What’s Current: Trans-identified inmates in Canada will be housed according to ‘gender identity’

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  • Canadian federal corrections facilities will implement changes in regard to trans-identified inmates. A press release explains that the Correctional Service of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and Prisoners’ Legal Services has determined offenders will be placed in facilities according to their “gender identity, if it is their preference, regardless of their anatomy or gender on their identification documents.”
  • Nova Scotia’s Court of Appeal orders a new a trial for Bassam Al-Rawi, a taxi driver who was acquitted in March of sexual assault, despite initiating sexual contact with a heavily intoxicated passenger.
  • A 28 year old gymnastics coach from Toronto has been charged with the sexual assault of a teen girl.
  • Sexual harassment claims against RCMP officers have skyrocketed within the #MeToo movement.
  • Liberal Senator Colin Kenny has decided to quit several months earlier than his scheduled retirement. In 2014 he was accused of sexually and verbally harassing his staff.
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  • ALD

    Trans-identified inmates in Canada will be housed according to ‘gender identity’…What could possibly go wrong?

  • fragglerock

    “These changes ensure that offenders who identify as transgender are afforded the same protections, dignity and treatment as others.”
    Female inmates are NOT being PROTECTED from men, are NOT being afforded the DIGNITY to not have to shower or share sleeping quarters with men, and are NOT being treated the same as male inmates! Did anybody ask the women if they were okay with sharing their sleeping, bathing, and toileting areas with men? Of course not. Because it’s assumed that women will accommodate anyone and everyone and WILL NOT assert themselves! This is absolute crap.

    • Rachael

      Fucking assholes who passed this. How dare they presume to speak for women?!

  • Midori

    Ah yes, would could possibly go wrong, when placing a male sex offender with female inmates – for example. But, it’s fine, we all know men’s ~*~lady feelings~*~ are much more important than women’s safety.
    Mhm, I wonder if women could get equal pay in Canada, by simply saying “I id as a man!” Should work, shouldn’t it?

    • Omzig Online

      I just noticed that my hair cutter charges $20 extra to cut women’s hair. I’m gonna identify as a man and save a little money. I live in a liberal area, I really think this will work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • martindufresne

    For lack of a definition of “gender identity”, this means that any male convict will be housed among women on his say-so, regardless of these women’s opinion or rights.

  • Omzig Online

    This might be the most dangerous consequence of trans-cult activism. A pool of women who are trapped in a locked facility violent male convicts. I am heartbroken for my incarcerated Canadian sisters.

    I’m down here in the US, but if someone thinks of a way I can help from down here, let me know.

  • SkyLark Phillips

    “Placing an offender in a men’s or women’s institution according to their gender identity, if it is their preference, regardless of their anatomy or gender on their identification documents, unless there are overriding health or safety concerns which cannot be resolved.”

    So, he still has his penis, and they stick him in a women’s prison. This is not acceptable. This is violating the human rights of female inmates. The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held at Geneva in 1955, and approved by the Economic and Social Council by its resolutions 663 C (XXIV) of 31 July 1957 and 2076 (LXII) of 13 May 1977 states,

    Separation of categories

    The different categories of prisoners shall be kept in separate institutions or parts of institutions taking account of their sex, age, criminal record, the legal reason for their detention and the necessities of their treatment. Thus,

    (a) Men and women shall so far as possible be detained in separate institutions; in an institution which receives both men and women the whole of the premises allocated to women shall be entirely separate;
    (b) Untried prisoners shall be kept separate from convicted prisoners;
    (c) Persons imprisoned for debt and other civil prisoners shall be kept separate from persons imprisoned by reason of a criminal offense.
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/TreatmentOfPrisoners.aspx 1/

  • lk

    I’m wondering this as well. And I also hope FC will let us know if there is anything we can do to support putting a stop to this.

    Awhile back an MTF sued the BC government and stated that the BC government violated her human rights by placing him in a male prison.

    I’m assuming that female prisoners who are housed with MTF’s could also sue the BC government and argue that forcing biological woman to share prison space with biological men violates their human rights or that being housed with men constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Heather LM

    Yes please, someone respond. What can we do as citizens to stop this? Or at least voice our outrage?

  • Kathleen Lowrey

    Thanks — I just looked it up and it is Ralph Goodale. That does sound like the right person to whom to write. On my Friday to-do list.

  • Po21

    I dont really like her answer but I guess they would have bombarded her twitter had she not said what they wanted. I hope some day someone will shut them up for good. There is a video on magdalen’s channel where there was supposed to be a discussion about trans issue. The women organising it wanted to do a minute of silence for the victims of a shooting but all of a sudden they started screaming transwomen are women! And thet wouldnt stop screaming. And they do the same: dismissing, attacking women to pretend they are the victims and gaslighting to stop all discussion about women. Everything has to be about them. They truly are scary.

  • Tobysgirl

    Yeah, whatever happened to the author who claimed that men (and women) treat women like shit because they recognize their targets are human?

  • Sionna B.

    The Canadian legal system is run by a corporate state system of technocrats, of whom Trudeau is merely the most personable and cutesy advertising brand leader. When I read the trans activist commentary, like that on the FC post on the Vancouver Women’s March, what I see is the exact same language used by climate change trolls who are paid by industry to destroy support for real environmental movements. The hate and confusion spread against feminists (radical or non) and any women who don’t 100% express submissive attitudes towards their ideological rants and threats, is exactly the same as the troll threats to anyone speaking in support of reasonable climate change facts. It’s the same kind of language and threats almost to the exact wording. Coincidence? I don’t think so. But wait, there is a point to what I am saying.

    Having spent a few years on social media learning to cope with climate change trolls, anti environmental trolls, anti anti vaccine trolls, even anti organic food industry trolls—I postulate that the trans activists who are aggressively pushing a hate agenda are speaking so similarly to other industry backed trolls, that they are funded just like other trolls, by an industry that stands to make a lot of money by cutting the legs out from under groups that oppose their financial goals with moral arguments. Ie the porn and legal prostitution industries. It’s a time honoured tradition for mega industries to hire trolls, playing the victim roles to attack those who stand in the way of industry profits, starting back with Big Tobacco.

    I think the govt’s expressed sympathy for trans rights is really a marketing position for the industries behind trans activism, since there are a lot of bucks to be made from legalized porn and prostitution. I think the industry is salivating over the Canadian market. Prison changes are just another tool in the toolbox of the industry push to decimate the ability of women to stand up as a class against the commodification of sex and people, as well as environmental and corporate power issues.

    Behind every bizarre move like this is always $$$$ and a huge marketing department operating in the narrow financial interests of technocratic corporatists. They probably laugh as they drink their organic wine from their island getaways far from any environmental pollutants and protests about social issues, laughing at the working classes fighting amongst ourselves over their con games as their hedge funds buy up all housing in major cities and drive us all eventually into homelessness. It’s all connected–the system is designed and set up for the technocratic class. I hope we don’t fall for it.

  • Mia Mia

    The only way to change people’s minds about this is to start identifying as men en masse. Women should be identifying as men in order to take their seats in government. We will then have a government made up entirely of women and women who identify as men. When men complain, we will say they cannot, since these women are in fact men. Then, we will identify as men in our jobs in our to be paid more and we will fight to be paid more on the basis that we are men. We don’t even have to change our appearance as long as we identify with “man feelings.”