Vancouver Pride 2015


@JeffInVanBC :

The 37th annual Pride Parade, which took place yesterday, was particularly significant because

organizers asked groups and politicians participating in the event to sign a Trans Equity Now pledge.

The BC Liberals refused to sign the pledge so the provincial party wasn’t represented, but Justin Trudeau, who “had already committed to march in Vancouver’s Pride parade,” began his election campaign by joining the hundreds of thousands of people who attended Vancouver Pride 2015.

The BC Humanist Association attended the parade, and Ian Bushfield, who has returned to Vancouver from the UK, makes an appearance at 1:42 in a BC CTV News video of the parade.

Happy Holiday Monday


Cartoon by Steve Nease

The Canadian August long weekend is celebrated under different names all over the  country:

It’s called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan Day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Heritage Day in Alberta and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON. It is called Benjamin Vaughan day in the City of Vaughan, Ontario.

It’s Peter Robinson Day in Peterborough, Ontario where severe storms are expected to continue.

The 388 Writs Have Been Issued

There will be a federal election on October 19th, and eligible Canadians will vote to choose members of parliament from 338 electoral districts (ridings) in Canada because as former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley explains,

“Candidates run – not political parties.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be a candidate in one of the electoral districts; however, he did not call the election. Under an archaic system, using overtly religious language, Elizabeth II, “by the grace of God,” Queen of England and the “Defender of the Faith,” called for the dissolution of the 41st Parliament of Canada and for an election to chose members to represent Canadians in the 42nd Parliament.

fig43enTwitter is all a twitter: your local candidates are tweeting promises and trawling for votes. It is Canadians’ turn to speak up and speak out, so don’t forget to review the updated questions for federal candidates, and ask the candidates in your riding to sign the Candidates Pledge Form.

For the King!


A long, long time ago, in lands far away, men slew dragons and battled the forces of evil according to a religious, moral, and social code of courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.  In the Victorian period, men wrote poems immortalizing the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and were inspired by the Middle Ages a time that “represented an era with strong chivalric values and an organic, pre-capitalist sense of community.”

How, pray tell, is this information connected to Canadian Atheist and atheism? It doesn’t really, but it’s Sunday, and this post may interest those who, like me, are not attending a Sunday Assembly or taking part in an unsermon.

However, there is another reason: Iron Oak Games has released a trailer of For the King!, a game that is (to me*) reminiscent of medieval literature:

According to the website For the King! is

Inspired by the best moments in classics such as NetHack, Ultima, Wizardry and the early Final Fantasy games, we’re bringing back some of that old school flavor in a modern wrapper with some unique mechanics and an updated look.  If that piques your interest, then you’ve come to the right place!

*But then, what would I know about games? The last game I played was Pac-Man.

Harper Does It Again: Puts Politics Before Democracy

This post’s title is an amalgam of the titles of two blog posts released today, and coincidentally, both posts use the same cartoon to illustrate their point:


Eric MacDonald’s post, “Harper Does It Again … Is This Really What The Supreme Court Had In Mind?” contains a short explanation of the cartoon, and lets the cartoon paint a thousand words and impressions. MacDonald’s post complements his earlier post, “An Open Letter to Harvey Cochinov and Catherine Frazee Regarding their Appointment to the Aid in Dying Panel.” MacDonald’s letter is short and to the point:

You both have impressive credentials and are very capable spokespersons for the segment of Canadians who oppose physician aid in dying. You have represented that constituency admirably in the Carter case, in your writing and in the media. You both have been clear and consistent in your opposition, and for that you deserve credit.

But why would you allow yourself to be appointed on to a panel, which you will effectively control and which will make recommendations about the enactment of legislation that you utterly oppose. It is such a self evidently egregious misfit and abuse of governance that it will be a lightening rod for ridicule, and unfortunately so will you. Your appointment may serve a political purpose for the government, but surely it will not be beneficial to you.

Your best interests are served by resignation from the panel. Continue to advocate and educate but don’t sully yourself by being the front man and woman in a political farce.

Elizabeth Jane Banks’ guest post, “Harper Puts Politics Before Democracy – Even In Matters Of Life and Death” on Udo Schuklenk’s Ethx Blog is longer and highlights the fact that

The three-member panel includes two individuals who were expert witnesses for the Crown in the Carter Case regarding the right to die with dignity.

The “two individuals” are Dr. Harvey Chochinov and Dr. Catherine Frazee, who “argued against the right of Canadians to have access to physician assisted dying.” Therefore, even though,

84% of Canadians, including the majority of supporters of all political parties, believe physician assisted dying should be legal,

two-thirds or 66.6% of the panel are not in favour of physician assisted dying!

As Banks says,

Once again we see [Harper] subverting democracy. Now he shows he’s even willing to play politics in matters of life and death.

In October, let’s stop Harper!

God is a Dog. Or something like that.


These sorts of signs have been cropping up all over North America, so I was not surprised to hear from Mark from Sudbury about this one in my mother’s old neighbourhood. In fact, I snapped a few shots myself.


It’s sad that it’s right next to an indoctrination centre or what they call a child care. My time in Sunday school didn’t indoctrinate me very well, so we can always hope it doesn’t with these kids.

There is supposed to be a joke here, and I suppose it is against dyslexics and/or atheists. Atheists atheist cartoons have a sense of humour and, it appears some dyslexics also have a sense of humour dyslexic with a sense of humour So it’s not like we can’t take a joke.

The sign only works as a joke against atheists with those who need their faith bolstered, and it’s not even that funny. For it to be funny one has to presuppose that their God exists since dogs obviously exist. Who knew? United Church is taking notes from Sye? To me it’s yet another good sign (get it?) that the religious are getting desperate, and I just laugh it off. After all, it’s their property and not a public property like a hospital.

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