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, March 23, 11.00am-1pm, Creativity

HAT Forum
DATE: Saturday, March 23, 11.00am-1pm
TOPIC: Creativity
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West

Most people associate creativity with the fields of art and literature. It is also the driving force behind the act of creation, and it is generally perceived as being associated with intelligence and effective thinking. In a recent global survey of approximately 1600 CEO's, the leadership trait that was considered to be most crucial for success was creativity. This suggests that the world of business is beginning to accept that creativity is of value in a diversity of industries, rather than being simply the preserve of the creative industries. Creativity is viewed differently in different countries. Creativity has been thoroughly researched in the northern hemisphere, but there are cultural differences, even between countries or groups of countries in close proximity. For example, in Scandinavian countries, creativity is seen as an individual attitude which helps in coping with life's challenges, while in Germany, creativity is seen more as a process that can be applied to help solve problems. (Reference Wikipedia)

It is thought that Canada has become less creative in the last decade with our one innovation being the Blackberry. Schools struggle to understand how to teach creativity and develop creative thinking in students.

Why is creativity an important concept for Humanists of Toronto? Is it important for our society. Where have you learned to be creative?
Under what conditions are you most creative?
What can we do to develop creativity in our community and in our others?

HAT Monthly Meeting, Saturday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Afghan Women and Girls: Their Courage and Resilience

HAT Monthly Meeting
Saturday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, room 2-214
"Afghan Women and Girls: Their Courage and Resilience"
Elizabeth Watson, representing Canadians in Support of Afghan Women

The organization Canadians in Support of Afghan Women - - is an affiliate of the national
organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan - It is made up of volunteers and focuses on the
empowerment of women and girls through education by its projects.

The talk is based on what is happening in Afghanistan now regarding
Afghan women, girls, and education in Afghanistan and what the
organization is doing to address the issues.

Elizabeth Watson is a retired teacher of the deaf. She joined
Canadians in Support of Afghan Women in 2001, especially interested in
helping to support schools in Afghanistan. She found not only the
opportunities to do that but also to connect with Afghan women by
obtaining and selling their goods and by talks to the public. By being
involved in this organization Liz has also been involved in the
rewriting of a human rights kit for use in Canadian schools and has
done several talks in schools, thus exposing many students to the
curriculum materials and to the situation in Afghanistan. When Liz is
not doing something for the organization she enjoys music, loves to
fiddle, to travel and the outdoors, and reading inspiring stories and
those where folks are struggling.

HAT Annual General Meeting - April 27, 1.30pm

DATE:  Sat April 27, 2013,  1:30pm-3pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,  Room 4410

We look forward to seeing you there!

HAT Forum Saturday, March 16, 11.00am-1pm, Forgiveness

HAT Forum
DATE: Saturday, March 16, 11.00am-1pm
TOPIC: Forgiveness
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,
Proposed by: Moses Klein

What is the value of forgiving? What is the value of being forgiven? How important is forgiveness, and why? What needs to be done to achieve forgiveness? Are there any deeds that can or should never be forgiven?


DATE: Mar 9, 2013, 11.00am-1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,

Overweight and obesity are epidemic in North America today with approximately two in three American adults being overweight and one in three considered clinically obese.  About 25 million North Americans have type-2 diabetes, and almost 90 million have pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” now afflicts eight million Americans

  1. How is it that these food-related health epidemics continue to rise unabated? 
  2. What is the state of public and individual awareness about the addictive power of processed foods?  Is it that we don’t know or that we just don’t care?
  3. Is processed food the only culprit?  What other factors/conditions/events could cause us to consume so many more calories than we need?
  4. What about the food industry – are they just giving the people what they want?
  5. How much individual responsibility do we have for our weight?  And whose business is it anyway?

“What industry insiders call “the bliss point” … that help food companies create the greatest amount of crave.”

“The “mouth feel” of soda and many other food items, especially those high in fat, is second only to the bliss point in its ability to predict how much craving a product will induce.” (Dr. Howard Moskowitcz, Food “Optimizer”, General Foods, Kraft, Campbells)
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.