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Kathleen Wynne

  • Premier of Ontario

Kathleen O'Day Wynne is a Canadian politician who has been the 25th Premier of Ontario since 2013. She is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Don Valley West for the Liberal Party.


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Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,605 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Hydro One, Kathleen Wynne, Bob Chiarelli, Carmine Marcello, CEO Hydro One, Ontario Energy Board, Premier of Ontario

Hydro One: Eliminate unfair fees and the HST from our bills, and remove inaccurate "smart meters" from the Province of Ontario

Please sign this petition and join the Facebook page Hydro One - Enough is Enough to find out about protests and written petitions in the works!TO: The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:WHEREAS, Hydro One rates continue to rise causing undue hardship for Ontario residents, families and businesses.WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:By far the major cost associated with our hydro bills is the delivery charge, which is exceeding the price of hydro itself. WE demand the removal of all the hidden charges that make up the delivery charge to be replaced with a standard charge, the same for all customers in Ontario that reflects the actual cost of hydroelectric delivery.Regulatory charges are inexcusable and need to be removed.WE demand the immediate removal of the HST on Hydro bills. Why would the Province of Ontario charge HST on what is, and always has been, a necessity?WE demand the immediate removal of the debt retirement charge for all customersThe time of use smart metering system is also causing serious problems with everyday life. Faulty meters continue to create over billing issues for thousands of residents. Instead of resolving these over charges Hydro One continues to force payment through harassment and threats of disconnection. Therefore, WE demand the removal of all smart meters to be replaced with analog meters.  We want to be billed a fair and accurate rate for hydro for ALL CUSTOMERS AND WE DEMAND ACTION ON THIS MATTER IMMEDIATELY!

Take Back Your Power Ontario
55,863 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Ontario Ministry of Education

Make consent a topic in the 2015 Ontario Health Curriculum

We Give Consent is a campaign by us, Lia and Tessa, two grade 8 girls in Toronto Canada. Our goal is to get the topic of consent in the Ontario Health Curriculum in schools.    We live in a culture in which rape and sexual violence is expected and accepted as a norm.  In Canada 1 in 4 women in will experience at least one incident of sexual assault in their life. Half of these assaults will be against women under 16 years of age. That is one too many.  One way to change this is having real talk in our education systems about consent with boys and girls, knowing that young women between the ages of 16 and 21 are at the highest risk of sexual assault. As young people going to school in Ontario we often see how much sexism and harassment takes place. We hear stories from our friends about cat-calling and slut shaming in the hallways and in the classroom. We also notice the lack of awareness about safe sex and consent. There are different sources in our society that make and perpetuate rape and sexual violence, but one of them is our lack of sex education. Our society is scared to teach teens and young people about safe sex, and most importantly, consent. Young people will have sex, despite teaching abstinence in the classroom, so the most important thing is to educate us and other young people about consent. When young people don't learn about the importance of consent in a sexual relationship, it can lead to unhealthy relationships and ultimately perpetuates rape culture. The current Ontario Health Curriculum is being used in schools was created in 1998! So much has changed since then and this outdated curriculum does not include anything about consent. It teaches abstinence instead of properly teaching comprehensive sexual health education that includes safer sex and the importance of consent during sex. The entire curriculum is 222 pages long and does not include a single thing about affirmative consent (Check it out here: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/healthcurr18.pdf). The curriculum needs to teach what clear, enthusiastic, and affirmative consent is and what it looks and sounds like. We want health education that teaches our peers “Yes means Yes”. That shares with our peers that affirmative consent is an enthusiastic “Yes Please!” between two people.  We want education that shows us that there are many ways to say no. That educates young people that silence is not consent and that “No means No”. We need curriculum that explains that consent is not valid when either person is intoxicated, and it needs to teach that sex without consent is rape. We need curriculum that speaks to our lives and helps to make us safer.  We know that the Ontario Health Curriculum is changing, an updated version is proposed for this year. Now that Kathleen Wynne has announced that consent will be in the curriculum, this petition acts as support for her decision. This is a petition to put consent as a topic in the new Ontario Health Curriculum. We will be sharing it with the Minister of Education Liz Sandals & Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Please sign, and spread the word so we can change sex education in Ontario and create a Consent Culture. Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/WeGiveConsent Like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WeGiveConsent Check out our tumblr at: http://wegiveconsent.tumblr.com/

