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Catherine Lovekin will be awarded 2009 Plaskett Medal

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Dave Lane, President, National Office
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Thu, 2009/04/02
Dear RASC and CASCA members,

We are very pleased to announce that the 2009 Plaskett Medal will be awarded to Dr. Catherine Lovekin.

Applications Due for Centre Projects Fund

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Randy Attwood, Mississauga
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Thu, 2007/11/29

The December 31 deadline is fast approaching for applications to the Centre Projects Fund.

The Centre Projects Fund was created by National Council in February 2006 with the intention that it provide funding for special initiatives at the centre level. Revenue comes from Sustaining Memberships and donations directed specifically to the Centre Projects Fund. The Centre Project Fund Trust Declaration clearly details the intended uses for these funds as well as the expectations of centres who receive grants.

New President of the RASC announced

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James Edgar, Regina
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Mon, 2008/04/14

The other members of the Executive Committee, with the endorsement of the Board Pilot Committee, have appointed Dave Lane as RASC National President. Dave will complete the term of Scott Young, which ends on 2008 June 30 (the second National Council meeting at the GA). As a result of this, Dave has resigned from the position of 1st Vice-President, which we expect will remain vacant until the GA.

We welcome Dave to his new role, and we ask you to give him all of your usual support and enthusiasm.

RASC President, Scott Young, Resigns

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James Edgar, Secretary, National Office
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Wed, 2008/04/09

It is with regret that we announce that Society President, Scott Young, has resigned his position, effective Saturday, 2008 April 5. This came as a surprise to everyone involved, and we are saddened by his decision. His resignation was related to a difference of opinion with his Executive Committee colleagues that made him feel he had lost the mandate to lead.

Mars Mission Concept Proposals Receive Funding

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Denis Grey, Toronto
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Tue, 2007/04/24

LONGUEUIL, QC, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - When a mission to Mars is being developed, mission planners must consider many factors. Space technology advances, scientific needs and objectives, how to deal with distance, communications delays, and landing through the thin Martian atmosphere-all this must converge into a useful, workable mission concept. Canadian companies and researchers are part of an international drive to respond to these and other challenges.

International Dark Sky Symposium at Mont Megantic - Update

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Denis Grey, Toronto
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Thu, 2007/07/05

You are cordially invited to the International Dark Sky Association Symposium at the ASTROLab at Mont-Mégantic Provincial Park sponsored by IDA-Quebec. RASC Light Pollution Abatement Chair Robert Dick will be a featured speaker at this event. The RASC will be delivering a paper outlining the evolution of the RASC LPA program and will also be involved with media promotion of this international event. Note that if any Centres wish to contribute their experiences to the RASC program, they are encouraged to contact the LPA Committee Chair prior to August 15th so it can be included in the paper presentation.

Lineup for Astronomy Rendezvous 2007

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Paul Gray, New Brunswick
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Mon, 2007/10/01

The 7th Annual Fall Astronomy Rendezvous will take place on November 17th this year and once again be located at Universite de Moncton. Held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the New Brunswick Centre, the event is comprised of several talks, door prizes, raffle draw and swap session.

Three Centres to Receive Grants from Centre Projects Fund

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Randy Attwood, David Clark & Patrice Scattolin, National Office
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Sat, 2007/06/30

The trustees of the Centre Projects Fund announced at the RASC General Assembly the award of three grants totalling $2,034 to the Hamilton, New Brunswick and Winnipeg Centres in support of their public outreach and member services.

Alan Dyer to Receive Simon Newcomb Award

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Alan Whitman, Okanagan
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Sat, 2007/06/02

Alan Dyer, a long-time member of the Calgary Centre and noted astronomy author has been selected as the recipient of the Simon Newcomb Award in 2007. This award will be presented at the General Assembly in Calgary later in June.

CHU Shortwave Signal to Continue

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Denis Grey, Toronto
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Sun, 2007/02/25

Canada's time-signal station, CHU, is now making the following brief announcement during even-numbered minutes: "CHU has been licensed to continue broadcasting on 7.335 MHz." (The same message is heard in French during odd-numbered minutes.) To those who made known your concerns to the National Research Council regarding the possible loss of this valuable transmission—on a frequency best heard at night, when astronomers dabble in their "occult phenomena"—the effort appears to have succeeded.

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