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SIN Registration Refuses Mediation—Trans ID Discrimination Complaint Proceeds to Investigation Stage

As previously reported, in January I filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) against the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), after months of failed attempts to persuade them to change the gender marker on my SIN record. After the complaint was accepted, HRSDC was given a time frame of ten […]

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Toby’s Act is Back—New Ontario Parliamentary Bill Will Enshrine Trans Human Rights Protections into Law

Today in Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, at Queen’s Park in Toronto, MPP Cheri DiNovo has once again introduced Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression). It was my privilege to be present at this historic event. This bill will enshrine into the Ontario Human Rights Code protections for trans people […]

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Human Rights Commission Agrees to Hear Trans ID Discrimination Complaint Against Social Insurance Registration

On January 9th, after months of prep work, I filed a human rights complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission against Social Insurance Registration, because they refused to update the Gender designation on my SIN record. Three days ago, I received notification that the Commission has agreed to hear my complaint. The Ministry of Human Resources and Skills […]

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If No Trans Person Has Been Stopped at the Gate, Why is This Such a Big Deal? Here’s Why

Since the Trans Flight Ban story broke, the question has been asked repeatedly. “Has anyone actually been stopped?” Transport Canada’s response to this question hasn’t wavered. Spokespeople have echoed Minister Lebel’s earlier statements in the House, which were later repeated on February 7th by MP Pierre Polievre in the Tansport Committee Meeting: Transport Canada is not […]

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How-To: Apply For “Sex-Unspecified” Canadian Passport in Protest

Author’s note from the future: Please keep in mind that some of the information in this article is out-of-date. Please share this around Canadian civil liberty, and LGBT groups. I have chosen to apply to Passport Canada for a sex-unspecified passport. Here’s how you can too. Any Canadian may join in this protest. You should not need […]

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Motion To Repeal Trans Flight Ban is Defeated by Tories in Committee

Sadly, I must report that this morning’s vote did not go well in the meeting of Parliament’s Transport Committee. Olivia Chow’s motion to repeal article (c) of paragraph 5.2(1) (the transgender flight ban) was defeated in a vote of 6 to 5. Members voted along party lines. Here is the breakdown: NO – Adler – […]

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Trans Flight Ban is Heavily Debated by Transport Committee; MPs to Vote on Motion to Repeal

Yesterday morning, Parliament of Canada’s Transport Committee sat for a meeting. At 10:30AM, NDP MP Olivia Chow made a motion regarding everyone’s favourite Identity Screening regulation. From the meeting minutes: Olivia Chow moved, — That the Government repeals Section 5.2(1)c) of the Identity Screening Regulations under the Aeronautics Act which were introduced in August 2011 and which states that “An air carrier shall […]

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Transport Canada Caught in Misinformation — Response to Media Contained Embarrassing Error

Transport Canada responded on January 31st to inquiries made by XTRA reporter Andrea Houston regarding the Trans Flight Ban. In their response, Transport Canada attempted to justify the regulation by claiming it was part of the international standards set by ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organisation). The relevant portion of their response reads as follows: The security of passengers and […]

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Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada

The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada. The offending section of the regulations reads: 5.2 (1) An air […]

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