Category Archives for Local Research

This section contains all of the research done by our members into various claims and local phenomena.

Friday 13th: Ottawa Skeptics in the news

The Ottawa Skeptics’ Darren McKee, host of the Reality Check podcast, talked to Centretown News about Paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th. Check out the story here.

14. December 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local News, Local Research | Leave a comment

Radio: The Ottawa Skeptics on Ron Corbett Unscripted

Our very own Darren McKee, long time Ottawa Skeptics member and host of The Reality Check podcast, appeared on CFRA News Talk Radio for a special Halloween episode of Ron Corbett Unscripted to participate in a debate about ghosts, spirits … Continue reading

03. November 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local Research, Organization, The Reality Check - Podcast | Leave a comment

In This Town, We Still Obey The Laws Of Thermodynamics

It has been five years since we posted the report on the Perepiteia Generator, a device that inventor Thane Heins, is careful not to call a perpetual motion machine (except that it would be if it worked as described, but … Continue reading

20. September 2013 by stevewatson
Categories: Local Research, Ottawa Skeptics Investigation | 17 comments

Skeptics in the Pub: Free energy and perpetual motion

Free energy: Perpetual Failure? The dream of perpetual motion can be traced back at least as far as the 8th Century, to a seemingly magical, magnetically powered wheel. The idea held allure even for such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, but despite … Continue reading

25. March 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local Research, Meetings, Ottawa Skeptics Investigation, Upcoming Meetings | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Anti-vax advocate Jenny McCarthy dropped from Ottawa cancer charity fundraiser

Good news from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation: responding to criticism from media, social media and groups including the Ottawa Skeptics, CFI, CASS and Bad Science Watch, they have dropped Jenny McCarthy from their upcoming Bust a Move charity fundraiser. … Continue reading

02. February 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local News, Local Research | Tags: , , | 5 comments

Anti-Vaccination Advocate to Headline Ottawa Cancer Event: CFI Canada, CASS and Ottawa Skeptics Issue Response

The upcoming fundraising event “Bust a Move”, held regionally in Ottawa is planning to host Anti-Vaccination Advocate Jenny McCarthy as headliner. McCarthy’s writings have contributed substantially to the belief that vaccines cause autism and cancer. Together with CFI Ottawa, CFI … Continue reading

31. January 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local News, Local Research | Tags: , , | 3 comments

Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy to front Ottawa cancer charity fundraiser

It’s disappointing to see that the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has selected Jenny McCarthy to headline their fundraising Bust a Move event this year. Jenny McCarthy is a deeply controversial figure with anti-scientific and anti-health views on vaccination and autism, … Continue reading

30. January 2013 by Chris
Categories: Local News, Local Research | Tags: , , | 4 comments

Climate Science Denial at Carleton University

The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS), part of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, has released a report auditing a climate change course at Carleton University in Ottawa. The course “Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective” has been … Continue reading

28. February 2012 by Chris
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Barry on Ron Corbett Unscripted

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20. March 2009 by Pat
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CEPEO School Board Rejects EMF Balancers

When school boards are confronted by skeptics, the point of contention usually concerns an attempt to introduce creationism into a science curriculum. For the Ottawa school board le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), the controversy concerned … Continue reading

07. March 2009 by barry
Categories: Local Research, Ottawa Skeptics Investigation | 3 comments

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