How you can help end the funding of faith schools in BC
We've just published examples of independent schools in BC that are teaching creationism in science classrooms. These are schools that together receive tens of millions of dollars from the provincial government.
But right now we have an opportunity to push back on this funding.
The BC Legislature's Finance Committee is currently holding public hearings across the province on the 2019 budget. Anyone is welcome to sign up for one of these hearings and speak for five minutes.
A number of these meetings are already full but if you live in Cranbrook, Trail, Nelson, Kamloops or Kelowna, you can sign up to speak this week.
Let us know if you will be speaking and we'll help you prepare some speaking notes.
Otherwise, you can make a written, audio or video submission and you can complete the committee's survey online. This is a great chance to encourage the committee to put nearly half a billion dollars back in the public education system.
We'll be releasing our own submission to the committee soon.
Property tax exemptions in Summerland
Summerland Council recently voted to phase out permissive tax exemptions for empty lots held by three local churches, making it an interesting example for our campaign for Fair Property Tax Exemptions.
Humanists putting their values in Action
Thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on Saturday.
Our next opportunity to get involved will be at the 2018 Light the Night Walk, in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Vancouver Social Club
Mike Miller has stepped up to coordinate our Vancouver social club. The first event of the new season will be a social pub night at Mahony & Sons at Stamps Landing on Friday, September 28. RSVP or share ideas for future events by emailing Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
New on our website
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 07:00 PM
- Skeptics in the Pub at Tonics Pub, Kelowna
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 07:00 PM
- September Vancouver Social Club at Mahony & Sons, Vancouver
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM
- Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Kyla Lee - Should we fear drug impaired drivers? at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 02:00 PM
- Langley & Maple Ridge Humanists Meetup at lelem' Arts & Cultural Cafe, Fort Langley
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at 08:30 AM
- Secular Humanist Thinkers Cafe at Urban Fare Cafe Mission Park, Kelowna