Archive for February, 2011

Marci McDonald-“Religion and Politics: Where in Heaven’s Name Is Canada Going?”

Posted in Event, lecture, news, Saskatoon with tags , , , on February 28, 2011 by saskskeptic

Marci McDonald, author of The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada will be talking at the University of Saskatchewan Friday March 18, 7:30 pm at the Edwards School of Business (Commerce), Room 18.  Registration for Friday night is $10, it is $40 for the weekend ($50 after March 11).

This is part of the Breaking the Silence conference On Issues in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.


White Like Me – Public lecture with Tim Wise

Posted in lecture, news, Saskatoon with tags , on February 28, 2011 by saskskeptic

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A Talk By Internationally-Renowned Anti-Racist Author and Educator Tim Wise

Followed By a Panel Discussion with Local Representatives on the State of Intercultural Relations in Saskatoon.


Thursday, March 17

Doors @ 6:30pm | Talk @ 7:00pm

Third Avenue United Church

304 3rd Avenue North

Tickets $10 | $5 Student/Low Income

(No one turned away due to lack of funds)

Advance Tickets available at AIDS Saskatoon (1143 Ave F N) and

Turning the Tide Bookstore (525 11th St East)

You can now purchase tickets via Picatic. There is a $2 service fee for the General Admission tickets and a $1 service fee for the $5 Student/Low Income tickets. You can avoid service fees by purchasing your tickets in person from AIDS Saskatoon or from Turning the Tide Bookstore.

Wheelchair Accessible | Public Welcome

For information contact:


In his lecture “White Like Me,”  Tim Wise shares a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the lives of white North Americans in every realm of daily life: employment, education, housing, criminal justice and elsewhere. Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” Wise also discusses the ways in which racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. Wise weaves a narrative that is at once accessible and yet scholarly.


One of the Country’s Leading Anti-Racist Writers and Activists

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in 49 states, on over 600 college campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

Wise is the author of five books, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama, and his latest, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. He has contributed essays to twenty-five books, and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories (Duke University Press). He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals.

Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers across the US, and has conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

In summer, 2005, Wise served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work, in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he co-taught a Master’s level class on Racism in the U.S. In 2001, Wise trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting, as a visiting faculty-in-residence at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.


Urban planner Cynthia Nikitin leads placemaking discussion

Posted in lecture, news, Saskatoon with tags on February 28, 2011 by saskskeptic

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Dates March 2 2011
City Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Location Broadway Theatre
Sponsors This free public lecture is presented by the City of Saskatoon as part of the Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan project, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Planner in Residence program, Prairie Wild Consulting, and Great Places.
Main Body The City of Saskatoon invites the public to a placemaking discussion forum with urban planner Cynthia Nikitin on civic squares and downtown parks. With a portfolio of more than 175 projects, Nikitin has led numerous large-scale and complex projects during her nineteen years as Vice President for Downtowns at the Project for Public Spaces in New York. Her resume includes work on the Centre City Parks Analysis for Calgary, a public art/open space plan for Mobile Alabama, the design of a new civic square in Newberg, Oregon, a new civic centre project in Houston, and a new library to anchor the downtown in Fort Meyers, Florida. She is the University of Saskatchewan’s inaugural Planner in Residence for 2011.

Currently, the City of Saskatoon is working on projects for two key areas within the city centre; Kinsmen Park and Area, and the City Centre Plan. The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan involves a plan to revitalize the park and area, the adaptive reuse of the Mendel Art Gallery building, a plan to enhance its use as a place in the city for children’s fun and play, and a plan to extend its programming and design to encourage more users of all ages. It is the City’s goal to bring international-calibre principles and strategies to these initiatives, while at the same time creating plans that are strongly guided by the community in order to bring together the best global and local ideas.

Schedule The discussion takes place from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Broadway Theatre.


Star Phoenix Article On SOS Group

Posted in news, Saskatoon on February 27, 2011 by saskskeptic

The Saturday Star Phoenix has this article about the new Saskatoon Secular Organization for Sobriety group.

A new group in Saskatoon offering a secular alternative to Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and other faithbased addiction services is hosting its first meeting Sunday night.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), an addictions recovery support group with chapters in Toronto, Calgary and throughout the United States, uses scientific approaches and rational inquiry to fight addictions and urges personal responsibility for staying sober.

Janet, who asked that her last name not be used, is organizing the local SOS chapter. She attended AA for several months but the spiritual content of the meetings left her feeling uncomfortable.

“If addiction is a disability, why is it being treated with faith?” Janet said. “I quit smoking 15 years ago and I didn’t need God’s help to do it.”

When she expressed her concern in an AA meeting, several others in the group approached Janet and said they had similar feelings about the faithbased approach of AA.

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Regina Leader Post version.

Common Science Episode 2-Botox and MRIs

Posted in news, science with tags , , , on February 27, 2011 by saskskeptic

Episode 2 of Common Science is now available at  Botox and MRIs, what else do you want?


Saskatchewan Science Events and Activities

Posted in news with tags on February 26, 2011 by saskskeptic

We have compiled lists of Saskatchewan science events and activities.  Let us know what we missed.

Saskatchewan Science Activities

Saskatchewan Science Events


Secular Organizations for Sobriety-First Meeting

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on February 26, 2011 by saskskeptic

The first meeting of the new SOS group is Sunday Feb. 27 at 8:30 at The Avenue Community Centre, 201-320 21st St. W., Saskatoon, SK.

There is a new support group for addicted individuals in Saskatoon. For people who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of 12-step and faith-based programs, one alternative is Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves. SOS is a sobriety-focused, secular, self-empowering approach to addiction recovery.

We respect diversity, welcome healthy skepticism, and encourage rational thinking as well as the expression of feelings. We each take responsibility for our individual sobriety without depending upon supernatural beliefs.

It should never be necessary to compromise principles and integrity in the search for recovery.
First Meeting: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 8:30 p.m.

Repeats: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Avenue Community Centre, 201-320 21st St. W., Saskatoon, SK Contact:

This is a sobriety meeting. Our focus is on abstaining from alcohol or other mind-altering drugs.