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Petition to Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard:, Catherine McKenna

Equal Laws to Protect West Coast Endangered Orcas!

Canada’s proposed Federal Marine Mammals Regulations fails to protect endangered orcas and others. While it recognizes the need to protect the 800 endangered St. Lawrence River belugas by increasing boat distances it maintains the inadequate 100 meter distance between vessels and orcas on the West Coast. The US government improved their orca protection by increasing the allowable distances to up to 400 meters. For example, the Southern Resident Killer Whales only has approximately 80 orcas in their  threatened population.  They are transboundary species who travel in waters of both Canada and the US. The laws must be consistent in both countries.  The three major risks to the survival of orcas is boat traffic, lack of food, and pollution. Boat traffic interrupts foraging and lifestyles. It can also cause severe to fatal injuries. Urge the Government of Canada to increase the boat traffic from the meager 100 meters to the 200 meter and 400 meter distances as provided for in the US. Endangered species need equal, legal protection in both countries – not just volunteer “guidelines”! The Canadian review started in 2002 and has been repeatedly delayed. Pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60 day public comment period occurred on March 24, 2012. Read the proposed rules re: Whale Watching at: Final publication of the proposed amendments in Canada Gazette, Part II, is anticipated to occur during the 2015-2017 planning period. As stated these proposed amendments fails to protect endangered orcas and others. Please sign the Lifeforce Ocean Friends’ petition Equal Laws to Protect West Coast Endangered Orcas! This will help strengthen the Canadian Marine Mammal Guidelines by mandating greater boat distances, limits of 30 minutes for viewing, and habitat protection.

Lifeforce Foundation
63,224 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Dominic LeBlanc and Catherine McKenna;;

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 76 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
134,329 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Your Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Christy Clark, City of Vernon Mayer Ahkal Mund, OKIB Chief Byron Louis, Okanagan Equestrian Society,


Her Majesty the Queen  Buckingham Palace Dear, Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Please regard this letter from humble Canadians requesting Your Majesty’s honorable recognition and reconciliation of the Vernon Kin Horse Race Track, the first professional horse race track in Canada created in 1893.  Command the entire land to your subordinate governments and upgraded facilities to the Okanagan Indian Band.  The City of Vernon and The North Okanagan Regional District are keeping the Okanagan Equestrian Society tied up in the government courts as to what they want to do to the land at the present moment.  Instead, it will be the perfect location for the indigenous people of this land to have a healing center complete with equine and canine therapy resources. Our hope is for the track to be rebuilt complete with all buildings and grounds to have a full time fully functioning equine healing center complete with residences.  Please Your Majesty, Queen of Canada Elizabeth II, take charge of your government’s subordinates; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Christy Clark, Chief Byron Louis, and Mayor Akbal Mund commanding they meet with Your Majesty, the Okanagan Equine Society to implement immediate action to financially claim ownership of the Kin Horse Track land and surviving buildings so it may be reconstructed into Canada’s first horse racing track again. Historically, the Vernon Kin Horse Race Track is the first horse racing track operated in Canada. At one time the track was a place for families to come and enjoy watching the horses race, filling the grandstands and surrounding areas with fun and laughter. It was a viable, important part of the city. Competition between the non-indigenous and the indigenous people was good clean fun and people were all treated as equals. For almost a decade the City of Vernon and The Okanagan Equestrian Society have been fighting in the courts as to what should be done with this land. Horse racing at the track always draws large crowds but that alone is not enough to pay the taxes on the land.   With dedication and hard work the Vernon Kin Horse Track has the potential to become a fully functioning equine center and residence complete with horse racing. There will also be potential to introduce canine events in the areas within the race track boundaries. We hope to include the Okanagan Indian Band members to provide the equine facility with knowledge of First Nation’s culture as guidelines to rebuild and reconstruct sustainable self-sustaining buildings such as a large Kekuli house in the center for community gatherings and meetings for the operations of the facility. The Vernon Kin Horse Race Track needs Your Majesty’s magic to make it be reborn into a viable, fully-functioning, full time equine center.  This centre would be complete with areas for training, stabling, exercising, arenas, round pens, box stalls.  As well, residences for low income citizens, such as the tiny homes being built by the First Nation’s Friendship Center of Vernon. This would create a community within the grounds and give a rebirth to the horse industry in our surrounding areas. As this is your ninetieth birthday celebration, will you claim it as your present to the Okanagan indigenous people to begin change and reconciliation for our communities. This way we can create a place of healing within a historical site making it a viable educational, healing business opportunity for the city of Vernon. This will also introduce the children of the area into the sports involving horses and dogs thus creating a re-connection to the nature so many people have never had.  It will result in a Horse race track complete with an equestrian center including residents for low income people. With your assistance and knowledge, we will construct a fully operating center allowing volunteers to feed, clean, walk, ride, exercise, and emotionally connect to animals improving their physical and mental health in the process. If we leave this any longer, the Regional District and the City of Vernon will destroy Canada’s first horse racing track. Just one week ago it was released to the general public that the city had asked the RCMP to evict homeless persons from the box stalls and in doing so, they destroyed the doors to the stalls, valued at $800 each. The city showed no care to preserve what remains.  It seems as though they hope we lose interest in it so they can eventually pave over it to make parking lots, etc. We, the undersigned, wish for you to grant guidance from Your Majesty’s professional equestrian teams to work hand in hand with the Okanagan Indian Band to make this a reality. The Vernon First Nations Friendship Center is looking for land to build a community of small houses for young First Nations people to have affordable safe housing and this community would fit in well at the north end of the track land.   Thank you with warmest regards, Yours truly, Gail Pifer  

Gail Pifer
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