taking action mcgill

Working for Transparency and Justice in the Rental Market – Munzer.ca
April 10, 2007, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Ideas, News, Taking Action

To the socially conscious members of Taking Action McGill:
Four U2 Undergrads at McGill have started a website http://www.munzer.ca, Montréal’s first online landlord ratings website. The goal is bringing transparency to the rental market by bridging the information gap between landlord and tenant. Users search for their landlord and view his/her ratings. Users can also post landlord ratings as well as anecdotal comments. Note that this service not only warns tenants about potential problem landlords, it also rewards landlords who have provided quality service.
Check landlord ratings at Munzer.ca, and please also fill out a landlord profile to enhance the service our website provides. By pooling our information we can improve the rental market in our city.
Munzer.ca Staff


The Buried Life – What do you want to do before you die?
April 6, 2007, 12:51 am
Filed under: Ideas, Taking Action

This group of four young gentlemen is on a mission to prove that anyone can do anything. This very simple premise is incredibly powerful in practice, and not too disimilar to our own beliefs at TakingActionMcGill. Everyone can make change for a better world and life if they simply, willingly, and without pretense take responsibility for their lives and actions. These guys at The Buried Life were a major inspiration for us and you should definitely check them out at theburiedlife.com. Watch their videos, read about their adventures and leave your list of things you want to do before you die, and they’ll try their darndest to help you out.
(Note from The Buried Life and TakingActionMcGill: don’t be afraid of throwing “Stop Global warming” or “Improve My Community” on your list)
Here’s a short trailer for your enjoyment

Shine A Light
April 5, 2007, 5:10 am
Filed under: Taking Action

A documentary made by two McGill students illuminating the human side of homelessness in Montreal. Definitely worth a look all the way through to the very strong ending. Here’s part one of four.

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Say ‘No’ to Publi-Sac: Junk-Mail Reduction Project (Post Your Postal Code Here!)
March 30, 2007, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Taking Action, Tips

publi-sac If you’re like us, your mailbox gets bombarded with unsolicited junk almost daily. Ads, flyers, leaflets, menus, catalogues etc. mostly printed in colour ink on high quality paper, and all of which you never look at other than to throw it into the recycling/waste bin.
900 000 Publi-Sacs are distributed weekly (more than 46million yearly) in their accompanying plastic bags. It costs the province of Quebec an estimated $1million a year to recycle all this junk-mail, which often arrives in the recycling bin straight from the mailbox un-read! And what’s more? According to our own McGill Marketing profs, unsolicited ads aren’t even an effective Marketing tool for many of the businesses who practice it. Considering most perpectives, these distributions are a waste and a nuissance.
If you’re of the rare coupon-cutting breed that finds these distributions useful, that’s fine, get your coupons and ads online http://www.publisac.ca. If you are of the mind that they are simply pollution and a bother there is an extremely simple way to reduce this waste and bother.
What you can do:
1) Get a sticker for your mailbox! We’ll be distributing stickers this week and next week at Bronfman so keep an eye out for us (we are Vaughn, Etienne and Phil)! Or go to your local “Eco-Quartier” to pick one up. To make your own, it needs to bear very close resemblance to the official city issued one that you can find at ungestesimple (you can also print this out if you want to), and be no less than 3.5 by 3.5cm, and no bigger than 6 by 6cm.
2) Stick it on your mailbox! You’re done; no more hassle, no more clutter, no more invasion of your space…
However, there is an IMPORTANT optional 3rd step:
3) Notify us of your postal code in the comments section of this post and we’ll contact Publi-Sac, through an alliance with Eco-Quartier Jeanne Mance, and tell them to actually stop printing packages for those on our list. You’ll also be entered into a draw on April 9th to win two meals at Lola Rosa’s restaurant on Milton and Lorne! We will contact you by email.

YOU’RE DONE!!! Tell a friend or your fellow apartment dwellers to do the same.
If you receive addressed advertising and want it to stop, register your name with the Canadian Marketing Association “Do Not Contact” Service

To find your ‘Eco-Quartier’ go to Ville de Montreal: Eco-Quartier

Publi-Sac: Useful or a Wasteful Nuisance?
March 30, 2007, 8:35 pm
Filed under: Dialogue

What do you guys think? Does anyone actually open up the pubi-sacs they receive and find them useful? do coupon-clippers still exist?
It’s pretty clear that our stance is that they’re a pain in the ass, and a very wasteful one at that. But we’re open-minded and want to get a less biased idea of how people feel about these things.

An Inconvenient Bag
March 29, 2007, 3:40 pm
Filed under: Ideas, News, Taking Action

Some inspiration for the rest of us.
These students took on a great initiative, got people involved in and aware about waste reduction, and they ended up learning a lot themselves as well.
If you want to learn more you can contact them at aninconvenientbag@gmail.com or you can find their group “An Inconvenient Bag” on Facebook.


From March 16-23 2006, we ran a contest where participants were required to keep track of everything they threw away and recycled on a provided log sheet. Two points were awarded to garbage items, and one point to recycled. Prizes were awarded for participation.

Prizes were all donated by local businesses and we did some fundraising for a $25 cash prize for the winner and $115 donated to the David Suzuki Foundation

The contest was hugely successful and helped raise awareness of responsible consumption. We would encourage anyone interested to run a similar contest, or even just take on such a challenge on their own. It’s a real eye-opener!

March 27, 2007, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Events, Ideas, News, Taking Action

What can you do to make a positive change regarding your use and recycling of batteries? Find out from one of our contributors on our Events/Initiatives Page or click here heavy metal.

GreenDrinks tonight from 5 to 7p at the Thompson House (3650 McTavish). Code Phrase: “Are you green?”
“Join us for free refreshments, drinks, music and interesting conversations on Wednesday at 6p onwards at the QPIRG office (3647 University St., 3rd Floor). Don’t be affaid: we are friendly!” from GreeningMcGill
learn more here at greeningmcgill or Your Events/Initiatives