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.)

Are There Limits To Free Inquiry? Where Do Values And Ethics Come From? Does Science Have All The Answers? Should Multicultural Rights Trump Universal Human Rights? You’ve Got Answers? We’ve Got Questions.

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 (4+)

ONLINE Secular Community Network - Hosted by SCN Ottawa West

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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.

Video Series: What is Climate Change

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  1. NEW START TIME: 9:00 am ET


We will be viewing the Coursera online course: What is Climate change


As we have done in the past, we will be watching the course videos in Zoom, interspersed with moderated group discussion.

This online course is available for free - participants are welcome to sign up individually, to catch up on missed lectures, or to investigate more of the learning resources provided.


ONLINE Living Without Religion - Hosted by CFIC Ottawa

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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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Book Club (non-fiction)

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Welcome all inquiring minds.

The purpose of this group is to explore topics, ideas, concepts, with a critical eye and the willingness to ask the questions;
• Is the thesis of this book on solid ground?
• Is what this book is presenting true or false?
• Is the topic being presented in a fair and even handed manor?

Anyone interested in controversial and often contentions topics of the day and is willing to explore all sides of an issue, should consider joining.

When we start a new book, we will collectively choose the topic we wish to explore and then we will select one or two but no more than three books on the topic. At least two people must commit to reading each book. The size of the group will determine the number of books on the go for a given topic. (eg: for a small group of three people, only one book will be selected).

The book club will meet every three weeks on a Monday at 7:00pm, and for 120min, discuss any aspect of the books we are reading.

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The Schedule of this event going forward;
• June 20
• July 11
• August 1
• August 22
• September 12
• October 3
• October 24
• Nov 14
• December 5

Past events (436)

ONLINE Living Without Religion - Hosted by CFIC Ottawa

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