The dangers of winning a “best atheist blog” award

Primordial Blog, was a nice, thoughtful blog mainly about daily life in a small Northern community, nature, fossils,  science, the “teach creationism vs. evolution” controversy, and free thought. The blogger was a teacher and obviously proud of his students. I liked it because it was a way of learning about the North, but I wasn’t a regular reader. But I was a bit worried when I saw it mentioned as one of the top ten atheist blogs. And I was right to worry. It abruptly disappeared, totally, several days later. I guess a teacher has to worry about his reputation. He found out that he was living in a small-minded Northern community. Eventually a message trickled out, via Thinking for Free:

Note To All My Regular Readers

from Primordial Blog by

I know a lot of my regular readers have been wondering what happened to this blog so I thought I would post a quick note of explanation.

My employer was not too happy to discover that I had been writing a blog and thought that my choice of topics reflected badly on them and on my position in the community. As I prefer receiving regular paychecks to blogging, we came to the agreement that it would be best if the blog was removed from the internet.

Thank you to all the kind people who have enjoyed my writing over the years and have stopped by to comment – it’s been great getting to know many of you, but now it is time for me to move on to other things. I’ll still stop by to visit the atheist blogosphere from time to time, though not under my own name.

I would have thought that the day was past when schools could dictate to teachers what they did for legal recreation.

STC – no more salary survey for Canada

Peter Kelly wrote:

Hi everybody,
I seldom receive any e-mail from this discussion list so I am assuming we are all an extraordinarily industrious bunch! One Canadian concern I would like to bring up related to the STC is the fact that the STC no longer does salary surveys that apply to Canada. From now on they will use US government data since they judge this more accurate than surveying their membership. I would like to know where that leaves their Canadian members. We have little information other than that which we gather ourselves through the grapevine by talking to colleagues or recruiters. Am I right in assuming there is now no Canadian salary data that will be distributed through the STC? Am I missing something?
Best indeed to all of you,
Peter Kelly

Yes, Peter is correct, that (at least for now) there is no Canadian salary data that is being distributed through the STC. You can read the article in the Intercom to see why the STC switched to using the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

Although this is currently a loss for those of us in Canada, think of it as an opportunity to define what sort of salary survey we would like, and to make it happen. If you would like to be on the STC Canadian Salary Survey Committee, please let me know. Feel free to discuss on the list what sort of salary information would be most useful to you.

Michele Marques
Manager, STC Canadian Community (Canadian Issues SIG)

Senior Aquatic Ecologist wanted

Jacques Whitford is seeking a Senior Aquatic Ecologist to work in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Jacques Whitford operates in the U.S. and Canada in a number of industries and environmental sectors.

For over 35 years, Jacques Whitford has been committed to building a reputation for delivering outstanding service to our clients in a culture that offers work/life balance. Today, in our rapidly growing company, we have over 1,600 employees throughout North America leading the way with exceptional solutions and innovative practices. We are proud to be continuously recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Top 10 Family-Friendly Employers.

Senior Aquatic Ecologist (2008-306)

Service line group(s): Biophysical & Ecological Sciences

Type: Full-time

We are currently looking for a full-time Senior Aquatic Ecologist to join our team in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

As a Senior Aquatic Ecologist you possess

  • an advanced degree (i.e., M.Sc. or Ph.D.) and
  • at least 10 years of applied experience in aquatic ecology and hydrology, preferably spanning freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems.

As the successful candidate:

  • You have developed a regional or national presence in the science community through established relations with key regulatory agencies.
  • You have a detailed knowledge of the applicable provincial and federal laws, Acts and Regulations as they apply to implementing projects.
  • Assets include an understanding of aqueous chemistry, hydrology and hydrogeology in understanding how projects may affect aquatic ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated consulting experience is a must.

If you are looking to start or grow your career, Jacques Whitford is the place to be if you want to be supported and developed. With competitive rewards, flexible work schedules, fitness subsidies, technical training, professional development and ownership opportunities, there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Posted in science. Tags: . 2 Comments »

Tech writers’ career day

STC Toronto put on a Career Day (PDF), which I attended. It was full of good information from seasoned professionals.

%d bloggers like this: