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Petition to The Honourable Christina Gray, Minister of Labour, The Honourable Craig Coolahan, (NDP) MLA for Calgary-Klein, The Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice & Solicitor General

Psychological Harassment (Bullying) In The Workplace

To the Employed Citizens and Employers of the Province of Alberta, Canada: On June 1, 2004, Quebec's Act respecting Labour Standards ("ALS") was amended to add new employment standards regarding psychological harassment. Its imposition or employers of obligations regarding the prevention of workplace bullying set new employment standards in North America. The new standards imposed upon employers an explicit obligation to take all reasonable steps to provide a workplace free of harassment, under threat of a direct recourse by an affected employee for damages.* According to the Canada Safety Council, in a study conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute, 37 percent of workers have been bullied, with 57 percent of the targets being women. The majority of bullies (72 percent) are people in positions of authority. Whereas peer bullies are less frequent at 18 percent. Worse, statistics show these bullies don't pick on the new guy, but long-term, well-established employees. The most common victims are women in their 40s.**  The Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety reports workplace bullying is a serious problem that can deeply affect the mental, physical and financial health of the bully’s target (the person or group the bully abuses). The Canada Safety Council reports that in the workplace, one person in six has been bullied and one in five has witnessed a co-worker being bullied.*** Join me in lobbying the Government of Alberta to amend the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Standards to include Psychological Harassment similar to the amendments the Province of Quebec made on June 1, 2004 in the spirit of the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety's Teacher Resource Binder Chapter 7: Examples of bullying: • spreading malicious rumours, gossip or innuendo that is not true • excluding or isolating someone socially • intimidating a person • undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work • physically abusing or threatening abuse • removing areas of responsibilities, without cause • constantly changing work guidelines • establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail • withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information • making jokes that are obviously offensive, by spoken word or e-mail • intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking • assigning unreasonable duties or workloads that are unfavourable to one person • creating a feeling of uselessness through underwork • yelling or using profanity • criticizing a person persistently or constantly • belittling a person’s opinions • unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment • blocking applications for training, leave or promotion • tampering with a person’s personal belongings or work equipment (Source: CCOHS OSH Answers (March 8, 2005). Bullying in the Workplace.) How Can Bullying Affect the Workplace? Bullying affects the overall health of an organization and may contribute to: increased absenteeism increased turnover increased stress increased costs for Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP) difficulty recruiting new workers increased risks for incidents decreased productivity and motivation decreased morale reduced corporate image and customer confidence poor customer service Controls for Bullying Behaviours OHS legislation does not expressly cover workplace bullying. However, under the OHS Act, employers and workers have the general duty to ensure the health and safety of workers. The OHS Code, Part 27, addresses workplace physical violence, but the provisions do not extend to harassment and bullying, if these actions do not cause or not likely to cause physical injury. Controls should be covered under the workplace violence policies and procedures, as outlined in the next section.**** Once we reach our petition goal, this petition will be received by The Honourable Christina Gray, Minister of Labour (Alberta), The Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice (Alberta), The Honourable Craig Coolahan, (NDP) MLA for Calgary-Klein, Alberta, and The Government of Alberta Occupational Health & Safety. Province of Alberta Employers, I encourage you to read the article from listed below citing a report following 7 years since the establishment or amendment of Quebec's ALS to include and deal with psychological harassment in the workforce. Amended November 8, 2017 to lobby the Government of Alberta to amend the Alberta Employment Standards to include Psychological Harassment similar to the amendments the Province of Quebec made on June 1, 2004  Amended November 14th, 2016 Revised addition November 24th, 2016: I ask the recipients of this petition to honour out-of-province signatures.  These supporters are likely family or a friend of someone who has been bullied in the workplace or they have witnessed bullying in the workplace. Sincerely Leann MacKinnon * ** *** ****  

Leann MacKinnon
70 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Allison Pike (President of Alberta Schools Council), David Eggen, Curtis Clarke

Modify Eligibility for School Transportation Rebates in Alberta Bill 1

Part of my school routine is to take the school bus to and from school. Most years, my parents would tell me near the end of August where my stop is and what time I need to be there. This year, the changes came as a shock to me. Around the beginning of June, my parents started to bring up transportation issues, but this time, it was not about a 10-minute change or a move to another block. It was hard on:  “Go take the public transit next year… and pay an extra $365!” I don’t like getting hit in the face with a board, which is why I’m here to change something!  Bill 1 has benefits in many aspects of schooling. In brief, school buses are free if the student is attending their designated school and is 2.4 KM away from the school. Public transit would be $151 if it is to be taken. In alternate programs, school buses are $335 and Public transit would be $700. The legal definition of “schools of choice” or alternate programs is: Schools or programs of choice are schools that are chosen because of a particular program being offered. Therefore language, cultural, sports, IB, AP, etc schools are programs of choice and are NOT GIVEN REBATES!  Please refer to the following chart for more information. ( doesn't support tables, please use the following link)    Due to the rebates, operating costs are increased for transportation, school boards are cutting bus lines to balance the cost of operation. In Calgary, French immersion schools are having their school buses cut, and students will be forced to take public transit in the upcoming school year. Since these students are choosing to take French immersion, NO GOVERNMENT REBATES ARE GIVEN. But instead, they are forced to take transit for $700 a year instead of taking the bus for only $335; This is a 109% increase from the previous year. Development of such Bill could have created a lopsided education system.  As the federal government encourages school boards to implement French programs, there is a conflict occurring in some school boards. French is one of Canada’s official languages, but not all provinces are bilingual. Alberta’s provincial laws still state that French immersion schools are “schools of choice”, many school boards have now stayed away from such definition because of the bilingual nature in our country. Currently, as the 2017-18 school year creeps closer, Bill 1 uses this outdated definition for schools of choice when French and English should be treated the same. Bill 1 might have been created too hastily.  For students like me, having our bus line cut, and not getting rebates for taking public transit is a financial burden to families. As I have stated before, Bill 1’s intention is to reduce the cost of schooling, but they are doing it on the backs of a feud. We are left in the cracks. When other regular program students are having their bus lines cut, they are given rebated public transit passes, but we are left with added costs. This is not fair. So am I alone? The CBE has given me some hard numbers. 6050 students in alternate programs are being assigned to public transit with a $700 bill. Are we all happy about this price hike? Are we happy about not getting rebates? NO! These numbers are only for Calgary, what about Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer? This number can grow a lot higher and we need support to make it easier for parents to pay for their children’s education.   What do we want the government to do? 1.  Change Bill 1: Work on the epicenter of the problem, this is the bill that brought on the problem. Make it so that most students are included for transportation rebates. Changing the clause for transportation, where alternate programs are included. This would be a minor change. 2.   Redefine schools of choice: If for some reasons the government will not alter  Bill 1, then why not incorporate the importance of language programs? Especially French; some students may be discouraged to take French immersion because of the price hikes!    This small change of a law may have an extensive impact on students and families across the province. Some choose to take alternate programs for many reasons: more extensive learning, learning a new language, etc. Adding your name to this petition can help improve this situation. Sources can be found here!  

Kingsley Zhong
6 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Zoocheck , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Marine Life, West Edmonton Mall

Remove the seals out of West Edmonton Mall's marine show

For many years, West Edmonton Mall has had marine life around. In the past, the mall has taken many baby dolphin's lives. Recently, it has come to my attention that West Edmonton Mall doesn't have fair treatment of their marine animals. These animals are exploited for the enjoyment of people. These Sea Lions are trapped in an artificial pirates lagoon, it doesn't resemble the natural habitat of the Sea Lion in any way. I am disgusted at the treatment and the past of these animals in West Edmonton Mall. If you want entertainment, get human performers that have a choice and a say in what they do. West Edmonton Mall wouldn't be that affected if they lost the marine life show. Sea lions spend their days catching live fish, not begging for dead fish to be thrown at them. These animals are forced to perform twice a day, and many people of the public do not know the previous deaths of marine animals at West Edmonton Mall. These animals don't get enough natural sunlight or fresh air and the mall noises put stress on these animals. In the daytime when they aren't performing these animals are kept in cages. Since these sea lions have been raised in captivity, zoo facilities would be more prepared to take care of these animals. West Edmonton Mall is not a place for any marine life or animals at all. Animals do not have a voice, so we must provide it for them. I can't sit around and do nothing, Please it costs no money to sign. Marine life should not be held captive for entertainment.WEM marine life article 

Peyton MacKenzie
1,935 supporters