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Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened

On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed.  Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival.   We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system.  Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.  

Concerned Patients of Canada .
61,402 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne, Dr Eric Hoskins, Glen R. Murray, Carolyn Bennett, David Zimmer, Jane Philpott

Help the Kashechewan First Nations Reserve get access to clean water

The Kashechewan First Nations reserve near Sudbury, Ontario, has been experiencing water quality issues for over 20 years. In 2005, more than 1,000 residents had to be evacuated from the reserve because of the E.coli bacteria found in their water. Just recently, in March of 2016, 16 children had to be evacuated due to skin lesions and infections. Their water treatment plant has not been repaired or replaced since 1998, and keeps breaking down, causing many health issues within the community.  Unfortunately, this issue does not just concern Kashechewan. In Canada, 2/3 of all First Nations reserves have been under a drinking water advisory sometime in the past 10 years. Most Canadians have access to clean drinking water every day. Why are First Nations treated differently? If you believe that access to clean water is a basic human right, please sign this petition to urge the Ontario government to address this issue and help the Kashechewan people build a better water treatment system. Thank you.   

Emma Helman
23,876 supporters
Petitioning Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau, Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Make Canada An Animal Testing Free Country by 2020

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1018 CANADIANS, Please sign, share & post the above link for parliamentary petition e-1018 that will make Canada an animal testing free country. It is the below change.org petition made into a parliamentary bill which can become law with enough OF YOUR support. E-1018 is supported by federal MP Don Davies. We have 120 days to get as many signatures as possible. So, PLEASE SIGN, SHARE AND POST THE ABOVE LINK AFTER SIGNING THIS PETITION BELOW. YOUR SIGNATURES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO MAKE CANADA AN ANIMAL TESTING FREE COUNTRY. Dear Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin trudeau and GINETTE PETITPAS TAYLOR, the Right Honorable Minister of Health, all parliamentarians and Senators, we are a loving and respectful people that treats the helpless and those that cannot act or speak for themselves as the we treat the best Canadians. Please phase out animal testing in Canada by 2020. Europe is phasing out animal testing by 2025, we can do even better and stop animal testing by 2020. And in the meantime, please ensure that ITR labs of Montreal is independently investigated for throwing and hitting beagle puppies and killing them when they are around one year old. Self-governing and self-policing by such organizations and by the CCAC is not working and has not worked in Canadian history thus far as it relates to lab testing facilities. We also understand that ccac (Canadian Council of Animal Care) has an inherent conflict of interest by receiving funding from those that they investigate (testing facilities and those that they represent). Since ccac receives the majority of its funding from the Canadian government (which comes from we the taxpayers and voters) and since the ccac has never decertified a animal testing lab in the past fifty years of its existence, we ask that the Canadian government fully fund the CCAC to prevent any inherent conflict of interest and make CCAC accountable for their behaviour and practises. We, the people hope the ccac can redeem itself fully with full funding from the government (and no longer accept any lab testing funding) until animal testing is phased out and stopped in 2020. We the people call upon Prime minister Trudeau, all parliamentarians and Senators of Canada to make Canada an animal testing free zone by 2020. We are a people of love, respect and kindness. How we treat the least of us, is how we treat all of us. We know that Canada can do better than a D rating internationally from the World Animal's Animal Protection Index. Please make Canada an animal protected Sanctuary and end all animal testing in labs by 2020.

