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Christopher Hassall and Ian Bushfield answer questions about their study on atheist diversity

In preparing for an article on Canadian Atheist about a recently released study on diversity in the atheist movement, I contacted the authors and asked some questions relating to the study. Both Ian Bushfield and Dr. Christopher Hassall kindly replied to my request. Below I reproduce the entirety of the questions and answers, to make […]

Oxfam Canada denied charitable status because “preventing poverty” is not an acceptable goal

What if I told you that the Harper government refused to grant charitable status to Oxfam Canada? What if I told you that the reason they gave for refusing was because they objected to Oxfam Canada’s goal of “preventing poverty”? Ridiculous, right? Has to be something from The Onion, right? No, friends, this really happened. […]

IS/ISIS/ISIL, social media, and censorship – there is a solution

Shortly after the news broke about the murder of a journalist for money, and the existence of a video showing the beheading, major social media platforms flew into a panic. Their inevitable corporate-reactionary response was to completely scrub their services of any sign of the militant group – or the video – but that only […]

On Canadian Atheist: Electoral reform

Everyone who follows Canadian politics closely knows how badly we need proportional representation at all levels of government. Atheists, freethinkers, and skeptics need it particularly badly. More details on Canadian Atheist.

On Canadian Atheist: Ontario and Nova Scotia bar associations deny accreditation to homophobic university

In short order, members of both the Law Society of Upper Canada (the bar association for Ontario) and the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society narrowly voted to deny accreditation to the proposed law school of the homophobic Trinity Western University… despite the fact that 13 years ago the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the British […]

On Canadian Atheist: Why the Erazo decision is not really a meaningful step forward

There is a lot of crowing in the freethinker blogosphere about the recent court victory by Oliver Erazo over the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Unfortunately, much of it is extremely misinformed about just how much impact the decision really had. It turns out that there is actually no substantive change in the separate schools […]

The Paul Calandra way of answering questions

Paul Calandra, Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham, has been parliamentary secretary to the PM since just September. In that short time, he made a name for himself as a nasty, dissembling thug who would respond to questions with deflections, attacks, and general non-answers – it got so embarrassing the Conservatives even stopped letting him answer […]

What’s the harm with metadata?

Thanks to Edward Snowden, CSEC has been outed as just as underhanded and illegal as the US‘s NSA – spying on innocent Canadians in violation of both reason and their legal mandate. But taking a page from the NSA‘s defence when they were caught red-handed, CSEC claims what they were doing was not really spying, […]

Canada Post has problems… because it’s run by boneheads

So Canada Post is in the news cycle again – specifically, concerns that they’re phasing out door-to-door delivery of mail. That’s tragic, sure, but before you shed tears for Canada Post and blame the Internet for its current woes, let me give you a peek at the side of Canada Post that you don’t often […]

There is a buffoon on The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, and it ain’t Lang

I have a generally low opinion of most major news media. They’ve devolved to be more about “entertainment” than “news” or – one could only dream – “journalism”. CBC News is not one of the worst, but their record is not great. But if there is a single blight on that network that brings the […]