Petition to Mélanie Joly, Justin Trudeau, Society of Canadian Ornithologists
Let's have the Gray Jay returned to its original name the Canada Jay.
After a heated and somewhat controversial campaign by Canadian Geographic, the Gray Jay has been selected to represent Canada's national bird. We think that is great! So does the Royal Canadian Geographic Society as they have endorsed the Gray Jay and are hoping to have it adopted by the Canadian government upon their recommendation to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The problem is that the Gray Jay's true name Perisoreus canadensis is not the Gray Jay after all, but the much more apt "Canada Jay". According to Dan Strickland in an article written in Ontario Birds April 2017 this name change should never have happened. In a somewhat convoluted attempt to streamline nomenclature the American Ornithologists' Union in 1957 released list 5 with the "Canada Jay", as it had been historically identified, replaced with the name "Gray Jay". This, according to Strickland, with no valid taxonomic or nomenclatural reason. This petition seeks to restore the name "Canada Jay" to this ubiquitous Canadian bird before the Canadian government adopts it nationally. Let's give back the true name to this fantastic bird and return its authentic name so that it can truly represent the spirit of the nation it will henceforth carry the burden of symbolizing.
Petition to Mr. Réal Cloutier, Mr. Brian Pallister, Mr. Matt Wiebe, Mr. Kelvin Goertzen, Mrs. Karen Herd
Let's Keep Adult Outpatient Physio and Occupational Therapy Public for Winnipeg, Manitoba!
I have seen first-hand how crucial the public outpatient physio and occupational therapy services are for so many people. The recent WRHA's decision to "delete" public outpatient physio and occupational therapy services is incredibly short-sighted. It is a measure that (at its best) will be ineffective at cost saving and (at its worst) could be severely detrimental to our economy and to our society. This decision affects every one of us. The services currently being provided are for everyday people, simply trying to get back to their day-to-day lives. They come from all walks of life and they have been affected by some kind of debilitating condition. They have been left unable to contribute to society as they once did. Provincially, any costs saved would likely be nullified (and then some) by the loss of productivity and increased long-term health care costs. In June of 2016, I contracted a bacterial infection. Up until this point in my life, I was relatively healthy with no serious health conditions. The infection came without warning, and within 24 hours of showing any symptoms, I was in the ICU. I had gone into septic shock, suffering from multi-organ failure. I was put into an induced coma for a week and a half. Following another week and a half of delirium, I woke up. I had suffered nerve damage across my entire body as a result of the intense treatment required to save me. While the ICU staff kept me alive against all odds, it is the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments that have helped me live again. Because of them, I was finally able to dance at my wedding this year (which had to be postponed due to my sickness). Having been to private physio in the past and currently attending public physiotherapy, I am concerned that many will not get the complete care that they truly require. Private therapy can be incredibly effective for sports injuries and the like, but outpatients often suffer from more complicated long term conditions; conditions requiring very specialized and personalized therapy. Coordinating care between private and public services would be challenging and incredibly time-consuming. Proper therapy requires constant and direct communication between several medical practitioners; surgeons, neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc. Otherwise, patients may be left with life-long disabilities... So, I ask you to please sign this petition with the hopes that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Manitoba provincial government reconsider their decision. Together we can find a smarter solution. A solution with less detrimental implications to our province, to our city, and to everyone within. Thank you so much for your time and please share this petition with your friends and loved ones. - Cody Lee
Petition to Historica Canada, Justin Trudeau
Make a 'Heritage Minutes' Video About Sam Panopoulos, the Creator of Hawaiian Pizza
Did you know the Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada? True story. It was created by Greek-Canadian, Sam Panopoulos at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario in 1962. Sam passed away recently and we want to honour his contribution to Canada by proposing a 'Heritage Minutes' video be made about his world-famous pizza. You don't have to be a fan of Hawaiian pizza to appreciate the gesture. You just have to be a fan of our great country. So, as Canada turns 150, celebrate by having a slice of Hawaiian pizza and signing the petition!
Petition to Town of Newmarket Council
Racism in Newmarket Ontario Canada
The town of Newmarket has erected signs promoting a time in our history when open racism towards Irish immigrants was acceptable. We the residents of Old Main Street North are asking for your support. We feel it is wrong for the town to keep up the signs that include a racial slur. We feel that racism is wrong no matter what race it is against. We are asking the town to take down the signs that glorify and promote racism in Newmarket.