Feb 192015
 

We should have seen it coming: tax season.  Along with tax season comes tax courses that are offered at the library and just like last year the group booked up the rental space.

This means we’re on our own for the next two months.  The gang over at UAAA have helped us out by booking a room for us for our March roundtable, and will advise regarding April closer to the time.

For now though here’s what you need to know for our Skype call with Hemant Mehta ”The Friendly Atheist” on March 3rd.

We will be holding the meeting at the CAB building (Central Academic Building) at the University of Alberta, in room 369 (Circled in Red).  I would  suggest that you use a park and ride service if at all possible as parking at the University is difficult to find and also quite expensive.   There is an LRT and bus service directly into the UofA.   If you need detailed directions you can use the University Campus Map, click on North Campus and then look for the CAB building in the listings.

The time will remain the same, starting at 7pm.   Hope to see you there!
CAB CLOSE

 Posted by at 3:11 PM
Feb 172015
 

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Time to get those volunteer hats on again, this time we will be helping out in the PREFAB shop which is located at 14135-128 Avenue

We are limited to 10 volunteer spots, so please ensure you are available for the entire day before agreeing to come.

Shift is from 8:00am until 4pm, with a few breaks and lunch.
There is a site specific safety orientation for assigned tasks for each day that you are scheduled. YOU MUST BE PUNCTUAL; due to the safety program anyone who misses the morning safety orientation will not be able to work on site.

Those who are interested will have to complete paperwork and return it to Karen Lumley Kerr before April 15th. The paperwork can be found here: Group Construction Volunteer Package 2015

You can bring it to a SEA event or email it to Karen at president@edmontonatheists.ca

NOTE: Habitat for Humanity now requires that you BRING your own set of work gloves. They can be purchased for less than $5 at a local hardware store.

 Posted by at 9:35 PM
Jan 302015
 

The location for our Roundtable meeting on February 3 has been changed. Please help spread the word!

The location is now Corbett Hall on the University of Alberta Campus.
8205-114 street.   Rm 326
http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca/?l=53.51812399999999,-113.52499548612212&z=17&c=&campus=north_campus

We will head to Sherlock Holmes on Campus afterwards (around 9:30),  8519-112 Street
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sherlock+Holmes+Pub/@53.521572,-113.520237,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x53a0221e168fb7a5:0x1f3ec0b528c3c3ef?hl=en

We plan to be back at our usual location for March.

Jan 272015
 

Have we got a contest for you!   The Imagine No Religion conference is June 5 – 7th this year in Vancouver with a spectacular line up of guest speakers, including Harriet Hall, Lawrence Krauss, Seth Andrews and Richard Dawkins, just to name a few.   You can find the entire speakers list on their website:  http://imaginenoreligion.ca/

Enter our contest for your chance to win an all inclusive ticket to the conference !  Please ensure you read all rules and regulations carefully, and although most of skeptics don’t believe in ”good luck” we’ll offer you some anyway.

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Contest Rules:

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 Posted by at 7:32 AM
Jan 202015
 

Public Consultations on GSAs in Alberta Schools Happening Next Week

Good afternoon,

Safe Schools Alberta will be one of the presenters at next week’s Public Consultations on Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta Schools. The public consultations are being held by the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association in both Edmonton (starting at 4:30 PM on January 29th) and Calgary (starting at 5:30 PM on January 27th). Safe Schools Alberta is scheduled to present at the Calgary session.

These important hearings are likely to be watched by both media and politicians, and the public is welcome (RSVP required). We encourage you to consider attending.

Get full details about the Public Consultations >

RSVPs are required in order to attend. Please RSVP to: register@rmcla.ca

You can also encourage your friends to join you by inviting them on Facebook:

Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/637423599700646/
Calgary: https://www.facebook.com/events/1582223628658139/

Thank you! We hope to see you there.

Richard Einarson
Safe Schools Alberta
info@safeschoolsalberta.ca

Jan 152015
 

Time to update you on what your board has been working on for you!

A GOODBYE
We’d like to say goodbye to board member Kerri, who is off travelling the world for a year with her husband.  Thanks for all your dedication to the SEA, we’ll certainly miss you!   Thanks to everyone that came out last Saturday to send her off.
Kerri's Going Away
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 Posted by at 10:30 AM
Jan 032015
 

In June, ECongrats EPLdmonton Public Library (EPL) was named the 2014 Library of the Year. And it is a pretty awesome organization. The SEA has been holding our monthly Roundtable meetings at the downtown branch since 2009.

You may have looked through the catalogue or shelves at one point and thought that there wasn’t much relating to atheism or leaving religion. Donald, a local atheist and library fan, has been using his monthly allotment of book requests to stock up the shelves with atheist/secular books that he’s interested in.

If you want to see more of these types of books* on Edmonton shelves, there are two easy things you can do to help that happen: Continue reading »

Dec 222014
 

It’s December. Christmas decorations in stores have been up for 8 weeks already, you may be wishing you could target an EMP at speakers playing carols, and the annual charity season is in full swing. Salvation Army kettles are in the malls, and there are billboards up explaining that a goat is more than just a goat.

So, how do you decide which charities are worth giving to? Continue reading »

Dec 122014
 

Diversity (gender and racial) in speakers at atheist conferences has increased from 2003 to 2014, according to a paper written by Ian Bushfield and Chris Hassall.

Hassall, C and Bushfield, I 2014. Increasing Diversity in Emerging Non-religious Communities.Secularism and Nonreligion 3:7, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/snr.as

This is good to hear, and certainly follows my own impressions of the growth in the SEA’s membership. Back when we were getting organized in 2007 (which Ian had a large hand in) the group was overwhelmingly white males. Now, our Board of Directors is evenly split in terms of gender, and our racial diversity at events has been improving.

The SEA is working with some other Alberta groups for a conference in October 2015, keep your eyes open for details in the coming months.