Mar 122017
 

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 will be this year’s SEA Annual General Meeting (AGM), formally starting at 7:00 pm, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the U of A, Room ECHA L1-430 (basement).  We will be there from 6:30pm onwards for anyone that requires a membership or needs to renew.

Anyone interested is invited to attend; however, only paying members will be permitted to vote in the general election or on any other business.

If you are at all interested in running for the Board, please take a look at our explanation of the roles and responsibilities for each position, as well as some FAQs about joining the Board. Last year the Executive positions were voted in for two year terms but we will be voting in the four Director positions.  Although the Executive positions are not up for election this year, please bear in mind in order to run for President you have to have served on the board for at least one year (throughout the history of the group), so if you intend on running for this position in the future it is worth thinking about joining the board.    You can email us to let us know that you’d like to run for a Board position (even if you will not be present at the meeting), ask another member to nominate you at the appropriate point during the meeting, or you may also self-nominate at the meeting.

If you would like to see the current bylaws, they can be found on the website, under “About”.  We are planning on updating some of the wording for our bylaws this year, which will have to be voted on to be passed.  Please read the changes in red, on pages 3, 4, and 6: 2017 BYLAW change proposal
If you would like to propose changes for consideration at the AGM, they must be sent to the Board for distribution to the rest of the membership in advance of the meeting.  Please try to have those into us before March 27th.

We hope to have a large turnout as we will also be discussing the direction of the SEA, what types of events you are interested in and fundraising ideas.  As per usual we will head to the pub afterwards for sustenance.   See you there!

Karen
President, SEA

 

 Posted by at 4:07 PM
Jan 252017
 

It’s that time of year again, membership renewals are due.    If you bought your membership in the last few months of last year (carries over into 2017) or if you have an automatic 3 year renewal via paypal you will be listed as a current member with us, otherwise your membership needs to be renewed.

2017 membership card

Purchasing or renewing a membership is easy.  You can update your membership at any event with one of our board members.   Or you can purchase/renew your membership online.

Memberships are $30 for the entire year, and allow you access to VIP members only events, give you discounts to events like the AB Secular Conference, access to our book library and shows your support for our organization.   We have just received our new membership cards this week and will be handing them out at events (or mailing them if you can’t regularly attend)  so you can be a ”card carrying atheist”!

If you purchase or renew your membership by February 22nd (so that’s four weeks from today) you’ll be entered to win a copy of ‘Flim Flam’  signed by James Randi himself!   Any current 2017 members (purchased since the end of 2016/lifetime members/automatically renewing on paypal) will be automatically entered into this draw.  If you are unsure if you are up to date with your membership drop us a line at info@edmontonatheists.ca and we’ll check for you.

Thanks for your continued support of the Society of Edmonton Atheists!

Flim Flam book

 Posted by at 12:44 PM
Jan 252017
 

As many of you remember we were very concerned when we found out that Deepak Chopra would be a keynote speaker at the Children’s Autism Conference being held in Edmonton today.   In spite of media attention calling them out for this poor choice, as well as petitions and letters sent to their director they did not remove him from the scheduling, but instead offered a small justification that he was coming to talk about ”wellness”, which affects everyone.
Deepak
Regularly we are found demonstrating at these types of pseudoscience events to promote critical thinking.    We have information leaflets at the ready for those interested in learning more about our position and it is always peaceful and non-confrontational.  We have had many interesting conversations as a result.   We have demonstrated in front of events for the Long Island Medium, James Van Praagh and David Avocado Wolfe.   At the end of April we intend on demonstrating at the Jon Edwards event in the same way.

Unfortunately, as this particular event is being held at the River Cree Casino, we are unable to demonstrate in front of the building as they also own the parking lot area, which is a large lot.   The nearest street is a busy road connecting people to the casino but also to Costco.   It has no sidewalk.    For these reasons we feel it is unsafe for our members to be demonstrating this event, especially since the possibility of conversation and handing out information is also removed as there will be no one walking into the event from this route.

