meeting.
4. Be familiar with LPIRG’s policies.
5. Be familiar with the minutes of the board and committees that you are appointed to.
6. Know the functions of the board and its committees.
7. Know who is authorized to sign cheques.
8. Monitor the community’s response to LPIRG’s programs and services.
9. Participate in approving the annual budget, annual financial report, and periodic financial statements.
 
Responsibilities of the Board
1. Give the required notice for the Annual General Meeting
2. Notify the membership of any proposed bylaw changes.
3. Complete the annual incorporation filing requirements.
4. Review policies annually.
5. Maintain staff contracts.
6. Evaluate the staff.
7. Ensure that the membership has approved the annual financial statements.
8. Ensure that the board has purchased adequate insurance.
9. Ensure that committee reports are submitted in writing.
10. Ensure that board members have written job descriptions.
 
The Board of Directors will be elected pursanent to Bylaw 4a:
 
Bylaw 4 – Board of Directors
 
3. Terms of Office
a. Voting Directors
i. The term of office for Voting Board members shall normally be one (1) year – May 1 – April 30. The new Board shall take office on May 1st.
ii. Previous Voting Board Members shall retire upon entry of the new Voting Board Members into office.
iii. Voting Board Members shall not serve more than four (4) terms consecutively.
 
 

Wednesday 5
Text: Student Speaker Challenge 2020. Picture of a microphone.

Student Speaker Challenge 2020: Round One

Location: SUB Ballrooms

This year’s topic is: “What is the Cost of Public Education?”

Join the eight students selected, and hear their arguments around this year's topic.

Speakers are encouraged to build their speech around this topic, using any narrative and argument that fits their thesis. The first round featuring all eight speakers will be held February 5th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The second round featuring the top four speakers from the first round will be held February 12th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Eight students will be chosen to face off in two rounds, with cash awards going to the top three speakers.

The awards for speakers are:

1st place: $750.00

2nd place: $500.00

3rd place: $300.00

And a $50.00 bookstore gift certificate for the five participants who didn’t place.

This year’s Student Speaker Challenge is presented by the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, the Women’s Centre, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union, the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group.

Tuesday 11

LPIRG Social!

Location: Galileo's Student Lounge

Join the LPIRG Board of Directors at our social and learn more about the work that LPIRG does, and how you can be involved! 

When: February 11th, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Where: Galileo's Lounge

LPIRG believes that positive social change though citizen education and direct participation in the processes of public policy and program creation is possible. LPIRG believes that democratic
citizens have a responsibility to participate in educating themselves and others on social justice issues and to act on this education. LPIRG primarily focuses on sustainable development, inclusiveness and diversity in its activities. LPIRG believes that diversity in viewpoints must be respected and encouraged if strong communities are to be created.

LPIRG is a student-funded, studentdirected, not-for-profit organization providing resources for students to engage with environmental and social justice issues. LPIRG embraces plurality and participation, and encourages students to critically evaluate the institutions and systems in which they take part. LPIRG assists students in translating their knowledge through research, education, and action to serve public interest.

Nominations for the LPIRG Board of Directors open February 3rd and close February 24th. 

Wednesday 12

Student Speaker Challenge 2020: Round two!

Location: SUB Ballrooms

It's the final four! 

This year’s topic is: “What is the Cost of Public Education?”. Come listen to the top four speakers from the first round and cheer them one as they compete for cash prizes. 

The awards for speakers are:

1st place: $750.00

2nd place: $500.00

3rd place: $300.00

And a $50.00 bookstore gift certificate for the five participants who didn’t place.

This year’s Student Speaker Challenge is presented by the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, the Women’s Centre, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union, the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group.

Thursday 13

LPIRG presents: Climate Justice and a Green New Deal in Alberta

Location: Agility Innovation Zone, Science Commons Building, University of Lethbridge

What does Climate Justice look like? How relevant is a Green New Deal here in Alberta?

LPIRG presents a workshop led by Climate Justice Edmonton organizers Batul Gulamhusein and Emma Jackson. Together, we will discuss what Climate Justice means for our political and personal lives in Alberta - and what we can do right now to address the growing climate crisis.

