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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HAT Forum Saturday April 28, 2012

Topic: Should Recreational Drugs Be Legalized in Canada?

 -What distinctions can/should be made between different drugs?

- What role should age play if legalization occurs?

- If legalization occurs, should tourists to Canada be allowed to use recreational drugs?

-  Should the agricultural or commercial production of recreational drugs qualify for existing government support and marketing programs?

Facilitator: Peter Davis

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

Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm

Rooms: 4414 and 4418

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 Saturday April 21, 2012

Topic:
What is an Infidel?
Facilitator:
Cecilia
Time:
11.00 AM - 1.00 PM

Location:
Rooms 4414 and 4418
OISE 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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 AGM - Save the Date! Sat April 14, 11am

We have set the date for the Annual General Meeting of the Humanist Association of Toronto -
DATE:  Sat. April 14, 2012, 11am
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West. Room 4-414
Please make sure that your membership is completed for 2012, so that you may vote at the AGM!
Membership information HERE
Membership form downloadable HERE
PROXY form downloadable HERE

See you there!



HAT SPRING 2012 Newsletter

The HAT Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available - you can read it, or print it for later reading.
Thanks to Newsletter Editor Cornelia!

Book Group change of Date! new date Sat MAY 5, 2:30PM


It seems that scheduling a book discussion on a long weekend and unfortunately after a week-long Library strike was not a good idea! This is to let anyone interested know that the April meeting of our HAT book group will NOT take place on Saturday, April 7th. It will be postponed until Saturday May 5th.

HAT BOOK CLUB:  Sat May 5, 2:30-4pm,
LOCATION:  OISE,  252 Bloor Street West, ROOM TBA
FACILITATOR:  Jodi Perrin,   416-925-3395
BOOK: The Truth about Stories: a Native Narrative : by King, Thomas, 1943-

" The Truth about Stories is a brilliant collection of lectures presented by Thomas King. Although this particular presentation has been done on the page, King still managed to maintain many of the qualities of an oral presentation. Drawing upon the strengths of storytelling, King succeeded in presenting material which is wholly relevant and very informative in a manner which is entirely accessible to the reader. Perhaps King's greatest strength is his ability to tell the truth in a way that does not offend, rather engages the reader and encourages meaningful discussion...
" Stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with each other, says novelist, short-story writer, and scholar King (English U. of Guelph), but they can be dangerous as well as entertaining and enlightening, and storytellers assume a heavy responsibility. He uses events from his own life as a Native American in California and Canada as examples. The book is based on the Massey Lectures he delivered on CBC Radio in November 2003. It won that year's Trillium Award, Canada's highest literary honor."

HAT FORUM Sat April 7, OISE, 252 Bloor St West

HAT FORUM:  SAT APRIL 7, 11am - 1pm.
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, Room 4-414   
TOPIC:  Do we trust  "market forces" to regulate sex work?
FACILITATOR:  Jodi Perrin

Decision of Ontario Court of Appeals:
In short, prostitution has been removed from the definition of "bawdy house," decriminalizing indoor prostitution. The "living on the avails" law has been clarified to criminalize only exploitative relationships. But the law against "communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution," or street solicitation, has been reinstated, maintaining the criminalization of some of the sex industry's most targeted workers.

How do we feel about this?
Do we trust the "market forces" to regulate sex work?
Why is it that the most vulnerable sex workers (poor, trans, gender-nonconforming and First Nations women) end up once again with little or no protection?
What is the difference between selling one's body to a John for $80 an hour and selling one's body to Macdonalds for $8 an hour?  Why $72 of course.    Come and discuss.

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.