A paper circulated by OPIRG staff David Robertson and Terry Moore in 1976 began the debate calling for the restructuring of the organization more along the lines of the centralized US PIRG model.
During the late '70s, for instance, OPIRG was a strong supporter of the anti-nuclear movement and the Peterborough chapter was the home of the magazine Birch Bark Alliance, later named the Nuclear Free Press, which promoted alternatives to nuclear power.
OPIRG Waterloo left the provincial organization in 1979, renaming itself WPIRG, partly over its assertion that OPIRG should focus on research and education and not on organizing and action.
In the early '80s OPIRG members discussed long and hard the pros and cons of changing the decision making structure.
Twenty years ago, Paul McKay became an OPIRG Peterborough board member, and from there he launched what became the Nuclear free Press.
When I meet youth whose activism has been kick-started through OPIRG," he says, "I am usually amazed, impressed and relieved
2 David Robertson and Terry Moore, Public Interest Research: An Historical and Organizational Perspective, OPIRG 1st Annual Retreat (archived at WPIRG, Waterloo, Ontario: OPIRG, 1976).
3 OPIRG Provincial Board Minutes 1976-79 archived at WPIRG, Waterloo, Ontario.
Today's protest is the 26th demonstration organized by members of OPIRG Carleton.
She even went so far as to say she'd look for employment elsewhere, she was so disappointed," said Don Whiting from OPIRG Carleton.
Joining OPIRG and picketing meant for me the chance to set humans free from the grasp of the ideology of progress at any cost, a chance to set trees free from the grasp of corporate Canada," said Virginia Wolfe.