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Lisa Helps

  • Mayor, City of Victoria

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


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Petitioning Lisa Helps

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 www.banhorsecarriagesvictoria.org

Victoria Horse Alliance
41,445 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]http://www.victoria.ca/assets/Departments/Engineering~Public~Works/Climate%20Leadership%20Plan%20Public%20Draft.pdf[2]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-dog-poop-power-energy-jaworsky-1.4082421[3]https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/8139659-sustainable-dog-waste-containers-to-be-installed-in-mississauga-parks/[4]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/red-bin-dog-poop-bins-metro-vancouver-bill-droeske-1.4021452 Additional Resources: ● http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/garbage-recycling/faqs.html ● https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/01/stools-to-fuels-street-lamp-runs-on-dog-poo-bio-energy-waste ● https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/dog-poo-power-goes-global_b_1648239.html ● https://www.change.org/p/sea-to-sky-residents-create-a-no-shooting-no-hunting-zone-along-highway-99-between-squamish-whistler ● http://www.cnv.org/city-services/garbage-recycling-and-green-can/zero-waste-programs/dog-waste-pilot-program

Laska Paré
7,666 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, www.pitbullinfo.org/  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
1,880 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, 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...

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
1,205 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.  www.policek9help.com    

Frank Rpk9f
1,062 supporters
Closed
Petitioning news agency  "Gaza now", Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Barack Obama, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),...

Gaza is collapsing..where are the human rights..

Gaza, a small Palestinian city, where more than two million people live! Besieged from all sides, from land, sea, and air, "Arab, Israeli and American siege." Small Gaza where Palestinians are living refugees who have been displaced from their country occupied by Israel. There are thousands of patients and humanitarian cases need to travel for treatment, all crossings are closed. No travel, no life, nothing, everything collapses,Where are human rights, where are international organizations, where are international courts!Gaza has gone through three wars "2008, 2009, 2012,2014".Every day the children, women and men of Palestine are subjected to arrest, murder and displacement!Palestinian resistance is a legitimate right of the Palestinian people of all kinds. The Palestinian resistance must be supported in order to defend the Palestinian people and repel the occupation.There must be a united position in order to stand by besieged Gaza.The pictures and videos that are published every day summarize the story of pain and pain there.We must stop supporting the Israeli occupation that commits massacres against the Palestinian people.Gaza deserves life, Gaza deserves full support, Gaza deserves to defend it.The occupation must leave the land of the Palestinians.You must move to stand before your responsibilities towards Gaza and the oppressed people of Palestine.

غزة الآن - Gaza Now
338 supporters
Petitioning Lisa Helps

Dog Park in Fernwood

Having a neighbourhood dog park is invaluable for building a sense of community. It is one of the only occasions where people with nothing in common except the fact that they have a dog can gather and chat as their dogs play. It makes our community friendlier and draws us together.  For many years the field behind Vic High has served as an unofficial dog park. Recently the school administration and City’s animal control have adopted a more restrictive attitude. This is understandable! Even if all of the dog owners were of the utmost responsibility and vigilance, given the sheer volume of dogs that use the space every day the odd poop may go unpicked. It’s bound to happen and it just takes one of those suckers to ruin some poor kid’s day. I am amazed that the school has been so accommodating for so long, and am sympathetic for the need for the kids to have a poop free sports field. The problem is that we don’t have another place to go. The field behind Vic High is awesome. It is completely fenced in, bordered only by sleepy dead end streets and big enough for dogs to run around freely. The park over at Bay and Walnut is the next closest off-leash option for Fernwood folk and their furry friends. It is less awesome. It is smaller, not completely fenced in, borders a busy street and playground and has time-restrictions for when it can be used. It is also further from down town, and as the density of Victoria’s populations of humans and dogs increases, there will be a growing need for dog parks closer to the city core. There is a simple solution--fence in the field behind the Fernwood Community centre and make it an off leash dog park!

Liam McGuigan
248 supporters