rhonda zabinsky
19,143 supporters
Closed
Petitioning New York State Senate

Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience

The purpose of this petition is to voice opposition to legitimizing naturopathy through state licensure and mandated insurance reimbursement. Naturopaths are attempting to become legally recognized as "primary care physicians" in all U.S. 50 states and become Medicare providers. This is a dangerous future. UPDATE: This petition has expanded to include Canada, where naturopaths are also aggressively lobbying for licensure in all provinces and inclusion in healthcare programs. In Canada and the U.S., naturopathic education is shared across the border via a common accrediting agency, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (see below). Thus, a naturopath who graduated from Bastyr in Washington state can then become licensed in Ontario. It is only natural that opposition to NDs should be applied to all of North America. Naturopaths are not trained similar to physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants. Naturopaths are trained in a hodgepodge of antiquated methods, mystical theories, and bare-bone fundamentals of medicine. Naturopathic students are required to master homeopathy, energy modalities, herbalism, chiropractic-like manipulations, and therapies involving heat and water. There is a strong emphasis on anti-vaccine promotion and alternative cancer treatments. This petition concerns naturopaths who graduated from programs approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. These programs are attempting to circumvent comprehensive medical training by misrepresenting their academic rigor to lawmakers and the public. This is our chance to make a stand against pseudoscience masquerading as legitimate medicine. Please sign this petition to show your support for blocking naturopathic licensure, scope of practice expansion, and inclusion in federal and state health care programs. Naturopaths are not doctors, and they should not be treated as such. Below is a list of references with data and expert opinion on naturopathic education and practice: Atwood, Kimball C., IV (2003). "Naturopathy: A critical appraisal". Medscape General Medicine 5 (4): 39. Atwood IV, Kimball. C. (2004). "Naturopathy, pseudoscience, and medicine: Myths and fallacies vs truth". Medscape General Medicine 6 (1): 33. Barrett, Stephen (2013). "A close look at naturopathy". QuackWatch. Wilson, K. (2005). "Characteristics of Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Attending a Naturopathic College Clinic in Canada". Pediatrics 115 (3): e338–e343. Busse, Jason W.; Wilson, Kumanan; Campbell, James B. (2008). "Attitudes towards vaccination among chiropractic and naturopathic students". Vaccine 26 (49): 6237–6243. Wilson, Kumanan; Mills, Ed; Boon, Heather; Tomlinson, George; Ritvo, Paul (2004). "A survey of attitudes towards pediatric vaccinations amongst Canadian naturopathic students". Vaccine 22 (3-4): 329–334. Mielczarek, Eugenie V.; Engler, Brian D. (2014). "Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine". Skeptical Inquirer 38.3. Boon, Heather S.; Cherkin, Daniel C.; Erro, Janet; Sherman, Karen J.; et al. (2004). "Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: Results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two U.S. States". BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine 20 (4): 14. "Testimony in Opposition to H. 1992 and S. 1205, An Act to Create a Board of Registration in Naturopathy". Massachusetts Medical Society. Massachusetts Medical Society. Downey L, et al. (2010). "Pediatric vaccination and vaccine-preventable disease acquisition: associations with care by complementary and alternative medicine providers.". Matern Child Health J. 14 (6): 922–30. Lipson, Peter. (2016). Naturopaths: Fake Doctors in White Coats? Forbes. Caulfeild, Timothy. (2013). Don't legitimize the witch doctors. National Post. Palmer, Brian. (2014). Quacking All the Way to the Bank: Naturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense. Slate. Various authors. Naturopathy vs Science. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Bellamy, Jann. (2015). 2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt. (2015). ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt (2015). ND Confession, Part II: The Accreditation of Naturopathic “Medical” Education. ScienceBasedMedicine.org. Hermes, Britt. Naturopathic Diaries.      

Britt Marie Hermes
9,281 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Jane Philpott, BBC

