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.
HAT Forum Saturday October 29, 2011

Location: OISE Building 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Room: 2-227

Facilitator: William Kennedy


November 20th, Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:30 at OISE in Room 10-200

The book for November is:
"In Praise of Folly" (1509) by Desiderius Erasmus (One of the first writers to be considered a Humanist)

Erasmus' characterization of Folly is cleverly constructed. She praises herself endlessly, arguing that life would be dull and distasteful without her. She venerates her comrades, Self Love, Flattery, Oblivion, and Pleasure. Above all, Folly lauds self-deception and foolishness, finding Biblical support in favor of her beliefs. In conclusion, Folly speaks directly of Christianity, regarding its religious authority and practices.

There are a couple of copies in the Library,
(and is often included in collections of his works as it is relatively short-about 75 pages)
and at this time a Penguin classic copy at Chapters Indigo at (Bay Bloor) and WBB
and it is available free online at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
PEN's Ideas in Dialogue Series presents

They Fight Like Children, They Die Like Soldiers:
Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis
discuss the eradication of the use of children as weapons of war .

All tickets can be purchased through the ROM box office by calling 416-586-5797 or visiting online.

Tickets for this event will go fast so please don't be disappointed and get your ticket early.
on behalf of InterChange GTA

Everyone can be a Peacebuilder!

Please join us for a creative and participatory

‘Peace Ambassadors’ Workshop

you will:
  • learn core peace concepts and models
  • explore the idea of “peace literacy” and how it can be promoted
  • discover your unique peacebuilding role
  • be exposed to Nonviolent Communication and other useful peace skills
  • find out more about the InterChange workshops and facilitators and how these can be brought to your community
  • share your values and ideas with like-minded people
  • use the metaphor of a picnic to help spread the Culture of Peace

Date: Saturday October 29

Time: 12- 4 pm
Place: Peace Lounge, 7th floor OISE, 252 Bloor St. W (at. St. George)
Suggested Fee: $50 general, $30 InterChange members, $25 students/unwaged
Dying With Dignity Canada - Fall Newsletter


Hospital Gets Education in Patient Care
A DWD client has his rights violated by the staff at a hospital in rural Ontario (see page 1).

Choice in Dying Around the World
A brief look at developments in Korea, France and Australia among others - what has been happening in the Right to Die Movement around the world over the past year (see page 3).

Highlights of our Membership Survey

Hundreds of members participated in our membership survey. If we did have choice in dying, what would it look like? What are our most critical activities? See pages 4 and 5.

A Geographical Look at our Members
Ontario is our largest base, with BC a somewhat distant second. But we have certain cities and towns that are hotbeds of activity including Guelph, Yellowknife, Comox/Courtenay and the tiny village of Lions Bay. See the back cover for more details.
Fall Events

We have a busy fall with many events scheduled for BC and Ontario. See page 9 for details. Want an event in your area? Call our head office to get involved in organizing one!
Here is a doc some of you may be interested in...

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls exposes the hidden undercurrent of injustice beneath the surface of global sex-tourism. Millions of women and children around the world have become disposable items within the business of the sex trade. These women and children are brutalized and exploited while mainstream culture remains complacent in their demise.

DATE: October 23, 2011

TIME: To be confirmed

LOCATION: 161 Princess Avenue in Etobicoke
Here is great clip from a BBC debate on 'The Life of Brian' involving John Cleese and Michael Palin:

HAT FORUM - Saturday October 22, 2011

Topic: Occupy Wall Street

Facilitator: Moses Klein

Venue: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Time: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Room: 2-227
Humanism is taking on the Canadian television audience!

Being Human addresses social, political, ecomonic and health topics in a lively talk-show format. Both entertaining and educational, it is produced by Humanist Canada and presents a common-sense perspective on important issues that affect everyone.

Episode Listing and Schedule
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 - Mary Beaty - A Humanist in Action
  • Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 - Matt Cherry – International Humanism
  • Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 - Jason Wiles – Understanding Evolution
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 - Chris diCarlo - Good and Evil : How science helps us understand human values and actions
  • Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 - Agathe Gramet-Kedzior – Reproductive choice
  •  Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 - Mike Nickerson - Sustainability: Living on the Earth as if we want to stay
  •  Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 - Suzanne Peters – The Social Determinants of Health
  •  Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 - Chris di Carlo – We are all African - Racism is a human invention
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 - Keith Garebian – Humanism and the Arts

All episodes air at 1:30 p.m. EST on Vision

We at HAT were profoundly saddened by the news of Dr. Buckman's sudden and untimely death.We mourn the loss of a man who was a great friend, not only to the worldwide Humanist movement, but to HAT in particular. Rob, as we all knew him, was of course the former President of the Humanist Assoctation of Canada, but his links to HAT were especially close. Rob was the guiding force behind two large-scale multi-faith symposiums held in Toronto, jointly sponsored by HAT and HAC. At both of these, Rob brilliantly presented the Humanist viewpoint as a member of a panel of distinguished leaders of various faiths.

Much in demand internationally as a guest speaker, commanding fees of $5,000 and higher, Rob graciously appeared--without charge--as a guest speaker at HAT monthly meetings for five consecutive years. His book, "Can We Be Good Without God?," is another link to HAT, as it was written with the assistance of the then-HAT Spokesperson, Michael Schulman; the book remains Canada's most significant contribution to the literature of what is referred to as 'the New Atheism'.

We join with Rob's family, friends and colleagues in remembering him and cherishing his legacy--a legacy filled with humour, wisdom, kindness and compassion.
will meet on Sunday October 23rd from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at OISE

The book we have chosen for October is:
Globish : How the English Language became the World's Language
by McCrum,Robert. 3 holds / 25 copies (in public Library)

Summary from the Library :
McCrum, a British journalist, discusses the undeniable infiltration of English into daily usage worldwide. He notes that a form of English continues to be used in former British colonies and that the common language of business and computers is now "Globish", although this term is never clearly defined. The majority of the book consists of a history of English as it developed in Britain and was changed in America. America then became the disseminator of culture and concomitant neologisms. McCrum looks at the love/hate relationship of the rest of the world to this phenomenon. He touches upon the mutation of English as it becomes embedded in other languages but leaves the reader to investigate the ramifications of "Globish" in our globalized world. " "
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.