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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 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!

Let's Fix Hydro
55,920 supporters
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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
40,776 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Marie-France Lalonde - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hon. Rick Nicholls, MPP - Critic, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hon. Jennifer K. French, MPP - Crit...

SHUT DOWN ROAD-SIDE ZOOS IN ONTARIO OR DO A BETTER JOB OF REGULATING THEM

A white african lion was shot and killed at the Papanack Zoo in Wendover, Ontario, on February 28, 2016, when it escaped its enclosure. The zoo released a statement to the public that the cause of the lion's escape, was due to human error. The decision was taken by zoo officials to shoot the lion, as the risk to staff was deemed too high to attempt to tranquilize and preserve its life. An unfortunate end to a life that could have been spared if zoo staff were better prepared and equipped to deal with a situation like this. This unfortunate incident is not the first time a wild or exotic animal has escaped from a road-side zoo in Ontario. Zoocheck reports that a tiger had escaped from its enclosure in 2005 from the Papanack Zoo, when it was under different ownership, but in that instance the animal was successfully tranquilized and returned to its enclosure. This raises the question as to why the new owners of papanack zoo were unable to immobilize this lion, thus saving its life. Safety reports released by both Zoocheck and World Society for the Protection of Animals, state that 100s of wild animals have escaped from zoos or private collections in Ontario since 1985, and in some cases, people or animals have been attacked. In 2012 a cougar was spotted in the Muskoka area. Police eventually caught up with it, and it was shot and killed after it had killed a family pet. An examination later revealed that the cougar was declawed and well-fed, indicating that it was once a captive animal. Under the current laws in Ontario, zoos and private individuals do not require a licence to own and operate a zoo and/or exhibit exotic animals such as lions, tigers or elephants. This means that anyone can open a zoo to the public and exhibit these exotic animals with no requirement for training, experience or expertise. In Ontario, there are minimal requirements for animals in captivity under the OSPCA Act, but these regulations do not reflect the specific and special care and housing needs of exotic species such as lions, tigers, water buffalo and elephants for example. The lack of requirements and standards in the current laws for exotic animals, not only puts these wild animals in zoos at risk, but also the public in the event of an incident involving an escaped animal. All other provinces in Canada require a permit to own exotic species like lions and tigers and elephants, or there is an outright ban on these species as pets. Ontario is the ONLY province which does not have such a requirement. Previous attempts such as Bill 125, to bring in legislation for exotic animals, has failed. The current responsibility for exotic animals falls under local exotic-animal bylaws within individual cities, towns and municipalities in this province. The problem with local by-laws is that there is no consistent standard amongst cities as to how to define "exotic animal", what the minimum requirements of care or housing should be, or details of any specific training or qualifications that zoo staff should have, to work with exotic animals. It should be noted that while the Ontario government has given some regulatory powers to the OSPCA, these are not sufficient to deal with the complex needs associated with keeping captive wildlife. A licensing system similar to the one in Alberta would be best if this province is serious about trying to properly regulate captive wildlife facilities. Link to the current policy on exotic animals in BC: http://spca.bc.ca/ways-to-help/take-action/exotic-pets/exotic-animal-laws-restrictions/ (updated ) If we continue to allow zoos to own exotic animals, then we must do a better job by introducing regulations that protect these animals in requiring specific standards for their care and protection and through monitoring of their operations. We need to ensure that ALL animals in captivity are being kept in adequate facilities specific to their needs, and to ensure that zoo operators, staff and exhibitors have adequate knowledge of and experience in working with these types of animals. We also need to ensure that all zoos have a plan in place to prevent animals from having to be destroyed, due to lack of experience,  proper resources and emergency plans with which to bring situations such as that involving escaped animals, to a constructive conclusion. If zoos cannot meet these expectations, then we need to think about banning exotic animals altogether, in this province. THE PETITION: We, the undersigned, call on the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to pass legislation making it MANDATORY : 1. For ALL zoos that own and exhibit exotic animals or any animals in captivity, to be licenced in the province of Ontario. 2. For ALL zoos to submit to yearly inspections as a prerequisite for renewing their licences, to ensure that facilities that house exotic animals and animals in captivity, are adequate for the specific needs of the animal, and that the facilities are safe for both the animal, staff and the public. 3. For ALL zoos to provide proof that operators and staff are adequately trained and have prior experience in working with exotic animals. 4. For ALL zoos to have emergency protocols to deal with animal escapes, that include access to drugs to immobilize potentially dangerous, escaped animals. All staff should be properly trained and familiar with emergency plans and equipment. An emergency procedures manual should be kept up-to-date and all staff should be required to review this material periodically. Regular drills should be conducted to ensure all staff are prepared in case of an emergency. RELEVANT CASE HISTORY - February 18, 2017 - Venomous snakes stolen from a Thorold home in the Niagara Region. Thieves targeted a home where it appears the snakes may have been part of a breeding program as part of a reptile selling business. Among the snakes stolen were vipers including several juvenile cobras, rattlesnakes, adders, and a pregnant albino boa constrictor. - January 19, 2017 - Vandalism was responsible for the escape of a bald eagle who was housed along with one other at the Chippewa Wildlife Park in Thunder Bay. According to Gordon John, the acting parks manager, someone snuck into the park and smashed a lock on a door to the cage where they keep two bald eagles and cut a three-metre flap in the fence. While bald eagles in the wild could fend for themselves, these eagles were born in captivity, and had been living at the zoo for 10 years. They would have no skills with which to hunt for food on their own.  - August 2016 - A caretaker at the Granby Zoo in Quebec was mauled by a female lion, when the caretaker entered her enclosure to carry out feeding routines. Zoo officials were able to drive off the female lion using a high-powered pressure hose and CO2 gas. - May 22, 2016 - A man stripped naked and jumped into the lion enclosure at a Santiago zoo in Chile. As two lions attacked the man, who was reportedly suicidal, zoo authorities had to kill the lions, to protect him. - A caretaker at the Granby Zoo in Quebec was mauled by a female lion, when the caretaker entered her enclosure to carry out feeding routines. Zoo officials were able to drive off the female lion using a high-powered pressure hose and CO2 gas. - May 22, 2016 - A drunk man jumped into a lion enclosure at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad was rescued unhurt by an alert animal keeper who diverted the lion’s attention. - Dec 18, 2015 - Canada, BC: Creston RCMP say a cheetah was spotted along Highway 3a in the Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay areas. The cheetah was seen at the side of the road near Kootenay Bay by a motorist who took some pictures of the cat wearing an orange cloth collar and called the RCMP. - July 2012 - Viveka Nanda Guha, owner of Guha’s Tigers and Lions Farm in the Muskokas, was