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CTV News Interview with Colin Haig; NASA study about space travel health effects on astronauts

NASA is studying two twin astronauts, Scott and Mark Kelly on how space travel affects the physical health of astronauts. Scott Kelly returned to Earth this week after being in space for 340 days. That's the longest US space mission on record: Check out this latest interview on CTV News from Colin Haig, Director of Communications.

eNews date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
5 years 3 months ago
2016 Board Election

The RASC Nominating Committee is seeking at least three candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Members of the Society Executive (President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, National Secretary, and Treasurer) will be drawn from the ranks of the new Board; candidates for Board positions should indicate if they wish to serve on the Executive and the position he or she wishes to fill.

Here are the rules for candidate eligibility as set out in the RASC Policy Manual:

Candidate Eligibility 

The Nominating Committee will ensure that candidates for the RASC Board of Directors meet the following criteria: 

  1. be a member in good standing of the Society;
  2. meet the requirements for being a Board member as outlined by the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and, specifically:
  3. be over the age of 18 at the time of the Annual General Meeting (this year, May 22); 
  4. be an individual person (i.e. not a body corporate); 
  5. be solvent (not bankrupt); 
  6. have agreed to stand for election in· writing; 
  7. have the support in writing of at least 3 people, one of whom is a member of the Society; and, 
  8. have agreed to abide by the Society’s Directors and Officer’s Code of Conduct and indicated their willingness to sign the Society’s Board of Director’s agreement prior to assuming office. 

Candidate’s Statement 

As part of the nomination process, candidates will be asked to provide a Candidate’s Statement, including: 

  • their previous experience with councils and committees of the Society at both the National and Centre levels; 
  • a suitable photograph in electronic format as well as contact information as required; 
  • committee work and experience outside of the Society that may be relevant to the Society; and 
  • their goals for the Society and how they would contribute to the Board if elected. 

Anyone wishing to be a candidate should write or email the RASC Nominating Committee through its chair, Robyn Foret. Each candidate should state that they understand the eligibility requirements and state that they meet those requirements. Candidates must agree to abide by the RASC Director's and Officers Code of Conduct. Candidates should also indicate whether seeking a position on the Executive, and if so, what position he or she desires. Candidates should also send a candidate's statement as set out above.

Candidates' statements will be posted on the RASC website no later than 2016 March 25. Candidates can campaign from March 25 through April 22. Voting will take place from April 25 through May 13, and results will be announced May 22. All members of the RASC will be eligible to vote, and facilities to vote on line will be available, as well as paper ballots on request from the Society Office.

The Nominating Committee will be pleased to answer questions from any member of the RASC about this election process.The Nominating Committee can be reached by mail through the Society Office of the RASC, 203 - 4920 Dundas Street W, Toronto ON M9A IB7 or by email at arforet@shaw.ca

Robyn Foret, Nominating Committee Chair

eNews date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016
5 years 4 months ago
Dr. Chris Gainor to edit Quest

Dr. Chris Gainor, the First Vice President of the RASC, will become editor of the prestigious quarterly Quest: the History of Spaceflight starting with issue 23, 2. Quest is the premier refeered periodical publication for the history of  all aspects of spaceflight.

Dr. Gainor is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society,  and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Technology from the University of Alberta. Dr. Gainor is the author of Arrows to the Moon: Avro's Engineers and the Space Race (2001), and To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers (2008), anong other books and articles. He heads the team writing the official history of the post-launch Hubble Space Telescope for NASA.

Congratulations to Chris!

eNews date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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5 years 4 months ago
RASC General Assembly / AstroCats

This May the RASC will hold it's General Assembly in London alongside AstroCATS!

Please click here for more information!



eNews date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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5 years 4 months ago
The RASC welcomes Governor General David Johnston as its Patron

To Members of the RASC.

We applied for viceregal patronage some time ago, and this week we are pleased to announce that:

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has accepted to become Patron of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Patronage has the following requirements. The organization must:

  1. have aims and objectives that are aligned with the institutional or personal themes and interests of the governor general;
  2. be national (or international) in scope;
  3. have active programs that are implemented on an annual basis;
  4. be financially responsible.

The Governor General plays a key role in promoting national identity by supporting and promoting Canadian values, diversity, inclusion, culture and heritage. As such, the Governor General is Patron of many community, charitable, military and cultural associations, as well as public service organizations, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society.

What does it mean for the RASC to have the Governor General as Patron?

Viceregal patronage brings the support of the Governor General to the mandate of the organization and the organization's commitment to promote and pursue its objectives.
Viceregal patronage recognizes the organization's outstanding support to society.
Viceregal patronage brings prestige to a worthy cause and a deserving organization.

This is a great honour. With this support, we will continue to follow our Society's Vision, Mission, and Values. 


James Edgar


eNews date: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
5 years 5 months ago


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