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Bill C-51 and the Power of Inspectors

According to StopC51’s propaganda campaign, Bill C-51 is set to empower Gestapo-like health product inspectors to enter your property without permission or warrant, confiscate and dispose of your property, seize your bank accounts, give you a $5M fine and throw … Continue reading

18. August 2008 by barry
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StopC51 and Fuzzy Math

The StopC51 website shows a large pie chart with an 11% slice cut out under the heading “Percentage of Products Currently Approved.”  The title of the article is “Government Report Shows It’s Worse Than We Thought.”   Worse?  That’s saying … Continue reading

02. August 2008 by barry
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Quantum Physics in the Real World

   I have google alerts set for topics I find interesting.  Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Physics is one of those topics.  I was alerted to a press release yesterday:  “New Kind of Therapy Combines Quantum Mechanics with Psychology.  For those … Continue reading

21. July 2008 by Pat
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TCM Community Sucked In by StopC51 Propaganda

StopC51 continues to play on the fears of natural health product (NHP) users.  This time, the people who have been duped appear to be the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) community, according to articles in the Vancouver-based The Province (“Feds want … Continue reading

20. July 2008 by barry
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Bill C-51 on Summer Leave

With the Canadian Parliament adjourned for the summer, Bill C-51 is taking some much needed time off to allow cooler heads to prevail.  C-51 is the bill that will amend the Food and Drugs Act to provide an improved legislative … Continue reading

13. July 2008 by barry
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Are Skeptics Closed Minded?

Here at Ottawa Skeptics, we encounter all sorts of strange claims and ideas.  Being skeptics, we tend to doubt first, until the evidence sways us.  That’s the basis of skepticism.  Unfortunately, this does not sit well with many claim proponents.  … Continue reading

07. July 2008 by Jon
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Drinking Water Fearfully

I was driving blissfully to the grocery store the other day when I saw the following billboard on Cyrville Rd near Ogilvie:    It reminded me that I am not being paranoid about the water I drink.  After all, H2O … Continue reading

06. July 2008 by barry
Categories: Alt. Med, Topics | 5 comments

What is the Stupidest Thing You Have Heard about Bill C-51 Lately?

We should consider giving out an award in this category.  Here is a possible winner for June 2008 – Jeremy Arney, Canadian Action Party candidate for the federal electoral district of Saanich-Gulf Islands, BC.  Have a listen, but be warned, … Continue reading

02. July 2008 by barry
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TAM 6 Highlights

One percent of all skeptics are members of Ottawa Skeptics … or at least, that’s my extrapolation from TAM 6 attendance.  It might be a bit of a generalization.   Held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, TAM 6 … Continue reading

28. June 2008 by barry
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When did “My psychic told me” become “reasonable grounds”?

The law in Ontario requires that people in a position of care for children (eg. school personnel) are required to call in the Children’s Aid Society, if they have “reasonable grounds” to believe a child is being abused. The CAS … Continue reading

23. June 2008 by stevewatson
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