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CPSO Final Policy on CAM Surprises Skeptics

CPSO Final Policy on CAM Surprises Skeptics

09 December 2011 by Michael Kruse

On November 29th, 2011, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons voted to accept their new revision of the policy on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, a policy that has undergone revision with community consultation over the past two years. Skeptics at the Centre For Inquiry’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, after celebrating a win described here, […]

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CFI Canada Wins Battle over CPSO CAM Policy

23 November 2011 by Michael Kruse

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario are poised to vote on the new revision to the Complementary/Alternative Medicine policy that has been under review for the past several years.  The new revision sports a name change and other clarifications that are generally good, however, the restrictions put on doctors to offer their opinion on […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Medicine, Ontario3 Comments

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Skeptical Activism Sends a Message to CPSO

25 October 2011 by Michael Kruse

I am on my way down to CSIcon in New Orleans, and currently in the town of Branson, Missouri, the Niagara Falls of The Heartland here in the United States. It was great to hear from my co-chair Iain Martel at the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) at the Centre for Inquiry […]

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Posted in Health Policy, Ontario, Skepticism1 Comment

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Homeopaths in Ontario: 200C of Reason

19 October 2011 by Michael Kruse

This past year the Centre for Inquiry Canada, through its Committee for the advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) submitted a complaint the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) through the Hon.  Deb Matthews M.P.P Minister of Health and Long Term Care regarding a collection of homeopaths who had been using the restricted title […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Ontario, Skepticism6 Comments

Ontario Election 2011: Visualizing the Platforms

Ontario Election 2011: Visualizing the Platforms

30 September 2011 by Mitchell Gerskup

Last April, in the lead-up to the federal election, I posted visual representations of all of the platforms the major political parties of Canada. I thought of it as a quick and fun way to visualize some of the major themes that can be found in the platforms, as well as a way to give […]

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Posted in Ontario, Social Sciences3 Comments

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Why, Wifi? Why?

28 September 2011 by Steve Thoms

Concerns about the safety of WiFi, particularly around school children, has continued to be a contentious issue in small towns across Canada, and Ontario especially.   Supporters of the technology have mountains of scientific data on their side, opponents have screaming, hysteria, and the precautionary principle.  Even Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May unwittingly […]

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Posted in Canada, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Ontario, Skepticism36 Comments

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CPSO Update: Opponents Speak Out Against Quackery IMPORTANT UPDATE

31 August 2011 by Michael Kruse

Important Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 16th 2011 – please do not miss the opportunity to comment.  The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy has. Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of interest(see here, here, here, and here)  generated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Ontario, Skepticism5 Comments

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Ontario Doctors Given Green Light to Promote Quackery

13 August 2011 by Michael Kruse

Over the past 2 years, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) have been attempting to update their policy on the use of non-conventional medical therapies.  They have landed on a draft policy called Non-allopathic (Non-conventional) Therapies in Medical Practice and there will be many in the skeptical community that will have a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Ontario14 Comments

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

13 July 2011 by Erik Davis

Much Sturm und Drang last week over the revelation that Valley Park Middle School is allowing an imam to hold Friday prayer services in the school cafeteria. It’s one of those interesting stories that makes for strange bedfellows, with the Centre for Inquiry and Canadian Secular Alliance standing alongside the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, the Muslim […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Evolution, Media, Ontario, Skepticism28 Comments

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Skeptical Track at Polaris 25

25 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

Next month, in Toronto, the science-fiction/fantasy fan conference Polaris 25 will feature a small skeptical track sponsored by the Centre For Inquiry and its Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism. The four speakers will present on a range of skeptical topics and it will serve as a small experiment into outreach to a broader […]

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