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 Forum: Media and Prejudice

HAT Forum
Saturday 30 August 2014, 11:00-1:00
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St.
Topic: Media and Prejudice
Proposed by: Cecilia Rayo

How do you think the media has portrayed visible minorities when they participate in an event that is perceived negatively?

What are the effects of this portrayal of visible minorities on the minds of children?

How do you as a humanist fight against prejudice?

Do you think that the media has evolved in the way they portray visible minorities?  If yes how?

HAT Forum: Suicide and Humanism

HAT Forum
Saturday, August 23, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 201

Topic: Suicide and Humanism
Proposed by: Richard Dowsett
  • What emotions do humanists experience when they think about suicide?
  • Does a humanist philosophy allow for suicide as a legitimate life choice under certain circumstances? What circumstances?
  • What consequences would this philosophy have within the greater society if it were the predominant one?
  • Whatever our thoughts on suicide, are they consistent with our thoughts on other life/death issues such as capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia?

Catholic schools force students to study religion despite court order

From today's Globe and Mail:

Catholic schools in Ontario are requiring students to take religious courses despite a recent court decision that ruled they can’t be forced to attend.

In multiple correspondences reviewed by The Globe and Mail, Catholic school board officials from across the province have denied requests from Catholic high-school students that they be excused from religious studies on the basis that their parents are Catholic school ratepayers.

All of those students requested the exemptions for academic reasons, in hopes of spending more time on courses important to university applications and apprenticeship programs. But the boards contend that Catholic students aren’t eligible for the exemption because they aren’t eligible to attend public schools.

For the full story:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/catholic-schools-force-students-to-study-religion-despite-court-order/article19998101


HAT Forum: Evil in a Humanist Worldview

HAT Forum
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 11:00-1:00
Location: 519 Church St., Room 201

Topic: The Concept of Evil in a Humanist Worldview
Proposed by: Moses Klein

Do humanists recognize such a thing as evil? How does a humanist understanding of it differ from a theological understanding?

HAT Forum: Remembering War

Hat Forum:  Remembering War
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 - 1:00
Location: 519 Church St.   Room 201
Topic: The experience of our remembering
Proposed by: Bill Kennedy
 
Remembering whom? Can we say something about the quality of our remembering?
What affect is amplifying our individual remembering?  our collective remembering?
How do we ritually mark the deaths of participants? Their service?
Who is there at the ritual? Who is not there? So what?
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.