17 petitions

Update posted 5 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
405 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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. March 19, 2018-The Bill was re-introduced, for the 3rd time.  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
8,185 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Janet Anderson, Stephen Mills, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Melissa Thomson, Kathleen Wynne

Recognize Registered Psychiatric Nurses from Western Canada 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 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 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 from British Columbia living in Kingston, Ontario. 

Melissa Gough
1,209 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Vernon Saddleback, Pat Buffalo, Peace Hills Trust, Victor Buffalo, Cody Bruno, Danny buffalo, Marvin Yellowbird, Derek Bruno, Justin Trudeau

Trans Women we are caught in lethal crossfire of racism, colonization, transphobia.

My problems are transphobia in the workplace and harassment daily by Kayla, written up once for wearing a crop top with high waisted slacks, second warning was, I was wearing a long skirt with a white crop top. Third warning was I was politely telling a bully to leave a artist alone, only to find out that bully was the artist ex girlfriend. I am a openly trans-woman who just wants justice. Kayla shea minde violated my rights as a human. Trans Women we are caught in lethal crossfire of racism, colonization, transphobia and misogyny!!!    I was written up for my dress code attire and for who I am as a transgender woman, that is a violation to my human rights. I was also bullied by Kayla when  she sabotaged my traditional medicines and a witness saw her deliberately pour coffee in my sage and sweet grass.  I want this petition to solve this problem and create a change for a dress code suited for trans-women in the workplace. I need your help on creating this change and justice for violating my human rights. As well to stop discrimination in the workplace. and to charge these three mention for discrimination on my personality, sexuality and violating my rights as a human being and as a trans-woman @ Kayla Shea Minde of Ermineskin Cree Nation, Maskwacis, Alberta and Heather MacTaggart  of Toronto, Ontario I want to also want to put a end discrimination in the workplace and to establish a up to date dress code policy for Nipsis Cafe And Collective and Change It Up Classroom Connections and file a human rights charge on Kayla Shea Minde. This treatment is unfair and unethical and hate crimes and discrimination in the workplace are not to be tolerated I want to also defund nipsis cafe and collective. Thank you for reading my petition and I pray you see my side and sign. There is no allegations here just the truth.  

Doyle Buffalo
67 supporters