28 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Say NO to the Pacific Herring Roe Fishery

Conservancy Hornby Island is requesting the federal government to shut down the Pacific herring roe fishery planned for March 2019. Again this year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has approved the catch of approximately 200 million spawning herring in the Georgia Strait - the last viable herring roe fishery on the coast - without considering what impact this may have on all the other sea creatures who rely on this one species of forage fish. Pacific herring is the basis for the food web that supports the salmon, killer whales and most of the other mammals, seabirds and other creatures who, with us, call this place home. 80% of the chinook salmons' diet is herring, and over 80% of the endangered southern resident killer whales' diet is chinook. The herring fishery is worth little money and produces few jobs. 30 years ago the fishermen got as much as $5000 a ton for the fish, now it is as low as $150 and maybe $700 in a good year. What happened? Japanese taste changed. Where herring roe was once considered a delicacy it is no longer by younger Japanese. Times change and yet DFO keeps allowing this outdated fishery to carry on. Even worse, 90% of the herring are ground up for fish farm food and pet food. Using wild fish for non-human consumption is illegal under the federal Fisheries Act. When 90% of the herring is used for fish farm and pet food is the federal Minister of Fisheries breaking the law? DFO states that management will be guided by the principles of “Ecosystem Based Management" and "Risk Aversion" and "Precautionary Principle" yet DFO management has, in the last 20 years, resulted in the closure of 4 of the 6 major herring stocks on the BC coast. How can we believe that DFO is managing this valuable public resource in the best interests of all of us and our marine ecosystem? The last remaining major Pacific Herring spawn from Washington State to Alaska is in the northern Strait of Georgia from Nanaimo to Comox. Wouldn’t it make sense to leave this stock alone to hopefully rebuild all the herring schools on our coast and the marine life that need them for survival? Please sign this petition now to send your concerns to the politicians who can stop this unsustainable fishery. Then write to the following people who can make this happen:  The most effective communication with politicians is by personal letter or email. Please use the points above to write your letter (no postage needed for House of Commons addresses) and/or email to: MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Fisheries and Oceans CanadaHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A (604) 775-6333 Fin Donnelly, MP, NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Coast GuardHouse of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A (613)947-4455 MP Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A (613) 946-8682 MP Gord JohnsHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A (250) 947-2140 Scott Fraser, MLA, Mid Island-Pacific Rim3945 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, BC V9Y (250) 720 4515 Lana Popham, MLA, Minister of Agriculture260 – 4243 Glanford Avenue, Victoria, BC   V8Z (250) 387-1023   To find out more facts about this issue and how you can help, please visit Conservancy Hornby Island. Photo credit: Ian McAllister:

Conservancy Hornby Island
54,451 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Mayor French and Springwater Council

Save our farms and rare wetland from mega-development

The Midhurst Secondary Plan proposes to turn a small, rural community of 3,500 people into a small city of almost 30,000! At stake are the local farms on prime agricultural land that will be sacrificed for development land (up to almost 1,900 acres). Moreover, the health of a small local creek and the nearby, internationally significant Minesing Wetlands are threatened by 10.6 million litres of effluent that will be pumped in daily from the proposed sewage treatment facility. These wetlands contain fragile ecosystems and in some parts, rare or sensitive species of flora and fauna.  Based on what we stand to lose or destroy, failure to stop this massive over-development is NOT an option.    In addition, the people of Midhurst have overwhelmingly shown their disapproval of such a massive development through several actions including a petition and high attendance during a recent township meeting. Still, this rural community, its farms and water are under threat. Also, the municipality has provided little factual evidence that this development will bring any benefit to the citizens (e.g. local jobs, lower taxes).   This fight is about ensuring that people of a community have a right to be heard by their government, that they have a right to choose to preserve their natural resources and farms and that even when faced against formidable opposition, small voices can be turned into thunderous roars.

