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Radio Freethinker Episode 206 – Election Quiz Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on April 9, 2013


This week:
– Goodbye Roger,
– Suing for information
, and
– The Humanist Report – Election Quiz,

Download the episode here!


Goodbye Robert

roger-ebert-360xx272-229-45-59Film critic Roger Ebert passed this past week, obviously Ebert will be remembered for his appreciation for films of all kinds, for his witty writing and thought provoking movie reviews. What I find interesting is how much one might consider Ebert a skeptic and humanist, even though, he didn’t really identify as one.

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Suing for information.

We discuss the efforts of Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault to investigating whether the Harper government is living up to the law of the land. Legault is currently suing the DOD over a 1100 day extension on a 30 day Access to Information Request which she claims is deliberately obstructive and violating the principles of the Access to Information act.

We talk about how the Harper government has systematically restricted our access to information and the people who make it. As well as the push back by Legault as well as Democracy Watch and U of Vic’s Environmental Law Clinic.

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Humanist Report – Election Quiz & Atheist Church

dbb4_bIan Bushfield drops by the RFT virtual studio to give us our semi-regular Humanist Report. We discussed the Atheist Church movement, Gideon Bible, upcoming Humanist polling project, science and teaching, the upcoming BC Election and the questionnaire being distributed by the BC Humanist Association to candidates.

Ian was acting both as the current Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association as well as just himself.


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Skeptic Highlights

CFI Freethinkers Book Club: The Believing Brain – Saturday April 13th 2013 at 1pm at the Grind and Gallery Coffee Bar – Event Link on Facebook

CFI’s The Science of Vaccines: A Panel Discussion – Friday, April 26th 2013 at 7:00 pmThe panel will discuss the reasons why vaccines are one of the foundations of public health and take questions on the creation of vaccines, how they work, and more. The panel features Dr. Jamie Scott: Professor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, Dr. David Scheifele: Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) at BC Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) UBC, and Dr. Monika Naus: Medical Director, Immunization Programs & Vaccine Preventable Diseases, BCCDC. The Event will take place in Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre. Event Link Here.

CFI Presents George Hrab at the Railway Club – Sunday, April 28th 2013 at 6:00 pm at The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver – In addition to the two hour set George is performing on stage at the Railway Club, there will be limited tickets available for a private reception in the back bar where you can meet and socialize with George and fellow attendees and even hear an acoustic set from George. You can purchase tickets at

Revolutionary Horizons: Debating the Democratic Potential of the Internet

The role of the Internet and social media in recent global uprisings has received much attention. Popular claims that the internet and social media are revolutionary tools for social change are frequently countered by charges of ‘slacktivism’. Jodi Dean and Andrew Feenberg are two critical theorists who have contributed much to developing highly enlightening but distinct perspectives on the relationship between networked technology and politics. This  event will bring these two esteemed scholars together to debate how we can best understand the role of the internet in shaping the possibilities and limitations of collective action today.

Organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, School of Communication and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.

When: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
Where: SFU Harbour Center, Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room #1900), Vancouver
Cost: Free

Dark Secrets of the Universe

As part of the Space Centers Women in science, they present a talk by Dr. Stéphanie Côté. There is a lot more to the Universe than meets the eye. In fact astronomers have now determined that most of the content of the Universe is formed by dark matter and the even more mysterious dark energy. They are called ‘dark’ because these phenomena do not emit any light and are therefore invisible to our current methods of direct detection. This is one of the big mysteries that Dr. Côté will discuss.

 When: Thursday, Apr 11th, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver
By donation

International Workshop: Capitalism, Inequality and Democracy

For a very long time inequality, income and wealth disparity have been on the rise, not only in Canada but around the world. Join us as our invited experts discuss the causes behind this unfortunate reality as well as its implications for political democracy and the interplay between market and state.

Starts – 
Friday, Apr 12th, 2013 @ 6:00 PM
Ends – Saturday , Apr 13th, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
C.K. Choi Building, UBC, Vancouver er
Free (although an optional lunch costs $15)


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