charged under the Ontario SPCA Act after a cougar escaped from his private menagerie. The cougar was shot and killed by police after it mauled a neighbouring family’s dog, which was later euthanized. At the time Guha told reporters that the cougar wasn’t his. Guha said all of his wild cats, which included six lions, two cougars and a jaguar, were all accounted for and secure in their cages. Guha later pleaded guilty and was fined and banned from owning domestic or exotic animals. - In 2008, a black jaguar escaped its chain-link enclosure at Guha’s farm. Police were dispatched because Guha apparently didn’t have a firearm or tranquillizer gun. He also didn’t have a fence around his farm. - Summer of 2007, a tapir named Stanley went on the lam for more than two weeks from Zooz Nature Park near Fort Erie. The long-nosed herbivore native to Brazil was recaptured after zookeepers and police received a tip. Zooz manager Tim Tykolis said Stanley apparently tripped a wire that would normally deliver a mild electric shock. Tykolis said Stanley wasn’t dangerous unless cornered, but Zoocheck Canada countered that a Malayan tapir seriously injured a zoo keeper at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1998. - Late summer of 2007, a 300-pound Syrian brown bear named Willy led emergency officials on a 14-hour chase through wooded areas around Zooz after he burrowed out of his enclosure. After an investigation, Niagara police said the zoo did not break any provincial law or municipal bylaw and there was no evidence of negligence. The search for Willy cost $20,000, mostly for police overtime. - In May 2007, a 32 year old British Columbian woman bled to death after being mauled by a tiger while she was standing next to the animal’s cage. The cat was owned by the woman’s boyfriend, who used the cat for public photo sessions on the property, as well as photo displays in shopping malls and at children’s parties. - 16 year old employee of the Dornoch Zoo in Grey County, Ontario was mauled by a female lion while conducting a tour of the zoo facility. The lion swiped at the girl through the bars of the enclosure cutting the girl’s forehead and arm. - In September 2005, Neekeeshia, a 500-pound Siberian tiger, slipped under a fence at the Papanack Zoo in Wendover and made her way onto the road. A driver spotted her and kept an eye on the tiger as she moved into a backyard across the street from the zoo, then called police. Keith and Diane Forgie, who lived in the home and owned the zoo at the time, tranquilized the tiger. Mr. Forgie said Neekeeshia was back in her pen within a half-hour. - In 1997, two Siberian tigers broke out of the Lickety Split Zoo near London, Ont.  when they jumped against their cage, knocking it down. They were captured within four hours. - In 1996, four tigers escaped from their enclosure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, reportedly after vandals broke the lock. A 700-pound tiger was shot after it attacked a camel, and the other three were soon returned to the enclosure. “We were lucky the cat went after the camel instead of someone outside,” said zoo owner Sam Persi. OTHER INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS PETITION Link to images provided by Zoocheck of current lion enclosures at different zoos in Ontario: http://www.zoocheck.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Safetyreport2010_images.pdf Ontario Zoo Review Series - #4 - Papanack Zoo - August 2008 - Zoocheck: http://www.zoocheck.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2008_Ont_Papanack.pdf Wild Neighbors - The Safety and Security of Ontario's Wildlife in Captivity Facilities - Safety Report - 2010 - WSPA and Zoocheck: http://www.zoocheck.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SafetyReport2010.pdf Special Note: SECTION 4 of the WSPA/Zoocheck report features recommendations that were presented to the provincial government on the requirements for safe and adequate enclosures for animals. MEDIA REPORTS http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/03/02/thousands-call-for-better-zoo-regulations-after-lion-killed.html (March 2016) http://paov.ca/mediamenu/alternative-news/5534-this-lion-didn-t-have-to-die1456857904 (March 2016)

