Today, groups from across Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Montreal, announced their intent to participate in the international 10-23 event, as organised by the Merseyside Skeptics in the United Kingdom.
Independent organizers, along with the Centre for Inquiry Canada, the Association for Science and Reason, and Les Sceptiques du Québec will be joining skeptics in the US, UK, Australia and several other countries to stage an overdose to show that homeopathy, a pre-scientific invention by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century, is nothing more than water and sugar pills. The event is planned to take place February 5th or 6th, with video evidence of the events to be uploaded to the 10-23 website and shown at the Merseyside Skeptic’s QED event on the 6th.
Last year, the Merseyside Skeptics in the UK staged a homeopathic overdose as a protest to Boots Pharmacy that sells homeopathic preparations and whose professional standards director, Phil Bennet, told the UK parliamentary committee that they “sell homeopathic remedies because they sell, not because they work.”
The recent furor over the CBC Marketplace episode on homeopathy has sparked interest in the Canadian media and among the public in the claims made by homeopaths and the dubious scientific evidence behind them. Instead of countering claims with evidence, several groups decided even before viewing the episode to slam the CBC website with complaints about the producers. The comments section on the episode website re-opened and currently sits at over 400, and producers have told CFI that it is the highest rated Marketplace episode to date.
If you have a group of 2 or 200 that would like to participate in the international event, let the Centre for Inquiry Canada know, as we are organizing the communications strategy in Canada. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.