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.
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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.
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Mar 2, Dan Barker, Univ of Toronto, ROOM CHANGE to 240

NOTE ROOM CHANGE!
Losing Faith in Faith: An Intimate Conversation with Dan Barker

Friday March 2, 4pm - 6pm
University College, U of T, 15 Kings College Circle, Room  240

Dan Barker is the Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is now the largest organization of freethinkers. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. However, what makes his story fascinating is that he began his career as an Evangelical preacher.....

HAT FORUM, Sat March 4, 11am -1pm

HAT weekly forum: Sat March 3, 11am - 1pm LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor St West FACILITATOR: Peter Davis TOPIC: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES Does the Canadian Criminal Code adequately deter certain interest groups from willfully blocking or shouting down speakers who express opposing views? Have university administrators failed to take adequate measures to protect free speech and create a safe atmosphere on campus? Is there a mechanism in place to identify and discipline professors whose political/world views are so overwhelmingly biased that they inhibit open discussion in the classroom?
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

Science4Peace: Lecture on Corporations & Environment, Mar 1

Science4Peace: free public lecture at 4-6pm on March 1, 2012 in Room 087 (basement) of University College (15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON) by: Gail Henderson, SJD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Gail’s research focuses on the role of corporations in fulfilling society’s obligations to preserve the environment for future generations. In particular, her research asks whether directors’ fiduciary duty ought to include a duty to minimize the corporation’s environmental impacts. This lecture is part of the Vital Discussions of Human Security series which is co-sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

HOW TO DIE IN OREGON MOVIE, Feb 28-Mar 1

HOW TO DIE IN OREGON MOVIE Information sent to HAT from DyingwithDignity

THE PROJECTION BOOTH– an independent movie theatre at
1035 Gerrard Street East (from Pape subway #72 bus south)
will be showing HOW TO DIE IN OREGON Mon-Thu. Feb 28-March 1.

1hr 48min‎‎ - Rated NR‎‎ - Documentary‎‎ - English‎
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate. Since 1994, over 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. This film examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:00 pm
Admission: $8

Losing Faith in Faith: An Intimate Conversation with Dan Barker

Losing Faith in Faith: An Intimate Conversation with Dan Barker
Friday March 2, 4pm - 6pm
University College, U of T, 15 Kings College Circle, Room 179

Dan Barker is the Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is now the largest organization of freethinkers. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. However, what makes his story fascinating is that he began his career as an Evangelical preacher.

At the age of 15, Dan accepted Christ as his savior and a few months later accepted what he felt was a calling to join the ministry. Dan received a degree in Religion at Azusa Pacific University and was ordained into the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. Barker also co-pastored in three different churches, and for eight years he was a cross-country Evangelist. He preached for a total of nineteen years and has over two hundred published and recorded Christian songs that he has composed.

To this end, UTSA has invited Mr. Barker to recall the accomplishments and the struggles of his journey during a presentation at the University of Toronto; in the hope that his story serves as inspiration to those whom are finding the transition from theism to atheism difficult--be it intellectually or emotionally.

With this in mind, we are providing students and the community with a unique and exclusive opportunity to not only listen to Dan speak about his story; but you will also have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Mr. Barker throughout his presentation. What makes this format unique and fruitful--for everyone involved--is that whilst we hope that Mr. Barker serves as inspirational figure to those who are struggling; we also welcome you, and in fact encourage you, to critically question any and all claims made during the presentation. That said, however, I stress that you are free to do so at your own risk; and more importantly, you must do so respectfully.

This event is free to the public and made possible by the UTSA in conjunction with the Centre for Inquiry. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information about the UTSA visit: www.uoftsecular.wordpress.com or contact us at secular.alliance@utoronto.ca

HAT Book Group, Sat March 3, 2:30 PM OISE

The HAT book reading group will meet: DATE: Saturday, March 3th , 2012 from 2:30-4:00pm at LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, ROOM 4-418 The book we have chosen for the next 2 sessions(Chapters 11-17 for Mar.3) is as follows: Life, money and illusion : living on earth as if we want to stay by Nickerson, Mike, 1951- In the 2006 first edition, Canadian environmental activist and teacher Nickerson argued that the human species has grown to fill the Earth, and that this new reality compels new responsibility. He has not changed his mind about that, but updates his evidence and argument to integrate the subsequent economic turmoil and how it signals economic maturity that reinforces the danger posed by ecological maturity. Among his perspectives are vision for the 21st century, where value is neglected and overstated, monetary reform, and working together as societies. (Annotationc2010 Book News, Inc.) Mike Nickerson is a longtime environmental activist, popular educator and the author of 'Change the World I Want to Stay On' and 'Planning for Seven Generations'. He also helped draft the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act. Please note our change in meeting time from first Sunday in the month at 11am to the first Saturday in the month at 2: 30 in the afternoon.

