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Debating Imam prayers in public schools with Sun TV Ezra Levant, plus IVF debate on AM640 Radio   Yesterday afternoon I joined Raheel Raza, Muslim Canadian journalist, author,  public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith coordinator, on Sun TV News’ The Source with Ezra Levant. Levant is a polarizing figure you either love or hate. He’s well known for his book Shakedown,  which documents the censorship… Justin B. Trottier 08/10/11 1 08/11/11
Sermon: “Spirituality and Secularism” Spirituality and Secularism Sermon to West Hill United Church Sunday, July 31, 2011 Justin Trottier   Atheism and spirituality may seem like an obvious contradiction. But in fact Sam Harris, who is often regarded as one of the most aggressive of the new atheists, is quick to point out the… Justin B. Trottier 08/05/11 0
Media Advisory: “Probably No God” Bus Ads Resurrected on Kelowna Transit MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   “Probably No God” Bus Ads Resurrected on Kelowna Transit Atheist ad campaign nearing conclusion after original ads disappeared   KELOWNA, BC—(July 20, 2011) – After more than two months, the “Probably No God” bus ads have been reinstated on BC Transit buses in… Justin B. Trottier 07/21/11 0
Media Advisory: First Skeptic Track at Canadian Science Fiction Conference “Polaris” Media Advisory - For Immediate Release FIRST SKEPTIC TRACK AT CANADIAN SCIENCE FICTION CONFERENCE “POLARIS” Toronto, ON (June 17, 2011) – The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) at the Centre for Inquiry (CFI) announced today that it has organized a series of speakers at the science fiction… Justin B. Trottier 07/14/11 0
Video posted: Secret Footage of “Faith Healer” Peter Popoff in Toronto last month The story of James Randi exposing Peter Popoff, the faith healer fraud and con artist (that’s exactly the section in which Wikipedia appropriately placed him!), is now legendary. So when we were approached by a secret source who had gotten 4 invitation only tickets to an event in Toronto, we… Justin B. Trottier 06/08/11 2 06/10/11
Announcement: CFI Seeks 2 Paid Interns for June-August 2011. Applications required immediately Centre for Inquiry Seeks Two Paid Interns for June to August 2011.  Applications required immediately. Possibility of extension after 3 months. 1.   Fundraising and Development Intern 2.   Web Development Intern Location: Centre for Inquiry’s national headquarters, 216 Beverley St., Toronto, M5T 1Z3 The Centre for Inquiry is an international education… Justin B. Trottier 05/31/11 0
Ontario’s Catholic School System Unfair but “Works”. Oh really? Toronto Sun reporter Moira MacDonald interviewed me and other leaders of member groups of the One School System Network on our conference to defund tax-payer funded catholic schools in Ontario.  She reported on it in a Sunday column: “Catholic School Debate Too Spicy for Politicians”.  She quotes from me as… Justin B. Trottier 05/30/11 1 05/31/11
Media Advisory: First National Secular Supper Launched in Response to National Prayer Breakfast MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First National Secular Supper Launched in Response to National Prayer Breakfast Former Ottawa City Councillor Alex Cullen to Make Address Ottawa, Ontario – (May 15, 2011) – In response to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, at which federal cabinet ministers, high ranking officers in… Justin B. Trottier 05/15/11 0
Media Advisory:  CONTROVERSIAL ATHEIST ADS DISAPPEAR FROM KELOWNA BUS YARD MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTROVERSIAL ATHEIST ADS DISAPPEAR FROM KELOWNA BUS YARD Transit Authorities Unable to Explain ‘Professional’ Vandalism KELOWNA, BC—(May 4, 2011) - The sudden disappearance of advertisements from two buses in Kelowna defies explanation. The notoriously controversial signs, reading ‘There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying… Justin B. Trottier 05/04/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Janine Gibson, Green Party, MB - Provencher I support your position and encourage you in your work! Thank you for  sharing your information with me. Regards, Janine Gibson Green Party  Provencher Justin B. Trottier 05/03/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Caroline Rioux, Green Party, ON- Ottawa-Vanier Dear Justin, Thank you for taking the time to write me about these issues that matter to you: This is what democracy is all about! Given that Election Day is tomorrow, and that I want to answer all questions posed to me, I have given you shorter answers than I… Justin B. Trottier 05/03/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Vanessa Long, Green Party, ON - Newmarket-Aurora QUESTIONS     Secularism   1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics?     Yes, I support the separation of church and state.     Freedom of Speech   2. Do you believe there should be any… Justin B. Trottier 05/03/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Dale Jackaman, NDP Party, BC - Richmond I am a secular Humanist and an atheist and tend to look at life and decision making from that perspective. Political parties tend to be big tents and are made up of people with a broad spectrum of beliefs and opinions. After being elected we are expected to both represent… Justin B. Trottier 05/03/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Sandra Finley, Green Party, SK - Saskatoon-Humboldt Hi Kendra, These are interesting questions and ideas.   I have responded to all but a couple.  I do not wish to respond to questions I haven’t thought about, unless there is a principle that is easily apparent and therefore provides direction.  My thinking on religion has gone through a number… Justin B. Trottier 05/03/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Rob Nicholson, Conservative Party, ON - Niagara Falls Thank you for your inquiry. The Conservative Government is committed to defending religious freedom, and has established a special Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Additional policies support families and , communities, and make it tougher for career criminals, drug traffickers and those… Justin B. Trottier 05/01/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Richard Fahlman, Liberal Party, AB - Edmonton-Leduc Justin Sorry for the delayed response.  