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PLEASE NOTE: All in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. We are continuing to meet virtually via Zoom teleconference - check the schedule for meetup details.


Centre for Inquiry Canada runs open and friendly events and discussions. Please help us to keep it that way!

CFIC wants to ensure that anyone attending our events and/or discussions is able to participate in them fully, and we are committed to providing a safe and hospitable environment for everyone, regardless of sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please notify an organizer or member of the leadership team and we will work to resolve the issue. (You can also reach us by email at cficanada@centreforinquiry.ca.)

The CFIC event organizers and leadership team reserve the right to remove anyone from an event if we deem their actions to be disruptive to the event and/or its participants.


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Centre for Inquiry Canada is the largest Freethought, Skeptic and Scientific Advocacy group in Canada. We operate through 10 branches across the Country and incorporate the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers in our daily mission to advance knowledge and education in all areas of human endeavor. - See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/about-us/ (http://centreforinquiry.ca/about-us/#sthash.kPK7LpNU.dpuf)

We have a variety of meetings and events - lectures, discussion groups, as well as social activities.

Please feel free to go ahead and suggest lectures, social activities and discussions if you think it would interest other members of this meetup. You do not need to be an organizer to do so.

We are a branch of CFI Canada (http://www.cficanada.ca/)

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ProChoice Rally

Terry Fox Statue

With the news of the possible overruling of Roe vs. Wade it is more important than ever that we show we support a woman's health care choices here in Canada.

ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa West

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we will be holding this meeting via Zoom teleconference

(in compliance with the public health recommendation for social distancing, Secular Chat Ottawa West will not be meeting in person until further notice)

The start time has been changed to 6:30 pm

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Every Wednesday evening, the Secular Community Network of CFIC Ottawa will host lightly moderated informal discussions on topics of interest to freethinkers, humanists, and to others who are secular.
Suggested topics:
How do you define Humanism? Do you consider yourself to be a Humanist?
How do you define "secular"? Given your definition, what percentage of the Canadian population do you estimate as "secular"?

How does one become a Freethinker? Through genetics, physiology, experience? What distinguishes Freethinkers from conformists or indoctrinees?

Science: Physical & Social
How much science is behind what is sold in health food stores?
What are the most important social impacts of the “anti-vaccination” movement?

Current Events for Freethinkers
Imagine it is now January 2022. US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have been in office for one year now. How has America changed since 2019?

Now that plant-based meat replacements are in many restaurants and supermarkets, and with cloned meat products on the way, will this significantly impact Canada's real meat consumption, and will it result in more vegetarians?

Migrants displaced by war, famine, and terrorism are fleeing their countries by the millions, hoping to land in the USA, Canada, and European countries. What do you think is the real problem, and how can the world solve it?

Non-Religion Lifestyles
If you have no religion, from where do you get moral guidance, social values, and a sense of belonging to a community that would help you in problems of living?

Chat West participants should feel free to suggest their own discussion topics from these categories.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP in advance.

ONLINE Living without Religion

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Living without Religion (LWR) is a weekly peer support group for those who have left their religion, are considering leaving their religion, and/or are encountering challenges with friends, family, classmates or co-workers due to religious differences. If you're already comfortable leading a secular lifestyle, you can also come to offer emotional support or advice, or just to enjoy a sense of social community that religions often offer.

Moderated by volunteers from the Ottawa Branch of Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFIC), LWR meets every Sunday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Please note that no one is here in a professional mental health capacity. We strive to be kind to each other, and as some attendees continue to hold faith in a deity or spiritual ideas, this is not a forum to challenge or convert anyone's current beliefs.

If you would like to stay after LWR at 1:00 to informally discuss or debate atheism, skepticism, science, current events, and other topics of interest, including how we can maintain morality and ethics without religion, please RSVP to Secular Chat.

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ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa Centretown

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Secular Chat is an informal weekly discussion group for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and other freethinkers in the National Capital Region.

Hosted by the Ottawa Branch of Centre for Inquiry Canada, Secular Chat meets every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Similar to CFIC's former "Sunday Unsermon" group, enlightening conversation and fun debate topics can vary from week to week based on the interests of participants that day: current events (Trudeau/Trump), morality and ethics without religion, skepticism, science, philosophy, history, counter-apologetics, comparative interpretation of religious scriptures, and any other subjects related to atheism and science-based thought. CFIC volunteers lightly moderate the meeting to help ensure everyone has a chance to talk.

If you would also like to come earlier at 12:00 to offer or receive emotional support on leading a secular lifestyle, please RSVP to Living Without Religion.

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Past events (1,884)

Building a World Community

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