A landmark ruling in India’s Supreme Court today (April 15) recognizes transgender people as a third gender and transgender rights as human rights.
Two judges read out a verdict that directed federal and state governments to include transgender people in welfare programs and fill quotas in jobs and education. Official documents will also now be marked with a third gender option, according to BBC News.
“The spirit of the [Indian] Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender," the court stated. “Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.”
Earlier this year, Mercy for Animals Canada sent an undercover investigator to work at Horizon Poultry, a Maple Leaf Foods-owned hatchery in Hanover, Ontario.
The nonprofit organization's hidden camera footage, released on Monday (April 14), shows adorable chicks being roughly handled, thrown, tumble-dried, ripped out of their shells, ground up alive, and drowned. The video's narrator says:
The cruelty you have witnessed is inherent and widespread within the industrial chicken meat industry. Please remember these chicks the next time you're in the poultry section of your grocery store.
A controversial American anti-gay activist, who was detained at the Regina airport upon entering Canada on April 10 but released, has been arrested for trespassing.
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), was at the University of Regina on April 14, where he was with Bill Whatcott, a Saskatchewan Christian anti-gay and anti-abortion activist.
The two men were distributing pamphlets against homosexuality and abortion, along with displaying placards featuring pictures of aborted fetuses.
Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the social insurance numbers of around 900 Canadians were stolen from its online systems due to the Heartbleed bug.
The tax agency reported the data breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Friday (April 11), but waited until today (April 14)—three days—to inform the public.
In a statement posted on the agency's website, CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said:
This video was posted to YouTube on Sunday (April 13) and already has more than 90,000 views.
It shows "fricken'" longboarders being forced to take spills after a police SUV pulls into the middle of the road and stops. The cop then tells the longboarders, who criticize his actions, that he's "sick and tired" of dealing with them.
Today (April 14), the West Vancouver Police Department issued a statement on the matter:
More than two weeks ago, the B.C. Liberal government announced plans to split the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones.
The proposal to create Zone 1 (Island, South Coast, and Okanagan) and Zone 2 (Interior, Kootenay, and North) has generated much opposition among farmers, scientists, and local governments.
According to the B.C. Food Systems Network, the government's Bill 24 would "weaken protection for 90 per cent of lands currently in the ALR"—those in Zone 2.
U.S. Airways has some probing to do after someone handling the airline's Twitter account posted a photo that shocked many of its followers.
We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We’ve removed the tweet and are investigating.— US Airways (@USAirways) April 14, 2014
The company quickly deleted the photo (depicting a toy airplane in woman's vagina), which was tweeted in response to a disgruntled customer, but not before it was screenshotted and the airline began trending for reasons that certainly aren't appreciated by its PR team.
On April 9, the mayor of Vancouver revealed he personally opposes whale and dolphin captivity at the aquarium in Stanley Park.
A controversial American anti-gay activist has been allowed entry into Canada after being detained by officials at the Regina airport.
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, was on his way for a speaking engagement at the anti-abortion Saskatchewan Pro Life Association conference in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
On April 10, Canadian officials stopped him, stating that he might be breaking Canadian hate-speech laws. He was given a one-day grace period in Regina for an appeal.
After the Canadian Border Service Agency grilled him for three hours, he was allowed to enter Canada on April 11.
The Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton, the only private abortion clinic in New Brunswick, announced on April 10 that it will close in late July after a 20-year battle with the provincial government for funding.
The province, which has the most restrictive abortion policies in Canada, is the only one in the nation that will not cover abortions at a private abortion clinic.
There are only two New Brunswick hospitals where abortion services are provided but the province will only pay for abortions if a woman gets approval from two doctors who deem the procedure "medically necessary".