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The Humanist Association of Canada (HAC) is a Canadian secular humanist organization which "provides guidance to individuals who do not feel the need for religious beliefs in their life" [1]. Jump to: navigation, search Secular humanism is that branch of philosophy that advocates the use of reason, compassion, scientific inquiry, ethics, justice and equality in addressing issues of a worldview centered upon human beings. ...

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History

The Humanist Association of Canada was founded in 1968, with Dr. Henry Morgentaler as it's first president. It was inspired by the Humanist Fellowship of Montreal. At that time, it was made up of several regional Humanist Associations. Henry Morgentaler (born March 19, 1923, in Lodz, Poland) is a Canadian medical doctor, abortionist, and long time abortion activist from Montreal. ...


In 1970, the Humanist Association of Canada was connected to more regional Humanist groups, such as the Humanist Association of Ottawa.


In 1996, the Humanist Association of Canada was granted the right to preform legally recognized marriages by Ontario's provincial government.


According to their site, many of the organization's members signed the petition to remove god from the Constitution, read by Svend Robinson in Parliament.


Notable Members

  • Henry Morgentaler, first President.

Dr. Robert Buckman Henry Morgentaler, M.D., LL.D. honourary (born March 19, 1923, in Lodz, Poland) is a Canadian medical doctor and long time abortion activist from Montreal. ...


Born in London, he moved to Toronto in 1985. He is a medical Oncologist and President of the Humanist Association of Canada. He has made television programs such as Magic or Medicine? and Human Wildlife.


Jeff Perkins


He is the first Vice President of the Humanist Association of Canada. He was born in Oxford, UK and moved to West Germany to teach English then moved to Canada. He states that he is a non-academic humanist - in other words, he does not need philosophical reasons to act morally without a belief in god.


Kathy Meidell


Born in Greece, she is the second Vice President of the Humanist Association of Canada; President of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph Humanists; and is director of Camp Quest Canada. She created the petition in support of Dr. Morgentaler being given an honourary law degree. Camp Quest Canada is a Canadian freethinker Camp, modled after the original US Camp Quest. ...


Regional Associations

The Humanist association of Canada is connected to regional Canadian Humanist Associations. Theses include:

  • The Humanist Association of Manitoba
  • Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph Humanists
  • The Central Ontario Humanist Association
  • The Humanist Association of Hamilton
  • The Humanist Association of London and Area
  • The Humanist Association of Niagara
  • The Humanist Association of Oshawa
  • The Humanist Association of Ottawa
  • The Humanist Association of Peterborough
  • The Quinte Humanist Association
  • The Humanist Association of Toronto
  • Windsor Humanist Society
  • Humanists of Saskatchewan
  • Society for Secular Humanists in Calgary
  • Secular Humanist of Edmonton
  • Okanagan Humanist Association
  • Sechelt Humanist Association
  • British Columbia Humanist Association
  • Victoria Secular Humanist Association
  • Mouvement laïque québécois

Canadian Humanist Publications

Another related Canadian Humanist icon is Humanist in Canada, a Canadian rationalist magazine. It states that it is a "voice for reason & community". It deals with issues concerning rationality [2]. Humanist in Canada is published by the non-profit organization Canadian Humanist Publications with a mandate to promote the idea that humans can solve human problems.


Canadian Humanist Publications has also published The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a mythical Christ?, a book skeptical of Jesus Christ's existence. Other books published by the group include:

  • Road to Reason: Landmarks in the Evolution of Humanist Thought, by Sociologist Dr. Pat Duffy, who views Evolutionary Naturalism as essential to humanist thought.

Camp Quest Canada

The Humanist association of Canada also ran Camp Quest Canada with a grant from the Institute for Humanist Studies. Camp Quest Canada is a Canadian freethinker Camp, modled after the original US Camp Quest. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


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Humanist Association of Canada - Definition, explanation (653 words)
The Humanist Association of Canada (HAC) is a Canadian secular humanist organization which "provides guidance to individuals who do not feel the need for religious beliefs in their life" [1].
She is second Vice-President of the Humanist Association of Canada, President of the Kitchener-Waterloo,, Cambridge, Guelph Humanists, and is director of Camp Quest Canada.
The Humanist association of Canada is connected to regional Canadian Humanist Assocations.
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