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Petition to John Horgan

Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse

Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training  program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt.  This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students.  It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother. UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer.  Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process. I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree.  Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine. Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests.  Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better.                                                                                                                    I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my son, and become a self sufficient member of society.                                                                                                                      What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible.                                                                                                                UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly.  Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages  (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy. Please support us and pass this petition to others. Thank you very much for your support.   To know more about how UNBC has mistreated me, follow this link      

Tetyana Melnychuk
2,582 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Doug Ford, John Tory

Help Save The Canadian Beauty Industry.

Covid-19 has put many industries into a state of crisis and the Canadian Beauty Industry has been deeply affected. The Government of Canada needs to recognize the particular vulnerability of the beauty industry sector during Covid-19. We in the beauty industry, have two major things working against us: 1. There is no option for hairstylists, barbers, aestheticians, nail techs, makeup artists, etc. to work from home. 2. We are more at risk than many other professions, as we work physically close to the public. The Canadian Beauty Industry must band together and ask for support during this unprecedented time. The salon/spa industry is a significant economic sector in Canada with a market size of 4 billion dollars. To give businesses in our industry the best chance to recover and to provide safe spaces for our workers, we need our government to give businesses in our industry relief not loans. The safety of our staff, coworkers and the public is of the highest importance. Our work requires close contact with the public. Because of this many of our businesses shut down even before the mandated closures – losing 100% of our revenue overnight. The livelihood of stylists, barbers, aestheticians, nail techs, makeup artists,  salon owners, spa owners, suppliers and manufacturers are at stake. We are calling on our government to recognize the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the Canadian Beauty Industry and to support a debt-free initiative to provide relief for our industry. Suggested Relief Action Plan: • This is an industry based on fee for service and our people have been off work for weeks. Any further work delays will leave them in even more of a precarious financial situation. Workers are extremely anxious that their support benefits will take too long to arrive, they will not meet the requirements, or will they not be able to get through to Service Canada in a timely manner, since the current demand on the system is overwhelming. The government needs to expedite the support benefit procurement process. • Ensure that Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are supplemented to reflect the higher cost of living in our urban centres. • Create an allowance for part-time workers. It is common for workers in our industry to have multiple sources of income and under current rules this disqualifies them from CERB. • Forgive commercial property taxes for the months businesses are closed. • Issue a government directive for rent and related costs to be paused temporarily, until the government relief is implemented. • Require insurance companies to cover business interruption during this time of mandated business closures. Currently, they are denying coverage for such claims. • Implement a deferral plan for business loans from financial institutions. Include the principal and the interest in this deferral. All payments need to be deferred until after business resumes. • Suspend all taxes owed to the federal and provincial governments including HST, source deduction obligations and corporate taxes, as well as remove any penalties and/or interest for current late payments. Businesses should not be penalized or charged interest. • Require credit card companies to lower all interest charges on cards held by businesses, including merchant service providers (e.g. fees and equipment leases/rentals). In closing we want to convey the grave need of our industry at this time, an industry of owners and workers that are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 crisis, due to the nature of our work. Yes, the government is offering loans, but going into further debt is not a relief plan. Please help our industry make a recovery without the burden of debt falling so heavily on independent operators. Without this help many of our industry’s businesses will not survive.

Save Canadian Beauty
15,433 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Stephen McNeil, Justin Trudeau, Chuck Porter, Office of the Premier - Nova Scotia

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Nova Scotia

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, countless workers have been laid off while many others have to dramatically cut back their working hours to care for children or elderly relatives. A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reports that only 14% of workers in the lowest income bracket have paid sick leave, with the threat of COVID hanging over our heads the decision to stay home or go to work is literally life or death. The federal government has already expanded EI benefits and created a stimulus package to help Canadians stay afloat during this pandemic, but this aid is useless when the majority of that money is going towards keeping a roof over our heads. Nova Scotia has the oldest population in Canada, and a large population of students and part-time workers who are at risk of not receiving EI benefits. What happens come April 1st when a large percentage of us are not able to make rent? People should not have to pay to keep a roof over their heads during a pandemic. We believe housing security is a right, which is why we are calling for the following: 1. A rent freeze for all tenants in the HRM and greater Nova Scotia. Especially those who are high risk for COVID-19, unable to work due to the provincial state of emergency, under self-quarantine or in isolation. 2. A guarantee that in addition to a moratorium on all evictions, no tenant will be evicted or forced to retroactively pay rent once the state of emergency is over due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. 3. For the government to redistribute vacant units and empty hotel rooms to be used by people who are homeless or living in shelters, to reduce their risk of becoming sick or transmitting the virus to others and to aid with social distancing measures. Even if you do not rent or are receiving pay, sign for those of us who cannot. We are stronger and healthier together. Join our Facebook group to continue organizing and fighting for housing security.

Sydnee Blum
10,180 supporters