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B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to consider striking gender designation from birth certificates

Pediatric and gender expert Morgane Oger

Pediatric and gender expert Morgane Oger

National Post: After successfully lobbying provincial and federal governments to make it easier to amend sex designations on key identity documents, transgender Canadians are now pushing for another change: to abolish gender references altogether from birth certificates.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to review complaints filed by the Trans Alliance Society and a handful of transgender and intersex individuals, who argue that doctors should stop assigning the sex of a baby based on a quick inspection of the baby’s genitals at birth when there’s a possibility they may identify under a different gender, or no gender, years later.

“Birth certificates (may) give false information about people and characterize them in a way that is actually wrong, that assumes to be right, and causes people … actual harm,” said Morgane Oger, a transgender woman in Vancouver and chair of the society. “It’s considered true and infallible when it isn’t.”

Governments have been receptive in recent years to calls to make it easier for people to change the sex on their personal records. Several provinces, including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, no longer require a person to have undergone sex-reassignment surgery before they can request a change to the gender designation on their birth certificates.

Earlier this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that it, too, would no longer require proof of sex-reassignment surgery in order to change the sex designation on a citizenship certificate. It now will accept an amended birth certificate.

BARBARA FINDLEY

QUEER FEMINIST LAWYER BARBARA FINDLAY

But advocates say the changes do not go far enough because governments are still certifying as true information recorded at birth which they know may be wrong in some cases. The current regime falsely presumes there are two genders, that genders never change and that you can tell a child’s gender at birth, said Vancouver human rights lawyer barbara findlay, who is representing the complainants and spells her name in all lower case.

That means that children are raised ‘as’ the birth-assigned gender, which is a crazy-making experience. Instead of living in a social reality that recognizes that gender develops, and does not exist at birth, those children have nothing to work with except that something feels profoundly wrong,” she said via email.

“Getting to the stage of being able to ‘change’ gender is an anguishing process, in which a child often experiences severe pushback from their own families.” The only way, she said, to know one’s gender identity is to ask that person. “At law, gender identity trumps what is between one’s legs.”

One of the complainants is Harriette Cunningham, a Comox, B.C. girl who was labelled “male” at birth, and was among the first in the province last year to successfully have her gender re-designated on her birth certificate. According to the complaint filed on her behalf by her parents, Colin and Megan Cunningham, “Harriette was mistakenly assigned the gender ‘male’ at birth. Having any gender marker on her birth certificate has contributed significantly to discrimination based on her gender, at school and in the world. Since it is impossible to tell an individual’s gender at birth it is discriminatory to issue a birth certificate with that information on it.”

However, those advocating the elimination of gender designations on birth certificates are likely to face big challenges, said Karen Busby, a University of Manitoba law professor and director of the Centre for Human Rights Research.

Busby said she has a lot of sympathy for those seeking to stop the practice of assigning gender at birth. But epidemiologists need to track the number of boys and girls born for statistical purposes, and the number of intersex children — those born with sex characteristics that are not distinctly male or female — is so small it doesn’t affect overall data.

Further, the removal of gender designations on key documents could run afoul of international organizations that set standards for what information is needed in travel documents, she said.

One alternative option might be to allow for someone to be identified other than male or female. But that, too, raises a number of practical issues, she said. “It’s just a minefield.”

are you serious

Neither representatives for the Canadian Medical Association nor the Canadian Psychological Association would comment Monday on the push to eliminate gender from identity documents. But both organizations said they support the right of adolescents and adults to define their own gender identity.

Oh you special transgender snowflakes. You have determined that you know best how to allow parents to celebrate the birth of their child. If their child has a possibility of being born in the wrong gendered body, you must protect them from the world! 

How dare children grow up in “a crazy-making experience”. Instead of living in a society that recognizes scientific and biological facts, you want to demand that the world works with something that feels profoundly wrong to you. 

What about those who are secure in their gender identified on their birth certificates? Guess they must conform to your standards, one that doesn’t recognize that the majority of the population does understand that gender is identified at birth. 

