Petition to Premier Brian Gallant
STOP NB Power! STOP Taxing Basic Needs!
During the past month, electricity bills have sky rocketed in New Brunswick. Some residents have shared their monthly bill on social media and you can see a clear increase of over 700$!! On top of these increases, we are being taxed on a basic human need as if it were a luxury. While I do understand some countries are not as lucky as we are, we are blessed to have the chance to have electricity in every home. Every NB resident has the right to have a warm home during the cold winter months. I have seen some residents in distress as they are on a limited income. Nobody should have to choose between warmth or food for their family. Please help me get 20 000 signatures to show the Government of New Brunswick that we have had enough of NB Power. We need a utility company that serves the people, not the CEO. We should also NOT be taxed on this basic human need in Canada. We are lucky to have power across the province, however enough is enough!!!
Petition to Elected Officials and Community Leaders of Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities
Support a Non-Aggression Pact for Amazon's HQ2
To Elected Officials and Community Leaders of Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities: We, the undersigned, represent a broad range of urbanists, urban economists, policymakers, and experts on cities. Some of us are more liberal and others are more conservative. Some of us take a stronger position against the use of incentives; others believe incentives can be used within some reasonable bounds and limits. All of us believe that business activity and private sector competition help to drive vibrant urban economies by providing jobs, spurring innovation, and generating demand. But, we share a concern about the level of incentives and the looming competition between cities over incentives for Amazon’s new headquarters. Tax giveaways and business location incentives offered by local governments are often wasteful and counterproductive, according to a broad body of research. Such incentives do not alter business location decisions as much as is often claimed, and are less important than more fundamental location factors. Worse, they divert funds that could be put to better use underwriting public services such as schools, housing programs, job training, and transportation, which are more effective ways to spur economic development. While we are supportive of Amazon’s quest to build a new headquarters, we fear that the contest among jurisdictions—cities, metro regions, states, and provinces—for this facility threatens to spiral out of control. Already, at least four jurisdictions have proposed multi-billion-dollar incentive packages. This use of Amazon’s market power to extract incentives from local and state governments is rent-seeking and anticompetitive. It is in the public interest to resist such behavior and not play into or enable it. We urge you the mayors, governors, and other elected officials, as well as economic developers and community leaders, of Amazon HQ2 finalist cities, to put an end to such an imprudent policy. To do so, we call upon you to forge and sign a mutual non-aggression pact that rejects such egregious tax giveaways and direct monetary incentives for the Amazon headquarters. States, cities, and metropolitan regions should compete on the underlying strength of their communities—not on public handouts to private business. Sincerely, • Richard Florida, University of Toronto • Edward Glaeser, Harvard University • Robert Putnam, Harvard University • Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution • Vernon Henderson, London School of Economics • Enrico Moretti, University of California, Berkeley • Jeff Sachs, Columbia University • Jason Furman, Harvard Kennedy School, Former Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers • Robert Reich, University of California-Berkeley, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor • Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University, Former Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers • Laura Tyson, University of California, Berkeley, Former Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors • Timothy Bartik, Upjohn Institute • Kathryn Shaw, Stanford University • Dani Rodrik, Harvard University • Robert Sampson, Harvard University • Ryan Enos, Harvard University • Glenn Loury, Brown University • Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute • Michael Storper, UCLA and London School of Economics • Saskia Sassen, Columbia University • Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America • Joel Kotkin, Chapman University • Stephanie Kelton, StonyBrook University, Former Chief Economist for Bernie Sanders • Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute • Ryan Streeter, American Enterprise Institute • Amy Glasmeier, MIT • Erik Brynjolfsson MIT • Scott Stern, MIT • Zeynep Ton, MIT • William Easterly, New York University • Patrick Sharkey, New York University • Mitchell Moss, New York University • Mark Kleiman, New York University • Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University • Jonathan Haidt, New York University • Scott Galloway, New York University • Emily Talen, University of Chicago • Luc Anselin, University of Chicago • Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan • Myron Orfield Jr., University of Minnesota • Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy and Research • Brink Lindsey, Niskanen Center • Will Wilkinson, Niskanen Center • Adam Grant, University of Pennsylvania • Eugenie Birch, University of Pennsylvania • Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania • Moshe Adler, Columbia University • Allen Scott, UCLA • Steven Durlauf, University of Chicago • David Audretsch, Indiana University • Zoltan Acs, George Mason University • David Albouy, University of Illinois • Chris Tilly, UCLA • Roger Martin, University of Toronto • Will Strange, University of Toronto • Nate Baum-Snow, University of Toronto • Joshua Gans, University of Toronto • David Wolfe, University of Toronto • Jennifer Keesmaat, University of Toronto, Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto • Steven Teles, Johns Hopkins University and Niskanen Center • Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University • Andres Duany, University of Miami • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, University of Miami • Alan Berger, MIT • Nathan Jensen, University of Texas at Austin • Richard Green, USC • Michael Lens, UCLA • Edward J. Malecki, The Ohio State University • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology • Chris Leinberger, George Washington University • Arthur C. Nelson, University of Arizona • Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern University • William Riggs, University of California, San Francisco • Kenneth Thomas, University of Missouri-St. Louis • John Gildebloom, University of Lousiville • Gerald Carlino, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia • Jose Lobo, Arizona State University • Ben Hecht, Living Cities • Jennifer Bradley, Aspen Institute • Joe Cortright, City Observatory • Lynn Richards, Congress for New Urbanism • Patrice Frey, National Main Street Center • Jeremy Nowak, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University • Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future • Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First • Nicholas Johnson, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities • Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities • Alan Essig, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy • Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance • Ian Hathaway, Brookings Institution • Gabriel Metcalfe, SPUR • Teresa Lynch, Mass Economics • Charles Marohn, Strong Towns • Lenny Mendonca, New America • Ken Greenberg, Urbanist, Former Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the City of Toronto • Brent Toderian, Council for Canadian Urbanism, Former Chief Planner, City of Vancouver • Kirsten Wyatt, Engaging Local Government Leaders • Aaron Renn, Urbanist • Kaid Benfield, Urbanist • Alan Pisarski, Transportation Specialist
Petition to Justin Trudeau
JUSTIN TRUDEAU SHOULD RESIGN AS PM.
