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February 12, 2014

Avery Edison travelled to Toronto to visit her girlfriend, and after airport staff discovered a visa infraction, she was detained

A British trans woman has live-tweeted her ‘humiliating’ ordeal over being held in a Canadian men’s prison.

Avery Edison, a 25-year-old comedian, travelled to Toronto last Monday (10 February) to visit her girlfriend and was held over a visa infraction.

She was taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, a provincial detention facility for men.

According to her tweets, she thought a non-refundable return ticket and a copy of her London lease would have been enough to avoid the predicament but admits it was her fault.

January 30, 2014

Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier, accused over an alleged plot to derail a train between the US and Canada, has ranted against same-sex marriage while defending himself without a lawyer

A Tunisian doctoral student studying in Montreal has gone on a homophobic rant while standing trial over an alleged terror plot to derail a train between New York and Ontario.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, went on a 4 minute rant at the start of his trial Wednesday, telling the court, 'homosexual marriages are protected by the Criminal Code because the code doesn't consider this a crime.’

‘Even the animals don't do this. The donkeys may. The monkeys do not.’

‘Why do you allow homosexual marriage when animals don't do homosexual marriages?’

December 31, 2013

Christopher Peloso had suffered from depression; he and Smitherman had three kids

Veteran Canadian politician George Smitherman took to Twitter Monday morning with some grim news.

His husband had been found dead.

Christopher Peloso, 40, had been missing since early Sunday (28 December) - the second time he had gone missing in recent months.

Peloso had been battling depression and in September, he was found alive but confused and dirty near some train tracks in Toronto.

This time, he was found dead. Police have released few details except to confirm the death.

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

September 23, 2013

Petition has launched calling for the government to 'put actions behind' their words and bar those behind anti-gay laws in Russia from Canada

Canadian politicians and the public are demanding Russians behind the anti-gay laws are barred from the country.

The New Democrat Party (NDP) of Canada has launched a petition to bar those who voted for Russia's federal 'gay propaganda' law from entering Canada.

NDP’s Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar believes the Canadian government should do more than just verbally condemn the law.

‘When it comes to this issue you need to put actions behind your words,’ he said. 'What we’ve seen in Russia is something that’s reprehensible.’

September 2, 2013

A billboard outside a church in Niagara Falls, Ontario has split opinion after it received thousands of views

A picture of a sign outside an Ontario Anglican church has gone viral.

Outside St John’s Anglican Church in Niagara Falls, the billboard reads: ‘Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine!’

Posted on social media website Reddit, the image caught worldwide attention and received hundreds of thousands of views.

The reaction to the billboard was heavily split, with it receiving 14,300 negative votes and more than 15,900 positive ones.

June 24, 2013

Openly lesbian Kathleen Wynne is to become the first sitting provincial premier to march in the Toronto Pride Parade – though she’s been marching as a civilian for years

Kathleen Wynne, Canada’s first openly lesbian woman to head a provincial government, is set to become the first sitting Premier to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade on June 29.

Wynne took office in February this year and is the first openly gay or lesbian Premier in Canada and the first female Premier of Ontario.

Wynne came out at age 37 after raising three children in a heterosexual marriage and now lives with long-term partner Jane Rounthwaite.

June 20, 2013

Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis about struggles of being gay

A gay eighth-grade teacher in Ontario, Canada, didn't know what to expect when two of the 'tough' kids in his class wanted to bend the rules for the 'YouTube of the Day' part of class. 

The kids, who he calls Harry and Mark, wanted to show the video to the class without letting the teacher screen it first for appropriateness. The teacher decided to take a deep breath and take a chance.

He's awfully glad he did.

January 27, 2013

The Canadian province of Ontario has its first female premier following a vote on Friday – making her also the first openly gay or lesbian person to lead a Canadian provincial government

On Friday the Canadian province of Ontario appointed Kathleen Wynne to be its next premier – making her the province’s first female leader and the first openly gay or lesbian provincial leader in Canadian history.

Wynne, a Canadian Liberal Party MP, had previously served as the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs before resigning from cabinet to run for the party’s leadership.

