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July 7, 2017
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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.

Canadians think religion does more harm than good, latest poll says; A new poll in Canada says about 51 percent of respondents agreed that “religion does more harm in the world than good.” That’s a seven-point increase from a similar survey in 2011.

Low fees have B.C. doctors thinking twice about providing assisted dying; ‘We’re being paid 50% of what we would doing routine office work. So it’s difficult to justify continuing’

France to make vaccination mandatory from 2018 as it is ‘unacceptable children are still dying of measles’; Move follows similar initiative in Italy, where non-vaccinated children cannot attend state schools

Catholic Malta embraces gay marriage; Staunchly Catholic Malta only introduced divorce following a referendum in 2011, to the dismay of many in authority. Six years later, it ranks top in Europe for gay rights, it was the first country to ban gay conversion therapy – and it’s about to legalise same-sex marriage.

Indian court rules sect can keep ‘meditating’ guru’s body in freezer; An Indian court has allowed disciples of a spiritual guru to preserve his body in a freezer, as they believe he is in a deep state of meditation and will return to life.

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

  • July 12th, July 26th Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Living Without Religion. Every 2 weeks on Wednesday, a place for people to share their desire to throw away the burden of religious indoctrination and antiquated dogma.
  • July 14th, Toronto: CFIC T.O.’s Nyrd Nite. This is a relaxed discussion group where a nerdy topic may be set or we will just talk about what ever is on our minds like the latest scientific discovery, that real cool documentary you just watched, or the finer points of how history is repeating itself.
  • Aug 6th, 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!
  • 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
  • Ottawa Secular Chat, where people can drop in and discuss current events, politics, philosophy, etc. from an atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist perspective. Secular Chat meets every Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Fox and Feather Pub on Elgin Street.Sunday afternoons (12:30 pm)
  • CFI Calgary Skeptics in The PubThis group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
  • OkanaganSecular 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.

Did you know the best place to find out about CFI Calgary events is on Meetup.com? It’s free to join and you will never miss hearing about a local Calgary event. Join over 1000 Calgarians who use Meetup to hear about, RSVP and comment on our events.

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The countries where apostasy is punishable by death

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

Calendar of upcoming scientific conferences

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CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS . . . COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    July 11, 2017 11:40 AM

    Hey Alex, thanks for the updates. Changes will be forthcoming, sorry but I didn’t see this until now (I’m not sure how to get wordpress to notify me of mail). And also, thanks for checking!!

    -Dave

  2. Alex Berljawsky permalink
    July 7, 2017 1:53 PM

    Hello from CFI Ottawa:

    Thanks for updating the Ottawa MeetUps.

    Just to fine-tune the information:

    – Living Without Religion (CFI Ottawa) meets EVERY Sunday at 12:00 noon in the Fox and Feather Pub on Elgin Street.

    – Secular Chat (CFI Ottawa) does in fact meet Sundays at 1:00 PM, so the “(12:30)” at the end of the sentence is redundant.

    Thanks for all,

    Alex Berljawsky

    LWR Volunteer Moderator, CFI Ottawa

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