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: Diplomacy and International Relations

HAT Forum
Saturday 2nd May 2015, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Topic: Public Shaming
Proposed by: Bill Kennedy

Is Diplomacy in International relations a meaningless panacea?
Can Diplomacy make substantial contributions in International Relations?

HAT Forum: Public Shaming in the Internet Age

HAT Forum
Saturday 25 April 2015, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Topic: Public Shaming
Proposed by: Moses Klein

Lately there has been much discussion in the media about the phenomenon of public shaming. How do we react to this? How has new media changed the nature of reputation? When, if ever, is public shaming fair? Do the targets have any responsibilty for their own fate?

For the purposes of this discussion, public shaming refers to the phenomenon discussed by Jon Ronson in the book So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

Some reading to consider:

Show your support for open science communication


Over the past several years, Canadian scientists working in the federal government have experienced a substantial shift in the way they can communicate their research to the public and the media. Reports of widespread muzzling and delayed access to Canadian government scientists have been covered in prominent national and international media. Extensive coverage and concern prompted the Information Commissioner of Canada to pursue an investigation, currently ongoing, into the alleged muzzling of scientists.

More information and an online peitition in support of open science communication at

Forum: Character in Education

HAT Forum
Saturday 11 April 2015, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Meeting Room 304
Topic: Should Character Matter?
Proposed by: Dick Combeer

Should Character Matter?

1. What role should formal education have in the development of character?
2. Are Ontario public schools obliged to remove all discussion of values out of fear of offending or not catering to all groups?
3. How does this compare to the situation in the Catholic School system in Ontario, where they have the benefit of one unifying set of values?
4. In the dialectic between the cult of personality and the cult of character, could we define what values should compose "character" and could they be fundamental enough for most of our society to agree upon?
5. In the world of business, adults dealing with adults, how does character measure up against performance?

HAT Forum: Humanitarian Aid / Military Action in Syria

HAT Forum
Saturday 4 April, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Meeting Room #304
Topic: Humanitarian Aid
Proposed by: Isabel Foot

The government has described the bombing or invasion of Syria as humanitarian aid. Have they convinced us? If not, what is the real agenda?

Spring 2015 newsletter

HAT's Spring 2015 newsletter is out. You can download the electronic version (pdf) at this link.
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.