Make Psilocybin tablets legalised & END Mental Health

Hello Recently over the weekend my father who suffers severe mental health issues , which have been passed down to myself and brother. He was arrested due to suspected murder of his partner who suffered years of illness , but had being proved it was a  pulmonary embolism . my dad was arrested, accused and injured by the local service, which have no training in mental health. Doctors hand out tablets as fast as the handcuffs are placed on innocent people who get the blame for the lack of so called ( procedure ) it needs to be addressed and realize this causes trauma.  The whole point is i stopped my 200 mg sertraline last June , after 5 years it was hard, luckily i have a family member who is a owner of a vitamin store with 30+ years experience, we went on a retreat which changed my life. I think one person who cares to give there all and help people with more knowledge then a private hospital constantly researching and providing natural solutions is a hero.  And if you want to help someone please get this changed by signing the petition. psilocybin micro-dosed has changed my life , it is proven but like any herbal natural medicine that cures a problem this including ( depression, anxiety etc ) is banned as a reason we all know but cant point the finger.  Ban Sugar , Ban Alcohol , Ban Cigarettes , This is how money is made and really proves the BAD things which don't help any long term illness. We all know why these would never be made illegal. By taking a tiny amount daily , i noticed a immediate change , i couldn't believe my memory , my calm state, my whole mind was almost cleared of the dark place it had been in, i can have a day which may be not the best but this is due to my own sensitive self which is normal, normal doesn't have any meaning. But being self helping is so important. so this needs to be made legal , i don't get why all tablets handed out is not illegal, herbal plants, mind re-training including meditation and retreats to the most affected need to be organised , please click this link to understand the benefits of the herbal medicine that needs to take over the non natural tablets which have worse affects then they are worth. https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-discovered-how-magic-mushrooms-alleviate-depression-antidepressants-psilocybin-amygdala   *PLEASE SHARE AND HELP GET A LIFE CHANGING IMPACT ON STOPPING ALL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND STOP SUICIDE FOR GOOD * *MALES WITH ISSUES ARE SUFFERING MORE , PLEASE FOLLOW US FOR MORE SUPPORT , THIS IS A NEW PROJECT SO PLEASE HELP AND SHARE TO GET IT RECOGNITION ☺️   INSTAGRAM : MEN2HELP  

Mark Summers
6,275 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jane Philpott, Tom Mulcair, Andrew Scheer

Take action – Tax changes will impact your future …

To all Canadians, On July 18, 2017, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Government of Canada released Tax Planning Using Private Corporations. This document calls for drastic changes to the taxation of small business owners and specifically targets professionals in Canada.  Specifically, the Liberals are proposing changes to: income sprinkling using private corporations; holding an investment portfolio inside a private corporation; the lifetime capital gains exemption; and converting private corporation income into capital gains.  The impacts of these changes are yet to be fully understood or measured, but they will be significant to all professionals now and in the future.  We are not treated like other public servants: we do not get a benefits package, paid maternity leave, pension plans, vacation pay, or sick leave. The right to incorporate and the associated tax benefits were negotiated by our provincial associations years ago in lieu of benefits and raises. This was done to cut government healthcare spending, and now that those negotiations are forgotten, the government is trying to take these benefits away. We rely on our corporations to run the business-end of our practices (purchasing medical-grade equipment, staff, overhead, rent, computer technology, protecting patient records and so on). The trade-off allowed us to do the job of caring for our patients, while still caring for our families, our children and our retirement. Let us be clear: we respect the law. The investment strategies we employ by way of our corporations are not “tax loopholes”. In the absence of reasonable alternatives we use our corporations as a long-term saving strategy to fund our pension. In other countries doctors are provided with basic benefits in addition to their wages which we are not. We need to be able to realize these tax savings to balance the scales. Without the tax benefits of incorporation, it will be difficult for us to continue with the care we wish to provide our patients. In recent years, the provinces have had billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care. In Ontario alone, over $3 Billion has been unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services which doctors provide. With these federal tax changes, some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada altogether. Ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times and lower quality of patient care. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst the commonwealth countries. In our opinion, the proposed tax changes will be a further detriment to Canada's already ailing health care system. We, concerned Canadians, urge you to reconsider your proposed changes to private corporations, and to maintain benefits for small business owners. Prime Minister Trudeau,  please preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our health care system.  Patients can never come first when frontline physicians are put last. For anyone reading this, we encourage you to get involved in this process by contacting the Department of Finance as they are looking for comments on the proposals fin.consultation.fin@canada.ca.  We also encourage you to reach out to your local MP to voice your concerns as they represent your voice in parliament, https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members This petition will be delivered to: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Minister of Health Jane Philpott Leader of the Official Opposition of Canada and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada Tom Mulcair