Midhurst Ratepayers' Association
48,637 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Premier Doug Ford

Let these birds live. Stop Ontario's war on Double-crested Cormorants

ProblemOntario introduces an open season hunt on nesting birds.Urgent - We need MASSIVE opposition. Ontario’s Conservative Premier, Doug Ford is using Trumpian tactics, has put this in with several other outrageous new laws so as to overwhelm the electorate and has quietly introduced this proposal just before the holidays to avoid scrutiny.Don’t let this happen! Complain about this loud and long and often, PLEASE. It is a major disaster.Please sign our petition. And please continue reading.Nowhere in North America are sport hunters permitted to shoot at close range nesting migratory birds and their chicks while still in the nest, but that is exactly what Ontario’s Conservative Premier Doug Ford is proposing for Double-crested Cormorants and it needs to be stopped now. Premier Doug Ford intends to change the law in Ontario, to allow sport hunters to ‘spoil’ the birds after being shot. Meaning both parents and chicks can be blasted out of their nest and left to rot. Currently it is illegal to ‘spoil’ game species. Technically, the hunting of wildlife isn’t supposed to be for the sheer thrill of killing. Carcasses, in theory, are to be used. Doug Ford is waiving this provision and will allow hunters to shoot up colonies at their pleasure in an open season that will run from March 15 to December 31, every year. Hunters can kill off an entire colony and their chicks in a matter of minutes. A government cull of nesting cormorants in 2003 at Presqu’ile Provincial Park saw two government sharp shooters kill over a thousand birds in one day. So let’s not kid ourselves - Doug Ford wants to kill off these birds in Ontario and it can be done quickly. This proposal was written almost verbatim by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and is part of their PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT agenda. There are no restrictions.There are no restrictions on the number of hunters that can attack a colony anywhere, anytime including one of the largest colonies on the Great Lakes located in Toronto at Tommy Thompson Park. As long as sport hunters remain in their boats, and do not step onto the shore, there is nothing restricting them from coming close enough to shoot nests from below, killing adults peacefully tending their young and the chicks. The enjoyment of Toronto Harbour will be reduced by the presence of gunshots and flying bullets and dead birds floating to shore. This is no joke!This proposal is deceitful.Landowners have always had the unrestricted ability to kill cormorants if they were perceived as ‘nuisance’ on their private property and science from across numerous jurisdictions including Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry concluded that the presence of cormorants indicates an abundance of fish. The problem is that sport and commercial fishers are too greedy to share the resources with any species seen as a direct competitor. Almost all Double-crested Cormorant colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species such as Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans, who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity. When Ontario Parks began culling cormorants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, they lost the ONLY Great Blue Heron breeding colony on Lake Ontario which was embedded among the cormorants for protection against predators. Doug Ford is a ‘text book’ psychopathic bully that has shown little empathy for the most vulnerable in our society both people and wildlife. Let’s stop this him NOW before he decimates waterbird colonies across Ontario. The policy to kill cormorants during their nesting season can be found here: note: It is impossible to monitor this hunting activity as proposed. The same promise to monitor the Spring Bear Hunt never materialized and young cubs are dying at the hands of sport hunters as the mother bears are killed in the spring hunt. The Ontario govt. has NEVER produced a report to date. They can’t and they won’t. They want them dead in the water - literally. For more information on Double-crested Cormorants please link here: You !!!!!SolutionPersonal story

Peaceful Parks
10,246 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Beekeepers Associations

Call of the wild: Save our pollinators

Insect pollinators like bees (honey bees and native bees), moths and butterflies, and pollinator friendly species of beetles and flies are showing a trend of gradual decline across the globe. A number of natural and anthropogenic factors are responsible for this but the bee populations, in particular, are the worst impacted. Environmental pollution, over application of agro-chemicals, changes in the land use patterns, industrial agriculture, parasitic diseases, lack of sufficient foraging plants, and access to adequate multi-species nutrition are some of the factors impacting bee population significantly. The gradual decline of insect pollinators like bees is alarming since they have direct implications on our future agricultural productivity and also on the stability of fragile natural ecosystems. It is important to note that a large number of crops and wildflowers are exclusively dependent on natural (biological) pollinators like insects, snails and slugs, small birds (humming birds), and mammals (like bats) for pollination. Among all these insect pollinators, bees perform the most significant role in the natural cross pollination of a wide diversity of crops. Under these circumstances, it is absolutely necessary that we conserve our precious insect pollinators to secure the future of crop production and apiculture industries. It is time for us to develop a long term, comprehensive, cost effective, and sustainable conservation model to protect natural pollinators. Let us join our efforts together in saving these friendly pollinators to secure the future of  our agriculture, forestry and apiculture industries. Let us establish  Pollinator Sanctuaries, Pollinator Gardens or Pollinator Habitats at suitable sites by using appropriate custom-designed Pollinator Mixes. Such Pollinator Mixes could include selected native wildflowers and grasses as well as pollinator friendly annual/biennial/perennial forage legumes and grasses in different proportions suitable for various agro-climatic zones. 

Saikat Basu
332 supporters