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10:23 Canada 2011 Events Announced

This coming weekend groups from all over Canada will be participating in the international 10:23 Campaign as they attempt a death-defying “overdose” from homeopathic medications.Participants will swallow “overdoses” of scam medications sold by major retailers which contain no active ingredients. The action is the culmination of a worldwide demonstration taking place in more than 25 countries to inform consumers about homeopathy. Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal will staging their own events.

The protests will show that ‘There’s Nothing In Homeopathy’, as homeopathic remedies available on the shelves of pharmacies and from private practitioners contain none of the natural ingredients they are supposedly based on, and have been shown by clinical trials to be no more effective than water.

Below are the links to each event:

Vancouver: Feb. 5th at 11:00 am Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side)

Edmonton: Feb. 5th, from 6:30pm-9pm – Block 1912 Café

Winnipeg: Feb. 5th at 10:23 am at Memorial Park in front of the Manitoba Legislature

Toronto: Feb. 5th at 12:00 noon Yonge and Dundas SW corner in front of Eaton Centre

Kitchener-Waterloo: Feb. 6th 1300 at Kitchener City Hall

Ottawa: Feb. 5th 10:00 – 11:00 am Parliament Hill

Montreal: Feb. 5th at 10:23am. 1400 Boul. Rene Levesque in front of Radio Canada

Facebook event

News, notes  and video about the events will be available on the 10:23 Canada blog site here.

Also, we’ve added an official “CFI Response to Homeopathy Supporters”


Extraordinary Claims Examined: Psychics, Homeopathy and Christ

Friday, January 21st 2011 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
University of Toronto – MacLeod Auditorium – 1 King’s College Circle, Room 2158

To officially launch CFI Canada’s  Extraordinary Claims campaign we will be hosting a panel discussion exploring three extraordinary claims: Psychics, Homeopathy and Christ. Professor James Alcock of York University will address Psychics, Dr. Iain Martel of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) will analyze Homeopathy and John Loftus, a former Christian Minister and apologist, will take on Christ.

The night will be moderated by Michael Kruse, co-chair of CASS.

$8, $5 for students and FREE for CFI Members. Click  here to become a CFI member.

To purchase advanced tickets, click here and scroll towards the bottom.

Members only reception is at 5:30 p.m. at CFI Ontario (216 Beverly St.).

Speaker Bios

James E. Alcock is Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of two critical books dealing with psychology and the paranormal “Parapsychology: Science or magic?” and “Science and Supernature”. He is co-editor of “Psi Wars”, co-author of a textbook of social psychology and author of fifteen book chapters and numerous articles and papers. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Skeptical Inquirer, The Skeptic Magazine (Great Britain), The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine; and the Council for Scientific Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, and is a Consulting Editor of The Journal of Near-death Studies. He is a founding Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), and is a member of its Executive Council.

John W. Loftus is a former Christian minister and apologist with M.A., M.Div., and Th.M. degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and the Philosophy of Religion from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John is the founder of the popular blog “Debunking Christianity” which has gained quite a following. He is the author of the book, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and he has edited a forthcoming book titled: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, to be published with Prometheus Books in 2010.

Iain Martel is a former lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he taught courses in Logic and the Philosophy of Science. With a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, his academic research focuses on the metaphysics of physics. As co-chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism and member of CFI Canada’s National Executive Council, he now applies his critical thinking skills to debunking pseudoscientific claims in the public sphere.

For your convenience we also coordinate this and other events and invite online discussion at the following social networking sites:


We are able to produce this and many other events of its kind due to memberships and donations given by people just like you. For reasons to join Centre for Inquiry, a full list of membership incentives and membership level options:

CFI Canada Support Page

Centre for Inquiry aims to foster a secular society by promoting reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry in every area of human endeavour.



Official Launch of

Extraordinary Claims


7 pm, Friday November 19 2010

@ CFI Ontario: 216 Beverley Street, Toronto ON (just south of College and St. George)

CFI Members Only! Click here to become a Member.

To officially launch CFI Canada’s Extraordinary Claims campaign we will be hosting a Members-Only reception where the streetcar ads, website and merchandise for the campaign will be unveiled. Toasts will be given by representatives of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, Canadian Secular Alliance and the Centre for Inquiry Science Advisers.

CFI Canada’s Extraordinary Claims Campaign will feature bus ads, educational events and online discussions to challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves.

Food and drinks will be provided.

CFI Ottawa Presents:

Dan Falk:

In Search of Time

7:30 PM, Friday November 19, 2010

@ Ottawa Citizen Conference Room, 1101 Baxter Road Ottawa ON

Time is at once intimately familiar and yet deeply mysterious. It is thoroughly intangible: we say it flows like a river – yet when we try to examine that flow, the river seems reduced to a mirage. No wonder philosophers, poets, and scientists from Aristotle to Einstein have grappled with the enigma of time for centuries.

