What we’re about
Humanist Ottawa (HO) is a non-profit organization that promotes secular humanism in Canada's national capital.
The HO welcomes humanists, atheists, free-thinkers, secularists and agnostics. Our events include social events, symposia, lectures, documentary screenings, and much more. #humanistottawa #ottawahumanists
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- Disgrace! Public Funding of Catholic Schools in OntarioLink visible for attendees
Join Humanist Ottawa Board Director Richard Thain and Board President Robert Hamilton as they discuss government-sponsored religious discrimination by funding a Catholic separate school system in Ontario — which gives exclusive, preferential treatment to one religious group — as a violation of the global human right of freedom of religion or belief, an international embarrassment, a financial disaster and a moral disgrace. The Ontario government can and should pass legislation that stops public funding of a second, non-public school system.
Ontario MPP Jessica Bell (NDP University-Rosedale) has agreed to present a petition at Queen’s Park, calling for the elimination of public funding for the Catholic School systems. The signature of Ontario residents will help to ensure that this petition is presented in the provincial legislature and will attract media attention and raise public awareness. This is another step in the eventual, inevitable withdrawal of discriminatory public funding for a school system that privileges a single religion over all other beliefs including non-belief.
We need your assistance in circulating physical copies of the downloadable petition and returning them to:
Petitions: Centre for Inquiry Canada
PO Box 83045, Ottawa RPO Bank Walkley,
Ontario K1V 1A3
Help us to get signatures by sharing the petition on social media, through your website, in person at any events you attend, and by requesting that your family and friends sign and share it.
- Skeptics in the Pub: Ottawa247 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
Meet friendly skeptics, atheists, humanists and freethinkers for Skeptics in the Pub. If you’re tired of listening to people make unlikely claims or outlandish theories, come out and meet new friends instead.
Co-hosted by Humanist Ottawa and the Centre for Inquiry Canada, we meet regularly on the first Tuesday of each month. It’s an informal, warm and fun atmosphere. Join the free-wheeling conversation and bring a friend.
FOR ALL RETURNING SKEPTICS: That’s right, bring a friend! Had fun? Learned something? Supported a cause? Please consider becoming a member of Humanist Ottawa. Memberships and donations help cover the cost of maintaining our growing community.
- Poetry Readings From Henry Beissel211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON
🌟 An Exclusive Evening of Poetry & Conversation with Henry Beissel 🌟
Save the Date! This October, experience an unforgettable night of literary brilliance brought to you by the Centre for Inquiry Canada (Ottawa Branch) and Humanist Ottawa.
📅 Tuesday, October 10, 2023
⏰ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
📍 Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5
Don't miss this extraordinary chance to witness live readings from Henry Beissel, the award-winning poet and Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Concordia University. Henry’s contributions to the world of academia and literature are unparalleled, making this an evening you won't want to miss!
📚 Featured Works: Dive into the poetic world of Henry Beissel with select readings from his captivating collections:
- When Africa Calls Uhuru
- Fugitive Horizons
- Footprints of Dark Energy (🏆 Ottawa Book Awards Winner, 2020)
🔗 Learn More: [www.henrybeissel.com]
Why You Should Attend:
- 🌟 Engage in an enriching Q&A session with the poetic genius himself!
- 🌟 Celebrate the indomitable spirit of academic freedom, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press that Henry so ardently advocates.
📜 About Henry Beissel:
A pillar of Canada’s literary scene for over five decades, Henry founded the thriving Creative Writing program at Concordia University and is the author of over 30 books, ranging from poetry to plays and translations. His play "Inuk and the Sun" gained international acclaim and has been translated into numerous languages. A stalwart defender of freedoms, Henry led the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council of Canada in the 1980s and has been a driving force behind various influential organizations.
Seats are filling up fast, so mark your calendars and prepare for a night of inspiration and wonder. We look forward to sharing this unique experience with you! 🌠