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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ralph Goodale, Irwin Elman

Ban Solitary Confinement for Young Offenders in Canada

Adam Capay is a 23-year-old youth who spent close to 1,600 days — that is over four and a half years — locked in a 5-by-10-foot cell, the lights on 24 hours a day. Yes, this is in Canada and it is not an isolated case. Where’s the humanity in our carceral system? The issue of young offenders being allowed to be detained in administrative segregation — for any period of time at all — is a major problem in Canada’s Corrections Services and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Research on the effects of solitary confinement show that solitary confinement has long-lasting and harmful effects, and does the opposite of the fundamental purpose of Section 718 of the Criminal Code of Canada —  to assist in rehabilitating offenders. According to research, prisoners experience symptoms such as dizziness, heart palpitations, and chronic depression. 41% of those surveyed reported hallucinations, and 27% had suicidal thoughts — all levels significantly higher than the general prison populations. The Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law explains that “Solitary confinement is recognized as difficult to withstand; indeed, psychological stressors such as isolation can be as clinically distressing as physical torture.” Being put in isolation can cause depression, and increase in anger and violence — defeating the main idea behind being locked in solitary. Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth, Irwin Elman, said: “If your hope is to help young people turn their lives around, on what planet does anybody think that putting them in a room with very little in it for days in a row is going to help?” The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has reported that many youth described inhumane practices and conditions, such as; denial of bibles and prayer mats, not being able to shower, not having bedding, etc. The United Nations explains that solitary confinement should be absolutely prohibited in youth under 18, and for individuals who are mentally ill. Given the amount of research that states the harmful effects of solitary confinement on youth, we believe our country should be a leader and ban this unnecessary and inhumane practice in Canada. If you agree that solitary confinement does more harm than good for Canadian youth, please support this cause by signing and sharing this petition.

Clara O'Callaghan
1,935 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President Donald Trump


Synthetic cannabinoids(THC), is a man made chemical used to spray on organic materials and referred to as synthetic marijuana, fake weed, Spice, K2, Kush Klimaxx and many others has become a global epidemic killing countless numbers of our younger generation. It was created to mimic the chemicals found in the marijuana plant the major difference is the synthetic kills and the natural does not. Marijuana has many medical benefits that could help countless numbers of Americans, but the DEA and FDA claim it is harmful, they make these claims with no evidence to support them. Marijuana would be more affordable to most Americans also, as there are still large numbers still uninsured and pay out of pocket for medical needs, where as BIGPHARMA has a very high cost for their synthetic meds. The key here is that the synthetic was made to mimic the effects of the natural plant. MIMIC the effect, but at what cost? There are so many who have died from these synthetic cannabinoids, no one has ever died from using marijuana. WHy would a company spend millions of dollars to create a chemical that is already found naturally in a plant? If marijuana were legal, it would ease the burden on the criminal justice system, it would enable police to focus on more serious crimes, more people would find it easier to find employment, many more Americans would be able to afford to fill their prescriptions. Mostly as a democracy we would use our ability known as the power of the people, the majority rules, we have a voice lets make it be heard. By signing not only will you be helping others you will be saving lives along with helping to end the synthetic epidemic in this country.

1,506 supporters
Update posted 3 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 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. 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 14th, 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) Upcoming May 27th, 2018 - End of appeals period. 2018 - Awaiting completion of public complaint process against officers involved in my detainment and the officer who dislocated shoulder.
5,340 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Marc Garneau

Request AMENDMENT Transport Canada New Safety Rules for Recreational Drone use in Canada

