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.

Schedule | Humanist Canada Conference 2011

Schedule | Humanist Canada Conference 2011.
Here is the schedule of speakers for the Humanist Association of Canada conference Sept 30-Oct 2 in Toronto. The theme is:

Planetary Overload: The Survival of the Human Species.

Speakers include: Madeline Weld, Chris di Carlo, Matt Cherry (IHEU), Mike Nikerson, John Shook, Khalid Sohail, Jason Wiles, Dale Jackaman

HAT FORUM, Sat. Aug 27, 11am - 1pm "Memory"

HAT Forum, Saturday, August 27, 2011
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.  Room 2-198
Facilitator: Cornelis van de Graaff
TOPIC:  Memory
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”    Santayana. (1863 – 1952)

What is Memory ?Is Memory selective? How and why ?
Can we control our own Memory ? Should we attempt this ?
How long should we dwell on the past?
Is our Memory ALWAYS beneficial - Should we dwell on bad Memories ?
Are we more inclined to remember  the positive or the negative - Do we have a choice ?
Can we control or errase parts of our Memory  ?
What is the purpose of War Memorials ? “Lest we forget” may have been the cause of more new strife than the strife it remembered.

We can only remember events, from our own personal viewpoint.
Are we always able to make allowances for this - Should we? How ?
Is Santayana always right ?

HAT FORUM, Sat Aug 20, 11am - 1pm, OISE

HAT FORUM: Saturday, August 20, 11am - 1pm, OISE 252 Bloor St W room 2-198
Topic: Neighbourhoods
Facilitator: Moses Klein

Is your neighbourhood an anonymous place where people happen to live near each other, or is it something more? What makes a neighbourhood a civic or community unit? How can we make neighbourhoods into communities? Should we try?

All welcome, HAT members and new guests. 

HAT FORUM: Sat Aug 13, 11am -1 PM, OISE: "Beauty"

DATE:  Sat Aug 13, 11am - 1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, Room 2-198
TOPIC: Beauty: what is the nature of beauty? What makes something beautiful? is it perfection? is it something else?
FACILITATOR:  Robin Russell
All are welcome.
The meeting is open to HAT members and the general public.  Those who wish to join HAT may ask for a membership form at the FORUM meeting.


Hudak ‘may have’ signed an anti-abortion petition | Posted | National Post

Hudak ‘may have’ signed an anti-abortion petition
(Hudak - really, really scary...almost a smarter (sic), cleaner, Ford) Bad times ahead.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Monday he has no interest in reopening Canada’s abortion debate, despite being called “pro-life” by a Christian political website.

Mr. Hudak was questioned by reporters at a press conference intended to promote a policy targeting convicted sex offenders. He said he “may have” signed petitions in his riding calling to end abortion funding in the past, but would follow Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s lead and leave the issue alone if elected premier in the Oct. 6 Ontario election.

“Let me be clear: we are not reopening this debate,” he told reporters at Queen’s Park. “Just like the federal Parliament, we would not be reopening that issue.”

On its website, the Association for Reformed Political Action says Mr. Hudak “made it clear that he is pro-life and has signed petitions calling for abortion defunding and conscience legislation.” The post refers to a questionnaire sent to candidates during the 2009 PC leadership race rating where they stood on key issues. The national non-profit organization says its mission is to “shine the light of God’s Word to Canada’s municipal, provincial, and federal governments” by making members of reformed churches part of public debate.

ARPA clarified on its website Monday afternoon that the email came from Mr. Hudak’s campaign team, not Mr. Hudak himself, but verified the post’s contents were correct.

Summer Party - Reminder! Aug 21, 4-8pm

END OF SUMMER POTLUCK PARTY,  Sunday, August 21st, from 4 p.m. to 8p.m
SAVE THE DATE, and please volunteer!

Once again, we are invited to gather at the family home of Moses Klein, 123 Howland Avenue, north of Bloor in the Annex

Stimulating conversation, fine company, good food and fun!
Please contact Food Co-ordinator to discuss contributions : Caitriona Hughes (647) 781- 8100
(note: this party is for HAT members only.  However, if you wish to attend and become at member at the party, let us know!) 

HAT archival project

Maria Kochan is working on an archival project for HAT, collecting interesting and historical items relating to the history of the Humanist Association of Toronto.

We invite anyone who has items to contribute to contact Maria, and also to bring items along to the Summer Party.  Please contact Maria for more information.

Maria Kochan,, or call:  416-466-8092

Exhibit of Claude Miles Photographs, Aug 3, Baycrest, 11am

Regarding the exhibits of Claude Mile's photographs at Baycrest tomorrow (Aug 3), here is some more information from Bridgette Miles, Claude's daughter, with an invitation for you all:

My father prints will be on display at Baycrest (water cooler).
We are having a light reception  Aug 03, at 11am, welcome all!

The Baycrest Hospital is located on Bathurst Street just south of Wilson Avenue.
It is the hospital where Claude received palliative care.

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.