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Petition to Jody Wilson-Raybould, Don Morgan

Make Canada's justice system equal for all

The recent failure of our justice system in the Colten Boushie case has led to profound disappointment and anger. Yet it is only the latest example of a long-standing and well documented problem of unequal access to justice for Indigenous people in Canada. Peremptory challenges allow potential jurors to be blocked from serving, without reason or explanation. In the Colten Boushie case, for example, the defence blocked all the jurors who appeared to be Indigenous. We must abolish peremptory challenges to ensure more equal jury representation of Indigenous people and people of colour. This is a simple measure that must be taken to improve the system and begin down the road to regain the faith of all those - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - who want fairness within the law in Canada. I am half-indigenous and half-white, and ALL of my friends are calling for change. And as the daughter of a residential school survivor who knows how easy it is to dehumanize others, I ask that you do what you can in your positions of power to not let the dehumanization of Indigenous people - abetted by the justice system no less - continue under your watch. The Criminal Code is currently under review; our government has the power to amend the Criminal Code to prevent the use of peremptory challenges to discriminate against First Nations people. Action is the way to repair a relationship that has received a terrible blow and set reconciliation efforts back. Please sign and share this petition - we must reform our jury system now.

Lisa Jackson
14,345 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Alex Nuttall, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Eric Hoskins

Kassidi's Law: Support sexual assault survivors

We start this petition in memory of my sister Kassidi Coyle. Kassidi was just 20 years old when she took her own life, four months after being sexually assaulted. Following the assault, Kassidi suffered with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She had repeated nightmares and wasn't able to go anywhere by herself following the attack. Kassidi, who was once a bubbly and vibrant girl, was gone. It was like night and day. Support services were not readily available for Kassidi; she was placed on a four month wait list for counselling. She waited for help that wouldn’t come soon enough -- she took her own life on 1 November 2016, just weeks before her first appointment. Anyone who knew Kassidi would tell you how big of a heart she had. She would go the extra mile for someone even if she didn't know them. Kassidi was an organ donor and through her donations she saved eight lives. We don’t want anyone else to go through what Kassidi went through. Please sign our petition calling for: Increased support for sexual assault survivors including free, timely counselling and legal advice. No one should have to wait four months for help, like Kassidi did. Sentencing that reflects the devastating impact sexual assault has on survivors. We need to raise awareness of this growing problem and prevent someone else from losing their sister, aunt, daughter, or friend, because of the faults of the system. Please show your support by signing and sharing this petition. About the trial: There is currently an ongoing trial for the accused. With Kassidi no longer here to testify, we feared the case would no longer be able to proceed. My Mom fought to have Kassidi's name released so that we could share her story. With enormous public support and media attention, the trial is underway. We are praying that justice will be served and we will keep you updated. Thank you for standing with us, for Kassidi and for sexual assault survivors everywhere.

Chelsea Coyle
145,919 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to @IntlCrimCourt , @CdnHumanRights, @rcmpgrcpolice, God , @UNHumanRights

