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Lisa Helps

  • Mayor, City of Victoria

Lisa Helps is the 52nd Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia.

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City of Victoria: Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

CITY OF VICTORIA: BAN THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES.City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here. WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry.  Currently, there is virtually no regulation or public oversight of this industry.AND WHEREAS the BC SPCA have made recommendations to Victoria city council to phase out and ban the horse carriages and trolleys from Victoria city streets. Included in this report was acknowledgement that the carriage companies tried to deceive the public and the authorities: “It is decidedly troubling that Victoria Carriage Tours chose to inappropriately downplay a serious incident which put the public at risk.”  AND WHEREAS in the last 3 years, there have been 35 documented collisions, welfare incidents, and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city.   AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk. AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets. AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies. AND WHEREAS it has been documented that carriage companies pollute water systems by disposing horse urine and feces directly into storm drains against city bylaws. AND WHEREAS documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA.   AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues. AND WHEREAS recent footage of horses collapsing and struggling to get up exemplify the lack of professionalism of the carriage operators and reinforce the inappropriateness of horses working on city streets. THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2021. Thank you for signing Jordan Reichert Victoria Horse Alliance

Victoria Horse Alliance
42,891 supporters
Petitioning Lisa Helps, VIctoria City Councillors, MLA Carol James, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Marianne Alto, Sarah Potts, Sharmarke Dubow, Jeremy Loveday, Geoff Young

Save Beacon Hill Park

We petition the City of Victoria to reverse its decision to let Beacon Hill become a tent city. There are over 90 homeless and RV campers now camping in our city’s majestical city park. There are numerous large structures and encampments of multiple tents with increasingly unsafe and unsanitary conditions (against your own bylaws). Social distancing and self-isolating is not occurring. There are wood stoves, beer kegs, chop shops and tents stationed in clearly marked sensitive Garry Oak Ecosystems (also against your own bylaws). These ecosystems are home to more plant species than any other terrestrial ecosystem in coastal British Columbia. Many of these species occur nowhere else in Canada. They are biologically significant and are being destroyed. We have children playing next to tents, needles and human waste during COVID 19! The picnic area by the children’s play area has been entirely taken over by the homeless. With five tents in the small area and two picnic tables being used up, you can no longer picnic there. There are two bicycle chop shops operating in the bushes within the closed sensitive ecosystem areas. Park users have been followed, harassed and threatened. It is now dangerous to walk through Beacon Hill Park at night. Also, there was strong public opposition to having camper vans using Beacon Hill Park like a free campground. Yet there are now 15 RVs and camper vans in and around Beacon Hill Park (including two RVs from Alberta and one from Manitoba) in addition to garbage and many tents. As taxpayers, we are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain our Butchart Gardens-like Beacon Hill while it is wilfully being destroyed. Victoria is built on tourism and when our tourists return, we can’t have Beacon Hill Park serve as a tent city and criminal epicentre as it currently is. We need our local economy to rebound! Beacon Hill Park is one of the absolute highlights and top attractions of our city! Dr. Stanwick had said that there was a decision NOT to use Beacon Hill Park for a tent city. A tent city now exists in the park.  This park is the gem of our city. Why are we spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on this beautiful park while allowing the homeless to destroying it while stealing our possessions? Beacon Hill Park is not a tent city and it’s not an RV park. It’s time to stop this from happening. We also need to better fund our police force as our neighbourhood is no longer safe. We believe our Vic PD has done a tremendous job and need to be better funded and supported. Our Bylaw and Victoria police officers have been doing their best but have been frustrated by Council continually ignoring expert advice and denying the reality of what is happening in the park. Furthermore, the City of Victoria is also breaking the law in deciding to establish a tent city at Beacon Hill Park. It was under the terms of the amended act of 1881, that the lands known as Beacon Hill Park were conveyed to the City of Victoria on February 21, 1882 by Province of British Columbia Order by Order In Council #35, “To be maintained and preserved by the Corporation and their successors for the use, recreation and enjoyment of the public.” (Ireland, “Title to Beacon Hill Park,” May 8, 1942, p.8) Two landmark rulings have upheld that Beacon Hill Park cannot be used for other purposes. The legal action against the City allowing the Agricultural Hall on Park land was carried to the Supreme Court. Judge Matthew Begbie ruled on August 30, 1884, that the building was not an acceptable use because it did not constitute public recreational use and enjoyment, according to The Trust… Begbie specifically noted that, in his opinion, the following uses were also not permitted: a university, sanatorium, a barracks for soldiers, a lunatic asylum, and a cemetery. Begbie's ruling, "Anderson vs. Corporation of the City of Victoria," concluded that the Park was not to be used "for general purposes of profit, or utility, however great the prospect of these may be.” Therefore, we demand that Beacon Hill Park no longer serve as a campground or tent city for the homeless and for camper vans. 