We Give Consent
40,740 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Defend The Updated Ontario Sex Education Curriculum

Sign this petition to send a thank you for the update to the Ontario Sex Education Curriculum, it was far over due and much appreciated :) We need to show that many more people are happy and welcome the changes."Teaching about sexual health and development does not increase sexual behaviour, and can actually prevent risky sexual activity."Facts like those are found in Government of Ontario documents:What is in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum? (New!)Grades 1-6 Parent's GuideGrades 7-12 Parent's Guide Full Curriculum + More Resources (en Français ici)عربي‎ · 繁體中文 · 简体中文 · فارسى · Polski · ਪੰਜਾਬੀ · اردو Quick Summary: http://globalnews.ca/news/1845754/what-ontarios-new-sex-ed-curriculum-teaches-in-grades-1-through-12/_ _ _ Many ill-informed voices are taking over the social media sphere. Fueled by a ridiculous protest to pull kids out of school, there is an attempt to persuade public opinion and roll us back to a curriculum made before most of us had access to the internet [1]. What's at stake here is our kids learning the body of scientific and psychological knowledge we've researched and gained in the past two decades. This education is meant to protect our children from sexual harassment, sexual assault [2], unwanted pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections [3]. Those parents do have a choice and no one is stopping them from removing their kids from sex education classes. But public policy should be that every student deserves access to sex education, an education that just so happens to protect those equipped with the knowledge. The fact of the matter is we're living in the internet age, the holes in our education will have our young kids searching on Google, and some of those search results will be flat out incorrect information. So I ask who would you like teaching our kids: properly equipped and respectful teachers who are our neighbours, friends, and family; or having our kids learn from the internet which could be from anyone, misinformed, and from anywhere. The third option, regrettably, is our children go off doing something preventable and having to suffer the consequences.#SupportSexEdVideo Update 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp45UsXGFRs [1] http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/05/04/fact-checking-10-claims-made-by-parents-against-the-ontario-sex-ed-curriculum.html [2] http://globalnews.ca/news/1980202/majority-of-canadians-lack-full-understanding-of-sexual-consent-poll-finds/ [3] http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/chlamydia-outbreaks-hits-nearly-10-percent-of-small-texas-school-in-district-with-no-sex-ed-policy/

Samer Mansour
29,996 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Save The Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled

This camp for DISABLED CHILDREN, VETERANS, and SENIORS WILL BE SOLD if your MPP doesn't act NOW. STOP THE BULLDOZERS!!!  THIS IS CRITICALLY URGENT!!!   For over 30 years, disabled veterans, children, seniors, and their families have had a unique sanctuary on 6.8 acres of Crown Land to create timeless memories. Don't allow ANY MPP to give away YOUR land to MILLIONAIRES. They don't need it. Our most vulnerable citizens still want it. And they DO need it! Since 1999, my wife and I, have provided 24-hour care in our home for Kirk, a disabled military veteran. Now, he may never get to return to a place that has been like a miracle. Ontario’s Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled is a place where our disabled loved ones can feel welcome, accepted, and equal. The Ontario government could sell their little piece of paradise at any moment, for a price that equals only 6 cents for every Ontarian, and their outdoor retreat will be GONE!!! Just 45 minutes west of Thunder Bay, Wilderness Discovery is unlike any other place in North America, perhaps worldwide. It’s designed to meet the special needs of the disability community in a scenic spot on panoramic Lake Shebandowan. Without this unique camp, our disabled children, seniors, veterans, their families, and caregivers would lose the only place available where they can feel completely equal to everyone else.  Traveling had always been an immense challenge for the disabled. Wilderness Discovery changed all that. The cabins are barrier-free with roll-in showers, wide doorways, and low-cut countertops. Each unit has an adjustable hospital bed, hydraulic patient lift, and shower/commode chairs. Only at Wilderness Discovery are disabled guests so welcomed. Since 1984, HAGI Community Services For Independence managed and developed the facility. But, they allowed the lease to expire and abandoned the camp. The Ontario government wants to sell the land for an asking price of $866,000. That works out to a one-time allotment to each Ontarian of just a little over...six cents...SIX CENTS!!!  What's REALLY going on here? Why would the government rather sell it privately to some millionaire? This isn't right!!! THIS IS YOUR LAND! DEMAND THAT ALL MPPs VOTE TO DESIGNATE IT AS PROTECTED FOR THE PERMANENT USE OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY! Every year, Wilderness Discovery welcomes many Canadians and tourists from around the world. Every Ontarian should be very proud that your province is home to such a unique and wonderful place.  I hope we’ve convinced you that Wilderness Discovery, and everything it means for the disabled people who visit, is worth more than your 6-cent share from a possible private sale.  Follow our progress on Facebook, too. LIKE & SHARE our page, Save Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled at this link: https://www.facebook.com/Save-Wilderness-Discovery-Resort-For-The-Disabled-1559139154332674/ Keeping this camp open would mean the world to us, and to so many others. Please sign and share this petition with everyone! Our thanks to all caring souls for your love and assistance. Kevin & Lorie Johnson and Kirk   Please click on these links for more information. "Musicians Join Effort To Save Camp For Disabled" (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, August 15, 2015) http://www.chroniclejournal.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/musicians-join-effort-to-save-camp-for-disabled/article_181543fc-42c8-11e5-b5b6-d3d546a89026.html"Campers Lament Looming Accessibility Camp Closure" (Toronto Star, August 14, 2015)  http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/14/campers-lament-looming-accessibility-camp-closure.html "Local Man Rallies Thousands In Campaign To Save Handicap-Accessible Camp" http://www.southernminn.com/waseca_county_news/news/article_ac410b5a-0afd-584e-8e76-5c2bc68abc11.html

