Win a daily coffee at HotBlack!

Here's your chance to win a HotBlack gift card (win one coffee, or any other made-in-house non-alcoholic beverage, per day for a month at HotBlack 245 Queen St. W.).

All you have to do is:

  • Take the quiz (hint: you'll find some of the answers in the staff portal: myOCADU
  • Email your answers to ccrosbie@ocadu.ca before February 15.

Win a HotBlack gift card!

Whether you prefer pad thai, poutine or pastrami, you probably have a favourite place to grab lunch in our OCAD U neighbourhood. We thought we’d post some of your recommendations on our staff/faculty portal, since word-of-mouth is often our most reliable source when it comes to food.


Avery Kua's poster for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The poster includes the text "buildings kill birds."
Posters up in the store
Patagonia store manager Andrea Reeks with OCAD U President Sara Diamond.

First-year design student Avery Kua, and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) are the winners of the Patagonia poster competition, Colours for Conservation. FLAP receives a $1000 grant, and Kua takes home a new winter coat from Patagonia.

As part of the competition, 70 first-year students from OCAD U Design instructor Linda Montgomery’s Colours in Context course chose a community environmental organization to feature and created a colourful poster for it. After launching with an exhibition opening on December 5, the posters were on display at the Patagonia Toronto store on King Street West throughout the busy holiday shopping season. Exhibition attendees and customers voted on their favourite posters, and Kua’s poster was selected on December 31 as the people’s choice.

The poster competition was developed by Montgomery together with Andrea Reekes, store manager, and Blaine Van Bruggen, media relations, at Patagonia Toronto as a partnership project. Reekes and Van Bruggen got in touch with Montgomery after talking to contacts at Stop the Mega Quarry, who worked with Montgomery on a design competition last year. The Patagonia team wanted to draw attention to the local environmental causes it supports and suggested organizations the students could work with. Montgomery developed the Colours for Conservation concept, which other Patagonia stores are now talking about incorporating into their community environmental activities.

The overall goal of the competition was to inspire young designers and illustrators to use their talents to communicate urgent environmental issues. “The students have been fantastic,” says Reekes. “We got to go into their classes and talk to them about the organizations and they were so interested in community conservation and sustainability.”

Of course a significant part of the competition was applying the colour theory the students were learning into practice. “Ecological colour research played a key role in this project,” says Montgomery. “It was a natural extension of what the students were learning in class, and at the same time it was an excellent way to connect them to organizations in the community as ecological ambassadors.” Montgomery, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an illustrator to her role, also walked the students through the process of contacting an organization, learning about it and working on a design concept step-by-step.

In addition to FLAP, the student work represented a wide range of groups, including Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Not Far From the Tree, The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Project Canoe, Fresh City Farms, and Lake Ontario Waterkeepers.

The posters will be on view again at the Green Living Show in April, as well as the Brickworks in May.

LTPB: WouldURather Contest

LTPB: WouldURather Contest
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 5:00am to Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:00am

Leave the Pack Behind is beginning registration for its annual WouldURather contest, open to all students—even non-smokers!

December 1, 2013 to January 26, 2014

Contest runs:
January 27 to March 10, 2014

Students are able to register for the contest in one of four categories:

1. QUIT FOR GOOD (smokers who want to quit completely).
2. PARTY WITHOUT THE SMOKE (smokers who want to remove the association between alcohol and smoking).
3. KEEP THE COUNT (for students who want to cut back).
4. DON’T START TO WIN (for non-smokers or ex-smokers to stay smoke free).

Students who register will participate for six weeks during winter semester.

Winners could win up to $2500 from LTPB's head office as well as some OCAD U-specific prizes!

Watch the OCAD U lobby for two upcoming LTPB Outreach events: December 4 and December 5 (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) for more information or to register.

LTPB is a health resource for campus students to access FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Through collaboration with OCAD U’s Health & Wellness Centre, we provide students with cessation counseling and NRT to help them stay or become smoke-free. We run social events to promote and facilitate activities in which students do not feel compelled to smoke. We are also working to develop a smoking policy on campus.

Venue & Address: 
Campus-wide 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario