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Petition to Lily Cho, Peter Avery, Kathryn McPherson, Sandra Whitworth, John Justin McMurtry, Debra Bisram, Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Rose Crawford

Bring Back B.W. Powe's McLuhan-Frye English Course at York University

Please sign in support of restoring the York University English course EN 4004: McLuhan-Frye and maintaining the course EN 4163: Visionary Literature, both taught by Professor B.W. Powe, for the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 academic year. The McLuhan-Frye course has already been removed from course listings, while Visionary Literature is still currently on the course website but is in danger of also being cancelled. Due to the longest post-secondary strike in Canadian history, York University has threatened to remove these Fall/Winter 2018-2019 courses early in the summer enrollment period due to initially low enrollment numbers as a direct impact of the strike. The strike has not yet been resolved, so students are hesitant to add courses early. Both of these courses are very popular and have previously filled up to maximum capacity by the late summer. Please help to gather the attention and understanding of the English department administration at York University. In order to maintain the respected reputation of Canada’s third largest university, it is essential for these academically challenging and inspiring courses to continue being offered. Both of these excellent courses have been life-changing for past students, and it is our belief that future students deserve to experience the enriching and engaging aspects of these important courses. If this petition succeeds, both students and faculty will benefit from the continuation of these courses. If administration proceeds with their decision, the academic lives of York's students will be negatively impacted. Please sign in support of keeping these courses and continuing the legacy of life-changing courses which positively impact York University and its community of students. Thank you dearly for your time and attention.

Kathy T.
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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ginette Petipas Taylor

Spade and Bourdain's families screwed by system

In one week, two legends - Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain - died from suicide. For both, stigma was a significant cause of not seeking the support they needed. Had Kate Spade been diagnosed with cancer, would she have felt the same pressure to protect her brand from her illness? Had Anthony Bourdain broken his leg and not been able to travel or cook, would he have feared asking for help? No.  But why?  Even within their close family and friends, Bourdain and Spade did not have the support they needed. Spade's family had her in with the best doctors, and wanted to help. Her husband and her built a company They did not have the knowledge or support to make sure she was okay.  Family caregivers of those with depression are unequipped to save loved ones from suicide, and actually get them the treatment they need. Because of this constant strain to be better for their loved one, caregivers themselves have a 1/3 chance of developing depression.  Caregivers need support too. And right now, they don't have it.  The public health system doesn’t have the resources to support family caregivers, and is leaving them exhausted, warn out and unable to provide support to their loved ones in crisis. The facts are disgusting and need to change. For example: It takes more than 6 months for someone to be seen by a psychiatrist after leaving the hospital from a suicide attempt (link) As many as three out of four youth don't access the mental health services they need (link) New hospitals are being built with limited to no dedicated mental health resources (link) In large Canadian cities, there is 1 social worker for over 700 family caregivers. In some of Canada's biggest cities, caregiver support is only available to "parents with children under the age of 20 who have been hospitalized". This is ridiculous. Every day in Canada, almost 300 people visit the ER after a suicide attempt. You may not know who that person is today, but someone in your family or friend group will be impacted by mental health. When that time comes, what would you do? How would you make sure their battle with depression turns out differently than Spade's or Bourdain's? Make sure you and your family have the support you need. Demand action from our government and sign the petition!  Powered by Supports Health

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Petition to Madame Lucie Charlebois

Help Foster Children Aging out of the System

Chaque année, des milliers de jeunes au Québec entrent et sortent du système de protection de la jeunesse. Chaque année, plus de 1, 200 jeunes quittent le système au Québec, beaucoup sont partis à 18 ans pour trouver leur propre voie dans le monde, alors que la plupart des jeunes de 18 ans bénéficient toujours du soutien émotionnel et financier de leurs parents.Malheureusement, il y a beaucoup de problèmes sociaux qui affligent les jeunes pendant qu'ils sont pris en charge et ils continuent de se débattre avec ces problèmes après avoir quitté les soins.Notamment, ces problèmes comprennent des taux disproportionnés de grossesse chez les adolescentes et de parents adolescents, la toxicomanie, l'incarcération et l'itinérance chez les jeunes qui ont quitté le système de protection de la jeunesse (Dworsky et Courtney, 2010). Un exemple alarmant du taux disproportionné d'itinérance parmi les jeunes pris en charge est l'étude canadienne citée par Goldstein, Erickson et Wekerle et (2009) qui a révélé que 42,7% des jeunes sans-abri étaient autrefois impliqués dans la Société de l’aide à l'enfance. Famille d'accueil: étendre les services, sauver les jeunes Every year there are thousands of youth in Quebec who enter and exit the child welfare system. Every year over 1200 youth age out of the system in Quebec, many left at the young age of 18 to find their own way in the world, when most 18 year old youths  still benefit from the emotional and financial support of their parents.  Unfortunately, there are many social problems that plague youth while they are in care and they continue to struggle with these issues after leaving care. These issues include disproportionate rates of teen pregnancy and teen parenthood, substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness among youths who have aged out of the child protection system (Dworsky and Courtney, 2010). Dworsky & Courtney 2010An alarming example of the disproportionate rate of homelessness among youth from care is the Canadian study cited by Goldstein, Erickson & Wekerle, and (2009) that found that 42.7% of homeless youths were once involved with the Children’s Aid Society. Foster care: extend services, save youth The MLUWC ( is writing letters on behalf of CARE Jeunesse and the youth they work to protect. Here is an excerpt from our letter to MNA Geoffrey Kelley: We are writing to you on behalf of the Quebec Provincial Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) concerning youth aging-out of foster care. The correlation between foster care and homelessness has been cited in several reports (see below), but homelessness is only one of a range of negative outcomes that youth from care experience. Alumni-of-care organizations, such as C.A.R.E.Jeunesse ( provide a sense of community to these youth, and can act as consultants to government on an ongoing basis.The MLUWC is aware that a longitudinal study is being conducted in Quebec and France by CREVAJ (Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l’Évaluation des actions publiques à l’égard des jeunes et des populations vulnérables) due in 2021 but the CFUW Quebec Provincial Council, its clubs and members are all advocating strongly for urgent, systemic, community and government level reforms:  Financial support after aging out until at least the age of 21;  Social supports such as follow-up by a worker past the age of 18; Designated supervised apartments for youth aging out of care for every region and agency;  Living expenses for youth who have aged out but who are registered in a post-secondary institution; Regularly scheduled hearings for youth leaving care so that the government stays up to date and makes modifications as needed. On-going financial support for alumni-of-care organizations, such as C.A.R.E. Jeunesse The CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. CFUW is the largest affiliate ofGraduate Women International (GWI). Both organizations have special consultative status at the United Nations. Portrait des personnes en situation d'itinérance, and Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. (Stephen Gaetz, Bill O’Grady, Sean Kidd & Kaitlin Schwan. (2016).

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