The problem with University of Toronto Professor Ken Zucker‘s Gender Identity Gender Identity Clinic for children and youth at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto when it was closed in 2015 was that the client was the kid rather than the parent, and the customer shouldn’t be tricked.
Dr. Ken Zucker was head of CAHM until it was closed following an assessment brought on by complaints related to the care clients received there. As head, Dr. Zucker held a leadership role in a public institution. Part of that role was to ensure that the centre provided the best care possible for his trans, gender-variant, and gender-creative clients, in accordance with Canadian and global standards. The authoritative standard of care for professionals in this field is published by the World Professional Association of Trans Health, WPATH.
We were sitting at a large drafting table in the naval architecture lab in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering building at UBC when someone came in and said it had happened. My own initial emotion was of incredulous shock.
It took some time for the horrible reality of what had happened to trickle in: A heavily-armed young man had separated out women and then massacred them in the engineering school in Montreal. Because they were women and he was murderously
angry at women.
On December 6, 1989, when we first heard reports that a terrorist had attacked Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, I was a 2nd-year mechanical engineering student at UBC.
I will never forget where I was when I learned about it, because it is permanently seared into the memory of all Canadian women I know who were adults at the time.
Many of the victims were our age that day. We were enrolled in the same program as them: mechanical engineering. These women, whose lives were savagely snuffed out by that angry man’s rage, had beaten incredible odds just to be enrolled in mechanical engineering. They were students in a space that was already struggling with its toxicity to women.
Tonight I was at the Chilliwack Board of Education’s trustee meeting to ask a question seeking clarification about the individual personal commitment of each trustee to uphold the law of British Columbia.
I came to Chilliwack and asked this question because in BC the curriculum is decided by the teachers and the Ministry of Education together and trustees are responsible for doing the opposite from what Trustee Neufeld did when he publicly published and then re-iterated that supporting transgender students was child abuse.
The BC Human Rights Commission (BCHRC) was disbanded by the BC Liberal Government in 2002 and replaced with a Human Rights Tribunal amid complaints about a clogged system and public opinion that the Commission was handling outlandish cases such as the protection of transgender rights. It is being reinstated by the BC NDP Government in 2018.
BC needs an adequately–funded and accessible human rights commission which monitors problems and intervenes bindingly to address systemic issues at institutional, policy, and legislative levels. The commission would maintain and operate a low-barrier human rights tribunal for British Columbians to lodge complaints the commission has not already noticed.
Jordan Peterson is burdened by the impossible oppression of actually having a job.
When his employer requested that he address all students in class with the requisite courtesy customary of students, even if some prefer the singular they, Peterson took profound exception and flipped a proverbial table. Refusing to yield to pressure to extend the same courtesy to others that he presumably expects for himself, Peterson went on a defiant rampage declaring loudly and publicly:
“I’m not going to cede linguistic territory to post-modernist neo-Marxists” .