You can learn more about Canadian black nurses histories at this link.
The Attorney General has all but promised this will be appealed (as was expected.) The women and their legal team started this to take it to the Supreme Court of Canada. Stay tuned...
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to conclude the second reading debate on my private member's bill, Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression).
This bill would add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the hate crimes and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. This would ensure full human rights protection in areas of federal jurisdiction for transsexual and transgender Canadians.
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The second concern was that explicit coverage in the Canadian Human Rights Act and in the hate crimes and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code was redundant, given the fact that decisions had already been made supporting the full human rights of transsexuals and transgender Canadians and the fact that the provisions of the Criminal Code were open-ended. This, too, is true, but a strong argument can be made for the importance of adding to the existing list.
Those who are subject to discrimination and prejudice in our society need to see themselves clearly in our laws. This confirms their place in our society. It confirms that they are valued members of our society. Without explicit recognition, the lives and struggles of transgender and transsexual people remain invisible and their issues remain unaddressed.
Accessing these protections through a convoluted process using other possibly related categories, usually the categories of sex and disability, diminishes the protection and limits our understanding of the causes and effects of the particular discrimination. A right that has to be explained is not a particularly effective right.
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A word to members of the transgender and transsexual community: no matter what ultimately happens with this bill, they should know that there are many in this place and thousands--no, millions--across Canada who love them and know them as they are, who recognize their experience, their gifts and their full humanity. We stand in solidarity with them until our goals of justice and equality are achieved.
In Canada's extensive military history it was regularly the case that people discharged in this manner not only suffered the loss of their pensions and benefits, they often had their civilian lives destroyed by tainted records and rumours. These effects echo onward, despite the landmark policy change in 1992, when the Federal Court of Canada declared that policies restricting the service of homosexuals were contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Contact Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence, and tell him to restore the dignity, morale and benefits of veterans who honourably served their country. Tell the Minister to take action immediately to restore benefits and apologize to those who faced unjust investigation into their private lives, and a general climate of homophobia and transphobia in the military service.
Peter Mackay contact info:
I do love a few of them very much but the rest remind me of the differences at the core level between our two views on politics & government.
The subject line read: If you think health care is expensive now...
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." --George Bernard Shaw
( Read more... )Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. --Pericles (430 B.C.)
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." --Mark Twain (1866)
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But, I repeat myself." --Mark Twain
"Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it."
( Read more... )"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians." --Edward Langley
"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." --P.J. O'Rourke
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." --James Bovard (1994)
Since I included the subject line I feel I'm intitled to respond to it: the US has the highest cost of health care (per person) of ALL industrialized countries, by a long shot and it is the ONLY industralized country without public health care. I now leave conservatives to do the math. And yes, I pointed that out ot my mother. Gutsy or foolish?
-Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
( My latest rant on the tired topic )
The following excerpts are from "Beyond the Pale": Rearticulating U.S. Jewish Whiteness by Caren Kaplan. It was written in the 1990's and although it is US-centric this author is one of the most aware ones I've come across who does locate her experience and theories with an awareness for the rest of the globe (not just Europe or Canada).
Internalized anti-semitism? Insufficient ethnic identification? Classism? Racism? The list of possible crimes again "my people" is as long as my propensity for self-flagellation can support. Betrayal is at the end of the road for such a journey away from home base. But what is "home base" in the current climate of identity politics in the United States, when so many subjects express contradictory, ambivalent, or multiple affiliations? Between the demand for singular adherence to a modern identity script and the homogenization of assimilation there lies a zone that could be described as "beyond the Pale." The literal meaning of pale is a stake driven into the ground to mark a boundary. The word also connotes a limit of restriction. Thus, to be beyond the pale suggests a transgression, a movement beyond the boundaries of civilization, beyond the reach of a community or collective sense of values and identities. [...]
No one is free of the burden of definition in a political society that operates through rights claims that assert an intrinsic quality of identity. This aspect of the liberal, democratic state plaques the feminist theorist who adheres both to post-structuralist concepts of the social construction of categories and to activist agendas for social change. But some categories are less marked by ambiguity or angst for me than others and that can't be accidental. Rather, such certainties and uncertainties can be read as maps of power, privilege, and discrimination inscribed on the body as each person's social text. In my own case, it is my understanding of myself as a Jew that tends to throw the limits of identity politics into sharp relief .... I have experienced the cognitive, if not political, dissonance of access to the privileges of whiteness accompanied by the threat of racist violence and discrimination expressed as anti-semitism. It's confusing but instructive. Such points of complication can serve as sites of investigation: they are the signs of ideology at work. [...]
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In Canadian news, a party leader apologises for having never smoked marijuana.
The leader of Canada's Green Party, unveiling an election platform that includes a proposal to legalize marijuana, apologized on Wednesday for not having smoked pot. "I am not a fan of marijuana use. I have to confess this -- I know all politicians are asked. I've never used marijuana. I apologize," said Elizabeth May
I may just have to vote Green. By the by, I'm like her. I've not smoked weed 'cause it took a long time just to stop feeling nautious at the smell of it but I do think it should be legalized already. Though reasons I would vote Green also include hating the Liberal candidate for my riding and feeling no need to vote Liberal in some undemocratic hope that the Conservative don't get a majority.
In conclusion: my love for Canada has been growing every day in the last while. I thought I already loved it as much as I could. Thank goodness I was wrong.
1. Our PM's name is Stephen Harper.
2. The NDP is lead by Jack Layton and the Liberals by Stéphane Dion.
3. An MP is a Member of (federal) Parliament. Jim Flaherty is an MP for an Ontario riding and Finance Minister.
4. Bill C-10 is a recent bill that limits which TV/Movie productions will get a tax rebate from the feds based on whether any of the content of the production could be deemed "offensive".
5. Newfy is the colloquial term for someone from Newfoundland, whom are often ridiculed for their way of speaking.
I particularly recommend In the Navy, Skite Skiing (not political at all) and Harper Sues. All available here. femmejennshould check out CIBC Telathon.
The House of Commons voted 175-123 on Thursday against a Conservative
motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate in Parliament. The
Conservatives had promised during the 2006 election campaign to hold
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a clean slate of various sexuality spectrum for those who wanted to fill it out :) Just right click, save it. Fill it out (I did it in paint) and then resave it, before reposting it :) ( Read more... )