May 16, 2016 Newsletter

Freedom of expression and the freedom to dissent are of vital importance to Humanists. This is why the BCHA has signed onto the new Voices-Voix Declaration.

The 2016 Declaration succeeds the previous declaration that decried the muzzling of government scientists, political audits of charities and general advocacy chill. With the election of a new government in October, the new Declaration calls for an overhaul of laws and regulations to foster a strong and independent civil society.

These changes are vital to ensuring that groups like ours are able to continue to challenge religious privilege and push for greater equality for all.

Fort McMurray Appeal

In the last week BCHA supporters donated just over $2000 to the Red Cross' Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal. If you haven't already, please consider making a donation. All donations to $5000 will be matched by one of our donors, and all of those donations will be matched by the Government of Canada.

If you've already made a donation to the Red Cross, forward a receipt to me to have it counted in our total.

Latest on our website


• Speaking up for dissent in Canada


• Ethical principles applied to extraterrestrials from The Conversation 

Upcoming Events

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Small group discussion - Atheism: A brief history of disbelief

Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11 AM
Conrad's house, New Westminster

Conrad Hadland hosts a weekly small group viewing and discussion. Email Conradfor details.

Dr Ahmed Hussein - Dual fluid nuclear fission reactor design

Sun, May 22, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors' Centre, Vancouver

A continuation of a talk on how a new nuclear reactor design can be more economical and safer compared to current technology.

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Interfaith Friendship Picnic

Sat, May 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Hawthorne Park, Surrey

Join diverse members of the community for interfaith dialogue, cooperation and healing. There will family activities and space to hang out.

Les Brown - Fair Vote Canada

Sun, May 29, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors' Centre, Vancouver

A group is working to promote changing the Canadian electoral system to ensure that the numbers of MPs in Parliament from each political party more closely match the fraction of the popular vote each party receives.

See all upcoming events.

External events

Extreme Oil

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SFU Harbour Centre

Friday, May 20, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Legacy Gallery
630 Yates St

Details and tickets (free)

Neighbourhood Houses in Metro Vancouver


Eleanor Stebner

Friday, May 20, 7:00 PM –9:00 PM
Combined Alma & Peter Rooms
Library Square Conference Centre
350 West Georgia Street

Details Facebook

Meeting of the Minds: "Is there right & wrong?"

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Network Hub
#300 - 422 Richards Street


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