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Petitioning Stephen Harper

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

(Le français suit) AUGUST 20, 2015 - UPDATE: Since the election has been called for October 19, the 5 federal party leaders have been added as recipients of this petition because this is now an election issue. I wonder, has anyone at Canada Post ever tried to to push a stroller or a wheelchair or a walker through the snow? I don't think they realize the impact of ending door-to-door mail delivery when it comes to the parents of young children, to the disabled, and to the elderly, especially in winter.  What about the sweltering summers? Or miserable thunderstorms and heavy rain? The garbage that is going to happen around them and who is going to clean it up? Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn they may have to travel kilometers to get their mail. I am the mother of two young boys. My youngest has cerebral palsy and uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. For me, Canada Post’s decision would mean having to bundle them up and struggle through the snow with a wheelchair just to get our mail.  And I am just one of thousands of Canadians who must already overcome mobility challenges on a daily basis. On top of that, 8000 employees are going to lose their jobs because of this decision! And, we’re hearing that these new “superboxes” might not be very safe. My grandfather, god rest his soul, was a WW2 veteran and became a mailman. They take their work very seriously otherwise they would not brave the weather. My current mail carrier is also proud of the service she provides for the community. Why change something that is working well for communities across Canada? This has to be stopped. A lot of people need home delivery because of their circumstances. Please sign the petition and share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the more solid the chances will be that Canada post and the government hear our voices!!  --- Je me demande, est-ce que quelqu'un à Postes Canada a déjà essayé de pousser une marchette, ou faire avancer une chaise roulante, ou marcher avec une canne, dans la neige? Je ne pense pas qu'ils ont conscience de l'impact de la fin du service postal à domicile sur les parents de jeunes enfants, sur les personnes aux prises avec des handicaps et sur les personnes âgées, particulièrement en hiver. Des millions de Canadiens ont été surpris et fâchés d'apprendre qu'ils devraient se déplacer parfois sur des kilomètres pour aller chercher leur courrier. Je suis la mère de deux jeunes garçons. Mon plus jeune souffre de paralysie cérébrale et doit utiliser une marchette ou une chaise roulante pour se déplacer. Dans mon cas, la décision de Postes Canada me force à habiller mes deux enfants et à me démener à pousser une chaise roulante dans la neige seulement pour pouvoir aller chercher mon courrier. Et je ne suis que l'une parmi des milliers de Canadiens qui doivent surmonter des défis de mobilité à tous les jours. De plus, 8000 employés vont perdre leur emploi en raison de cette décision! En plus, on entend parler du fait que ces "superboîtes" ne sont pas très sécuritaires. Mon grand-père, Dieu ait son âme, était un vétéran de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale et est devenu facteur par la suite. Ces gens prennent leur travail très au sérieux, sinon ils ne braveraient pas les conditions météorologiques. Ma facteure est très fière des services qu'elle fournit à sa communauté. Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui fonctionne si bien pour les communautés locales partout au pays? Il faut arrêter cela. Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui ont besoin du service à domicile en raison de leur réalité particulière. S'il vous plaît, signez la pétition et partagez-la avec le plus de gens que vous le pouvez. Plus nous en parlerons, plus nos chances seront bonnes que Postes Canada et le gouvernement nous entendront!!

Susan Dixon
231,530 supporters
Petitioning Christy Clark, Premier Christy Clark, Hon. Steve Thomson, Hon. Mary Polak, Elizabeth May, Tom Ethier, Elizabeth May

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 Learn more and support the campaign to end the wolf kill and educate the public about this issue. Go to: to learn more and take action Share through social media: @pacificwild #saveBCwolves Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterContact Pacific Wild: Pacific Wild is a B.C. based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia.    