Cynthia Diadick
27,451 supporters
Petitioning Ted Cruz, Texas Governor, Bill Flores, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, City of Austin, Texas, Louie Gohmert, Alma A. Allen, Al Green, Joaquín Castro, Greg Abbott, Tony Tinderholt, Jeb Hensar...

Removal of the Confederate statue at Sherman Texas Court house

This petition is for the removal of the Confederate statue located at the court house in downtown Sherman, TX. Black lives matter and so does George Hughes' life. The African American man who was burned alive inside of a safe at the old court house in Sherman Texas in 1930. His dead body was then hooked to a chain and dragged throughout the black community by Confederate supporters, then hung from a tree in front of a black owned Drug store that was then burned down. This riot in Sherman, TX in the 1930s affected every thriving African American business owners and families in Sherman as well other towns in and around Grayson County at that time and still does to this day. Most if not all black businesses were burned to the ground and a marshal law was later enforced to protect members of the black community from Confederate supporters in Sherman Texas threatening to harm them. George Hughes' body was given to the black funeral home, however that funeral home had been burned down. Because of this his body was then given to a white funeral home and they ended up burying his body on one of the city of Sherman lots. He never received a proper burial or historical monument nor historical marker. Instead of a memorial being built in respect of this great tragedy. A Confederate statue remains as a symbol of slavery, Treason against the United States of America and ultimate racism on the land he was killed. The Swanson Confederate statue was removed in Dallas Texas at DFW love field inco junction with George hughes," Swanson also noted the title “One Riot, One Ranger” came from a Ranger's report of a scene at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman in 1930, when a black man stood trial for assaulting a white woman. The mob eventually set fire to the courthouse and roasted the black man alive after he sought refuge in a courthouse safe. George Hughes and the hate crimes that were committed in the Sherman area in 1930 symbolizes what the Confederate staues in Sherman Texas stands for a contentious reminder of evil, slavery, racism, ignorance and hate for the African American to be free ,and equal. It must be removed, and our society needs to be educated on the historical ills of racism in American society.

Terrell Hughes
8,436 supporters
Petitioning Charles E. Schumer, Peter T. King, Nicole Malliotakis, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Animal ACTion Network, Eric Garcetti, Eric Johnson, Corey Johnson, Edwin Lee, Annise Parker, Li...

