November 29 – AGM

A look back at 2014 and planning for the coming year. Congrats to the new executive, and a huge thanks to the outgoing exec for a job well done!

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October 2014 – Responding to ISIS recruitment of Canadians

In considering the current ISIS situation in Iraq and Syria, and the Canadians who have joined the ISIS ranks, the following points were discussed: The number of recruits is disturbing, but relatively small; The reasons for joining range from feelings of disenfranchisement in Canada to being a psychological loner to it being a simple job opportunity; Is it reasonable to...

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June 2014 – Euthanasia

This month’s meeting, following on the passage of Quebec’s Bill 52, “An Act respecting end-of-life care” (note this link will download a pdf version of the bill), was about euthanasia. The document A humanist discussion of… EUTHANASIA , from the British Humanist Association’s  Humanism For Schools, website served as background...

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April 2014 – “Godless” part 2

Last month we watched and discussed part 1 of the film “Godless,” about congregations of non-theist groups. This month it’s part 2, “Spreading the Word,” concerning the ability of such groups to make themselves known. The film content ranged from funny (the Center for Inquiry holding ‘de-baptisms’, complete with blow dryer and...

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Shades of Thinking with Ray Grigg

“Cogito ergo sum.” I think, therefore I am, as Descartes penned. We all think, but not in the same way. Wikipedia lists about 170 different thought processes. There are slide shows on the internet describing 10 different styles of thinking. Critical thinking is what everyone claims to be the process that gets us the answers we need. What do you think or, more...

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March 2014 – viewing “Godless”

The group watched part 1 of Moses Znaimer’s film Godless at this meeting. Created for Znaimer’s Vision TV cable channel, the film looks at some organizations that hold services similar to those in established churches, but reject theism – atheists in congregation. Asking, “Is atheism the next great religion?”, the film looks at: Jewish...

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