- Premier of British Columbia
- Premier of British Columbia
Save B.C. Wolves!
January 15, 2015: B.C. Government green-lights controversial wolf hunt in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions. As many as 184 wolves to be shot from helicopters. January 20, 2016: Courts asked to rule on B.C.'s controversial wolf cull: Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the provincial government’s decision to cull wolves reasonably constitutes proper management of wolves. May 3, 2016: Wolf kill numbers nearly double in 2016: Year two of five of the B.C. government’s tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is now complete, with the government announcing today their aerial snipers virtually doubled the body count. January 20, 2017: BC government admits culling of wolves is inhumane, yet still considers cull expansion. Three years later, these headlines continue today. Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left BC’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou, such as the lichen rich interior forests, the BC government has now placed the blame on wolves. Wolves are now being targeted for aerial killing and expanded legalized hunting and trapping of wolves. These highly social and intelligent animals, icons of our natural heritage, should not be killed because of government negligence. Killing all the wolves in B.C. won’t bring the caribou back in the absence of habitat protection. Wolves are social animals which are integral to ecosystem function. It is the view of Pacific Wild that they deserve protection and should not be exterminated because the B.C. government has continually failed to protect and recover enough habitat for caribou. Gross mismanagement of species at risk in BC, a province with no endangered species law, results in unethical culls of predators and competing species, such as cougars and moose. There are solutions and alternatives to protecting B.C.'s caribou, but killing animals should not be one of them. ***(PLEASE NOTE you are NOT donating to Pacific Wild when asked after you have signed the petition - you are donating to change.org) Learn more and support the campaign to end the wolf kill and educate the public about this issue. Go to: www.pacificwild.org to learn more and take action Share through social media: @pacificwild #saveBCwolves Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterContact Pacific Wild: email@example.com Pacific Wild is a B.C. based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia. www.pacificwild.org
Save the Sled Dog: Reform British Columbia's Anti-Cruelty to Animals Law
UPDATE 04/07/11: The government-appointed task force has submitted recommendations that align with our requests to reform B.C.'s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Premier Clark has stated that the government will act on every recommendation, giving B.C. the strongest anti-cruelty laws in Canada. Now is the time to keep the pressure on to make sure the recommendations are enacted. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture and is an alarmingly ambiguous piece of legislation. Some of the law dates back over 100 years. Dogs and cats are defined strictly as property and there is no regulation in the act addressing businesses that work with animals such as sled dog companies. Without this regulation, a place of business cannot be shut down for acts of cruelty against animals. This legislation is clearly in place only to protect the rights of owners with “animal property”, not the rights of animals. A recent article by the Vancouver Sun revealed that the Howling Dog Tours manager who killed the dogs tried to contact the BC SPCA for help on two occasions. The BC SPCA didn’t investigate the business and turned down the request to shelter the dogs, claiming the dogs were not adoptable. A task force has been assembled by BC Premier Gordon Campbell to do a thorough investigation of this case. The outcome of their findings is to be reforms to the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. We must put a stop to animal cruelty by throwing our voices behind new legislation that regulates the roles of all animal welfare stakeholders and closes the loopholes that fail our animals. The BC SPCA and all animal shelters in British Columbia need to be regulated to follow a “rescue and save” plan, not a “seize and kill” plan. Premier Campbell’s task force will be reporting to Agriculture Minister Ben Stewart with recommendations for reformed legislation by March 25th, 2011. Let’s raise our voices loud and clear for the Whistler 100 to ensure the task force's recommendiations are in favor of animal welfare. There's needs to be real change to the Act and we must pull together and demand that change. “The question is not, Can they reason? Nor Can they talk, but Can they suffer? ~ English philosopher, Jeremy Bentham Visit us at www.isfoundation.com
We the people of British Columbia urge and expect that you solve the present crisis and let our schools open by agreeing to arbitration.
