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Canadian Atheists on Nexus

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Location: Canada
Members: 368
Latest Activity: Apr 13

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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 Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 5:36pm
Hi Wayne,

I see you've never been to Montreal's West Island, youl'll find English police there. In Cree and Inuit communities, you also have Cree and Inuit speaking peacekeepers. Nobody can tell you why not because it exists.

If the French factor bugs you, just avoid it. If you'd rather have your country as uniligual English speaking, you can have it. It should quell your misery s bit.

And yes I tend to be self-serving when dealing with bigotry.
Comment by Wayne Wilson on October 18, 2010 at 4:56pm
well said rudy. i wonder why we don't have english police in quebec? i wonder why we don't have ojibway language police? weren't they here first? shouldn't ojibway be a language of canada, too? and could anyone tell me why not?
someone had the gall to wish me 'happy misery.' how nice of them. no, my country does not torture me, as they stated. these assumptions are very self-serving and not very accurate.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 18, 2010 at 4:36pm
Btw, for the record I have mixed feelings over the "french issue", but the one thing I do have a strong opinion on is the "apple and oranges" argument. To tie Quebec with feminism or someone's statement to religion is childish and insulting. I live in Alberta, and many here view Quebecoise as a religion. I will argue against that as much as the reverse. The 2 have nothing to due with each other and is a VERY obvious attempt at insulting. It is the same argument fallacy Glenn Beck does (and no, I am in no way implying any of you even have remotely the same views as him. He's just the only "famous" person I can think of at the moment that uses the whole "if you do/say this you must be a nazi/communist" argument).

Sorry, just one of my "pet peeves" and I see it on this site often. Never been one for name calling (and yes the "feminism" comparison is too, because it makes the obvious implication that "if you don't agree with me, you don't believe in feminist rights". Maybe you can tie it to gay or black rights too? It's pure bullshit.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on October 18, 2010 at 2:44pm
O.K., guess I don't understand then...to me feminism is about equal rights in that women should be allowed the same jobs, treated with respect, be treated in the eyes of the law the same as men, etc. I never seen feminism as being a movement where women expected to be treated differently than men. It would appear some Quebecoise want just the opposite...to be recognized as being separate and treated differently.

My point is ALL cultures grow and evolve and the reality is (like it or not) we live in a global community (not just in terms of money).

And I would also like to stress that I VERY much agree, you shouldn't let other cultures dictate what you value. That's what Canada is all about and if you feel some are doing it to you, make sure you don't use the same tactic and do that to anyone else then. Just like English are not the only culture that lives in Canada, French is not the only culture that exists in Quebec.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 1:56pm
Lorien: "English is the international language and will be growing in the future so the hell with culture! Don't need culture."

Maybe you haven't noticed but you can replace English with Arabic, and your dumb statement still holds true. Or try with "Christianity is the only truth..."

You might not "need" culture just because you don't know what it is and what it's worth.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 1:44pm
"i thought this was a site for atheists? o well. put an anglo and a francophone together and they'll find a way to fight."

A- Atheist means one thing only. Did you know there were arabic-speaking atheists too? Anglos/Francos can fight because one of the two has learned the language of the other. If none or both were bilingual, you'd get a discussion, not a fight.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 1:40pm
@Lorien: "Quebec is trying to make everyone speak french even if it isn't required! Look at the federal government jobs! There is no reason that every middle to upper level civil servant needs to be bilingual. "

WRONG. It's a Canada-wide election that put Trudeau up there and it was his idea. Quebec was mostly anti-Trudeau at that time.

And frankly what do we care about ROC's ability to speak French. Very little, frankly. English quebecers that won't learn French are a little bothersome, because of their prejudices or lazyness, but even that's not big a deal.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 1:30pm
" i don't speak a word of french and have no intentions of learning it."

Thankfully I did not think like that! English (you wouldn't know about that) is considered an invasive species, all over the alien-speaking world. Multilingualism is the key to preserving languages.

Your nerves would crack up very early if you lived anywhere else. Can you just imagine Europe?
Comment by TNT666 on October 18, 2010 at 1:28pm
i don't agree that quebec has more atheists

I din't say atheists, I said people for whom religion was the least significant, big difference. And it's not an opinion, it's a fact which has been revealed poll after poll. In Québec feminism and godlessness are the norm and have been for a while.

my experience
Well what did you expect? In any foreign language place you travel to, it is a minimum courtesy to address people politely in their own language. I do so, most people do so. But anglo cultural imperialism tends to make people think that when travelling they can be lazy adn have no respect for the culture they are visiting. A Québécois would not head into Toronto and say «Excusez-moi».
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 18, 2010 at 1:22pm
There are more condos in churches now than anywhere else in Canada. Immigrant religions purchase churches, and some are turned into museums. Onlly four or five candidates for priesthood currently, in the whole province.

"if you approach a stranger to ask for directions, make sure you say 'pardon moi'? as opposed to 'excuse me...' or you'll be ignored or insulted rudely."

Very anecdotal. Just walk ONE STREET west of St-Dominique to ask directions in English, or notice the general appearance and attitude of whom youre asking before asking. Like I usually do in Morocco, Mexico or Malaysia.

And I agree that the ROC has nothing to do with French except in places where there are French-speaking communities.

"i'd feel a lot better about our country if the french would either shut up and be canadian or go back to france and we'll leave those who stay the narrow little strip that was quebec before the government gave in to their petty demands for recongnition."

Wow.In that case I'm really happy that your country tortures you so much, you certainly get what you give. Happy misery!
 

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