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Petition to EIPS Board of Trustees

Reconsider The Wye Replacement School Name Change

The EIPS Board of Trustees has decided in favor of renaming the Wye replacement school. The Board has said that the renaming of the school was based on the results of a survey that was done throughout October and November of 2018 where 67% of the 286 respondents voted in favor of the change. If this is the case, we ask that the Board reconsider this decision, as it has come to light that many parents and community members were not aware of critically important factors when responding to this survey. A number of these factors are listed below: 1.  Cost for the school- All paraphernalia with the old logo/name will have to be discarded and re-purchased. Examples of these would be, signage, hallway banners and decore, letterhead, envelopes, ‘property of Wye School’ stickers, etc.. While some of these costs are small, some are quite expensive. This will cost EIPS, the province and taxpayers unnecessary money. 2.  Cost to the parents- The Fundraising Association for Wye School is a parent-lead fundraising group. Any financial impact with the name change of the school to this Association will not come from the school board, it will come from the money fundraised by parents instead of that money going directly to the school and/or school related programs.  In addition, all Wye School clothing, that was made available this year, will be wasted. 3.   Time- On top of the time that is already necessary to organize the transition, a mass of extra time will be added to staff and volunteers to change the name. For example, every book that currently has a ‘property of Wye School’ label will have to be re-labeled. This is days worth of work after the school has just created a new literacy program and added hundreds of freshly labeled books to its inventory. 4.  Environmental Impact- With a recent focus on recycling changes in Strathcona County, it is important to lead by example when teaching our children to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Simply discarding the previous logo’d items in the school due to a name change does not seem like the environmental option. While there are many emotional arguments for and against a name change, we ask the Board of Trustees to reconsider the name change based more on the factors listed above and the fact that parents and community members may have been largely unaware of these factors when responding to the supplied survey. 

Sherri Naslund Dawson
489 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Alexander Norris, Valérie Plante, Luc Ferrandez

Sauvons la Balle-Molle au Parc Jeanne Mance / Save JMP Softball #savethenorthfield