Pacific Wild
219,757 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

Three and a half years ago my life changed forever when a friend told me about the Highway Of Tears. I learned that on this stretch of highway in northern British Columbia, at least 40 women and girls had gone missing, the majority of them from aboriginal communities -- and the Canadian government hadn't done anything about it. As I began to investigate the stories of these women and girls, my outrage grew. I wanted all of Canada to hear these stories for themselves and to know the anguish felt by families. I wanted to help advocate for a solution. So I started making a documentary called "Highway Of Tears." Once the documentary was finished, I thought my journey was over -- but it was really just beginning. At screenings across Canada, I heard thousands of stories of violence against aboriginal women and girls - not just along the Highway of Tears. What's more - I learned that very few families have had any closure or justice for their lost loved ones. That’s why I’m asking you to sign this petition telling Canada’s government to implement A FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thanks to the tireless efforts of aboriginal leaders, most Canadians know about the need for a national inquiry into this issue. We’ve seen the government ignore their voices, even as the world has begun to take notice, and the United Nations has condemned Canada for inaction I've started this petition with the support of communities and families of missing women, including Mary Teegee, Carrier Sekani Family Services and The Highway of Tears Initiative. By signing this petition, you're telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women a priority, in addition to a national inquiry. I’ve been fortunate to travel country over the last year to meet with community leaders, activists, MPs and Senators.  I can tell you firmly from the bottom of my heart that this FEDERAL ACT is 100% necessary to protecting women and girls by improving the criminal justice response to violence. And it’s something many of our political leaders already support.  While I’m not asking all of you to join us in searching for lost family members or solving crimes, I am asking for you to join us in spirit. I am committed to pushing the Government of Canada to not only conduct a national inquiry, but to also implement a FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thank you for joining us.   

Matt Smiley
43,695 supporters
Petitioning Stephen Harper, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe

Federal Party Leaders: Join an Election Debate that Speaks to Women

I make less money than the person who sits next to me for doing the same work, just because I’m a woman. Why does this happen? I can’t find affordable daycare for my family, so someone has to stay at home to look after the kids.  What if we both want to go back to work? It feels like I am seeing story after story on the news about Indigenous women disappearing and being murdered. What can be done to end the violence? What if we could work together to make sure these questions - and more - are put directly to our political leaders?  These issues impact families and communities. They matter to Canadians from across the country. And they are issues that politicians are not talking about! Imagine if before choosing our next government this October, we could make sure that every party leader spoke about issues affecting women and girls. We can make that happen! Together, we’re calling for an all party nationally broadcast leaders debate on issues that affect women and girls. Up For Debate is an alliance of women’s organizations, community groups and international organizations from across Canada. Over 130 groups have joined Up for Debate because we have one thing in common: we believe in equality between men and women, and we want every Canadian to know where our political leaders stand on gender equality. No matter who you vote for or what party you support, gender inequality impacts us all. It’s in every Canadian’s interest to know where the federal leaders stand on all kind of issues from discrimination to violence, leadership, employment, sexual harassment or child care. That’s why we’ve launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieu to participate in a nationally broadcast leader’s debate on issues affecting women and girls. Please sign, and spread the word so that all parties will speak to Canadians about women’s rights. Here’s who we are: And here’s our vision: Help us make it happen! Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. You can check out the last time federal leaders debated women’s issues here: 1984 Debate. Version française

30,468 supporters
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Open Canada to Syrian refugees!

I am an emergency nurse who has served in many humanitarian medical aid missions in the Middle East. I have lately spent 3 months providing care in Syria during the crisis. I have witnessed the unspeakable atrocities of the war in Syria firsthand. I’ve seen the terrible suffering and displacement that is happening everyday and I know that Canada is not doing enough to help civilians find safety here within our borders. That’s why I started this petition. I want to know what the party leaders running in the upcoming election intend to do to help Syrian refugees. I am asking them to commit to accepting and admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by December 31, 2015. The Syrian war has been ongoing for more than 4 years now. More than 240,000 Syrians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives. The war and the political oppression have resulted in the displacement of more than 11 million, internally and externally. The modern world has not witnessed such an immense influx of refugees since the second world war. This is an international humanitarian crisis in every sense of the word. Canada, the country of human rights and freedoms, has admitted less than 1500 Syrian refugees since the crisis began in 2011. Given the millions out there, this is simply NOT enough. The current government has pledged to bring in more refugees but little has actually been done. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children, who are in desperate need of food, shelter, and above all, in desperate need of a peaceful place to live. Historically speaking, Canada has always taken a solid and proactive stance on humanitarian action and has stepped in to take in refugees of war and political oppression. So I keep wondering, what is stopping Canada now? Countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Germany and Sweden (to mention few) have all stepped in and taken in a large number of refugees. So why is Canada in stand-by mode? The situation is very dire and cannot wait any longer! This is a massive humanitarian crisis that requires Canada to act, and act immediately and at a large scale. Millions of displaced civilians are in need of a peaceful place to live, and in need of it now, not next year or the year after. Unless we act, history will remember us as the nation who witnessed the atrocities of war, but chose to stand by and watch as the Syrian refugees desperately tried to flee to lands of peace. This is not who we are as Canadian. We are the country of humanitarian zeal and we value human life above all. So let us be true to our values: open our country to the Syrian refugees. We promise we will open our hearts and homes to them. Please sign and share my petition to add your voice to this call to action.

