Jul 262016
 

game night

For some reason there seems to be a lot of crossover between atheists/freethinkers/agnostics and geeks (and I mean that in the most loving of ways) so we are trying out a new ”Godless Gamers” event to see what kind of interest there will be.     We already hit up new sci-fi and pop culture movies as a group so this seemed like another event there will be interest in.

Members, Lynne and Paul, have graciously offered their place (and their plethora of board games) for our first event of this kind, please contact us for the address as we will not be posting that publicly.   If you are on facebook you may want to RSVP so we know how many to expect.

Happy Gaming!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1719136631683320/

 Posted by at 12:34 PM
Apr 092016
 

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The Society of Edmonton Atheists are happy to announce that Aron Ra will be spending the evening with us on Tuesday May 3rd.  Held at the University of Alberta, we will be in the Education building in room 129

Aron Ra is one of the “YouTube atheists” and an advocate for rationalism in science classrooms. He grew up in an exclusively creationist environment where he felt like a lonely outcast just for understanding evolution, let alone accepting it. Being raised in a mostly-Mormon family encouraged him to explore other denominations and eventually non-Abrahamic spiritualism before rejecting faith-based beliefs altogether. He was drawn into activism when the Religious Right dominated his state’s Board of Education, and began undermining education in history, health, science, and social studies. His videos often focus on evolution and the evidence indicating an interrelated tree of life. His series summarizing the ‘Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism’ and his subsequent series, ‘Falsifying Phylogeny’ (including the Phylogeny Challenge’) have been mirrored, featured, referenced, and recommended by many professional scientists, secularists, and educators, and has attracted more than 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER8cq1JO3Y8.

TICKETS available now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-aron-ra-tickets-24247307349
(Aron incurs some costs, venue hire, flight, hotel and food, so the SEA would appreciate a $20 donation as ticket price. If you can’t afford this price please contact president@edmontonatheists.ca to discuss.)
**You may also donate towards a ticket at a SEA event via one of the board members.  Valid email address required. **

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UPDATE

We have added a special VIP dinner event on May 2nd.  Event details can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pastafarian-night-with-aron-ra-sea-members-only-tickets-24247451781

 Posted by at 10:49 PM
Jan 092016
 

We were very excited to hear that the Edmonton Public Library are hosting Sir Salman Rushdie for an event in Edmonton on February 25th.   The information from the epl website is as follows:

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”To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, EPL will welcome Sir Salman Rushdie as part of the  Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Thursday, February 25th. Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his service to literature.

In line with EPL’s new approach to ticketing, seats will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, January 20th for $10 with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project. VIP tickets will also be available for $150 and will include a premium seat and a private hors d’oeuvres reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: $10 for general admission and $150 for VIP ticket which includes a premium seat and a private reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation. Tickets go on sale  on Wednesday, January 20 at 10am.”

We will be headed to The Hat on Jasper ave afterwards, we do have a small reservation so please reply on the event listing and let us know if you are planning on attending so we can increase the reservation numbers.

 Posted by at 4:03 PM
Nov 212015
 

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“Please join us for an information forum to discuss the expansion of Alberta Health Services to include Physician Assisted Dying. A panel of professionals, with a representative from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, will describe the work done to date and will provide the public with an understanding of what the rules and safeguards may look like when Physician Assisted Dying becomes available in Alberta.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: St. Albert Public Library, Forsythe Hall

Address: City Hall, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Dying with Dignity Canada is a national organization committed to improving quality of dying, expanding end-of-life choices, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.”

Nov 172015
 

From Global Edmonton, November 15th:

“EDMONTON — A diner in Old Strathcona that provides a hot Christmas meal to those in need every year is in desperate need of help after losing its main sponsor for the annual dinner.

B’s Diner, located at 100 Street and 82 Avenue, is hosting its 13th annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 for those who may not otherwise have a turkey dinner this holiday season. The diner feeds an average of 300 people at the annual event.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” said Adelle Toms, sous chef at B’s Diner. “With the economic times right now I’m pretty sure it’s probably going to be closer to 500 people this year.”

“It’s all you can eat. It’s a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert,” said Brenda Der, owner of B’s Diner.

But due to an unforeseen family emergency, the person who regularly sponsors the meal won’t be able to do so this year. The diner usually prepares 18 large turkeys and 12 hams at the dinner, and so far they only have one turkey.

“We’re always in need of turkeys, hams, desserts, non-perishable items like cranberry sauce,” she said. “Then perishable things to make the stuffing, so we need vegetables. We need butter for the rolls, things like that.”

Der hopes the community can rally together to help them out so they can go ahead with the dinner.

“I’ve always been a strong person and I do believe if you continue to do good in this world that something will come back,” she said. “No human deserves to go hungry.”

“You get people from every walk of life that just need that little help, you know, just a little bit of support; a little bit of food,” added Toms.

“The least we can do once a year is feed them.”

B’s Diner also hopes to go beyond its annual Christmas dinner this year. If they get enough donations, staff will also prepare additional meals and deliver them to less fortunate families in Edmonton.

Donations can be dropped off at the diner. For more information on how you can help, visit B’s Diner’s Facebook Page.”

We will be collecting cash donations for B’s Diner at Brunch on the 29th and the round table on the 1st.  This collection will be separate from the toonie tin collection. Anything you can pitch in with will help but I’d suggest five bucks.

Allan Bassil.

five bucks ren & stimpy five bucks spock five bucks five bucks snape

Nov 042015
 

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights was the gang who invited us out to participate in their Festival of Faiths in September.  If you are interested, you can RSVP at http://www.jhcentre.org

December 13 @ 10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton

Human Rights Awards

JOIN US AS WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’SAWARDS AND CELEBRATE OUR LOCAL HEROES

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.
Program Begins at 2:00 p.m.

This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate: a Gaza Doctor’s Journey and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through both his research and his charitable organization The Daughters for Life Foundation. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace, and, despite all odds, succeeded, aided by a great determination of spirit, strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he is known as the “Gaza Doctor” who has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace.