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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 in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced dozens of collisions, accidents, 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 natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2018. Thank you for signing Jordan Reichert Victoria Horse Alliance www.banhorsecarriagesvictoria.org

Victoria Horse Alliance
38,493 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
7,668 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
1,797 supporters
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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
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Petitioning Lisa Helps, Chris Coleman, Marianne Alto, Margaret Lucas, Pamela Madoff, Geoff Young, Rob Woodland

Allowance of Potbellied pigs as pets. Please help sign, share, and get my pets back home!

Hello friends. I currently live in Vic West, Victoria, British Columbia, with my two pet potbelly pigs named Athena and Vishnu whom I love as if they were my own children. Three years ago, after paying the government $1600 in fees to have agents inspect my home on four different occasions, they finally gave me the thumbs up, and allowed my pigs live with me in my home. Three years later animal control came by and said no pigs are allowed within the city limits due to an animal agriculture bylaw, and that I would be fined $250 anytime they were found within our city limits. Currently my pigs Athena and Vishnu have been forced out of the city of Victoria, and our home where I care for individuals with special needs. I will NOT abandon my kids yet I can not abandon the individuals whom I look after either. Pigs have the intelligence levels of a 3 year old human baby, and my kids can literally learn new tricks in a matter of minutes. My pigs are loved by all of the special needs individuals we care for, the many children and adults who come to say hello, as well as the daycare across the street. The children jump for joy when they see my piggies, as if it is the coolest thing they have ever seen. Please help and SHARE this petition in order to help us gain our respect as pets and pet guardian ... Athena and Vishnu are not food... we are a significant part of our community! Thanks tons for your support, and if you want to see some awesome pig videos along with our media attention, then please like my FB page.... https://www.facebook.com/Save-Mikes-Pet-Pigs-1599797850270142/?fref=ts

Mike Downey
196 supporters