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Plan Now to Attend the 2008 General Assembly!The 2008 General Assembly will be hosted by theHamilton, Mississauga, and Toronto Centres and will beheld on the campus of York University in Toronto. Thisyear’s theme “Astronomy Night in Canada” is meant tohelp focus our efforts on the International Year of Astronomycoming up in 2009, when up to 365 “astronomy nights” can beheld across the country. The IYA will be a once-in-a-lifetimeopportunity to showcase astronomy for our friends, families,and communities, and we hope this year’s GA will help to bringthe incredible talents and resources of our Society to bear onthis international festival of astronomy.This year’s early-bird registration deadline is April 30 andregular registration will be available until June 15 after whichlate registration fees will apply. Registration is now open at theofficial GA Web site at www.rasc.ca/ga2008.This year’s GA is being held in partnership with theDepartment of Physics and Astronomy at YorkUniversity. In addition to helping us with logistics and eventmanagement, the department will also be providing tours oftheir campus observatory facilities and participating in theGA program. As Canada’s National Astronomy Convention, theRASC General Assembly is open to everyone and anyone who isinterested in astronomy, and there will be excellent speakers aswell as social opportunities to enjoy.Special EventsEach General Assembly features its own unique combinationof events and activities. Here are some highlights for 2008:• Observatory Tours – York University’s Departmentof Physics and Astronomy will offer guided tours oftheir 24-inch telescope during both Friday and Saturdayevenings.• National Members’ Night– An informal opportunityto talk astronomy with your fellow RASCals hosted by theMississauga Centre.• Tour of Walking Mars – A brand-new exhibit at theOntario Science Centre will feature the red planet and ourplans for its exploration.• Hamilton Centenary Banquet – The Hamilton Centreturns 100 in 2008 - join them to celebrate this milestone atthe Ontario Science Centre.• Closing Banquet– A highlight of every General Assemblyis our opportunity to “toast the Queen,” as well as to honoursome of our brightest and best. Outgoing President ScottYoung will provide a keynote address to the Society.Registration and AccommodationsThe Society has a block of rooms reserved on-campus at YorkUniversity’s Vanier College, which is steps from the University’stransportation hub served by GO Transit, York Region Transit,and the Toronto Transit Commission. Discounted parkingpasses are available for out of town participants, and Toronto’sPearson Airport is only a short hop away from the University.Registration fees start at only $125.00 for the wholeconference. Day passes are also available if you can onlyparticipate in part of the GA weekend. Be sure to registerby 2008 April 30 to get the lowest possible prices for meals,events, and activities. Registration will be on-line shortlyat www.rasc.ca/ga2008. Visa and MasterCard will beaccepted, or a cheque can be remitted to National Office.Call for PapersThe General Assembly is a unique opportunity for RASCmembers from across the country to share their results,programs, insights, and accomplishments. Members are invitedto “take to the ice” to share their insights with the assembleddelegates. There are four ways that you can participate:• Paper Sessions– A 20-minute presentation to the entire86 Building for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009)JRASC April / avril 2008

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