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The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
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The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
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Happy Darwinaversary! Origin of Species is 150

Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, the scientific landmark that reshaped the way we see the natural world. Don't forget to raise your glass tonight to wish Origin a very happy birthday.

While a lot of Canadian creationism happens via homeschooling (particularly in Saskatchewan), here is a picture of the little Creationism Museum in Alberta

However, the Lethbridge Herald comes to the rescue with a nice little piece on new fossil discoveries and evolution, as did the Morden Times in Manitoba.

But who knew "fossil rustling" was such an increasing problem? Professor Philip Currie of the University of Alberta, an eminent Canadian scientist who is chairman of the ethics committee of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology, said: "This is a huge international problem that affects most of us who do research in the field. I do a lot of work in China and Mongolia, where highly significant fossils, including new species of animals, feathered dinosaurs and birds, are regularly smuggled out illegally and sold at big international fossil shows and over the web."

The US civil rights watchdog People for the American Way has an interesting Creationism Timeline about the spread of Creationism and attempts to keep Darwin out of the public schools in the US. Here is another article on the rise of Creationism in Turkey, funded by creationism organizations in Seattle and Texas.

There is always work to be done - let's keep the fires of science burning bright, and celebrate Darwin's publication anniversary. Here is the Beagle Blog - a daily text from Darwin's Journal - for your final reading enjoyment today:

We wish you a happy Darwinaversary, and of course look forward to seeing you at our forums, events, and our next monthly meeting, on Saturday, Dec 12, 1:30-3pm, OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, in room 2-295, to hear Speaker Rick Phillips talk about the Symphonies of Beethoven.

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.