Kevin Johnson
29,383 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne

OHIP coverage for Sight Saving Procedure: CXL

I am Michelle! I am a career mom with a blended family of 6. I have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful bonus (step) kids that I love to pieces and a loving supportive partner of 10 years. I absolutely love watching all my kids play, interact and enjoy life and the family we have created. I look foward to watching the individuals they grow to be. I have struggled with my vision from the age of 3. I was diagnosed with an eye disease called Amblyopia. I was nearly blind in one eye and went through years of patching, specialist appointments, glasses and exercises. It was tough as a child but with the loving support of my mom I made it through to a point where I was no longer almost legally blind in one eye. I was able to obtain 20/30 vision where I can function with glasses. I grew to love my glasses as they helped me achieve all the milestones in life my peers were achieving and eventually leading me up to the point where my path in life was very clear: Helping the community achieve their best vision and eye fashion and showing patients the positive side of glasses! For the past 8 years I have been passionately working my career as Michelle Boich C.C.O.A. I am a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant who works every day helping the Ottawa community with their eye care needs. I love helping my patients find eyewear that suits their visual needs, helping patients manage eye health conditions and advocating for eye health for all Canadians. I am truly passionate in what I do and I feel that our vision is so important to maintain, protect and manage as eye diseases make such a negative impact on our lives.  I have recently been diagnosed with another eye disease called Keratoconus which is the thinning of the cornea causing BLINDNESS. I now face two options:  OPTION 1: Wait for my corneas to thin to the point there is a hole and I lose my eye sight. OHIP will only cover a corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus. I will then wait on the organ donor transplant list for a matching pair of corneas. Wait time to find a matching organ donor can be up to 3 years. While I am waiting for a match I will go blind. I will lose the ability to work at my job. I will no longer be able to drive or support my family. We would need to move out of our neighbourhood and into goverment assisted living. Our family would no longer be self sufficient but dependent on goverment funds to live. I would miss seeing their faces every day. OPTION 2: Pay a medical bill of $6000+ for the sight SAVING procedure called CXL. Corneal collagen cross-linking is a technique which uses UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen the cornea.  Other Provinces who have already covered CXL with their provincial healthcare programs: YUKON / BRITISH COLUMBIA / ALBERTA / SASKATCHEWAN / QUEBEC / NEW BRUNSWICK I am petitioning to get CXL covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Program for the treatment of the degenerative corneal disease Keratoconus. This is not an elective surgery. I was born with a degenerative eye disease that will cause me to go blind unless I pay for this laser surgery to stabilize my corneal tissue and prevent further thinning and damage. Please sign my petition and help me raise awareness as I plan to take this as far as I can. Thank you for listening to my story and taking the time to support this cause! ** GO FUND ME has been created by my best friend Laura, who is always there to help. Thank you to everyone who has reached out in all ways possible!  https://www.gofundme.com/30-min-from-sight-saving-surgery Please read the article posted below http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/wynne-government-surgery-1.3886346

Michelle Boich
27,042 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Stacey Daub

Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled. Forced into LongTerm Care at 49, my sister with Down syndrome wants apology.

