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Petitioning Hubert T. Lacroix

Request for live broadcast of The Tragically Hip's final show in Kingston on August 20/16

Dear Mr. Lacroix,As you may be aware, Canada will soon be losing another patriot to cancer; who has honoured and contributed to this country in a multitude of ways for many years. Gord Downie, along with fellow members of The Tragically Hip, have celebrated their love for this country through songs such as "Bobcaygeon", "Fifty-Mission Cap", "Wheat Kings" and many more. Gord has also dedicated himself as a member of the board for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, whose mission is to 'create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future.' It is both astounding and inspiring that Gord plans to join his fellow bandmates to celebrate one last tour with their fans across Canada. The band listed face-value ticket prices from $56-$166 CAD with the intent of proceeds being donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation. Of course, ticket distributors such as Ticketmaster have appeared to disrupt these intentions; making pre-sales impossible for fans to access, then re-selling at THOUSANDS of dollars - with NO DONATION to the Sunnybrook foundation. This is disgusting. Yet I believe CBC can step in and make a tremendously effective contribution to Gord's vision; with all of our help. I am asking CBC to facilitate a live broadcast of The Tragically Hip's final show at the K-Rock centre in Kingston on August 20th 2016, with proceeds from advertising, media coverage etc. to be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation as The Hip intended with their ticket sales. Perhaps viewers (who cannot afford Ticketmaster's gouging prices) can access this coverage by making a SMALL donation (under $10) to the Sunnybrook Foundation as well. If you build it, your fellow Canadians will come. Sincerely, Kelly McAlpine, Orillia ON

Kelly McAlpine
31,750 supporters
Petitioning The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, CBC/Radio-Canada

Open Letter to the Media about the Death of Dr. Elana Fric and Violence Against Women

In the past week the Canadian medical community has been mourning the cruel murder of a respected colleague, Dr. Elana Fric, taken from her three young children and the rest of her family allegedly by her husband. She was a family physician in Scarborough and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, a colleague, mentor, tutor, health care advocate and friend to those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with her. In reading the news coverage of her untimely and tragic death we are shocked and offended at how it is being written about, although unfortunately this is nothing new in terms of how violence against women is often portrayed. In one article her work and achievements are absent while her husband is presented as a "Yale-educated medical star" and his TV work and place of employment are all noted. In many others we are confronted with headlines like “Toronto neurosurgeon charged with the death of his wife,” reducing this accomplished woman to simply a victim in a story where her husband is the protagonist. Why not instead: “Respected family doctor and health care advocate found dead, husband charged with her murder”? Humanizing the (usually) male predators and murderers of women while the achievements and life stories of their victims are ignored only contributes to the epidemic of violence against women. It is in fact another act of misogynistic violence to reduce women in this way. We should not be reading interviews with this accused murderer's co-workers and patients that paint an image of a dedicated, hard-working, talented surgeon. Lamenting the loss of his surgical skills and the gap he leaves behind glamorizes him and feeds into the idea that the only men who abuse are unsuccessful degenerates. His work should be a footnote in these stories, if it is even mentioned at all. Where are the stories about Dr. Fric's patients? About the gap left behind by losing HER? On a broader scale, the simple fact is that prominent men can be abusers too. A culture wherein we display surprise and disbelief when we learn that someone successful and accomplished has also been violent and degrading towards women simply perpetuates the problem of gender-based violence. It makes it difficult for women to speak out about abuse at the hands of a prominent man if the default cultural view is that these types of men never abuse. And when we prioritize men's stories over women's in how we report on these events, reducing women to bodies, to mere objects, we further jeopardize the women who remain in dangerous situations with an intimate male partner. We demand the media acknowledge that there is a journalistic responsibility to society at large in how these cases are reported on. Media outlets need to own up to their role in perpetuating a culture of violence against women and stop humanizing and glamourizing male abusers simply to sensationalize a tragic story. Switch the focus to all the achievements and successes in the life of Dr. Fric, who will be greatly missed by all, and think carefully in the future about how other such stories will be presented to the public. Click here to share on Facebook: Click to Tweet:

Michelle Cohen, MD, CCFP
13,459 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, CBC/Radio-Canada, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, The Toronto Sun

Stop Omar Khadr and his lawyer from getting $10.5 Million Canadian taxpayers money!

