Monthly Archives: June 2015

Raymond de Souza: “Respect for Holy Places is Diminishing”

by | June 29, 2015

Raymond J. de Souza, “a Roman Catholic priest and well-known newspaper columnist,” is honoured to have been appointed the inaugural chair of the [External Advisory Committee (EAC)] on religious freedom, which brings together Canadians who know that the religious liberties we have traditionally enjoyed in Canada are increasingly under attack around the world. That Canada’s… Read more »

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 1: Clearing The Air

by | June 28, 2015

Atheists tend to be a gloriously disputatious bunch, which is not surprising for a group united only by rejection of the blandishments and superficial consolations of religion. Atheists, it sometimes appears, are people who can argue about anything – and as if to prove the point, we Canadian Atheist readers and writers had a good… Read more »

Human Rights Tribunal Fines Alberta Private School for Preventing Students from Praying

by | June 28, 2015

I don’t know how I missed the April story about a private school in Alberta, Webber Academy, ordered to pay $26,000 in damages to two students who they prevented from praying in their school. According to the parents of the two students, upon enrollment, they explicitly asked if it would be okay for their children… Read more »

An Atheist Deals With Death In The Family

by | June 28, 2015

I apologize for not feeling up to writing anything much for months since the unexpected death of my mother, April 21. Apart from the grieving process, I discovered the death industry is still very much biased against atheists/humanists. Starting with the Ottawa Hospital, yes the same one that put up a Christian nativity scene and… Read more »

Doug Cowan: “Why Atheism Matters”

by | June 27, 2015

Doug Cowan, professor of Religious Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, was a guest speaker at the 2014 Non-Conference in Toronto: His presentation on “Why Atheism Matters” described as “a riveting talk about why we should care about non-belief’ is now available on video:

Humanist Canada Responds to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

by | June 26, 2015

Yesterday, Humanist Canada released its response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report: A Humanist Response to the Report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Humanist Canada welcomes the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We agree that Canada’s Indian Residential Schools represented a shameful chapter in the… Read more »