False information and characterization works both ways, unless you are promoting a “social justice” cause which may be wrong in many cases.

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Sex offender who illegally crossed border from Canada arrested for burglary, rape

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley

MyNorthwest.com: A Level III registered sex offender who illegally crossed the border from Canada two years ago has been arrested for investigation of burglary and rape.

Michael Stanley, 49, went in through the window and confronted a 69-year-old woman in her Skyway home located in the 8400 block of S 115 St Friday morning, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police said no weapons were used, but the woman sustained minor injuries.

The sheriff’s office said Stanley, who is homeless, has been in compliance with Level III requirements since registering as a sex offender in Nov. 2013. He’s required to check in weekly and must provide an accurate account of where he stays every night.

He’ll make a first court appearance at the Regional Justice Center on Monday.

Stanley, a U.S. citizen, cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet in Canada and crossed unchallenged in to the U.S. in 2013. A warrant was issued, but Canada chose not to extradite Stanley.

In Oct. 2013, the CBC reported Stanley has a history of taking children from playgrounds, and was sentenced for luring two mentally-impaired boys to an apartment in 2006, and in the 1980s he spent time in prison for sexually assaulting an 82-year-old wheelchair bound woman.

From October 2013:

“A violent, high-risk sex offender that escaped from Canada has registered as a sex offender in King County. But other than keeping an eye on him, police say there’s not much else they can do.

“It’s unfortunate that he ended up here, but we will do everything we can in our power to ensure that he stays in line with his registration,” Renee Witt, with the Seattle Police Department, tells KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.

Stanley fled Canada after cutting off his electronic-monitoring bracelet. U.S. officials allowed him to cross the border after determining he was an American citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant. He then made his way to Seattle.

“We’re doing everything to ensure that he is closely monitored and to make sure that he doesn’t reoffend here in our city,” says Witt. “Of course, if anyone should see him out doing anything that may fall outside of those guidelines, they’re asked to call 911.”

Yeah, how did that “closely monitoring” situation work for the 69-year-old victim?

messed up

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Vancouver school board approves new policy addressing transgender students

 

say what

Vancouver Sun (Canada): Grammar teachers may need to amend their lesson plans after the Vancouver school board approved a policy change that welcomes a brand-new string of pronouns into Vancouver public schools: “xe (This pronoun has been independently invented by several people. Don Rickter invented the pronoun xe in November 1971)xem, and xyr.” (For the full list of gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed [but not attested] see here.)

The pronouns are touted as alternatives to he/she, him/her, and his/hers, and come as last-minute amendments to the board’s new policy aimed at better accommodating transgender students in schools.

The vote came after a brief debate that sparked unrest among opponents of the policy who shouted “dictator” and “liar” at trustees, as security guards and police officers watched from their posts at council doors. But supporters waved pink and blue-coloured flags and drowned out the detractors with their cheers once the policy passed. Three previous public meetings were similarly rowdy.

The vote may be the knockout blow in a bitter and protracted fight over the controversial plan to put gender-neutral washrooms in schools and support students in expressing their preferred gender identities.

“We’re standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive,” board member Mike Lombardi said in an interview just before the policy was voted in. He said the board was simply putting into policy protections for moves already underway in district schools.

Lombardi said the idea for a pronoun addition was raised during public hearings and was a way to bring clarity to the policy, which allows transgender students to be addressed by their name and pronoun of choice.

“I am so proud to support these policy revisions,” said school board chairwoman Patti Bacchus. “I had no idea how important they were until what we went through with this process … I didn’t realize how much opposition there was out there in our communities to keeping kids safe and included and welcome.”

Board approval came close on the heels of the final public hearing on the issue, held last week, when doctors and other experts from Vancouver Coastal Health added their voices to others supporting the plan.

Scores of angry parents and community members had attacked the plan during the first two meetings. Some said it could lead to teachers pushing an agenda on children without their parents’ knowledge. Many had called for input from medical professionals.

Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal, and David Hall, a medical director with the health authority, called the policy change “important and necessary” in a letter to school board earlier this month.

“We want to acknowledge that the policy revision process has not been supported by all parents. That is unfortunate and is likely a symptom of misunderstanding,” stated the letter.

Board members Ken Denike and Sophia Woo pushed Monday for another round of consultations, but found no support from fellow board members for more talk on the issue. The pair were the only two to vote against the policy.

The change expands the board’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, questioning policy, first drafted in 2004.

Monica Moberg, the head of Vancouver’s District Parent Advisory Council, said in a letter last week that the DPAC executive supported the policy.

Ken Clement, a board trustee, called comments made last week by opponents to the new policy that it would harm real estate prices in Vancouver “frustrating.”

According to the CBC:

“the guidelines outline practices that include allowing trans students to dress, within existing school rules, according to their self-identified gender and to be called by a name or pronoun that matches their identity.

Under the plan’s revisions, which will be presented for approval later next month, teachers are advised to cut down on sex-segregated activities, and trans students are permitted to use washrooms or change rooms that match their gender identity.”

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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Today we celebrate St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, a very special Canadian saint.

She was born in 1620, the sixth of twelve children in Troyes, France.  That alone is an incredible challenge, growing up in such a large family.  At the age of 20, Marguerite believed she was called to the religious life and desired to be a member of the Carmelite and/or Poor Clares Orders.  Yet, she was not accepted into either Order, wherein she was most disappointed.  But a priest counseled Marguerite advising her that perhaps God had other plans for her which would be revealed to her in His timing.

In 1654, the Governor of the French settlement in Canada visited his sister, who happened to be an Augustinian canoness in Troyes, and coincidentally, Marguerite belonged to the Sodality connected with this particular convent. (A Sodality is an organization under the patronage of Our Blessed Mother.)  This Governor invited Marguerite to come to Canada and start a school there, wherein clearly, Marguerite could then see God’s plans for her, remembering what the priest had previously told her.  Consequently, she went to Ville-Marie (which eventually became Montreal), where there was a colony of approximately 200 people, containing a hospital and a chapel served by Jesuit priests.

Marguerite determined she needed more help and therefore, went back to Troyes, recruiting some of her friends and associates to come back with her to her new school.

In 1667, Marguerite developed classes for Indian children, which of course then required more help.  She went back to France, wherein three years had gone by, and she then brought back with her six more women and a letter from King Louis XIV authorizing the school.  This important development lead to her starting the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1676, with its members actually making their formal religious profession in 1698, upon approval of their constitution and Rule.

The bishop requested that Marguerite establish a community of her Sisters in Montreal; consequently, at the age of 69, she actually walked from Montreal to Quebec to begin to effect that request.  At the time of her death in 1700, Marguerite received the honor of being known as the “Mother of the Colony.”

Marguerite was canonized in 1982, and during her canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II said, “. . .in particular, Marguerite contributed to building up that new country of Canada, realizing the determining role of women, and she diligently strove toward their formation in a deeply Christian spirit.”  Pope John Paul then stressed that she was loving towards her students, believing in them and being confident in their talents, “in order to prepare them to become wives and worthy mothers, Christians, cultured, hardworking, radiant mothers.”

When I learned about this gutsy lady, I was absolutely amazed at her determination, her strength of will and love of God as reflected in her good works and spirit.  She did what needed to be done, when she was supposed to do it, and in the manner it was supposed to be done.  May we remember her example when we have goals that seem to be unattainable, situations that are daunting and difficult tasks that are laborious and unending.  May God be praised for giving us this remarkable saint!

Respectfully,

Joan

Source:  Saint of the Day, edited by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Franciscan Media, 2009.

Wednesday Morning Chuckles.

Yes today is “Piss Off A Liberal Day.”  If you know any Liberals forward this and thank them for giving us the most corrupt, inept, dishonest president our Country has ever had!
Damn, –Oh, I’m so disappointed.  I thought it was Piss on a Liberal Day.
Says it all, doesn't it?