We disagree with the position that funding for class size and composition not be part of bargaining but for now settle all else and then continue negotiating. Special education students or any type of learner can’t be blamed for the present underfunding we are facing in our schools. Teachers can’t be blamed and have shown flexibility and initiative to find a settlement. We want more supports for our special needs students as soon as possible. The problem is not with our special needs children and how to service them, as government continues to imply and muddles the waters but with the chronic erosion in funding impacting all classrooms. There has been a 12 year struggle to regain the funding that was taken away from all students resulting in unworkable learning and teaching conditions. Class size, composition and ratios to specialist workloads have worked well before government took that language away in 2002. Matching need with service is the best way to guarantee support for students and allow the classroom teacher to focus on all children. Schools require resource, learning assistance and integration teachers, psychologists, counselors, librarians, speech and language pathologists, English language teachers, music and drama teachers, Educational Assistants etc. to provide excellent and timely service to students. Twice the courts found government wrong and ordered it to make amends and return that language. Now government continues to impose preconditions and not moving their position when teachers are. This is unacceptable to us as students, parents, teachers and taxpaying citizens. We all want schools to open as soon as possible. We demand that government lift the stumbling block to mediation (E80) which is that teachers sign away what they won in the courts. We urgently expect government to agree to binding arbitration and support public education, the cornerstone of our democratic society and future prosperity.
Tell Sister State, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virgina, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia(Canada) and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of Queensland(Australia): Tell Sister State, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Gyeonggi Province of South Korea became a sister state with the U.S. states of Utah in 1983, Virginia in 1997, and Florida in 2000, and Queensland, Australia in 1997 and British Columbia, Canada in 2008. This, despite the fact that Gyeonggi Province, South Korea is responsible for a horrendous dog and cat meat trade. In South Korea, home to global companies such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, and POSCO, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. One of the provinces that supports the illegal mass breeding and brutal slaughter of dogs for human consumption is Gyeonggi Province. Have you ever wondered what Hell is like? Click HERE to watch undercover video from the Moran Dog Meat Market in Seongnam, Gyeonggi. There are no words to describe the daily horror of this “Hell On Earth.” And there are so many markets like this all around Gyeonggi Province. Countless dog farms and slaughterhouses are scattered throughout Gyeonggi Province and they truly are hell on earth for the defenseless dogs suffering there. Man’s best friend exists for their entire lives in squalid, feces encrusted raised wire cages in utter misery only to be slaughtered in the most horrific of ways – by electrocution, a hammer blow to the neck, being hung or beaten, bleeding to death from a slashed throat, being burned to death from a blowtorch, or thrown into a vat of boiling water while still alive. Dogs and puppies died of diseases are tossed away like garbage, left in front of cages to rot while the momma dogs watch in terror and despair. Seongnam, Suwon, Poc heon, Goyang(Ilsan), Gimpo, In cheon, Namyangju, Anseong, Uij eongbu; and on goes the list of cities in Gyeonggi Province where these atrocities are perpetrated. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/ 3uR8R8Mu70Q Please inform Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam that citizens of your state and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food. Therefore this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal. Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal. Animal Protection Act: ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal: 1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life; 2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition; Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort; 4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease; 5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress. ARTICLE 8. PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE ① No one shall commit the following acts toward animals: 1. Act of killing by brutal methods, such as hanging 2. Act of Killing in public or in another animal’s presence ③ No one shall commit the following acts toward abandoned or abused animals: 1. Act of capture and sell or kill. 2. Act of trade or purchase knowing that the animals are abandoned or abused. ARTICLE 9. ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION ① Anyone transporting an animal that has been selected by decree from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must make an effort to abide by the following: 1. Ensure that the animals are properly fed, watered and drive carefully so that animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops. 2. The vehicle used for transportation must be built to prevent any harm during transportation and to minimize any pain due to poor ventilation or sudden changes in temperature, etc. 4. Avoid any possible injuries while moving an animal and minimize any pain or discomfort, such as sudden changes in body temperature or difficulty in breathing. ARTICLE 46. PUNISHMENT ① Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1 through 3 shall be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act, Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the act of discharging excrement, livestock waste water, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law. We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister states to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International and Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Gyeonggi Province, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your state’s sister state relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action! PS: Click here to find more ways to contact the governors of Gyeonggi Province's Sister States. http://koreandogs. org/contact-governors-of- gyeonggido-sister-states It's very quick and simple. http://koreandogs. org/
Fund Orkambi for those fighting Cystic Fibrosis
Dear Ms. Clark and Ms. Wynne, Imagine learning that you had a fatal disease. Then imagine that a new treatment, capable of dramatically improving and extending your quality of life existed, but was inaccessible to you simply because of the price tag. That is what is happening today to thousands of Canadians afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis. One of those Canadians is our daughter Lucy. Lucy is a beautiful, smart, funny, 4 year old who loves to skip, dance and sing. She has Cystic Fibrosis, and tragically without the development of a cure she will eventually die from her condition. Incredibly, there is a drug called Orkambi that can dramatically improve the quality of life for those affected with her same condition. This drug is approved by Health Canada but unfortunately is not on the list of drugs that are covered under the provincial health plan of either province. This is unacceptable. We, the undersigned, immediately call upon the Governments of BC and Ontario to enter into negotiation with the maker of Orkambi, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, to bring the drug onto the provincial health plan. Thank you in advance for your leadership in this area. Lucy and all Canadians impacted by Cystic Fibrosis thank you! Sincerely, Aaron Mittler, Mary Sanagan, Molly & Lucy Mittler, and supporters.
Ban Battery Cages in Canada
UPDATE: Our new official House of Commons petition is being presented in Parliament! This is our golden to reach the Government. Sign it here: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-766 Please sign this petition to tell the House of Commons and the Premiers of Canada to bring necessary change for hens being legally abused across our country. In Canada over 90% of egg-laying hens are being trapped in these small cramped “battery” cages their entire lives. When chickens are "living" in these cruel conditions they are unable to perform natural behaviours such as nesting, perching, dust bathing, stretching their wings or even walking around. On average each hen is given less space than a standard sheet of printed paper. Although this already is enough reasons to ban this inhumane practice, battery cages eggs also carry serious food safety risks. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in over 20 countries found that eggs from battery hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! This practice is cruel and unsafe for consumers, which is why it must be banned and forgotten in all of Canada. Below you will find our letter that you send when signing this petition, to the Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, all party leaders in the House of Commons and all Provincial and Territorial Premiers. Dear Justin Trudeau, Lawrence MacAulay, Rona Ambrose, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Kathleen Wynne, Christy Clark, Philippe Couillard, Stephen McNeil, Brian Gallant, Brian Pallister, Wade MacLauchlan, Brad Wall, Rachel Notley, Dwight Ball, Bob McLeod, Darrell Pasloski, Peter Taptuna We would first off like to thank you for dedicating your time and effort to our country. We know that as officials elected by the citizens of Canada, you want to help and work for Canadians. The issue of most importance to myself and the Canadians signing the petition to "Ban Battery Cages in Canada" is no other than the issue of battery cages. According to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, over 90% of egg laying hens in Canada are living in battery cages. These are tiny wire cages that chickens live in their entire lives. This not only damages chickens physically, but mentally as well, and studies show battery caged eggs to provide frightening food safety risks for consumers. Battery cages have been used on animals for decades and it is shameful that this inhumane practice continues. When chickens are put in battery cages for their entire lives, they act extremely unusual. Since chickens often die because of the terrible conditions in these cages, it’s not uncommon to find them cannibalizing other chickens. Chickens are smart and social animals that are almost never found doing this