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Canada now allows “X” Gender on Passports

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Canadians will now be allowed to have a neutral gender on their Canadian passport and immigration documents.

The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that a new gender designation, “X,” for those who don’t identify as male or female, will be available starting Aug. 31st, 2019.

“Canadian citizens and residents deserve to be respected and have the opportunity to live according to their own identity. As of today, individuals who do not identify exclusively as female or male can have an “X” printed on their passport, travel document, citizenship certificate or permanent resident card.”

Those who would like to replace their current documents with gender “X” can do so with no fee until June 4, 2020.

It’s the latest in a series of policy changes supported by Bill C-16, which defends the rights of transgender people and makes it illegal to discriminate based on “gender identity or expression.”

For more information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/gender-x-documents.html

Canadian Government Finally Rescinds the Tampon Tax

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Starting on July 1st 2015, Canadian women will pay less for feminine hygiene products, as the government *finally* announced that they will be exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on “a supply of a product that is marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes and is a sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product.

Over the years, there has been a lot of pressure on the government to remove the tax on feminine hygiene products, however considering that they made $36,398,387 in taxes on feminine hygiene products in last year alone, they have extremely reluctant to make any changes. Several provinces currently still charge the provincial portion of the tax (PST) on these products and have not yet announced any changes to the tax.

Quebec passes dying-with-dignity bill

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Terminally ill patients in Quebec now have the right to choose to die. In a historic vote in the National Assembly, Quebec has become the first province to legalize doctor-assisted death as part of comprehensive end-of-life legislation.

The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon June 5th 2014, in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

Bill 52 outlines the conditions in which a terminally ill adult patient who is of sound mind may request continuous palliative sedation that would lead to death. Patients would need to have an incurable illness and be in “an advanced state of irreversible decline in capacities.” They would also have to be in constant and unbearable physical and psychological pain that doctors would view as impossible to relieve through medication.

The procedure for making the request would be supervised by the attending physician and approved though consultation with the hospital’s medical team. And, finally, a patient could at any time withdraw a signed request for medical aid in dying.

For more details:

CBC Montreal: Quebec Passes Dying-With-Dignity Bill

Globe & Mail: Quebec Adopts Right-To-Die Legislation

Transgender Beauty Jenna Talackova on Pushing Boundaries

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When Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada for being born male, her story made headlines all over the world. But since successfully fighting the rules to re-enter the competition, the 25-year-old has pushed even farther to pursue a career in modelling and acting.

Her journey to follow through on her ambitions, without being pigeonholed, has been documented in a new E! series that premieres this Sunday: “Brave New Girls”. Talackova discusses the media firestorm than surrounded her in 2012, why she doesn’t want her transgender identity to be seen as a gimmick, and why she’s decided to share her story, on different terms, today.

I love telling my story to people as long as they approach me in a respectful manner,” she said. ‘I had no role models who were transgender, and I want to be that kind of girl.

For more, listen to the CBC Radio podcast.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Canada’s Prostitution Laws

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The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the country’s major prostitution laws, saying that bans on street soliciting, brothels and people living off the avails of prostitution create severe dangers for vulnerable women and therefore violate Canadians’ basic values.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, writing for a unanimous court, stressed that the ruling is not about whether prostitution should be legal or not, but about whether Parliament’s means of controlling it infringe the constitutional rights of prostitutes.

Read the full article

Celebrating 10 Years of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada!

Michael Stark, left, and Michael Leshner kiss after their marriage in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

Michael Stark, left, and Michael Leshner kiss after their marriage in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

“Monday June 10th 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of Canada’s first same-sex marriage. Aren’t we all relieved, as some then predicted, that the sky didn’t fall, God didn’t smite our great nation and that heterosexual marriage didn’t lose any of its lustre.”

“Toronto couple Michael Stark and Michael Leshner, who got hitched on June 10, 2003, are still married. In fact, they are 32 years into a committed relationship that should put the “traditional” marriage of many straight couples, including more than a few Bible-thumping evangelical pastors, to shame.”

Same-Sex Marriage Has Made Canada A Better Country

Article: Outdated Sex Education in Canadian Schools

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“Ontario now boasts the most dated sexual education curriculum in Canada, largely untouched since 1998. A coalition called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to shepherd sexual education into the 21st century.”

“But while Ontario is certainly the runt province when it comes to sex education, programs across the country aren’t that much more up to date. British Columbia’s program, for example, lacks any obvious guidelines for discussing oral sex, and only mentions sexual orientation and gender identity in the realms of stereotyping and discrimination. Same goes for Alberta. While Manitoba seems to be the most progressive of the lot, incorporating strategies for discussing oral sex and the so-called morning after pill, it still excludes meaningful policy on the topics of sexual orientation, online relationship, and gay sex. These are weighty omissions. Like it or not, kids are doing these things.”

How is this affecting today’s youth?

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Read the full article:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/06/05/robyn-urback-sex-is-changing-its-the-education-thats-outdated/