Says it all, doesn’t it?

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~Steve~                                     H/T   Miss May.

 

Don’t Pee On The Golf Course

money

A little old lady was walking down 
the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind 
her. One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while 
a $20 fell out onto the sidewalk. Noticing this, a 
policeman stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 
bills falling out of that bag.” “Oh, really? Darn it!” 
said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and see if I 
can find them. Thanks for telling me officer. “Well, now, 
not so fast,” said the cop. Where did you get all that 
money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”

“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady.

“You see, my back yard is right next to a Golf course
A lot of Golfers come and pee through a knot hole in 
my fence, right into my flower garden. It used to really 
tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, 
‘why not make the best of it?” 

“So, now, I stand 
behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my 
hedge clippers. Every time some guy sticks his thing 
through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it and say, 
O.K., buddy! Give me $20, or off it comes.” 

“Well, 
that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. 

OK. Good luck!” 

“Oh, by the way, what’s 
in the other bag?” 

“Not everybody 
pays.”

~Steve~                                H/T WildBillAlaska

 

DHS Insider: It’s About To Get Very Ugly. If This Is True..Way beyond Ugly

OK, I need a big heads up on this one. If this is true we’ve just been painted into a corner. Any ideas?

OK, Either it is.

Tinfoil hat time for me and Mr Kitty Klaws

Tinfoil hat time for me and Mr Kitty Klaws :lol:

!!Attention!!

it has just been brought to my attention that the writer of this story ( Doug Hagmann ) tends to write these doomsday stories. Umm, and his track record is not that good. So pls accept my APOLOGY and take the story with a grain of salt. I do hope he’s wrong on this.

Or this story is true. if it is true it should make your head hurt,  , sorry

Canada free press

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Seriously dangerous times ahead. Deadly times. War, and censorship under the color of authority and under the pretext of of national security

http://canadafreepress.com

By Doug Hagmann (Bio and Archives)  Saturday, June 8, 2013

Washington, D.C.Something quite unexpected happened just hours ago, in the dark of night, during a two-day layover in Washington, DC. My son and I are scheduled to take part in a seminar outside of Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend, so we combined our travels to include a side-trip to DC for a business meeting we had previously arranged. It was during this layover that something seemingly ripped from the pages of a spy novel took place.

While I was in the middle of a perfectly good and well needed sleep in the very early hours of this morning, I received a message. I cannot disclose how I received this message, at least not now. The discerning reader will understand why, which, by the way, would make a very interesting story alone. The message was extremely clear and precise. I was to meet my high level DHS insider at a very specific location in Washington, DC, at a time when most ‘normal’ people, except third-shift workers are still asleep. And, I was to come alone and make certain that I was not being followed, and I was to leave any cell phone or electronic device behind.

Seriously? I thought, as I was still trying to make sense of it all. Is all this really necessary? Is this really happening? I considered waking my son to accompany me, but opted to follow the instructions to the letter. Besides, I thought, he’s not the most affable middle-of-the-night person. I left a hastily written but detailed note in my hotel room before my departure in the event something happened. I looked at the digital clock on my rental car (my personal car would never survive our long distance trip). It was 3:20 a.m.

The meeting

I felt like I was part of a spy movie set in our nation’s capital. A chill rose up my spine as I waited in the dark of a chilly, misty and foggy pre-dawn morning. I was to meet with my DHS insider source at a time when most of the nation is asleep, at a place I could swear was featured in the movie All the President’s Men. No one and I mean no one knows I’m here, I thought, as I could see one of the most recognizable national landmarks in the distance.

My source appeared out of nowhere, or so it seemed, and handed me a cup of coffee with the astute observation that I looked like I needed it. So tell me, I asked impatiently, why do we have to meet at this time, at this location, and under such specific circumstances? ‘Because this might be our last meeting,’ he stated.

