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.

HAT Forum: Responses to the Parliament shootings

HAT Forum
Saturday, November 1st, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Meeting Room #303
Topic: Responses to the Parliament shootings
Proposed by: Moses Klein

Did the Parliament Hill shootings change the way we feel about security, about openness, or about Canada? How is the country reacting, and how should it react? What concerns do you have about the balance between security and openness -- have we found the right balance, or do you think we will? What are the causes of such actions, and can we do anything to address them?

HAT Forum: Jobs

HAT Forum
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 11:00-1:00
Location:  519 Church St, Fireplace Room 201
Proposed by: Isabel Foot
Topic: Jobs

Is astounding unemployment globally a side effect of new technology?
Where will jobs come from?
If there are so many things we'd like to do why is there nobody to "pay" for them?

October 18: No Forum, annual members party instead

There is no HAT Forum on Saturday, October 18th. Instead, HAT members are invited to the annual party that afternoon. If you have not gotten the invitation, contact us ((416) 966-1361 or for directions.

Should We Go? Combat against Islamic State

HAT Forum
Saturday, October 11, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 201 (Fireplace Room)
Proposed by: Bill Kennedy

This topic was drawn from features in the Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 4th.

A discussion of the opinions of government and media, and our own opinions, on sending Canadian military assistance to fight the Islamic State.

Upcoming HAT monthly events

More details on these scheduled HAT monthly events will be posted later. All speaker events are open to the public free of charge.

Saturday, October 18
HAT annual members' party, 2:00-6:00
HAT members should receive details with the Fall 2014 newsletter. If you do not receive an invitation, contact us for location information. This event is open to HAT members and their guests.

Saturday, November 15
HAT monthly speaker, 1:30-3:00
Speaker: Dale Roy, SKETCH
Topic: SKETCH: Creating Opportunities through Art for Marginalized Young People
SKETCH creates opportunities for young people ages 16 to 29 living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.

Saturday, December 13
HAT monthly speaker, 1:30-3:00
Speaker: Dr. Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo, Research Associate, York University
Topic: Understanding Quasars

Saturday, January 10
HAT monthly speaker, 1:30-3:00
Speaker: Debbie Pond, M.O.M.
Topic: Human Trafficking
Debbie Pond, RCMP – Inspector (Ret.), won many awards during her career in law enforcement, including the Order of Merit of the Police Force (2007) and the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). She is a member of the National Advisory Team of Defend Dignity, an organization to end human trafficking in Canada, and Chair of the Board of Directors of u-r home, a place of hope for rescued victims of human trafficking. She will bring her considerable credentials and experience to bear on an examination of this very important topic.

HAT Forum: Public Transit in Toronto

Topic: Public Transit in Toronto
Date: Saturday 4 October 2014, 11:00-1:00
Location: 519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Proposed by: Moses Klein

What is the value of public transit to a major city?
How does public transit fit into an overall transportation strategy?
What are the most important challenges facing Toronto's public transit system?
What, if anything, should be the priorities for future transit development in Toronto?
How well are our political leaders dealing with the transit issue?
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.