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Archive for February, 2010
(St. Mary’s University, Halifax)“Greenwashing and Corporate Moral Motivation“3:30 PM
Goodspeed Theatre (Room 18), Edwards School of Business
This is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
More about the topic:
TITLE OF PROJECT: “Greenwashing” and Corporate Moral MotivationAUTHOR: Dr. Chris MacDonald Saint Mary’s UniversityABSTRACT: This project seeks to examine the moral category of “greenwashing”, and to enquire into normative issues related to the motives that corporations have for highlighting their environmental accomplishments. “Greenwashing” is the term applied to what is perceived to be dishonest representation of corporate environmental records. Corporate communications are typically labeled “greenwashing” when observers are skeptical about what is motivating either a) the environmental project or policy being publicized, or b) the corporation’s decision to publicize it. The current project seeks to apply the tools of Rational Choice Theory to illuminate the motivational structures behind a) corporate communications about environmental practices, and b) consumer and activist responses to such communications.
Registration for the Bridge City Boogie has opened up. Come join the Saskatoon Freethinker’s team.
Overheard last year—”I think they are atheists!”.
Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time
Select Register Now from above and pick the Team category that pertains to you. Then select your Team Name from the drop down box on the registration form. Continue through the registration process.
All participants must pick up race packages, timing chips, race number, and t-shirt during the Package Pick-up Saturday June 12 between 10am-3pm. Visit our website for more information. http://www.bridgecityboogie.ca
Boogie on Saskatoon!
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Team – Student Rates (18 years or younger)
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The next Secular Parenting Meeting is:
Mindfulness Parenting, Friday March 5th
7-10pm, Mayfair Library branch (602 – 33rd Street West)
As a parent, how do we survive the daily-ness of it all? How do we get past the guilt of our “bad mother” or “bad father” moments, and focus on the positives of parenting? This month we’ll discuss this post on mindfulness parenting from the Greater Good Institute, and we’ll swap stories about the good and ugly moments of parenting we’ve all been through.
As always, feel free to bring your kids, spouse, or anyone interested in the issues of secular parenting.
The U of S Freethought campus group is having a pub night Tuesday, Mar. 2
At Louis’ Pub. Come anytime after 7:00. Beer is $1.
Who can argue with the price of beer.
Nate Phelps will be in Calgary to give a talk on Sunday March 14th from 2-4:30 pm.
There is likely a group of people from Saskatoon going to Calgary for the talk. Leave a comment if you are interested.
Nate Phelps: An Atheist looks back on growing up in Westboro Baptist Church
“The Uncomfortable Grayness of Life”
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2010 Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm Location: UofC ICT102 Street: 880 Campus Place NW City/Town: Calgary, AB
Nate Phelps is one of the estranged children of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. Since Pastor Phelps began his latest assault on various segments of the world in 1991, Nate has been providing his perspective on the dark (or perhaps darker) side of Pastor Phelps.
Centre For Inquiry has invited Nate to Calgary to share his insights with the Calgary community. Knowing how groups like Westboro Baptist work is not only fascinating, but helpful in countering their message.
Westboro Baptist is famous for their “God Hates Fags” campaign and protesting of high profile funerals. Though based in the United States, WBC still attempts to influence Canadians, but they have been blocked at the border while traveling to protest funerals in our country.
Cost: $5, or free with CFI membership.
The third Vancouver Skepticamp is going to be help March 20. Skepticamps grew out the computer industry Barcamp concept. An alternative to going to expensive conferences, participants in the camps contribute in some way. Some become presenters, some help organize, some help cleanup. Everyone shares and everybody learns.
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Speakers: Anyone can volunteer to give a talk, but space is limited. Talks can be as short as 5 minutes, or as long as 20 minutes, but there’s always an opportunity for questions and audience interaction during and after each presentation. Register now and indicate your desire to give a presentation and your intended topic. Do you know an interesting speaker? Get them to register!
Admission: Free, but space is limited. Register now to guarantee your spot. Invite your skepti-curious friends and help promote skepticism.
via Terahertz blog
Professor Leslie Howe
Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan
“Olympic Sport: An Oxymoron?”
Wednesday, March 10th @ 7 pm
The Refinery (in the basement of St. James’s Church), 609 Dufferin Ave., at 12th St.
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & the College of Arts and Science
More information at: http://www.usask.ca/philosophy/
In a lawsuit, Larry Jones accuses the Board of serious financial neglect, claims his daughter misused charity funds including living in a $1.2 million dollar Los Angeles home on the charity’s dime, and that she engaged in illegal schemes to cover up unpaid taxes.
Larri Sue denies any wrongdoing. The board claims it’s her father who got caught taking bribes and kickbacks, awarded himself and his wife unauthorized pay raises and went so far as to bug the executive offices.
“Only 21-23 percent of your cash donations that people give actually go to program services,” Attkisson said.
“Fifty-four percent of cash is spent on TV, radio ads and direct mail,” Attkisson said.
Regarding efforts in Haiti, which is prominent on Feed the Children’s website:
Which brings us to Haiti. In online e-mail messages and on its Web site, “Feed the Children”, the chairty claimed it set up a base and was running a huge camp “providing medical relief for 12,000 people.”
CBS News decided to send a camera to the camp in Carrefour, west of Port-au-Prince, to see for ourselves.
We found the camp was set up by local monks and nuns, not “Feed the Children.”
Rachel Zelon, the “Feed the Children” worker we first saw at the camp in Carrefour, later contacted us to explain why the charity wasn’t feeding anyone there. She told us not one donation from “Feed the Children” ever reached her in Haiti.
What’s in a name? Our organizational name is similar to that of other charities, which sometimes causes confusion. We are an independent Canadian organization, overseen by a dedicated board of directors and are not affiliated with Feed The Children Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma USA, or its Canadian affiliate, FTC Canada, which recently began operations out of Guelph, ON.