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.

Christoper Hitchens/Tony Blair Munk Debate transcript

Here in full is the transcript of the Munk debate between Christopher Hitchens and former prime minister Tony Blair. The motion: "Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world". No prizes for guessing who was arguing for and against. debate transcript on the New Statesman website, and we have printed it out for you on the Humanist News Wire.

HAT FORUM, Sat Dec 4, 11am - 1pm "More"

HAT FORUM: Sat. December 4 at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2-198
Topic: "More" or "Why More?" But on many different levels.
Don't we all need More time, to do all the things we would like to do?
FACILITATOR: Cornelis van de Graff

HAT Book Discussion Group, Sunday Dec 5, 11am-1pm, "The Sacred Balance"

Humanist Book Discussion Group
Sunday, December 5- From 11am - 1:00pm.
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West ROOM 2-198

Book to be discussed: The Last 4 Chapters of...
The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, updated & expanded
Suzuki, David, Pub. 2007
(or one of the older editions of the same text first published in 1997 - many copies in the library)

"The Sacred Balance is a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and fair future by rediscovering and addressing humanity's basic needs."

"But what are the real needs that must be satisfied to live rich, fulfilling lives? This is the question David Suzuki explores in this wide-ranging study. Suzuki begins by presenting the concept of people as creatures of the Earth who depend on its gifts of air, water, soil, and sun energy. He shows how people are genetically programmed for the company of other species, and suffer enormously when we fail to live in harmony with them."

HAT Forum: Sat Nov 27, 11am - 1pm, OISE Room 7-192

HAT FORUM, Saturday November 27, 11am - 1pm, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: The War on Terror - what is it today?
As humanists do we accept being lied to by our leaders, by the media?
What do we feel about "noble lies"? eg the weapons of mass destruction

Steve Martin: Atheists Don't Have No Songs

a little fun for a rainy night from Stevie Martin (the 'he' is always lower case)

Event: PEN Canada, Institutional Lies: Linden MacIntyre & Richard Gwyn, Dec 8

Institutional Lies: Linden MacIntyre in Conversation with Richard Gwyn Political commentator and author Richard Gwyn speaks with Linden MacIntyre, co-host of CBC's The Fifth Estate, about abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, government secrecy, and freedom of speech.

This event will be held at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on Wednesday, December 8, at 7pm.

HAT Forum: Sat. November 20, 11am -1pm OISE

HAT FORUM, Saturday November 20, 11am - 1pm, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: We will be talking about "Loyalty" in the context of: Right or wrong, you have to be 'loyal to ...'??When is it correct to be dis-loyal? Who decides?
FACILITATOR: Cornelis van de Graaff.
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.