Compliments of Ian Cromwell and FtBCon, here is the video of the all-Canadian panel discussing ” The Air Up There – Atheist Communities in Canada.” The person speaking behind the Canadian Atheist logo is me.
FtBCon is a free, online conference organized by the Freethought Blogs network. It will take place on July 19-21, 2013 and will focus on social justice, technology, and the future of the freethought movement. Without travel, registration, or hotel costs, FtBCon will be accessible to freethinkers around the world. Conference sessions will be held through Google+ hangouts, and attendees will have the opportunity to interact with each other in chat rooms and to submit questions to moderators.
I will be participating in an FtBCon session entitled “The Air Up There: Atheist Communities in Canada” on Sunday 21st July, 2013 12:00 to 1:00pm (EDT)*:
The atheist community is often dominated by an American perspective, but what about its closest neighbour? What lessons can non-American atheists learn from the similarities and differences between the US and Canadian experiences? A panel of Canadian atheists from across the country discusses and takes your questions.
All of you can interact with other con attendees and submit questions to speakers. Instructions are available at http://ftbcon.org/. *Please note: All times noted on the schedule are CDT (UTC – 5), so 11:00 am to 12:00 pm is 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Ontario time.
This is new to me, so I don’t know what to expect, but I hope to discuss being an atheist in Canada, Canadian Atheist, the CSA, and CFI Canada. I would really appreciate your input on specific issues for Canadian atheists that need more discussion.
Please post your suggestions in the comments, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women In Secularism 2 was a success. It had all the pieces that make a conference worth going to: accomplished and up-and-coming speakers, diverse panelists, a clear mandate and good locale. Washington D.C. is a great place to be inspired for political and social change. The conference was well managed … Continue reading
I try and avoid drama. I am happy to comment on any issue, but once the acrimony starts, I can generally find something more constructive, or at least, less annoying to do. Hurling insults, and Flame wars on the internet, is the stupid.
That said, I always found the ‘women in secularism’ thing needlessly exclusive and the bottom line is, traveling to conferences can be expensive. But if I was ever inclined to go, it was after reading Amy’s recent post. Oh, and it’s not because I feel sorry for her or any of that. War is hell. If you play the game, you’re in the game. It’s because she’s being constructive, rational and reasonable, even in the face of huge amounts of stupid.
Here is a link to more info on the Surly Grants which is a project run by me alone, I use my own money that I make selling jewelry and through donations to pay admissions to events. I know the website is geared mostly towards helping women get involved, as that was my initial goal, but I feel very strongly that we need more men to join us at Women in Secularism if we are ever going to rise above the hate.
And that is what skeptics do.
In an earlier post, “It’s Not The End of the World, but . . .,” I said
if you don’t act by September 15, you will miss all the advantages of booking early for Eschaton 2012
I was wrong; today, Friday, September 21, is the
Final day for advance registration discount! Celebrate reason and explore gender issues, ethics, parenting etc.
If you can’t attend, please consider contributing to Send a Student by using the ChipIn widget on the right on the registration page.
“Apocalypse in Ottawa!”
Celebrate Reason at the End of the World – Conference for Atheists, Skeptics, Rationalists, Freethinkers
I received the following email from Michael Payton at CFI Canada:
Dear Fellow Freethinkers,
The year is 2012 and once again the world is ending. According to the remaining records of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the 13th Ba’ka’tun will count down and end on December 21st 2012.
While the New Age Spiritualists will be busy hocking their remaining crystal balls and spirit rugs, the Mayans would have rested comfortably knowing that the 14th Ba’ka’tun would begin the very next day on December 22nd.
The Mayans would have marked the end of an Era with a large celebration and true to that spirit, CFI Canada is proud to welcome you to;
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers at CFI Ottawa, we will be hosting the very ﬁrst large scale CFI Conference to Eastern Canada. And we will be welcoming acclaimed speakers such as:
Biologist and author of the Pharyngula Blog.
Executive Director of National Center for Science Education. Click here to learn more.
Columnist for Free Inquiry Magazine and author of Butterﬂies and Wheels Blog.
Philosopher of Science and author of
How to Become a Really
Good Pain in the Ass
And many more speakers covering everything from the Mayan Calendar to Old
Testament Scholarship to Parenting Beyond Belief.
We will be hosting free daycare for all parents, a cocktail reception with PZ Myers on
Saturday Evening as well as a secular sing-along on the Sunday Evening.
As an added bonus to our valued CFI members:
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ALL CFI MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNT OF $50 OFF OF THEIR TICKET PRICE.
November 30th- December 2nd, 2012
Space is limited to this conference so we recommend purchasing your tickets early and taking advantage of our special deals for CFI members while they last.
Please also follow us on twitter for more details on the events, on speakers and of course for my personal greeting to PZ Myers before his Saturday Address.
See you at the End of the World!
Centre for Inquiry Canada
For more about membership options click here to visit us!
Update @7:56 EDT: Tickets for single days and the Saturday evening Gala will be on sale as of 16 September.
Update:This is good.
Where I work we have what they call a ‘respect’ policy. It’s pretty simple really.
If someone says/does something offensive:
1) It is the offended person’s job to say so.
2) It is the offending person’s job to listen.
3) If they can’t come to a compromise or understanding on the issue, then the person who is offended has the option of taking it to the next level, by reporting it to a supervisor or HR.
This policy, treats everyone as adults. No coddling and no accusations of criminal behaviour(harassment) until the problem has been communicated rationally. It is not perfect, but it allows everyone to be heard.
It’s a little bit different in social situations, like bars, where people are often less formal and there is more room for play as well as abuse. But regardless, when a person says no, or ‘not interested’, that should be the end of it. And if you have a good respect policy, your security people should make sure that is where it ends.
That said, seeing PZ Myers and others agree to what is essentially a blasphemy policy… is really disheartening.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
I’m generally not one to defend being offensive for no reason, but I think people should have the right to be as offensive about religion, as PZ often is on his blog. That doesn’t mean you can stalk and harass religious people. But it does mean you have a right to say offensive things. That is free expression. Wrong side of history, indeed.
Imagine No Religion 2 will be held in Kamloops, BC on May 18, 2012.
Reviews from last year are scarce and I couldn’t find any attendance records so I don’t know the expected turnout but the organizers have recruited a decent list of speakers so they seem to know what they’re doing. If anyone attending wants to be drafted as a Canadian Atheist reporter, please let us know.
Humanist Canada members and everyone who hopes their descendants will inherit Planet Earth, mark your calendars for SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2, 2011. The Humanist Canada annual conference will be held in fabulous downtown Toronto at the very elegant Courtyard Marriott Hotel. This year’s theme is “Planetary Overload – Survival of the Human Species.”
Speakers include Christopher DiCarlo, John Shook, Matt Cherry, and various in-house personalities.
The topics seem depressing so I wouldn’t expect a fun-filled weekend. Humanist Canada tends to focus on the interests of its members rather than projects aimed towards the greater community which is probably why you don’t hear about them in the media. (It’s too bad because according to last year’s annual return, they’re sitting on $190,000 which I think can be put to good use if they stepped up their efforts)