I am a hard working Canadian Taxpayer and a mother of two young sons. Everybody knows that the Liberal Government under Trudeau is spending way more than necessary on frivolous issues. Apologizing to Omar Khadr, a confessed terrorist, and awarding him $10.5 million of hardworking taxpayers money is shocking to say the least. Who gave the Government permission to spend my money? Isn't that tantamount to stealing from me? Meanwhile our young graduates are going back to school to get double degrees, come out of school way over their heads in debt, struggle to find jobs and buy homes, our soldiers and veterans have to fight for their pension, and terrorists and refugees get millions handed to them on a plate. What kind of nation are we turning into? Let's keep this land glorious and free, and prevent it from turning into one of cynicism and apathy like our neighbours across the border. Sign this petition if you care for the future of Canada!

2,638 supporters
Petitioning Netflix , CBC/Radio-Canada

Renew Anne with an E on Netflix/CBC

Anne with an E is the most recent adaptation of the classic novels about Anne Shirley. Netflix/CBC series gives this classic story a modern an in-depth storyline. It delves into the various issues of the time and tells a more comprehensive view of the time period.  The goal of campaign is to show how much we love this series and would like it to continue for many more season.  This is an excellent cast, writers and producers with a vision. This updated series on the beloved L.M. Montgomery is beautifully shot and a shows a more realistic view of what Anne experienced. Great for all ages. 

Sarah Maddox
1,194 supporters
Petitioning TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Sportsnet, CBC/Radio-Canada

Bring Back Joe Bowen As The Colour Commentator For Toronto Maple Leaf Games

Joe Bowen is known as "The voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs", starting in 1982 he has called over 2,100 Leaf games over his career. However, in 2014 he was put on the radio side, calling games on 590 The Fan ever since. We need to change that. Nobody in the media world knows the history of the Toronto Maple Leaf like he does. Sportsnet, please #BringBackBowen

Dominik Gul
460 supporters
Petitioning Hon Ahmed D Hussen, Mario Dion, Justin Trudeau, Ahmed Hussen, Global BC, CBC/Radio-Canada, Clearwater Times, BC NDP, John horgan, Barriere Star Journal, CFJC Kamloops, CIC, CICA

End Immigration Canada's age discrimination against Annette Stock & Lisa-Marie Morgan