This workshop will have light refreshments (feel free to bring your own snacks too!), is family friendly and accessible.

RSVP by clicking here. 

Questions? Concerns? Email us at pirg@uleth.ca.

About Climate Justice Edmonton:

Climate Justice Edmonton is a collective committed to social, environmental and climate justice. We seek to empower individuals and communities to take action on climate change, support Indigenous resistance, and challenge harmful corporate and political practices.

About Batul Gulamhusein:

Batul is a racialized settler from an immigrant family. Her family are settlers from unceded, stolen Maasai and Kikuyu territory in East Africa. Batul is a political organizer in amiskwaciwâskahikan and is passionate about addressing the roots of criminalization, building capacity in marginalized communities and supporting the decolonization work of Indigenous communities whose land she lives on.

About Emma Jackson:

Emma Jackson is a settler on Treaty 6 land, where she recently completed her MA in sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include feminist political economy, transnational migration, and geographies of resource extraction. Emma has a degree in geography from Mount Allison University, and over four years experience as a student organizer with the Canadian fossil fuel divestment movement. She was a research assistant at Parkland Institute for the SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project from September 2016 through December 2018.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Bussing to the U of L Bus Loop.

Paid Parking on campus.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring your own snacks, your family, your friends and any accessiability supports.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email: pirg@uleth.ca

phone: 403 332 5243

Monday 24

LPIRG Board of Directors Nomination Closes

Location:

Nominations for the LPIRG Board of Directors are open Febuary 3rd and will close 5pm on February 24th. 
 
Nomination forms can be picked up at the LPIRG office, or by emailing pirg@uleth.ca
 
Mission Statement
LPIRG is a student-funded, student-directed, non-profit organization providing resources for students and community members to engage with environmental and social justice issue   LPIRG embraces plurality and participation, and encourages students to critically evaluate the institutions and systems in which they take part. LPIRG assists students in translating their knowledge through research, education, and action to serve public interest.
 
Board of Directors
Expectations for Board Members
1. Represent unconflicted loyalty to the interests of LPIRG and its members.
2. Avoid conflict of interest with respect to fiduciary responsibility. Fiduciary responsibility relates to holding a position of trust which requires an LPIRG Board member to act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the organization.
3. No Board member may exercise individual authority over staff or the society.
4. Deal with outside organizations or individuals, clients and staff, and with each other in a manner reflecting fair play, ethics and direct communication.
5. Help maintain friendly, positive working relationships with Board, staff and other volunteers.
6. Keep Board matters and issues discussed at meetings strictly confidential; never repeat any of this to family members or friends outside the organization.
7. Speak positively of the organization to the public.
 
Responsibilities of Individual Board Members
1. Know and support LPIRG’s mission statement.
2. Attend all board meetings and assigned committee meetings.
3. Read pre-meeting material before each meeting.
4. Be familiar with LPIRG’s policies.
5. Be familiar with the minutes of the board and committees that you are appointed to.
6. Know the functions of the board and its committees.
7. Know who is authorized to sign cheques.
8. Monitor the community’s response to LPIRG’s programs and services.
9. Participate in approving the annual budget, annual financial report, and periodic financial statements.
 
Responsibilities of the Board
1. Give the required notice for the Annual General Meeting
2. Notify the membership of any proposed bylaw changes.
3. Complete the annual incorporation filing requirements.
4. Review policies annually.
5. Maintain staff contracts.
6. Evaluate the staff.
7. Ensure that the membership has approved the annual financial statements.
8. Ensure that the board has purchased adequate insurance.
9. Ensure that committee reports are submitted in writing.
10. Ensure that board members have written job descriptions.
 
The Board of Directors will be elected pursanent to Bylaw 4a:
 
Bylaw 4 – Board of Directors
 
3. Terms of Office
a. Voting Directors
i. The term of office for Voting Board members shall normally be one (1) year – May 1 – April 30. The new Board shall take office on May 1st.
ii. Previous Voting Board Members shall retire upon entry of the new Voting Board Members into office.
iii. Voting Board Members shall not serve more than four (4) terms consecutively.