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.
CFI Canada is proud to join Humanist Canada, BC Humanist Association, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and a growing list of other organizations in launching Petition e-382 in opposition to Criminal Code Section 296 – Canada’s blasphemous libel law.
–A Vancouver Island doctor is resigning from the ethics committee at a local Catholic hospital because it refuses to offer assisted dying on site, a stand that he says is unnecessarily causing critically ill patients more suffering as they are transferred to facilities dozens of kilometres away.
-A bitter debate over identity, religion and tolerance has resumed in the Canadian province of Quebec, as parliamentary hearings begin on proposed legislation that would ban anyone wearing a face covering from receiving public services in the province.
–A new head on a baby Jesus statue is causing some to look twice in a Sudbury, Ont., churchyard. The head — which went missing from the pearly white statue a year ago — has been replaced by a handmade terracotta sculpture created by a local artist
–Saudi teen arrested for flirting online; Californian internet personality Christina Crockett struck up an unlikely friendship with Saudi Arabian teenager Abu Sin when they met by chance on a video chat site. Although they understood little of what the other was saying, videos of their attempts to communicate became an internet hit. But the Saudi authorities were less than impressed and now Abu Sin could face years behind bars.
–Sweden opens first atheist cemetery to cater to growing non-religious population; Founder insists believers are welcome as well as long as they don’t have religious symbols on their headstones
–Saudi blogger to receive 1,000 more lashes; Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who ran the Free Liberals forum and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for announcing his atheism online and insulting Islam, is set to receive more lashes.
–Zineb el Rhazoui, Charlie Hebdo survivor, discusses why the world needs to ‘Destroy Islamic Fascism’; Undeterred by fatwas and death threats, the author has released an incendiary and thoughtful new book, bound to provoke debate
“Today I wander around in a moving jail — it’s a moving cage — but in reality I am more free in my head than those who threaten me. Because their cage is inside their head. They have this cage in their brain and even if they have freedom of movement it is their spirit and their reason and intelligence that is imprisoned. I am much freer than them.”
Every Saturday, the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) meets to discuss a topic decided upon the previous week. These are topics of Humanist interest, from a Humanist perspective. Meet our diverse group, trade perspectives in a free and open forum and learn from others as they learn from you! Feel free to join the discussion late and come to lunch if that suits your availability better Time slot: 11 am – 1 pm every Saturday Address: 519 Church St. Community Center
- Nov 6th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup. 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!
- Nov. 19th, 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
- Nov. 28th, Toronto: CFIC T.O.: Science and Philosophy Book Club. This month’s selection is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- 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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Nobody joins a cult. You join a self-help group, a religious movement, a political organization. They change so gradually, by the time you realize you’re entrapped – and almost everybody does – you can’t figure a safe way back out.
– Deborah Layton, survivor of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple cult
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