Arrest Harper for Inciting Genocide

This ---video--- is sophisticated hate speech/war propaganda originally published by the Conservative Party of Canada on July 16th, 2014, the same day 4 children were targeted on a beach in Gaza in full public view to terrorize Palestinians and the World. This propaganda video was aimed at an Israeli audience to present a case of international support and religious justification for their war where none truly exists. The Conservative Party of Canada, through inciting the current genocide, should be viewed as a Criminal Organization under the Canadian Criminal Code, Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 27 of the Rome Statute. The video features Stephen Harper and John Baird speaking to Israel in January about eradicating the dark forces. They imply that Israel is a Jewish-only State and advocate the use of violence in settling political and religious issues, insisting that the Palestinians have no rights as citizens.  It is offensive, wrong and literally incitement towards war and genocide. Sections 318, 319, and 320 of the Criminal Code of Canada forbid hate propaganda. "Hate propaganda" means "any writing, sign or visible representation that advocates or promotes genocide or the communication of which by any person would constitute an offence under section 319." Section 318 prescribes imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years for anyone who advocates genocide. The Code defines genocide as the destruction of an "identifiable group." The Code defines an "identifiable group" as "any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." By choosing to incite Israel and declaring the Palestinians to be non-citizen terrorists that need to be destroyed, Stephen Harper and John Baird advocated the destruction of an identifiable group and therefore should be charged with creating and disseminating hate propaganda under the Criminal Code and imprisoned alongside anyone else who played a role in these war crimes, including All Members of The Conservative Party of Canada. A perverse interpretation of the Criminal Code of Canada allows the Attorney General of Canada to CONSENT to crimes relating to incitement of genocide instead of prosecuting them. A Charter Challenge has been launch in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to have the Charter of Canada upheld and this unlawful interpretation of the law struck down. In Canada, only God is Above the Law. If you're a Canadian you can call the RCMP Headquarters to ask why they're supporting a Criminal, Terrorist and Fascist Canada that advocates Genocide as a 'Governing Policy'. By supporting Harper and refusing to uphold the Law, elements of the RCMP have become criminals themselves. Last Update (January 15th, 2018) Timeline and Downloadable Documents July 21, 2014 - Initial Analysis of Video/Summary of Charges file with RNC (#2014-42168) August 6, 2014 - Complaint filed with Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (#2014-2339) December 19, 2014 - Originating Application Filed to have Charter of Canada upheld in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (#201404G0249) January 27, 2015 - Latest Update from RCMP regarding complaint investigation (#2014-1030376) January 28, 2015 - First Hearing in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Division. February 25, 2015 - Memorandum of Argument for Charter Challenge filed with the Courts and Respondents. (Final Draft) March 9, 2015 - Respondent's Memorandum of Argument filed. (Redacted Version) April 7, 2015 - Unlawfully detained for a tweet taken out of context. April 9, 2015 @ 10AM - Second Hearing of Charter Challenge postponed due to unlawful detainment. April 10, 2015 - Application of Habeas Corpus denied April 13, 2015 - Released from unlawful detainment April 14, 2015 - Arrested for Uttering Threats and Production of a Controlled Substance. Released with date for lower court appearance. June 16, 2015 @ 9:30AM - Lower Court Hearing of Charges - Uttering Threats Charge Terminated October 21, 2015 - Hearing for Marijuana-related charges for treating my disability December 17, 2015 - Status update for pending trial for unauthorized use of marijuana to treat a medical condition January 26, 2016 - Date setting for preliminary inquiry on unauthorized medical marijuana use. January 28, 2016 - Date agreed upon for preliminary inquiry April 12, 2016 - Hearing of Appeal for denied Habeas Corpus (ruling pending) May 9, 2016 - Preliminary Inquiry postponed until August to allow new lawyer to review file. August 3, 2016 - Preliminary Inquiry into marijuana cultivation for medical use waved by private lawyer due to legal costs. (Private lawyer subsequently removed from file.) November 7, 2016 - Arraignment in Supreme Court November 14, 2016 - Hearing postponed until January due to issues with legal aid. April 13, 2017 - Court of Appeal rules in my favor. Habeas Corpus remitted back to lower court. (Text of Ruling) July 7, 2017 - Habeas corpus hearing held, judgement reserved. August 16, 2017 - Pled guilty to possession of marijuana. Received absolute discharge due to medical history and external circumstances. Gave up Charter rights to be able to return to family. November 14, 2017 - Day set aside for Charter Challenge - Dismissed by Justice Knickle. Upcoming 2018? - Ruling on habeas corpus reserved since July 7th, 2017 2018? - Ruling on Justice Knickle's questionable conduct from Canadian Judicial Council. The end number of signatures doesn't matter, just spread the word and never forget that Canada is directly responsible for iniciting a genocidal Holy War.
5,179 supporters