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Dr. Ben Goldacre was in Toronto, Sunday May 15th

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On Sunday May 15, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Dr. Goldacre gave a lively and informative talk and signed copies of his books. This event was held at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave (just south of Bloor; 3 blocks west of Spadina)

Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.

Bad Science his 1st book, has sold over 500,000 copies to date, is published in 18 countries, and reached number one in the UK non-fiction bestseller charts.

Bad Pharma his 2nd book covers bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry andmedicine more broadly. It is a top ten UK best seller.

View more at his website or his Twitter page.

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Winter Solstice Fundraising Dinner at CFIC T.O.

CFIC Winter Solstice Celebration 2015

On December 21st, 2015 we had our annual CFIC Winter Solstice Celebration to celebrate a secular holiday season. We had dinner at the Crimson Lounge followed by an evening of magic and comedy with Magic Tonight. James Alan’s Magic Tonight (www.magictonight.ca) is a weekly show downtown which features a wide variety of special guests which proves magic really is for grownups. The show is highly interactive and very entertaining.

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Raheel Raza presented Honor Diaries

On Saturday, Nov. 28th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at our head office on Eglinton, we had a unique opportunity to hear a compelling and dynamic activist, Raheel Raza, present to our CFI Canada community, the important documentary film Honor Diaries. Q & A followed the screening.

Raheel is the president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and an outspoken fighter of women’s rights abuses which include forced and underage marriage, honour killings and genital mutilation. They are occurring in Muslim countries and in Canada. The film features Raheel and other women’s rights activists (including producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali) as they engage in dialogue about gender inequality. Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on honor violence against women.
This was a paid event. Admission for CFIC members was $10. For non-members it was $15.
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Richard Carrier at CFIC T.O. Oct. 23rd

Philosopher, historian, Atheist activist and blogger Richard Carrier, Ph.D. visited Toronto for three days. We had a pub night on the Wednesday, Richard kicked-off the very first counter-apologetics meeting on the Thursday, and his stay culminated in the Friday night speaking event on Oct. 23rd at OISE on the Historicity of Jesus.

He re-examined the question of whether Jesus existed as a historical person and presented compelling reasons to suspect the daring assumption that he did not.

We sold out of his book Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus ($20 CFIC members; $25 for non-members).

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Catherine Dunphy at CFIC T.O. Wed. Sep. 16th

CFI Canada happily welcomed Catherine Dunphy to our National Office (55 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 307) on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30pm to read from her book From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy ProjectIt was published by New Atheist publishers, Pitchstone Publishing, in July of this year. 0C8A8661-07FE-4273-8333-20D93FC175D5

Copies of the book were on offer for Catherine to sign. Admission was FREE for CFI Canada members and $5.00 for non-members. Please check the CFIC Events Page for more upcoming events.

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From Apostle to Apostate offers a comprehensive introduction to the Clergy Project, established in 2011 to provide a safe space where clergy who have lost their faith can connect with others facing the exact same questions—often alone and in isolation. Catherine movingly demonstrates, despite the substantial personal and professional challenges non-believing clergy face, for many, a loss of faith has turned out not to be a loss at all—but a gain of newfound community, self-respect, and honesty with themselves and others.

Catherine Dunphy is a founding member and former executive director of the Clergy Project. She is the operations manager for Rational Doubt, a blog where members of the Clergy Project connect with the public.  She was trained as a Roman Catholic Chaplain, and she lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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