BA Campbell
34,910 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Premier Wynne, stop making pounds sell lost and abandoned companion animals to research

The Issue: We need your help to change a bad law in Ontario, a cruel law that most Ontarians don’t even know exists: the Animals for Research Act. This bad law requires municipally-funded pounds to hand over dogs and cats, former family members, to research facilities for use as research subjects. We need your help to convince Ontario’s Premier, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, to amend this act and ban the practice of Pound Release, where unclaimed animal companions (pets) are sold for use in laboratories. The dogs and cats who share our homes are family. And we protect family. That’s why Animal Alliance of Canada has launched our "No Pets in Research" campaign. What if our animal family members become lost? What will happen to them while we are frantically searching for them? Once the brief holding period in the pound is over these animals can be sold for a pittance to be used as experimental research subjects! In one heartbreaking story, a much-loved dog named Royal was not even held for the required holding period and was sold to the University of Guelph. He was immediately deemed too old for research and was killed. His family was searching frantically for him during this period. Because of the Animals for Research Act, Royal did not make it home but died alone and afraid at a university research facility. Read Royal’s story: https://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/pets-research/pound-release/ Under the practice of Pound Release (sometimes referred to as Pound Seizure) dogs and cats are purchased from municipal pounds and used in research.  Many will be subjected to a life of pain and suffering and eventually killed and discarded as unwanted trash. Some will be used as training subjects but we are not told what procedures or how many are performed on them, how long each animal is held, and what happens to them when the procedures are completed. We are working hard to get this information but keep coming up against walls of silence. There is no public accountability and transparency about how they are used, where they came from and what ultimately happens to them. Once they enter this dark world, there is little over-sight or protection for them. Some pound animals have been used as test subjects for as long 10 years – a long and miserable life of pain and fear. Terrifying numbers: In Ontario, 2045 dogs and 4813 cats were sold from municipal pounds to research laboratories between the years of 2012 and 2015 (4 years). Across Canada, 7,661 cats and 5,891 dogs were sold from pounds to research laboratories in 2015 alone, according to the Canadian Council on Animal Care. The Act stipulates that researchers can buy a cat from a pound for $2.00 and a dog for $6.00. When the Ontario government places such little worth on these animals it is not surprising that the researchers follow suit, viewing former family members as cheap disposable research subjects. Pound release is widespread across Canada. But, Ontario is the only province that actually mandates this practice under the Animals For Research Act. Tell Ontario’s Premier to amend the Animals for Research Act to ban the use of lost pets from Ontario municipal pounds and shelters from animal experimentation, and to ban the import of lost, stray or abandoned pets for experimentation from other jurisdictions. Follow our "No Pets in Research" campaign at www.nopetsinresearch.ca Please, donate to Animal Alliance of Canada to help us fight this bad law and make Ontario pounds safe for homeless pets. https://www.animalalliance.ca/donate/ Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AnimalAllianceofCanada Twitter at: AAC @Animal_Alliance ___________________________________ If you are a resident of Ontario (have an address in Ontario - you can be any age) and would like to sign our formal petition to the Premier, please print it out here https://www.animalalliance.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Pound_Seizure_Petition_2017.pdf Fill it in and ask your friends to sign - the petition needs to be full of signatures. Then return the completed petition by mail to: Animal Alliance of Canada - No Pets in Research,#101-221 Broadview AvenueToronto, ON M4M 2G3 Only petitions that are full of names from Ontario residents are accepted by the Ontario Legislature. Thank you for all your help!

Animal Alliance of Canada (Liz White)
34,040 supporters
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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
30,029 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
29,419 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
26,131 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Dr. Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa, Robert Bell, Kathleen Wynne

Enact mandatory medication error reporting in Ontario

Andrew was a mischievous, caring, funny kid who loved sports, his Xbox and his family and friends, however our little boy was taken from us at the tender age of 8. He ingested a toxic dose of a powerful medication that was not intended for him due to a pharmacy error. Currently, the only province in the country with a reporting system is Nova Scotia, according to an article which states, “While pharmacy errors happen across the country, only Nova Scotia has made tracking tools mandatory. Saskatchewan is running a pilot project involving a limited number of pharmacies. Prince Edward Island began a pilot project, only to abandon it after a year.” This is unacceptable. What happened to our family should never happen to another family.   The life of a kind and caring child was taken by the hands of a careless mistake, and the mistake will go unnoticed by the vast majority of Ontarians unless we, his family, call attention to it, and try to effect change.  Nothing can bring Andrew back to us however, in his caring spirit we want the laws to protect all people, and so we are asking that Ontario create a law to enforce the use of error tracking tools for dispensaries.  Thousands of pharmacy errors are made annually, but there is no law in Ontario requiring such errors to be reported or tracked.  A reporting system would help put in place a vehicle to examine errors and see how training and procedures can be improved to reduce the number and types of errors.

