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.

Ontario Humanist Society « UofT Roundtable on Reviving Public Science in Canada, Nov 29, 5:30-7:30

Ontario Humanist Society « UofT Roundtable on Reviving Public Science in Canada, Nov 29, 5:30-7:30

You are invited to attend this free event:

Critical Condition: Reviving Public Science in Canadawill take place on Nov. 29, 2013, from 5:30-7:30.

Come to an event celebrating the life of three scientific organizations that died and one that was resuscitated, and help us brainstorm about ways to revive public science in Canada.

Dr. Paul Cappon, the former President of the Canadian Council of Learning (2004-2012) will talk about the Council’s birth and untimely death. The Council studied and fostered ways in which Canadians were learning in school, at home, in the workplace and in their community, throughout their life cycle.

Dr. Robert Page, former Chair of the
National Round Table on Environment & Economy (1988-2013), will discuss the life and death of the Roundtable and its valuable contributions to our understanding of the links between the environment and the economy – now more needed than ever! It researched and advocated a low carbon economy and argued that Canada was well positioned to achieve this goal. However, its advice was not appreciated, which led to its demise.

Dr. Peter Ross, former senior research with the Ocean Pollution Research Program will talk about "Ocean pollution science in Canada: Navigating without a compass” – the outcome of terminating a program within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that led to many important regulations and controls improving commercial and traditional seafoods by lowering levels of various chemicals in marine wildlife. It improved the health of several fish and marine mammal populations. Sadly, the program itself died in 2013.

Dr. Diane Orihel, founder of Save ELA, will discuss the death of the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area and its miraculous resuscitation through Ontario – find out why it is still in critical condition on life support, unable to rise from its bed of suffering. During its healthy life, the ELA influenced public policy in water management in Canada, the USA and Europe.

The talks will be followed by a Q and A period, and we will then brainstorm together what can be done to Revive Public Science in Canada.

This event is organized by Scientists for the Right to Know, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Graduate Students’ Union of the University of Toronto, the York University Faculty Association and Save ELA.

HAT FORUM Sat Nov 23, ROB FORD affair

HAT Forum
Saturday 23 November, 11am - 1pm
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W
Topic: The Rob Ford Affair
Facilitator:  Moses Klein

How are we reacting to the developing story around the mayor? What does it take for an elected official to be deemed incapable of fulfilling his or her duties? Should the province intervene, or is that an intrusion on municipal self-government? What do you find interesting in this saga?

HAT Book Group, Sat Dec 7, 2:30pm "No Nonsense Guide to World Food:

Hat Saturday Book group on December 7th.
OISE:  252 Bloor Street West, 2:30-4pm
Leader:  Jodi Perrin
Book discussed:The no-nonsense guide to world food
by Roberts, Wayne, 1944-Year2008, Revision updated: August 5, 2013

Food security is a topic that is increasingly in the public's consciousness. Covering fast food, health food, institutional food, and more, this No-Nonsense Guide shows why and how "real food" has become scarce, dominated as it is in the West by agri-business and supermarkets. Wayne Roberts discusses nutrition, health, economics, and gives examples of effective food systems being developed by individuals, communities, and governments.
An essential guide to this important issue, this book will appeal to students, food professionals and activists, public health staff and concerned citizens - anyone who wants to understand the international food system and how it can be improved.

HAT FORUM: Sat Nov 9, 11am "Respect for the Dead"

HAT Forum
Saturday, November 9th
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Topic: Respect for the Dead
Facilitator:  Moses Klein

Is it important to show respect for the dead? How do we do that?
What sort of bereavement rituals do you find most appropriate? How much should the wishes of the dead, as opposed to the concerns of the living, shape the process?

Participants are encouraged to stay for Bob Hope's talk on Natural Burials after lunch.

REMINDER: Hat monthly meeting, Nov 9, "Natural Burial", OISE, 1:30 PM

Natural Burial:  Free talk at HAT Nov 9
Everyone is invited to the HAT MONTHLY SPEAKER, Sat Nov 9, 1:30-3pm, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, room 6-170.

SPEAKER:  Bob Hope, HAT member from Owen Sound.
Please come, and ask lots of questions!
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.