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british columbia

19 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Honourable Adrian Dix, Patient Care Quality Office, Patient Care Quality Office

Help people with bipolar disorder who need clonazepam

(image attribution) --- Dec 2017 update: It has been 10 months since my benzo withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms only last a few days. I am very unwell. I need clonazepam. Also, my apologies for the anger which can be heard in my April voice below. --- --- Friends/family: please do not mention my doctor's name, because I do not want to implicate him without his consent. Thanks! --- There is a train-wreck coming around the corner, and formal "doctor-talk" isn't working, so I must publicly appeal to the reason of the citizens of this province. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Canada appears to be working overtime to ban clonazepam. They started with the opioid/benzo problem, got overzealous, and are now reviewing doctors who prescribe clonazepam to people with bipolar disorder. Their efforts include reviewing and threatening their peers (psychiatrists) with revoking their license to practice if they have acted upon their scientifically-backed knowledge that certain people with Bipolar Disorder and/or PTSD, anxiety, CSA, DID, or seizures benefit greatly from clonazepam. Doctors aren't allowed to talk about this, because their "hands are tied." I talked to someone from the Fraser Health Authority, and he said that they know what's going on lately, but guess what... their hands are also tied. He told me that the College just says, "this is the way it is," and so that's the way it is. The College sounds like a high-school bully. Professionals who are in direct contact with patients aren't allowed to express their opinion? Psychiatrists carefully administer and monitor a controlled addition to clonazepam, which has far less damaging side effects than many prescribed medications, including the "orthodox" atypical antipsychotics and neuroleptics that are prescribed to patients with bipolar disorder. The dosages of these brain-damaging drugs may be reduced if the patient is also taking clonazepam (a benzodiazepine brand-named "Klonopin.").If the CPSBC's reckless efforts continue unchecked, it could eventually leave unstable people with bipolar disorder on the streets, without a doctor, smoking pot (as the only relief from mid-brain distress/damage), and without prescription medications that prevent psychosis and dangerous judgment! This would be a great cost, not only to these patients and their doctors, but also to our province and its taxpayers. Clonazepam effectively calms the damaged amygdalae of people with bipolar disorder and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or early childhood trauma, including Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and associated Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). It is also used for people suffering with epilepsy. There are no psychiatry-approved substitutes. Without clonazepam, we observe an increase in symptoms of Tourette Syndrome and other over-active panic responses, as well as an increase in trauma-related nightmares and general anxiety and stress.We do not have the credentials nor the time to conduct careful scientific research into this; however, the College does, and they should do so without bias against "controlled addictions" while ignoring the efficacy of the medication.The formal process of intelligent psychiatrists reasoning with the College and submitting streams of paperwork (forms and letters), and of distressed patients filing formal complaints is not working, so we must increase awareness and pressure using social media.The College is fixated on their agenda, without regard for real people who are suffering.Ironically, the CPSBC's self-generated mandate includes this sentence: "The College’s overriding interest is the protection and safety of patients." Please see this public Facebook post to better understand why this matters to me: If I lost my psychiatrist, I would lose my prescription medications, including access to the antipsychotic which is preventing manic psychosis (delusions) and manic loss of judgment. I would need to lie about my clonazepam addiction for another psychiatrist to accept me as his patient, because doctors are not interested in being put under review because someone under their care is addicted to clonazepam. The best way for me to survive without clonazepam is to use medical marijuana, which also calms the damaged amygdalae in my mid-brain, but no psychiatrist in BC would prescribe medical cannabis to someone with bipolar disorder, because, from their accurate scientific perspective, there is not nearly enough research on using cannabis to treat neurological conditions. I am just one person with bipolar disorder. (We are many.) 1. Official link: There are none, because the information is all hidden from the public. It could only be found in Protected "doctor-speak" forms and letters, which, of course, no doctor is allowed to talk about. 20 April: see the update below for the college's official paper on this from June 2016. This is why the supervisor (the College) is not being supervised; hence, the necessity for (and inevitability of!) one or two or 25 disturbed bipolars with enough energy remaining in them to to go emotional in the news media so that the public and the BC Ministry of Health become the supervisors of the evidently over-bloated College that is ironically able to hide under the banner of "We Are Here to Make Sure that This Sort of Crap Doesn't Happen to Patients in BC."

Paul Jubenvill
346 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Change.org, CBC/Radio-Canada, United Nations Environment Program, Barack Obama, United Nations

Grant British Columbia Independence From Canada

It is time for British Columbia to stand up to the Canadian Government. For years they have pushed British Columbia around, not caring about our interests or concerns. The federal government comes to British Columbia to build pipelines against British Columbia’s will, eating environmental disasters and not even taking a second look.  Not only does British Columbia suffer because of Canada’s actions, but Canada is worsening its own climate change goals by approving and buying pipelines. British Columbia does not support this and understands that climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest issue facing humanity today. We feel that with the recent approval and future purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, British Columbia’s interests, values, economy, and culture are threatened by the new pipeline. British Columbia is wanting to separate from Canada to protect our views on the world, as they do not align with Canada’s anymore. Canada is slowing the progression of British Columbia’s economy by forcing British Columbia to invest in oil and bitumen, even though British Columbia is wanting to invest in technology and renewable resources. This will threaten British Columbia’s coastlines and economy, while British Columbia gains only 50 permanent jobs. This is unacceptable for British Columbia and the risks are too great for British Columbia to accept. For these reasons and more, British Columbia does not belong in Canada anymore. British Columbia is to forward thinking for Canada and is being held from reaching its full potential. The only way to allow this would be by granting British Columbia independence from Canada.

