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 weekly Forum, Sat. Nov 2 "Humanist Principles - Sustainable environment"

HAT weekly Forum
Date: Saturday November 2
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, Room No. 10-204
TOPIC: A discussion of No. 10 of our Canadian Humanist Set of Principles
FACILITATOR:  Jodi Perrin

“Humanists affirm that human beings are completely a part of nature, and that our survival is dependent upon a healthy planet that provides us and all other forms of life with a sustainable environment.”
How can this principle inform and affect our lives?



HAT MONTHLY MEETING: Sat. Nov 9, 1:30pm "Natural Burial"

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 1:30 – 3 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor west, Room tbd
Topic: “Natural Burial: A ‘New’ Old Concept of Burial”
Speaker: Bob Hope, a member of the Natural Burial Association
 
Natural Burial is a “new” old concept of burial. In 2008, Victoria BC was the first city in Canada to offer it as a choice and interest has been growing since.
 
Natural burial methods are designed to return the body to the earth without inhibiting the natural process of decomposition, leading to a sustainable burial process with little environmental impact.  Different from conventional cemeteries, a natural burial site (also known as a woodland cemetery) is managed for the benefit of wildlife and is planted to encourage a diverse range of flora and fauna.  In this way, natural burial grounds actively contribute to the protection and creation of forests and parklands.
Bob Hope is an Owen Sound, Ontario resident and member of the Natural Burial Association, a Canadian non-profit organization. Bob has studied the issues of conventional burial and cremation as well as the benefits of natural burial when  compared to other forms of interment or cremation. This presentation concludes that it is time for Natural Burial to become an important alternative choice for environmentally conscious citizens.

HAT Forum Sat Oct 26, 11am OISE

HAT FORUM
DATE:  Sat. Oct 26, 11am
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2-198
TOPIC: The Positive Aspects of Faith - Is there a place for faith in the humanist perspective?
Topic Contributor: Richard Dowsett

Faith defined as firm belief in something for which there is no proof - complete trust.
How can having faith be beneficial to the individual?

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Don't forget - HAT monthly meeting follows at 1:30 pm:

Early notice: HAT Month talk, Sat Nov 9, "Natural Burial", OISE

HAT monthly speaker meeting
Saturday, November 9, 2013  1:30 – 3 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor west, Room tbd
TOPIC: “Natural Burial: A ‘New’ Old Concept of Burial”
Speaker: Bob Hope, a member of the Natural Burial Association
 
Natural Burial is a “new” old concept of burial. In 2008, Victoria BC was the first city in Canada to offer it as a choice and interest has been growing since.
 
Natural burial methods are designed to return the body to the earth without inhibiting the natural process of decomposition, leading to a sustainable burial process with little environmental impact.  Different from conventional cemeteries, a natural burial site (also known as a woodland cemetery) is managed for the benefit of wildlife and is planted to encourage a diverse range of flora and fauna.  In this way, natural burial grounds actively contribute to the protection and creation of forests and parklands.
Bob Hope is an Owen Sound, Ontario resident and member of the Natural Burial Association, a Canadian non-profit organization. Bob has studied the issues of conventional burial and cremation as well as the benefits of natural burial when  compared to other forms of interment or cremation. This presentation concludes that it is time for Natural Burial to become an important alternative choice for environmentally conscious citizens.

HAT Forum, Sat Oct 12, 11am OISE, "Gratitude and random chance"

Hat Saturday Forum
Date: Saturday October 12, 2013
Time: 11 am-1pm
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Discussion:  Gratitude and Random Chance
Faciltator:  Isobel Foot

early alert: November Book Club, Nov 2, 2:30pm OISE "Charlotte's Web"

HAT Book Club.
Date:Saturday, November 2 from 2:20-4:00,
Location:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Our fiction book choice for this month  is the children’s story “Charlotte's’ Web” by E.B.White

Judy Rebick: Humanist of the Year. Sat Oct 26, 1:30pm, OISE

HAT MONTHLY MEETING
Saturday, October 26, 2013
1:30 – 3 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St West, Room 5-250

ALL ARE WELCOME TO:
Judy Rebick, photo courtesy of David Smiley
“An Afternoon with Judy Rebick”
Judy Rebick, Writer, Activist, Feminist, will accept her HAT Humanist of the Year 2012 Award. Join us for an informal conversation with Judy, exploring her commitment to social justice and equity for all.
 
Judy Rebick is a well-known social justice activist, writer, educator and speaker. One of Canada’s best known feminists, Judy is the former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and was a spokesperson for the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics during the fight to legalize abortion.  During the 1980s she co-chaired the Ontario Coalition for Employment Equity and was involved in organizing for employment equity at the federal and provincial levels.
 
She is an author.  Her latest books are Occupy This! and Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political. Judy recently stepped down after eight years as the CAW Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University.  She  is the founding publisher of rabble.ca and is currently on CBC Radio Q’s media panel. During the 1990s, Judy was the host of a national TV show on CBC Newsworld.
 
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.