All Posts in Category "British Columbia"

Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

11 December 2014 by Kim Hebert

On Friday, 28 November 2014, CBC Marketplace aired an episode (which I recommend watching before reading this) in which they sent parents and their babies to homeopaths for vaccine advice. They were exploring whether homeopaths were one of the sources of misinformation scaring concerned parents away from vaccines. (Note: This article is not about the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Conspiracy Theories, Health, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Vaccines0 Comments

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Battling the Anti-Vaccination Movement

20 March 2013 by Ethan Clow

(Note – this is crossed posted to Radio Freethinker) It’s been a busy month for skeptical activists in Vancouver. I wanted to write about some of the recent news regarding an anti-vaccination conference that was held at the Simon Fraser University, here in Vancouver. The anti-vaccination conference was organized by this group: the Vaccine Resistance […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health, Vaccines5 Comments

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

05 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

The anti-wifi group, Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) has filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal alleging that B.C. Hydro’s plan to install Smart Meters discriminates against those with “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” (EHS) on the basis of physical disability. The group has been granted the ability to file a “representative complaint” and argue the […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health19 Comments

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When Science Trumps Policy: The Triumph of Insite

06 October 2011 by Ethan Clow

About five months ago I wrote about the situation of Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site where drug addicts could receive clean needles, medical supervision during drug use, and access to drug treatment. I was very concerned as a skeptic that a new form of science based drug policy known as harm reduction was going to […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health, Health Policy26 Comments

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Naturopathy: Science-based or not?

01 October 2011 by Kim Hebert

(Photo by monkeywing.) Pictured: An actual homeopathic remedy. I am not kidding. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has drawn criticism recently for their bizarrely-worded policy proposal regarding alternative medicine, most notably from the Canadian Medical Association (general organization feedback here). Common concerns were that the policy is insufficiently objective and science-based, […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Health16 Comments

Does Extremely Low Fukushima Radiation Increase Cancer Risk in North America?

Does Extremely Low Fukushima Radiation Increase Cancer Risk in North America?

04 September 2011 by Rob Tarzwell

If Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight‘s Alex Roslin knows how to reliably estimate cancer risk from ultra-low radiation exposures which are, by his own report, below overall background, he knows something the world’s radiobiologists and cancer epidemiologists don’t, despite decades of intense study. Roslin’s “Safe” radiation levels after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster challenged by citizens, hits […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Environment, Media, Science7 Comments

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

10 August 2011 by Rob Tarzwell

  This is a guest post from Dr. Rob Tarzwell. Dr. Tarzwell is a nuclear medicine specialist (in training) at UBC in Vancouver, and is on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a CFI advisor. Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, no stranger to willfully stupid incredulity on science matters, has once […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Environment, Medical Conditions6 Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BC Government Confuses Good Intentions with Science

09 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

Should governments spend health care dollars on naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy, all in the name of “integrative” cancer care? If you live in British Columbia, your government has answered “yes”. This past June the BC provincial government [pdf] announced new funding for five “integrative cancer care centres” in the province. The private provider, Inspire […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience8 Comments

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Wireless Battles Radiate Across Canada

06 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

In my final update, I just wanted to point out some of the conflicts between the public and technology that have ensued since the Simcoe County, Ontario, as well as discuss a couple of studies that did not get a lot of attention but were interesting, none the less. WiFi and Cell Phone Towers Since […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Skepticism10 Comments

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When Policy Trumps Science: The Story of Insite

18 May 2011 by Ethan Clow

The Harper Government (which is now the legal name for the Government of Canada) is currently continuing its campaign against Vancouver’s safe injections site, Insite. What is a safe injection site? Simply put, this is a location operating under an exemption from Canada’s drug laws that allow addicts to safely use needle drugs. Addicts can […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health, Health Policy13 Comments