Instead, we encourage you to send your concerns to the conference organizers, in the hopes that they will not consider inviting any speakers who offer only pseudoscience, and only invite those who offer evidence based information at any of their future events.   Their email address is info@childrensautism.ca

 Posted by at 12:09 PM
Nov 082016
 

Nearly two weeks ago, it came to our attention that the Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton were having Deepak Chopra come as a special guest during their annual conference.    We alerted Timothy Caulfield, Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, who works out of the U of A, regarding Chopra’s appearance.  Dr. Caulfield was more than happy to discuss the issue in the media (on twitter and with CBC) raising awareness of concerns that pseudoscience was being included in a conference for families dealing with autism in their lives.
chopra

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 Posted by at 9:46 AM
Nov 062016
 

Our friends at Fraser Valley Skeptics were kind enough to have our President, Karen, on their show this week.  Listen to the podcast by clicking on the picture!


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kandk/2016/11/06/atheist-activist-with-karen-lumley-kerr

 Posted by at 5:28 PM
Sep 092016
 

Dying With Dignity Edmonton are hosting an event of interest to many of our members, with discussions surrounding the new legislation and how there is still work to be done.  Join us there!
Dying With Dignity
Medical Assistance in Dying: An Alberta Perspective
An informative discussion on the implementation, challenges and future implications of Canada’s new assisted dying law.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Presentation and Q & A: 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

**Strathcona Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park**
RSVP (preferred) to Val at valwhitehead@shaw.ca 780-458-9208. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Michael Caffaro,  Assistant Registrar (Professional Conduct),
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

Shanaaz Gokool, CEO, Dying With Diginity Canada

Dr. Own Heisler Vice President (Medicine), Covenant Health

The Hon. Brandy Payne, Alberta’s Associate Minister of Health

Lisa Peters-Schmidt Edmonton Chapter Member, Dying With Dignity Canada

Dr. James Silvius,   Medical Director of Community, Seniors, Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

Moderator: Rev. Brian Kiely

 Posted by at 9:32 AM
Jun 152016
 
by Luke Fevin  (You can follow Luke on Twitter @According2Luke, or on Facebook )

 

The terrible events of Orlando, followed immediately by the detention of a heavily armed James Howell en route to the LA Pride celebration have once again catapulted the discussion of homophobia and it’s origins to the fore.
Two key questions appear to be;
Does homophobia occur naturally?
What role if any, does religion have to play?

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 Posted by at 9:33 AM
May 302016
 

Hey NDP government!!

The Society of Edmonton Atheists would like to make you aware that we do not agree with the provincial decision to allow an entire health care facility to speak on behalf of all it’s doctors and staff.

The news from the province today is that Covenant Health will not have to follow the ruling of the Supreme Court. We understand and support an individual right to conscientious refusal, however when we allow an entire publicly funded organization that right, it is an overstep.

Covenant Health own 90% of the palliative care beds in Edmonton and those patients are the most likely to ask for assisted death. You do not have a choice of which palliative care bed you are placed into, so this seems a rather cruel decision. Moving a patient in a fragile medical state is an insensitive suggestion, why not allow for the doctors and nurses that are willing to help come to them, regardless of where they are placed?

Shanaaz Gokool, the CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada in a news release today stated: ”Though physicians, as individuals, have a right to conscientious refusal, taxpayer-funded institutions have no such right. Instead, they have a duty to provide a full range of compassionate healthcare options for patients at end of life.”

We fully agree with Dying With Dignity’s statement and hope the wants of the entire Canadian population (not just the Catholic demographic) will be taken into consideration.

 Posted by at 10:46 PM
May 112016
 

For those of you who know me, you know I’m a huge Doctor Who and Star Trek fan. So much so that I have spent a small fortune to attend both the Calgary and Edmonton Expos over the years to get photos and autographs of my favourite celebrity stars. Just this past month I was down in Calgary for my usual pilgrimage to have a Doctor Who related photo taken. Along with the celebrity signings and photo ops, there is a large presence of comic books, sci-fi and general geek products for sale at every turn, along with some non-profit booths encouraging you to help rescued pets or buy girl guide cookies.

During my travels through the non-profit area of the expo this year I stumbled across gamechurch, who cleverly had a picture of Jesus with a video game controller in his hands. Gamechurch are an evangelical group, who use entertainment expos as a way to spread the word of Jesus, and hand out bibles and stickers along the way.
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 Posted by at 11:49 AM