Petition to Department of Health Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, First nations health authority, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks Board, Canadian Red Cross
Prioritize a COVID-19 Protection Plan for the Homeless
To Health Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks Board, and the Canadian Red Cross, How can you self-isolate when you don't have a home? How do you wash your hands when you don't have a sink? Homeless residents and advocates are calling on government and public stakeholders to immediately and urgently provide a measured, appropriate, culturally-safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic to those who are unhoused and overlooked by current pandemic protocols. Over a hundred people live in a tent city in Oppenheimer Park, and many more visit daily. The last City of Vancouver Homelessness Count showed that there are over 1,200* homeless people in the Downtown Eastside, including 600* unsheltered (* an undercount). The City of Vancouver has just declared a Homelessness Emergency in the City of Vancouver. In Oppenheimer Park, there is no soap or hand sanitizer in the washrooms — and sometimes no washrooms at all. Running water is limited. Tent city residents, and other homeless people, often rely on crowded drop-in centres, food line-ups, and shelters with shared washrooms and showers. Many are immune compromised, with chronic disease and disability, and a high percentage are seniors. The vast majority don't have phones to call 811 for testing or help. Existing resources are not equipped or prepared to meet pandemic-level needs and demands. Vancouver Coastal Health does not currently offer any formal services or outreach in Oppenheimer Park. Shelters and drop-ins are already overwhelmed and under-equipped to offer additional shower, laundry and washing facilities. Other DTES programs are scrambling to pandemic-proof existing services especially for those who are most at risk. Chrissy Brett, Oppenheimer Park tent city liaison, says, “We need to show that health needs are way more dire for some of our people that are being ignored. In the absence of coordinated governmental response, community groups are once again stepping in. We’re grateful for the support of City Councillor Jean Swanson Park Board Commissioner John Irwin and some employees of BC Housing that are engaged with our process for advocacy and support. We need to push the City, province, feds and Health Authorities to come to the table.” Chris Livingstone, founder and board member for Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction (WAHRS), says, “Budgets are being determined by April 1st — now is the time to budget for peer funding. Now is the time to place emergency health demands front and centre and ensure health and safety for our most vulnerable. We need health support workers coming in, extra washrooms, portable showers. Immediate response should be the safety of the people in the camp and on the street — that’s it.” “All of these things can be done and have been done - it's just a matter of will,” says Scott Clarke, North West Indigenous Council President. “Remember, this is Indigenous land.” “It has never been so obvious that housing is healthcare. And that we must provide resources to protect people who are homeless from infection and contagion. And we need to prevent others from becoming homeless during a public health emergency. It’s really critical. And it’s not only a moral imperative that we do so, but it’s a public health necessity.” — Diane Yentel – President of National Low Income Housing Coalition (USA). We acknowledge that we are on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Museum), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. _______________________________________________________________ Full list of demands for homeless and unsheltered: To implement an appropriate and comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic plan for people living in Oppenheimer Park and other homeless people, that is immediately resourced, culturally-safe, and actionable For decision-makers at the three levels of government to meet NOW with advocates and stakeholders To immediately open the field house in Oppenheimer Park and create an emergency on-site screening and triage station Ban all “street sweeps” and daily displacement of homeless people from public places. Because: People have lost access to many of their daytime sheltering options - they need to be able to “shelter in place”, including in tents, pending the opening of more formal housing options. Sweeps are disruptive to health and wellbeing of homeless people (lose their shelter, lose important possessions including medication), and to the service providers and outreach workers who are trying to connect with them (per Alison Eisinger – ED of Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness). Provide accessible and actionable information to people who are currently living outdoors and in shelters. Information needs to be provided in routine and accessible ways. Daily newscasts are not workable. To immediately offer space in emergency disaster response hotels like the 2400 Hotel and other vacancies in private hotels and motels if needed by the most vulnerable and in-need homeless people to quarantine or self-isolate. To have the province order that empty rooms in SROS like the May Wah must be rented to the homeless if needed by the most vulnerable and in-need homeless people to quarantine or self-isolate. To provide a meal and food distribution program, on-site mobile hand washing and sanitizing stations, mobile shower and laundry services, and extra washrooms to provide sanitation and minimize the need for lineups and over-crowding. To provide survival supports for sex workers so that they are not forced into more and more dire situations due to loss of business. To put on hold public hearings relating to Park Bylaws, conditional injunction and anything else relating to displacement or eviction of homeless people. To centre and prioritize cultural-safety, reconciliation in every measure, with participation from peer groups and community stakeholders to ensure reconciliation-informed planning processes. To ensure that no one is evicted from any park, homeless camp, SRO or other residence, or discharged from hospital to homelessness, and ensure that drugs will be delivered for those that need to self-isolate in order to minimize any disincentive to self-isolate or quarantine. To provide storage as needed for those who re-locate to safely self-isolate without having to make a choice about losing temporary home and belonging and self-isolation. To provide emergency response funding increases for already-overwhelmed shelter staffing and resources in order to run showers and laundry 24 hours. To include emergency peer funding and health services for the homeless in governmental and public stakeholder budgets, many of which are being determined by April 1st of this year. To ensure that washrooms and showers in Park Board facilities in parks that are populated by homeless people are kept open. Additional measures for SROs and the precariously housed: To support cleaning in shelters and SROs and to inform and educate residents and service providers with information about what people should do and what they can expect. For the province to order landlords of private SROs to maintain hygiene facilities with professional certified janitors twice daily or provide emergency response funding for staff or peers to provide twice-daily cleaning, and the same for city- and provincially-funded washrooms in SROs, shelters and drop-in centres. To provide federal, provincial and municipal support. To put an eviction moratorium on SROs and a rent freeze on SROs between tenancies. Now is not the time to raise rents if someone moves out or passes away. In solidarity, Scott Clark, North West Indigenous Council President Chris Livingstone, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, founder and board member Chrissy Brett, Oppenheimer Tent City Liaison Carnegie Community Action Project
Petition to Provincial Government, Federal Government, Conservative party, LIBERAL PARTY
Church to become Essential in Canada
"God keep our land glorious and FREE!" Thank you @fordnationdougford @ontarioPC @justinpjtrudeau @liberalca for everything your doing to fight covid-19. But let the church do their part as well! #CHURCHISESSENTIAL Nothing compares to face to face encounters, worship and the people gathering in PRAYER. The church provides essential spiritual, emotional and mental health services. Fighting against depression, anxiety, mental health disorders, fear and more. Providing healing, counselling, encouragement and fellowship. We have the freedom to have the same rights as lowe's... the hospital... dollarama... or the bank! We have the same RIGHT to social distance at church! Church is ESSENTIAL and places of worship should have the same right and choice to social distance.