Imperial Lifestyle Management
4,726 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

No Plain Packaging for Cigars and Pipe Tobacco in Canada

Health Canada is currently planning to bring in plain packaging for all tobacco products in Canada, including premium cigars and pipe tobacco. It warrants asking: What good this accomplishes?  They’re censoring product that already exists in a dark market.  Censoring products sold in adult only dedicated tobacconists already blackened from public view.  Beyond picking on and discriminating against a tiny percentage of the Canadian population for no significant gain, what do they accomplish? It will not lower smoking rates however the unintended consequences are significant.  It will infringe on the personal rights of individuals.  Premium cigars and pipe tobacco are consumed exclusively by Canadian adults.  Despite representing less than 5% of tobacco consumption in Canada; Cigarillos, Cigars and Pipe Tobacco face punitive and excessive taxes, graphic harassment on packaging and more regulation than nearly any other product in Canada.  Health Canada has succeeded in educating individuals on the risk and those that choose to use the product should be allowed to do so freely.  The notion that a cigar smoker would choose a particular cigar based on packaging shows their ignorance of the product and the consumers.  Taste is king, cost is second.  Packaging is rarely considered.  The packaging is part of a rich and beautiful heritage but is not the driving force of sales. It will cost more tax dollars that will have to be spent enforcing and implementing these regulations for no gain.  Health Canada funding that could be used to invest in our very cash strapped health care system.  It will be directly responsible for eliminating small and independent businesses across the country that depend on tourist spending.  What tourist will want to give a gift that looks nothing like it should?  Crushing companies that generate more tax revenue per dollar earned than any other industry in Canada.    It will blossom an already significant Black Market.  Every action like this drives consumers to shop outside of Canada or on the Black Market within, eliminating tax revenue and hurting the independent shops and distributors that sell this product.  The amount of tobacco consumed by Canadians outside of the legal, tax generating system is fast eclipsing what is purchased domestically.  Actions like this encourage a Black Market and help it to grow and thrive, eliminating billions of dollars in tax revenue.  The government keeps citing England as a model that they’re following, but England omitted premium tobacco products from their plain packaging policy after careful consideration.  Why ignore that? This is moving towards prohibition and prohibition has proven not to work.  Enough is enough.  It’s ironic and hypocritical that a government in the midst of repealing prohibition for marijuana is marching towards it for a different product.  Do we not have greater concerns the government should be focusing on than a small segment of the population that enjoys the finer consumption of tobacco?  Is this the society we want to live in?  Where everything that doesn't fit into a 'healthy' world as narrowly envisioned by bureaucrats and policy makers far removed from everyday Canadians is regulated to the point of being eliminated?  If that's the case then we should start seeing the same regulations for alcohol, marijuana, sugary drinks, fatty foods, violent sports, cars, television, arts.... Individuals have to be able to make their own lifestyle choices without the government interjecting at an invasive level.  Society should be a place that lets people indulge in luxuries that give their life enjoyment.  That is a healthy society.  Not this tyrannical world they're working to create that values a dull long life over a life truly lived.

Phil Turcotte
4,235 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau, Bruce Archibald, Jane Philpott, Lawrence MacAulay

PETITION TO OUTLAW THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN CANADA FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION & EXPORT.

