House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage Bill | Pam’s House Blend.
Today the British House of Commons gave for a second time its overwhelming approval to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, voting 366 to 161 at the bill’s third reading. In February, the same body overwhelmingly approved the bill by a [...]
Letter to stop seed regulation changes / Alfalfa / GE Crops and Foods (Not on the Market) / Topics / Resources / Take Action – Canadian Biotechnology Action Network – CBAN.
Action alert from the NFU, and other agencies.
Re: Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations, Canada Gazette Part 1 VOL. 147, NO. 10 — MARCH [...]
French same-sex marriage law signed by François Hollande | World news | guardian.co.uk.
The French president, François Hollande, has signed a law authorising same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, after months of street protests, political slanging matches and a rise in homophobic attacks.
The move makes France the ninth country in Europe and the [...]
‘Making Free Prior and Informed Consent a Reality’: New Report Launched in London.
“Last week London played host to Indigenous delegates from six continents, the UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples James Anaya and several mining industry representatives, all present for the launch of a new report concerning the Indigenous right to Free Prior and [...]
forwarded by Gail. No other info available,on the Ontario Health Coalition website, so email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
People’s Shadow Summit & Mass Rally to keep the Federal Government from walking away from National Public Medicare
featuring workshops, teach-in, cross-country round-up, media events Wednesday July 24 Thursday July 25 9 a.m – 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s [...]
From Friday 8 – Sunday 10 August 2014 the British Humanist Association will be hosting the largest and most prestigious international gathering of humanists from all over the world.
Taking place in Oxford, UK, IHEU’s triennial World Humanist Congress for 2014 is on the theme of “Freedom of thought and expression: Forging a 21st century enlightenment”. It’s a topic [...]
NOW Magazine is calling this one of the city’s “can’t miss” events!
Last year at this time, the Council launched its Great Lakes Need Great Friends speaking tour right here in Toronto. This marks the return of the tour, and an opportunity for us to build on the great momentum that has been generated to [...]
RDFRS: The Unbelievers – World Premier – Hot Docs 2013 Films Announced!.
Just a reminder that the Richard Dawkins film will be showing at the Bloor Hot Docs festival next week in Toronto. According to a Humanist from Sudbury who just posted on our OHS Facebook page, tickets are still available (a group is coming [...]
Experimental lakes research area to remain open this year: Ontario. For those of you who signed various petitions, here’s breaking news about the ELA (experimental lakes area). Keep us posted about OTHER cuts to social, civil, and environmental services and citizen actions.
TORONTO – Ontario has found common ground with the federal government and Manitoba [...]
[Forwarded by Gail] The United Nations Human Rights Council is now conducting its comprehensive review of Canada’s compliance with international human rights laws – its
Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
A delegation of Canadian civil society groups was in Geneva last month, March 2013, to attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council – to [...]
New Zealand Gay Marriage: Lawmakers Approve Marriage Equality Bill.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage [...]
World-renowned Turkish pianist given suspended sentence for Twitter blasphemy | Toronto Star.
ANKARA, TURKEY—A Turkish court on Monday convicted top Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say of denigrating religion through comments he made on Twitter and handed down a 10-month suspended prison sentence, his lawyer said.
The 43-year-old musician who has played with the [...]
The International Issues Discussion Series at Ryerson presents: Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet Our guest will be Stephen Lewis, internationally renowned humanitarian, political figure, diplomat, author, and scholar. Board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Among many accomplishments, he is co-founder [...]
What: 2013 Great Lakes Commons Water Forum When: Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Where: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W, Toronto) Guest speaker: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and others
The Great Lakes Commons theme reminds us that the City of Toronto is part of a larger community [...]
The Ontario Humanist Society’s Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held in Toronto on April 13th and 14th, 2013.
In addition to our meeting, we have planned a full weekend of activities and presentations for your enjoyment, including:
A film screening by the Because I am [...]
J.J. McCullough: Media Bites: the Office of Religious Controversy.
[Haven't had time to read between the lines to see if this also guarantees freedom of NON-belief... but if anyone is able to do that research, please let us know at OHS...MB, web editor]
It says something about the obsessively, nervously secular character of Canadian politics [...]
Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th Birthday Is Celebrated With Google Doodle.
Go and enjoy the Googledoodle today Happy Birthday Copernicus!
Tuesday’s Google Doodle, made in honor of the scientist’s 540th birthday, shows the planets slowly and peacefully orbiting the Sun, celebrating Copernicus’s most famous discovery: that the planets do, in fact, circle the Sun rather than [...]
International Darwin Day Foundation.
Happy Darwin Day!
Ever since Charles Darwin published his famous book, On The Origin of Species that there have been sporadic efforts to celebrate his accomplishments. One, with a recent but prolonged history, was initiated in 1980, at Salem College in Massachusetts. This weeklong event called the Darwin Festival continues to [...]
Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT): HAT MONTHLY MEETING, Sat March 9, 1:30pm – 3pm, Shawn Newton, ‘Religious Humanism’.
Save the date, if you are in Toronto, and interesting in hearing Shawn talk about Alain de Bott0n, among other topics.
HAT Monthly Meeting DATE: Sat March 9, 2013, 1:30pm-3pm LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room [...]