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, Sat. May 26, 11am-1pm OISE

HAT Forum: Saturday, May 26, 11am - 1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W
Topic: Human Nature
Facilitator: Moses Klein

Is there such a thing as human nature? If there is, what is it? If not, why is the concept so widely used? What are the implications of attributing something to human nature?

All are welcome to participate in 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 FORUM, Sat May 19, 11am - 1pm OISE 252 Bloor W

HAT FORUM,  Saturday May 19, 11am -1pm,
LOCATION: OISE,  252 Bloor Street W, check room at desk.
TOPIC:  Debt and Austerity
FACILITATOR: Isabel  Foot

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

Dying with Dignity Open House, May 16, Toronto

Dying With Dignity Open House - Toronto

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time: 4:00 - 7:00
Location: Toronto
Venue: DWD National Office, 802, 55 Eglinton Ave. East
Come meet our staff and see our premises. You will get a chance to see the resources available to members, including our library and meet some of the head office volunteers who support the important work of the organization.
This half-day event is open to Dying With Dignity members who are interested in meeting with other members as well as Trudie, Margaret and Wanda who would very much like to meet you.  Come and share ideas and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Hope to see you there!

HAT Monthly Meeting: Doug Gibson, Sat June 9 1:30

HAT Monthly Speaker Meeting
Saturday, June 9, 2012   1:30 – 3 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor west, Room tba
"Stories About Storytellers: publisher Douglas Gibson shares his experiences of working with some of our greatest writers."

“No one has done more for Canadian Literature than this man, Douglas Gibson.” — Alistair MacLeod

Douglas Gibson is a living link to the foundation of our country’s literature, and also an impish and charming performer. His lifelong passion for these great writers is contagious.” – David Cheoros, Director, Edmonton Litfest

For more than 40 years, Douglas Gibson has been at the forefront of Canadian literature, most notably during his time as Publisher of McClelland & Stewart from 1988 to 2004. He has worked behind the scenes with some of the greatest writers and personalities of our time: Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O Mitchell, and many more. His book “Stories About Storytellers” is full of touching accounts of working with these luminaries; in a thoroughly entertaining manner he will share his experiences with us. 


HAT BOOK GROUP: Saturday June 2, 2:30, OISE

The June Book Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 2d from
2:30-4:00pm  at OISE- Rm. TBA.
Book selected: The Nature of Things
by Lucretius Carus, Titus.
Translator: Copley, Frank Olin. Year/Format: 1977, Book, xxi, 177 p. ;

This great poem stands with Virgil's Aeneid as one of the vital and enduring achievements of Latin literature. Lost for more than a thousand years, its return to circulation in 1417 reintroduced dangerous ideas about the nature and meaning of existence and helped shape the modern world.
(there are many different editions in the Library ranging from 177 pages to about 600 pages so we might have to struggle to find out where we are - the above one translated by F.O. Copely is a modern one, only 177 pages and can be purchased at Indigo).  Here is a short list of Toronto used book stores: 

The book is also available for free at Project Gutenberg.

HAT Monthly Speaker, May 12, 1:30-3pm OISE

HAT Monthly Speaker - Gail McCabe

"Towards an Inclusive Interpretation of Creed”

Date: Saturday May 12, 2012
Time: 1.30pm- 3.00pm

Location:OISE, 252 Bloor west, Room 2-214

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) currently interprets the word “creed” to apply to religious institutions and excludes the “secular, moral or ethical beliefs” that make up the lived creed of humanists and other similar marginalized groups. However, the root definition of “creed,” i.e., a set of beliefs that expresses a particular opinion and influences the way you live (Cambridge University Press dictionary), makes no reference to religion and suggests only a substantial belief system. Humanists do in fact have a belief system based on ethics, reason, critical thinking and support for universal human rights. This paper, "Towards an Inclusive Interpretation of Creed,” was presented at the Policy Dialogue on Creed, Freedom of Religion and Human Rights, a joint project of the OHRC and the University of Toronto. We anticipate a lively discussion following Gail’s presentation.



HAT FORUM May 12 11:00-12:30pm OISE

TOPIC:  "Expanding the Circle - Compassion"
LOCATION:   OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, Toronto
TIME:  (NOTE SHORTER TIME)  11:00-12:30pm
FACILITATOR:  Jodi Perrin
"Our Task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty"    - Albert Einstein

Iringa, Toka and Thika with their much publicized story of possible relocation from Toronto's cold zoo to an animal sanctuary in California, are bringing to our attention the growing concern with the welfare and possible rights for animals.

Some questions we might look at are:

1) From your experience, would you say that animals exhibit somecognition, emotions and experience pain and suffering?  (should someanimals be singled out for consideration?)
2) What sort of rights to care and welfare could humans reasonably extend to those creatures who share nature with us?
3) What sort of care might we extend to the whole of nature?
4) How might extending care and compassion to animals affect our current way of life?

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 May 5, 2012


Topic: Civility
Facilitator: Eric Brazeau
Location:
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Rooms:  2279/81
Time: 11am - 1pm

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

June Monthly Speaker Meeting 2012


Stories About Storytellers




Publisher Douglas Gibson shares his experiences of working with some of our greatest writers.

 


Date: Saturday June 9, 2012


Time: 1.30pm -3.00pm


Location:

OISE, 252 Bloor West, Toronto, ON Room TBC 



“No one has done more for Canadian Literature than this man, Douglas Gibson.” — Alistair MacLeod

For more than 40 years, Douglas Gibson has been at the forefront of Canadian literature, most notably during his time as Publisher of McClelland & Stewart from 1988 to 2004. He has worked behind the scenes with some of the greatest writers and personalities of our time: Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O Mitchell, and many more. His book “Stories About Storytellers” is full of touching accounts of working with these luminaries; in a thoroughly entertaining manner he will share his experiences with us. 

“Douglas Gibson is a living link to the foundation of our country’s literature, and also an impish and charming performer. His lifelong passion for these great writers is contagious.” – David Cheoros, Director, Edmonton Litfest

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.