To: Prime Minister Justin TrudeauPrime Minister's Office80 Wellington StreetOttawa, OntarioK1A 0A2 CanadaTel: (613) 992-4211Fax: (613) 941-6900 Justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca cc: Hon. Jane PhilpottMinister of HealthHealth CanadaOttawa, Canada minister_ministre@hc-sc.gc.cajane.philpott@parl.gc.ca Hon. Lawrence MacAulayCanadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-FoodOttawa, Canada  Dr. Bruce ArchibaldPresident/CEOCanadian Food Inspection AgencyOttawa, Canadabruce.archibald@inspection.gc.ca Background, purpose and objective of this petition Canada has literally become the slaughterhouse of horses for human consumption and export to the EU and Asia. The US has banned and outlawed the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in 2007. Since then, Canada has been importing live horses from the US to be slaughtered in Canada and exported to the EU and Asia for human consumption. Between 2006- July 2015, Canada slaughtered a total of 685,510 horses; an average of 60% of these horses were imported from the US. All of the horses are slaughtered in Quebec and in Alberta, Canada by the following horse slaughter company: http://www.vianderichelieu.com/index.php These horses are bought at auctions in both the US and in Canada for as low as $ 0,30/pound by agents/suppliers of the slaughter houses (i.e. Kill Buyers) and then shipped thousands of miles by trucks in cruel conditions to be slaughtered in Canada in horrific and horrendous conditions. Many other horses are shipped live by air to Japan for slaughter and human consumption in Japan. It is both unsafe and highly unethical to slaughter and consume horse meat. These horses are not raised and bred to be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of these horses were raised and bred for human companionship and for the US horse race industry using toxic drugs which are toxic, dangerous and unfit for human consumption. For example, many of these horses are injected and treated with phenylbutazone, a known carcinogen that is banned from use in any animal bred for human consumption. Furthermore, horses are companions to humans just like dogs and other pets; it is therefore highly unethical to slaughter and export horses for human consumption. An Ipsos-Reid poll reveals that nearly 2/3 of Canadians do not support the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The vast majority of horses slaughtered in Canada are exported and consumed in Europe and in Asia. The vast majority of Canadians do not consume horse meat and do not support this industry. Over 64% of Canadians surveyed believe that the slaughter of horses in Canada for human consumption must be abolished on ethical grounds. In fact, we as human beings have a moral obligation to protect horses and other defenseless weaker sentient Beings from such horrific, horrendous and barbaric practices. Please watch and share the following leaked video footages of the horrific and horrendous slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada and decide for yourself: http://defendhorsescanada.org/investigations/chambers-of-carnage What to do ? Canada must ban and outlaw the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption. NDP MP Alex Atamanenko previously introduced two Bills to end the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. Tragically, however, PM Stephen Harper and the majority of Conservative MP's voted against it. In January 2014, MP Alex Atamanenko introduced a third Bill (C-571), an Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act, prohibiting conveying, importing or exporting horses or horse meat for human consumption, with the exception of horses that are raised from birth with lifetime medical records. Tragically, however, former PM Stephen Harper and the majority of his Conservatives MP again voted against Bill C-571. Happily, however, Mr Justin Trudeau voted in favor of both bills. Fortunately, Canadians have recently voted out PM Harper and his Conservative cronies and elected a majority liberal government headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We therefore hereby demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Liberal Members of Parliament and his majority government promptly draft and pass legislation to ban and outlaw the slaughtering and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. As Mahatma Gandhi rightly stated: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  You can find detailed information about this alarming issue from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition at the following website and blog links: http://defendhorsescanada.org  https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com Thank you for signing and widely sharing this petition. Please also email/fw a copy of this petition to your local MP and call him/her to ask him/her to either draft and/or vote in favour of a Bill to ban and outlaw the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption in Canada. You can easily find your local MP using your postal code at this link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/houseofcommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC Thank you for helping save these defenseless and voiceless sentient Beings and to ban and outlaw the horrific and horrendous slaughter of horses for human consumption in Canada. Sincerely, Arya VrilyaCanadayajnacentre@yahoo.com        

Arya Vrilya
3,597 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Eric Hoskins, Jane Philpott

