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Launching legal action against the City of Parksville's council prayer

In a letter sent yesterday, counsel for the BC Humanist Association (BCHA) advised the City of Parksville that the BCHA will be commencing legal proceedings against the City for its breach of the duty of religious neutrality.

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Embrace the Electric Monk Initiative

In a bold move that defies the ordinary and flirts with the absurd, the BC Humanist Association (BCHA) has issued an impassioned plea to the provincial government: “Let the Electric Monk do the praying!”

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Shedding light on religious property tax exemptions

A recent legal battle over the tax status of an island in the Salish Sea sheds some light on the privileges some religious institutions enjoy in British Columbia (BC). Expressly, the conditions under which places of public worship qualify for property tax exemptions.

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Access to MAID should not cater to faith-based interests

“B.C. Ministry of Health pledges to build a corridor of sin.”

That should have been the headline attached to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix’s recent announcement that he will instruct Vancouver Coastal Health to make room next to the city’s St. Paul’s Hospital for a dedicated clinical and care space where patients from the hospital can receive “compassionate and dignified MAiD services.”

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Delays threaten MAID expansion

The BC Humanist Association is warning that further delays to the expansion of medical assistance in dying (MAID) risk putting Canadian's end-of-life choices in jeopardy.

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Further delays for MAID for mental illness betrays patients

The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) is deeply disappointed and concerned by the federal government’s decision to further extend the exclusion of eligibility for medical assistance in dying (MAID) for persons suffering solely from mental illness until 2027. This decision violates the rights and dignity of Canadians who are experiencing intolerable suffering due to a mental disorder as their sole underlying medical condition.

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New BCHA publications on government prayer in eurel

The BCHA has two new publications in eurel on municipal and legislative prayers in Canada.

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BCHA applauds BC Supreme Court decision upholding privacy rights

The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) welcomes today's decision by Justice Wilson of the Supreme Court of British Columbia to dismiss a petition claiming the province's privacy act infringed the religious liberties of two Jehovah's Witnesses congregations.

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Looking to 2024

Where we saw our research turn into results in 2023, our goals are even more ambitious for 2024.

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Solstice reflections on 2023

Looking back on this past year, we're seeing the dividends paid out for the investments the members of the Humanist community have been making for the past few years.

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