Grant retired military and police K-9's the same exemptions as service animals

The Retired Police Canine Foundation is supporting this petition and this is the goal: Give retired law enforcement, Military and off-duty k9s the same exemptions as service animals – let them live anywhere with their owners and accompany their owners on public transportation.   In most places an off-duty police or military k9 is considered a pet when not on duty but a service animal can accompany their civilian owner in public and on public transportation. An off-duty police or military k9 can be denied housing but a civilian service animal can not. These rules are doing a disservice to these American heroes and their handlers. Police and military k9s are highly trained and certified by state, local and in some cases national organizations. Police and military k9s off duty or retired are a deterrent to crime and terrorism. K9s are one of the most effective crime fighting tools. They are in most cases trained to search for lost children and the elderly. They faithfully serve our country and community. Having an off duty or retired k9 living in your building or riding on a train or airplane with you offers you and your community an extra layer of protection and safety.  Military personal are returning from serving our country suffering from PTSD and are unable to adopt there k9s because they cannot find housing that will accept the type of dog that they have. Police officers are experiencing the same resistance.These heroes  and their retired and off duty k9s protect your community and our nation from all kinds of threats.  Military working dogs fearlessly serve our nation saving thousands of lives each year. These animals deserve to remain with their handlers and need to be exempt from outdated housing rules and public transportation ordinances. These heroes deserve the same exemptions as civilian service animals when they are with their respective handler.    

Frank Rpk9f
7,675 supporters
Petitioning Capital District, Greater Victoria, Capital District Region, City of Victoria, Jeremy Loveday (Councillor), Lisa Helps

The Power of Poo: Divert dog waste going to the Hartland Landfill and create energy

Goal: The Goal is to rally support to encourage municipalities across Greater Victoria to pilot waste-to-energy projects that turn dog poo into energy and divert this waste from the landfill. Summary: Dogs produce a lot of poo. Dog poo also produces methane, a potent Greenhouse Gas (GHG).  Greater Victoria’s growing population makes reducing waste important. However, we have to do better than cutting back. We have to rethink the way we manage waste. We want to use dog poo to create energy. The Capital Regional District (CRD) and municipalities across Greater Victoria have climate action plans and targets to reduce their GHGs. The city of Victoria, for instance, has identified waste as a key piece of its draft Climate Leadership Plan.[1] The city is developing a Sustainable Waste Management Strategy in order to reduce waste, and also to repurpose it for other means, including achieving climate targets. Many Canadian cities capture methane gas from waste to create energy. The cities of Waterloo[2], Mississauga[3] and Vancouver[4] have implemented waste-to-energy projects and have started to install waste bins that turn dog poo into electricity. The CRD’s Hartland Landfill already collects methane gas and uses it to generate electricity. Now it’s time for Greater Victoria municipalities to do the same. Yes, turning doggy doo into power projects. Doggy doo projects are an innovative way to reuse landfill waste. Dog owner or not, by providing dog owners with a convenient disposal option, we will have cleaner parks and green spaces for all to enjoy, and a safer climate for present and future generations  Change happens when we collectively work together. Join the discussion and sign the petition to convince Greater Victoria municipalities to turn dog poo into clean energy.  Footnotes:  [1][2][3][4] Additional Resources: ● ● ● ● ●

Laska Paré
7,665 supporters
Petitioning Marianne Alto, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Ben Isitt, Sarah Potts, Sharmarke Dubow, Jeremy Loveday (Councillor), MLA Carole James, Premier John Horgan, Geoff Young, Lisa Helps

Stand for compassionate treatment of homeless tenters in Beacon Hill Park

As a group of parents who continue to enjoy Beacon Hill playgrounds, duck ponds and squirrels, we want to speak up. We feel safe bringing our children to the park, in spite of people who are homeless who call the park home. We can share the park (as well as other parks in Victoria with playgrounds and people tenting, like Central Park). We still have playdates, picnics, outdoor birthday parties and other fun times in the park. We can coexist in the park together, without fear. Our free access has not been impeded by people staying in the park.  When we pass a tent, we explain to our kids that everyone deserves a safe home like they have. Everyone deserves a bedroom like they do. But for some people, their tent is their home, and it's not fair.  As parents, we stand for compassionate treatment of people experiencing homelessness in Beacon Hill Park, or Meegan. Housing is the solution to homelessness, not enforcing laws that move people from Beacon Hill Park / Meegan to nowhere. Every person sheltering in the park is someone's son or daughter, sister or brother, mother or father, and should be treated with compassion, not fear or anger. This petition calls on governments to share the park and focus solutions on housing, not displacement. 

