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.
Atheist Church? West West Hill is now planning to launch a community in the centre of the city, something in which many have expressed interest.
- Health Canada reviewing food guide, critics demand drastic changes now; Critics are calling on Health Canada to immediately overhaul the country’s food guide to help improve the health of Canadians and address the growing obesity crisis.
- Israel: Proposed ‘loyalty bill’ to impact on artistic expression; The Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, wants to make allocation of funding of arts projects conditional upon the recipient’s loyalty to the Jewish state.
- ‘Witchcraft’ beliefs triggers attacks against people with albinism; People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated
- Inside the secret world of Toronto’s fraudulent fortune-telling industry; A skilled, convincing fortune teller can earn as much as $500,000 a year
- March 24, Toronto: CFI Toronto: Counterapologetics. The Counterapologetics group will discuss options for future meetings….also get ready for Aron Ra April 7th!
- April 3rd, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup. CFIC Toronto Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup is a fun discussion group focusing on a range of topics within the realm of Atheism. They’re open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in!
- April 16th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Cafe Skeptique at Free Times Cafe. A 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! For the monthly topic please check at: meetup.com
- April 25th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book Club. Hosted by CFI Canada member Christine Gagnon, the goal is to provide a friendly, free-thinking environment in which to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month’s selection: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- CFI Ottawa Living without Religion; This support group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 12:30 pm, at the Fox and Feather Pub
- CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Sunday afternoons (12:30 pm), 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.
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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
Ongoing: Brussels airport, subway hit by explosions, killing at least 26. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing at least 26 people and injuring many more, according to Belgian media and Belgian transport authorities.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
In July, Vermont will become the first state to require that food made with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) be labeled. This presents an interesting challenge for food companies, who will either have to segregate and label products headed toward the Green Mountain State, label everything they produce, or just decline to offer their wares to the citizens of Vermont.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Fake Islamic cleric arrested in Indonesia over sex cult; A man, who claims to be the prophet of Islam, and his followers were caught while having sex with their wives and daughters.
- He’ll Raise You From the Dead for $1,000; Yakim Manasseh Jordan can predict the future, heal the sick, and for the low price of $1,000, the 25-year-old can even raise the dead.
- Ex-FLDS members remember happy community before Warren Jeffs used children to lead sect astray; Best anyone can remember, it began the day the children stopped saying ‘dad’
Krauss, Meyer, Lamoureux: What’s Behind it all? God, Science and the Universe
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.
Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.- Neil deGrasse Tyson
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