By Jason Pitzl-Waters
On May 8th data from Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey was released, including data on religion. The big headline from this data is that people claiming no specific religion, often called “nones,” now make up around 24% of the Canadian population.
“Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that . . . → Read More: Canada’s 25,495 Pagans (and 7.8 Million ‘Nones’)
By Diane Morrison
This weekend, which is a holiday long weekend north of the 49th Parallel, Pagans from all over the vast expanse of the Canadian landscape will be meeting in Gatineau, Quebec (which is just across the river from our capital city Ottawa) to discourse on what it is to be Canadian and Pagan, . . . → Read More: Gaia Gathering: The Canadian National Pagan Conference
From the CBC website:
TINCTOR’S FOUL MANUAL
Our ideas about witches and witch hunts may come from an extraordinary manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It’s one of only four known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French, it created the framework for witch hunts. Dave Redel . . . → Read More: CBC’s “Ideas” Explores 15th-Century Witch-Hunting Manual
By Diane Morrison
Because I released a new CD in these past two weeks since my last blog entry here, I have had music on the brain, and it occurs to me that Canada has a few talented Pagan musicians who deserve recognition. Because we have a smaller population than the US, it’s harder for . . . → Read More: Canadian Pagan Musicians You Won’t Want to Miss
By Diane Morrison
A lot of people have been reading and circulating the recent articles that were written by my fellow Patheos.com blogger, Jason Mankey, about the “25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism”. He wrote an “American Wing” article and a “European Wing” article, and I thought they were excellent, . . . → Read More: 25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism (Canadian Wing)
By Danielle Sachs
Hilary Jones may not fly around on a broom but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one around when the high priestess isn’t leading rituals among the Wiccan faithful.
By day Jones is general manager of the NWT Mine Training Society. She is also president of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife True . . . → Read More: Yellowknife Wiccan Community 200-strong: High Priestess
By Randy Boswell
Archeologists have shed stunning new light on the extinct Beothuk nation of Newfoundland, revealing through a study of carved pendants unearthed from coastal burial sites that the ill-fated people — who had inhabited the region for at least 1,000 years before the devastating arrival of Europeans in the 15th century — placed . . . → Read More: Birds were the Heart of Extinct Beothuk Nation’s Religion: Study
By Alex Ballingall
Even though he thinks the weathered tome is a fascinating cultural treasure, unearthed by chance in a musty section of an Albertalibrary, Andrew Gow doesn’t like to be near it.
“It’s a very, very nasty piece of work, and I can tell you that I don’t like to touch it,” he . . . → Read More: Rare Witchcraft Book Discovered in Alberta Library
Ecologists Find Threshold Values for Natural Wildfires
Large forest regions in Canada are apparently about to experience rapid change. Based on models, scientists can now show that there are threshold values for wildfires just like there are for epidemics. Large areas of Canada are apparently approaching this threshold value and may in future exceed it . . . → Read More: Rapid Rise in Wildfires in Large Parts of Canada?
By Robin Dudgeon
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) has a very interesting tool to teach Aboriginal students about their mythology — an inflatable planetarium.
Wilfred Buck, who hails from Opaskwayak Cree Nation but now works for (MFNERC), tours his inflatable planetarium around the province to different schools as part of the MFNERC . . . → Read More: Mythology in the stars