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)
“Roman Catholics in Canada and across the globe look to the Pope as their spiritual and moral leader. Therefore, it has been disappointing to survivors and others that the Pope has not yet made a clear and emphatic public apology in Canada for the abuses perpetrated in Catholic-run residential schools throughout the country.”
- Pope Francis recognises second Mother Teresa ‘miracle’ Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be made a saint next year.
- Loblaws selling homeopathy is junk science and bad corporate ethics; Homeopathic remedies are the health-care equivalent of a Ponzi scheme, and responsible merchants shouldn’t stock them
- Dec 26th, Toronto: 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
- Jan.8th, 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.
- Jan 11th, 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.
- 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
- A blogger, and beacon of hope, for Saudi Arabia; In awarding its most prestigious human rights prize to an imprisoned Saudi blogger, Europe’s Parliament reminded the world just how odious any Western alliance is with the puritanical Kingdom one writer calls “an Islamic State that’s succeeded”.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- NASA’s About to Have Its Biggest Budget in a Decade; Here’s how it will spend the money.
- The science myths that will not die; False beliefs and wishful thinking about the human experience are common. They are hurting people — and holding back science.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster approved to perform marriages; the adherents of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been approved to perform marriage ceremonies in New Zealand.
- Religious parents want Harry Potter banned from the classroom because it ‘glorifies witchcraft’ Some parents – particularly of Evangelical Christian and Muslim backgrounds believe the children’s book “normalises acts of magic” and that therefore it is exposing their children to the works of the devil
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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