The Ottawa Skeptics aim to promote the use of the scientific method, critical thinking and rational thought in our community. Ottawa Skeptics supports high standards of scientific integrity, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. We have one bias: Science is the best method for determining objective truth.

Please contact us if you have any questions or information about local strange occurrences or claims. We enjoy researching and answering people's questions about the paranormal, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, and other issues that are 'on the fringe' of science.

The Ottawa Skeptics produce a weekly 45 minute podcast called The Reality Check that explores skepticism, scientific controversies and curiosities. We also hold regular events; if you live in the Ottawa region and would like to join us, please feel free to come along. Upcoming meetings are announced on facebook and of course right here in this meetup group.

We run a monthly Skeptics in the Pub meeting (in the spirit of Café Scientifique) which takes place on the second Sunday of each month. Although it is typically held in a pub, our events are family friendly. Children and infants are welcome!

Past topics have included:

  • Dr. Leslie Sage of Nature on why astronomy matters
  • Alternative Fuels: How to Drive to the Grocery Store Without Killing Everyone On The Planet
  • The science of names
  • Intravenous Treatment for Multiple Ailments: Panacea or Fleecing of the Gullible
  • Dr Yoni Freedhoff: weight loss myths
  • Debunking common climate change denial myths
  • Justin Trottier: "The New Age Movement & Science: A Love-Hate Relationship"
  • The likelihood of alien life evolving on other planets
  • Why evolution is true
  • Homeopathy: the dilution delusion

In addition to the monthly talks, we hold regular Drinking Skeptically social events, a Science-Based Pub Quiz every three months or more, an annual Darwin Day celebration and a Skepticamp. In 2011, we staged a mass homeopathic overdose on Parliament Hill. There were no fatalities.

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Recent Meetups

  • October 6 · 7:00 PM

    Applied Rationality: Propogating Urges

    19 Skeptics | 3.50 3.503

    Have you ever really wanted to do something (like write a book) but found that you didn't actually want to do the work for it right then (so that each time you sat down... Learn more
  • October 4 · 5:30 PM

    Outdoor movie night!

    2 Skeptics

    Join us for an outdoor movie night at Frank's place in Bells Corners. Main feature: "Saved!" (2004) Includes: outdoor screen, BBQ burgers BYOB! Rain date: October 11th.... Learn more
  • August 24 · 12:00 PM

    March in Ottawa Capital Pride 2014

    3 Skeptics | 5.00 5.001

    You are invited to join the Centre for Inquiry and march in the Capital Pride parade. Details below: CFI-Canada has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, and a... Learn more
  • August 21 · 7:00 PM

    Drinking Skeptically With A Magyar

    8 Skeptics

    Not to be confused with any early Pink Floyd song, Andras Gabor Pinter will be in Ottawa for his annual meeting with our happy crew, and so an invite goes out to you!
  • May 20 · 7:00 PM

    Applied Rationality Series: The Value of Information

    10 Skeptics

    We live in a world that's full of information. You can find out almost anything that you want to–at a cost in time, attention, and sometimes money. When is the... Learn more
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