Develop a National Strategy to help combat and lower Indigenous suicide rates

The current state of affairs in a small First Nations community in Northern Ontario with a population of about 2000 named Attawapiskat reinforces the urgent and pressing need for a National Strategy to lower and ultimately combat the extremely high and disproportionate rates of Indigenous suicide.  Early last April, 11 people in Attawapiskat tried to commit suicide in one night. [4] Among them was a 10 year old girl. A state of emergency due to the suicide epidemic in the small community of Attawapiskat was declared almost a year ago yet nothing drastic has been done to target and solve this problem ensuring long term and future success.  The rate of suicide in Indigenous communities is 100 per 100,000 people while the rate among Canadians is 10 per 100,000 people. This number makes no sense as the population of Indigenous peoples is only 4.3% of the total Canadian population. Canada is rated to be one of the countries with the best standard of living yet so many people are still suffering.  Attempting to combat these dramatically high rates of Indigenous suicide would lead to the acknowledgement of the unique underlying factors that can lead to suicide when it comes to Indigenous populations; a report conducted by Statistics Canada concluded that Indigenous suicide could be correlated with the residential school experience [1].  This would lead to the recognition of the different inequalities and challenges Indigenous peoples face. Suicide is a choice that one has to make on their own but as a society we can help address the different underlying causes behind the disproportionately high suicide rates of Indigenous peoples in Canada which may lead to more people making a DIFFERENT choice. Indigenous people are still being affected by colonialism and the aftermath of colonialism can definitely be correlated with the dramatically high suicide rates in Indigenous communities [2].  In addition, the Residential school experience has been linked to high rates of mental illness, child abuse and family breakdown in Indigenous populations, all of which are associated with suicidal thoughts [3]. On October 28 2011, Attawapiskat  declared a state of emergency due to a housing crisis their small community was facing. 5 years later in April of 2016, a state of emergency was declared in the same place but this time due to a suicide epidemic; it is obvious the two are correlated and one cannot be fixed unless the other is addressed. Ideally, by creating a National Strategy addressing the disproportionately high Suicide rates in Indigenous communities the root causes contributing to this issue will be acknowledged. Reconciliation and resolution cannot be achieved unless they are addressed.  We are pleading with the Government of Canada, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Minister of Health to collaborate with the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the Indigenous communities, the Chiefs Councillors and the Councillors of the various bands of Canada and develop a National strategy to address the disproportionately high Indigenous Suicide rates. References: [1] Statistics Canada. 2016. "Lifetime suicidal thoughts among First Nations living off reserve, Métis and Inuit aged 26 to 59: Prevalence and associated characteristics". http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-653-x/89-653-x2016008-eng.htm [2] The Canadian Encyclopedia. 2016. "Suicide among Indigenous Peoples in Canada".  [3] Aboriginal Healing Foundation. 2007. "Suicide Among Aboriginal Peoplein Canada" [4] CBC News. 2016. "Dying from hopelessness': Attawapiskat desperate to stop suicide pandemic" [5] Global News. 2016. "Attawapiskat’s suicide emergency is no surprise to anyone paying attention"    

Amanda Owusu
3,441 supporters
Petitioning Jane Philpott

Help Internationally-qualified Canadian doctors and surgeons to help resolving shortages

Historically, Canada has suffered from doctors shortage in one hand and in the other hand; there are more than 10,000 internationally qualified Canadian and permanent resident doctors and surgeons waiting to pass the hassles to be enrolled in the Canadian system.      Several thousands are now working the survival jobs by driving taxis and delivering pizza, and several thousands have gone to other countries including the USA and the United Kingdom, including myself.      Canadian Universities attract the Oil-rich countries to bring their doctors to be highly qualified professionals before they go back to their countries and leave Canadian citizens behind; where if a Canadian doctor was trained instead; he/she would've stayed and served the community.      Internationally qualified doctors can't work easily if they had their residency/fellowship training outside the US or Canada, and there is no system for direct enrolment for highly qualified doctors who work in senior positions in the USA and the United Kingdom.     Doctors are ready to practice in different levels of seniority; there must be a system to accept doctors at any level and involve them in the system and train them slowly. The system should allow senior doctors to work at their appropriate level as a service contract and not necessarily to be affiliated with a University medical school.  

Dr Firas El-Hanafi
2,258 supporters