HAT event

HAT Forum
Sat Aug 6th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room tba or 304
Topic:Tipping
Proposer: Richard Dowsett

“Tipping” - giving someone money following the performance of a service, is a significant part of Canadian modern life. In a Cornell University study, Canada was found to have 27 tip-worthy service professions. This level varies widely worldwide from a high of 31 in the United States to lows of 4 in Japan and 0 in Iceland.

1. What were the designed purposes of tipping? Are they being accomplished in the current system?

2. How does the North American system of tipping benefit servers? Employers? Customers?

3. What problems do you have with tipping? As a server? Customer? Employer?

4. What experience do you have with tipping and service culture outside Canada?

5. One researcher found a positive correlation between tipping prevalence and corruption in a multi-national study. How are tipping and bribery similar? How are they different?

6. Using humanist values, can we formulate guidelines to tipping or is the whole tipping system fundamentally un-humanist?

HAT Forum
Sat July 23rd 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room tba or 304
Topic:Humanist perspectives on modern Turkey
Proposer: Jon Aldridge

--How does the failed coup d'état in Turkey on 15-16 July 2016 affect the prospects for secular institutions and citizens in the country?

--To what extent does Turkey's human-rights record, for instance imprisonment of journalists and judges, functionally undermine the country's official status as a democracy?

--What motives could have pushed the coup plotters in to action?

--How might instability in Turkey impact upon military actions in Syria and Iraq and the on-going refugee crisis?

--In what ways could other countries, including Canada, conduct foreign relations with Turkey in order to support constitutional democracy?

HAT panel: Medically Assisted Dying, Sat 14 May, 1:30-3pm, Koffler House, UofT

Panel info here:
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Humanist Association of Toronto present a panel:
Medically Assisted Dying - Where Do We Go From Here?

The Supreme Court has ruled. Polls indicate 4 out of 5 Canadians support physician-assisted dying. Parliament has the directive to produce simple and straightforward legislation. Our distinguished panel will speak to many of the questions that arise as we consider where we go from here.
Panel Members:
  • Shanaaz Gokool, CEO, Dying with Dignity
  • Dr. Isser Dubinsky, Physicians’ Advisory Council, DWD
  • Blair Henry, Ph.D (pending) Clinical Bioethicist Sunnybrook Hospital
When:
Where:
Koffler House - 569 Spadina Crescent Room 108, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7, Canada - View Map