  July 28, 2017 Update: New proposed amendment. TC now wants us to have mandatory liability insurance and write a test before you can legally fly . TC is not listening and truly believe implementing these new rules and madatory requirements will mitigate potential safety risks. NEW Interim Order as of June 2017   The new Transport Canada legislation for recreational drone use is as follows:No drone can fly higher than 90 m above the ground closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc. closer than 9 km from the centre of an aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land) within controlled or restricted airspace at night and in clouds.The new law is inflexible. For responsible RC enthusiasts, the new law effectively eliminates the use of drones in Canada given that irrespective of where one flies, one is likely to break one or more the rules. The exemption to fly a model aircraft operated at events organized by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) or at airfields located in a zone administered by MAAC or a MAAC club is simply not practical as there are an insufficient number fields available in any given city that could accommodate the thousands of new model aircraft or drone pilots that are entering this incredible outdoor family friendly hobby. It is important to also note that most new hobbyists are using their quadcopters, hexacopters for photography and videography, and there’s not a lot of interesting content that can be recorded at an empty field.Given the proximity of most Canadian airports to the cities they serve, the 9km restriction from any aerodrome (which constitutes float planes, helipads), seems overly restrictive. Every pilot flying in Canada knows that on approach to an airport, at 5 km out an aircraft is well over 300 meters high. On takeoff, 5 km after leaving the runway an aircraft is over 450 meters high. Even with a safety margin of 300%, it’s not possible for a drone flying 100 meters high, would ever interfere with an aircraft flying 5 km away from an airport. Moreover, there has never been any confirmed instance of an aircraft striking a drone in Canada. Conversely, there are approximately 2000 confirmed bird strikes in Canada each year. Common migratory birds like geese are much larger and heavier and represent a much bigger threat to airlines than drones, yet none of them have ever brought down an aircraft in Canada.   The ministerial order also demands that every owner of a drone have his/her name, address and phone number featured prominently on the drone. That requirement is not consistent with Canadian Privacy legislation. Transport Canada has essentially labeled most model aircraft operators and other who fly drones as lawbreakers. We as responsible model aircraft operators, understand never to fly near airports. However given the lack of "Legal" places to fly in our communities, we need to have an open and pragmatic discussion, so that it does not result in eliminating the industry as a whole. The following video is from an American drone hobbyist and engineer Rick Smith. Rick has done an incredible job in providing insight on this restrictive legislation with points for discussion and revision. There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of Canadians with similar concerns. Mr. Smith travels to Canada to fly his quadcopter and helps to promote Canada and beautiful tourist destination. However the new legislation may put an end to these visits as well as other visits by other popular filmmakers and aerial photographers who have filmed this beautiful country. The drone industry and the hobby itself, is growing at speeds similar to that of technology. Today’s drones are extremely advanced with GPS capabilities, artificial intelligence, collision avoidance and other safety features, which dramatically reduces the risk of crashes and greatly reduces risk to people and property. This petition respectfully requests that you amend the new recreational drone legislation to reflect a more balanced, fact based and pragmatic approach to drone safety in Canada. Transport Canada needs to engage with responsible RC enthusiasts and drone pilots to create better policy. As it’s written, the current legislation will not likely prevent irresponsible drone operators from breaking the rules. The threat of fines is not going to stop a 13 year old for example, from flying into restricted air space. Like drinking and driving and seat belt laws, the answer is just legislation but also education. Francais/French Version: La nouvelle législation du Canada de Transport pour l'utilisation de drone de loisirs est comme suit :Aucun drone ne peut être piloté plus haut que 90 m au-dessus du sol, plus près que 75 m de bâtiments, des véhicules, des navires, des animaux, des gens/foules, etc. Plus près que 9 km du centre d'un aérodrome (n'importe quel aéroport, héliport, base d'hydravion ou n'importe où il peut y avoir décollage d'avion et dans l'espace aérien contrôlé ou limité, la nuit et dans des nuages. La nouvelle loi est inflexible. Pour les enthousiastes responsable de ce loisir, la nouvelle loi élimine l'utilisation de drones au Canada peu importe l'endroit où l'on pilote, pour pouvoir voler l'on devra probablement enfreindre une ou plusieurs des nouvelles règles. L'exemption pour piloter une maquette d'avion aux événements organisés par l'Association d'Aéronautique Modèle du Canada (MAAC) ou aux terrains d'aviation situés dans une zone administrée par MAAC ou un club MAAC n'est simplement pas pratique comme leur terrain sont insuffisants et non disponibles dans plusieurs villes et ils ne pourrait satisfaire les milliers de pilotes de modèles réduits qui entrent dans ce passe-temps incroyable, activitée amical, familial, et de plein air. Il est important d'aussi noter que les amateurs utilisent leur quadcopters, hexacopters pour la photographie et la vidéographie et il n'y a pas beaucoup de contenu intéressant qui peut être enregistré à un terrain vide. Étant donné la proximité de la plupart des aéroports canadiens aux villes qu' ils déservent, le 9km de restriction de vol de n'importe quel aérodrome (que ce soit hydravions, des plates-formes pour hélicoptères), semble trop restrictif. Chaque pilote volant au Canada sait que, à l'approche d'un aéroport, à 5 km, un avion dépasse 300 mètres de haut. Au décollage, 5 km après avoir quitté la piste, un avion a plus de 450 mètres de haut. Même avec une marge de sécurité de 300%, il n'est pas possible pour un drone volant de 100 mètres de haut, interférer avec un avion volant à 5 km d'un aéroport. En outre, il n'y a jamais eu d'exemple confirmé d'un avion qui frappe un drone au Canada. À l'inverse, il y a environ 2000 frappes d'oiseaux confirmées au Canada chaque année. Les oiseaux migrateurs communs comme les oies sont beaucoup plus grands et plus lourds et représentent une menace beaucoup plus grande pour les compagnies aériennes que les drones, mais aucun d'entre eux n'a jamais abattu un avion au Canada. L'ordonnance ministérielle exige également que tous les propriétaires d'un drone aient son nom, son adresse et son numéro de téléphone en bonne place sur le drone. Cette exigence n'est pas conforme à la législation canadienne sur la protection de la vie privée. Transport Canada a essentiellement étiqueté la plupart des opérateurs de maquette d'avion et d'autre qui pilote des drones comme des transgresseurs de la loi. Pour des opérateurs de maquette d'avion responsables, nous comprenons de ne jamais voler près des aéroports. Cependant étant donné le manque d'endroits "Légaux" pour voler dans nos communautés, nous devons avoir une discussion ouverte et pragmatique, pour qu'il n'aboutisse pas à l'élimination de l'industrie dans son ensemble. La vidéo suivante est d'un amateur de drone américain et un ingénieur Rick Smith. Rick a fait un travail incroyable de cette législation restrictive et en fournissant des points pour la discussion et la révision. Il y a des centaines et peut-être des milliers de Canadiens avec des préoccupations semblables. M. Smith voyage au Canada pour piloter son quadcopter et aide à promouvoir le Canada et cette belle destination touristique. Cependant la nouvelle législation peut mettre fin à ces visites aussi bien que d'autres visites par d'autres cinéastes populaires et les photographes aériens qui ont déjà filmé ce beau pays. Https: // ? V=tFXPDFNls20 L'industrie du drone et le passe-temps lui-même, grandissent à la vitesse comparable à celui de la technologie. Les drones d'aujourd'hui sont extrêmement avancés avec des capacités GPS, d'intelligence artificielle, l'évitement de collision et d'autres dispositifs de sécurité, qui réduisent radicalement le risque d'accidents et réduisent grandement les risques pour la population et la propriété.Cette pétition demande avec respect que vous modifiiez la nouvelle législation de drone de loisirs pour refléter un règlement plus équilibré, Faire une approche posée et pragmatique à voler pour la sécurité au Canada. Transport Canada doit s'engager avec des enthousiastes RC responsables.

Charles Lamoureux
5,037 supporters