when living in regular conditions. According to farm sanctuary, chickens are outperforming dogs and cats on many tests of advanced cognition. The emotional intelligence of chickens is outstanding and far better than we ever thought so. But it’s not just chickens minds that are destroyed in these cages, it’s their bodies too. Chickens suffer feather loss and skin damage due to constant rubbing against the cage and other chickens. Their muscles and bones waste away due to lack of use, and in some cases, their skeletal systems become so weak that their spinal cords deteriorate and they become paralyzed; the animals then die from dehydration. This sad and awful situation is so common that the industry actually has a term for it, “cage fatigue”, and endless investigations show the remaining living birds forced to stand on the rotting, mummified bodies of their cage-mates. And there are even more negative effects on the chickens living in these cages. Since each hen on average is given less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches), they are unable to stretch their wings or even walk around. They are also neglected of other natural behaviours such as nesting, perching and dustbathing. These are activities that are important to them. To make it even worse for these hens, instead of dust bathing, they are forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall onto them from the hens in cages stacked above. The list of reasons to end this form of farming go on and on. Aside from the disgusting conditions these hens are force to live in, there are terrifying food safety risks to the consumers of battery caged eggs as well. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in over 20 countries found that eggs from battery hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Along with this, keeping hens in small cramped cages and not allowing them to perform natural behaviors causes exponential stress for these hens. When hens are constantly undergoing considerable stress, they can be more susceptible to diseases and more infectious. Battery cages are providing disgustingly cruel conditions for the hens that produce our food, and terrifying food safety risks to the consumers that eat these eggs. It is up to the the elected Ministers, Federal Leaders and Provincial and Territorial Premiers of our country to create the necessary change for this issue. We must move into the 21st century and ban the practice of battery cages in our egg industry. In conclusion, as concerned citizens of Canada we say to the elected officials working for us: For the sake of our animals, and our people, do the right thing. Thank you.
Hands off BC's Agricultural Land Commission
Note: This petition was started in 2014 and will remain open until victory can be declared. Madam Premier: During last year's provincial election campaign, the BC Liberal party did not campaign on plans to modify or scrap the Agricultural Land Commission. Search the party's platform for Agricultural Land Commission and the result is clear: “no match found.” Your party's response to a specific question on the Agricultural Land Commission (posed by Metro Vancouver) during the campaign didn't even hint at the plans now under consideration by your government. You have no mandate to make the changes that were detailed in cabinet documents released – not by your government but by the Globe and Mail – and we ask that you immediately withdraw them from consideration.
“ HANDS OFF OUR FRESH WATER “
“ HANDS OFF OUR FRESH WATER “ Whereas: Canadians human right to water is recognized with a legal binding charter right declaration; The obligation to respect means the Government of Canada can’t take action or make a policy that interferes with its citizens’ right to water. For example, no one can be denied water for drinking and sanitation because they cannot afford water fees or taxes; The obligation to protect means that the Government of Canada must ensure no one else interferes with the water rights of their citizens; and The obligation to fulfill means that the Government of Canada will take any additional steps necessary to meet their citizens’ need for water. We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, respectfully call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to help elevate, develop and execute a legal binding declaration recognizing clean water as a Canadian human right. It’s time for us to recognize the right we take for granted is not secured for future generations. We ask the Governments of Canada to harmonize its political actions with its moral values, with a declaration recognizing clean water as a charter right. Past, Present and Future Mankind has worked hard to master nature -- water specifically. We've bent rivers and even reversed their flow; we've drilled into the deepest aquifers and are still busy emptying them despite the poisons they hold; and we've created technology to even conjure it up from thin air. Yet despite this willful attempt at mastering water, we're finding that our human rights to clean water is slipping through our fingers. The world should start paying attention to a more basic issue: Industrial development and Fracking is an incredibly water-intensive process, and there isn’t that much water to go around Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century. Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world. The pollution in our water resources are having serious and wide-ranging effects on the environment and human health. The immediate effects of water pollution can be seen in water bodies and the animal and plant life that inhabits them. Pollution poisons and deforms fish and other animals, unbalanced ecosystems and causes a reduction in biodiversity. Ultimately, these effects take their toll on human life. Drinking water sources become contaminated, causing sickness and disease. Pollutants accumulate in food, making it dangerous or inedible. The presence of these toxic substances in our food and water can also can lead to reproductive problems and neurological disorders. It’s time for us as a nation to recognize the right we take for granted is not recognized with a legal binding charter declaration in Canada . The Flint water crisis in 10 points 1. While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.2.For Just $100 a Day, This Crisis Could’ve Been Prevented.3. There’s More Than the Lead in Flint’s Water.4. People’s Homes in Flint Are Now Worth Nothing5. While They Were Being Poisoned, They Were Also Being Bombed.6. The Wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Is a Spokeswoman for Nestle, Michigan’s Largest Owner of Private Water Reserves.7. In Michigan, from Flint water, to Crime and Murder, to GM Ignition Switches, It’s a Culture of Death.8. Don’t Call It “Detroit Water” — It’s the Largest Source of Fresh Drinking Water in the World9. ALL the Children Have Been Exposed, As Have All the Adults, Including Me.10. This Was Done, Like So Many Things These Days, So the Rich Could Get a Big Tax Break. Water toxicity experts estimate that roughly 10 per cent of Canadians are at risk of being exposed to lead through their drinking water as Americans in Flint, Mich., grapple with an ongoing drinking water scandal. Research funded by the Canadian Water Network estimates that about 60,000 households in major cities across the country still have lead service lines connecting the home to the municipal water supply. Senior researcher Graham Gagnon says each member of those households could find themselves consuming lead, which the study says is unsafe for human consumption in any quantity. Gagnon, who serves as director for the Centre of Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says lead service lines can also be present in smaller communities and in larger buildings such as schools. Exposure could also come about through buildings using fixtures, faucets or other components containing lead. But Gagnon and others say Canada’s cities have recognized the risks and made a concerted effort to decrease the number of lead pipes in their systems in recent years. Gagnon believes such efforts may protect those cities from the sort of lead poisoning crisis unfolding in Flint, though adds communities that haven’t launched replacement projects are at greater risk.Continue Reading >> https://ipolitics.ca/2016/01/31/flint-mich-is-not-alone-lead-is-in-canadian-pipes-too-experts-say/ PRIVATIZED "PUBLIC WATER" "The Harper government has gutted every regulation and law we had in place to protect our freshwater supplies. Now this deregulation is locked in as corporations from Europe as well as the U.S. can soon claim to have invested in an environment without water protection rules and sue any future government that tries to undo the damage." -Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians. Harper government shuts down Canada's 'groundbreaking' freshwater research station http://bit.ly/1fDju48 http://bit.ly/1dzVxsA "Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Canada's greatest freshwater defender and scientific achievement: the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)" http://bit.ly/1e7KAPP Stephen Harper's government is using free trade deals to allow foreign interests to privatize our Canadian water supply, and is using foreign policy to make sure that we have NO RIGHT TO WATER. >http://yhoo.it/18d0yDP Harper’s water privatization >http://bit.ly/ZgfYn2 Why is Harper Letting the EU Profit From Canadian Water? >http://huff.to/yw24It "Rather rather than providing the funding needed for First Nations water infrastructure needs, the Harper government has instead seen privatization as a quick fix for the water crisis in First Nations communities and has promoted public-private partnerships through its federal budgets." >http://bit.ly/pbsWGh Stephen Harper Conservative's effort to privatize Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems, and the threat this poses to the accessibility of safety public water for all Canadians. >http://yhoo.it/18d0yDP Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to corporations? http://huff.to/1cOaTbt "About three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model" http://bit.ly/19bt90J Council of Canadians Condemns Harper's Sponsorship of Water Privatization Conference >http://bit.ly/18djeUe 'Why Canada's Water Is At Risk' by Maude Barlow National Chairperson, Council of Canadians >http://huff.to/QEtGO0 'Fractured Land' depicts First Nations' fight to save water from oil and gas industry http://bit.ly/1cOkpeO "So, at one extreme you have indigenous, tribal societies trying to stem the race to disaster. At the other extreme, the richest, most powerful societies in world history, like the United States and Canada, are racing full-speed ahead to destroy the environment as quickly as possible." — Noam Chomsky >>http://bit.ly/18UaUgF "First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet." http://bit.ly/15MpCoE Why A legal Binding Charter declaration for clean water ? Our Right to Water that when water is a human right it creates three obligations for a nation: the obligation to respect, the obligation to protect and the obligation to fulfill. The obligation to respect means the government can’t take action or make a policy that interferes with its citizens’ right to water. So, for example, no one can be denied water for drinking and sanitation because they cannot afford water fees or taxes. The obligation to protect means that countries must ensure no one else interferes with the water rights of their citizens. For example, they must not allow private companies or local governments to pollute water supplies or prevent citizens from accessing water. The obligation to fulfill means that countries must take any additional steps necessary to meet their citizens’ need for water. That could mean, for example, improving or increasing public water systems. Banning fracking practices , Safe guarding our ground water and aquifers. Freed of the distractions, we will be left with a single question. Do we obey provincial dictates that grant a Foreign company license to pollute the water in Canada? Or the laws of Indigenous peoples, of the Supreme Court, and of our conscience, calling us to protect it? The answer will tell us everything about the kind of country we will have." Water is Life , My name is Michael Dallaire" I believe there is magic on this planet, its contained in water and in the hearts of Canadians we all share this magical thread that connects mankind to the web of life ". Do you foresee a day when clean water is a legal binding human right ? If not now than when ? LETS WATER THE REVOLUTION
Keep Vancouver Skytrains open until 3:10 am on weekends
Currently, Metro Vancouver has 2.464 million residence. Vancouver is one of the only major metropolitan cities who has their last trains depart early as 1:25 am on weekends. All of the last Sky-trains leave waterfront before 1:25 am on weekends despite clubs and bars running until 3 am. 1:25 am for a last skytrain is not late enough for many people trying to get around this city. With expensive cab rides many choose to drive home drunk. Others take the dreaded night bus. Voting for this petition is for extending the last skytrain (from water front) time to 3:10 am. The city would have many benefits if this was implemented: This will reduce the amount of drunk drivers. Taxis to anyone coming home past 29th ave from downtown can cost easily upward from 20$. Taxing to Surrey can cost over 60$. Naturally people will try to avoid paying this even if that means driving home drunk. Giving people the option to sky train home will reduce the amount of drunk drivers. People will be able to get home safer and easier. They will be able to avoid the dreaded night bus. Also the reduced amount of drunk driver makes the streets safer. More people will be encouraged to take public transit. This will help the downtown social scene flourish. When coming home at night becomes easy and accessible people will go out more. More people out will help businesses downtown and around the city. Having the last trains leave waterfront at 3:10 am on weekends will greatly benefit the city. This petition is not asking for much, the time the skytrains open and close can stay the same on week days. We ask for less than two extra hours, two times a week of skytrain activity. This is not much, for the benefits that the 3:10 am last train will bring. This petition is for translink or any governing body that has the power to influence translink. For more info on skytrain times visit the link. Please, tell use how changing the skytrain time on weekends to 3:10am will benefit you or how you? Join the petition facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1484980648479703/ See this link for more info on time schedules http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookupSearch&LineName=999&LineAbbr=999
Raise social assistance rates in BC
$610/month. That’s how much someone on social assistance is expected to live on in BC. BC has the highest poverty rate in all of Canada. Welfare rates have not been raised in since 2007. Meanwhile, the BC government has given massive tax cuts to the province's wealthiest people and most-profitable corporations, which has slashed government revenue dramatically. Low welfare rates are a poverty trap. A budget of $610/month leaves $21/week for food and virtually nothing for what people need to find jobs and get out of poverty: hygiene, clothing, and transport. Poverty costs BC over $8 billion a year. It’s time for the government of BC to raise welfare rates. We're a group of people and organizations who have joined together under the banner of the "Raise the Rates" coalition. We need to tell the government that the people across BC stand behind us. We want the BC government to ACT NOW and increase income assistance to the Market Basket Measure. The Market Basket Measure (MBM) is a measure of how much disposable income people need to meet basic needs. The MBM for Vancouver is $1569 and the MBC for rural BC is $1517. Low welfare rates cost us more – in human lives and money – than raising social assistance to a liveable amount. To find out more: www.raisetherates.org To watch a short video on raising the welfare rates: http://welfarefoodchallenge.org/category/2013-welfare-food-challenge/2013-videos/