Archive for November, 2010

Bill C-389 Protecting The Transgendered

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression).

The bill will add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the Criminal Code sections regarding hate crimes and sentencing provisions, providing explicit protection for transgender and transsexual Canadians from discrimination in all areas of federal jurisdiction.

Transsexual and transgender Canadians face significant prejudice in their daily lives. Whether it is job discrimination, access to housing and public services, especially health care, problems with identity documents, difficulties with law enforcement officials, a high suicide rate, or the increased likelihood that they will be victims of violence, the situation of transsexual and transgender people demands our attention.

This bill will be going to third reading in the new year write or e-mail your Member of Parliament and ask them to support bill C-389.

I feel that if we could do anything to improve [trans and gender variant people lives, we should, and so this bill, by enshrining explicit protections for them in human rights laws, I think it will go a long way to the acceptance of these folks in mainstream society and to recognize that they equal, full human beings.

You can also contact the leaders of the Opposition parties, asking that they call for their party to support the initiative and promote awareness among their sitting MPs. New Democrats and the Green Party have expressly stated full party support for trans inclusion. Party leaders are: Michael Ignatieff (Liberal Party of Canada), Jack Layton (New Democrat Party), Gilles Duceppe (Bloq Quebecois), and Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada).

Written correspondence to all MPs and Party Leaders can be sent postage free to:

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Please add your voice !

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/recognize-trans-people.html

To find yourMember of Parliament use the link below.

http://elections.ca/home.aspx

Download this letter, fill it in and mail to your Member of Parliament no postage is needed.

English letter.

French letter.

GenderFreedom is always on guard protecting gender different people from gender inequality !

Your Webmistress Judy

May I have a second bowl of soup ? What !

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

 

 

The release of the study by Food Banks Canada says almost 1 in 10 of the record 867,948 people who walked through the doors of a food bank in March of this year were a first-time users.

I have a unique perspective on this as a close family member works for the Ottawa Food Bank shipping 12 tons of food a day to the needy in Ottawa.

Many nights I dont eat but not out of lack of the ability to afford food but empathy for those that cannot.

Canada is in my opinion the finest place in the world to live and I find it hard to believe we cant feed our own people.

However when I see politicians getting a $60,000 pension after 6 years of service I understand why we need food banks but not what they do to justify this golden handshake.

Please join me in pledging some money to your local Food Bank. 

Note: Every dollar you pledge will provide five dollars of food.

Very sadly reporting.

~Judy