With the stroke of a pen, my disabled sister's human right to decide where she lives was wrongly taken away in 2013. In a heart-breaking move, Teresa who has Down syndrome, was "placed" against her wishes into a long-term care "nursing" home, by the Ontario health care system. Four days later, she was rescued by my 91-year old father who was "adamant" he did not want his daughter living in a nursing home. (Teresa came to live with me, her sister.) But then the nursing home called the police, in a shockingly callous and bizarre effort to force her back.   See the presentation I made with Teresa, to the Ontario Government's Select Committee in January 2014: Teresa’s story: Crisis, Capacity and Courage. The Select Committee acknowledged in their July 2014 report, “Long-term care homes are pressured to accommodate young and middle-aged people with developmental disabilities without any medical need for this type of care or any training to support this group of clients.”Since 2013, Teresa has been demanding a full apology from the Ontario government, the CCAC and the long-term care home.  UPDATE JULY 29, 2016 - Close to Victory But Not Quite There...Finally, the Ontario Government admits a mistake was made!On July 22nd, 2016 after two and half years, and after more than 26,000 people told the Ontario Government that human rights should never be disabled, the Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins sent this brief statement of apology to Global News: “I would like to apologize to Ms. Pocock and her family for her being placed in a seniors residence. All Ontarians deserve to be treated with respect and compassion as they navigate our system and that includes receiving care in an appropriate setting.” Will Minister Hoskins now send his apology to Teresa in writing? And will he please admit what the mistakes were so they don't keep happening? We hope so because it would show respect to Teresa for this traumatic life-changing event, and it would help to protect others. We also request that Minister Hoskins replace his misleading euphemism “seniors residence” with the accurate term, “long-term care home”, which underlines how inappropriate the placement was. Teresa, at 49, was put into a long-term care home that specializes in "dementia and palliative care". It was totally inappropriate for Teresa as she did not need that type of medical care. It was also a violation of her human rights as the BC Civil Liberties Association and seven other signatories emphasized in their July 12th letter to Minister Hoskins: BC Civil Liberties Association writes to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s Human Rights BCCLA wrote, “We believe and support Ms. Pocock’s statements that she did not want to be put into a nursing home.” “We are gravely concerned that the government, through its actions, appears to condone the forced placement and mistreatment of developmentally-disabled adults.”The BCCLA, Canadian Association for Community Living, Inclusion BC, Plan Institute, People First of Canada, Spectrum Society for Community Living, Vickie Cammack, and Al Etmanski have all joined together to send a clear message to the Ontario Government: Teresa Pocock’s forced admission to an Ontario long-term care home violated her human rights. The BCCLA letter prompted Christina Stevens, Global News to do a two-part series. Stevens pressed Minister Hoskins for the apology on television. Watch: "More than 2,900 Ontarians with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities"  Global's coverage shows that Teresa is just the tip of the iceberg -- and the government has known about this systemic problem for years.  We ask the Ministry of Health to acknowledge the mistakes that were made in wrongly declaring Teresa incapable and putting her into long-term care against her will. We ask the Ontario Ministry of Health to correct their report to reflect the errors that occurred in Teresa’s case.  By signing this petition you can help Teresa get an apology for the harm done to her -- even to this day, two and a half years later she talks about "danger day". We need a full apology from the Ontario government because this is not just about one person -- it's about standing up for and protecting the human rights of all people with disabilities.  The truth is that if we had not rescued Teresa from the nursing home, she would have been living in an institution -- with no right to choose otherwise -- for the rest of her life. How could this happen in Canada? That's what Teresa and her supporters want to know.  Teresa is not the only one being hurt. Thousands of developmentally disabled people are routinely being forced into inappropriate "care" across Canada and the USA. This is wrong. And it is having a catastrophic effect on the lives of so many people like Teresa.  We need to stand strong to protect the rights of developmentally disabled people. Please sign Teresa's petition, because human rights should never be disabled. Thank you in advance for your support! P.S. Please further help Teresa by tweeting this petition #DisabilityRights Related Stories: 2016 - More than 2,900 Ontarians with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities http://globalnews.ca/news/2843104/more-than-2900-ontarians-with-developmental-disabilities-live-in-long-term-care-facilities/ 2016 - Ontario woman forced into long-term care wants apology from provincial government http://globalnews.ca/news/2840135/ontario-woman-forced-into-long-term-care-wants-apology-from-provincial-government/ 2016 - BC Civil Liberties Association writes to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s Human Rights  http://www.prettyamazing.ca/bccla-teresa-pocock-ontario-mohltc/ 2016 - Teresa's Book Launch and Art-show: "Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside" http://www.prettyamazing.ca/pretty-amazing/ 2016 - Artist with Down syndrome written off as ‘incapable’ blooms in the Downtown Eastside http://www.prettyamazing.ca/artist-with-down-syndrome-written-off-as-incapable-blooms-in-the-downtown-eastside/ 2016 - South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/us/south-dakota-disabilities-nursing-homes.html 2016 - Institution Watch: "Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled" by Franke James Institution Watch Spring 2016 Newsletter 2016 - Family Support Institute of BC: Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled - http://www.frankejames.com/human-rights-should-never-be-disabled/ Nowhere Else to Go: 2007 / Toronto Star   http://www.thestar.com/life/2007/02/16/nowhere_else_to_go.html   Disabled Forced into Nursing Homes "In 1987, The Arc of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities forced into nursing homes who did not require nursing home care." http://newsletter.csfil.org/index.jsp?CAMPAIGN_ID=443&content_id=805   To learn more about Teresa, please visit www.teresapocock.com      

