What we're about

This is the virtual branch of CFIC, providing access to events and activities for those who do not have access to a physical branch, or are otherwise unable to attend meetings. (Which currently includes everyone during the physical distancing restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)

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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/

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

In order to ensure that that anyone attending our events and/or discussions is able to participate fully, we are committed to providing a safe and hospitable environment for everyone, regardless of physical appearance, disability, body size, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, 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 contact an organizer and we will work with you to resolve the issue.

While we accept that people do have differences of opinion, we expect discussions to be calm, reasonable, and without personal attacks.

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

If you have any feedback, suggestions for future speakers, or like to volunteer for the CFIC Virtual Branch, please contact the branch manager at: onurromano@centreforinquiry.ca

Upcoming events (5)

Conference for Inquiry: Celebrating Reason

Online event

Welcome to CFIC's first virtual conference. Registration is via Eventbrite (https://cfic-spring-conference-celebrating-reason.eventbrite.ca).

We have an exciting lineup of speakers from A to Z, with topics including science, secularism, science fiction, and philosophy:

* Andy Thomson - Psychology of Religion
* Gus Lyn-Piluso & Joan Harrison - Education for Democracy\
* Michael Wong - Star Trek and Science
* Amir Artaban Sedaghat - East, West, Islam: a perpetual misapprehension?
* Sandra Dunham - The Cost of Religion in Canada
* Sean Manning - Ancient Astronauts Built the Science Fiction of Egypt
* Zack Dumont - Surviving misinformation in a global pandemic

We will also be presenting panels and workshops, as well as providing opportunities for (virtually) socializing with attendees across the country and around the world.

Please go to Eventbrite (https://cfic-spring-conference-celebrating-reason.eventbrite.ca) to sign up (pay what you can). For more information, check out our website: https://centreforinquiry.ca/cfic-spring-conference-2021/

If you have questions, or would like to volunteer to work with us, please email [masked].

ONLINE Living Without Religion - Hosted by CFIC Ottawa

Online event

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.

To join, log into Zoom:

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ONLINE Secular Community Network - Hosted by SCN Ottawa West

**This will be an online meeting using Zoom. You can join with a computer, tablet, smartphone, or by phone (audio only). Information will be provided to those who RSVP**

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.

Engagement with Civil Society Organizations

Online event

Robyn Fila, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives
International Internship Programs Manager.

Overview of presentation: (May 12th, 10pm EST)
The importance of a framework for engagement that goes beyond the conventional ‘skills and competency’ development that is very focused on what young Canadians can ‘get’ from these experiences. I would like to explore engagement that starts with social location and critical frameworks which are key for any kind of transformative experience. This is not about Civil Society and the Global South, but about how we can potentially engage with these organizations in a way that is more reciprocal and supportive. I'll speak to the importance of developing a pedagogy and curriculum that addresses some of the gaps I see in these types of programs across Canada in our post secondary institutions.


Robyn Fila is the internship program manager at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. Since 2010, Robyn has facilitated over 150 international internship placements for UVic students and graduates from across Canada in more than 20 countries. She is responsible for program and partnership development across the Asia-Pacific region, selecting, training and mentoring interns, and program monitoring and evaluation. CAPI’s international internship programs have focused on governance, development, education and migrants’ and refugee rights. Robyn has an extensive background in experiential learning and curriculum development as it pertains to global and international education. She started her career in Indonesia in her work with street entrenched youth and continued on with social change movements focusing on reproductive rights and justice in the Czech Republic.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcO2tqz4tHNWUdp7ABO4SfyRFt-XqkzEo

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