Nada Sidani
18,330 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Cooperate to defeat the Harper Conservatives. // Cherchez à coopérer pour vaincre Stephen Harper.

Dear Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Elizabeth May, Cooperate to defeat Stephen Harper. Canadians want a new government, and your division is getting in our way. After ten years of Stephen Harper imposing his brand of conservatism on this country, the vast majority of Canadians are looking for a change. All three of your parties offer a slightly different take on what that change looks like, but despite the wedges that you're trying to insert between yourselves to get our support, what the majority of Canadians want most is Stephen Harper and the Conservatives out of government. We're not as motivated towards any of your parties to the exclusion of the others. Most Canadians feel that no single party has our ideal cocktail of policy proposals. Perhaps someone wants Green climate change initiatives, NDP child care, and Liberal infrastructural spending, and another wants NDP corporate tax raises, Liberal reconciliation, and Green democratic reform. Moderate, progressive Canadians want to see a sensible synthesis of the best ideas from all of your platforms. In our first-past-the-post electoral system, as long as your parties are virtually motionless in the polls and battling over the same 65-70% of the electorate, Stephen Harper can win elections. Even if he only wins a minority there's no reason to believe he won't pull tricky parliamentary maneuvers to stay in power, or force another election your parties can't afford. Recent elections in the UK and BC have shown us how inaccurate public polling can be, so we have to consider it a possibility that Harper may even win another majority. All three of you support some kind of electoral reform, which shows that you don't believe first-past-the-post is a fair way to elect government, yet you run your campaigns like it works! You will take our strategic votes when you're up in the polls, but insist we vote our conscience when you're running behind. This system rewards exactly the kind of bad behaviour that has become Stephen Harper's trademark. Now, he's dragged you into a race to the bottom on his terms: petty attacks, wedge issues, misinformation and micro-poll-selective-swing-vote-targeting. Perhaps you should all be forgiven for the first eight weeks of this marathon campaign. No one could have foreseen that we would still have the three main parties in such a tight race this far along. As October 19th looms closer though, Canadians need you to open up to previously ignored ideas. Like: -Pulling candidates in ridings where they have little to no chance of winning, in order to consolidate the progressive vote. It's too late to get their names off the ballot, but surely remaining candidates from other progressive parties would be more than happy to remind voters. -Promote strategic voting. Remind Canadians that whichever of your parties forms government will change our electoral system and they will never have to strategically vote again. -Refrain from unduly attacking one another, especially on a personal level. It's confusing us, alienating us, and it will drive down voter participation. You share a lot of the same supporters, don't forget that. -Show your willingness and ability to work together on this. It's likely that we will elect a minority government, now is the time to show Canadians that your parties could govern with the confidence of the house. We’ll give you an incentive to cooperate too: Signatories of this letter who live in a riding where more than one of your parties could be elected will vote for the one most willing to cooperate to defeat Stephen Harper. If the progressive parties cannot cooperate enough to keep Harper out of power, the three of you will be remembered for letting down the people of Canada. You will have allowed us to drift for four more years out of democracy and pluralism and into fear, surveillance, militarism, xenophobia, and austerity. Would you really be willing to do that for the sake of running candidates in ridings which they will probably lose? Alternatively, you could all enshrine your legacies, regain some of the trust you are losing, and pick up more seats along the way by recognizing what the rest of us already know: any one of you is going to be a whole lot better for Canada than four more years of Stephen Harper. Rid us of this man and his government by working together, it's the Canadian thing to do.