Wow. I’m kinda blown away. I talked with Service Ontario, the customer service arm of the Province of Ontario’s Government Agencies. In order to get my name changed, apparently, I need to have the name change verified, signed and embossed stamped by a Commissioner. And it MUST say Commissioner. Really!? Man. Talk about asinine. This highlights society’s dependency on labels rather than what the person is about. I recognize that you can’t just have anyone sign but having such a narrow definition of who an authority is just takes the cake.
This will mean another visit to Canada next year and that actually won’t be fun since it’ll likely be before or during our move to Los Angeles. Maybe I can visit my cousin out West and turn it into a mini-vacation or something. That or perhaps Montreal to visit my aunt and uncle there. This will mean a longer time before email is changed (they won’t change it until my SSN is changed and that can’t change until the work visa is and that can’t change.. ).
I was pissed enough to send a note to the Premier and Service Ontario. I doubt that anything will come out of it but at least I voiced my concern and perhaps started the seed to get this changed. I contacted my lawyer with TDLEF who helped me and he was shocked. The comment that a Commissioner is higher than a Court Judge highlights how silly this situation is. See my letter below.
I did a bit of search and found an entity known as a Commissioner of Deeds. It sounds kinda like a Notary of sorts. Hopefully, I can get this done either early next week or the week after. And then re-submit. Fingers crossed yet again.
I’m rather miffed about my home province and the legal rigeramole that I have to go through to get a name change. It’s not to say that it should be easy but it’s frustrating that I went through a legal process that is recognized in NY and yet, is not recognized by Registry Ontario because the City Clerk
s Title was City Clerk and not Commissioner.
Why we are dependent on it being specifically “Commissioner” and we don’t recognize a legal court system’s process is beyond me and creates unnecessary challenges. I tend to fall into a category that is unusual as I have no driver’s license (Ontario had great public transit when I was growing up so never made sense) and no other ID other than my passport.
In order to get my passport changed, I need to get both my Birth Certificate and SIN card change. If I lived in Ontario, this wouldn’t be that challenging but since I live in NYC (because of work and life), I’m left at the mercy of both Canada and US Postal services and no mechanism to expedite things to make my life a bit easier. As a transgendered individual this puts undo stress and challenges on me as I continue through life.
I implore you to consider a slight change to include a civil judge or city clerk (with embossed stamp) as other acceptable mechanisms for name changes.