In his latest book, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension (McClelland & Stewart), science journalist Dan Falk explores some of the most intriguing aspects of time. In this illustrated talk, Dan will show how our ancestors first learned to measure time; how Newton and Leibniz argued over its nature; how Einstein linked time and space; along with a brief look at the physics of time travel and the paradoxes it seems to entail.

For more info, click here!



CFI Vancouver Presents:

The Skeptic’s Guide

to the

Universe Live

2:30 PM, Saturday November 20 2010

@ University of British Columbia’s Hebb Theatre, 2045 East Mall, Vancouver BC

CFI Vancouver is proud to present a live show of the long-running and highly popular science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, with music by special guest George Hrab!


The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe started over 5 years ago with a small audience and modest goals. Since then it has become a favourite of the skeptical community with over 100,000 downloads per week. With more than 270 episodes over 5 years, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is one of the oldest and most widely listened to skeptical podcasts on the Internet and has been the introduction to skepticism for tens of thousands of people.

Host of the podcast, Dr. Steven Novella, along with three of his usual “skeptical rogues”, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein, and Jay Novella, will be in Vancouver to record an episode of their podcast in front of a live audience.



CFI Montreal Presents:

Spooky Science: Quantum Mechanics

Where You’d Least Expect It

with Professor Bill Coish

7 pm, Thursday December 9 2010

@ McGill University, Arts West, Room 120, Montreal QC

CFI Members FREE, Students $5, General $7

This event will mark the official launch of the Centre for Inquiry Canada ‘s Extraordinary Claims Campaign which will challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves. In this spirit, quantum mechanics makes some extraordinary claims, but unlike supernatural claims, it does provide ample evidence for them. In fact, quantum mechanics and particle physics make the most accurate predictions in all science. Join us for a journey through the spookiest and most counter-intuitive aspects of reality.

Click here for more info!

Click here for CFI Montreal Facebook group!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2014 3:15 PM

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  2. July 14, 2013 12:37 PM

    Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t know afterward its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it occurs.

  3. December 30, 2010 4:59 AM

    In the list of extraordinary claims, what about a reference to dowsing?

    Was it forgotten?…

  4. December 9, 2010 5:56 PM

    :) It’s funny, here we have a website that is advocating a very impotant corollary of skepticism and thoughtful inquiry; extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and we have antagonists posting on the site with juvenile, silly parlor tricks. This is their extraordinary evidence, tricks that have not been vetted by even the slightest element of skeptical inguiry. It’s hilarious. Try to understand what this site conveys: if you are going to prove to us that a vast and powerful deity exits, that has created, defined, and currently observes and controls all things in this universe, than real and substantial evidence must exist and it must be extraordianry and must be transcendant. But we never ever see anything that transcends the natural laws, and when we look at human behaviour, we never see anything that transcends the natural human condition, good or bad. This beautiful natural world is never good enough for the deeply religious without them having to imbue it with man made fantasies like souls and spirits. To me, the reality of this world is all natural and incredibly beautiful and that is a very good thing.

  5. GME permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:23 PM

    @Alfonso Flores V,
    Hey, if the shoe fits…

    Being an object of ridicule is an unpleasant experience, but ridicule is a natural reaction to something that is ridiculous. It’s no different than something funny being the object of laughter, and I won’t pretend otherwise.

    Making ridiculous claims and expecting anything more than ridicule is ridiculous in itself.

  6. December 6, 2010 9:25 AM

    @GME: Ridicule advances nothing and spoils everything. What feelings or beliefs a worshiper has certainly won’t be shaken by an observer equating them with stupidity.

    @Zack: The fact that only one person enters the tomb then emerges with fire is suspicious. Do you agree?

    @CFI: This campaign sounds great! Good work.

  7. GME permalink
    December 3, 2010 7:53 PM

    LOL @ Zack. You really need this. The CFI exists because people like you just don’t get it on your own. How do people like you even find your way out of the house every day? THAT’S what I’d call a miracle!! LOL.

    (*by way of explanation, I’d suggest that it’s a chemical reaction of some sort, not anything magical)

    By the way, coming up with ONE thing that the average joe might struggle with an explanation for does not exactly stand as proof of divine influence. People don’t walk around with encyclopedias, on the off chance that some pop quizzing loony takes them by surprise.

  8. Zack permalink
    December 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    Then fellow atheists, how would you explain the supernatural fire/light that emerge from the Holy Church in Jerusalem every Easter since year 0001 to-date? Don’t believe? Go there and book a space on the Orthodox Easter- one week after the Catholic one- eve and see. All of us and you and children of the Christ, he is out there knocking to enter your hearts, do not toughen your hearts fellows.

  9. NMenzie permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:05 PM

    I’d love to see one in Charlottetown, PEI as well…

  10. November 18, 2010 7:56 PM

    Wow, I love to see things like this popping up more and more often in Canada. I’d like to see some of it in my home city of St. John’s, Newfoundland too!


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