__________________ Cher Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau et Elizabeth May, Cherchez à coopérer pour vaincre Stephen Harper. Les Canadiens veulent un nouveau gouvernement, et votre division est pour nous tous un obstacle. Après dix ans de Stephen Harper qui impose sa marque de conservatisme sur ce pays, la grande majorité de Canadiens sont à la recherche d'un changement. Chacun de vos parti politique offrent une vue légèrement différente de ce que le changement ressemble, mais malgré le coinçage que vous essayez d'insérer entre vous pour obtenir notre soutien, ce que la majorité des Canadiens veulent d'abord et dès que possible est la fin de Stephen Harper, ses conservateurs et son gouvernement. Nous ne sommes pas plus motivés vers l'un de vos partis à l'exclusion d'un autre. La majorité des Canadiens estiment qu'aucun parti unique tient notre cocktail idéal de propositions politiques. Peut-être qu'une personne appui les initiatives de changement climatique comme proposer par le parti Vert, et les soins d'enfant proposer par le NPD, et les dépenses d'infrastructure du libéral, hors qu'un autre appui l'augmentation des impôts sur les sociétés commerciales du NPD, la réconciliation Libéral, et la réforme démocratique du parti Vert. Comme Canadiens d'une politique modérée et progressiste nous voulons voir une synthèse raisonnable des meilleures idées de l'ensemble de vos plates-formes. Dans notre système électoral de premier-arrivé, lors que vos partis sont pratiquement immobile dans les sondages et que vous essayez toujours d'obtenir l'appui du même 65-70% de l'électorat, Stephen Harper peut toujours gagner les élections. Même si il ne gagne qu'une minorité il n'y a aucune raison de croire qu'il n'utilisera pas des ruses parlementaires afin de tenir pouvoir, ou de forcer une autre élection que vos partis ne peuvent pas se permettre financièrement. Les récentes élections au Royaume-Uni et de la Colombie-Britannique nous ont montré comment inexactes les sondages publiques peuvent être; nous avons donc à considérer comme possibilité que Harper pourrait même gagner une autre majorité. Chacun de vous propose une sorte de réforme électorale, ce qui indique que vous n'acceptez pas que 'premier-arrivé’ soit une façon juste d'élire notre gouvernement, mais que tout de même vous exécutez vos campagnes électoral comme cela fonctionne! Vous acceptez nos votes stratégiques lorsque vous êtes bien dans les sondages, mais vous insistez pour que nous votions notre conscience lorsque vous êtes en arrière. Ce système récompense exactement le genre de mauvais comportement qui est devenu la marque de fabrique de Stephen Harper. Maintenant, il vous traîne dans une course vers le bas sur ses termes: attaques mesquines, questions divisives, désinformation et micro-sondage sélectif- ciblée. Peut-être vous devriez tous être pardonnés pour ces huit premières semaines de cette campagne de marathon. Personne ne pouvait prévoir que nous aurions encore les trois principaux partis dans une telle course aussi serrée après tant de temps. Alors que le 19 Octobre s'approche, nous avons besoin que vous commencez à considérer des idées ignorées jusqu'à présent. Par example: -En retirant les candidats des circonscriptions où ils ont peu à aucune chance de gagner, afin de consolider le vote progressiste. Il est trop tard afin de retirer leurs noms du scrutin, mais sûrement ces candidats de bonne volonté seraient plus qu'heureux de rappeler aux électeurs la stratégie pour déposer le government Harper. -Promouvoir le vote stratégique. Rappeler aux Canadiens que n'importe quel parti qui soit élu et qui formera le gouvernement s'engage à changer notre système électoral et qu'ils n'aurons jamais plus à voter stratégiquement dans le future. -Abstenez-vous de vous attaquez un et l'autre, en particulier sur le plan personnel. Ça nous confond, ça nous aliène, et ceci a comme résultat de réduire la participation des électeurs. Vous partagez un grand nombre des mêmes partisans, ne l'oublier pas. -Demontrez votre volonté et votre capacité à travailler ensemble sur cette question. Il est probable que nous allons élire un gouvernement minoritaire, le moment est venu de montrer aux Canadiens que vos partis pourraient gouverner avec confiance parlementaire. En plus, nous allons vous donner motivation pour coopérer: les signataires de cette lettre qui vivent dans une circonscription où plus d'un de vos partis pourraient être élus voteront pour le plus disposés à coopérer pour vaincre Stephen Harper. Si les partis progressistes ne peuvent pas coopérer assez effectivement afin de prévenir qu'Harper soit au pouvoir, vous trois auront à vous souvenir d'avoir laisser tomber le peuple canadien. Ça sera vous les coupables qui nous auront bien mis à la dérive de la démocratie et du pluralisme et bien calé dans la peur, la surveillance, le militarisme, la xénophobie, et l'austérité. Voulez-vous vraiment cela juste afin de présenter des candidats dans des circonscriptions où ils vont probablement perdre? Autrement, vous pouvez ainsi conserver vos patrimoines, retrouver un peu de confiance que vous avez perdu, et ramasser plus de sièges le long du chemin en reconnaissant ce que le reste d'entre nous reconnaissons déjà: un ou autre de vous sera beaucoup mieux pour le Canada durant ces quatre prochaines années que pourrait l' être Stephen Harper. Débarrasser nous de cet homme et de son gouvernement, en travaillant ensemble, ceci est de la manière canadienne.

