Bc Humanists Podcast

Synopsis

We are building a community based on reason and compassion in BC through education, outreach, support, and advocacy. This podcast contains recordings of speakers at our weekly Sunday Meetings in Vancouver. Some speakers may use profanity or discuss explicit content.

Episodes

  • Bree Gardner - AccessBC

    Bree Gardner - AccessBC

    30/08/2019 Duration: 41min

    AccessBC are a group of young people from around British Columbia who are concerned with removing barriers to accessing prescription contraception. Visit https://www.accessbc.org/ Bree is a multi-disciplinary activist originally hailing from Dartmouth, NS. Trans-spectrum, chronically ill, queer, disabled, and experiencing poverty, Bree’s primary focus is on Safer Spaces, Harm Reduction, and Access to Healthcare. They are an abortion doula certified through Full Spectrum Doula Collective Canada, and a practicing herbalist. Bree has worked with music festivals across the country to provide safer spaces and harm reduction policies, spoken at numerous conferences, regularly teaches workshops, and formerly hosted a podcast addressing the ongoing concerns of grassroots organizing - particularly as it pertains to queer and trans-spectrum folks.

  • Donald Baker: How South Korea became a democracy

    Donald Baker: How South Korea became a democracy

    08/04/2019 Duration: 37min

    THE GWANGJU TRAGEDY AND HOW SOUTH KOREA BECAME A DEMOCRACY (Via Wikipedia) In May 1980, peaceful demonstrations took place in Gwangju against Chun Doo-hwan, leader of the South Korean military coup d'état of December 12, 1979. The demonstrations were suppressed by military forces, including elite units of the Special Operations Command. The situation escalated after a violent crackdown, resulting in the Gwangju Uprising, where civilians raided armouries and armed themselves. By the time the uprising was suppressed 9 days later, many hundreds of civilians and several police forces / soldiers were dead. After civilian rule was reinstated in 1987, a national cemetery was established, honouring the victims of the incident. Professor Donald Baker witnessed the crackdown firsthand in 1980 and went on to study Korean history at the University of Washington. Since 1987 he has been teaching Korean history and civilization at the University of British Columbia. He will speak about his experiences and the influence of

  • Charlotte Ross - Nurses addictions programs

    Charlotte Ross - Nurses' addictions programs

    14/03/2019 Duration: 42min

    Apologies for the poor audio quality in this recording. Charlotte Ross is a nurse who recently completed her PhD Thesis in SFU's Department of Health Sciences. Her research looked at substance use practices among nurses across Western Canada. Her work highlights the prevalence of AA or 12-Step based practices, despite participants disagreements with the moral and religious basis. She has interrogated some of the forces that have led to the dominance of 12-Step treatments and what alternatives exist. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Boris Reitman - Atheism QA and the history of Judaism

    Boris Reitman - Atheism Q&A and the history of Judaism

    08/03/2019 Duration: 40min

    Boris Reitman runs the local Atheism Q&A meetup and has a background in philosophy. In this talk he will talk about his group and give one of his presentations on the origins of Judaism. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Lisa Shapiro: Becoming a thinking woman: Women and education in the 17th century

    Lisa Shapiro: Becoming a thinking woman: Women and education in the 17th century

    07/03/2019 Duration: 49min

    Lisa Shapiro is a professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She heads New Narratives in the History of Philosophy, which aims to develop new narratives of our philosophical past that centrally include women thinkers, and thereby to reconfigure, enrich and reinvigorate the philosophical canon, focusing on the early modern period (roughly 1560-1810). In this talk she touches on the New Narratives project and a few women philosophers in the 17th Century who raised the prospect that men and women are equal and started schools for girls. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Arne Mooers - Are some animals more equal than others?

    Arne Mooers - Are some animals more equal than others?