BC Independnce
7 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Premier of British Columbia John Horgan, David Eby, Michael Lee, Sonia Furstenau

Say NO to ICBC injury compensation caps!

This petition was started and promoted by car accident survivors and their families from real estate/construction, mining, markets/finance, unemployed, stay at home parents, retired, doctors etc ......We come from various backgrounds, political beliefs and income levels. WE ARE VOTERS WHO WILL STOP CAPS and we need your support to do so. Protect your rights, life and health if you get hit by a bad driver!!! -Caps mean paying a tiny, pre-set, “one-size-fits-all” amount for car accident injuries.  -If you or anyone you care about has been injured in a car accident you must sign this petition.  -If you are a driver, cyclist, pedestrian or transport user you must sign this petition.  -Injury caps mean: good drivers pay for bad drivers.  Injury caps mean all British Columbians will pay to subsidize bad drivers.  -You will be stuck with “insurance” that is much worse than what you have now and you will be paying the same or more for less coverage!  -Injury caps harm everyone!             -Injury caps deny access to justice because only the wealthy can afford to challenge the caps. -Injury caps hurt business owners and the self employed. ICBC will not easily pay for business losses caused by auto accidents.  Often, pain and suffering damages are the only recourse for a business owner/self employed person who suffers from auto accident injuries. -Injury caps hurt retired people who do not have income losses but have pain and suffering caused by bad drivers. -Injury caps really hurt pedestrians, cyclists and children who will not benefit from promised rate freeze (which is just a promise anyways) -Injury caps do nothing to address the core issue affecting the cost of claims: the explosion of accidents caused by bad driving. Say NO to ICBC injury compensation CAPS! SIGN AND DISTRIBUTE THIS PETITION CTV News Coverage of the May Surrey Protest Against ICBC Injury Caps: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=138782 Video: Dr. Barre explains the dangers of Caps and "minor" injuries  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZnp9wF9b20 Please contact your MLAs at the following link and ask them to STOP ICBC CAPS: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members Please join our Facebook for interesting discussions and updates: https://www.facebook.com/Say-NO-to-ICBC-injury-compensation-caps-143404156360618/        

Car Accident Survivors and Supporters for Fair Auto Insurance in BC
6,655 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to British Columbia Government, John Horgan, Carole James

Stop BC's Speculation Tax

The BC Government has proposed what they call a "Speculation" Tax in their 2018 Budget.  The objective of this tax is to prevent "foreign" real estate owners from driving up the price of BC real estate by purchasing BC real estate, leaving the properties vacant and then flipping the properties simply to make a profit, thereby driving BC real estate prices higher. As submitted to B.C. Legislature: To the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled:The petition of the undersigned, residents of the province of British Columbia, states that:The tax as proposed must be stopped. Any tax written must target ONLY real estate speculators, partially vacant homes must be excluded regardless of ownership.The B.C. Speculation Tax is unfair to all owners of non-primary residence homes in British Columbia and is unfair to the local communities these owners support. These home owners are not real estate speculators and legitimately own these homes for a variety of personal reasons unrelated to real estate speculation. Rental of these homes when not in use cannot be a factor for taxation and the new tax on these homes must not go forward. And the requests of municipalities that wish to opt out of this tax must be respected.Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House Stop British Columbia's Speculation Tax as currently proposed. Dated 2nd day of April, 2018. I am caught in the tax below as a “Satellite Family” except that we are a Canadian Satellite Family not what the term generally means in the BC Real Estate world, i.e. wealthy investors from outside the country. I am currently an Alberta resident but I have owned property in BC as a vacation home since 2006. I consider the Okanagan home. My husband was raised in Coquitlam and attended UBC. We will retire there in a few short years. We are residents, not speculators. We and many of our friends and family from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan have visited our Okanagan home and spent many weeks and months there as residents.  We spend thousands of dollars in our home community every year, at restaurants, Superstore, Save-On Foods, wineries, restaurants, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, the list goes on.  We are residents, not speculators. BC Residents: Please sign this petition. We do not want to leave our home but we cannot afford the "speculation" tax which more than doubles, and then more than quadruples our property taxes. If we sell, and we would have to, we not only have to abandon our dream vacation home but we take all of our spending with us. Who will buy our home? A BC resident? Maybe, or maybe an actual speculator. Ministry of FinanceTax Information SheetISSUED: February 2018 Information Sheet 2018 Tax Info Sheet The speculation tax will target foreign and domestic speculators in BC. These are homeowners who have removed their units from BC’s long-term housing stock –meaning they are not owner-occupied or a qualifying long-term rental property.Satellite families - households with high worldwide income that pay little income tax in BC - will also be captured by the tax.The speculation tax will initially apply to the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Capitaland Nanaimo Regional Districts, and in the municipalities of Kelowna and WestKelowna.In 2018, the tax rate will be $5 per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2019, the rate will increase to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value. The owners of this petition can be reached at stopspectaxbc@gmail.com Find your MLA here:  https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members

Stop BC Speculation Tax
19,142 supporters