Bill Young
14,389 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Neil Ellis, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Marc Miller, Anne Minh-Thu Quach

Refund Katimavik by March 2017 / Pour le refinancement de Katimavik d’ici mars 2017

La version française suit. UPDATE: The Board of Katimavik has announced that if it does not receive funding from the federal government by March 2017, it will have to begin closing the program down. (Read CBC article here.) The organization has undertaken significant efforts at fundraising, but in order to serve youth much more funding is needed. Le conseil d’administration de Katimavik a annoncé que s’il ne recevait pas de confirmation de financement de la part du gouvernement fédéral d’ici mars 2017, il allait devoir fermer définitivement les portes de l’organisation (lire l’article de CBC ici). Des efforts significatifs ont été menés par l’organisation afin d’amasser des fonds; toutefois, afin de servir les jeunes et les communautés de façon viable et durable, un engagement ferme de financement de la part du gouvernement est indispensable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was once the chair of Katimavik, has publicly fought for the value of the program, and knows its importance well. The Liberal government announced that it intended to provide $105m over five years and $25m/year "thereafter in support of youth service." Yet there has been no action on the part of this government. Le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau a déjà présidé le conseil d’administration de Katimavik. Il s’est déjà battu publiquement pour qu’on reconnaisse la valeur de ce programme et connaît très bien son importance. Le gouvernement libéral a annoncé lors du dernier budget qu’il avait l’intention d’investir 105 millions de dollars sur cinq ans et 25 millions par année pour soutenir le service jeunesse. Or, encore aucune action n’a encore été prise en ce sens de la part du gouvernement. If the government intends to act on that commitment and invest in the future of youth, particularly through the unparalleled Katimavik youth volunteer program, the government must act now. This petition is calling on the Federal government to step in NOW and act before the organization is forced to close its doors for good. Si le gouvernement souhaite tenir son engagement d’investir dans le futur de ses jeunes, particulièrement à travers Katimavik, un programme de service volontaire jeunesse qui a fait école partout dans le monde, c’est maintenant qu’il doit agir. En signant cette pétition, vous demandez au gouvernement fédéral de s’engager à soutenir Katimavik avant que l’organisation ne doive fermer ses portes pour de bon.  (Please also make your concerns known by filling out the Liberal Party's own 2017 survey by clicking here.) (Merci de transmettre vos préoccupations à ce sujet en remplissant aussi le sondage 2017 du Parti libéral en cliquant ici.)   ----------- Join me in petitioning the Canadian government to restore funding to Katimavik by March 2017 so that thousands of Canadian youth and hundreds of Canadian communities will be completely transformed. Signez la pétition pour le retour du financement du programme Katimavik dès mars 2017 afin que des milliers de jeunes canadiens et canadiennes, ainsi que des centaines de communautés, soient transformées dans les prochaines années. Before you read any further, share the link to this petition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, and whatever else ASAP! Don't sign this petition in secret. Avant de poursuivre votre lecture, partagez le lien de cette pétition sur Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, par courriel, etc., dès maintenant! Ne signez pas cette pétition en secret!  Also, watch this 3-minute video testimonial from Canadian Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.  Aussi, regardez cette petite témoignage de Patrick Pichette de Google.   TO LEARN MORE... HISTORY:  In 1977, Katimavik began with the focus on educating youth and spurring on lifelong civic engagement through community service. In its first year, Katimavik mobilized 1,000 volunteers, who worked on projects in more than 80 communities. The program continued, through many ups and downs, throughout the years. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year Katimavik brought together more than 1000 young Canadians to contribute to the social and economic well-being of 54 Canadian communities; Katimavik provided over 600 not-for-profit organizations with nearly 660 000 hours of service to benefit those communities. Unfortunately, it suffered an unexpected blow with the March 29th federal government budget announcement. Despite strong words of support and encouragement from both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage in previous annual reports, as well as the very positive summative evaluation of the program released by Canadian Heritage mere weeks prior to the budget announcement, the clear alignment with this government’s policy aims and priorities, and the indisputable value created by Katimavik for its volunteers and community partners, the federal government cut its funding of Katimavik. HISTORIQUE : En 1977, Katimavik était un programme qui misait sur l’éducation des jeunes à s’engager dans la société en