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Local Cell Tower Hysteria

09 December 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Most of the cell phone / Wi-Fi hysteria seems to me like it’s been coming from the eastern provinces, although Edmonton has had some short-lived and ineffective campaigns to get Wi-Fi out of schools. But, this summer I got my first taste of local activism about cell towers. Initially, I was on board with the […]

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Posted in Alberta, Health Policy, Pseudoscience, Skepticism15 Comments

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He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling down the Wifi!

14 November 2011 by Steve Thoms

So, a little over a year ago, I wrote a piece about one particular anti-WiFi activist named Rodney Palmer.  It was a bit of a snarky post, written with the piss-and-vinegar that comes from a long, aggravating day at work.  The post caught the attention of Mr. Palmer, who promptly threatened to sue me over […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience56 Comments

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

24 August 2011 by Scott Gavura

Enjoy this oldie but still relevant PSA from the FDA. (Email readers may need to click through to see the video.) Of course in Canada, we’d call them “Zed Rays” not “Zee Rays”. And these days, some want to call it “Non-Allopathic“, instead of quackery. Source

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Posted in Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience, Skepticism4 Comments

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 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

From Positive to Negative in 1.5 minutes

From Positive to Negative in 1.5 minutes

01 June 2011 by Steve Thoms

There is a video going around on facebook at the moment, and it caught my attention.  Watch it now, but I ask that you hold off (for the moment) on the “Click Here to find out More” at the end of the video: On the surface, it seems like it has a great message: People […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Skepticism17 Comments

Dear Dr. Oz: I Just Think it’s Very Dismissive of You to Reject Reality

Dear Dr. Oz: I Just Think it’s Very Dismissive of You to Reject Reality

27 April 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Skeptics are not afraid to take promoters of pseudoscience to task. We are not afraid to direct criticism to those who deserve it or invite it. This is true whether they claim to be psychic, promote a conspiracy theory, or a doctor with a successful television program in a coveted time spot. Of course, here […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Critical Thinking, Health, Pseudoscience, Science, Skepticism9 Comments

WHAW 2011

World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2011

11 April 2011 by Kim Hebert

Another year, another week to be made aware of homeopathy. This year’s theme is musculoskeletal well-being. The website is relatively unclear about their mission this year, but they do helpfully provide contact information for different countries that are involved in WHAW 2011. Their Canadian contacts are: Martine Jourde & Mathieu Bourbonnais S.P.H.Q. (Syndicat Professionnel des […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience9 Comments

Homeopathy follow-up: Reactions in the wake of CBC Marketplace coverage

Homeopathy follow-up: Reactions in the wake of CBC Marketplace coverage

03 February 2011 by Kim Hebert

Earlier in January, CBC Marketplace investigated homeopathy. Now that there has been some time for people to react, here is a summary of some coverage around the Internet. Please also feel free to share relevant links in the comments. Favourable Reactions Digital Journal’s opinion section covered the topic of homeopathy in several articles the week […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Pseudoscience9 Comments

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2010 Psychic Review and 2011 Preview

17 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

As it was last year, and likely will be again next year unless the Reptilians get us, it’s December. Unsurprisingly, psychics in late 2008 made their various predictions about 2009 and I examined the claims of two: self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne and Nostradamus fanboi John Hogue. I wonder if they did any better for 2010, […]

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