Campaign to end Immigration Canada's (CIC) age discrimination against Annette Stock and Lisa-Marie Morgan We are submitting this petition after a failed application for Express Entry to BC, Canada. CIC's streamlined application system requires you to take an eligibility test prior to applying online. If you pass their age, education, language and skills test, you can then apply online. In April 2016 Annette applied despite failing the eligibility test. Since the eligibility test does not identify specific sections of failure, we applied in the hope that the online application offered a broader request for information relating to our skills, but primarily Annette's skills as the primary applicant. It did not. Annette is 54, I (Lisa-Marie) am 49. Annette's online application was rejected and two areas of 'improvement' were cited prior to any further applications, firstly AGE and secondly EDUCATION. We are both retired Police Officers from London's (UK) Metropolitan Police. Annette was an experienced English butcher (meat cutter) prior to joining the Police but it was a skill she continued to work in even after joining the Police. The NOC list lists meat cutters as a 'needed' skill on the Immigration skills list (Code B). Annette attained Secondary School education and further qualifications in this trade are not required. The profession is taught on the job so to speak, and Job advertisements for meat cutters generally do not require education levels passed High School level.  Sadly the application for Express Entry did not cater for our extensive skills as Police Officers. It did not cater for our home based business in the last two years making and selling jams and pickles and market garden produce. Having failed our application, we wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Minister of Immigration, Mr Hussen, and the Head of the IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board), Mr Mario Dion. Not one of them responded to our letters. We have been coming to Clearwater BC for 14 years, for the last three years on a longer basis. We have been welcomed with open arms into the community. We have formed lifelong friendships and consider many friends as 'family'. We want to work and live within this rural community. We already receive a combined fixed monthly income from our pension of about $5000. A year ago a Border Control Office informed us that Canada did not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age! When we suggested otherwise based on the reasons given for Annette's failure to qualify for consideration, he stated this was because we hadn't paid into the health system in Canada. I would suggest that if this is the case, maybe the Government should insist that older applicants make a higher contribution to medical insurance.  Just as importantly we have skills to contribute to the community.  Today, we submitted another eligibility test in Annette's name – she did not meet the criteria required. So through the CIC online application, we made one final application, or we should say we attempted to. We tried to apply under the Business Visa through the self employed portal. To our disgust, the website that clearly states that you do not need a lawyer to apply for their visas, re-directed us to a UK based company – Skillclear – who are a firm of lawyers. There was no online application through CIC. Skillclear, within minutes of our submission, re-directed us to a Canadian Immigration company called Gateway Pacific. Their 1st hour consultation fee was $275. All we want to do is submit an application for consideration for a self employed business visa! We will spend not a penny more on lawyers who grab your money, make false promises and demand more money to proceed with an application. We have paid hundreds of pounds to take the required English examination (IELTS) and paid for criminal history reports. A lawyer cannot change our ages, and CIC have clearly already discriminated against us on the basis of age. We are not submitting this petition to be given blanket resident status. We are doing so to a) highlight and hopefully stop Immigration Canada's discrimination against applicants such as us on the basis of age and b) to request meaningful conversation with an actual Immigration official, either here in Canada or in the UK; so that we may present our case to an actual human being.  Please support our petition. Whilst we appreciate positive feedback, and negative if you don't agree, we only ask that this petition does NOT turn into a 'refugee bashing' platform. After all, we are still British and Immigration is part of our very make up!  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Annette Stock and Lisa-Marie Morgan

Annette Stock
285 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne, College Employer Council, OPSEU , CBC/Radio-Canada, London Free Press, Fanshawe College, Ontario Liberal Party, Government of Ontario

Ontario Premier Take Action to End College Strike: Term for Term

The strike at Ontario public colleges has entered week 4 and it is time to end it.  We are calling on the Ontario government and premier Kathleen Wynne to intervene with back-to-work legislation.  If the students lose their term as a result of this continuing strike, we call for Kathleen Wynne to also lose hers; a term for a term.  ’I don’t want to see any students in this province lose their term,’ says Kathleen Wynne in a recent interview.  We call on Kathleen Wynne to take action to prevent this before it is too late.  The strike began on Oct 15, 2017 and no talks occurred between the College Employer Council and OPSEU until November 2, 2017.  It was irresponsible of government to allow 3 weeks to pass without any bargaining between the 2 sides affecting 500,000 students and their futures. As of November 6, 2017 talks between the 2 sides have ended and no agreement was reached.  We, the students, are not bargaining chips but we are voters.  We call for an immediate return to work with back-to-work legislation to end to this lengthy strike.  If we lose our term, Kathleen Wynne should lose hers as well.  We the undersigned pledge that if  this strike continues and students lose their term as a result, we will vote against Kathleen Wynne in the June 2018 election. #term4term

Angela Oakey
277 supporters
Petitioning Cal Millar, Michael Cosentino, Joe Tedesco, Hulu, CBC/Radio-Canada, Ted Sarandos

A Full Season for Coming Distractions!

