Archive for August, 2010

Skeptics In The Pub

Posted in Event, Skeptic on August 20, 2010 by saskskeptic

Skeptics In the Pub
Wednesday Aug. 25

Any time between 7:30 to 11:30

Hose Brew Pub
612 11th St E
Saskatoon, SK S7N0G3
(306) 477-3473


The Saskatchewan government plans to fund research into an uncertain MS treatment.

The Saskatchewan government plans to fund research into an uncertain MS treatment.

Should the government be diverting funds into such research?

What you missed at Camp Hoodoo.

What you missed at the Chris diCarlo, We Are All African lecture.


Governor General Talk At The U of S

Posted in lecture on August 20, 2010 by saskskeptic

Michaëlle Jean will be giving a talk at the U of S titled “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” August 24.   Go early it is likely to be crowed.

The University of Saskatchewan is pleased to welcome Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Canada’s 27th Governor General, to our campus on August 24.

Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean will give a talk entitled “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights,” followed by a panel discussion featuring several members from the University of Saskatchewan community. You are invited to attend this event which is taking place in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010Doors open at 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. – noon
Convocation Hall, College Building
107 Administration Place

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Saskatoon Freethinkers Meetup

Posted in Event, news on August 17, 2010 by saskskeptic

The next Saskatoon Freethinker’s meetup is Sunday Aug. 22.

906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8

Civil Rights in Public Education

As you know, Canada has a separate school system run in the name of the Catholic religion. At this meet-up, we will be examining questions concerning religious-based education and public funding for religion.

Mainly, we will be taking a look at part of a CFI Ontario Panel Discussion on the subject. Here is the video on CFI’s You-tube channel (for those who just can’t wait!).

Cafe Inquiry Public Funding of Religious Groups

Another video with Justin Trottier on this issue:

Justin Trottier-end public funds to religious schools

Here also is an article on the subject from the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Separate Schools — The Canadian Encyclopedia

And several websites mainly focused on the Ontario dispute over separate schools from a few years ago, but with resources worth checking out:

One School System Network

Education Equality in Ontario

Philosophy in the Community-The New Atheists: Threat or Menace?

Posted in Event, Feed Your Brain, lecture on August 17, 2010 by saskskeptic

The next Philosophy in the Community will be Sept. 8 at the Refinery.

George Williamson to speak in the Philosophy in the Community series.

The Refinery
St. James Church Basement
609 Dufferin Avenue
(at 12th Street, just off Broadway)

The so-called “New Atheists” have been a media and publishing phenomenon since their appearance in the years following 9/11 and have provoked a considerably hostile reaction, not only among the religious but among other atheists as well. They have been accused of being offensive, dogmatic, intolerant and counter-productive. But what really is ‘new’ about the New Atheists? And what have they done to deserve the hostility directed their way? Why do other atheists attack them? Ultimately, is the New Atheism a positive development or will it just make things worse?

Science On Stage

Posted in Event, science on August 5, 2010 by saskskeptic

The CLS is sponsoring Science On Stage, a science fair for science teachers August 8-13.

Science is constantly evolving. While basic scientific principles remain the same, the ways in which they can be taught and how they can be applied to the modern world need changing.

Science on Stage Canada has been developed to meet these needs by helping science teachers learn new and exiting ways of teaching modern science. SoSC helps ensure the teaching methods of science and technology remains interesting for students across the country.

Science on Stage Canada (SoSC) is dedicated to enhancing science and technology learning in education. During the week-long Science Teachers Festival held every year selected educators from across the country are invited to share their innovative teaching ideas. These unique teaching methods are later shared with educators from across the country to help make science teaching fun and exciting. The overall aims of SoSC is to:

• Provide a forum for educators to exchange new and exciting science and technology teaching ideas

• Inspire and re-enthuse science and technology educators

• Provide educators across the country with access to quality science and technology teaching resources and ideas

• Inform educators about new science research

• Raise the profile of science teaching and technology teachings throughout the country and discuss important issues

• Provide an opportunity for collaboration between science teachers, professors and science researchers

• Act as the bridge between cutting-edge research and Canada’s youth, scientist and consumers of science tomorrow