Petition to Government of Canada Gouvernement du Canada
Close All Schools in Canada Immediately to Stop COVID-19
Discord The novel coronavirus has been identified as a deadly strain that is highly contagious. Multiple counties, rich or not, have failed to contain the virus. We, the students at the University of Waterloo have been concerned about the apathy from policy makers who underestimate the fat tailed risk and effect size which is unprecedented. And schools are the modern petri dishes for the virus. Therefore, we demand all schools must: reiterate personal sanitary precautions. set up basic contact tracing framework measures. remove all punishments for not attending lectures. make clear isolation directions should someone suspect they are infected. make the contingency plans available to students and parents. "It will cost us a little in the short term, but to fail do so will eventually cost everything - if not from this event, then one in the future."
Petition to Marc Garneau, WestJet, Swoop , Porter Airlines, Sunwing , AIR CANADA, Air Transat
Refund for Airline Travel (COVID-19)
COVID-19 resulted in thousands of cancelled flights as Canadians prepped to celebrate their annual Spring/School Break. Our government ordered Canadians “home” and informed others to cancel non-essential travel. No one denies this upheaval has been challenging for airlines. For customers who paid for flights, the cost of cancelled prepaid flights is real. The ensuing economic uncertainty resulted in travellers simply asking that their money be returned. Airlines are disregarding what they are legally required to do. Which is to provide passengers with full refunds and not insist they accept a credit for future travel that comes with an expiry date. All passengers are entitled to a full refund made to their original form of payment (e.g., credit card). That is the law. The Canadian government has announced no measures to protect travellers. We need our Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to step in immediately to prevent Canadian travellers from suffering irreversible financial loss. So how can you help? We need your support to coordinate an effective campaign so that getting a refund does not depend on who answers your phone call but on the law. The Minister of Transport must step in and insist the parties involved abide by the law. That they place the rights of individual Canadians ahead of airlines, which have been bailed out before. This is a consumer crisis that requires Canadian government intervention. Without support, Canadians will never receive the refund they have a legal right to or will wait for months to learn if they will be reimbursed.
Petition to the government of Alberta, Edmonton Public Schools, Jason Kenney
The Complete Shutdown of Schools In Alberta
To: The Government Of Alberta (Ministry of Education), Edmonton Public Schools, Calgary Public Schools, Calgary Catholic Schools, Edmonton Catholic Schools, We, the students of Alberta are requesting the following. Schools be either shutdown for a minimum of 2 weeks or attendance to school be made optional. We as students have numerous rights as students set out by the Charter of Rights and Schools. Prestigious schools such as Harvard University, University of Alberta, and University of Calgary have realized the effect of what this can have on their student body. In the absence of responsible government, The City of Edmonton has had to shutdown recreation centers. The Provincial Government of Ontario has shutdown schools two weeks after spring break. The Government of Alberta for the protection of students has to shut down schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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 http://discriminationabuseofnursingstudent.blogspot.ca/
Petition to rathnesh balaji
help stop COVID-19
We should maintain social distance and stop re-opening schools. No one maintains distance. We have to do something about this. One way to do this is stay home most of the time and stay away from our friends. This way we can stop COVID-19 from spreading. If we do this, we can save 1000s of lives including ours! These simple steps will stop Corona from spreading.Then hopefully corona stops, and we can go to school again! Even the littlest things can stop something big.
Petition to Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, Christine Elliot
Support Nurses in COVID-19 CRISIS
Increase Pay for Nurses more than 10%
Nurses are at the frontline caring for those with COVID-19. Meanwhile, the nurses union is trying to work out a deal with the Ontario hospitals to improve work conditions and raise the hourly for nurses. However, due to Bill 124 the union is limited and their efforts are being blocked. Sign this petition so Doug Ford will significantly increase the pay of nurses, who are the backbone of the healthcare profession. Show your support during this trying time.