Morgane Oger Foundation applauds Oger v Whatcott BC Human Rights Tribunal setting limits on publishing hatred

The Morgane Oger Foundation agrees with today’s BC Human Rights Tribunal decision: the protections of freedom of expression and freedom of religion set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights have limits. Publishing material which refuses to recognize a transgender woman as a woman and incites hatred or discrimination on that basis is prohibited under section 7 of the BC Human Rights Code.

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Morgane Oger Foundation Applauds City of Vancouver Putting Inclusion First

Morgane Oger Foundation Applauds City of Vancouver Putting Inclusion First in VRR March 14 Direct Social Services Grant Program decision:
City funds Rape Relief for 2019 “to avoid service disruption”, declares VRR ineligible for all future grants until it meets inclusion criteria, The Oger Foundation urged city to ensure that public funds never be accessible to organizations that do not adhere to their funding agency’s inclusion criteria.

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Precedent setting: Tribunal hears Oger v Whatcott hate publication complaint.

Morgane Oger complained to the BC Human Rights Tribunal that during the 2017 BC election, Bill Whatcott produced and distributed flyers attacking her on the grounds of her gender identity and expression, calling her gender identity “an impossibility” and claiming that transgender people are at an elevated risk of various diseases and violent acts. The tribunal heard her complaint in December 2018.

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British Columbia introduces non-binary gender markers on government ID.

VICTORIA, BC: British Columbians who do not identify as male or female will have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.

”Adding self-declared, non-binary gender designation on BC ID where necessary is a welcome step towards recognizing that everybody has a gender, and that to know somebody’s gender you need to ask them.”

- Morgane Oger - Transgender Advocate and Morgane Oger Foundation founder

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Weaponizing Speech: The dilemma of free speech

Weaponizing Words – The Dilemmas of Free Speech, explores the complexities of free speech and what the limits are, or should be, in this era where hate speech is on the rise. How do we limit speech which harms others without handing over the tools to our legislators and law enforcers who could use limitations on free speech to crack down on legitimate dissent?

Samir Gandesha - Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.

Morgane Oger - Executive Director of the Morgane Oger Foundation, which works to narrow the gap between human rights laws as they are written and as they are experienced by Canadians. Morgane Oger was the BC NDP candidate in the then BC Liberal stronghold of Vancouver-False Creek during the 2017 General Election. Working across party lines, Oger has become recognized as an effective community organizer and educator, changing hearts and minds to help win significant change on issues focused around equality, LGBTQ2+ inclusion, and accessible education.

 Josh Paterson - lawyer and the Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). Josh got his start acting as the Director of the Freedom of Expression, Equality and Dignity Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in Toronto. After moving to Vancouver in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, he joined a busy union-side labour and human rights practice, and spent much of his time working on one of BC’s largest racial discrimination cases in history.

This talk was recorded in Vancouver on June 27. Click here to for a link to the podcast on

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