    12/02/2019 Duration: 44min

    Are some animals more equal than others? SFU Professor Arne Mooers expands on his recent piece in The Conversation to look at the philosophy and ethics underlying efforts at conservation. https://theconversation.com/losing-some-species-may-matter-more-than-losing-others-108337

  • Bethany Lindsay - Reporting on pseudoscience

    Bethany Lindsay - Reporting on pseudoscience

    06/02/2019 Duration: 33min

    Bethany Lindsay is a CBC news reporter and former biologist. In 2018, she published investigations into bogus medical claims being made online, the lack of oversight of alternative medicines and BC chiropractors who promoted anti-vaccine messaging. She previously worked for the Vancouver Sun, North Shore News and CTV. She is the author of British Columbia Burning: The worst wildfire season in BC history.

  • Laura Track - Human rights in British Columbia

    Laura Track - Human rights in British Columbia

    04/02/2019 Duration: 42min

    Laura is a human rights lawyer and the Director of Education in Community Legal Assistance Society's Human Rights Clinic. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a strong interest in making legal knowledge accessible. She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to help people understand their human rights and comply with their legal obligations.

  • Nathanael Lauster - Death  Life of the Single Family House

    Nathanael Lauster - Death & Life of the Single Family House

    04/02/2019 Duration: 44min

    Nathanael Lauster is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC and author of the award-winning book, The Death and Life of the Single Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City (Temple University Press). His book and work investigate the regulatory power attached to the house and its impact on the shape and inhabitability of North American cities. He examines the transformation of Vancouver as a key city and talk to residents about their experiences with housing. Since the 1960s, Vancouver has curbed sprawl and opened up more alternatives to the single family house than any other metropolis on the continent. During the same time it's become heralded as one of the world’s "most livable cities,” providing lessons for how other transformations might proceed. Interviews with residents provide insight into the cultural importance of the house and detail the urban problems it seems to solve, but also underscore its catastrophic impact. Too many houses create barriers to making the city a bett

  • Ian Bushfield - Secular BC

    Ian Bushfield - Secular BC

    07/01/2019 Duration: 40min

    2018 saw the end of Canada's blasphemy law, the rejection of TWU's law school and an easing of restrictions on charities' free speech. Building off this momentum, Humanists and secularists in British Columbia have the opportunity to make significant gains in 2019. Ian Bushfield, executive director of the BC Humanist Association, will outline some of the BCHA's priorities in our Secular BC campaign.

  • Ian Waddell - Pass the torch

    Ian Waddell - Pass the torch

    18/12/2018 Duration: 30min

    Ian Waddell is a Canadian politician, author and filmmaker who served in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1993 and in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1996 to 2001. Currently, Waddell is a documentary film producer and a consultant in environmental and aboriginal affairs. In December 2013 he was appointed the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for his merit and exceptional contribution to law. His film The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Votewon the Best Producer Award in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. He lives in Vancouver. He spoke to us about his new memoir, Take the Torch. He begins with reference to a recent CPAC interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5MrSAWy37k To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Sex Ed is Our Right

    Sex Ed is Our Right

    10/12/2018 Duration: 29min

    Two educators behind the "Sex Ed Is Our Right" campaign talk about the importance of sexual health, sexual orientation and gender identity education in BC schools. Ghada is from YouthCo HIV & Hep C Society and Darren is from the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health. To learn more about the campaign visit https://www.sexedisourright.ca/ To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Victoria Shroff - Animals and the law

    Victoria Shroff - Animals and the law

    03/12/2018 Duration: 46min

    V. Victoria Shroff is one of the first and longest serving animal law practitioners in Canada. She has been practising animal law civil litigation for nearly 20 years in Vancouver at Shroff and Associates and has been recognized for her work in animal law. She is adjunct professor of animal law at UBC’s Allard Hall Law School and is frequently interviewed by media. Ms Shroff also founded an animal law and social literacy program called Paws of Empathy. Contact her at shroff@telus.net, @shroffanimallaw, LinkedIn or https://experts.news.ubc.ca/expert/victoria-shroff/ Her presentation will run through her practice in the field, animal law 101 and she will have talking points about animal welfare and animal rights. She will include specific examples relevant to Canadian law concerning animal liability, cruelty, pet custody etc. She will also highlight some important international animal law trends. Finally, she'll touch on some social philosophy concepts that intersect with animal law. To learn more about the

