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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
55,935 supporters
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: 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: Like us on Facebook at: Check out our tumblr at:

We Give Consent
40,782 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Stop the Privatization of Hydro One

The privatization of Hydro One will only lead to higher electricity prices for the citizens and businesses of Ontario. Hydro One belongs to the people of Ontario and doesn't need to be sold to have value.  The Ontario government has a history of privatizing taxpayer assets which ultimately ends up costing taxpayers far more than any of the short term benefits which were achieved by the sales. 

Cory Campbell
39,407 supporters
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: _ _ 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: [1] [2] [3]

Samer Mansour
30,035 supporters
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: 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)"Campers Lament Looming Accessibility Camp Closure" (Toronto Star, August 14, 2015) "Local Man Rallies Thousands In Campaign To Save Handicap-Accessible Camp"

Kevin Johnson
29,421 supporters
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 2016 - 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 2016 - Teresa's Book Launch and Art-show: "Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside" 2016 - Artist with Down syndrome written off as ‘incapable’ blooms in the Downtown Eastside 2016 - South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says 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 - Nowhere Else to Go: 2007 / Toronto Star   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."   To learn more about Teresa, please visit      

Franke James
26,137 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Keep Fracking Out Of Ontario!

Serious concerns are being raised about the effects of hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as "fracking" — on water, the climate, wildlife and people's health. Fracking projects commonly use millions of litres of water and tens of thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals that are injected into the ground at high pressure to extract natural gas from shale rock formations. Approximately 90% of this chemical cocktail returns to the surface and seeps into local water supplies. Widespread opposition, evidence of water contamination, and the need to fully understand the serious consequences of fracking have led governments in Quebec and France to institute a moratorium and ban the practice, respectively. Today we are asking Ontario to do the same. I urge you to join other provinces that have prioritized water protection, climate stability and public health by placing a ban on fracking!

24,513 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Geoffrey Dawe, Ontario Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Town of Aurora

Investigate Tim Height and Tiger Paws Exotic

Tiger Paws Exotic attended the Aurora Street Festival on Sunday June 5th 2016 and treated their animals inhumanely. With a kangaroo, rabbits, and porcupines left in tiny pens, with little or no bedding in the direct sunlight for six hours. The kangaroo was trapped in a 4-by-4 pen lying on hot concrete and onlookers saw him foaming at the mouth and the rabbits and porcupines were fighting to get into whatever shade was possible as temperatures reached 25 degrees. At a provincial level, we demand an investigation of Tim Height and Tiger Paw Exotic to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the animals. In addition, since the provincial level has not taken action to commission laws and regulations for the licensing and owning of exotic animals, we want to see action taken on a national level by our mandated officials.

23,095 supporters
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
21,304 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
20,277 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Thank you, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

2 years ago