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Canadian Atheists on Nexus

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Location: Canada
Members: 367
Latest Activity: Oct 31

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National events

This October in Montreal, Canada the 16th annual AAI convention

Atheists Without Borders
AAI-HC 2010 Convention


Local hosts: Atheist Freethinkers and CFI Montreal

It is here! The most anticipated North American atheist convention of the year. With fresh line of speakers and plethora of entertainment, you sure don't want to miss this event.

Join us in Montreal for AAI's annual North American convention, "Atheists Without Borders." This theme expresses our vision of an international movement, going beyond political and cultural borders, uniting atheists and humanists in one virtual nation defined by our commitment to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, human rights, critical thought, science and reason. This event will be AAI's first North American convention outside the United States and the first in collaboration with Humanist Canada, a national organization.

Our roster of esteemed speakers includes both American icons of freethought and outstanding Canadian and European scholars and activists. The three-day convention is centred around more than twenty workshops as well as several plenary sessions, addressing issues of keen interest to nonbelievers, such as religion-State separation, secularism, the history of freethought, the defence of education against religious encroachment and strategies for combatting fundamentalism -- in particular islamofascism. Join us as well in congratulating this year's Richard Dawkins Award recipient, Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism.


Other things that might interest Canadians

National and Provincal Groups and Forums (click for expanded list)

Humanist Canada
Centre for Inquiry Canada
The Canadian Secular Alliance

Other Canadian groups on Nexus

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/northernfreethinkers

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/britishcolumbiaatheists

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistsinalberta

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/torontoatheists

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/TheGoodAtheist

If I have missed some please let me know

Canadian Bloggers, Youtubers, Podcast, etc...

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Comment by Lorien on October 19, 2010 at 6:07pm
I wouldn't call speaking english as being proud. I call it lucky that I was born into a location were it was the language spoken. It is the language that most modern people speak and that of Hollywood so that I can enjoy the movies produced without voice overs.

If 80% of quebecers speak english, why do they insist on being so arrogant when us english visit quebec? Flame away Michel.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 5:06pm
Proud of being English?? Of course not! I didn't "do" anything to be proud of...as in I didn't choose or work to be English (besides, I'm only 1/4 English heritage anyway). Being proud of something you have no control over or you're born to is very silly in my opinion (and very elitist). I'm proud of my accomplishments and the things I've actually done and worked for. I had no control over who or what I was born into. I'm also proud of the things my parents have done and what they made of their lives...certainly not the heritage they were born into and had no decision or control over.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 19, 2010 at 3:40pm
In other new, good news:

Fox News North – Not: Savour the victory
(Source: The Vancouver Sun)

"It’s quite a come down. From in-your-face arrogance to a total retreat in a matter of a few months, the big money behind Quebecor’s determination to set up a Fox news North is now looking pretty humble.

There’s no doubt that part of this is overreach on the part of Pierre Karl Peladeau and his junkyard-dog front man Kory Teneycke. But mostly it is a huge victory for every Canadian who took time to write, email, phone or other wise protest this grotesque plan to move Canadian political culture to the far right. And a victory in particular for Avaaz the on-line social movement that flushed Teneycke and his bully tactics into the open."
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 19, 2010 at 3:26pm
Rudy, are you proud of speaking English too?
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 2:35pm
Oh, and one more thing...my wife's ancestry is way more impressive...American and Canadian (from as far back can be recorded European wise). Small native tribe from the BC interior, native from the east coast, Ukraine, Scottish, Irish, (and a few other unknown European countries), and one of her relatives even claim there's a little African mixed in somewhere. Now that to me is culture!!
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 2:28pm
And that my friend is why I'm proud to be Canadian!!
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 2:26pm
Oh, and that's all within Alberta...
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 2:25pm
LOL...wasn't talking about the 18th century definition. Was talking about farming "culture" today (^_-). Besides my mind can't help but think of lunch (and especially "tea") as being smaller. (definitions do change over time)
And I guess I lied...have one more thing to point out about culture from my view. My grandparents from my mom's side came from England and the Ukraine and my dad's came from Romania and Germany. I grew up south of a strong Ukrainian town and just north of a German community. I now live in a heavy Dutch community, with a native reservation to the north. And I think it's all wonderful! I don't (and hope never will) adhere to any one culture, yet embrace them all without prejudice. And I'm VERY proud of my diversity!
Comment by TNT666 on October 19, 2010 at 12:24pm
Well all I can say to that is if Québec is «too much» culture, then assuredly Europe must simply off the charts.

And FYI Rudy, lunch does not mean small dinner. In Europe during 1700s or thereabouts, there was a shift in meal customs within the upper class of society, which was taking later and later meals. The meal terminology at that time was in French (it was the dominant language in England around that time as the English language had not yet come into its own), déjeuner, diner, souper. As those meal times got pushed later and later as royalty partied til the late hours of the night, servant people kept their previous eating schedules. Therefore in the language of that period, déjeuner/diner/souper for the aristocracy, petit-déjeuner/déjeuner/diner for the commoners. As these correspond to the early years of North American colonisation, the common folk continued the traditional usage (and english equivalents) of breakfast/diner/supper, which are still common usage in Eastern Canada, whether in French or in English. During the next century, the common folk usage fell out of use as people like to «look up and onward» and so diner came to be known as the evening meal and «tea» became known as the midday meal, at this point the english language was coming into its own and was veering away from French wich is reflected in the variation in terms. In the USA tea became lunch and Western Canada followed along. Nothing to do with meal size.

Culture is not only the common plan for the future but also the understanding of how cultural history affects the present.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 19, 2010 at 10:18am
Actually, yes I did know you can put any language WITH the French language…that was sorta my point. And yes, my point was culture doesn’t have to be important to some if they don’t want it to be. If one wants to be an “atheist culturalist” I think that’s fine, because, besides totally emotional reasons, I have not as of yet heard any rational reasons against it. And yes, I say breakfast/dinner/supper (which, as a farmer, I’ve always understood that to be a farming custom thing). But if my children start saying breakfast/lunch/supper and/or dinner, it won’t, in my opinion be the end of the world…as long as they are happy. Besides, most (especially city people) do have lunch because, being a smaller meal, (and not having time for “dinner”) that’s what it is!

Honestly, I know you two will not like hearing this, but the fact is your augment has changed my mind, but in the wrong direction I think you’d like. Although somewhat split/open on the issue, (like I said, I really did stick up for “the French side” here in AB) with your arguments, you have convinced me of something I never considered…You can take culture too far.

I will not be responding any further as it seems a little pointless, since either you’ll twist my point to something I haven’t said (or didn’t mean), or maybe I’m not expressing myself properly (which could very well be the case too). In any case, I’d like to close by saying, although my opinion on the topic has changed, my view on the actual people haven’t…as in I still believe them to be good people overall (including yourselves). Also, I would highly recommend you read the book “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer. And if you have, you may want to check it out again.

So say your peace if you wish, but I’m done on the subject (^_^)
 

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