Science Education

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

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Read: Scientific Journal Nature Chemistry Finally Publishes List of Chemical-Free Products

Via @edyong209 on Twitter, here is some good news for people like The Food Babe. Prestigious scientific journal Nature Chemistry has published a fantastic paper by A.F.G. Goldberg and C.J. Chemjobber entitled “A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products”. I invite all of you to have a look at it. It’s a short read. If you’re still … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason

Readers of this blog probably know that I also have a monthly podcast entitled Within Reason, which explores contentious issues from a rational perspective. While the topics are not always science-related, our latest episode features Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University, on the subject of chemophobia. We talked … Continue reading

Book Review: Is That a Fact? by Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Book Review: Is That a Fact? by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Three words fly in my head in a tight formation, constantly looping back to my consciousness as I watch the video: “such a shame.” The video is one of the many amateurish agglomerations of stills and monotonous voice-over narration that seem to populate the skeptical trenches of YouTube. My friend Andrew, whom fans of our … Continue reading

Science Education

TEDxConcordia: TEDTalks come to Montreal this Saturday

Readers of this blog must be familiar with TEDTalks and their sister act, TEDx, whose main objective is to feature ideas worth spreading. Short presentations by enthusiastic individuals on topics pertaining to science, politics, the arts, etc. Concordia University has organized a TEDx conference which will take place *this* Saturday, May 3rd 2014, from 9:00 to … Continue reading