Archive for April, 2012

CFI Saskatoon Debate: Should Assisted Suicide be Legalized in Canada?

Posted in Event, news, Saskatoon on April 29, 2012 by saskskeptic

CFI Saskatoon is sponsoring a public debate on euthanasia.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
7:00 PM
Frances Morrison Public Library
311 – 23rd St. E.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J6
The Centre for Inquiry Canada is presenting a series of debates across the country on the issue of assisted suicide. With strong arguments on both sides, this is a complex and emotionally-charged issue.

Motion: “Should assisted suicide be legalized in Canada?”

Proposition Debater: Wanda Morris, Executive Director of Dying with Dignity

Opposition Debater: Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of theEuthanasia Prevention Coalition

Moderator: University of Saskatchewan Debate Society Member

This promises to be a stimulating debate about a very topical issue in Canada. Hope to see you there!

There has already been some interviews for this event.  Alex Schandenberg from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition was on John Gormley.  As was George Williamson from CFI Saskatoon.


CFI Regina: Skeptics In The Pub

Posted in Event, Regina, Skeptic on April 29, 2012 by saskskeptic

CFI Regina is having a Skeptics in the pub:

Centre for Inquiry Regina
Friday, May 4, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Pizza
4657 Rae Street
Regina , SK

 Hey guys! Wendy, here. It’s about time we all got together to do some sweet hangin’, skeptic style. We’ll be meeting up at the South BP’s on the restaurant side. I’ll be bringing my awesome son Darwin so you can all meet him. Come one, come all! …

Saskatoon Psychic Fair

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on April 29, 2012 by saskskeptic

Global Saskatoon has this fairly positive piece on the small Psychic Fair going on in town this weekend.  A couple of us went to check it out Thursday night.  That evening it was a pretty quiet affair consisting of approximately a dozen psychics and a similar number of customers.   We were amused that several psychic advertised 90% accuracy or better.

I really was interested in getting a reading, but just could not justify the $80-120 it would entail.


Skeptics In The Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon, Skeptic on April 22, 2012 by saskskeptic

The next Skeptics in the Pub is Wednesday April 25 at 7:30:

Joey’s Only Seafood

2100 8th Street East
Unit 101, 8th & Preston
Saskatoon, SK



There was a news media kerfluffle about a possible demonic possession in Saskatoon and the Catholic church not having any Exorcists in Saskatchewan.  CFI Canada jumped in calling “on medical authorities to prohibit exorcisms in Canada, especially on children.” Carmen was interviewed as part of the news story.

Here are some news stories:

CBC Story on the original incident

CFI Press Release

CTV News with Carmen’s Interview about half way through.


Metro News

What do people think about exorcisms.  Should they be prohibited?  Should they be prohibited for children only?  Would the prohibition be a restriction of religious freedom? What would make exorcisms “safe”? Should churches be liable for telling parishioners that demons exist and can posses them?

Psychic Fair

There is a psychic fair coming to Saskatoon

April 26, 27, 28, 29.
Best Western Harvest Inn

1715 Idylwyld Drive


THURSDAY 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

FRIDAY 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

SATURDAY 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SUNDAY 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Anybody want to attend?  Should we pick a specific day and time?

Why would we go?  What would be our goals?

If you are going here is a discount coupon.


Any other items people want to bring up.

Anyone have ideas for upcoming meetings/events?

Freethinkers In the Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on April 20, 2012 by saskskeptic
The ongoing CFI Saskatoon Pub nite – Rant, Rave & stir up Controversy will be continued:
Friday, April 20, 2012
7:00 PM
Lydia’s Pub
650 Broadway Ave
Saskatoon, SK

Imagine No Religion Conference

Posted in Atheist, Event on April 1, 2012 by saskskeptic

The second Imagine No Religion Conference is being organized by CFI Canada , AAI  and Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought .  It is May 18 to 20 in Kamloops BC.  Tickets will be selling out soon.

Speakers List:

Lawrence KraussLawrence Krauss is an American theoretical physicist who is professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and Atom. He is an advocate of scientific skepticism, science education, and the science of morality.

PZ Myers”PZ” Myers is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the Pharyngula science blog. He is currently an associate professor of biology at UMM,works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and also cultivates an interest in cephalopods. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals.

Matt DillahuntyMatt Dillahunty is the president of the Atheist Community of Austin and host of their live, call-in, television program, “The Atheist Experience”, seen on cable and streamed live to the world. A fundamentalist Christian for more than 25 years, his best efforts to become a minister backfired and gave birth to one of the most prolific voices on atheism of the past decade.

Joyce Arthur

Joyce Arthur is the founder and Executive Director of Canada’s national pro-choice group, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC, Before founding ARCC in 2005, she ran the Pro-Choice Action Network in British Columbia for 10 years and edited the national newsletter Pro-Choice Press. Arthur has written hundreds of articles on abortion and other political and social justice issues, spoken at dozens of venues in Canada and internationally, given hundreds of media interviews, and appeared in several documentaries.

Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie is Spokesperson of the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran. She works closely with Iran Solidarity, which she founded, and the International Committee against Stoning on the Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani case amongst others.

Christopher DiCarlo

Dr. diCarlo is an outspoken activist for freethought, humanism and secularism. He is a fellow, advisor and board member of Center for Inquiry Canada. He is also a fellow of the Society of Ontario Freethinkers and board advisor to Freethought TV.He is also a past Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Desiree Schell

Desiree Schell is the host of Skeptically Speaking, a syndicated live radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America. The program explores the connections between popular culture, history and science, and promotes critical thinking beyond the ranks of current skeptics. Desiree is also known for delving into the slippery social issues surrounding skepticism, and encourages “Skepticism 2.0’s” rebirth as a demographically broad social movement.

Dr. Andy Thomson

(Andy) is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services, as well as the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

Since 2008 he has had the privilege of serving as a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

August Berkshire

President of Minnesota Atheists. Past vice president of Atheist Alliance International. On the Speakers Bureau for Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance. Atheist activist since 1984. Owner of the ATHEIST car license plate for

Seth Andrews

A former believer of 30 years (including a decade as a Christian radio host), Seth ultimately discovered that religion lacked any legitimate answers, especially in the bright light of scientific discovery.  Instead of being satisfied with a belief system inherited from family and culture, Seth found greater satisfaction in “thinking” for himself, and he eventually encouraged others to do the same through an online community called The Thinking Atheist.

David Eberth

David Eberth studies ancient environments of fossil-bearing rocks, and participates in projects that take him throughout the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, China, Mongolia, and Canada. His specialties include stratigraphy and sedimentology, chronostratigraphy (the age of the rocks), and taphonomy (influences on preservation and fossilization). His research not only sheds light on what the Earth’s ancient environments were like, but more importantly, how they changed through time and, thus, what the future may hold for us.

Saskatoon Freethinkers: Blasphemy! The Third Annual Great Friday Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on April 1, 2012 by saskskeptic

Great Friday is coming up and CFI Saskatoon (aka the Saskatoon Freethinkers) is holding their annual Pub Night.  Always more fun than going to Church.

Friday, April 6, 2012
7:00 PM
Winston’s English Pub & Grill
243 21st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B7
Jesus ain’t gonna like this one! He thought the first Good Friday was pretty bad, but we’ve taken it to a new level of temptation. It won’t take too much indulgence before He can truly say, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”