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Belcarra council agrees to end prayers in special meeting

Following a letter from the BC Humanist Association (BCHA), the Village of Belcarra Council voted last night to remove prayers from all future council meetings.

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A statement from the Board on the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine

At its meeting on November 29, 2023, the BC Humanist Association Board of Directors ratified the following statement.

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New bill would end religious exemptions to hate speech laws

Bill C-367, tabled Tuesday, would eliminate religious exemptions from Canada's hate speech laws. As Humanists, we stand behind efforts that remove religious privileges and promote equality.

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BCHA asks for confirmation that there will be no prayers in future BC council meetings

The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) has written to the seven municipalities it recently identified as including prayers in their 2022 inaugural council meetings, asking for confirmation that the practice will not occur again.

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St Paul's compromise fails patients

The BC Humanist Association is calling a new policy that requires patients seeking medical assistance in dying (MAID) at a publicly-funded Catholic Hospital in downtown Vancouver "demeaning and dehumanizing."

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Vancouver among seven municipalities that included prayer in 2022 inaugural meetings, violating Supreme Court mandate

In a new report released today, the BC Humanist Association (BCHA) calls out Vancouver as one of seven municipalities for including prayers in its 2022 inaugural council meetings.

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Chaplain General decision to pause inclusive policy discriminates against atheist veterans

Atheists and the non-religious are reacting with shock and disappointment to reports that the Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces has paused a policy that would require spiritual reflections by chaplains at public addresses be inclusive.

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Colwood councillor calls for end to religious property tax exemptions

"This may not be a popular take,"

began Councillor Ian Ward at an October 10, 2023, Colwood City Council Meeting. In his speech, Councillor Ward outlined why two churches in his community should not receive permissive tax exemptions this year.

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New ebook explores death and dying for the nonreligious

The BC Humanist Association is celebrating the release of its latest eBook, End of Life: A Guide for Humanists and Non-Religious People in British Columbia. This comprehensive resource offers guidance and support to individuals and families in British Columbia who seek a humanistic and non-religious approach to end-of-life decisions and planning.

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Military Chaplains modernize prayers policy

The BCHA is commending the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service for recognizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity in public military functions with its new direction on chaplain's spiritual reflections in public settings.

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