Franke James
26,096 supporters
Closed
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
23,904 supporters
Petitioning Ronnie Gavsie, Patient Advocacy, Eric Hoskins, Kathleen Wynne, France Gélinas, Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Sandy Williams

Accept Delilah Saunders as an eligible liver transplant candidate

(une version française suit plus bas) Delilah Saunders is suffering from a acute liver failure and requires a liver transplant. However, policy in Ontario is denying her access to the transplant wait list due to a history of alcohol use. In fact, health care professionals have indicated to friends and family that even personal live donors (who donate a portion of their own liver) will not be permitted even if a match is found, based on their discriminatory policy of disqualification. Delilah is a social advocate for Indigenous issues of concern and has dedicated her young life to bettering that of others. At 26 years old, she has already spoken across the country for Missing and Murdered indigenous Women and Girls, wrote for Teen Vogue, accepted Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award, written a Libretto. Delilah is a vocal protector of land and water through her resistance to the Muskrat Falls Project in her home of Labrador, and other invasive and damaging extraction project. On Delilah's behalf, we are requesting this punitive, biased policy be set aside in order for Delilah to have access to the medical care required to save her life. Delilah has touched many lives in her roles as advocate, educator, and friend. In light of her service to the greater good, we are now offered the opportunity to provide assistance to someone who has given so much.We are aware that exceptions to these policies have been made in the past. Therefore, we're requesting people to petition Liver Transplant centres in Toronto, London and Montreal to perform this life-saving surgery. We are therefore demanding that Delilah Saunders be accepted as a liver transplant candidate and that : the Trillium Gift of Life Network; the Multi-Organ Transplant at UHN Toronto; the London Health Sciences Centre's Multi-Organ Transplant Program; and other potential Canadian liver transplant programs waive their discriminatory and punitive policy of enforcing six months of sobriety for patients suffering from a Substance Use Disorder. We also ask the Ottawa General Hospital to recommend her as a valid liver transplant candidate. We are making this demand given that : Delilah's life is valuable; she will die in the coming days without a liver transplant due to acute liver failure caused by acetaminophen (known as Tylenol) toxicity in conjunction with past alcohol consumption; she had received treatment in the past year for her Substance Use Disorder and that she was on the waiting list for further treatment; her community cherishes her as a young person of 26 years of age and for her activism and advocacy for Indigenous women and the protection of land and water; she has a right to life and security, and to not be discriminated against based on her physical and mental health condition; she is Inuit and an Indigenous person, and that the Trillium Gift of Life Network policy is systemic discrimination based on ethnic origin given that it affects Indigenous people disproportionately, considering many suffer from Substance Use Disorder as a consequence of intergenerational trauma inflicted by residential schools, for which the Government of Canada has apologized; and that the policy has no basis in medical science.  