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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 End of Summer Party!
Sunday, August 30th
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

END OF SUMMER PARTY!

Welcome to all HAT members and guests on Sunday, August 30th; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location will be at the home of one of the HAT Steering Committee members,
please call (416) 966-1361 for details.
TTC transport suggested as parking is limited.
HAT members and guests on Sunday, August 30th; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Party is potluck with a meats and shellfish diet restriction.

HAT Forum:
Saturday Aug 29th 2015, 11:00 - 1:00,
519 Church Street Rm 304
Disaporas; What is the World to Do?

HAT Forum: Disaporas; What is the World to Do?
submitted by Gary Higgins
Context:
Definition: from the Greek meaning ' the spreading or scattering across '

There have been so many migrations and diasporas through out history; and their causes were manifold. 
the exodus of the Jews under Moses, 
the Irish potato famine, 
the deportation of English convicts to Australia,
natural disasters, like the floodings in New Orleans
the Chinese and the Indian subcontinent are noted for the largest of diasporas

But of late in world news, we are bombarded daily with horror stories of boat people escaping civil wars & racial & religious conflicts.
From North Africa, they are smuggling from Libya to Italy ; from Syria & Iraq through Turkey.

The EU is trying to help by accepting percentages of the migrants held in camps just inside Europe,

Greece is dead broke, and cannot afford to feed and care for an island full of refugees being detained
GB says no way they will accept any; and promises to fly them back to their country of origin, (First Class?)
Thousands have been camped out in Calais, France, trying to smuggle themselves to England.

Human smugglers are capitalizing on their plight, women & children, whole families on overcrowded boats are turning up drowned.

Donald Trump & Ted Cruz are very hostile to Mexicans and people from Central American countries crossing into the US, aware of how this message plays to the Republicans during a federal election.
 Calling them the worst of the worst; with greater percentages of rapists; ( "quick; hide the women and children ")

Into the US, economic migrants come in search of the American Dream.
"Anchor babies " is the newest term for giving birth to an illegal, that they will automatically become American Citizens, and will later sponsor the parents  and family

Questions:

1. What is the world to do?
They are building a wall to separate Mexico from the US

2. What are the advantages to diasporas?
Economics, ideas, knowledge
The economist magazine sees only benefits
" the magic of diasporas "; plus numerous other articles

3. What are the negatives?
Xenophobia, racism, cheap work force displacing others

4. Is this just a cheap way around regular routes of citizenship, green cards?
Are rich countries in danger of being made poorer, because of these waves of illegal migrants?

5. Can NIMBY be tolerated?
Remember the Holocaust, and the Jews refused entry to America, "ship of fools"?

HAT Forum
Sat Aug 22nd 2015 11:00 a.m.
519 Church St Rm 304
If the price of Oil never recovers,
Will Canada change in a fundamental way?

HAT Forum
Sat Aug 22nd 2015 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
519 Church St Rm 304
If the Price of Oil never recovers, Will Canada change in a fundamental way?

- Are there examples of entire countries changing their core value systems?
- Do such changes happen gradually or suddenly?
- What is the tipping point for Canada to disown 'dirty' oil? (tar sands)
- What is the tipping point for Canada to disown all oil? (for renewables)
- How many aspects of Canadian Life are, directly or indirectly, dependent on oil?

HAT Forum: ​Leadership in Canada
Sat Aug 15th 2015
519 Church St. Rm 304

HAT Forum: ​Leadership in Canada
 Date: Saturday August 15th 2015
 Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm 
Location: The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Room 304
 Proposer: Isabel Foote 

What qualities​ do we currently need most in a Canadian Prime Minister?

 Which of these qualities do we see in the current party Leaders?
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.