rendant des services à leur communauté. Dans sa première année, Katimavik a mobilisé 1 000 bénévoles, qui ont travaillé sur des projets dans plus de 80 communautés. Le programme a continué, malgré les hauts et les bas, tout au long des années. En 2010-2011, Katimavik a réuni plus de 1000 jeunes canadiens à contribuer au bien-être social et économique de 54 communautés canadiennes; les bénévoles ont donné près de 660 000 heures à ces communautés en travaillant dans plus de 600 organismes sans but lucratif. Malheureusement, le programme a subi coup dur et inattendu dans l’annonce du budget du gouvernement fédéral le 29 mars 2012. Malgré les paroles de soutien et d’encouragement du premier ministre et du ministre du Patrimoine canadien dans les bilans annuels précédents, ainsi que l’évaluation très positive de Katimavik publiée par le ministère du Patrimoine canadien à peine quelques semaines avant l'annonce du budget, le gouvernement fédéral a tout de même décidé de couper le financement de Katimavik. VALUE: The program was invaluable in the lives of rural and urban communities across Canada, not to mention the lives of those who participated in the program. Personally, it changed my life at a time when I needed to step back from life and reflect on where I was going. College/university was not helping me in that way. I needed different life experiences to help me decide my future and navigate relationships. Katimavik helped me, and other youth aged 17-21, develop independence, self-confidence, people skills, conflict resolution experience, emotional intelligence, positive attitudes, travel skills and much more. THERE IS NO OTHER PROGRAM IN CANADA THAT IS EQUAL TO KATIMAVIK. For Katimavik to be restored will immediately have an enormous impact on thousands of Canadian youth, and communities which receive the volunteers. It needs to be a 6- or 9-month program 100% fully funded by the federal government and open to all youth between the ages of 1-21 regardless of where they're from. (Currently, it is not so.) VALEUR DU PROGRAMME: Le programme fut inestimable pour les communautés rurales et urbaines à travers le Canada et aussi pour les jeunes qui ont participé au programme. Personnellement, il a changé ma vie à un moment où je devais prendre du recul afin de réfléchir à mon avenir. Le CÉGEP ou l’Université ne m’ont pas aidée à le faire. J’avais besoin de vivre des expériences différentes pour m’aider à prendre des choix en lien avec mon avenir et aussi avoir d’autres relations humaines que celles que j’avais déjà. Katimavik m’a aidée, moi et plusieurs autres jeunes âgés de 16 à 21 ans, sous plusieurs aspects : développer mon autonomie, la confiance en soi, développer plusieurs compétences, la résolution de conflits, gérer mes émotions, avoir une attitude positive, découvrir des cultures différentes et bien plus encore. IL N’Y A AUCUN AUTRE PROGRAMME AU CANADA QUI EST ÉGAL À KATIMAVIK. Restaurer Katimavik dès maintenant aura un impact énorme sur des milliers de jeunes canadiens et canadiennes et aussi pour les communautés qui les reçoivent. Le programme doit revenir à ce qu’il était avant, soit un programme de 6 ou 9 mois, ouvert à tous les jeunes âgés de 17 à 21 ans, peu importe d’où ils viennent, et surtout, entièrement financé par le gouvernement fédéral. DESPERATION: I am now a full-time youth worker in a rural town in Ontario, and I am convinced Canadian youth desperately need the opportunity to do Katimavik as I once had. Prime Minister, and former chair of the Board of Directors for Katimavik, Justin Trudeau himself is also convinced that Katimavik is an invaluable program and was 'killed for ideological reasons.' So there is hope! DÉSESPOIR ET À NOUVEAU L'ESPOIR: Je suis maintenant une jeune travailleuse à temps plein dans une ville rurale de l'Ontario, et je suis convaincue que les jeunes canadiens et canadiennes ont besoin d’avoir l'opportunité de faire le programme de Katimavik, comme je l'ai eu il y a quelques années. En tant que premier ministre et ancien président du conseil d’administration de Katimavik, Justin Trudeau est lui-même convaincu que le programme est inestimable et a été « tué pour des raisons idéologiques ». Donc, il y a de l’espoir! The best thing about Katimavik is that its benefits multiply over time. Invest in the life of a youth today and the next 30 years of their lives and the future of Canada will be forever altered. Please join me in petitioning the Canadian government to show it cares about the future of Canada and youth by reinstating Katimavik to its full glory by March 2017. La meilleure chose à propos de Katimavik est que ses avantages se multiplient au fil du temps. En investissant dans la vie des jeunes d’aujourd’hui, cela permettra de changer les 30 prochaines années de leur vie et l’avenir de notre pays! S’il vous plaît, joignez-vous à moi pour demander au gouvernement canadien de montrer qu’il se soucie de l’avenir du Canada, et de la jeunesse qui le compose, en rétablissant Katimavik d’ici mars 2017. #BringBackKatimavik For more info on Katimavik's history, see pour plus d'informations sur l'historique de Katimavik, voir…    For more information on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's position, see Pour plus d'informations sur la position du premier ministre Justin Trudeau, voir…

