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Petition to Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister, Attorney General, Honourable Heather Stefanson, Supreme Court of Canada

Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS

My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), ally and advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies.   October 2016- A Private Member’s Bill was introduced in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size.  This bill was not accepted. November 23, 2016-The Private Member's Bill was reintroduced as Bill 200.  November 2, 2017-Bill 200 was REJECTED with a vote in the Manitoba Legislature. I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW!  How can you help? Add your name to this petition and share it Email your area MLA to let them know your support of Bill 200 to include ‘physical size and weight’ in the Manitoba Human Rights Code Connect with Manitobans Against Weight Stigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MBWeightStigma, using #SizeismSUCKS Share your story with me by emailing I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination: Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job. Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive.   Did you know… Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.* More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.* In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.* *(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012) Want to learn more? Check out these news stories: 'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma

Lindsey Mazur
7,669 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to PeaceJam , United Nations, Shirin Ebadi

Womens Rights In The Middle East

This is a issue that has been ongoing for decades and still is on the rise in present day. Today, many women in the Middle East are silenced and do not have a prime voice to speak out against gender injustices that are imposed on them, likewise this is a huge dilemma for societies in the Middle East as patriarchy is on the rise. In light of this, if we gather together and create a alternate tone for women who are effected on a social, economical and political stance, we can bring upon change and help regressing societies get back on the their feet. This is most likely dominant in countries situated in the Middle East (West Asia) such as Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Turkey etc.) In order to bring upon change, it is essential that each one of our voice counts and that we are determined to not only influence a society, but a generation of where people can create a voice for those who are silenced and fight through this injustice, to abolish, if not, reduce the chances of this becoming a paramount dilemma. This would help millions of women and break the barriers amongst gender inequality in jobs, the social stance of a women in general, power in politics, the cultural approach to how a women is perceived and possibly changes in the legal system if there are enough voices that can help legitimize the severity of the issue. We all dream of cracking a dent in the world and being revolutionary peacemakers, but anybody can dream, it takes a solid amount of consistency and determination to adhere to such situations no matter what it takes, because those who want to make it happen will FIND a way regardless of what the circumstance might be. This is the first step, making it official and recognizing that there is an issue out there that needs to be fixed and being willing to open your eyes. The next step is to send this to micro organizations such as Shirin Ebadi's Peace Jam Organization, the UN and the Defender of Human Rights Center situated in Iran. Overall, we all have the capacity to make a difference, if we believe we are agents of peace, we are.

Sana B
1,547 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to WestJet , Transport Canada

Reassessment of Airline Regulations on Guinea Pigs

Currently, pet owners have many restrictions to face while making arrangements to travel with pets. Unfortunately, sometimes these restrictions also apply when traveling with Service, Emotional Support, or Therapy Animals. Hello. My name is Loren, and this is my story. About a year ago I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression. It has been a huge roller coaster for me, but I have found comfort in my emotional support animals. I have two Guinea Pigs that help me through both anxiety and panic attacks. I know they are not a conventional choice, but they are my choice, my family. I am currently a student, traveling a fair distance between school and home for holidays and visits. This situation is the first time I have had to travel since adopting the guinea pigs. I chose to fly with WestJet because they are usually more helpful and personable in dealing with issues than other airlines I have traveled on... Unfortunately, this has not been the case. According to airline regulations, no rodents are allowed in the cabin of an airplane, Guinea Pigs included. When we booked our tickets the Booking Agent told us that we had to purchase them first, then make pet/animal arrangements through the special care desk. While trying to make arrangements I was continuously receiving the answer no, with no one giving me a straight answer as to why. I had the situation escalated to the highest it could go. Unfortunately, even at the top of customer care, they could not let Guinea Pigs in the cabin. Of course, I was heartbroken by this news. Traveling is stressful enough as it is, without the added stress from an anxiety disorder, and the continued stress of being told that I can not take my support animals with me into the cabin (because they are within the rodent family) has put a huge strain on me and my mental health. This issue has been devastating. I am now dedicated to having the airlines reassess their decisions, and allow Guinea Pigs within the cabin of the aircraft. Here is a little bit more information on the current airline regulations. Currently, airlines will allow Cats and Dogs within the cabin as pets. WestJet specifically (and possibly other airlines) allow Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits within the cabin as pets. This list extends (at least for WestJet) when talking about service animals. Within the cabin of an aircraft WestJet will accept Dogs, Cats, Miniature Horses, Pigs, and Monkeys; they will make acceptations on a case-to-case basis unless the animal is a Snake, Reptile, Ferret, Rodent, or Spider. Now, for the most part, this seems reasonable. Rodents are not allowed on the airplane because they tend to escape, chew, and get into places they shouldn't. Now that statement, on the whole, makes sense. However some animals within the rodent family do not exhibit these same characteristics, Guinea Pigs are one of them. I know that some people that will not be able to relate to this problem personally, or agree with the current regulations because they have never owned a Guinea Pig. Guinea Pigs express temperaments similar to Rabbits (who are allowed within the cabins). On a side note to that, the airlines do not discriminate upon the breed of the Rabbit; Dwarf Rabbits are the same size as Guinea Pigs. Guinea Pigs can live safely within an enclosure that is not sealed across the top because they do not climb; they don't have the capability because of the size of their legs in comparison to the rest of their bodies. Guinea Pigs (or at least in my experience) do not chew as much as some other rodents, especially when compared to Mice, Rats, and Hamsters. The number one concern of the airline concerning rodents is that they are more likely to escape, find their way into a crevice, and chew on the inner workings and wires of the aircraft. This concern is reasonable with most rodents; however, it does not make sense for all rodents. This broad generalization of an entire family of animals does not make a whole lot of sense, especially when you consider how large the family is and the wide variety of animal behaviors. Creating a policy that states, "Guinea Pigs are not allowed within the cabin of the aircraft because they are part of a family that contains other species that will chew on anything" is a lot like saying, "Your Shih Tzu is not allowed in the cabin because other members of the canine family are very aggressive and it endangers the passengers." It sounds ridiculous to say that your Shih Tzu is not permitted within the cabin because it is within the same family as a Wolves, Coyotes, and other aggressive, and dangerous animals. So why is it not ridiculous to say that Guinea Pigs are not permitted within the cabin because they are within the same family as Mice, Gerbils, and other animals that are obsessive chewers? I would like to make the request that WestJet, in conjunction with Transportation Canada, as well as other airlines reassess their decision to include Guinea Pigs on their blacklist of animals permitted within the cabin of an aircraft. Thank You.   Further Reading:

Loren Smith
336 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Janet Anderson, Stephen Mills, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Melissa Thomson, Kathleen Wynne

Recognize Registered Psychiatric Nursing in Ontario

It is one thing to hear that a person who received medical training in another country is driving a cab in Toronto. But it's another to learn we are missing out on the expertise of trained Canadians. The mobility of Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) is a long standing issue. The issue with being registered does NOT lay with the federal or provincial government. It's the College of Nurses of Ontario directly blocking Registered Psychiatric Nurses from practicing in Ontario. They are the single regulatory body for nurses in Ontario and hold a very high amount of power in the province. In the Western provinces of Canada, Registered Psychiatric Nurses are the largest single group of mental health professionals. Equivalent to a Registered Nurse, but specializing in psychiatry and viewing the client holistically. RPNs understand that a "one way narrow-minded approach" does not work for individuals experiencing an addiction and/or mental illness. Registered Psychiatric Nurses are recognized in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and in the Yukon but not in Ontario! With opiate addiction and mental illness on the rise in Ontario and Canada, Registered Psychiatric Nurses are needed. Ontarians deserve the equivalent level of care that other Canadians are receiving. About RPN's Since the 1920s, Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) have been an indispensable part of psychiatric and mental health services delivery system. In the last 80 years, RPNs have built a record of providing high standards of skilled and compassionate care for persons with medical, mental illness or emotional problems. ​There are over 5,500 Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Canada. Psychiatric Nursing is recognized as a distinct health care profession in Canada and many other countries – a profession that is growing and adapting to meet the changing needs of individuals, families, groups and communities as well as the health care system. What is an RPN A nurse who takes into account the mind, body, spirit of all persons, groups, communities and populations with whom they are working. What do they do Psychiatric nurses work with clients whose primary care needs relate to mental and developmental health.  Psychiatric nurses recognize the complex relationship between emotional, developmental, physical and mental health, as well as the role that social factors, culture and spirituality play in illness and recovery.  RPNs work in clinical environments and in team settings. They need to continually exercise sound judgement in making decisions and solving problems to meet clinical challenges and the health care needs of patients/ clients. With their specific education and experience, RPNs provide crisis and treatment intervention on a daily basis. They must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. RPNs work in settings that provide challenging and rewarding experiences. What RPNs do day to day, depends on where they work and can include: Psychiatric hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, forensics, child and youth programs, general hospitals, geriatric units, substance misuse programs, intermediate care facilities, community mental health & addiction settings, corrections, schools, private practice and education.  Context of Psychiatric Nursing Practice​RPNs begin their practice in a variety of practice settings, with diverse populations. They are responsible for practicing within the context of their legislated scope of practice, the regulatory standards, employer policies and their individual competence. RPN RegulatorsIn Canada Psychiatric Nursing is regulated in the four western Provinces of British Columbia , Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and in the Yukon . Please help the fight for the profession of Registered Psychiatric Nursing to be recognized and regulated in Ontario by the CNO. Show you care about this issue and the people of Ontario and sign the petition. Thank you for your time and support❤️ Sincerely, Melissa Gough- A Registered Psychiatric Nurse living in Kingston, Ontario. 

Melissa Gough
1,046 supporters