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Humanists for Social and Environmental Action: URGENT: Email Minister of Immigration McCallum to stop next week's litigation 

Humanists for Social and Environmental Action: URGENT: Email Minister of Immigration McCallum to stop next week's litigation 

The Canadian government is going ahead with  litigation that was initiated by the Harper government against U.S. Iraq War resisters. The Federal Court hearings are scheduled for April 5 and 6.

In light of McCallum's announcement today sponsoring more refugees, it is important to state opposition to the Harper Government's attacks on US war resisters.  The War Resisters Support Campaign is asking for your help:
  • We are asking every supporter to immediately email Minister of Immigration John McCallum,  at and (model message below)
  • Under your name, please include city and province
  • Please cc Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
  • Please also bcc the War Resisters Support Campaign at
Here is a model email message you can copy and paste into your message (or feel free to personalize it) --
SUBJECT: U.S. Iraq War resisters – Stop litigation initiated by Harper government
Honourable John McCallum
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Dear Minister McCallum,
I am writing to ask that you immediately cease the litigation initiated  by the former Conservative government against U.S. Iraq War resisters. Our new government should not defend decisions made under the previous  government and re-litigate matters the Court has already found on in  favour of these conscientious objectors. As you know, Canadians  overwhelmingly opposed the Iraq War and the Liberal government under Jean Chr├ętien made a decision not to participate in it.

The cases to be heard by the Federal Court on April 5 and 6 should be settled, and the matters sent back to be re-determined by new  immigration officers.

I thank you for your consideration and look forward to your response.


cc: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

HAT Forum
Sat March 26th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room 304
Topic “ I fear those who are unemotional, and I solicit emotional response whenever I can."
Proposer: Jody Perrin

From article by Jeanette Armstrong in Yes! Magazine:

1. What is your feeling about this phrase in Jeanette’s closing paragraph?

2. Is there a connection to her desire to personalize every thing and not to be “objective” about anything?

3. How important might these thoughts be?

4. How could we include them in our way of looking at and acting in life’s journey?

HAT panel: Medically Assisted Dying, Sat 14 May, 1:30-3pm, Koffler House, UofT

Panel info here:
FREE REGISTRATION at link above.
Apologies if this is posted, but reposting might help!

Humanist Association of Toronto present a panel:
Medically Assisted Dying - Where Do We Go From Here?

The Supreme Court has ruled. Polls indicate 4 out of 5 Canadians support physician-assisted dying. Parliament has the directive to produce simple and straightforward legislation. Our distinguished panel will speak to many of the questions that arise as we consider where we go from here.
Panel Members:
  • Shanaaz Gokool, CEO, Dying with Dignity
  • Dr. Isser Dubinsky, Physicians’ Advisory Council, DWD
  • Blair Henry, Ph.D (pending) Clinical Bioethicist Sunnybrook Hospital
Koffler House - 569 Spadina Crescent Room 108, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7, Canada - View Map

HAT Forum
Sat March 19th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room 304
Topic “Why Aren’t HAT (and the HAT Forum) Bigger?"
Proposers: Ron Coles and Richard Dowsett

1. What do religious groups offer their members, even to those who have a weak or no belief in their God?

2. What are the options for people who find themselves as non-believers but still want their religion's benefits in an environment outside a religion?

3. Who is HAT (or The HAT Forum) for? Established Humanists? New Humanists? Those who are questing for a new life Philosophy? The 'Nons'? Can HAT satisfy all of these groups differing needs?

4. If HAT decides that membership should increase, what groups would be the most fruitful to appeal to? How would this change how we do things?

5. Has HAT (or The HAT Forum) made decisions that indicate that it wants to remain a small group? Is there an 'optimum number' of members?

HAT Forum
Sat March 12th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room 304
Topic “The Sharing Economy"
Proposer: Moses Klein

The Sharing Economy is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human and physical resources. It includes the shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services by different people and organisations. 

1.      What potential does the “sharing economy” offer?
2.      What pitfalls do you see in the trend toward the “sharing economy”?
3.      Do you participate in any “sharing economy” activities? Which ones, and what is your impression?
4.      The most controversial has probably been Uber. How should municipal regulators respond to the challenge to taxi regulations?
5.      Is “sharing economy” an accurate description of these ventures? If not, how would you describe them?

And two articles for background information:
From Wikipedia
From the Economist

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.