Jan 302012

By Kerri

I was a theistic-type ‘metaphysical healer’ less than 2 years ago. I wanted to raise the world’s ‘frequency and consciousness’. I read all the books, attended the classes and shows, got a certificate in ‘crystal healing’ and everything. I was surrounded every moment with constant New Age beliefs while working at a local health food store.
(These days, as a skeptic, ‘having a certificate in crystal therapy’ is like having a certificate in training unicorns and dancing with leprechauns. It’s deluded, doesn’t exist, and is a waste of everyone’s time.)
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 Posted by at 3:00 PM
Jan 292012

In 2009, the Alberta government passed revisions to the Alberta Human Rights Act. It contained a controversial parental rights clause that required schools to give advanced notice of classes involving religion, human sexuality or sexual orientation, so that parents could pull their children from them, if they wanted.

After more than a year of dealing with the school board and education ministry to obtain secular public schooling for their children, the parents in Morinville filed a human rights complaint with the Commission.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission refused to consider the case. Supposedly the education minister has a solution ready to go, and just hasn’t announced it, but the parents are expecting a great solution, based on the ministry’s past performance.


 Posted by at 1:13 AM
Jan 252012
By Donna Hunter

Morinville Public Elementary School had its first day of classes in their new modular classrooms Monday, January 23. The modulars are located adjacent to an existing Elementary School, Georges P. Vanier. The two modular classrooms were expected for the beginning of the 2011-12 school year but were delayed for months. Students were first taught in the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, but increased enrollment required larger space and the students were moved to conference rooms in the Sturgeon School Division Office. Schooling in the modular classrooms will begin a shared space arrangement between Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division – the public school division for Morinville – and the Sturgeon School Division – the guest provider.
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 Posted by at 1:10 AM
Jan 072012
Sunday January 15 – Brunch – Albert’s Family Restaurant @ Bonnie Doon Mall – 9AM – Facebook
  • Come join us for brunch at a family friendly restaurant.

Saturday January 21 –“Newbie Night”- Elephant and Castle @ City Centre Mall – 7 PM – Facebook

  • If you’re new to the SEA or atheism/agnosticism and interested in meeting some other new people in an informal setting, and learning what the SEA is all about, this is the event for you!
  • Please RSVP with Facebook or by contacting us.
  • There will be a reservation under “Marion”, so ask the greeter and they’ll point you towards the correct table.

Sunday January 22 – Stitch & Bitch – Remedy Café – 8631 109 St – 1PM – Facebook

  • Bring along some kind of portable handicraft and meet some fellow atheists! Or, use this as an excuse to get some good chai and discuss your latest project.
  • We’ll try to claim one of the booths on the main floor. Second choice, upstairs. Look for the huge bag made from knitting scraps.
Saturday February 4 – Blood Drive – 8249-114 St – 1PM – Facebook
  • Plan ahead for the next installment of our regular group blood donations!
  • To make your appointment or ask if you’re eligible to donate, please call Canadian Blood Services: 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
  • Future blood drives will be held on the following dates:
    • April 14, 2012
    • June 23, 2012
    • September 8, 2012


 Posted by at 8:19 PM
Jan 052012

The most recent newsletter for the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership discusses two things that members of the SEA are probably interested in:

– The proposed Office of Religious Freedom that the federal government is working on

– The human rights complaint recently issued by the Morinville parents

They’re both worth a read.



 Posted by at 1:14 AM