Audio: Vancouver Rape Relief to be excluded for future contracts until it meets City of Vancouver eligibility criteria on inclusion

On March 13, 2019 the Vancouver City Finance and Programs Committee heard from speakers in favour of and opposed to a grant request by Vancouver Rape Relief. This is the audio of the speakers presentations.

The city renewed the grant but listed the organization as ineligible for future funding. Continue reading Audio: Vancouver Rape Relief to be excluded for future contracts until it meets City of Vancouver eligibility criteria on inclusion

Someone else’s sex or gender identity takes nothing away from yours

We should accept everyone’s declared sex and gender for two reasons. The ideal idea that anyone’s biology is defined at conception is deeply flawed and in Canada’s legal system the recognition of the sex or gender of others as different than at conception causes no negative consequence on anyone. Continue reading Someone else’s sex or gender identity takes nothing away from yours

Unholy alliances: Christy Clark's alliance with social conservative MLAs was too big a tent.

Proportional representation will flush out the extremists

People are asking me why I am so adamantly in support of proportional representation.  Like you, I have felt such disappointment, even outrage watching a minority of votes win government over and over again in our elections. I agree that 39% of the votes should get 39% of the seats in a legislature, and Pro Rep will give us that. However, there’s a more compelling reason I want to see Pro Rep used in BC… Continue reading “Proportional representation will flush out the extremists”

Non-binary kids have always existed

Sex designation: The US explores the wrong path

While BC was focusing on our October 20 local elections, the news broke in the US that the Trump administration is seeking to define transgender people out of existence by defining sex as binary and immutable. This is not a good thing. In fact, it is deeply troubling.

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The Seal of the US Department of Health and Human Services

A recent New York Times article describes the contents of a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, as saying that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined

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Teach hatred a lesson in irony…

A man has been wandering the streets of Vancouver since 6 October distributing flyers. There’s no place for what he is writing and no excuse for him to be putting such homophobic and transphobic rants to paper and imposing them on innocent victims. First, I’d like to start by taking a moment to thank everybody who contacted me or police in the last days regarding this. I am dismayed to know that he plans to distribute 10,000 flyes and seems to be well on his way to do so. I am mindful that children and people vulnerable to his hatred … Continue reading Teach hatred a lesson in irony…