A team of talented actors and independent filmmakers created a hilarious new tv situation comedy called Coming Distractions.  This is a fun new concept for a TV show all about working in an independent movie theatre. A pilot episode has been produced (see the video above - that is the full pilot!) and has been offered to several potential broadcasters and streaming services for them to consider funding and adding a full first season to their program line-up. "This is a hilarious look at some of the strange happenings at an independent theatre..."  William Brownridge, Toronto Film SceneThis is a safe comedy that families can watch together with humour and situations that adults of all ages and kids will enjoy. It is very hard for independent producers to get attention in this industry and they need the support of their potential audience to come together to say "we want Coming Distractions!"  Not only is the producer's goal producing this funny new show to entertain you, but they also want to provide opportunities to cast and bring new and emerging talent to attention of entertainment consumers. You can watch the full pilot episode on YouTube at this link  Learn more about the cast and crew on IMDB  Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Official Website   How can you help? Sign this Change.Org petition and share with your network asking for their support. Watch our pilot and give it thumbs up, subscribe to our channel and share.  Write a review and rate us on IMDB. Tell everyone!  Thank you!  

Coming Distractions
244 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Canada's Boiling Point: Where has our water gone, Trudeau!?

As Canadians, as humans our bodies are made up of  50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. For infants, their bodies are made up of  75-78% water, when a infant reaches one year of ages it drops to 65%. When we get lost or stranded without water our bodies can live for about 3 days until we become dehydrated.  The summers in Canada get hotter each year- which is no surprise to anyone, hitting a record breaking 43 degrees this summer 2016 in Ontario.   We can agree  that no matter where we are from, what are our ethics are, religion or race we all need water to survive.   So, think about this... what happens when we run out of water!? Your possibly thinking no, we cannot run out! Water is limitless.   The harsh reality of it is... we can run out.  Millions of liters a day are being drained from our natural springs, and lakes by corporate companies looking for the money to "flow" in. We purchase bottle water (which is drained from our "true north, strong and FREE" land) then  we toss out the plastic bottle which then ends up in our landfill or even our lakes! Maude Barlow wrote a book called, "Boiling Point:Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis" - which i recommend everyone to read; "We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep". Our water is drained by these corporate companies, and is not just sold back to us Canadians but sold to the rest of the world as well. We need to think ... would the rest of the world give us water if we ran out!? If so, would there be enough for all of us!? "From the beginning, free trade has threatened Canada's water in many ways, allowing American corporations to challenge water protection laws, and making federal and provincial governments to ban bulk exports of water more difficult (Barlow). " Canada also gave up control of its energy sector, leading to a dramatic increase in energy exports to the U.S and a growth in water-destructive tar sands. The same 'proportionality clause' that would impact Canada's water If bulk water exports were ever to commence has facilitated trade in enviromentaly dangerous fossils fuels by obligating Canada to maintain a fixed share of energy exports to the U.S.  The more we export, the more we are obliged to export. This NAFTA rule has not only expanded the trade in fossil fuels it has compromised Canada's energy security and restricted Canada's legal capacity to regulate the extraction and trade in tar sands oil, and thus to protect water (Barlow)." As humans, we tend to get caught up in the world around us, living our day to day life.  We worry about own problems like sickness, relationships, debt, job lost, school work, social media likes, shares etc. Nonetheless, a lot of us do not take the time to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.  We never think it will happen to us,  we think we will never run out of food or water, well at least not while we are on this earth. Nevertheless, what we don't realize that it could happen any time; now or in the future.   What about the future; what about your children's future!?  How are you suppose to know about the Canada's future, if your not educated about this.. but now you are!  I read an article from NOW magazine: Which includes Questions answered by Maude Barlow. It also has the top corporate companies that drain millions of liters of water A DAY!  Examples :  1. Nestle Canada is allowed to drain 8.3 millions of liters daily! 2. Golden Mountain Springs Inc. is allowed to drain 3.4 Million liters of water daily. and there's many more that are ALLOWED to do the same by permit. Let's stop this or at least get the allowed liters a day changed! Visit T.Vincent's Facebook post for pictures:   It does not stop there! Read the report on Nestle outbidding a small Ontario municipality for their safe and clean water supply: Be sure to read my updates as well. Why is it we are selling our clean, fresh water to companies while our own Canadians bathe and drink in dirty water... Somethings is not right here! Water is a human right and should not be sold! I created this petition to ask the Canadian Government to put an end to bottle water or to at least only have bottled Water for emergencies!  Water should not be sold!   Please help make this change by signings this petition.  I may not be able to get it to Trudeau but i can get it the North York, Ontario MP Michael Levitt who is apart of the  Trudeau team.  

