18 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

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 minor 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      

Tetyana Melnychuk
454 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks 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 Irfan
1,566 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Janet Anderson, Anne Coughlan, Christine Elliot, Melissa Thomson, Kathleen Wynne

Recognize Registered Psychiatric Nurses from Western Canada in Ontario and Across Canada.

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 but it's the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) that is directly blocking Registered Psychiatric Nurses from practicing in Ontario. The CNO states "we only recognize nurse generalists, not nurse specialists". The CNO is the single nursing regulator in Ontario and hold a very high amount of power in the province. The purpose of a regulatory body is to protect the public. By not recognizing specialty trained and educated mental health and addiction nurses and granting registration, the CNO is doing the public a disservice. To clarify, inter-provincially the nursing designations are different. In Ontario the designation RPN stands for Registered Practical Nurse. In Western Canada, practical nurses use the designation LPN or Licensed Practical Nurses and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses use the RPN designation.  In Western Canada, Registered Psychiatric Nurses are the largest single group of mental health professionals. Equivalent to a Registered Nurse by pay band, 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 6,000 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 from British Columbia living in Kingston, Ontario. 

Melissa Gough
1,265 supporters