Entries by KASHA

Commercialism… The True Meaning of Christmas?

Being an Atheist, my husband often talks about the ridiculousness of holidays like Christmas. “So, you don’t want any gifts?” I’d ask him. Turns out he only wants the gifts. It was true – we were mainly celebrating the commercialism part of Christmas. Sure, we were slightly more generous over the Christmas holidays but that […]

Daily Courier columnist right about prayers at council meetings

Previously published in Daily Courier  Nov. 21 Editor: I want to congratulate Ron Seymour on his thoughtful, and in my opinion enlightened, piece in The Daily Courier’s Nov 5 edition regarding prayers at inaugurations. It is high time all our town and city councils comply with the Supreme Court ruling against prayer in the public […]

Secular Gratitude

Do you ever find yourself in an awkward position where a spiritual grace is being said and you are conflicted about whether you should bow your head, clasp your hands, and close your eyes…out of ‘respect’ or a feeling of some sort of obligation? Holiday season means more family dinners and company work parties… what […]

Educational Links from Electoral Reform Discussion

On October 26th, we had Dr. Andrew Irvine (No-PR) and Dr. Wayne Broughton (Yes- PR) present their perspectives on the upcoming referendum on changing our electoral system from First Past the Post to a form of Proportional Representation. They have kindly shared their references from their respective presentations.  Elections BC must RECEIVE your ballot before […]

Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying

Dying with Dignity Canada is the national non-profit organization committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end of life rights and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.  DWD defends human rights by advocating  for assisted dying rules that respect the Canadian constitution and the Charter of Rights and freedoms. DWD as an organization provide personal support […]

Alligator Pants Sewing Lessons

In the bottom of my bedroom closet, there is a box containing a sewing machine. I use it every once in a while to hem a pair of pants or fix a seam somewhere — no major projects anymore. But back in high school…shiny alligator-print faux leather pants? a long-sleeved autumnal dress with tons of buttons? a […]

KASHA Supports SOGI Education Policies

The Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists Association (KASHA) has become concerned with the misinformation being spread regarding the inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policies and education in BC schools. The decision by school districts to utilize SOGI 123, a collection of tools and resources for educators, resulted from the BC Ministry of […]

Homeopathy – Diluted Remedies

By Andre Picard – The Globe and Mail “Homeopathy was conceived by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century. It is based on the belief that “like cures like“ and that the dilution and shaking of a substance – a process called “potentiation” – renders it not weaker but stronger. Homeopaths believe that the water […]

Dave Robinson

Name: Dave Robinson Birthplace: Vancouver, BC What type of work have you done? I trained as a geologist at university (UBC); however, my working life has been in the Canadian military. I lived in a number of locations across Canada and had a number of different jobs before retiring to Kelowna in 2016 after 30 […]

Breaking the Romance Rules

There are the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and the Little Mermaid…and, of course, the men they fall in love with and — depending on which versions of the stories you happen to read — live with happily ever after.  And there is the story that I’m most familiar with: Christian Girl Meets and Marries […]