Gender Identity Tag

20 Jun 2017 So-called “transgender rights” bill C-16 becomes law despite grave concerns about restrictions on free speech

The Senate has wrapped up debate on Bill C-16. That's the law that purportedly entrenches protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Supporters – including media coverage at the CTV website – claim that the bill simply means that trans-gendered people will now have the same human rights protections as everyone else. However, opponents have long argued that transgender people are already protected...

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06 Jun 2017 Senate debate winding down on C-16

Senator Betty Unger In Ottawa, the Senate debate on Bill C-16 is starting to wind down. This is the bill that would entrench protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Alberta Senator Betty Unger tried to make an amendment to the Bill in earlier debate, which suggested that the idea of “gender identity” could not be separated from “gender expression.” She says people who are...

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11 Apr 2017 ARPA presents to Committee reviewing Bill 89

by John Sikkema On Thursday afternoon, April 6, I appeared before the Ontario legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy on behalf of ARPA Canada to discuss Bill 89. I was given five minutes to present to the Committee, which was supposed to be followed by nine minutes of questions from Committee members. (More on that, below.) Given the short presentation time, I focused on why it is bad public policy to add a long list of personal identifying characteristics (the child’s race, family diversity, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and...

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28 Mar 2017 Alberta Baptist schools forced to affirm new sexual orthodoxy

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has issued what amounts to an ultimatum to two small Baptist schools near Edmonton on the issue of so-called Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs (GSAs). Alberta legislation requires schools to allow the institution of those clubs if even one student asks for them. The principal of the Baptist schools has openly said he will not comply with that. Now, Minister Eggen has published a Ministerial Order which tells the schools they must comply. The Order came after Eggen released...

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21 Mar 2017 Five Bills in Five Years: Gender Ideology in Ontario

By John Sikkema Bill 33 in 2012 (“Toby’s Act”), Bill 13 in 2012 (“Accepting Schools Act”), Bill 77 in 2015 (“Affirming Gender Identity Act”), Bill 28 in 2016 (“All Families Are Equal Act”), and now Bill 89 (“Supporting Children, Youth, and Families Act”): together these bills represent the swift advance of a left-wing social agenda in Ontario. Bill 33 added “gender identity and gender expression” to Ontario’s Human Rights Code in 2012. Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass such a law. Bill 13 required public and Catholic schools...

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14 Mar 2017 A welcome mat for protestors

There was an unusual scene in New Westminster, BC earlier this month. It happened on Sunday, March 5th, when a group of people decided to protest outside the New West Community Church, a church that has been tied to the Woman Means Something campaign we reported on a few weeks ago. It's a campaign against Bill C-16, the law that would add gender identity and gender expression to the prohibited grounds for discrimination under the Canada Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Paul Dirks is the pastor of that church....

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07 Mar 2017 Transgenderism in Hamilton

ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten ARPA’s Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten, was at City Hall in Hamilton, Ontario yesterday, making a presentation to City Council’s Audit Committee. The Committee will be looking at a report on a proposed protocol covering the issue of transgenderism. Among other things, the protocol would open up all city-operated bathrooms and change rooms to those who identify as something other than their biological sex. Schutten told the Committee the proposal runs counter to the Ontario Human Rights Code, which lists “three...

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02 Mar 2017 Transgenderism, Free Expression and the Gospel

Sharing the truth with compassion doesn’t guarantee you won’t be despised by Andre Schutten Transgenderism is the latest political cause du jour, dominating media headlines, saturating academic deliberation, the subject of new laws and radical educational policies across the country. People who believe they were born with the wrong body are encouraged by media, politicians and academia to embrace that notion and run with it. That might mean they start identifying as the other gender or possibly undergoing surgery to try to resemble the other gender. We must oppose this. Why? We know...

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28 Feb 2017 LN Feature: Woman Means Something

On the feature this week, a conversation with Pastor Paul Dirks of New West Community Church in New Westminster, a suburb of Vancouver. Pastor Dirks and his congregation have started what they're calling the "Woman Means Something" campaign. It is a response to Bill C-16, a federal law to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of grounds under which discrimination will be prohibited in the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act. --- LN: Pastor Dirks, can you give us a brief summary of what your...

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16 Feb 2017 FAQ on Bill C-16

What is Bill C-16?  Why does the government say this bill is needed? What stage is the bill at and how did it get there? What is unlawful discrimination according to the Canadian Human Rights Act? What is “hate propaganda” according to the Criminal Code? What’s wrong with prohibiting discrimination and hate? Is a vote against C-16 a vote against protecting transgender people from violence? Is a vote against C-16 a vote against protecting transgender people from discrimination? This bill doesn’t harm you. Why are you concerned about C-16?  ...

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