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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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?
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.
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.
If you don’t drive, but have items you want to donate, please email Karen, our current SEA president, and she’ll arrange to pick them up. Email Karen at email@example.com
Items that the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services are asking for are as follows:
– baby wipes
– feminine hygiene products
– NEW towels
– NEW Underwear and socks
– NEW pillows
– toothbrushes and toothpaste
While not listed, unopened cat and dog food have been mentioned online as items they would accept, so if you want you can also donate those.
We took cash donations during the Aron Ra event on Tuesday evening and have donated $300 to the Red Cross on behalf of the Society of Edmonton Atheists.
Our Annual General Meeting was Tuesday night, and although the attendance was down a bit from usual, we still met quorum requirements. Annual General meetings are a requirement for us to remain a non-profit group so I would encourage you all to get involved next year, we do spend a bit of time talking about the focus of the Society and what kind of events you are interested in, so all input is greatly appreciated.
Tuesday April 5th will be this year’s SEA Annual General Meeting (AGM), formally starting at 7:00 pm, and will be held at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy Room 1-182
The Society of Edmonton Atheists are pleased to sponsor Alberta’s first secular conference featuring some amazing guest speakers and inspiring presentations! Come join us in Red Deer the weekend of October 17th and 18th.
Guests include Nathan Phelps (son of Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church), Matt Dillahunty (Atheist Experience), Ali. A Rizvi (author ”The Atheist Muslim”), Rob Breakenridge (radio personality)and Shelley Segal (singer/songwriter ”An Atheist Album”)
Local guests include Kathy Dawson (AIM), Bradley Peters (Dying with Dignity), , Luke Fevin (APUPIL), Lynne Honey (Grant MacEwan Prof), Scott Rowed, and Greg Hart (Critical thinking skills) .
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Society of Edmonton Atheists members receive a discounted rate!