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November 22, 2016
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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.

Parliamentary E-Petition Opposing Canada’s Blasphemy Law

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.

On First Nations ceremonies in BC classrooms; The BC Humanist Association affirms that in a secular country like Canada, the state has a clear duty of religious neutrality, meaning it must neither endorse nor prohibit any belief or non-belief.

Public event in Laval to honour Jehovah’s Witness who died after giving birth; Éloïse Dupuis refused emergency blood transfusion, now her aunt wants Civil Code amended to protect others

Prime Minister Trudeau Must Become A Climate Leader; Between the millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions they would unlock, the threats to communities, water, and, land they would pose, and the unshaken opposition from more than 86 First Nations and tribes, the reasons to turn down new pipelines are pretty substantial.

The Government of Canada to invest nearly $1.8 billion to spur clean innovation in developing countries

Upcoming Events

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

-Thousands have protested in Istanbul in Turkey against a bill that would let off men who assaulted underage girls if they marry their victims. The government insists the legislation is aimed at dealing with the widespread custom of child marriage, but critics say that it will legitimise child rape.

-A British tourist has been arrested in Dubai on charges of extramarital sex after telling police a group of British nationals raped her in the United Arab Emirates

 

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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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  1. John Janis permalink
    December 2, 2016 5:52 PM

    I appreciate the CFI news excerpting service and enjoy reading the articles. I know it takes a lot of work and you should be commended for your efforts. However, I think that the article expressing the view that Trudeau should become a climate leader (authored by a Greenpeace representative) is quite a bit below standard – basically an opinion piece devoid of data. It wrongly equates pipelines with oil sands CO2 emissions and is totally silent on the impact of the most likely alternative (unit trains) should pipelines not be approved. It claims pipeline hazards to land and water without backing this up with data on pipeline spill statistics or post-remediation impacts and it notes first nations opposition without a fair analysis of which groups support pipelines and which don’t, and what the economic impacts are pro/con for these stakeholders. Surly there are articles of similar viewpoint that present “more matter with less art” and are more worthy of a CFI audience. Cheers, JJ.

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