Mise à jour : les élus de la ville reviennent sur leur promesse et détruisent notre terrain ! Bien que nous ayons précédemment reçu la confirmation que l’administration actuelle allait la respecter, la ville est revenue sur sa promesse de rendre le terrain nord à ses usagers après que les travaux sur les courts de tennis adjacents soient terminés. Le 24 mai des représentants du Terrain Nord se sont rendus à une réunion avec le conseiller du secteur Jeanne-Mance Mr. Alex Norris et des employés de l’arrondissement. On leur a alors dit que le terrain nord serait détruit pour des raisons de sécurité. 5 jours après, le 29 Mai, des bulldozers détruisaient le terrain favori d’un grand nombre de joueurs, et sur lequel ont pris place des parties de balle-molle depuis plus de 100 ans. Les représentants de la ville ont utilisé un rapport sur les trajectoires possibles des balles pour justifier la rupture d’une promesse que les membres de la communauté avaient obtenu de haute lutte après une forte mobilisation en 2017. Ils n’ont alors pas voulu partager le rapport avec les membres de la communauté présents a cette réunion, en indiquant qu’une requête d’accès a l’information serait nécessaire pour l’obtenir. Une fois la requête soumise et le rapport obtenu, la communauté a alors constaté que ce rapport n’apportait aucune conclusion concernant la destruction du terrain, mais indiquait seulement que la pose de nouvelles clôtures pourrait rendre le terrain plus sécuritaire. Notre communauté adhère pleinement à cette recommandation. Depuis la destruction du terrain, les élus citent des blessures liées aux balles utilisées lors des parties de balle-molle pour conforter cet argument sécuritaire. Notre communauté est consciente de toutes les blessures qui ont eu lieu pendant les parties (il y en a eu une assez sérieuse, une autre moins). Nous n’avons jamais été entendus comme témoins par la ville, et nous réfutons le nombre de blessures avancé par la ville, que nous considérons comme une déformation manipulative de la vérité. Le Terrain Nord était un élément de l’Arrondissement historique et naturel du Mont-Royal, un site historique provincial protège qui instaure les équipements sportifs comme des éléments caractéristiques de ce site. Mais la ville n’a nullement consulté le gouvernement provincial avant de détruire le terrain. Le terrain nord a été utilisé par une communauté multiculturelle et venant de tous horizons socio-économiques depuis plus de 100 ans pour jouer à la balle-molle en pratique libre. Notre communauté est inquiète que l’élimination du terrain soit un symptôme de l’embourgeoisement du plateau, qui déplace ces personnes provenant de milieux socio-économiques plus populaires pour laisser la place à des résidents et usagers plus aisés. Nous sommes outrés que la ville ait rompu sa promesse et que le terrain ait été détruit, avec un manque de respect total pour le rôle qu’a joué cet espace dans l’arrondissement depuis tellement d’années. Nous sommes actuellement en lutte pour faire inverser cette décision, et faire reconstruire notre terrain favori ! S’il vous plait, faites circuler ce message, signer la pétition, et n’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous pensez pouvoir nous aider ! Suivez-nous sur Facebook, Twitter, et Instagram Update: City elected officials have gone back on their word and destroyed our field! After receiving confirmation that the current municipal administration would respect the promise to return the North Field to its users on the completion of renovations to the adjacent tennis courts, the City has gone back on its word. On May 24 North Field representatives attended a meeting with Jeanne-Mance district councilor Alex Norris and City and Borough employees, where they were told that the field would be destroyed due to safety concerns. Five days later, on May 29th, the field that has been played on for more than 100 years, and that is cherished by so many, was bulldozed. City representatives cited a report on ball trajectories at the park as the justification for their decision to break a promise that community members had mobilized and fought for in 2017. They would not share the report with the community members present at the meeting, and said an Access to Information request would be required to obtain it. When the request was filed and the report was obtained, the community learned that the report didn’t at all support the decision to destroy the field. The report only suggests that improved fencing would make the field safer, a recommendation that our community heartily agrees with. Since the destruction of the field, elected officials have cited injuries linked to ball play on the field to support their argument that it is dangerous. Our community is aware of all injuries that have taken place during play (there has been one more serious one, one less serious). We were never consulted by the City as witnesses, and we refute their accounts of these injuries as misleading exaggerations of the truth. The North Field was part of the Arrondissement historique et naturel du Mont-Royal, a provincially protected heritage site which sites the sports infrastructure as a defining element. Nonetheless the City did not consult the province about removing the field. The North softball Field has been used by a culturally and socio-economically diverse community for over 100 years to play pick-up softball. Our community is concerned that the elimination of our field is a symptom of the gentrification of the Plateau, where those with diverse socio-economic backgrounds are squeezed out to make room for wealthier residents and users. We are outraged that the field was destroyed in violation of the promise made by the City, and with utter disrespect for the important role the space has played in the neighbourhood for so many years. We are currently campaigning for a reversal of the decision, and the reconstruction of our beloved North Field. Please pass along the message, sign the petition, and get in touch if you can help! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, et Instagram    

Save Jeanne Mance Park / Sauvons le parc de balle de Jeanne Mance
1,685 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to BC Housing, Township of Langley, Hon. Selina Robinson

Residents For #SupportiveHousing in Langley, BC

Please sign this petition to show you are for helping give homeless people a hand up with this supportive housing project in Langley, BC. Project Overview (1)The Quality Inn at 6465-201 Street in the Township of Langley has been purchased and is undergoing renovation by BC Housing to convert the existing 50-room hotel into 49 units of supportive housing and programming space, and an office for a new Intensive Case Management (ICM) team.  About the Project (1)This proposal is a response to the growing need in Langley for housing to transition individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness from shelters, the street, and unstable housing, into housing with supports, and ultimately into independent housing. A March 2017 homeless count found 206 individuals experiencing homelessness in the City and Township of Langley. Public InputA public hearing will be held on December 5th at the Township Civic Facility beginning at 6pm. Please come to show your support, WEAR GREEN, and consider speaking! The level of support at the meeting will likely influence consideration of the re-zoning application that BC Housing has submitted to the Township of Langley. By wearing green, you can contribute support through visual impact, especially important if you would rather not speak. Thinking about speaking? Let us know and get ideas for talking points here.  Reasons to Back the Project A 2017 homeless count shows homelessness in the Langleys is up 124% from 2014 (2).  Given the status quo, homeless individuals cost the system an estimated $55,000/year. It costs $37,000/year to provide them with housing and supports (3).  Supportive housing relieves pressures on first responders and the criminal justice system.  It's the right thing to do.    1) https://www.bchousing.org/partner-services/public-engagement/langley-supportive 2) http://www.langleytimes.com/news/langley-third-highest-for-growth-in-homeless-population/ 3) http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2007/Housing_Support_for_MHA_Adults.pdf  

Cheryl Wiens
1,555 supporters