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.
Join us for a evening of fun, friends and magic as we celebrate a secular holiday season. We will be havingdinner at the Crimson Lounge (College Street @ Spadina in Toronto) followed by an amazing evening of magic and comedy with Magic Tonight. James Alan’s Magic Tonight (www.magictonight.ca) is a weekly show downtown which features a wide variety of special guests which proves magic really is for grownups. The show is highly interactive and very entertaining. Proceeds to to support CFI Canada and its projects.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Crimson Lounge
@The Cage 292
292 College (@ Spadina)
- Female Canadian soldier who fought with Kurds against Isis says they are just ‘a thorn in the side’; A Canadian woman and soldier who has been fighting Isis in Syria has said they are “a thorn in the side” and a “knuckle-dragging pigs” in combat.
- Province dropping rabies vaccine by helicopter in Hamilton; Provincial officials are dropping rabies vaccine bait around Hamilton by hand and by helicopter this week after tests confirmed the first documented case of raccoon rabies in Ontario in nearly a decade on Friday.
- Ottawa grants commercial producer first licence to sell cannabis oils; Ottawa has given a commercial medical marijuana producer the first licence to sell cannabis oils through the federally regulated mail-order system, six months after a Supreme Court ruling forced Health Canada to allow access to edible forms of the drug.
- 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; SOS Secular Organizations for Sobriety meeting; Also 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 Club. THIS 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 Pub: This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
- Okanagan – Secular 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
The Islamic State (Isis) has released a new gruesome video showing the brutal execution of two men accused of being sorcerers in Tripoli, Libya. The nearly eight minute long video shows a group of people being flogged surrounded by a crowd of onlookers before the two men are beheaded by masked militants.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- New Horizons Returns First of the Best Images of Pluto; NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- 1,000 minds aim to think alike in a telepathy test; Scientists are putting the paranormal to the test this week in Britain’s biggest telepathy experiment. Around 1,000 people will try to transmit an image projected on to a building into the mind of a volunteer in a sealed room. The experiment, designed by Dr Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, is an attempt to discover whether extra sensory perception, or ESP, can be boosted by a large number of people.
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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