Sami Lester
12,989 supporters
Ban Battery Cages in Canada

I support a ban of battery cages in Canada. The use of tiny battery cages to house egg-laying hens is inhumane and unnecessarily harmful to the animals. The European Union has already banned these cages. In their report on the issue they pointed to “substantial evidence that banning the use of conventional battery cages for laying hens could considerably improve the health and welfare of these birds.” Canadian farmers are ready to end this inhumane practice. The Egg Farmers of Canada and the provincial egg boards of Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec have established a moratorium on the construction of new battery cage facilities. The cruelty of some factory farming practices in unacceptable. Farm animals must be allowed to live without undue stress. I will continue to push the government to adopt animal welfare legislation to prevent inhumane treatment of farm animals, including intensive factory farming methods like battery cages.

1 year ago
Implement a national pharmacare program for Canadians

Thank you for signing onto this petition advocating for a prescription drug plan for all Canadians. Every developed country in the world with a universal health care system provides prescription drug coverage, except Canada. Truly universal health care means guaranteeing that all Canadians have access to the medication they need, and the Green Party will fight to expand public health care to cover prescription medication. We will implement a National Pharmacare Plan that, through the advantage of bulk buying, will actually save Canadians $11 billion each year. It will especially benefit senior citizens, who spend the most on prescription medication, and it will allow physicians and doctors to better track if patients are at risk of dangerous over-medication. We will be far more rigorous in assessing new drug applications. We will apply the gold standard for pharmaceutical review to ensure we reject drugs shown to hurt more people than they heal. At the same time, our Pharmacare Plan will provide much needed coverage to the millions of Canadians who are forced to pay out-of-pocket for prescription medication every year. Thank you again for signing onto to this important petition and for your advocacy on this important issue. Sincerely, Elizabeth May, O.C. Leader of the Green Party of Canada