3,552 supporters
Petitioning Bill McKay, Justin Trudeau, Peter Milobar, Govenment of Canada, Lisa Helps

STOP the banning of Pit Bulls

A big part of people's families is a four legged friend; a dog. Different sizes, shapes, colours and personalities, these creatures are what complete our hearts. We find comfort with them when we are feeling down because they are the one thing that will keep you grounded. They provide companionship and loyalty, something that is often hard. Each dog has something to offer and not every dog of the same, even within breeds. Over the past few months, a grave problem has come to my attention - Pitbull bans. Like children, dogs are raised and taught under the care and responsibility of their owners. Every dog is taught lessons and lives the way it does based on their upbringing. Pitbulls seem to be in the spotlight for being an “aggressive” dog breed, but let's shine that light a bit brighter to see the truth. They are deeply misunderstood around the world based on people's lack of knowledge. The truth is, irresponsible owners, media, and myths have highlighted a fear around Pitbulls in our society. Are Pitbulls strong? Yes, of course they are. That is one of the fascinating characteristics about them. But why do we fear a muscular dog when we admire a muscular human? A well known MYTH about Pitbulls is that they are naturally violent and aggressive. This of course, is extremely false. These dogs are not born violent, just like any other dog or even with people, they can become violent from lack of teaching, leadership, irresponsible ownership, abuse, and many other contributing factors. Along with the above subject comes another MYTH, that Pitbulls have “locking jaws,” making them even more aggressive when they “attack”. Again, this is false. They bite the same as any other dog would. In fact, there is no scientific evidence that one breed is inherently more dangerous than another. I would like point out that there is a huge error in media when it comes to focusing on dog attacks. Statistics show that in 2015, 150 dogs that were involved in attacks were claimed to be of Pitbull breed. However, 60% of those dogs were misidentified.¹ Thus demonstrating how people assume the breed based on stigma. The media puts out these reports with incorrect information a lot of the time, focusing on the wrong breed and blaming innocent Pitbulls for nothing. It is easy for people to do this based on the stigma that is already created for them. These incorrect situations and myths are impacting the way people view these animals. Furthermore, bans and restrictions have been put into place in many towns and cities. Many people including myself see this as straight up wrong. We are asking for these bans and restrictions to be lifted. We need to give these dogs a chance and not make them pay the consequences for poor ownership and a stigma created by uneducated members in our society. It is 2018 and it is time for equality and fair treatment for all dogs. Pitbulls are an important and precious part of so many families. They should not be treated differently.  In conclusion, Pitbulls should not be banned due to stigma, myths, lack of education, or poor ownership. Studies have shown that the majority of dog bite incidents are in fact related to irresponsible ownership. People's lack of education and care should not be taken out on a breed that is no different than any other. Let there be justice for Pitbulls. We are their voices and we need to be heard.  ¹ “Pitbulls - Accurate Statistics and Information - Pit Bulls.” Pitbulls - Accurate Statistics and Information - Pit Bulls,  Personal Statements: “I just got my first ½ pitty today and he is nothing but kisses and he immediately fell in love with my 10 month old son. Every pit I’ve ever met has been amazing and loving!” - Rissa Souza “I’m a foster mother of a 10 year old pit. He waS kidnapped by a previous owner 4 years ago and I adopted him… and he adopted me! Now he is the sweetest and most affectionate dog I have ever met, my baby is my world.” - Micol Tiafu “I have 3 pits and I didnt know how I felt about them at first. They originally belonged to my boyfriends mom, but when she passed away there was nobody that wanted to take care of them. Everyone wanted to either get rid of them or put them down because “they’re trouble”, but my boyfriend and I weren’t having it. We agreed to take all 3 pits in and pay for everything. We’ve had them for almost 3 years now and I can’t imagine my life without them. I love those slobbery big babies.” - Carolina Nunez “From my experience with my dog, there isn’t a single mean bone in her body. All she wants to do is lick and lick. She is super good with children and if a kid gave her food, she uses her tongue instead of taking a bite so she doesn’t scare them.”  - Jahred Dabels "She's my absolute heart dog. Her never-fading happy demeanour is what keeps me going everyday. It's dogs like her that make me so excited to work in the shelter community."  - Anonymous “We first saw an ad on Craigslist for cane corso pitbull puppies, and we looked at a few other options on dogs but i kept going back to the add, we went to look at puppies and out of all of them diesel came up to up and rolled on his back. It was from that point on we knew he had picked us, and we knew we wanted to pick him as he was already showing he’s submissive. Once he was about 3-4 months old we started training him, tricks and commands and to walk off leash. He was raised around cats before we adopted him and I have a 16 year old cat that he just loves. He whines and stares at him under the bed, wishing the cat would play. He tries to clean the cats ears and also my roommates dogs ears. We call him mama diesel because of that and many other reasons. He was always giving dogs at the dog park kisses some liked it some did not, he would just run from the ones that did not. But he didn’t let it ruin his mood he would just smile and run off to the next dog in hopes that he’d make A new furriend. He could play with 40+ dogs at the dog park and he is in heaven. He loves all dogs, small and big. But especially small ones. He once made a friends with this 10 year old chihuahua at the dog park and from then on he’d protect him from getting stepped on while he was there. One time we were at the dog park for 2 hours and then the 10 year old chihuahua showed up and diesel threw himself to the ground when I was trying to make him leave, he loves his friends. His alpha is a Chihuahua Weiner dog mix and he loves him. Always trying to give him kisses even though he chases him away it’s just like the mouse and the elephant. He’s a gentle giant, he likes to lay down when he’s around small dogs until they get comfortable. He gets worried when he hears another dog crying or even a human. Like REALLY CONCERNED he looks like a concerned Mom. Especially when my cousin brings his baby over, diesel knew about that baby before she was born and any time she’s over he lives for That babe he will just lay there next to her and watch her sleep, or if people are holding and walking around with her he will follow you anywhere. But when she cries and continues to cry then diesel whines, he gets very concerned. He’s definitely not a one person dog, he’s an everyone dog. He loves everyone! He acts like he’s known you his whole life when he just meets you gets all excited shakes his butt and tries to give you a kiss, most of the time he’s successful but he’s so friendly That when one of my friends came over  he greeted her just like I said and she asked me, “ has he always been like this?” And I said like what? And she said, “this loving this affectionate?” And I said yes! Since day one. He’s a lover not a fighter. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He found a baby bird the other day and came and brought me to it, I picked it up with gloves and it jumped out of my hands and started running and he didn’t chase it, I think he knew he bird was very scared Because he sat and watched me try to get the bird off the ground. He can be laying outside and doves will land around him. He loves LOVES KIDS!!! If there’s kids, dogs or cats around us adults don’t matter haha. Many people have asked us if we are going to breed him because they love him so much and they want a dog just like him. I walk him in my neighborhood up on a trail and he walks off leash next to me, and many people have complimented us and some even ask to pet him and they fall in love With him immediately. Some people think he looks “scary” but I think that’s just the media putting thoughts into their head. Or they just think of the poor pitbulls that are drugged and fought. That is not how pitbulls are that’s what the man did to some poor pitbulls. And even some of those dogs that are rescued from such cases are just as loving as diesel is even though they went through hell and back. Diesel can have dogs walking past us barking like crazy trying to come near him and he just Whines. He doesn’t understand HATE only understands LOVE no training did that, he himself is just like that. They are just such amazing dogs, and it’s sad that people don’t give them a chance. Because they are the BEST dogs in my opinion. They love you more than they do themselves and they are loyal to you till the day they die.” -Juliette Craddle (@dieselthecanecorsomix)  

Megan Roe
2,365 supporters
Petitioning Alabama Governor, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Kay Ivey, Richard C. Shelby, United States Supreme Court, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, ...