Maybe it was the lack of sleep, the time, the place, or the chill of the misty rain that caused my sense of foreboding. “Explain,” I asked in an almost demanding tone. So he did, without mincing words.

The details

“If anyone thinks that what’s going on right now with all of this surveillance of American citizens is to fight some sort of foreign enemy, they’re delusional. If people think that this ‘scandal’ can’t get any worse, it will, hour by hour, day by day. This has the ability to bring down our national leadership, the administration and other senior elected officials working in collusion with this administration, both Republican and Democrats. People within the NSA, the Department of Justice, and others, they know who they are, need to come forth with the documentation of ‘policy and practice’ in their possession, disclose what they know, fight what’s going on, and just do their job. I have never seen anything like this, ever. The present administration is going after leakers, media sources, anyone and everyone who is even suspected of ‘betrayal.’ That’s what they call it, ‘betrayal.’ Can you believe the size of their cahones? This administration considers anyone telling the truth about Benghazi, the IRS, hell, you name the issue, ‘betrayal,’” he said.

“We know all this already,” I stated. He looked at me, giving me a look like I’ve never seen, and actually pushed his finger into my chest. “You don’t know jack,” he said, “this is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. This administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list,” he stated.

“What’s that exactly mean, being on that list, that is,” I asked, trying to make sense of it all.

“It means that there will be censorship under the color of authority of anyone in the U.S. who is attempting to expose what’s going on in our name. It’s about controlling any damning information from reaching epidemic proportions. It’s damage control to the extreme. It’s about the upcoming censorship of the internet in the name of nationalsecurity. The plans are already in place. These latest reports about ‘spying eyes’ have turned this administration and others connected to it into something very, very dangerous. They feel cornered and threatened, and I’m hearing about some plans they have to shut down the flow of information that is implicating them of wrongdoing. Time is short,” he stated.

“How are they going to do this? How is it even possible” I asked.

“First, they intend to use the Justice Department to silence journalists like in the Rosen case, but they won’t stop there. They will use a host of national security policies, laws, letters, whatever to take out the bigger threats,” he stated.

Next, they will use some sort of excuse, an external threat, and I believe it will be a combination of the economic collapse and a Mid-East war that will begin in Syria to throttle the information that is accessible on the Internet. And you know what? People will believe it!”

Based on what I’ve seen, most of which I should not have seen, the DHS is co-ordinating efforts with other federal agencies to begin to threaten American citizens with incarceration for non-compliance. You know the old talk of color coded lists? Well, this is what they will be using. People exposing the truth about Benghazi, killing the U.S. Dollar, even those questioning Obama?s legal status and eligibility to be President are the current targets. And they’ve had five long years to get to this point. The ugly truth is that these policies and practices did not start under Obama, but long before. This is about the killing of our Constitutional Republic. The murder of our country and the stripping of our rights. While many have been preoccupied with one issue, few have seen the bigger issue. This is the ‘end game,’ for all the marbles,” he stated.

More to come

“Please,” pleaded my source, “get this information out while you can. Tell people what I’m saying, that we don’t have much time, that after the latest exposure of spying, Obama, Jarrett, Axelrod, and others, including members of Congress, have put their plans into high gear. This is about the Marxist takeover of America. This is about our country being able to survive another July 4th holiday. This is about a world war about to break out that will kill millions of people, all because of the agenda of this administration.”

“They are very dangerous and will do anything and everything to stop the onslaught of negative information that’s being reported by the main stream media. But only about one quarter of the real information is being reported. The other three quarters will be the game changer. But first, tell people what I’ve said. Let them know that more will follow but get this information out right now while the internet is still relatively free. Do it today.”

My source provided additional information, but I am abiding by his wish to get this much out. I am writing now to let people know that we are in for seriously dangerous times ahead. Deadly times. War, and censorship under the color of authority and under the pretext of of national security. It’s about to get a lot uglier. Stay tuned..

H/T       http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55749

~ Steve~