Our Darwin day event went off marvelous if I may say so myself, thanks to the assistance rendered by the staff (Kathryn Franklin) of the Mississauga Library and the Mississauga Freethought Association (Tom Ulanowski).
Dr. Doug Currie gave us an overview of the upcoming Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, including the rationale behind the exhibit, which will be one of the crowning achievements of the new ROM and a leading natural history exhibit on the continent.
Dr. Jason Wiles opened our eyes to the state of affairs regarding the dissemination of evolution information via the academic system in this country. We are not as bad as our American neighbours but we aren't lagging far behind... only 3 out of every 5 Canadians 'believes' in evolution BUT 46% still think that man co-existed with dinosaurs. We all owe it to the younger generations to do everything in our power to educate them on one of the fundamental theories of biology which will, in turn, help them make educated decisions on their future.
A spirited Q&A period followed his hour-long presentation. Zak Fiddes of CFI/atheistbus.ca was at the event selling fundraising material for the campaign which has topped $40,000 in less than a month. Our congratulations to them in getting the debate into the streets, literally. Check out the atheistbus.ca website for more information.