Science

The BC Humanist Association supports a science-based approach to public policy and we are generally skeptical of unproven ‘alternative medicines’ such as homeopathy. We are concerned by anti-science rhetoric surrounding debates over climate change, electromagnetic radiation (for example, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and cell phones), and genetically-modified foods. Recent reductions in funding to science, muzzling of public scientists, and the promotion of non-evidence based treatments threaten our society's ability to make informed decisions on the best available evidence.

We have signed Evidence for Democracy's Science Pledge and the Declaration of the Voices-Voix Declaration Coalition defending advocacy and dissent in Canada.

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CBC thinks science is just an opinion

Evolution is a fact. Evolution is so established as a scientific fact that I’m not actually going to spend time proving that here. Instead you can go read entire databases debunking anti-evolution myths. So it should be fair and uncontroversial to say that something like Biblical creationism, which offers an alternate...

Speaking up for Dissent in Canada

As part of its commitment to freedom of expression and the importance of dissent, the BC Humanist Association has signed onto the new Voices-Voix Declaration. The 2016 Declaration succeeds the previous declaration which decried the muzzling of government scientists, political audits of charities and general advocacy chill. With the election...

BCHA speaks out against pseudoscience on Vancouver Island

The BC Humanist Association and Centre for Inquiry Canada have spoken out against events on Vancouver Island featuring alternative medicine proponent Brian Clement. Clement has been widely criticized for reportedly claiming that after attending his clinic people have been cured of a wide range of conditions including multiple sclerosis. Last...

BC Humanists take the #SciencePledge

We believe that all Canadians benefit when governments solicit, collect and use the evidence and expertise needed to make smart policy decisions that safeguard the health, safety and prosperity of Canadians. We support actions that invest in public-interest science; ensure open, honest and timely communication of scientific information; and make public...

Low HPV vaccination rates in Fraser Health region highlight danger of religious influence on BC schools

Several Christian schools have the lowest HPV vaccination rates among their Grade 9 students in the Fraser Health region, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun. The Sun obtained vaccination records for schools in the region which covers Burnaby to Hope. Just 61% of Grade 9 girls received the vaccine in...

BC Humanist Response to Climate Leadership Plan

British Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in North America to introduce a carbon tax and has committed to aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. More action is needed to reach those targets and the Government recently released a consultation asking for input on what it’s priorities and...

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