Waive this discriminatory policy and allow Delilah her chance to survive! * * * Delilah Saunders souffre d'une insuffisance hépatique aiguë et requiert une transplantation du foie. Cependant, la politique en Ontario est de lui refuser l'accès à la liste d'attente pour une transplantation à cause de son historique de consommation d'alcool. En fait, les professionnels de la santé ont dit aux amis et à la famille que même des donneurs vivants personnels (qui donneraient une portion de leur propre foie) seront refusés même si un candidat compatible est trouvé, sur la base de leur politique discriminatoire de disqualification. Delilah est une militante pour les enjeux autochtones et a dédié sa jeune vie à améliorer celle des autres. À l'âge de 26 ans, elle a déjà pris parole au travers du pays pour les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées, a écrit pour Teen Vogue, a accepté le prix d'Ambassadeur de la Conscience d'Amnistie Internationale et a composé un libretto. Delilah est une protectrice farouche des terres et des eaux de par sa résistance au projet hydroélectrique de Muskrat Falls dans sa terre natale du Labrador ainsi qu'à d'autres projets d'extraction invasifs et dommageables. De la part de Delilah, nous demandons que cette politique punitive et biaisée soit mise de côté afin que Delilah ait accès aux soins médicaux nécessaires pour sauver sa vie. Delilah a touché plusieurs vies en tant que militante, éducatrice et amie. À la lumière de son service du bien commun, nous avons maintenant l'opportunité d'aider quelqu'un qui a tant donné. Des exceptions à ces politiques ont été faites dans le passé. Par conséquent, nous demandons aux gens pétitionner les centres de transplantation du foie à Toronto, London et Montréal afin qu'ils accomplissent cette chirurgie vitale. Nous réclamons donc que Delilah Saunders soit acceptée en tant que candidate pour une transplantation du foie et que : le Réseau Trillium pour le don de vie; le Multi-Organ Transplant au UHN Toronto; le Multi-Organ Transplant Program du London Health Sciences Centre; et les autres programmes potentiels canadiens de transplantation du foie suspendent leur politique discriminatoire et punitive exigeant six mois de sobriété pour des patients souffrant d'un trouble d'utilisation des substances. Nous demandons aussi à l'Hôpital d'Ottawa de la recommander comme candidate valide à une transplantation du foie. Nous réclamons ceci attendu que : la vie de Delilah est précieuse; elle mourra dans les prochains jours sans une transplantation du foie à cause d'une insuffisance hépatique aiguë due à une intoxication à l'acétaminophène (connu sous le nom de Tylenol) exacerbée par un historique de consommation d'alcool; elle été traitée dans la dernière année pour son trouble d'utilisation des substances et qu'elle était sur la liste d'attente pour un retour en traitement; sa communauté la chérit en tant que jeune personne de 26 ans ainsi que pour son militantisme et ses plaidoyers pour les femmes autochtones et la protection des terres et des eaux; elle a droit à la vie et à la sécurité, ainsi que de ne pas subir de discrimination en vertu de sa santé physique et mentale; elle est Inuit et autochtone et que la politique du Réseau Trillium pour le don de vie constitue de la discrimination systémique en vertu de l'origine ethnique puisqu'elle affecte de façon disproportionnée les personnes autochtones, considérant que plusieurs souffrent d'un trouble d'utilisation des substances comme conséquence du traumatisme intergénérationnel découlant des pensionnats autochtones, pour lesquels le gouvernement du Canada a présenté des excuses; et que la politique n'a aucun fondement scientifique ni médical.  Suspendez cette politique discriminatoire et donnez à Delilah une chance de survie!  

Hugo VAILLANCOURT
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Defend The Updated Ontario Sex Education Curriculum

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Make consent a topic in the 2015 Ontario Health Curriculum

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