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  1. New airport screening regs raise questions for trans Canadians

    "A recent regulatory change that the Harper Conservatives have made to the Aeronautics Act (i.e. passed by ministerial fiat, rather than shepherded through Parliamentary process) that potentially affects many trans (and cis) Canadians and could even ban some from air travel"

    Read the article online: New airport screening regs raise questions for trans Canadians

    Here is a copy of the new regulations (note section 5.2(1)c;

    Sec 5.2(1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if
    a. the passenger presents a piece of photo identification and does not resemble the photograph;
    b. the passenger does not appear to be the age indicated by the date of birth on the identification he or she presents;
    c. the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents; or
    d. the passenger presents more than one form of identification and there is a major discrepancy between those forms of identification.

    (2) Despite paragraph (1)(a), an air carrier may transport a passenger who presents a piece of photo identification but does not resemble the photograph if
    a. the passenger’s appearance changed for medical reasons after the photograph was taken and the passenger presents the air carrier with a document signed by a health care professional and attesting to that fact; or
    b. the passengers’s face is bandaged for medical reasons and the passenger presents the air carrier with a document signed by a health care professional and attesting to that fact.

    5.3 (1) If there is a major discrepancy between the name on the identification presented by a passenger and the name on the passenger’s boarding pass, an air carrier shall compare the name, date of birth and gender on the identification with those of persons specified to the air carrier by the Minister under paragraph 4.81(1)b of the Act. (2) If the name, date of birth and gender on the identification are the same as those of a person specified to the air carrier, the air carrier shall immediately so inform the Minister.
  2. Canada's best diversity employers for 2012
    Globe and Mail
    Mediacorp's editorial team judged employers on their programs for five major employee groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) peoples.

    Here is the list with organization names and locations. If you're looking for employment in Canada, these might be good places to start. If you're a consumer, these organizations deserve our business. ~ Lori

    Agrium Inc., Calgary
    Amex Canada Inc., Markham, Ont.
    BC Hydro, Vancouver
    Boeing Canada Operations Ltd., Winnipeg
    Bombardier Aerospace, Dorval, Que.
    Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Montreal
    Cameco Corp., Saskatoon
    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Toronto
    Capital District Health Authority, Halifax
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto
    Corus Entertainment Inc., Toronto
    Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
    Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto
    Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Toronto
    Health Canada-Santé Canada, Ottawa
    Hewlett-Packard Canada Co., Mississauga, Ont.
    Home Depot Canada, Toronto
    Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Gatineau, Que.
    Information Services Corp. of Saskatchewan, Regina
    Jazz Aviation LP, Enfield, N.S.
    KPMG LLP, Toronto
    Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont.
    Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg
    Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg
    Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
    National Bank Financial Group, Montreal
    Newalta Corp., Calgary
    Northwestel Inc., Whitehorse
    Ontario Public Service, Toronto
    City of Ottawa
    Public Works and Government Services Canada, Gatineau, Que.
    Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Regina
    City of Saskatoon
    SaskPower, Regina
    SaskTel, Regina
    Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Markham, Ont.
    Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary
    Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton
    Statistics Canada, Ottawa
    Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal
    Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto
    Telus Corp., Vancouver
    TransCanada Corp., Calgary
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    University of Toronto
    University of Victoria
    City of Vancouver
    Workers’ Compensation Board of Manitoba, Winnipeg
    Xerox Canada Inc., Toronto
    YMCA of Greater Toronto
  3. Transgender News Release Service opens
    Canadian National Newspaper
    Transgender activists now have a new press release service. The Canadian now provides a news release service for Transgender activists and not-for-profit organizations. The service is totally free for transgender activists and not-for-profit...
  4. Mayor proclaims Transgender Awareness Week in Lloyd
    Lloydminster Source
    The week of March 25 to 31 will be Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Visibility will be March 31. Mulligan signed the proclamation after discussing it with council. “There was no precedent and I didn't think it was my position to bring...
  5. Jenna Talackova: Miss Universe Canada accepts transsexual contestant, unless it doesn't
    Zap2it.com (blog)
    By Brill Bundy (photos): Last week, blogs devoted to the doings of the beauty pageant circuit were reporting that 23-year-old Jenna Talackova had made it to the finals as a contestant in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant to be held this May...
  6. Saskatchewan's first Transgender Awareness Week March 25 to 31
    Prince Albert Daily Herald
    Mikayla Schultz is the director of TransSask Support Services for transgendered people. Here she stands outside the Multicultural Centre on Sunday afternoon, after participating and a movie screening of As a kickoff for Saskatchewan's first ever...
  7. Transgender women welcome at roller derby club
    CBC.ca
    Transgender women are welcome at the Border City Brawlers Roller Derby Club in Windsor, Ont. The club wants to ensure it is being all-inclusive. That's why it worked closely with Windsor Pride to ensure the club's gender policy is as inclusive as it...
  8. Bill to Guarantee Equal Rights to Transgender Canadians
    Care2.com (blog)
    Currently, there are no legal protections for transgender, transsexual, or gender non-conforming individuals. The bill was introduced by NDP MP Randall Garrison back in the fall. This April will open up debate after the second reading of the bill in...
  9. CF policy supports transsexual members
    Victoria Lookout
    Last month, a CANFORGEN was released to highlight the implementation of the Canadian Forces Military Personnel Instruction 01/11, Management of CF Transsexual Members. The policy gives clear direction to CF leadership on the specific management..,
  10. Transgender Canadian beauty queen Talackova has boyfriend, wants kids
    CBC.ca
    Miss Universe contestant Jenna Talackova has a boyfriend and hopes to have two kids some day, but didn't initially tell him she was born male, the transgender Canadian beauty queen said Monday. In an interview with ABC Television's "Good Morning...


