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2018 Elections Update


Craig Levine, our Society’s Past President, has advised that he will be ending his 3 year Director’s term 1 year early at the General Assembly in Calgary. Craig has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years now, including a term as President, after 6 busy years on National Council. On behalf of the Society and all of its Members, we wish Craig all the best and thank him for 10 years of service at the Society level of the RASC.

This leaves an additional 1 year Director’s term open, therefore all 4 Candidates standing for Director’s positions are acclaimed. Congratulations to all Candidates and thank you all in advance for your support and dedication to the RASC.

To read the candidate statements from the four elected candidates see 2018 Candidate Statements.

Robyn Foret

Vice President

Chair, Nominating Committee

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


eNews date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
eNews Tag: 
3 years 1 month ago
Open House Highlights

Over 50 people attended the RASC Archive History Centre Open House on Saturday May 12.

Local Member of Parliament James Maloney attended and announced that the RASC would receive funding for two summer students this year. The students will carry our various administrative assignments to enhance fundraising and RASC Centre public outreach activities.



The new RASC Archive History Centre.


MP James Maloney (Etobicoke Lakeshore) addresses the visitors. RASC President Colin Haig and Executive Director Randy Attwood are on either side of Mr Maloney.


Visitors listen to the opening ceremonies.


Archivist Randall Rosenfeld describes various Society archival items to members. 


Assistant Observer's Handbook Editor Chris Malicki chats with Archivist Randall Rosenfeld and Finance Manager Renata Koziol

eNews date: 
Monday, May 14, 2018
3 years 1 month ago
New Archive History Centre Open House

RASC Archive Open House: Join Us!

Who? RASC Members and their guests.

When? Saturday May 12, 2018

Where? 4920 Dundas St W, Unit 203

Time? 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Note: Guests are welcome to drop-in and stay for any length of time!


2018 marks 150 years of lasting organized astronomy in Canada, and that story is pre-eminently the story of the RASC. Join us on the afternoon of May 12th for an open house launching the official opening of our new Archives space! This invitation is extended to all RASC members, and their guests. The refurbished Archives facility is a RASC sesquicentennial project, providing improved storage, display, and consultation space for the RASC’s material heritage, and a congenial location for select meetings and programming, in a setting richly evocative of our history. The fabric of our history is a resource the entire Society can draw on as we build our future. 

If you’ve ever wondered if any of the telescopes in the iconic earliest RASC star-party images survived, or ever wanted to hear the probable sound of Galileo’s clock mechanism, or look at documents from our earliest years, or peer at Voltaire’s contribution to the Newton wars, or discover which famous astronomers left their mark in our archives and books, come to the open house! The history of the RASC is your history.

The event runs from 1 to 4 PM, with the official program commencing at 1:30. The National President will welcome everyone, James Maloney MP for Etobicoke—Lakeshore will bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada, CASCA President Roberto Abraham will be on hand, the Executive Director will speak on programs and the RASC, and the Archivist will introduce some of our artifacts. Light refreshments will be served.


*Open House Agenda*

  • space opens for guests at 1 PM
  • 1:30-1:35 National President Colin Haig welcomes guests
  • 1:35-1:40 MP James Maloney conveys greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada
  • 1:40-1:45 CASCA President Prof. Roberto Abraham represents CASCA, and himself as a professional and amateur astronomer, and long-time RASC member
  • 1:45-1:55 Executive Director Randy Attwood talks about the uses of the space, and future programming
  • 1:55-2:15 Archivist briefly address the place of the RASC’s history in the cultural fabric of the country, and introduces a few of the artifacts on display
  • 2:30-2:35 Raffle draw – 150th prize package
  • 2:35 – 4:00 Various RASC artifacts available for viewing

Note: speaker timings are approximate

eNews date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
3 years 1 month ago
Open Letter to the Honourable Marc Garneau regarding the use of Green Laser Pointers

This letter was sent to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minster Transport regarding the safe use of Green Laser Pointers.

Randy Attwood

Executive Director

eNews date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
3 years 3 months ago
RASC Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff

RASC—Eyes on the Universe for 150 Years


2018 is a banner year for The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), as it marks the 150th year since the Society's inception. That is reason enough for Canada's leading association of amateur and professional astronomers to celebrate the past and future course of astronomy in this country.

A number of celebratory activities and events are planned to span 2018, the first of which is set for Saturday January 27, 2018.  The public is invited to join the kick-off celebration for the birthday year with a cross-country Star Party, via the internet. 

The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7IKkRwBK0 and will be live from 2 PM until 8 PM EST.

RASC Centres from across the country will be engaging in solar and lunar observing, mall exhibits and special presentations, delivering samplings of their activities with everyone via the internet link starting at 3 PM local time.  Interviews, birthday wishes and discussions of the upcoming activities for the year will be interspersed with the Centre offerings.  This is an excellent opportunity to see at a glance many of the RASC Centres and what the Society has done in the past and will do in the future.  A special welcome from the National President, Colin Haig, will happen shortly after 6 PM EST with the festivities concluding (online) around 8 PM EST.

For more information, please feel free to contact Randy Attwood, RASC Executive Director (execdir@rasc.ca or 416-924-7973)

For more information on the RASC see https://rasc.ca/

For more information on the RASC’s 150th anniversary see https://rasc.ca/2018


The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is Canada’s national astronomy organization.  With a history dating back to 1868, the Society has nearly 5100 members in 29 centres or branches across the country. Members are active in observing the night sky, performing astronomical research and running educational public outreach sessions where members share their love of the night sky with fellow Canadians.

eNews date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
3 years 4 months ago


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