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 July 28, OISE 11am

DATE:  Saturday, July 28, 11:30 - 1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 242 Bloor Street West
FACILITATOR:   Cecilia Rayo
TOPIC:  Please bring a current newspaper or issue that interests you,  so
we can chose a topic for the day's discussion...

Hat Forum Sat. July 21, OISE 11am "Taxation and the Common Good"

HAT FORUM, Sat. July 21, 2012,
LOCATION:  OISE, 242 Bloor Street W
Time:  11AM - 1PM.
TOPIC:Taxation and the Common Good.

What is the general purpose of taxation?
What might be reasons behind differences in tax regimes for different persons or institutions?
Would we wish to make changes to our current taxregimes/  exemptions/ and breaks and how could we do  What might be some consequences if tax exemptions were withdrawn from, for example religious institutions

(apologies for the absence of  Forum posting for last week - the heat wave led to computer problems  --. mb ).  

Humanist Association of Canada Annual Conference, Aug 3-5

Humanist Canada is putting on a conference in Montreal in collaboration with the IHEU and the Quebec Humanists on August 3-5.   HAT members and the general public are invited.

The theme is Sex and Secularism and you can find more information here...

Summer 2012 HAT Newsletter

The HAT Summer Newsletter is now available for downloading.

HAT Book group, Sat July 7, Midnight's Children

DATE: Saturday, July 7th  2:30-4:00
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West. Room 2279
This month we have chosen to read the first half of "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie. The first half includes Book One and Book Two up to and including 'At the Pioneer Cafe' .

For August we can finish from 'Alpha and Omega' til the end...

Review: "Rushdie creates a wonderful panorama and guides us through post-1947 Nehru's India toward Indira's new India as his characters move across the length and breadth of India, associating themselves with history, witnessing its events, and occasionally being a part of them. From the old Kashmir with the silent dal lake to the massacre at Jallianwalbagh, from the streets and forts of Delhi to the language riots of Bombay, from the military coups in Pakistan, along the mysterious Rann of Kutch to the mangroves of the Sunderbans, the story keeps turning while showing you all the nuances, sentiments, and personalities of the Indian subcontinent. The characters are brilliantly depicted in rich variety and grab the readers attention immediately. It's not a history book but it presents history with stunning images in Rushdie's wonderful hinglish. A wonderful read!

All are welcome!

HAT Forum, Sat. July 7, 11-1pm OISE

H.A.T. Forum - Saturday July 7 11 - 1 pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street west
Facilitator: Michael Cole
Topic - Is retirement a worthwhile goal for an individual?

Considerations: - what can be some of the psychological pitfalls of retirement?
- what can be some of the benefits?
- what is the meaning and value of "work?"
 - is retirement different for men and women?
 - with increased longevity, what are the implications of being "retired" for perhaps 20 or more years?
- how do our "golden years" today differ from those of our ancestors?

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
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.