Atheist Bus Ads Return

They’re back on the side of 2 Kelowna Transit buses to finish off the advertising campaign that was interrupted by a case of vandalism.

The billboards have been run in cities across the world by the skeptic group Centre for Inquiry, with the Okanagan chapter booking the space in Kelowna in April.  The ads suggest there may be no God.

“Kelowna is the only place, as far as we know, where the ads have been removed; and they have been run all over the world,” says Centre for Inquiry spokesperson Guy King.

The ads mysteriously vanshied half-way through the 4-week campaign.  Transit officials believe the billboards were professionally removed while the buses were parked in the Kelowna Transit compound.


Investigators still have no idea who the vandals are, and King can only speculate.

“I’d like to see whoever removed the ads come forward, and maybe reimburse us for the additional cost,” he says.

The group had to chip in to get the billboards remade.


The new billboards will make the rounds for the next 2 weeks.

Health Officials Insist Japan Radiation Crisis No Threat to Canada

Officials at Health Canada say there’s no immediate threat of harmful radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean to cause health problems in BC.  Health Canada’s Dr. Paul Gully is adamant that at present, residents have nothing to worry about.  ‘We can understand the concern,” says Dr. Gully, “everyone’s seen the images and everyone’s watching the news and that’s why we’re doing the evaluation and assessment but at the moment, there’s no risk to Canadians in Canada,” he says.  Gully adds you’re exposed to radition all the time.  “We all get exposed to radition all the time, either through natural radition or though diagnostic radiation in medicine,” Gully says, “even if we are in an airplane for a long flight, there is exposure there, too,” he says.  You can also be exposed to radiation from common electronics, like your cell phone.  Dr. Gully says any radioactive particles that do make the 7,000 kilometre journey across the Ocean will be mostly harmless by the time they get to North America.

There’s fears of nuclear contamination spreading as explosions and fires continue at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station.  Canadian government experts are keeping a close eye on the situation.  Canada has safety plans in the event of a nuclear emergency, but Dr. Gully doesn’t expect they’ll be needed