  • Valorie Crooks - Medical Tourism Equity Ethics Safety

    Valorie Crooks - Medical Tourism Equity Ethics Safety

    26/11/2018 Duration: 48min

    Valorie Crooks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She is a health geographer and specialize in health services research. She is particularly interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health care delivery and receipt. She primary engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research. She has been studying medical tourism since 2009 and has led and continues to lead several studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on this topic. She has a particular interest in understanding how patients experience obtaining privately-funded medical care abroad through this global health services industry. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit bchumanist.ca

  • Sharon Gregson - $10aDay

    Sharon Gregson - $10aDay

    20/11/2018 Duration: 29min

    BC families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care. Fees are too high — the second highest family expense after housing. Wait lists are too long — less that 20% of children under the age of 12 in BC have access to a regulated child care space. And too often families are forced into unregulated care, with no safety standards. The $10aDay Child Care Plan is the solution to BC’s child care crisis. Since its release, the $10aDay Child Care Plan has been enthusiastically endorsed and supported by a growing number of individuals and organizations. Sharon Gregson is an advocate for the $10aDay Child Care Campaign. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca

  • Let Peace Be Their Memorial 2018

    Let Peace Be Their Memorial 2018

    15/11/2018 Duration: 26min

    Since 2016 the BC Humanist Association and Vancouver Peace Poppies have co-hosted ‘Let Peace be Their Memorial’, an annual wreath-laying ceremony. Held in Vancouver, BC on the afternoon of November 11, it commemorates civilian victims of war. About 200 people attended this year. This year our keynote speaker was Tima Kurdi of the Kurdi Foundation . A Syrian-born resident of Coquitlam, she has been speaking around the world of the plight of Syrian and other refugees. Her book “The Boy on the Beach” is a heartwarming and heartrending story about impossible choices forced on a happy ordinary family.

  • Donald Gutstein - The Big Stall

    Donald Gutstein - The Big Stall

    13/11/2018 Duration: 37min

    The Big Stall traces the origins of the government's climate change plan back to the energy sector itself — in particular Big Oil. It shows how, in the last fifteen years, Big Oil has infiltrated provincial and federal governments, academia, media and the non-profit sector to sway government and public opinion on the realities of climate change and what needs to be done about it. DONALD GUTSTEIN is a former professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and co-director of NewsWatch Canada, a media-monitoring project at the school. He is the author of Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada as well as four other books on the links between large corporations, politics and the media. He lives in Vancouver. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://bchumanist.ca

  • Dr Lynne Marks - Infidels and the damn churches

    Dr Lynne Marks - Infidels and the damn churches

    05/11/2018 Duration: 41min

    Dr Lynne Marks is a professor of history at the University of Victoria. She studies Canadian history, women’s and gender history and the social history of religion/irreligion and atheism. Her 2017 book, ​Infidels and the Damn Churches: Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia, looks at why British Columbians in the past have been less religious than those in the rest of Canada. This pattern remains true today, but she explores it for the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, asking questions about how this particularly secular pattern links to issues of gender and class, as well as race and racism, in this early period.

  • Craig Keating - What Jordan Peterson gets wrong about postmodernism

    Craig Keating - What Jordan Peterson gets wrong about postmodernism

    22/10/2018 Duration: 50min

    Craig Keating completed his PhD in 20th century European history at McMaster University in 1996. He joined the Department of History at Langara College in January 1992, and has also taught at UBC and Simon Fraser University. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://bchumanist.ca

  • Stephen Tweedale - Meta-Ethics and Progressive Politics

    Stephen Tweedale - Meta-Ethics and Progressive Politics

    15/10/2018 Duration: 31min

    "The strongest reasons that count for or against any policy are always moral reasons," wrote philosophy student Stephen Tweedale at the beginning of a six-part blog series on developing an ethical framework for contemporary progressive politics. In this talk, Stephen will summarize his arguments, covering the ideas of John Rawls, TM Scanlon, Elizabeth Anderson and Martha Nussbaum. Stephen Tweedale is a philosophy student at Simon Fraser University and blogs about politics and philosophy at Popcorn Machine.

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