Science for Peace: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policy Development

Science for Peace: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policy Development
Dr. Munir Sheikh, former Chief Statistician of Canada Tuesday February 28th 17:00 – 19:00 Room 252 Mechanical Engineering 5 King’s College Road, U of T

Please join us for a free public lecture on by Dr. Munir Sheikh , former Chief Statistician of Canada and currently Distinguished Fellow at the School of Policy Studies at Queens University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University. (Dr. Sheikh resigned when Harper rejected the statistical long form census).

HAT FORUM Sat Feb 25, 11:00am -1pm OISE

HAT FORUM Sat. Feb 25, 11:00am -1pm, ROOM 4-41O LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W TOPIC: Political Correctness FACILITATOR: Eric Brazau The term is often used but what does it mean or imply? Does it mean more than the words? We will delve deep into this ominous but elusive term in order to grasp its origins & power, and how it affects us, and society. All are welcome to this open discussion

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

Alain de Botton | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario March 9

Brown Bag Lunch & Talk: Alain de Botton | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario
If you like his books, go join him for lunch at the AGO
Friday, March 9th, 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Baillie Court, AGO
Members $23 / Public $29 / Students $20 - Lunch included.

Join philosopher and author Alain de Botton for the next in a series of brown-bag lunch-time talks. Born in Zurich, Switzerland and now living in London, Alain is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as 'philosophies of everyday life.' He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain has long been passionate about modern architecture and was instrumental in starting the organization Living Architecture, as well as writing The Architecture of Happiness, which asks the question “what is a beautiful building?” His latest book, Religion for Atheists, is a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. A book signing with the author will follow. Alain will bring to this talk his extensive knowledge of art history, aesthetics and the art world

HAT FORUM, Sat. Feb 18, 11am-1pm Employment Equity

HAT FORUM, Sat. Feb 18, 11-1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EMPLOYMENT EQUITY POLICIES
FACILITATOR:  Peter Davis
Discussion  ideas:
+ Compensation for past discrimination/Limits potential for ongoing discrimination?
+ Advances stature of disadvantaged minorities
+ Raises doubts regarding the competence of participants?
+ Creates resentment on behalf of those excluded?
+ Exerts pressure on institutions to reduce performance standards?
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REMINDER: The HAT MONTHLY MEETING follows the HAT FORUM on Saturday afternoon:
DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2012
1:30 – 3 pm
LOCATION:  Room 5-150, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West
PRESENTER: Frank O’Hara, 
TOPIC:  “The Family Council: Advocating for Families affected by Addictions and Mental Illness”

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

HAT MONTHLY MEETING: Sat Feb 18, 1:30-3pm, Frank O'Hara and the Family Council

HAT MONTHLY MEETING
DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2012
1:30 – 3 pm
LOCATION:  Room 5-150, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West
PRESENTER: Frank O’Hara, 
TOPIC:  “The Family Council: Advocating for Families affected by Addictions and Mental Illness”

Frank has been a long-standing member of HAT and a member of the steering committee.  When he beganhis retirement, he employed his entrepreneurial skills, energy, and imagination by volunteering as a business consultant and website developer for small and medium size enterprises in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia, SE Asia, China, South America, and the Caribbean as well as in Canada with Aboriginal Canadians.
These days, Frank is sticking closer to home as a volunteer. He is past president of The Family Council. This organization, funded by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, supports and advocates for families affected by addictions or mental illness. Frank also mentors new immigrants from French-speaking countries to help them find employment, which also supports his hobby to increase his fluency in French. Frank was one of just 19 recipients of the 2011 Ontario Senior Achievement Award, given to individuals for contributions to the community after the age of 65. For fun, he sings with several instrumentalists performing, for the most part, at retirement residences.
Speaking from personal experience as a volunteer at The Family Council, and backed up by a PowerPoint/video presentation, Frank shares his understanding of the challenges faced by people with mental health issues and the work that the Council does to help those people and their families

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

HAT FORUM: Sat Feb 11, OISE 252 Bloor Street West

HAT Forum
Saturday, February 11, 11am  OISE 252 Bloor Street West
Topic: Consequentialist and rule-based ethics
Facilitator: Moses Klein

Ethical philosophies are commonly divided into two types, those that evaluate specific actions based on their consequences, and those that formulate general principles to be applied in a broad range of circumstances. Which approach do you tend to take in making moral decisions? Do you see the two types of ethics as necessarily in conflict? Can you think of moral dilemmas you have faced when rule-based and consequentialist thinking suggested different choices to you? If you like rule-based ethical thinking, what sort of rules appeal to you? If you like consequentialist thinking, what sort of goals motivate you?

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

HAT FORUM Sat. Feb 4, 11am, OISE

HAT FORUM DISCUSSION
SAT Feb 4, OISE 252 Bloor Street W
TOPIC:  Israel and Iran, the response of the West to Iran's nuclear program
FACILITATOR:  Cecilia Rayo

All are welcome to this discussion.
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



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.