Entries by KASHA

All Lives Matter vs Black Lives Matter

Here in Kelowna or in the interior of BC, I have found that some people don’t really understand what the difference is between the slogans – All Lives Matter vs Black Lives Matter (BLM). The slogan All Lives Matter feels kind of humanist doesn’t it? Don’t Humanists fight for everyone’s human rights? All Lives Matter […]

How did the federal candidates answer the KASHA survey?

Daniel Mallett, KASHA board member, decided to ask our federal candidates questions that would be of interest to KASHA members. Each candidate had access to a survey on our website. Here are the results: Here is the list of everyone I contacted: Name Party Riding Marc Reinarz Green North Okanagan-Shuswap Cindy Derkaz Liberal North Okanagan-Shuswap […]

Divorcing Religion and Recovering from Religious Trauma

Many people who grew up in strict religious or dogmatic family situations are essentially brainwashed as they grow up. They are taught a very narrow vision of how the world works and anyone not part of the group think are either enemies of the ‘paradise’, or lost souls which need to be saved . Leaving […]

Keepsake Notebooks….

In my mom’s apartment, there is a desk with a not-quite-matching chair. On a shelf above the desk, a bit to the right, there are now about a dozen notebooks. The notebooks are similar in size – about 6″ by 8″ and about 100 pages each. They’re different colours, and some are plain while others have patterned covers. They’re cheap […]

Daniel Mallett

Birthplace:  Edmonton, Alberta What type of work do you do? You mean when I’m not busy volunteering for the KASHA board?  I’m a computer scientist by education so pay the bills designing enterprise software systems and fixing them when they inevitably break. Those who say AI will take over the world need to see a […]

Tea Bag Tag Advice for a New Year

I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years, and this year wasn’t an exception. It’s too much of a guarantee and too much of a letdown that the momentum of that resolution will run out by about January 8. If I haven’t been able to conquer some ongoing unhealthy habit for months or perhaps […]

The Mystery of the Missing Horoscope

I regularly read local news on Castanet, but was always dismayed to see the Horoscope section prominently displayed along with important news. So, I decided to write to Castanet. Maybe my letter was never even opened. Maybe it was one of many that were sent in. Maybe it was the little push needed to convince editors […]

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 […]