Unfortunately as a result of minimal time and extensive numbers of emails, I am only answering extensive lists of questions for  those individuals in my constituency. Nonetheless I strongly agree with the views of your group as I too am a member of your… Justin B. Trottier 05/01/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Stephen Randall, Liberal Party, AB - Calgary Centre North A response to similar questions from CFI Calgary:   Thank you for your questions which I am pleased to answer by email on the possibility that I am not able to reach you by phone today.   You have raised some very important and serious questions which confront our society… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: David Laird, NDP, ON - Burlington Mr. Justin Trottier:   It is the policy of the NDP that Candidates not respond to national surveys.  I have forwarded your request to our central campaign headquarters. The NDP shall respond on behalf of all candidates.  As soon as the information is available I shall forward the response to… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Randy Vanden Broek, Christian Heritage Party, AB - Wild Rose Riding QUESTIONS Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists /agnostics? We support the separation of church and state.  However, the belief that certain things are right and other things are wrong is inherently religious in nature, being… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Stephen Bieda, Liberal Party, ON - Grimsby Unfortunately we won’t have time to specifically answer your questions, however I can assure you that Stephen is very supportive of the Centre.  He was involved in forming the Brock University Secular Humanists, and has been a passionate and relentless advocate for the separation of church and state.  - Andy… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Jennifer Mooradian, Green Party, ON - St. Catharines I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.  The questions you post are more complicated and deserve more thorough contemplation, research and debate than to be aswered in an email with three days to go in the election.  While I generally support the separation of church and state, some… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Karen Gventer, NDP, ON - Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Dear Justin,   I will try to get to your questionnaire, but I can make no guarantees.  (As it is, I should be in bed – I am actually still working full-time during this election, and have to work tomorrow, but your questionnaire peaked my interest).   I just want… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Green Party, ON - Danforth Secularism    1. Does your party support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believer and non-believer?     Yes.  Absolutely.   Freedom of Speech    2. Does your party believe there should be any legal limits on the criticism of religious opinion in the public square?… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Michael Wolfe, Green Party, BC - Richmond Hi Justin and all at CFI Canada,   Thank you for taking the time to ask these questions of all candidates. I hope you got the responce you had hoped for. Here are my responces:   Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Katy Austin, NDP, ON - Simcoe Grey I was not exactly sure how to answer the questions in your survey, so I am simply stating the number of the question and giving my answers:   1.Yes 2. I might want some limitations, such as anything hateful 3. Blasphemy should not be a crime. 4. I don’t understand… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Geoffrey Capp, Christian Heritage Party, AB - Lethbridge Geoffrey Capp Christian Heritage Party riding of Lethbridge, Alberta 1. We support the separation of church and state.  However, the belief that certain things are right and other things are wrong is inherently religious in nature, being acknowledgement that we have a responsibility that transcends our own personal interests and… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Nladine Bailey, NDP, AB - Edmonton- Mill Woods - Beaumont Thank you for sending me your questions related to the separation of church and state, and science. These are fabulous questions. I have sent these off to the central NDP policy office because I am, quite honestly, not sure what the official position of the NDP is on all of… Justin B. Trottier 04/29/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Alex Joehl, Libertarian Party, BC - Fleetwood-Port Kells Thank you for contacting me. Below are the questions and answers. I hope that the answers are not too brief. To avoid and conflict of interest, I will say that I am a proud Christian, however I believe that religion plays absolutely no role in government and I think my… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Janice Kinch, Liberal Party, AB - Calgary West Thanks, Justin. I am aware of the importance of getting this information out to your wide base of members and supporters. Please allow me some time to look more closely at the questions so that I might respond more deeply to them. The complexity of all the question commands more… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
Media Advisory: Atheist Ads’ National Spokesperson to Tour BC, Alberta Atheist Ads’ National Spokesperson to Tour BC, Alberta Justin Trottier to Speak in 7 Cities and Appear at BC’s First Atheist Conference     TORONTO, ONTARIO—(Marketwire - April 28, 2011) - In culmination of the Kelowna and Kamloops Atheist Bus Campaigns, featuring the slogan “There’s probably no god. Now stop… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Linda Wilhelm, Liberal Party, NB - Fundy Royal Dear Mr. Trottier,   I want to thank you for sending me the request for my opinion on the issues of importance to the Center for Inquiry.  I must tell you that similar requests have come to me from at least 45-50 other organizations, all with similarly valid concerns. Initially… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Francois Bedard, Green Party, QC - Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques Bonjour M. Trottier, Voir mes réponses ci-dessous, mais avant, bien lire les notes suivantes : 1) Les réponses sont 100% de mon cru et n’engagent probablement pas le parti vert. 2) Lorsque vos questions et mes réponses font allusions à des religions, je prend pour acquis que nous parlons ici… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Michael McMahon, NDP, ON - Prince Edward—Hastings QUESTIONS Secularism Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics?   