Bill C-389 Update June 8

Bill C-389 would add protections for gender identity and gender expression to the Criminal Code of Canada and the Canada Human Rights Act, securing express inclusion in employment and housing non-discrimination, and hate crimes provisions.

For those who weren’t sure what happened in the vote at the end of second reading today, the bill was sent to a Judicial committee for review, and will then come back for a third reading and final vote (as far as I can tell — I’m still a bit new at Parliamentary process).  The committee apparently has up to 60 sitting days to review the legislation.  I’ll be looking for further details shortly.

    • dentedbluemercedes
    • June 9th, 2010

    For Canadians who would like to lobby the Judicial Committee, I believe it’s these folks: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMembership.aspx?Cmte=JUST&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=3

    Will update this if I’m wrong.

    • dentedbluemercedes
    • June 9th, 2010

    BTW, if you’re looking for a sample letter for lobbying your MP, here’s one from the Public Service Alliance of Canada: http://psac.com/documents/issues/harper_c389_letter-e.pdf

  1. Saw the second debate online. It was nice to see MP’s Davies, Siskay and Fry eloquently speak for the Canadian trans community.

    • Brady
    • June 25th, 2010

    This bill is need to specifically address the inequities trans people live under

    A recent US study ((http://transequality.org/Resources/NCTE_prelim_survey_econ.pdf)) found, Trans People experience:

    * Double the rate of unemployment: Survey respondents experience unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole.
    ▪ Near universal harassment on the job: Ninety-seven percent (97%) of those surveyed reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job.
    ▪ Significant losses of jobs and careers: Forty-seven percent (47%) had experienced an adverse job outcome, such as being fired, not hired or denied a promotion.
    ▪ High rates of poverty: Fifteen percent (15%) of transgender people in our sample lived on $10,000 per year or less–double the rate of the general population.
    ▪ Significant housing instability: Nineteen percent (19%) of our sample have been or are homeless, 11% have faced eviction and 26% were forced to seek temporary space.

  1. June 21st, 2010

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