Melissa Sheldrick
21,301 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

The Attack On Skilled Trades Section 17 of Bill 70

BACKGROUNDSchedule 17 of Bill 70 - the demise of skilled trades in OntarioThe Liberal government has introduced amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (the Act) that will dilute the enforcement powers of the Ontario College of Trades and devalue a Certification of Qualification and the compulsory trades designation. This government is creating an unsafe workplace and telling skilled trades professionals and apprentices that their investment in training is a waste of time and money. The Wynne government has chosen to hide these damaging amendments from public scrutiny by attaching them to an omnibus bill. There are currently 22 compulsory trades in Ontario in which a person must be certified, or be registered as an apprentice in a given trade and a member of the College, to work or be employed in that trade. Certification is compulsory to ensure that anyone engaged in the practice of trades which pose risks to workers, public safety or consumer protection, are trained and sufficiently competent to perform work properly and safely. The Certificate of Qualification is the only demonstrable proof of that training. The government’s proposed amendments will now allow individuals without certification to do work within the scope of theses trades. The Liberal government has introduced amendments to the Act that allow individuals to appeal a notice of contravention from the College to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The College has a mandate to protect the public, the OLRB does not, its primary focus is jurisdictional disputes Scenario: A labourer mounting electrical panel boards and their associated distribution systems is given a notice of contravention by the College. The OLRB can determine the person does not have a Certificate and is doing work within scope of electrician (breaking the law) but now the OLRB can rescind the College’s notice of contravention if they don’t see any visible risk to that particular task. The danger in this notion is that what may appear to be a simple task -if done incorrectly- could lead to a hazardous fire and possible serious injury or death. Similar scenarios could play out in any of the compulsory trades, not just construction. The Certificate of Qualification and compulsory trade status would become meaningless if the OLRB is allowed to break out tasks within a compulsory trade. It also neuters the regulatory body mandated to protect the pubic. Business will benefit from using cheaper labour but the cost could be lives and ultimately higher expenses when work is done improperly. The province takes a massive step back in consumer protection and in promoting skills and training. Call to Action: Schedule 17 needs to be removed from Bill 70 and sent to committee to allow proper debate and public scrutiny of the impact of these amendments. If passed in its current form, these amendments will increase risks to workers and the public.

Michael Kaufman
20,322 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
16,962 supporters
Defend The Updated Ontario Sex Education Curriculum

Ontario is updating the health and physical education curriculum, including sex education, to keep our kids healthy and safe. I would like to thank you for your support and ask that you keep up the important work of talking about why these changes are so critical. Please take a moment to share your support on Twitter by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/1SlQO35 If you want to stay up-to-date on our plan to give kids accurate, current information and to help them stay safe and healthy, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1HQB8BW It has been 17 years since the sex education section of the curriculum was updated in 1998, long before the internet, smartphones, Facebook and Snapchat. Over 60 per cent of Grade 5 and 6 students access the internet through a portable computer such as a tablet or a laptop. We want our kids to have accurate, current information, to help them stay safe and healthy. The curriculum review is one of the most extensive ever undertaken by the Ministry of Education, involving parents, students, teachers, faculties of education, universities, colleges and community groups. Of parents surveyed, 96% said it is important that their children learn about expected changes during puberty before their bodies begin to change. The World Health Organization says that giving kids accurate information at an early age actually helps prevent risky behaviour and early sexual activity. Parents play an integral role in their children’s education, especially in educating children on sexuality and sexual health – this curriculum will not replace the role of parents in educating their children on sexual health. Again, thank you for your work to help keep our kids healthy and safe. Thank you, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

2 years ago
Make consent a topic in the 2015 Ontario Health Curriculum

Thank you for taking the time to tell us that consent should be included as a topic in Ontario’s updated Health and Physical Education curriculum through the “We Give Consent” campaign. I would like to commend your hard work and ask that you keep up the important work of talking about why these changes are so critical. Please take a moment to share your support for the topic of consent being included in Ontario’s curriculum on Twitter by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/1QCoU5v If you want to stay up-to-date on our plan to give kids accurate, current information and to help them stay safe and healthy, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1HQB8BW This is the first time Ontario’s curriculum will include consent. The updated curriculum will teach students that relationships are a two-way street. It is not only one person’s responsibility to “say no”, but it is also the other person’s responsibility to listen and respect individual choices, contribute to positive relationships, and not behave in ways that may cause harm in the first place. Providing students with the best information about their health and well-being and helping them develop skills will help them make healthy and safe choices. We believe our updated Health and Physical Education curriculum will go a long way to support the success, health, safety and well-being of every student and child in Ontario. To learn more about Ontario’s Health and Physical Education curriculum please visit: www.Ontario.ca/HPE Thank you, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

2 years ago