Announcements

Revised Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

At the 2015 February 9 Board of Director's meeting, revised Vision, Mission, and Values statements were approved. They now read:

The RASC Vision To be Canada's premiere organization of amateur and professional astronomers, promoting Astronomy to all.

The RASC Mission To enhance understanding of and inspire curiosity about the Universe, through public outreach, education, and support for astronomical research.

The RASC Values

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New Personal Logins - Your Login ID May Have Changed!

As part of the launch of the new RASC website, some member login names are being changed from a five-digit member ID to a personal name made up of the member's initials and last name. This will affect all members who have not changed their default login ID to a personal ID. To find out how to change your login you can check out a new video or visit https://secure.rasc.ca.

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New RASC Website Now On-line

On behalf of the Webteam and the IT Committee I'm pleased to inform you that our new website is now up and running. We've successfully migrated a great deal of content from our old CMS version to the latest and greatest. While there is still some work to be done we are ready to "go public" with our new site. Here are the highlights:

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Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area to Become Canada's First Nocturnal Preserve!

The RASC is pleased to designate Canada's first Nocturnal Preserve, located in Alberta. Please see the Media Release for more information!

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The RASC Purchases SkyNews

The Board of Directors of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) are pleased to announce that the RASC has purchased SkyNews Incorporated.

SkyNews Inc. has published SkyNews magazine since 1999.  SkyNews Inc. also owns SkyNews.ca and  publishes a monthly e-newsletter.  SkyNews is the Canadian magazine for amateur astronomers and is the only popular, English-language science magazine for adults published in Canada.

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Halifax GA 2015- National Office Closure

The office will be closed from July 1-6 due to staff attending the GA in Halifax. For any urgent matters, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Canada Day! Have a safe and happy holiday!

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RASC National Office Closed June 24th

Please note that the RASC Society Office will be closed on Wednesday June 24th due to building maintenance.

We will re-open Thursday June 25th.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Extended Annual Report 2014 is available online!

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David Dunlap Observatory donated to the RASC Toronto Centre

The RASC Toronto Centre has announced that Canada’s largest optical telescope is being donated to the dedicated amateur astronomers who’ve looked after it for the last six years.

It’s a great outcome for the David Dunlap Observatory – which is 80 years old this year.

Please see the announcement on www.theDDO.ca for more information.

 

Randy Attwood

Executive Director

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Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015)

Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015) died on 2015 April 6. Haas was renowned for the skill, integrity, and intelligence he brought to the serious observation of solar-system objects. He also possessed effective organizational and leadership skills, which bore fruit in the founding and sustaining of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO, 1947-), one of the outstanding organizations fostering meaningful amateur solar-system work.

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