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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 color, 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. However, 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. This has the effect of placing the Prime Minister, the person who appoints the Attorney General, above the law. A Charter Challenge had been launched in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to have the Charter of Canada upheld and this unlawful interpretation of the law struck down, but it the application was rejected in November of 2017 with the presiding judge citing a 'lack of public interest' in the matter. The argument was based on the first lines of the Charter itself. From the preamble of the Charter: "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law". 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. The end number of signatures doesn't matter, just spread the word and never forget that Canada is directly responsible for inciting this genocidal Holy War. Last Update (May 30th, 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. 2018 - CJC complaint against Justice Knickle's questionable conduct pending her recusal. April 27th, 2018 - Ruled unlawfully detained by the Western Memorial Regional Health Authority, acting in conjunction with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. (Text of Ruling) May 27th, 2018 - End of appeals period. Upcoming 2018 - Awaiting completion of public complaint process against officers involved in my detainment and the officer who dislocated shoulder. 2018 - Pending civil suit against the province and their agents involved my detainment and it's consequences.
5,471 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Crown Prosecutor and Honourable Judge, BC Provincial court, Crown Prosecutor and Honourable Judge, Alberta Court

Maximum penalty, including lifetime ban on owning animals, for Karin and Catherine Adams

Karin and Catherine Adams have been charged with failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, cruelty to animals, wilful neglect of animals and possession of stolen property in a case in Alberta in which 11 horses, 25 dogs and 17 birds were found to be in distress on a rural property near Cereal, Alberta. This case follows on the heels of animal cruelty charges the pair face in British Columbia. In February 2015, the mother and daughter were also charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. They have yet to go to trial on those charges. In that case, it is alleged that 18 horses, 18 dogs, 15 birds, two cats and 104 fish were found in varying levels of distress on a rural property in Houston, BC.THE PETITION:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that Crown Prosecutors in British Columbia and Alberta proceed with any federal animal cruelty charges as indictable offences and recommend the maximum penalty, including a lifetime ban on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird. We also respectfully request that, if one or both of the Adams' are found guilty, the Honourable Judges in either or both provinces impose the maximum penalty available under the law.LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE TWO ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES:Alberta case: Columbia case: UPDATES ON THE PETITION:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
24,596 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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STOP SENATE DELAYS: Train judges to rule fairly on sexual assault

“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” “Clearly, a drunk can consent.” “We can say she is a little overweight, but she has a pretty face, huh?” It would be shocking for anyone to say this kind of thing to (or about) a sexual assault survivor. But these are all recent quotes from Canadian judges presiding over assault trials. Why It’s Critical This is about more than basic decency. Statistics Canada found that only 1 in 20 people who’ve been sexually assaulted report going to the police. Fears about being believed or fairly treated stopped many of the rest. That’s partly due to common but misguided ideas about how survivors should act. Every year, top neuroscientists and psychologists understand more about the complicated ways different people respond to traumas like rape. Their research shows how fear and ancient survival instincts can hijack the brain, causing everything from “polite” obedience, disassociation and physical paralysis to fragmentary memories in those attacked. But not all judges know the science about sexual assault—so they risk falling back on mistaken, dangerous stereotypes. This puts survivors through another horrible experience. Which stops people from coming forward. Which helps perpetrators get away with it. A Solution Everyone Can Agree On That’s why in May 2017, former Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose put Bill C-337 before Parliament. It would make training about sexual assault law and myths mandatory for federal judges. The bill passed unanimously through the House of Commons, backed by the Bloc, Conservatives, Greens, Liberals and NDP. It was one of the rare things every single one of our elected representative could agree on. But C-337 has since stalled in the Senate. Held up for more than a year by abstract objections from a few senators, it’s been discussed again and again, without really moving forward. And the longer it takes, the more likely MPs will have to start all over again—assuming that’s even possible. What You Can Do: We’re calling for the Senate to respect the House’s democratic consensus: they should urgently pass this bill. Senators might not be elected, but their role includes “giving voice to underrepresented groups like Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and women.” And this bill is all about protecting Canada’s most vulnerable, changing legislation for future generations. So please help us make sure justices have the facts they need to rule fairly on these life-changing cases. No one should have to take the stand before a judge who wonders if they were “flattered” by an assault. -- Once you’ve signed this petition, you can help it go even further by sharing the call to pass #BillC337 and promote #traumainformed justice on social media!  -- Bill C-337 wouldn't exist without the tireless work of Rona Ambrose, Helgi Maki and Linda Redgrave. Deep gratitude to them, and the many others who’ve generously helped with efforts to get it passed.  

Sarah Jurgens
34,922 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to The Russian Government


Luminato and the Toronto International Film Festival in partnership with the co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre Natalia Kaliada call on the Russian government for the immediate release of Oleg Sentsov and 70 additional Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained in Russian prisons.  A native of annexed Crimea, Sentsov has been incarcerated in northern Siberia since 2014 after being arrested on unsubstantiated terrorism charges and a spurious trial in which the main witness for the prosecution later recanted his testimony saying it was extracted by torture. Statement from Luminato & the Toronto International Film Festival: “Today two of the country’s leading arts organizations join the growing calls for Russian authorities to release Oleg Sentsov and all other Ukrainian political prisoners currently detained. As organizations that vehemently believe in the right, value and necessity of artistic and political expression, Sentsov and other political prisoners have been denied their basic human rights and their detention is a serious violation of international law.  As the world’s attention turns to Russia for the World Cup, we urge the international artistic community and Canadian government to join us in calling for the immediate release of Mr. Sentsov and 70 additional Ukrainian political prisoners.” Piers Handling, CEO, Toronto International Film FestivalJosephine Ridge, Artistic Director, LuminatoAnthony Sargent CBE, CEO, Luminato

6,774 supporters