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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Author’s note from the future: Please keep in mind that some of the information in this article is out-of-date.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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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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Human Rights Complaint Filed Against Canadian Government over Sex Discrimination in Social Insurance Registration Identification Practices

Six months ago, the Social Insurance Registration department at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada refused to update the gender designation on my SIN record. Since then, I’ve been fighting a pitched bureaucratic battle to correct that wrong. After 188 days, three requests filed under the Privacy Act, nine requests filed under the Access To […]

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PC Financial Takes Partial Steps to Correct Transgender Discrimination, More Is Needed

Today I spoke again with Vicki, my contact at PC Financial. Together we followed up on the issues I raised in my last post President’s Choice Responds, which continued the story from my original post President’s Choice Financial Discriminates Against Transgender People. First, she confirmed that she had received and processed my name change request […]

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President’s Choice Responds

Yesterday afternoon, I was contacted by a representative of PC Financial, in response to my previous blog post entitled President’s Choice Financial Discriminates against Transgender People. At 3:41, my mobile phone rang, the caller ID read as a 1-888 number associated with PC Financial (the same number I call when I do my telephone banking). […]

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President’s Choice Financial Discriminates Against Transgender People

UPDATE — TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011, 4:29PM I was contacted by phone today at 3:41PM by a very courteous representative of PC Financial. We spoke for about 30 minutes about potential strategies PC can apply to resolve this issue, and I made it clear we need to arrive at a solution which prevents anyone from […]

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