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.

Revisiting the HAT Forum guidelines

HAT Forum
Saturday 27 September, 2014, 11:00
519 Church St. Room 304

Topic: Revisiting the Forum guidelines for participants and facilitators
Proposed by: Bill Kennedy

We will be revisiting the Forum guidelines and guidelines for facilitators. Note: because of the talk by Catherine Dunphy this will be a shortened discussion.

HAT Forum: Canada and ISIS

HAT Forum
Saturday 13 September 2014, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 201
Topic: Canada and ISIS
Proposed by: Isabel Foot

What should Canada do?
Who are these people; we`re going to do what to them? Why?
Is it still oil?
Beheadings/ 9-11
Shock and Awe
Are the media readying us again for war with the Arabs?
Where do you see this going?
What should Canada do?

HAT Forum: IQ

HAT Forum
Saturday, September 6, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 304

Proposed by Gary Higgins

0. Are IQs rising? falling?
1. Are intelligent people necessarily more socially conscious? better humanists?
2. Would it be desirable to artificially boost IQ or intelligence with eugenics, stem cell research, GMOs, drugs and chemicals, or mechanical devices?
3. Could advertising, television, and modern conveniences (i.e. computers and apps and devices) contribute to decreasing or increasing IQ?
4. Is consent required for IQ testing? Could a person, or the parent of a child, refuse permission for these tests? Who has access to these records?

Clergy Project, September 27

Due to unforeseen circumstances Catherine Dunphy's talk is cancelled, with apologies for the late notice.

HAT's next monthly speaker will be
Catherine Dunphy
speaking about&nbsp
The Clergy Project
Saturday, September 27th, 1:30-3:00 (note change of date)
OISE (252 Bloor St. W.), Room 3-311

Speaker: Catherine Dunphy - A humanist, atheist and former Roman Catholic student chaplain, Catherine is a founding member of The Clergy Project and former Executive Director. She is the Operations Manager for Rational Doubt, a blog on Patheos –,  and she is currently writing a book about the founding of The Clergy Project and her experience of losing her faith in seminary.
Topic: The purpose of The Clergy Project is to provide a safe haven for active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who do not hold supernatural beliefs. It originated from a growing awareness of the presence of these professional clergy and a concern about their dilemma as they moved beyond faith. Catherine’s talk will be of interest to anyone who faces or has faced a similar dilemma. 

HAT newsletter for download

The old URL that HAT has been using for archives and downloads is temporarily not working. Archived materials will not be lost permanently, but in the meantime, the most recent (summer 2014) newsletter can be downloaded instead from this link. Our apologies for any confusion.
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.