New Brunswick

Its been a good 2 weeks for Transgender Rights in Canada

On March 2nd, the Senate voted in favour of a bill that would add legal protection for Transgender Canadians. It passed 2nd reading in the Senate. Basically what this means is that if it passes 1 final vote (3rd reading), the bill will become law.

On March 13th, Nunavut passed unanimously a bill which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

On March 14th, Yukon Territory announced that it would remove the requirement of having sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender on a birth certificate AND they announced that they would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Today, New Brunswick’s government announced it would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, expression or family status.

Also, in the British Columbia election in 1.5 months, there is a Transgender woman running for a major political party: Morgane Oger. This is the first time in history that a transgender person has been announced as a candidate for a major political party in Canada, and if she is elected she’ll be the first transgender politician in Canada.

2017 IIHF World Championships Canada Roster

Wingers

#11 Travis Konecny (Philadelphia Flyers/London, Ontario)

#17 Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers/Scarborough, Ontario)

#53 Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes/Toronto, Ontario)

Centers

#9 Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche/Haliburton, Ontario)

#14 Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers/Bathurst, New Brunswick)

#21 Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning/Calgary, Alberta)

#28 Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers/Hearst, Ontario)

#29 Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche/Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia)

#53 Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets/Kitchener, Ontario)

#71 Alex Killorn (Tampa Bay Lightning/Beaconsfield, Quebec)

#90 Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo Sabres/Varna, Ontario)

Defensemen

#4 Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche/Langford, British Columbia)

#5 Jason Demers (Florida Panthers/Dorval, Quebec)

#7 Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets/Calgary, Alberta)

#19 Mike Matheson (Florida Panthers/Point-Claire, Quebec)

#44 Calvin De Haan (New York Islanders/Carp, Ontario)

Goalies

#1 Eric Comrie (Manitoba Moose/Edmonton, Alberta)

#31 Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche/Winnipeg, Manitoba)

It’s National Aboriginal Day

…and did you know?

The largest Indigenous population in Mi’kma’ki (mee-gah-mah-gee: Atlantic Canada) is a group called the Mi’kmaq (meeg-mah). Up until recently, many people couldn’t (and didn’t try) to pronounce the words properly. These people commonly called the Mi’kmaq “Micmacs” or “Indians.” 

In an effort to be more respectful and human, many people are now attempting to use proper language and spelling. But the Mi’kmaw language is tricky and unless you know the basic grammar rules, you could end up with egg on your face.

So! In light of #NationalAboriginalDay, here’s a crash course:

Mi’kmaq is spelled with a “q” when using the word as a plural noun (”many Mi’kmaq live in Cape Breton”) or referring to the group as a whole (”the Mi’kmaq of Atlantic Canada”).

Mi’kmaw is spelled with a “w” when using the word as an adjective (”this is Mi’kmaw land,” “she is a Mi’kmaw woman”) or as the name of the language (”he/she speaks Mi’kmaw”).