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Quebec Government… Changes Its Mind

The Minister who had originally proclaimed that funding for French-language science communication aimed at Quebec youth would be dramatically axed has now announced that the financing will, after all, be maintained. No reason given to the change of heart. http://www.fil-information.gouv.qc.ca/Pages/Article.aspx?aiguillage=ajd&type=1&idArticle=2212148282 (Link in French) Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and to all of you … Continue reading

Funding for French-Language Public Science Education in Québec Dramatically Axed: You Can Help (Maybe)
Science Education

Funding for French-Language Public Science Education in Québec Dramatically Axed: You Can Help (Maybe)

The scythe of our provincial government has struck again and, this time, the cut is almost perfectly clean. Readers from outside Quebec may not be aware that our provincial government has been issuing major cuts in the past few months. On April 23rd, 2014, Philippe Couillard, head of the Liberal Party, became Prime Minister of … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Follow-Up on the Hippocrates Health Institute: Lawsuits

Listeners of my podcast and followers of Canadian news in general will probably be familiar with the case of two First Nations girls with leukemia whose parents decided to have treated at a Florida massage establishment called The Hippocrates Health Institute. A judge recently declared that the girls could not be taken away from their parents, … Continue reading

Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine
Pseudoscience

Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine

This month, Within Reason tackles a scientific topic, so I can publicize it here! Woohoo! Would you like a side of magic with your chemo? Disproven folk remedies used to be the domain of snake oil salesmen; now, they are being integrated into university health centres. Jonathan speaks to Dr. Christopher Labos, a public science educator and … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Read: Making “Quackoncology” Respectable

I hate to start the week with a depressing article, but I must pass this along. From the fantastic blog Science-Based Medicine, David Gorski reports on the latest development in a horrifying trend: integrative oncology, in which otherwise respectable medical bodies end up promoting Reiki and naturopathy to their medical and scientific audience. “Let’s just put … Continue reading

Cracked Science Video 4: Irreproducible
Science Criticism

Cracked Science Video 4: Irreproducible

We often hear the science corrects itself in the long run, but how efficient is this mechanism? Jonathan Jarry reports that reproducibility in the scientific literature is not always a given. (Des sous-titres en français seront bientôt disponibles!) Just so you are not too demoralized, the landscape may be changing: http://www.nature.com/news/journals-u… http://www.nature.com/news/metascienc… Continue reading

I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday

I will be the guest of Toula Drimonis this Saturday around 10:30PM on CJAD 800AM (800 kHz on AM or listen live on the Web), along with two of my fellow Moutons No More producers, Guy Renaud and Isabelle Stephen. We will be talking about why we created Moutons No More and the state of skepticism in Montreal. Don’t miss it! Continue reading