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.
- Canadian physicians criticize naturopaths in wake of Ezekiel Stephan’s death; While much attention is on Ezekiel’s parents for not providing him with access to prudent medical care, their interaction with Tracey Tannis has shed light on the issue of licensing naturopaths and allowing them to self-regulate.
- ‘Like a religion’: Researchers explain why some believe in natural healing; Experts say it’s faith in all things natural combined with a distrust of science and possibly authority that leads some to bypass the medical system — even to the point where they put themselves or their children at risk.
- Vaccination rates ‘nowhere near’ levels needed for protection: Immunize Canada; Improving Canada’s laggard immunization rates means doing a better job of reaching at-risk groups such as refugee immigrants, the mentally ill and those who are suspicious about vaccinations, says the head of Immunize Canada.
- Atheist pastor sparks debate by ‘irritating the church into the 21st century’; Can a minister in a Christian church be an atheist? That’s the question facing the United church of Canada as it wrestles with the case of Gretta Vosper
- Canada confirms first sexually transmitted Zika case; Canada’s first confirmed case of sexually transmitted Zika virus highlights how much remains unknown about the frequency with which the disease spreads and the length of time exposed individuals continue to pose risks, according to a Canadian infectious disease expert.
- Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death; Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country’s only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death.
- Islamic State claims it killed Bangladeshi academic; Islamic State has claimed responsibility for hacking to death a university professor in Bangladesh for “calling to atheism”.
- U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi Arabia to halt floggings and amputations; United Nations torture experts called on Saudi Arabia on Friday to stop corporal punishment, including flogging and amputations, practices that the Gulf kingdom considers an integral part of its interpretation of Islamic law.
- ‘This is what it’s like to pee after female genital mutilation’ “An open wound rubbed with salt or hot chilli – it felt like that”
- The Vatican Just Put a Convicted Rapist Back in a Parish; What does a priest have to do to get kicked out of the Catholic Church?
CFI Canada proudly presents A Talk From Dr. Ben Goldacre: Sunday May 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave (just south of Bloor). Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specializes in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.
The Studio at West Hill presents, Michael George in Concert; You are invited to join us for a special evening of music dedicated to the celebration of the right to freedom of expression. Michael George in a rare concert to raise funds for asylum seekers. May 7, 8pm at West Hill United This is a fundraising concert to benefit asylum seekers who fled their country where religious extremism threatened their lives.
- May 1st, 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!
- May21st, 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
- May 30th, 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.
- 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
- Iranian women call on Western tourists to violate hijab law to fight against oppression; As more and more Western tourists visit Iran, foreign women are being urged to break the country’s strict Islamic dress code to “make a stand” about the restrictive laws.
- Who are Islamic ‘morality police’? News that Iran has deployed thousands of undercover agents to enforce rules on dress has cast the spotlight on an institution that is a major feature of daily life in several Muslim-majority countries.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- The Psychopath, the Altruist and the Rest of Us; Studies of psychopaths and extreme altruists suggest that their behavior could be linked to the amygdala, part of the brain
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Scientologist to pay €5k over ‘vitriolic attack’; Zabrina Collins was ordered by a judge to pay €5,000 damages for a “vitriolic and personalised” attack on the character of a Mayo man who opposes the beliefs and teachings of the Church of Scientology of which she is a leading member.
- Saudi women may soon win right to drive, according to report
“If women were allowed to ride camels [in the time of the Prophet Muhammad], perhaps we should let them drive cars, the modern-day camels.”
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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