Author Archives: Diane Bruce

We’ve had the stick, now it’s time for the carrot

by | April 19, 2015

After the recent Supreme court decision on Saguenay, many cities are removing prayer from council meetings. Unless you are Oshawa. Oshawa Mayor John Henry says “I’m proud to be a Canadian”, as though being religious was a necessary part of being Canadian. Marianne Wilkinson a councillor in Ottawa says “changing our entire history in many respects.” and “Canada was founded… Read more »

The Supreme court decision on prayer and Ottawa

by | April 17, 2015

The good news is that the Supreme court decision against prayer in Saugenay Quebec had an immediate effect here in Ottawa with mayor Jim Watson replacing the supposed non-denominational prayer with a moment of silence. This is somewhat better than prayer but still gives the impression that some spiritual moment is needed before any useful… Read more »

Selling vaccination

by | April 17, 2015

It is generally accepted that we are failing to convince many of the value of vaccination and part of it is our tendency to talk to ourselves and then insult those who are not convinced. Angelina Chapin echoes my thoughts about our presentation. Angelina Chapin writes “Many Canadians fist-pumped when they heard CBC host Anna Maria Tremonti eviscerate… Read more »

Talking to ourselves

by | March 23, 2015

In the sceptical community we have the tendency to assume that our readers are like us  but just uninformed and that all they need is the right information. That may be certainly true for some readers but it is not true for many others. I see this all the time with blogs attempting to encourage… Read more »