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.

Is Atheism a religion? | | CBC Radio SATURDAY

Is Atheism a religion? | Day 6 with Brent Bambury | CBC Radio

THIS IS ON RIGHT NOW, on CBC1.  Note:  Cathy Dunphy, head of the Clergy Project, is an Ontario Humanist Society Officiant -

Do Atheists deserve religious protection? The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal says yes, declaring Atheism is a creed that deserves the same religious protections as other recognized faiths. Last year a secular church opened in Calgary. There's a push to have atheist chaplains in the Canadian and American military. Next month is 'Super Secular September' in Manitoba. To discuss whether Atheism is becoming an organized religion of its own, Day 6 is joined by RenĂ© Choinard. He brought the case to the Human Rights Tribunal. Catherine Dunphy is a former Roman Catholic Chaplin and the executive director of The Clergy Project, and Margaret Somerville is the director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law.

HAT FORUM Sat Aug 31, OISE 252 Bloor Street W

HAT Forum
Date:  Saturday 31 August 2013
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Topic:  Dress code for public employees
Facilitator: Isabel Foot

Can you support the banning of religious identifiers (a la Premier Marois)
Is this a good idea?
Why would a humanist support this, or not support it.

HAT FORUM SAt August 24, 11am

HAT Forum
Date:  Saturday 24 August 2013
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Topic: Centralized and Localized Government
Proposed by: Moses Klein

In an ideal system of government, what decisions are best entrusted to a local government and what decisions are best centralized? What problems do you see arising from either excessive local autonomy or excessive centralization?

WORD on the STREET will be Sept 22, Queen's park circle.

Sunday, September 22nd at Queen’ s Park Circle
11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.
HAT participates in this mammoth literary event that occurs annually. Workshops, author
readings, publishers’ booths and more...
Volunteers always welcome to staff our booth :-)

Early Notice for Monthly Speaker on September 28, Gary Bauslaugh

Event: Hat Monthly Meeting

Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Rms TBA
Topic:Humanism, Social Justice and the power of Juries
Speaker: Gary Bauslaugh
Date: Saturday, September 28, 1:30 - 3PM

Gary Bauslaugh is a writer and editor who spent many years as teacher and administrator in the B.C. college and university systems. Bauslaugh, who has a PhD in Chemistry from McGill, has written scientific research papers as well as many articles for various publications such as The Skeptical Inquirer, The Humanist and Humanist Perspectives
He was Editor of Humanist Perspectives (previously The Humanist in Canada) from 2003 to 2008. His book on the Robert Latimer mercy-killing case (Robert Latimer,A Story of Justice and Mercy, James Lorimer &Co.) was published in 2010.
Secret Power ofJuries is expected to be published in October 2013.

REMINDER: End of Summer Party!


at the family home of Moses Klein.
TTC transport suggested as parking is limited.
HAT members and guests are invited to this annual celebration on
Sunday, August  25

4 p.m. to 8 p.m
Stimulating conversation, fine company,
good food and fun at this potluck party!


You can read our Summer newsletter, which has notices about our annual party and our fall speakers, at the link below.


HAT FORUM Sat. Aug 17, 11am - 1pm OISE

DATE:  Sat Aug 17, 2013
TIME:  11am - 1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC:  " TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENTS...Important?...Achievable? "

ALL are invited to discuss this topic.

HAT FORUM Sat Aug 10, 11m OISE

Sat: Sat. Aug 10, 11am OISE, 252 Bloor Street W
Topic: Observing without evaluating.
Facilitator: Bill Kennedy

How can we observe without evaluating?
And can we? Psychologically, can we, not should we.
What is the advantage of not evaluating?
Think of “not evaluating” as a skill. Can it be learned?

Ontario Humanist Society - ANNE GOODMAN Obituary

Ontario Humanist Society « ANNE GOODMAN Obituary
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Anne Goodman passed away in Toronto on August 1, 2013 at the age of 62 after a brief but incredibly courageous battle with cancer. She leaves her devoted and loving family: her husband, Michael, her mother, Sonia, her brother, David, and daughters Sandy (Richard), Susie (Nathan) and Vicki (Mauricio), and grandson, Hudson, along with family and many, many treasured colleagues and friends around the world.

Anne was born on November 29, 1950 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her first degree in occupational therapy. She moved to Toronto in 1978. Anne has committed her life both personally and professionally to social justice and building a culture of peace around the world, through fostering dialogue and community healing. She taught at OISE in the department of Adult Education and Community Development, directed a graduate certificate in Community Healing and Peacebuilding and was the Co-Director of the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE. Anne was the president and co-founder of InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding.

As a humanist officiant, Anne created beautiful and personal ceremonies for people sharing life’s biggest moments. Anne was someone who truly made the world a better place, every single day, in ways big and small, and will continue to do so through her enduring and powerful legacy. Everything she did was done with purpose, passion, empathy, authenticity, insight, grace, and love. Teacher, learner, communicator, facilitator, writer, nurturer, peacebuilder, nature lover, thinker, reader, baker, cyclist, dreamer, gardener, spiritual healer, global citizen, neighbour, community member, friend, beautiful spirit – Anne was so many wonderful things to so many people across the globe – she will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever.

A private family funeral will take place in accordance with a natural burial approach, as she wanted. A public celebration of Anne’s life will take place on Monday August 12, from 2-5 p.m. in the Floral Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Avenue East). Donations to the peacebuilding organization that she co-founded, InterChange (, can be made through the website or In addition, contributions can be made to the Anne Goodman Tree Fund by sending an e-transfer to to help us plant trees throughout Toronto parks in her memory.

HAT FORUM, Sat Aug 3, OISE 11am -1 pm

DATE:  Sat Aug 3
TIME:  11am - 1pm
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Topic: How is truth important?

All are welcome to this discussion
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.