January 27, 2013

The Canadian province of Ontario has its first female premier following a vote on Friday – making her also the first openly gay or lesbian person to lead a Canadian provincial government

On Friday the Canadian province of Ontario appointed Kathleen Wynne to be its next premier – making her the province’s first female leader and the first openly gay or lesbian provincial leader in Canadian history.

Wynne, a Canadian Liberal Party MP, had previously served as the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs before resigning from cabinet to run for the party’s leadership.

January 14, 2013

Ontario court judges that gay couple with a British civil partnership qualified as married

A Canadian judge has decided that a gay couple with a UK civil partnership can be treated as married – and therefore get divorced.

The judgement in Ontario follows legal objections from the Canadian federal Crown.

In 2009 Wayne Hincks and Gerardo Gallardo entered into a civil partnership in London. Both obtained Canadian citizenship after emigrating to Toronto in 2010.

Unlike Canada, British law does not currently allow same-sex couples to marry although civil partnerships allow for similar rights and responsibilities.

December 3, 2012

Canadian trans student, 16, was previously told to use female washroom despite having transitioned before joining the school

A transgender student in Canada is now allowed to use the men's toilets after the school previously banned him.

James Spencer, 16, was angry after Clarke High School in Ontario's Durham Region, near Toronto, told him he can only use the female washroom or a private bathroom which requires a key from the office.

Spencer enrolled at the school as a boy and collected signatures from about half the pupils for a petition in support of his complaint.

November 14, 2012

Canadian trans boy, 16, told to use female washroom despite having transitioned before joining the school

A Canadian school has banned a transgender student from using the men's toilets, despite having already transitioned.

James Spencer, 16, is angry after Clarke High School in Ontario's Durham Region, near Toronto, told him he can only use the female washroom or a private bathroom which requires a key from the office.

'I thought, "They’re figuring it out, it’s temporary,"' he told Canadian newspaper The Star.

August 21, 2012

Father denied leadership position at Canadian breastfeeding support group 

Canadian breastfeeding advocates and parenting experts are showing support for a transgender man who was refused a leadership role at a motherhood support group.

Trevor MacDonald (MacDonald is a pseudonym), 27, from Winnipeg, has been nursing his infant son for 16 months, but was told by La Leche League Canada (LLLC) that he cannot lead support circles or serve as a breastfeeding coach because he identifies as a man, which goes against the organization's definition of motherhood.

June 14, 2012

Canadian province is first in North America to change law to end discrimination against transgender people

Ontario in Canada has amended its Human Rights Code to protect transgender people.

It is the first province in North America to extend the anti-discrimination law to include 'gender identity' and 'gender expression'.

Upon hearing the decision, which was agreed unanimously by all members of the legislature in Toronto, transgender people hugged and shook hands with MPPs in the lobby, reported CBC News.

April 29, 2012

Students from the University of Western Ontario in Canada launch the Get REAL campaign 

A new anti-homophobia campaign is being launched by university students to try to teach the younger generation to be more open-minded than they were.

The students from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, started the Get REAL campaign by filming a video in which they address their grade seven selves.

Started by student Chris Studer, the campaigners are hoping the video will inspire kids to be tolerant before they are old enough to have regrets.

April 21, 2012

Local cable company accidentally inserts wrong programming after fixing cut cable lines

As Canadians were sipping their morning coffee, they were shocked to discover yesterday (20 April) their morning news had been switched to gay pornography.

The unscheduled change in broadcasting at 9.30am, which affected local broadcast station CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, lasted for roughly three minutes as programmers frantically tried to fix the problem.

Vice-president of news at CHCH Mike Katrycz apologised to viewers, and blamed a local cable company which inadvertently inserted the wrong programming after fixing cut cable lines.

December 22, 2011

University of Western Ontario researchers get go-ahead for human trials on new HIV vaccine

Hope is on the horizon in the fight against HIV after Canadian researchers have finally been given the go ahead to begin human trials on a new vaccine.

Trails will begin in January and will involve both HIV positive volunteers and people from high risk groups being injected with the vaccine.

It has taken researchers at the University of Western Ontario 10 years to develop the SAV001 vaccine and has cost around $10million (Canadian) ($10million €7.5million).