After being stalled in parliament for the past three years, the federal bill to enshrine the rights of transgender Canadians(C-279) suffered another harsh blow on Wednesday. Senator Don Plett introduced an amendment to the bill that would exclude trans people from “sex-specific” sites under federal purview such as shelters, washrooms, prisons and crisis centres. The bill will be referred back to the House of Commons with the amendment and will likely not be addressed until after the next election.
Friends and community members are calling on Toronto police to further investigate the death of Sumaya Dalmar, a young trans women who passed away last weekend. A memorial is planned forTuesday at the 519 Community Centre.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair ordered his officers to put a halt to the practice of carding, which has been heavily criticized by many as a form of racial profiling, However, the surprising move came with no public explanation and no effort to address the the public’s concern about the practice. Police Association president Mike McCormack believes the announcement will not change how officers interact with the public, but simply how the information previously retrieved from carding will be recorded.
Dalhousie suspended thirteen Dentistry students from all clinical activities in response to the hateful, misogynist Facebook group they created, though the move proved to be of little consolation to many critics. A group of fourth year female Dentistry students penned an open saying they felt pressured to participate in the restorative justice process suggested by the administration and that a full investigation should take place, while provincial licensing bodies have demanded Dalhousie release the names the 13 offenders.
Toronto illustrator Evan Munday pledged to send Harper drawings of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to raise awareness of the issue. Harper previously stated in an interview that the call for a nationally inquiry on the topic was “not on his radar”.
Toronto Council has failed to meet their planned December deadline to open a 24 hour shelter for homeless women. The project was proposed to address the danger women are often vulnerable to late at night when shelters are closed, but a budget has yet to be allocated for the project.
An RCMP officer was only docked a week’s pay after having a female Aboriginal prisoner released into his personal custody without her consent. Researched Meghan Rhoad has studied similar instances of misconduct among RCMP officers in B.C. and is perplexed why there was no independent investigation of the matter.