2 years ago
Respond urgently to climate change by setting a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050

I strongly support Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s call to implement the G7 leaders’ original plan for a decarbonized economy by 2050. In our platform, the Green Party commits to moving toward the elimination of fossil fuel use in Canada by mid-century. Canada’s recently announced target, a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, is the weakest in the G7. It is also nearly impossible to reach, thanks to the Harper Conservatives’ efforts to obstruct domestic and international emissions reductions. We are falling behind in the emerging low-carbon economy. Stephen Harper wants us to believe that it is not possible to both reduce carbon emissions and create jobs. This is simply not true. Stephen Harper’s work to undermine the G7’s goal and delay action until 2100, so he can continue to commit Canada to a fossil fuel economy, is deplorable. For the health of our planet, we must continue to push for a decarbonized economy by 2050. I hope that Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will re-join the national televised leaders debates, to ensure a debate where Greens can raise these issues.

2 years ago
Make our country run on renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Canada has the potential to capitalize on the single biggest business opportunity in human history - the shift to a green economy. We can make Canada an international leader in the emerging low carbon economy. Greens will immediately establish a cap on the expansion of oil sands production, eliminate the $1.3 billion federal subsidies to fossil fuel companies, and make significant investments in renewable energy. Every dollar invested in green energy creates seven times as many jobs per dollar invested in traditional energy sectors. The Green Party will invest in transnational electricity grid improvements, enabling Canada to leverage its vast renewable resources, including providing substantial research and development funding for electricity storage technologies. We will also leverage tidal energy, accelerate a rapid phase-out of coal, and focus federal support on the deployment of wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, and an increased geothermal capacity.

2 years ago
Federal Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Greens will legalize marijuana, create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small growers, and institute a tax rate similar to that on tobacco. The war on drugs has been disastrous for our country. The Canadian government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars enforcing drug laws and the industry has only grown. All we have to show for our efforts is a drug trade that operates underground with impunity, a mistrust of law enforcement among marginalized communities, and a criminalized youth. We need a new strategy for healthy and strong communities. It’s time to have an adult conversation about ending the war on drugs. After years of utterly ineffectual policies, it’s time for a new approach to how we deal with marijuana. Legalization and taxation is the only sensible way forward.

2 years ago

Freshwater is the lifeblood of Earth. Protecting and conserving freshwater is a major political challenge for the 21st century. Sadly, Canadians are among the world’s most inefficient users of water, wasting more water per capita than any other nation on Earth except for the United States. While Europe has considerably reduced its water consumption, Canadians continue to put a heavy strain on water infrastructures and drain our valuable freshwater reserves. The Green Party of Canada agrees that the practice of fracking is extremely dangerous and is committed to working with provinces to place a moratorium on horizontal fracking, and implementing policies that will protect Canada’s freshwater. We will ensure that the fundamental right to clean freshwater for all Canadians is respected today and in future generations by amending the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to enshrine the right of future Canadians to an ecological heritage that includes breathable air and drinkable water.

2 years ago
Withdraw from the US-led coalition for war in Iraq and Syria!

We’ve learned the dangers of shortsighted thinking from the ill-conceived military action in Libya, which made the terrorist threat across North Africa even worse. Once again, the Harper Conservatives have no clear direction, end-goal or exit strategy for the Iraq mission, which grew from a non-combat role to a combat mission on the ground, and now would include airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria. The Green Party has been clear from the beginning: We must not engage in military operations of uncertain scope and purpose that are not in Canada’s national interest and do so little to strengthen global peace and security. Instead, we must immediately sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty to reduce the flow of conventional arms that fuel these senseless tragic conflicts, crack down on the money flowing to ISIS and other terrorist groups, and collaborate with our allies to relieve the immense humanitarian suffering. Ultimately, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said, ‘Over the longer-term, the biggest threat to terrorists is not power of missiles, it is the politics of inclusion.’

2 years ago