All Posts in Category "British Columbia"

Sometimes its not fun to be Skeptical in Vancouver

23 February 2010 by Ethan Clow

Sometimes living in a city like Vancouver where alternative medicine enjoys almost as much credibility as science based medicine, (a search of “alternative medicine in Vancouver brought 222 hits on yellowpages.ca) one can start to feel rather embattled by pseudo-science. It can be a very frustrating feeling. For skeptics like myself, you almost take it […]

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A Musing on the Lonely Politics of Skepticism…

A Musing on the Lonely Politics of Skepticism…

16 December 2009 by Kennedy Goodkey

It is weeks like last one that make a person understand how it sometimes seems like the universe is listening. On Tuesday at Skeptics in the Pub a recurring theme crept into our conversations.  It was something that has been on my mind for a while; the imaginary politics people attach to skeptics. Skepticism itself […]

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What’s in Your Newspaper?

28 November 2009 by Ethan Clow

Poor journalism drives me up the wall. As a Vancouverite I’m often left speechless at the level of journalistic integrity I encounter in my city and province. For those of you who are wondering journalistic integrity basically amounts to doing due diligence on the facts. Reporting on issues that of importance to the reader and […]

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Magician Prescriptions: Ontario Poised to Let Naturopaths Prescribe

14 November 2009 by Scott Gavura

The other day, I went to a magic show. The magician manipulated energy fields, pulled toxins out of my stomach, and then gave me a remedy – but there was nothing inside. Then he pulled out a prescription pad, prescribed some Tamiflu, and sent me on my way. Seem unlikely? Well, the Ontario government is […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Health Policy, Ontario, Pseudoscience4 Comments

The Body, Soul and Spirit of Vancouver…but not the Brains.

The Body, Soul and Spirit of Vancouver…but not the Brains.

14 November 2009 by Ethan Clow

A couple weeks ago Vancouver hosted the Body Soul and Spirit Expo at the Vancouver convention centre. For those who live in Vancouver or know anything about the city this is no major surprise. Vancouver has gained quite a reputation for being a hotbed of alternative medicine, spiritual healing, and other forms of magic quantum […]

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Pregnant Women… Elderly… Hockey Players… You.

Pregnant Women… Elderly… Hockey Players… You.

07 November 2009 by Ethan Clow

Recently the Canadian news world was rocked by the revelation that the Calgary’s NHL hockey team, the Flames, had jumped the queue and gotten the H1N1 Vaccine well before they should have. “Typical celebrities” Was the cry of frustrated line waiters who were trying to get their vaccine via the social contract. As everyone knows, […]

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Ghost Tours of the Okanagan – A Storyteller’s Story

31 October 2009 by Kennedy Goodkey

Earlier this week I had a conversation with an old university friend, Gabe Newman. We both went to Theatre School together in Victoria. (Which makes us UVICtims.) Out of school we did some work together in Vancouver before he went to Newfoundland – and ultimately came back to BC, in Vernon. Meanwhile I gradually started […]

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The Canadian National Past-time – Part Two

The Canadian National Past-time – Part Two

27 October 2009 by Kennedy Goodkey

And thus, onwards on my ongoing bid to simultaneously post the first skeptical article on hockey; write Skeptic North’s first two-part article; and do the most tenuously related article on the blog ever (or at least so far). As mentioned before, this is as much about demonstrating the flexing of skeptical thought against things other than […]

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Who’s responsible for this?

25 October 2009 by Ethan Clow

I was recently having a conversation with someone when we saw a commercial or an “all natural” healing product that made some pretty outrageous claims. I made a comment that I thought it was ridiculous that that company could put that commercial on television, making claims that were clearly and utterly bogus. To my surprise, […]

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Quackery on Campus: Academic Pseudoscience

22 October 2009 by Scott Gavura

On Tuesday, I highlighted an important case of autism pseudoscience, with AutismOne is setting up on the University of Toronto campus to deliver a conference touting bogus “biomedical” treatments for autism. While they’re leveraging the implied prestige of the location (the Medical Sciences building), thankfully, there’s no academic relationship with the university itself. Today we’ll […]

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