Police in Toronto, Canada issued a missing person’s report on Thursday. “Isobella DeGrace, 27, was last seen on June 25, 2022 at 3 a.m. in the area between Ryerson Avenue and Bathurst Street.” Also: “She is described as 1.70 meters tall, slim, with shaggy blond hair and a full goatee. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and gray pants.
There are concerns for DeGrace’s safety, police said on Twitter that the report was not a joke. However, users are questioning the message – especially when DeGrace is addressed with female pronouns. “How does that help?” one asks. “Honestly, if that person is at risk, you’re harming the public by misrepresenting it.”
“Facts instead of wishful thinking!”
Message from angry Twitter users: Police use of female preferred pronouns does not help in the search for DeGrace, in fact it misleads and makes the search more difficult. “For example, how would you describe a woman on the phone or on the radio? Would you mention that she looks like a ‘normal person’?” Another user interrupts.
“Can you use facts instead of identification options for your missing persons reports?” Another person was poisoned. “It’s about finding a missing person, not about setting up signs of virtue.” Toronto police have yet to comment on the allegations made by the Twitter community.
One user also suggested using neutral pronouns like “they” and “them” in English, and not referring to the derogator as a woman, but simply as a person. Maybe avoid confusion. Another added: “For those who are outraged, this woman is missing and may be in danger.”
After all, everything went smoothly: after a 9-hour search, Isobella DeGrace was found.
Jail for not using preferred pronouns?
In Canada, Bill C-16, which clarifies gender identity rights, has been in force since 2017. This Human Rights Act can “The Daily Wire” Interpreted, a person’s failure to use preferred pronouns can be interpreted to be punishable. These include but are not limited to mandatory sensitivity training, apologies or other sanctions.
Jared Brown, a business attorney in the Brown case, commented at the time that repeatedly refusing to use a person’s preferred pronouns could theoretically result in criminal penalties and even jail time. “CBC” explained. “Is that likely to happen? I don’t believe it is. But I think whether it’s possible or not depends on the case at hand.”
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