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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 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: 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 Please, donate to Animal Alliance of Canada to help us fight this bad law and make Ontario pounds safe for homeless pets. Facebook at: 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 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)
84,758 supporters
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
68,394 supporters
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
55,873 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
40,746 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

Improve the Canadian Mental Health System

Canada’s mental health care system is grossly inadequate for those suffering from mental illness with all types of disabilities. I am just one example of many people in need that the system has failed to help due to insufficient resources. Short-term mental health facilities that can provide me with the care I need have waitlists up to two years long.  Sign this petition to improve Canada’s mental health care system to support those with disabilities! On Monday, December 4th, 2017, I was released from the psychiatric ward. I have been suffering from mental illness since I was ten years old. I have been suicidal – on and off – for the past little while. Since being in the hospital, I have been put on a new medication that is meant to help with the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. That part is fantastic news. However, I have been put on many waitlists that are sometimes up to two years long for the help I need. This needs to end. Please sign this petition if you believe that everyone deserves adequate treatment for their mental health issues, including acceptance and treatment programs. The Canadian government should make the necessary changes to ensure help is available to everyone.  

Falum Gibson
36,370 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Marie-France Lalonde - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services


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. The zoo was not open to the public at the time. 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 an 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. In that instance however, 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, dogs must be licensed. When it comes to exotic animals however, zoos, entertainment companies and private individuals do not currently require a license to own exotic animals such as lions, tigers or elephants? In addition, anyone can open a zoo to the public and exhibit 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 current 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 powers 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:  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 licensed in the province of Ontario. 2. For ALL zoos to submit to yearly inspections as a mandatory requirement for renewing their licenses, 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 continue to be 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 in place to deal with situations involving animals who have escaped their enclosures. These protocols must include access to immobilizing drugs and that staff are trained in how to use them effectively. 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 regularly. 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: Ontario Zoo Review Series - #4 - Papanack Zoo - August 2008 - Zoocheck: Wild Neighbors - The Safety and Security of Ontario's Wildlife in Captivity Facilities - Safety Report - 2010 - WSPA and Zoocheck: 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 (March 2016) (March 2016)

BA Campbell
35,315 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
30,002 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
29,388 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! Please read the article posted below

Michelle Boich
26,631 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
26,102 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

3 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

3 years ago