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Cross Canada Marches for Science

When scientists march, we cite our sources!

Scientists across the world have been quick to act against Trump’s drastic policy decisions, and are organizing in response to these serious affronts to science. Scientists have been backing up data, setting up encrypted communication lines for American federal scientists to report from the frontlines, supporting their colleagues with offers of lab space and resources, speaking out on social media and on the news, and refusing to accept another war on science.

Evidence for Democracy is organizing a supporting March for Science on Parliament Hill on April 22, 2017 – in 4 days!  E4D is also supporting 16 satellite marches across the country. In Canada, we will stand once again in defence of science and its important role in policy, our society, and our democracy. We are not only acting in solidarity with American scientists, but are calling to safeguard science in Canada.

Some CFI Branches will be participating in the march:

CFI Calgary:

1:00 -3:00 pm
Olympic Plaza, Calgary
Meeting place: outside the Central Library, 616 Mcleod Tr. SE


CFI Ottawa:
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Parliament Hill
Meet at the main steps – look for the CFI banner
(more info on meetup)



Canadian Women’s March

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

Canadian women (and allies) have come together in a grassroots effort to support initiatives happening on January 21, 2017 for human rights.

As a secular humanist organization, CFI Canada stands up to defend the rights of women, LGBT persons, people of minority faiths and people of no faith.

  • When religion is imposed on women’s bodies, we fight back.
  • When religion is used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT
    persons, we fight back.
  • When absence of religion or religious differences are used to justify restricting human rights, we fight back.

A Canadian Delegation will be participating in the Women’s March on Washington, DC.
CFIC branches are participating in some of the local marches are also happening across Canada:

Edmonton, AB
Calgary, AB
Halifax, NS
Kelowna, BC
Lethbridge, AB
Montreal, QC
Nanaimo, BC
Ottawa, ON(CFI Ottawa)
St. Catharine’s, ON
St. Johns
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC


Critical Thinking Workshop in Ottawa with Chris DiCarlo

Critical thinking is the corner stone for personal & professional development and it lies at the heart of what it means to become a thoughtful, considerate, and responsible citizen.

Centre for Inquiry – Ottawa is pleased to host a workshop on Critical Thinking, presented by philosopher, educator, and author Dr Christopher DiCarlo.

Saturday, April 30

5:00 pm

Ottawa City Hall – Honeywell Room (110 Laurier Ave W)


$10 for CFI Members (must present membership card)

$15 for non-Members (join CFI here)

Purchase tickets online:

Critical Thinking Workshop - Ottawa

or at any CFI event


See Jerry Coyne in Ottawa in February

Biologist and best-selling author Jerry Coyne explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail.

February 26, 2016
7:30 pm
Centrepointe Chamber
101 Centrepointe Dr

For the next in our “Teach the Controversy” speaker series, the Centre for Inquiry is pleased to present University of Chicago biologist Jerry A. Coyne discussing his new book, Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible

In this talk, Jerry Coyne explains why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions.

Coyne warns that religious prejudices and structures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise, and demonstrates the grave harm, to both individuals and to our planet, in mistaking faith for fact when making important decisions about the world we live in.. Expanding on the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science.  He demonstrates the grave harm, to both individuals and to our planet, in mistaking faith for fact when making important decisions about the world we live in.

There will be a reception and booksigning with light refreshments following the talk.


$20 general admission

$15 Centre for Inquiry members (must present membership card)

$15 Students (must present student ID)

Special discount:  if you renew or join today, you can receive your membership plus ticket for just $35.

See below to purchase your tickets online, or contact for additional options.
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