The Humanist Association of Toronto provides a focus of activities and discussion for Humanists in the Toronto area. Please note: HAT events are open to the public, and views expressed do not necessarily represent the official views of the Humanist Association of Toronto. For all public statements, educational events, media enquiries, please contact the webeditor, who will forward your enquiry to our Spokesperson.
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
The Monthly Meeting the 2nd or 3rd Saturday at 1:30pm (TBD)
The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
The Book Group meets monthly.

Happy Human Light, Dec. 23

Here is the HumanLight website. The first celebration began in New Jersey, and is starting to spread. You can send E-cards to friends from this website (look under COMMUNITY), which say:

"In this season, we celebrate the light of hope and reason
That emanates from everyone of us!
A positive vision of a peaceful and happy world.
Happy HumanLight!"

Pro-life Nativity on City Property

From the Torontoist

'...Displayed on city property in front of Old City Hall sits a nativity scene donated to the people of Toronto by the Lay Catholic movement Gethsemane Ministries. While Gethsemane takes responsibility for erecting the crèche itself, the statues are 'Donated by Campaign Life Catholic in honour of the efforts of Pro-life hero Fr. Ted Colleton.'... The Campaign Life Coalition — Campaign Life Catholic’s umbrella organization — works at all levels of Canadian government to 'restore the right to life.' The CLC defines itself as the political wing of Canada’s pro-life movement...and their scope includes municipal government.

The nativity scene in front of Old City Hall is not only displayed on city property, but also runs an extension cord into a City-owned building, powering the continuously lit display with taxpayers' money. (sic) Whether the City simply neglected to trace the origin of the donation and was unaware of the pro-life message that the crèche came weighted with or whether they believe that the scene's place on city property is justified remains unknown: no one that Torontoist spoke with from the City was able to comment. Sure, it’s the season of giving, but should our local government accept and display politically inspired gifts?..."

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life
You can contribute your own data. Watch the Nova special on E.O.Wilson, who invented the term biodiversity on Youtube.
HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.