Stop Judge from allowing child molester supervised visitation with minor children

Alabama Judge to allow child molester to have supervised visitation with minor children, including the 9 yr. old that disclosed he molested her.  The Georgia resident and father picked up his minor daughters, from their mother; his ex-wife, on April 5th 2019.  At the time the girls were ages 7 and 8.  The father then discovers sexually inappropriate videos on the then 8 year old child's cellphone. The 8 year old child; who really isn't old, nor responsible, enough to have the cell phone that her mother has given her, then discloses to her Father that she has been having sex with her stepfather. In total disbelief, the biological Father immediately took his two girls to Egelston Children's Hospital of Atlanta to have them checked.  The Atlanta police, Georgia social workers, and Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services got involved to do what's in the best interest of the children; by protecting them and keeping them safe.  The Georgia agencies then contacted the Alabama agencies (as the children are Alabama residents) to put a plan of action into place to protect the children. The biological father of the two minor girls was advised, both verbally and through text, by the Cullman county DHR worker, Kindal Beach, that all other children that reside in the mother's home had been removed and that if the minor girls were returned to their mother's home they would be placed in foster care, so to not have that happen the father kept the girls with him. The caseworker then coached the biological father of the steps to take to withdraw the girls from the Alabama schools,to prevent truancy while the case was investigated.  The Cullman Alabama caseworker, Kindal Beach gave these instructions both verbally and via text, yet; when at trial and under oath, she denied that she coached the Father. During this time, the father actively did everything necessary to protect and provide for his children.  He got them into therapy at the Stephanie v Blank Child Advocacy Center, located in the Children's Hospital of Atlanta.  He also got them into family counseling, with his fiance and stepchildren, to help them all with transitioning into the home.These services were offered at The Potter's House in Stone Mountain Georgia. Both girls were enrolled in the Georgia school system.  and the father volunteered daily and chapperoned firldtrips in an effort to allow the girls to cope with their trauma and go back to being little girls. During this time a forensic interview was done in the Cullman County Alabama child advocacy center with Kindal Beach from DHR and the forensic specialist whose name I won't mention. During this interview the girls disclose that the 8 year old daughter has been involved with another student at her school and the student let's her sit on his lap while he puts his hands in her pants during school hours. The minor girls also admit to their biological father that  the 8 year old had sex in the home with neighbors. Court was held on May 21st 2019 and the child molester and stepfather of the children was present in court. Judge Jennifer M. Howell dismissed most of the biological fathers evidence and didn't take into consideration the best interest of the children. Judge Jennifer Howell stacked the case in favor of the biological mother  and she refused to read the testimony from the children's therapist about disclosures of the sexual abuse. The judge Jennifer M Howell of Decatur Alabama Circuit Court, did the children a huge injustice by ordering both girls be immediately  returned to their  biological mother,  and immediately be withdrawn  from Georgia schools and returned to Alabama schools.   Jennifer M Howell also asked She's Kindal Beach if  she would allow the Stepfather to have supervised visitation with the minor children  to which Ms. Beach replied she would and that everyone loves the step father, hence placing them back In harm's way.  Placing then back  in the school where the little boy puts his hands in the eight-year-olds pants,  back on the property  where the molestation is taking place,  back on the property  where random male children come into the mother's home to engage in sexual activity with the minor girls. The judge Jennifer M Howell also disrupted the therapy  just as the girls  began to form a bond  and the oldest girl  disclosed the sexual abuse  to the therapist. This is outrageous.. since when are decisions made based on what is best for the mother instead of what is best for the children? It was also disclosed to the therapist and the biological father that the biological mother does the children's homework for them. The eight-year-old child is in third grade with a first grade reading level. And even the former Alabama teacher stated under oath that the child struggles with math and reading however they would still "move her along". Why would they promote a struggling child to the next grade level  without implementing a plan  to help the child succeed in the future?While the children were in the state of Georgia the biological father was able to secure a 504 plan and an RTI intervention so that his eight-year-old child could get an IEP in the upcoming school year.  In less than 6 weeks the biological father  was able to  get a plan in place as well as therapy in place  something that the mother has had years to do . Judge Jennifer Howell disrupted this process as well. To make such a decision while the case is still open and the investigation is still open and active is absurd. Why do the children have to have visitation with their molester. Why not leave the children in a safe environment where no molestation has been indicated. Why not allow the children to finish out the school year and continue their therapy while  the investigation is underway instead of causing more trauma by forcing them to meet new therapist? Shame on Decatur Alabama Judge Jennifer M Howell and Cullman county Alabama DHR Kindal Beach for not putting the children first. Shame on Cullman county Alabama's Children's Advocacy Center Brooks Place  for not stepping in to protect the children and allowing their molester to be present in court and to have visitation with the children with no objections. Especially being that he is The Stepfather and has no biological children of his own. It took courage for this child to disclose her abuse. Now it's like blaming the victim for her abuse or like saying you don't believe her by placing her back in the exact environment she needs saving from. The biological father and family are asking that this judge be made to step down and that this case be heard by a higher Court by a non biased judge.  Judge Jennifer Howell stacked the case in favor of the biological mother  and she refused to read the testimony from the children's therapist about disclosures of the sexual abuse.  It's appalling that a family court judge would place children In harm's way  and terrifying to the biological father who lives four hours away in the state of Georgia that his daughters are continuing to be molested by the stepfather and peers as they will be attending the same exact Alabama school. Help the voices of these minor girls be heard. Save them from this injustice caused by Jennifer M. Howell. A statement from the courtroom made by judge Howell just minutes before she made her decision was that she had five minutes before she needed to be somewhere else and she needed to wrap this up. Seconds later she made the most devastating and horrific decision to return children to a harmful environment where they're not properly supervised nor monitored, where their homework is done for them, where they're allowed to used electronics and browse the internet unsupervised,  where they have frequently watched pornographic content,  and worst of all where they were molested.  How can any family judge in good conscience and being a mother of a young daughter herself make such a decision! Judge Jennifer M. Howell needs to step down and allow the case to be heard and tried in a higher Court, the Cullman County DHR case worker kindall Beach should be terminated, and Cullman Children's Advocacy Center needs to step up and do what they're in place to do which is protect and advocate for the children so that they receive what's in their best interest for their educational, mental, and physical health and well-being. Let's put a stop to Judge Jennifer Howells poor judgement and decision making. Sign the petition and share.  

