Apr 092016
 

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The Society of Edmonton Atheists are happy to announce that Aron Ra will be spending the evening with us on Tuesday May 3rd.  Held at the University of Alberta, we will be in the Education building in room 129

Aron Ra is one of the “YouTube atheists” and an advocate for rationalism in science classrooms. He grew up in an exclusively creationist environment where he felt like a lonely outcast just for understanding evolution, let alone accepting it. Being raised in a mostly-Mormon family encouraged him to explore other denominations and eventually non-Abrahamic spiritualism before rejecting faith-based beliefs altogether. He was drawn into activism when the Religious Right dominated his state’s Board of Education, and began undermining education in history, health, science, and social studies. His videos often focus on evolution and the evidence indicating an interrelated tree of life. His series summarizing the ‘Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism’ and his subsequent series, ‘Falsifying Phylogeny’ (including the Phylogeny Challenge’) have been mirrored, featured, referenced, and recommended by many professional scientists, secularists, and educators, and has attracted more than 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER8cq1JO3Y8.

TICKETS available now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-aron-ra-tickets-24247307349
(Aron incurs some costs, venue hire, flight, hotel and food, so the SEA would appreciate a $20 donation as ticket price. If you can’t afford this price please contact president@edmontonatheists.ca to discuss.)
**You may also donate towards a ticket at a SEA event via one of the board members.  Valid email address required. **

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UPDATE

We have added a special VIP dinner event on May 2nd.  Event details can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pastafarian-night-with-aron-ra-sea-members-only-tickets-24247451781

 Posted by at 10:49 PM
Apr 072016
 

Hello everyone!

Our Annual General Meeting was Tuesday night, and although the attendance was down a bit from usual, we still met quorum requirements. Annual General meetings are a requirement for us to remain a non-profit group so I would encourage you all to get involved next year, we do spend a bit of time talking about the focus of the Society and what kind of events you are interested in, so all input is greatly appreciated.

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 Posted by at 6:27 PM
Mar 042016
 

Many of our members have followed the Dying with Dignity movement for awhile now, and all seemed victorious when last year the Supreme Court gave a 1 year notice of Physician Assisted Dying becoming legal.   The legislation was meant to commence on February 6th this year, but our last federal government didn’t do enough to gather information from various groups in order to enact it in time, so when the new Liberal government took over they requested an extension.  It was granted and the time frame extended to June 6th, 2016.   As of June 6th, PAD will become legal, regardless of what legislation is in place.

In Alberta we have a slight problem though.  The vast majority of people who request PAD are already in palliative care, at the end of their lives.  The majority of palliative care beds in Alberta are owned and run by the publicly funded Catholic Covenant Health group.   The church has stated that Physician Assisted Dying is against their Catholic teachings and will not be provided at their hospital.    Here’s the issue though…you don’t get to pick which bed you are given so you can’t request a non-catholic bed, you are just assigned.

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta released this statement:

We want to be clear that, from a Catholic perspective, the intentional, willful act of killing oneself or another human being is morally wrong. Therefore, no Catholic may advocate for, or participate in any way, whether by act or omission, in the intentional killing of another human being either by assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Just this past week a Calgary woman was granted an exemption to the June 6th date but she had to travel to Vancouver to finally end her life.  This raises the issue of access to the right to die with dignity in Alberta.  
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So what can we do to help?  
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta currently have two campaigns where you can leave your feedback and views on PAD.    Help shape these policies!   Informed Consent and Conscientious Objection are available to be filled out until March 7th.   Dying with Dignity Canada have some recommendations in their toolkit to help you fill out these forms.

Alberta Health is also looking for your feedback, you can fill out their form until March 31st.

You can also write to your MLA and lend your support to the movement.

 Posted by at 2:32 PM
Feb 252016
 

Email from the library to ticket holders:

This morning EPL was notified that bad weather on the east coast has prevented Sir Salman Rushdie’s flights and subsequent flight from departing. Although all efforts were made to find alternate flights, he’s not able to be in Edmonton today for our Forward Thinking Speaker Series event at the Chateau Lacombe.

We are working with Sir Rushdie’s agent to find an alternate date to host this event and will keep you posted as soon as we have confirmed a date. Your tickets will remain valid for the new date; however if that date doesn’t work for you we will honour a refund of your tickets.

