Women in public life - equal participation in decision making - end violence - achieve gender equality #CSW65

It’s time that UNCSW follows Canada’s example and recognize the diversity of sexuality and gender

The UN Commission on the Status of Women continues to ignore over 135 million Lesbian or Bisexual women and over 24 million transgender women and nonbinary persons with female sex characteristics.

I call on the UN CSW recognizing the diversity of gender and sexuality at CSW65. Continue reading It’s time that UNCSW follows Canada’s example and recognize the diversity of sexuality and gender

On International Women’s Day I’d love to talk about Canada’s equality system

Today is International Women’s Day and there are so many things I’d like to talk about. I’d love to talk about how our equality system is framed in Canada. It’s such a good system that benefits from a ground-up rewrite in the late 20th century. When I contrast it with what other countries have I am so grateful to live in Canada and be protected by its laws. I’d love to talk about the way access to special programs for groups that need them matters, in contrast with anointing people with special specific entitlements on the basis of who they … Continue reading On International Women’s Day I’d love to talk about Canada’s equality system

Happy Coming Out Day

Today is Coming Out Day. On this day some of those of us who came out as who we are today and have the privilege of being able to speak about it publicly do so. I started telling people I might be transgender in 2011 after years of secrecy and shame over who I was. I came out openly in September 2013 – on Facebook. Maclean’s Magazine asked me to share my story in 2014, not very long after I decided to come out. To mark #ComingOutDay this year, I’m thrilled to re-share their excellent work here. I am so … Continue reading Happy Coming Out Day

Meeting labour activists in 2015 shaped my approach

Why I Celebrate Labour Day

Canada’s labour movement trains up future activists to continue the hard work that their elders have started to make Canada more just for us all.

Labour has consistently shown up at our side in the advocacy work we’ve done. They can be counted on to stand up for individual workers and the oppressed in the face of unfairness. Each win they help bring ensures all our children, their children have better lives.

On Labour Day, I celebrate this. Continue reading Why I Celebrate Labour Day

Chatting with IntraVenus – on SFU Radio CJSF 90.1

Threats from men with guns: Morgane Oger speaks to IntraVenus about running for public office and the consequences it brought, her foray into acting, and how she sees legislation going to protect us all from hatred in Canada – on CJSF 90.1 Simon Fraser University Continue reading Chatting with IntraVenus – on SFU Radio CJSF 90.1

Temporary Shelter in Parks – Parks Board speaking notes

Without safe, governed spaces with basic services in which campers can stay for extended periods of time, without ensuring the safety of everyone in or near our parks, and without addressing dangerous behaviour, the  proposed Vancouver Parks Board bylaws intended to govern temporary shelters offers little that is new that we can believe Parks Board staff are in a position to enforce and imposes undue hardship on those whose conduct they are being deployed to address.
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Tolerating Police Brutality Against Defenseless People (for being who they are) Brings Predictable Consequences

The people governing the U.S. law-enforcement system allowed it to train and employ potentially lethal methods on defensess, handcuffed persons. The officers used these methods and killed George Floyd when they applied excessive and lethal force during his arrest, and there are strong indications his being a Black man was a factor in how he was treated.
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Six COVID-Related Questions to VSB

The Vancouver Board of Education closed down in-classroom instruction when the BC Government shut down all schools March 17, 2020. So far, no date has yet been announced for re-opening classrooms. It’s a good time to start talking about what public education will look like after the pandemic has passed. According to UNESCO monitoring, about 70% of the world’s student population (well over 1 billion learners) remain out of school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as of May 1 2020. This is down from over 90% on April 25, but the data is clear: the situation is severe … Continue reading Six COVID-Related Questions to VSB