Brittany Parker
2,127 supporters
Petitioning Victoria City Council, Lisa Helps, Geoff Young, Jeremy Loveday (Councillor), Ben Isitt, Marianne Alto, Sharmarke Dubow, Sarah Potts, Charlayne Thornton-Joe

Limit Abuse of Dallas Road Parking

We live in a beautiful city with a beautiful park that is treasured by people throughout the region and is a popular destination for people to walk their dogs and play with their children.  Unfortunately this area is being improperly used and abused by people who are camping overnight in vehicles along Dallas Road and leaving behind their trash, including human feces.  These vehicles, and those who reside in them, are not respecting the park or local residents and something needs to be done to address the issue.   Those who live in the area have been subjected to an increase in property crime and an increase in the amount of garbage, including human feces, that has been left behind.   Some have had the unfortunate experience of needing to access emergency veterinary care to address issues caused by drug contaminated feces.  The sense of security in this area has been reduced, and the ability for people to access and enjoy the area has been compromised. Currently, there is a bylaw that prohibits camping in vehicles in Victoria - however, the bylaw enforcement has informed residents who have complained that the city has directed them to neither ticket nor tow offenders. We love our neighbourhood, and need to see something done about this problem.  Please help us send the message that this is a park for everyone, and abuse of the neighborhood and environment won't be tolerated.

Janice Williams
1,072 supporters