    Oh my! This isn't going to sit well with the right wing fundamentalists... ~ Lori
  11. Transgendered Canadians may be offered at sex-less passport: reports
    Vancouver Sun
    A Passport Canada official confirmed "the policy regarding transgender people is still under review," the National Post newspaper reported Wednesday. The changes are expected to remove the sex from a passport for someone who wishes to omit it...
  12. Federal 'transsexual' bill passes second reading 150 to 132
    Lifesite
    Ontario, June 7, 2012 – A private members bill that aims at giving what its sponsor calls “specific protections” to “transsexual and transgendered Canadians” passed its second reading in parliamentary vote...
  13. A small town transgender prom queen shares her big night
    CBC.ca
    Connor Ferguson is an 18-year-old transgender woman from Trenton, Ontario. This past Friday she was voted prom queen by her fellow students...
  14. Toronto Mourns Suicide of Transgender Leader
    Advocate.com
    Toronto residents are grieving the loss of transgender activist Kyle Scanlon, who the Torontoist called "a valued leader, gifted mentor, and much-loved friend" after Scanlon took his own life July 3. Scanlon was the education, training, and research...
  15. Transgender prison guard finds freedom in move from male to female
    Canada.com
    Coming out as transgender requires courage no matter what the circumstances. But doing it in the testosterone-fuelled environment of the Kingston Pen, the place known as locally as KP or the “Big House,” might be considered an exceptional act of bravery...
  16. Transgender beauty contestant to lead Vancouver Pride parade
    CBC.ca
    Jenna Talackova, who stole the spotlight at the Miss Universe Canada pageant earlier this year, will be a grand marshal for this year's Vancouver Pride parade...
  17. BC to fund phalloplasty surgery for transgender men
    rabble.ca
    The province of B.C.'s Medical Services Plan (MSP) has opted to begin covering phalloplasty, or the surgical creation of a penis, for transgender men. Dr. Gail Knudson, who is the chief assessor for gender-confirming surgery in the province...