190 supporters
Petitioning Ontario Municipal Board, BILD , Mayor Allan Thompson, Region of Peel, CBC/Radio-Canada, Justin Trudeau

Help Lower Urban Sprawl in Caledon East

   There is a problem spreading through our small little town of Caledon East which is apart of the green belt. We are getting many new subdivisions and our farm town is turning into a city. We have many wonderful memories of a time when there was peaceful traffic and no new development. We are aware that this development will be happening. All we are trying to do is lower that amount of houses that will be coming in the Castles and Villas of Caledon. There will be around 520 new units in the subdivision coming to Caledon.  This is not just a problem in Caledon East other towns are getting farmland replaced with subdivisions. Fields of greenery are being replaced with more and more houses. Why do people want this it does not help our town very much. Out of all the things that these subdivisions bring only 16.66% of it is positive. This means that mean that 83.34% of them are bad. Our principal, believes that we should balance urban development with the need for green spaces and that we need to make room for a growing population but we need to plan about it first and not do anything drastic to turn it into an urban sprawl.  Some people would think that more people are good for a town. More people provide more jobs for businesses, but in Caledon there aren't any jobs or businesses. All the businesses that open in Caledon East don't last long. People who live in Caledon and most towns have to drive a long way to get to their work. This creates horrible commute in mornings and afternoons and increases the amount of car accidents and pollution. People also tend to walk less in cities and if Caledon becomes one then the citizens will be less active.  Urban sprawl also destroys animal's homes for example birds will lose their nest’s. In recent months when dumpster trucks and bulldozers started moving into the field area people have been finding above average amounts of foxes and other animals in their backyards. Animal crossing signs have also been put up on the street. If these subdivisions are put in we will be losing many of the bee habitats in Caledon. Bees provided a third of our food supply. If we add these subdivisions we will be gaining people but losing food! The animals don't have a voice they can't stop their homes from being destroyed. In the field of Castles of Caledon there are tall, beautiful, old, trees. These trees clean our air and reduce pollution. Not only that but they are beautiful to look at in all seasons. Urban sprawl also pollutes our waters, habitats to fish like salmon and aquatic plants.   The Ontario Municipal Board made the decision to put these subdivisions into our little town. But the board doesn’t know who and what lives here. What does the board know about Caledon East and what we do? They aren’t the ones living here. Watching the beautiful landscape being replaced with big ugly buildings. The ministry of Ontario is making our small town into a dangerous city. Why is the government not letting the fact that Caledon is apart of the green belt stop them from building houses on that land?   If you made it this far that means you care about this topic and that you can do something about it. We know that having these subdivisions is inevitable and it is too late to stop construction but  we hope that we can bring down the amount of space that they destroy with these subdivisions. If you believe that this isn’t right then speak out by signing this petition. The citizen's voices must be heard.

Amanda M
164 supporters
Request for live broadcast of The Tragically Hip's final show in Kingston on August 20/16

We're thrilled to be presenting this concert to as many Canadians as possible; it really will be a national celebration! The show starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 20th and will air live across the country. Here’s how you can watch: • CBC Television (check your local listings) • • The CBC Music app (for Apple and Android devices) • CBC Music on New Apple TV • • Or listen on: • CBC Radio One (local frequencies) • CBC Radio 2 • CBC Radio One on Sirius XM Channel 169 Viewing parties are also being held across the country - click on the link to see if there’s a celebration being held in your neighbourhood: And for all you Hip fans outside of Canada, the web streams on CBC Music, Facebook and YouTube will be available worldwide. Sirius XM is available across North America. Enjoy the show!

1 year ago