Welcome to Episode 80 of the Legion of Reason! This week Kris, Haysn and I talk on a number of subjects, including a study on the poor quality assurance of herbal supplements (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/herbal-product-contamination-considerable-dna-tests-find-1 NULL.1959278?cmp=fbtl) that may be a significant health risk to consumers, another nail in the coffin (which at this point is overkill) for liberation therapy treatment of multiple sclerosis in a new Canadian study published in The Lancet (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/no-link-between-narrowed-veins-and-ms-canadian-led-study-1 NULL.1489194), and a bill introduced in the Quebec National Assembly by the opposition as an alternative to the Parti Quebecois’ Charter of Values (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/qu%C3%A9bec-solidaire-proposes-unifying-secular-charter-1 NULL.1931400). But first, we discover two of Kris’ hot button issues. Later, you can hear Kris go on a tirade over the Harper government’s refusal to contribute to abortion access for victims of war rape (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/canadian-money-won-t-go-to-abortion-for-war-rape-victims-paradis-1 NULL.1483803). But first, the Edmonton public school system has been bringing in an anti-choice group (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/Paula+Simons+Wait+Does+Christian+based+belong+public+schools/8999795/story NULL.html) – such groups being well-known to make up birth control and abortion risks – to teach children about abstinence as a choice in sex education classes. What the hell?
This is the last chance to get a letter to Michael Enright. I will be mailing the ones that I receive on Thursday, October 17. If you have planned to get one in, do it now! And thank you to all those that have sent one in. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
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In this episode we take on someone critical of our position of Tom Droog’s million dollar gift to the University of Lethbridge and our views on alternative to medicine therapies. Keep the fodder coming, supporters of woo! The Parti Quebecois unveils their secular charter promise in the Quebec provincial election campaign, and BC premier Christy Clark panders to her Christian demographic and tells us how she learned from the bible that sometimes hard political decisions are uh hard. Wow. Couldn’t have figured that out for herself, could she? Does this open the door to questioning candidates on their religiosity and how much influence their personal beliefs would have on what should be evidence-based policy formation? But first, a public service announcement. Skeptics in the Pub will be taking place September 4 (first Tuesday of the month, as per usual), and don’t forget about Skeptifest coming up on September 8 at Ten Nightclub in Calgary, with Shelley Segal, Derek Sweet and Calgary’s own Dean Morrison. Get your tickets at Eventbrite. Details and links are on our website in the Episode 30 notes. Hope to see you all there ’cause it’s going to be a rockin’ godless good time!
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