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November 24, 2015
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CFI Canada’s mission is to provide education and training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic inquiry through conferences, symposia, lectures, published works and the maintenance of a library.

Saturday, November 28 @ 7:30pm

Honor Diaries Movie Screening                       OISE Auditorium, Ground Floorp10363747_p_v8_aa

In male-dominated cultures, like Saudi Arabia, women and girls are treated like property, forced into marriage and suffer female genital mutilation.  Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on honor violence against women and girls.

AND!…we are privileged to have one of the cast members, Raheel Raza, in attendance to introduce the film and to answer questions after the screening.

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  • Act now: Voice Your Choice to your MLA;  The B.C. government continues to pass on opportunity after opportunity to show country-wide leadership on physician assisted dying. Tell your representatives to speak out for patients’ rights.

Let your MLA know that this disregard for patients’ suffering is simply unacceptable. Use DWD Canada’s new BC E-mail-a-Rep tool to send a single powerful message to your local MLA, the health minister and the premier. Just plug in your name, e-mail address and postal code to generate a tailored message. Then, you can either fire off the default text or add your own personal touches. Taking this step is one of the easiest, most immediate things you can do to defend choice for British Columbians facing terrible diagnoses.

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Upcoming Events

  • Nov 30th, Toronto: Every last Monday of the month, everyone is welcome to attend the Science & Philosophy Book Club, where we provide a friendly, free-thinking environment to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month; “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession” by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Dec.11th, Toronto: (second Friday of each month), CFIC T.O. : Board Games Night! Join us for an evening of relaxing and thinking fun as we mostly play classic and strategy board games, and partake in trivia. Sometimes even charades, jai alai, Octopush – whatever strikes our fancy.  Feel free to bring your own games to share. You could even just come and hang out on the comfy-chairs with like-minded folks for a little more conversation and a little less action. – 
  • Dec 14th, Toronto: Every second Monday, CFIC T.O. – Living Without Religion– The group discusses past and present religious issues and looks at a positive life free of guilt, fear and shame. While the group is still dedicated to dealing with problems and issues revolving around religion, it is also a place for those interested in exploring larger issues in a non-judgmental welcoming atmosphere.
  • Dec 19th, Toronto: (Every third Saturday of the month) Come one, come all to CFI Ontario’s Cafe Skeptique, a fun and fascinating discussion group that focuses on a range of topics within the realm of skepticism such as pseudo-science, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, etc. It’s open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in! See you all at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. just west of Spadina Ave
  • Dec 21st, Toronto; CFIC T.O. – SOS Secular Organizations for Sobriety meetingAlso known as Save Our Selves, Secular Organizations for Sobriety is a program dedicated to providing a path to sobriety without depending upon supernatural or religious beliefs. We respect diversity, welcome healthy skepticism, and encourage rational thinking as well as the expression of feelings. Meet other local people who suffer from alcoholism and other addiction problems (ex: gambling, drug addiction, etc). Gather for support, companionship, and advice.
  • Dec 28th, Toronto; CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book ClubTHIS MONTH’S BOOK SELECTION : Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives by Joseph Heath

 

  • CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Saturday afternoons, meet and share your ideas with Atheists, Freethinkers, and Humanists from the Ottawa area.
  • CFI Calgary Skeptics in The PubThis group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
  • OkanaganSecular Social. Now every second and fourth Monday of the month! Come to the pub and hang out with other skeptics and freethinkers. Mission Tap House and Grill, 3110 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna. If you don’t recognize anyone, look for the table with the CFI sign.
  • November 25-27: Canadian Science Policy Centre Conference

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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

“It’s all controlled – the food you eat, the house you live in, the clothes you wear, the way you comb your hair. If you don’t do what they say, things get taken away, one thing after another. At one point I just wanted to stay in my room. I didn’t even want to go to the kitchen because it was too dangerous, so I’d stay in my room.”

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Calendar of upcoming scientific conferences

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CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS . . . COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!

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Karla’s Atheist Breast Cancer Support Facebook group is now available. It’s private so you have to ask to join. Say you are an atheist with breast cancer and Karla will approve your request.

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Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

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Critical Links is published every Tuesday And Friday

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