We truly have arrived at the age where being normal is now a distinct disadvantage.
Canada is exploring the use of gender-neutral options on identity cards, Justin Trudeau told a television station, after he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade.
Trudeau, who participated in the downtown Toronto parade along with other politicians on Sunday, did not give details, saying only the government was exploring the “best way” and studying other jurisdictions.
“That’s part of the great arc of history sweeping towards justice,” he told CP24.
Last week, the Canadian province of Ontario said it would allow the use of a third gender indicator, X, for driver’s licenses, which are commonly used in North America to provide identification.
Countries including Australia, New Zealand and Nepal already allow the use of the X gender indicator.
Trudeau also said last month’s relaxation of Canadian blood-donation restrictions on men who have sex with other men was “not good enough”, saying the government was going to work toward easing it further.
According to Canadian Blood Services, men who have sex with other men can now donate after one year of abstinence, down from five years previously.
I don’t mind what consenting adults get up to in the privacy of their own homes, but it has progressed to the point where our laws and society at large no longer cope with the infinite variability of people’s sexual identities. Read more »
Today’s face of the day, Shawn Ahmed, is an openly gay liberal Muslim in Canada with a huge online following. Shawn made an attempt on Twitter to bridge the gap between the gay community and Islam after the Orlando terrorist attack
What happened next led him to comment that he felt broken.
November of 2014 Canadian blogger and journalist Ezra Levant lost a defamation lawsuit brought by the former youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress,Khurrum Awan. The judge ruled that calling Awan an anti-Semite on his blog was defamatory.
This was very surprising as Awan used to be the youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress when it was led by a notorious anti-Semite, Mohamed Elmasry. Elmasry declared on National Television that any adult in Israel is a legitimate target for terrorism. His group even called for the legalization of anti-Semitic terrorist groups.
Despite these facts the judge ruled that it was defamatory for Ezra to call their former youth president anti-Semitic.
Because Awan denied it in court, and said he never knew about his organization’s infamous misconduct. The judge ruled I did not prove it was factually true.
What’s so incredible is that Awan himself testified at trial that he agreed it’s reasonable for people to call certain statements by the Canadian Islamic Congress anti-Semitic.
Ezra felt that he had to appeal this ruling and recently he had his day in court.
In Canada there has been a cover-up. Girls in an elementary school have been kicked, choked and hurt by refugee boys. The mainstream media with one exception showed no interest in covering the story. The newspaper that did cover the story quickly edited facts out after the story went viral and eventually removed it all together.
I was curious as to why the newspaper had covered the story in the first place given that no other media was interested in the story and the reason was as sad as it is fascinating.
Insiders at the Chronicle Herald noted the paper’s staff has been on strike for 12 weeks, with many inexperienced reporters taking their place. They suggested managers may have missed the holes in the story’s reporting because of overwork and exhaustion. In a Facebook post, Martin O’Hanlon, the president of CWA Canada, the union representing the paper’s staff, said, “This would never have happened if real journalists were on the job instead of scabs.”
In my mind those ‘inexperienced’ reporters recognised a genuine public interest news story. Their crime was not knowing that media organisations these days are more interested in political correctness than telling the truth.
A news story was reported on. It involved a school covering up the truth. People reacted to the news story. The news story was edited and key information was removed. People continued to share the story online; in fact it went viral. The story was removed completely because the news organisation decided it was too sensitive. By this time it had already been shared all over the world.
Here is the story that never was. The story that a news organisation decided was too sensitive for people to know about.
This is Gerry Brownlee; he is our current Minister of Defence.
Tania Rashid is a freelance correspondent and producer for Al Jazeera’s 101 East, and she narrowly escaped becoming a child-bride while living in America. Tania is one of very few girls from Bangladesh who has been able to escape her arranged marriage. Child marriage is illegal in Bangladesh but it still has the highest rate of child marriage for girls under the age of 15 in the world.
When I was a little girl growing up in Bangladesh, my mother would tell me that going to school was okay, but if I didn’t do well, she would marry me off to a rich older man who could take care of me. It is many years later, but those words still affect me.
She wasn’t the only family member trying to marry me off young.
My grandfather had plans for me to marry my first cousin who was 20 years older than me, but he passed away before he could make it happen. All of this marriage talk is part of a deep-rooted tradition to keep women under control and maintain family honour.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have worked hard to be a place of equality for all Canadians. A leak to Ezra Levant of therebel.media from the RCMP has revealed that this month they are going to announce a change. A new uniform for policewomen is going to be unveiled and it will be the sharia-compliant head covering for women, the hijab.
Canada is not the first Western country to let Sharia law creep into its police force or military or prison security. Our nearest neighbour Australia, for example, has it in their navy. It can also be found in America and Britain.
The current Auckland Mayoral candidates are trying to convince us they are serious, without having any firm policies or intellectual rigour behind their campaign. They seem to want to be mayor because they think they would be good at the job, rather than any burning ideological reason for transforming Auckland.
It is a shame we do not have mayoral candidates with the ambition of Canadian Maxime Bernier who is running for the Conservative Party leadership.
“I’m in politics for the ideas,” says Maxime Bernier. And with that line alone he may be starting something of a mini-revolution in the Conservative leadership process.Bernier, who’s been the Conservative MP for the Quebec riding of Beauce for a decade, has confirmed he’s testing the waters for a potential leadership bid. In a phone interview, Bernier laid out what would be his philosophical underpinnings as leader.“If I run I will run for more freedom and less government intervention in our day-to-day lives,” says the man viewed as the most libertarian-leaning Conservative caucus member.