Category Archives for Local Research

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

In This Town We Obey the Laws of Thermodynamics

On February 29, 2008, six members of Ottawa Skeptics converged on the Colonel By building at the University of Ottawa for a demonstration of the “Perepiteia Generator”, which internet rumours and media reports (but not the inventor himself) have been … Continue reading

04. May 2008 by seannna
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Inherit the Wind

The Great Canadian Theatre Company and the County of Carleton Law Association present the 9th annual fundraising performance “Inherit the Wind” on May 1, 2, and 3. The cast features local Ottawa lawyers. The play, like the 1960 movie of the same … Continue reading

27. April 2008 by dana
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Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear

Popular Ottawa Citizen columnist Dan Garner has published his first book entitled “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear“. He will be speaking about the book during the Writers Festival at the Library and Archives of Canada on Saturday, April … Continue reading

16. April 2008 by dana
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Reminder: Skeptical Pub Meet this Wednesday!

Every month we choose a local pub, get together for food and spirits (the real kind), meet each other, and have a fun time. Everyone is welcome to join us, don’t be shy we don’t bite. The only people that … Continue reading

11. March 2008 by Jon
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Evolution and Creationism … and Canadian Hockey

When you think about it, the hockey venue does seem apt.  Evolution and creationism squaring off and dropping gloves.  Creationism getting called for slashing, tripping [up] and committing other misconducts. Last Sunday, the CBC Radio show, Definitely Not the Opera, … Continue reading

12. February 2008 by barry
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Health Canada Completely Drops the Ball on `Natural` Medicine

I was sad to read in this article sent to me yesterday (and hear on the latest episode of the SGU podcast) that Health Canada is lowering its restrictions on health claims made about ‘natural’ products and supplements. According to … Continue reading

09. February 2008 by Jon
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Local Inventor Demonstrates "Perpetual Motion Machine" (Updated)

Today’s online Toronto Star has a report on Thane Heins, an Ottawa area inventor who believes he has created a perpetual motion machine *(see below for correction). Unfortunately details on the design specifications, as part of the patent application, are … Continue reading

04. February 2008 by Pat
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Fluoride Madness Strikes Gatineau and the Ottawa Citizen

Currently, the city of Gatineau (Ottawa’s French sister city) is planning on fluoridating their water. Hundreds of cities across North America add fluoride to their water system to safely strengthen the tooth enamel of their citizens. Ever since it was … Continue reading

04. February 2008 by Jon
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Dan Gardner `Mesmerizes`

Dan Gardner is a regular columnist in Ottawa’s most popular newspaper [[The Ottawa Citizen]]. He writes three articles a week that mostly focus on politics. While his focus on politics might not seem relevant to skeptics, he often finds a … Continue reading

30. January 2008 by Jon
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HAO Newsletter Announcement

The following a piece that I wrote the Humanist Association of Ottawa Newsletter introducing Ottawa Skeptics. It’s the first time that we revealed the new organization to the public.

17. January 2008 by Jon
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