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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BCHA condemns proposal to create College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The BC Humanist Association is calling for the scrapping of a proposal to create a "Regulatory College of Complementary and Alternative Health and Care Professionals" by a committee tasked with modernizing BC's provincial health professions regulatory framework. The new regulatory college is being proposed to amalgamate existing colleges for chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists...

Enshrine evidence-based medicine in healthcare professions

The BC Humanist Association is calling on the government to end the recognition of chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners as part of planned reforms to the regulation of health professionals. An all-party committee is considering changes to the Health Professions Act. The review follows a previous inquiry...

Humanists welcome vaccination registry

Religion and ignorance should no longer be acceptable excuses to not vaccinate children, according to the BC Humanist Association as Vancouver is in the midst of a measles outbreak. The provincial government is in the process of establishing an immunization registry that parents will have to record their children's vaccination...

Scientists need time to make discoveries

By Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo Since the announcement that I won the Nobel Prize in physics for chirped pulse amplification, or CPA, there has been a lot of attention on its practical applications. It is understandable that people want to know how it affects them. But as a scientist,...

Cannabis legalization: Two steps forward and one step back?

The BC Humanist Association is welcoming legislation introduced by the Government of British Columbia today to regulate the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis but is expressing concerns at how some regulations may rely on pseudoscientific tests which put the civil liberties of British Columbians at risk. The BC Government...

Looking back on the Abbotsford creationism battles

All schools and Provincial schools must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles. The highest morality must be inculcated, but no religious dogma or creed is to be taught in a school or Provincial school. This section of British Columbia's School Act was written in 1876 and is, as...

Sex matters: Male bias in the lab is bad science

When I first started doing experimental biology, I noticed that we only looked at males. I was in a fly lab — a very good one — and we could have looked at males or females, or both, but we didn’t. We collected female flies to mate, of course (flies...

Rebuilding science capacity in Canada after a decade of destruction

Canada is emerging from a decade in which our government systematically dismantled the research capacity of our nation. The Liberal government has touted their support for science and evidence-based policies. One of their first actions was to put together an expert panel to review how fundamental research is funded in...

Act now for clinical trial transparency

As Humanists, we want to create compassionate world using the best available evidence. Unfortunately, the policies that govern our pharmaceutical medicines rely on neither our compassion nor the best evidence. The AllTrials Campaign, which I worked with Sense About Science on from 2013-2015, calls for every clinical trial to be...

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...

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