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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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REMINDER! : Monthly Speaker on September 28, Gary Bauslaugh, 1:30pm

Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT): Monthly Speaker on September 28, Gary Bauslaugh, OISE 1:30pm

Monthly Speaker on September 28, Gary Bauslaugh, OISE 1:30pm

Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room OI 8- 214
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 of Juries is expected to be published in October 2013.

Hat Forum, Sat Sept 28, 11am "Seeking Peace: and the criminal justice system"

HAT Forum, Saturday 28 September
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,  11am - 1pm.
Topic: Criminal Justice
Proposed by: Moses Klein

What are, and what should be, the objectives of a criminal justice system? How do the goals of prevention, deterrence, punishment, and rehabilitation relate? How well does Canada's criminal justice system achieve its goals? What could we do better?

HAT FORUM Sat OCT 5 "seeking peace", part 2

HAT FORUM
Sat Oct 5,, 11am - 1pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West  
TOPIC: A paradigm shift toward “speaking peace” in a world of conflict.
What’s missing in our present manner of seeing our world?
How could we re-educate ourselves to a perspective that would delegitimize war?
PROPOSED BY:  Bill Kennedy
(a continuation of this topic from Sept 28)

HAT FORUM Sat. Sept 14, 11am OISE: Syria

Hat Saturday Forum
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 11 am-1pm
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Discussion:  Syria developments
Facilitator:  Isobel Foot.

Scientists for the Right to Know - Rally Sept 16, noon, Queen's park

Scientists for the Right to Know
a new lobby group of Science for Peace, has invited Humanists to this event:

Evidence for Democracy is organizing a nation-wide Rally: Stand Up for Science on Sept. 16, 2013, from 12-1 pm

In Toronto, we will assemble at 11:45 at the south part of Queen’s Park in the front of the legislature: there will be a few short speeches.

Prof. Scott Prudham, President of the UofT Faculty Association will speak, we will hear a message from Nobel Prize winner Prof. John Polanyi, 3rd speaker TBA. We will march down University Ave. and back to Queen’s Park. The Raging Grannies will sing.
Please come – in a lab coat if possible – and bring a friend along.

Campaign – Academic Librarians Join Scientists in Canada

Researchers at the University of Toronto have formed a new group in response to continuing government action on the freedom of information in Canada. The group called Scientists’ for the Right to Know states their mandate is “  to advocate for the free conduct, communication, publication and archiving of research and to resist the muzzling of science and of scientists.”  The Canadian Association for Professional Academic Librarians fully endorses and supports the SRK mandate.

As CAPAL has stipulated in the document  Academic Librarianship: A Statement of Principles we fully endorse eradicating discrimination, free enquiry and advancement of knowledge, uncensored and unbiased access to information and preserving knowledge for current and future generations.  We urge all our colleagues across Canada to show their support for the efforts of this group.

 http://scientistsfortherighttoknow.wildapricot.org/timeline Of particular interest is their timeline which shows the extent to which suppression of freedom of speech and information has been happening in different areas.

Monthly Speaker on September 28, Gary Bauslaugh, OISE 1:30pm

We now have a room assigned for Gary's presentation:

Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room OI 8- 214
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 of Juries is expected to be published in October 2013.

HAT FORUM Sat Sept 7 OISE, "Higher Education"

HAT Forum, Saturday 7 September
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Time:  11:30-10pm
Topic: Why Education?
Proposed by Moses Klein


Is higher education as valuable as is generally assumed? If so, why? What forms of education are most worthwhile? What forms are underrated? What forms ought to be promoted more? Compare university, college and apprenticeships.

SCIENCE and GOD : DEBATE, Dan Barker and Dr. Sankara Sept 18, OISE

University of Toronto Humanist Chaplaincy: SCIENCE and GOD : DEBATE, Dan Barker and Dr. Sankara Sept 18, OISE
https://www.facebook.com/events/150456221825421/

Wed Sept 18, OISE, 9pm

Free for students, $10 at door for public.  See facebook page above for info (seems to be sponsored by the "One Network" - see the pdf, but not much other details).  This email was sent to us by the One Network.

Debate between,
Evangelist turned Atheist - Dan Barker
and
Nuclear Physicist turned Spiritual Teacher - Dr. Sankara

Until recently, this question was rhetorical; Since the 17th century's Age of Enlightenment, everyone knew that Science was no friend of God. But more recently as Scientists search for "God Particles", Quantum Physics points to a unified field and fractal geometry suggests, to some, "intelligent design" in our universe, the relationship between science and God is being re-examined.

What do you believe?

Join us for a captivating discussion between two of the world's most insightful thinkers on matters of science and spirituality as they try to answer one of the most important questions facing our world today.
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.