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Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: Our guest speaker this month will be Dan Weaver, who will be speaking to us about Canadian government obstruction of science, and the efforts of Evidence for Democracy to combat it. As most of you are aware, science in Canada has been struggling lately, especially if you are working for the federal government. Many scientists have complained of being muzzled, and needing to jump through numerous hops before they are allowed to talk to the press or the public. These scientists are conducting research that is supposedly done to benefit Canadians, and is paid for by your tax dollars, but access to the information discovered is increasingly difficult.
Evidence for Democracy is an organisation composed of Canadian scientists, and among their goals are restoring public access, and allowing scientists to communicate their findings without censorship.
Dan Weaver is a PhD candidate in atmospheric physics at the University of Toronto. His work primarily revolves around measurements taken at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) on Ellesmere Island, near Eureka, Nunavut.
The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) ( http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points.
As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 30 and 50 attendees.
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