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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 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!
Comment by Wayne Wilson on October 18, 2010 at 12:50pm
all i know is my experience. the times i have been to quebec were generally good times. but try getting directions from people while you're standing on st. dominique street someday. 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.
i don't agree that quebec has more atheists than any other province in canada. not that it really matters, anyway, but there are more catholic churches in quebec that any other province. so tell me how that works?
Comment by TNT666 on October 18, 2010 at 12:22pm
Of course atheist, it's totally on topic. According to polling, Québécois are the least religious observant anywhere in North America, that should say something... A couple of you are living in the media fog of ROC hate propaganda and need to catch up on the real history. Québec NEVER wanted Canada to be bilingual, that's a hood that PE Trudeau pulled over English Canada's eyes. Personally, I'm against bilingual Canada, I hate that DVDs and medicine bottles include LESS information, because they contain the same information twice. I was raised by a NS mother and a Québécois dad. I heard the English bitching against qUebekers for 20 yrs. One day I said enough! If you don't like Québécois culture, leave. Over 80% of Québécois are bilingual, that's more than can be said of anywhere else in Canada. Canada should not be bilingual, there is simply no justification for it. The saddest thing was at the last referendum, the NO side of the campaign, lead by the Federal government, cheated, proven in a commission, spent money that was not within the legal bounds of it's own laws. So you should wonder to yourselves... If the cheating side won by o.5% what was the alternate outcome. I say a majority of Canadians don't want bilingualism, then DO AWAY WITH IT. Hell, atheist Québécoise women are making the least babies in the nation and Québécois' represent less than 1/4 of Canada, so there is absolutely nothing stopping ROC from dumping bilingualism, Québec has nothing to do with that. Go ahead, no Québécois will bitch, other than a couple of redneck politicians who'd stand to lose money...
Comment by Wayne Wilson on October 18, 2010 at 11:25am
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. sheesh.
francophones ('quebequois') forget their mother country and where they come from it seems. they also forget (conveniently) that if not for the english that they hate, they'd all be speaking german now, not french. recently, the language police closed down a small, family-run business in VANCOUVER (!!) for not having french on some of the products on their shelves. that is dicatatorship if you ask me. hey, like a lot of canadians, i don't speak a word of french and have no intentions of learning it. 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. why don't the language police hassle the chinese community? they don't have english OR french on ANY of the products on their shelves.
Comment by Lorien on October 18, 2010 at 10:16am
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. Why should 10% of the population make them all become bilingual and right now, those jobs have the bilingual requirement in them which means basically the quebecers are getting all the federal jobs in Ottawa and across the country. Bilingualism is costing Canada a lot of money. And for what? English is the international language and will be growing in the future so the hell with culture! Don't need culture. Look to the future, not the past.
 

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