EPL would like to extend our sincere apologies for this inconvenience; we’re just as disappointed as you. Thank you in advance for your patience as we sort through these details. We will be in touch in the next week as a new date is confirmed.

Sincerely,

EPL’s Events Team

 Posted by at 10:15 AM
Jan 092016
 

We were very excited to hear that the Edmonton Public Library are hosting Sir Salman Rushdie for an event in Edmonton on February 25th.   The information from the epl website is as follows:

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”To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, EPL will welcome Sir Salman Rushdie as part of the  Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Thursday, February 25th. Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his service to literature.

In line with EPL’s new approach to ticketing, seats will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, January 20th for $10 with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project. VIP tickets will also be available for $150 and will include a premium seat and a private hors d’oeuvres reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: $10 for general admission and $150 for VIP ticket which includes a premium seat and a private reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation. Tickets go on sale  on Wednesday, January 20 at 10am.”

We will be headed to The Hat on Jasper ave afterwards, we do have a small reservation so please reply on the event listing and let us know if you are planning on attending so we can increase the reservation numbers.

 Posted by at 4:03 PM
Nov 212015
 

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“Please join us for an information forum to discuss the expansion of Alberta Health Services to include Physician Assisted Dying. A panel of professionals, with a representative from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, will describe the work done to date and will provide the public with an understanding of what the rules and safeguards may look like when Physician Assisted Dying becomes available in Alberta.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: St. Albert Public Library, Forsythe Hall

Address: City Hall, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Dying with Dignity Canada is a national organization committed to improving quality of dying, expanding end-of-life choices, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.”

Nov 172015
 

From Global Edmonton, November 15th:

“EDMONTON — A diner in Old Strathcona that provides a hot Christmas meal to those in need every year is in desperate need of help after losing its main sponsor for the annual dinner.

B’s Diner, located at 100 Street and 82 Avenue, is hosting its 13th annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 for those who may not otherwise have a turkey dinner this holiday season. The diner feeds an average of 300 people at the annual event.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” said Adelle Toms, sous chef at B’s Diner. “With the economic times right now I’m pretty sure it’s probably going to be closer to 500 people this year.”

“It’s all you can eat. It’s a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert,” said Brenda Der, owner of B’s Diner.

But due to an unforeseen family emergency, the person who regularly sponsors the meal won’t be able to do so this year. The diner usually prepares 18 large turkeys and 12 hams at the dinner, and so far they only have one turkey.

“We’re always in need of turkeys, hams, desserts, non-perishable items like cranberry sauce,” she said. “Then perishable things to make the stuffing, so we need vegetables. We need butter for the rolls, things like that.”

Der hopes the community can rally together to help them out so they can go ahead with the dinner.

“I’ve always been a strong person and I do believe if you continue to do good in this world that something will come back,” she said. “No human deserves to go hungry.”

“You get people from every walk of life that just need that little help, you know, just a little bit of support; a little bit of food,” added Toms.

“The least we can do once a year is feed them.”

B’s Diner also hopes to go beyond its annual Christmas dinner this year. If they get enough donations, staff will also prepare additional meals and deliver them to less fortunate families in Edmonton.

Donations can be dropped off at the diner. For more information on how you can help, visit B’s Diner’s Facebook Page.”

We will be collecting cash donations for B’s Diner at Brunch on the 29th and the round table on the 1st.  This collection will be separate from the toonie tin collection. Anything you can pitch in with will help but I’d suggest five bucks.

Allan Bassil.

five bucks ren & stimpy five bucks spock five bucks five bucks snape

Nov 162015
 

This upcoming year we have a few things that we are fundraising for, namely a new long banner that we use at the Pride Parade along with a few standing banners for when we have tables/booths at events.  We also want to bring in out of town guest speakers and do some advertising in 2016.

BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED!
THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR AUCTION,

WE RAISED $840 FOR THE SOCIETY!!! 

Winners will be notified via email.
Bid prices do not include shipping, so if you do not live in the Edmonton area please bear in mind shipping will cost extra (we will discuss shipping options with winners).
Winners can pay via paypal or directly at a SEA event.

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