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

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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Is Canada Contributing To The UK Anti-Trans Violence?

Is Canada’s unregulated online hate propaganda targeting transgender people contributing to the 81% rise in crimes targeting transgender people in the UK?

Equal rights charity Stonewall estimated that two in five trans people had experienced a hate crime or incident in the past year. Continue reading Is Canada Contributing To The UK Anti-Trans Violence?

BC Liberals need to jettison their social-conservative fringe and clean up

BC Liberals are discovering a problem with building their political movement’s coalition around the demands of deeply social-conservative groups is that they can be intransigent and unrepresentative of the values the party really stands for. Count on them to make more messes. Continue reading BC Liberals need to jettison their social-conservative fringe and clean up