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Upcoming events

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday Meeting: Celebration of 95th birthday of Khushi Ram, senior BCHA member at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
  • Sunday, September 04, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday Meeting - Podcast-Sam Harris-What Do Jihadists Really Want? at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
  • Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at 07:00 PM
  • Book Club: The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto at Goldis' Home, Vancouver
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM
  • Adopt a Clinic Blood Drive at Canadian Blood Services, Vancouver
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday Meeting: Gary Bauslaugh on Dying With Dignity - Bill C-14 What Went Wrong at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
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    Kelowna refuses anti-choice proclamations

    The City of Kelowna will no longer make anti-choice proclamations. The office of Mayor Colin Basran declined the Kelowna Right to Life Society stating that "Proclamations are not approved if they ... advocate against human rights and freedoms under existing Canadian laws." Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association: Given...

    Human rights complaint over religion in AA to proceed

    In a ruling released today, the BC Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to consider a complaint alleging that mandating attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) violates an individual's religious freedom. The complainant, Byron Wood, lost his job with Vancouver Coastal Health after refusing to attend AA as part of a treatment...

    BCHA asks Health Committee to end religious coercion in addictions recovery

    At a public hearing for the BC Legislature's Standing Committee on Health today, the BC Humanist Association called for an end to the government's tacit endorsement of religious based addictions recovery programs. Many of the treatment centres in the province still rely on the 12-step recovery model of Alcoholics Anonymous...

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    August 22, 2016 Newsletter

    At yesterday's Vancouver meeting, we ran through most of the results of the poll we commissioned in June on the religious and secular attitudes of BC. While it will be a few weeks before we get the podcast and slides from that talk online, you can now find the full...

    Origins of life: Beyond the primordial soup

    By Arunas L Radzvilavicius, UCL For nearly nine decades, science’s favourite explanation for the origin of life has been the “primordial soup”. This is the idea that life began from a series of chemical reactions in a warm pond on Earth’s surface, triggered by an external energy source such as lightning...

    Journeys to radicalization

    By Gavin Bailey, Manchester Metropolitan University The conviction of radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary for swearing allegiance to Islamic State shows that those breaking the law by inviting support for a terrorist organisation can and will be prosecuted. But it comes at a time when the British government is still struggling with definitions of extremism and...

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