Alice Munro Honoured

This is good news from the Royal Canadian Mint:

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On March 24, 2014 , at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Canadian literary icon Alice Munro unveiled the Royal Canadian Mint’s new collector coin celebrating her  tremendous accomplishment of receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

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“The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Canada’s culture, values and heritage and celebrating Alice Munro’s tremendous body of work and receipt of literature’s most prestigious international award is yet another notable chapter in our Corporation’s history,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “This coin is a beautiful and meaningful keepsake for readers, writers and collectors alike.”

Yes,  this is what the Royal Canadian Mint should be commemorating: Canada’s culture, values and heritage and celebrating Canada’s artists.  It should not be commemorating a religious leader who does not represent Canada’s culture, heritage or its values.

“The Mind Reels”

Update: The Catholic Register has a March 23, 2014 article on the canonization, which warns pilgrims that unscrupulous tour operators already were trying to sell fake tickets to the [canonization] Mass. What could be more unscrupulous than the Vatican peddling miracles? —————————————————————————————————————— “The mind reels” says Richard Young in his incisive … Continue reading

Update to Toronto Dominion Bank Story about Notary Refusing to Serve American Atheists

A couple of days ago I wrote about how a notary at the Toronto Dominion Bank in Cranford, New Jersey had refused to notarize documents for American Atheists.  As a recap, American Atheists’ Managing Director, Amanda Knief and President, David Silverman went to their local Toronto Dominion Bank to have some charitable organizations … Continue reading

This is not an unbelievers’ world

So last year I wrote about Freedom of Thought 2013, the report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) about state discrimination against and persecution of atheists, humanists, and the non-religious. I promised a more in-depth look at the data, but then, you know, site problems and all, so … Continue reading

Toronto Dominion Bank Notary Refuses to Serve Atheist Group

According to an American Atheists Managing Director, Amanda Knief: A notary at a local bank, where I have gone more than a dozen times to have work documents signed, asked me to explain what we were having notarized. The documents were charitable organizations registrations for American Atheists in several states. … Continue reading

Kosher Certification Isn’t A Tax, But It’s Surely Worth Discussing

Louise Mailloux, Parti Québécois candidate and professor at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, was criticized earlier this month by the Centre for Israel and Jewish affairs (CIJA) over her past remarks about what is known as “kosher certification”, the process of authenticating food products as kosher and therefore fit for consumption … Continue reading

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