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Saint John transgender woman fights to change birth certificate

Saint John transgender woman fights to change birth certificate

A Saint John transgender woman is preparing to file a complaint to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission to change the gender on her birth certificate and driver licence from male to female. Gloria Halvorsen legally changed her name in May, and while her driver's licence displays an updated name and photo, she is now fighting to have the indicated gender changed. Halvorsen plans to file a co…

  • Summerside man gets 18 months in jail for sexual assault on teen

    Daryl Harold Jelley was sentenced to 18 months in jail for luring and sexually assaulting a teenage girl. The 48-year-old was sentenced in provincial court in Summerside Tuesday. Judge Jeff Lantz sentenced Jelley to six more months than the minimum sentence.

  • Syphilis rise on P.E.I a reminder of STI screening importance

    The recent rise in the number of syphilis cases on P.E.I. should serve as a reminder of the importance of getting screened for sexually transmitted infections, say health officials. On Thursday, P.E.I's chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison issued an advisory, saying there have been 15 confirmed lab cases of …

  • Syphilis rise on P.E.I a reminder of STI screening importance

    P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office is concerned with the increase of cases of syphilis. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says there have been 15 new cases of the infectious disease over the past 18 months. Syphilis is primarily transmitted by unprotected sex.

  • Mental health disorders disrupt children's transition to adulthood, study finds

    Common childhood mental health disorders — such as anxiety, depression and behavioural problems like ADHD — are associated with a disrupted transition to adulthood, even if the disorders don't persist into adulthood, new research from Duke University suggests. Dubbed as the Great Smoky Mountains Study, the research followed …

  • 2 women who testified against Cosby … The Canadian Press - Tue, 14 Jul, 2015
    Rebecca Neal, left, and Beth Ferrier, two of Bill Cosby's accusers have who testified against Cosby in 2005 sex assault suit, join call for have Cosby's full testimony from a 2005 sexual-battery lawsuit unsealed, during a news conference at their attorney, Gloria Allred offices in Los Angeles Monday, July 13, 2015. The Associated Press typically does not name people who say they are sexual-assault victims. Ferrier and Neal have authorized the use of their names. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Two of Bill Cosby's accusers joined a court bid Monday to have his full testimony from a 2005 sexual-battery lawsuit unsealed. Beth Ferrier and Rebecca Neal say the deposition excerpts released last week mention them but don't paint the whole picture. The women's lawyers filed the papers in Philadelphia, where they were …

  • Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting … The Canadian Press - Mon, 13 Jul, 2015
    FILE - This March 24, 2015, file image from videoshows Allyson Robinson, policy director for an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel called Service members, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All, or SPARTA, during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so. "Obviously this isn't finished, but Secretary Carter's clear statement of intent means that transgender service members should and will be treated with the same dignity as other service members," said Robinson (AP Photo/Bill Gorman, File)

    The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. Carter said he is creating a working group …

  • Girl's sex abuse went undetected despite 2 abortions before age 13

    ​A legal and human rights expert wants to know how a Winnipeg girl could have been impregnated by her stepfather twice and had two abortions before she was 13, yet not have been deemed a victim of sexual assault. There's reason for red flags to be raised," said Karen Busby, a University of Manitoba law professor and a …

  • Migrant workers get little protection from workplace abuse

    In Ontario, a horrific sexual abuse case is highlighting problems with the structure of the foreign worker program. A Mexican worker was awarded $150,000 by a human rights tribunal after being forced to perform sex acts by an employer under threat of being sent home. The legal aid workers, union activists and experts who …

  • Pope to meet with prisoners and immigrants … The Canadian Press - Tue, 30 Jun, 2015
    Pope Francis blesses the faithful as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. Francis added the Cuba leg onto the start of his U.S. trip after helping contribute to the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. In Cuba, …

  • NWT Pride festival makes changes to welcome younger members

    Organizers of this year's NWT Pride event next month in Yellowknife are making changes to be more welcoming to youth, including holding more events that are alcohol-free, in an effort to focus efforts on catering to a growing youth demographic. Iman Kassam, an event co-ordinator with NWT Pride, says a lot of the organization's members …

  • Illegal marijuana dispensaries not a priority for Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer

    Adam Palmer agrees with federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose that the city's flourishing marijuana dispensaries are breaking the law — but he isn't planning a crackdown. Palmer agrees that's his job, but told CBC's Stephen Quinn on The Early Edition that he has to consider all the crime in the city — from petty theft to …

  • HEALTHBEAT: Scientists question whether … The Canadian Press - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015
    Amy Shives, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and subsequently epilepsy, holds her Medicalert bracelet at her house, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Since her diagnosis, Shives has since been involved with the Alzheimer's Association. She also says that in her case, the epilepsy is directly attributed to Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men. "There are enough biological questions pointing to increased risk in women that we need to delve into that and find out why," said …

  • Big business on winning side in U.S. … Reuters - Sat, 27 Jun, 2015
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business was on the winning side in the U.S. Supreme Court's two major cases of the year, with hundreds of employers pushing hard in favor of gay marriage and the healthcare industry backing the insurance subsidies available under Obamacare. The court on Thursday rejected …

  • Gay marriage ruling a win for LGB, but transgender woes persist

    For marriage-equality activists, Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage rights for LGBT couples was an occasion for good cheer. Marriage equality is all well and good, Elliott Fukui said, but it was no time to party for dozens of trans activists. "The battle for trans rights has been neglected by the …

  • Obama says high court decision on gay … The Canadian Press - Fri, 26 Jun, 2015
    President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama didn't announce his own support for gay marriage until 2012 but had championed other aspects of gay rights, including a push to have Congress end the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy," which prohibited gay and lesbian people from serving openly in the military, in 2010. For Obama, the ruling capped three …

  • Woman assaulted by David Pickton broke … The Canadian Press - Thu, 25 Jun, 2015
    David Pickton leaves B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday June 23, 2015. A woman who was sexually assaulted by the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton has been awarded $45,000 in civil court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    A woman sexually assaulted by David Pickton testified she had a mental breakdown after learning the man's family farm and his brother were at the centre of a serial-murder investigation. The woman is suing David Pickton for compensation for the sex assault he was convicted of in 1992 and also for unproven threats of rape …

  • Acclaimed author James Salter, known … The Canadian Press - Fri, 19 Jun, 2015
    FILE - This March 30, 2005, file photo shows author James Salter at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90. Salter's death was confirmed Friday, June 19, 2015, to The Associated Press by Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

    James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90. Salter, who had been in good health, collapsed and died Friday while at a gym in Sag Harbor, his wife, Kay Eldredge, told The Associated …

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