Assuming no laws are being broken by the activities of the believers, yes.   Freedom of Speech 2. Do you believe there should be any legal limits on… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Douglas Roy, Green Party, BC - Vancouver East In reply to your questions: 1)  Yes I do.  Absolutely.       2)  No, there should be no limits to verbal criticism of all religions.      3)  Yes I would.   4)  I am generally opposed to making accommodations to generally accepted rules for religious reasons.  Equality means… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Resonse: Dave Hart Dyke, Green Party, ON - Hamilton East - Stoney Creek 1 yes 2 no 3 yes 4 if you have trouble dispensing a legally prescribed Morning After Pill, don’t take a job in a pharmacy 5 no 6 yes 7 yes 8 no way 9 yes 10 yes Cheers, Dave Hart Dyke Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Michael Charrois, NDP, BC - North Vancouver Dear Justin- Thank you for sending the information about the Centre for Inquiry. I just received your survey today and as we are at the tail end of the election campaign with only a few days remaining and I am swamped with personal appearances I am afraid I will not be… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Conservative Party, BC - Delta Richmond East Mr. Trottier; Thank you for your request to complete your survey. We receive such requests two to three times a day. We have made a decision in our local campaign not to deal with any surveys. I understand that this reply will not please you. Our reasons for this decision… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Jim McGarva, Green Party, ON - St. Paul’s Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? Yes, absolutely and without reservation. Freedom of Speech 2. Do you believe there should be any legal limits on the criticism of religious opinion in the public square? No,… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Heather MacIntosh Green Party, AB - Calgary Centre-North Centre for Inquiry Calgary’s Helen Beach sent different questions to local candidates. See questions and responses: Election Questions (Y/N) 1. (a) Are you an advocate of the scientific theory of evolution? We teach science. (b) Are you a creationist? 2. Do you plan to enforce evolution education from K-12? This… Justin B. Trottier 04/28/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Larry Colero, Green Party, BC - South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale Here are my answers to the questions in your survey: 1. Yes 2. No 3. Most likely, but I would have to read the law before committing to a firm position. It sounds archaic. 4. I don’t know. It depends on the criteria to qualify. It might make sense in… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Greig Crockett, Green Party, BC - Okanagan-Shuswap Riding Thank you for bringing this important issue to the attention of candidates and voters. My answers below: Secularism  1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? YES. Freedom of Speech 2. Do you believe there should be any… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
Vote Secular Response: John Shavluk, Green Party, Delta Richmond East Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? YES Freedom of Speech 2. Do you believe there should be any legal limits on the criticism of religious opinion in the public square? NO 3. Would you support… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Blair T. Longley, Marijuana Party Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? NO! I believe in the unity of the universe. I think it was psychotic short-term accommodations to pretend to split religion and state. However, the more important general ideas… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Adrianne Merlo, Green Party, BC - Burnaby - Douglas Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? Yes. Freedom of Speech 2. Do you believe there should be any legal limits on the criticism of religious opinion in the public square? No. 3. Would you support… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  andrew Lang, Liberal Party, Toronto-Danforth Secularism 1. Does your party support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believer and non-believer? Yes for the first and it depends on the circumstances for the second. Freedom of Speech 2. Does your party believe there should be any legal limits on… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Stewart McGillivray, Liberal Party, BC - Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam Please find bellow the answers to the questionnaire. 1. Yes, I support fully the separation of church and state, as well as government neutrality in all matters between believers and non-believers. 2. I believe in legal limits upon the dissemination of hate speech, but at the same time understand that… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
Chungsen Leung, Conservative Party, ON - Willowdale Robert Griffin, for the Chungsen Leung Campaign Dear Mr. Trottier, Mr. Leung has asked me to respond on his behalf due to the very large quantity of messages, and the short remaining time, during this campaign. I myself am an athiest of long standing, greater than 50 years, so I… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Pierre Cyr, NDP, New Brunswick - Tobique - Mactaquac Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? Yes to the former. Its been the case for a few generations now in the west, but not sure what is meant by the latter. Freedom of Speech 2.… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response: Tyler Pierce, Libertarian Party, Burnaby-New Westminster 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believers, and atheists/agnostics? My belief is that anyone may believe as they well as long as it doesn’t involve force or fraud against another.  Your mind is your property and it may contain… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
VoteSecular Response:  Bob Deptuck, Green Party of Canada, Souris-Moose Mountain Bob Deptuck, Green Party of Canada, Souris-Moose Mountain Secularism 1. Do you support the separation of religion and state, and government neutrality in all matters between believer and non-believer? I do support government neutrality in matters between believer and non-believer. Separation of state and religion is more difficult as generations… Justin B. Trottier 04/27/11 0
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