Justin trudeau should resign as canadas Prime Minister because he's not keeping any of his election promises. He's not creating any jobs for Canadians just more and more taxes that Canadians don't need.
Petition to Vancouver Park Board
No parking meters on Spanish Banks!
Vancouver Park Board has decided to charge $3.50 an hour for parking all along Spanish Banks where it used to be free. We are told that parking is charged at other beaches like Kits and Jericho, but there’s a reason. Those beaches both have limited parking and far easier public transport and bike access. Spanish Banks is long and has a great deal of parking. People come to Spanish Banks by car because it is by far the easiest way to get there, especially for large families, the elderly, disabled or people with bbq’s or other beach gear. But we are told that the Park Board needs to raise money to pay for upkeep and they rely on these fees. Then the question is, how on earth has the Park Board managed for all these years while Spanish Banks has been free? Is there some other reason their budget requires this new source of income? Could it be poor fiscal management or simply a matter of priorities? You might ask, why shouldn’t everyone pay for parking there anyway? Why should parking be free in Vancouver? The answer is less about all the politics around car use, but more to do with what Vancouver is about. In London, all museums are free. No admission charge. They have the finest museums in the world and if any museums could justify a fee, they could. So why are they free? Because museums and culture are what London is about and so easy and free access mean people enjoy this important asset. Vancouver doesn’t have museums on this scale or renown, but we have something else. We have the outdoors. Beaches, parks and mountains, and people should be encouraged to use them. Charging people to park where it was free before means people are going to be a little less inclined to go, or when they do go, they will be watching the clock. Especially lower income people who have to think twice about the cost which used to be free. Where we do have to pay for parking in Vancouver, we have seen considerable increases over the last ten years. Many street parking meter rates have more than doubled and now extend to 10pm instead of 8. We don’t need another parking fee increase like this. We, the undersigned, urge the Park Board to reconsider this means of revenue which has never been there before. We feel that the parks budget should be maintained on the same basis it has been for all the years Spanish Banks has not had parking fees. This is a special place for people to come and go and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of our city without having to put our hand in our pocket. It’s a rare treat. Let’s keep this area free for all.
Petition to Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne
How much is that drug?
We worry about the price we are expected to pay when filling prescriptions. Why are we handed a stapled, labeled white bag and then feel pressured to pay whatever price is asked? We are told the price of everything else we purchase in advance and make our own decisions about value. But not when it comes to prescriptions. This is because our doctors and nurse practitioners currently have no real-time access to drug costs. We expect to have conversations with our prescribers about drug affordability. We value that this dialogue takes place in the neutral space of their offices. We have the right to know drug costs directly from our physicians and nurse practitioners, not just learning once at the pharmacy.
Petition to Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
Let’s use our publicly-owned Bank of Canada to its full potential as per the Act of 1938
One of the most important legal cases in Canadian history is slowly inching its way towards trial. Launched in 2011 by the Toronto-based Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the lawsuit would require the publicly-owned Bank of Canada (BoC) to return to its pre-1974 mandate and practice of lending interest-free money to federal, provincial, and municipal governments for infrastructure and healthcare spending. Here's what the BoC case is all about...it clearly explains in point 18 of the "Business and Powers of the Bank": The Bank may (j) make loans to the Government of Canada or the government of any province, but such loans outstanding at any one time shall not, in the case of the Government of Canada, exceed one-third of the estimated revenue of the Government of Canada for its fiscal year, and shall not, in the case of a provincial government, exceed one-fourth of that government’s estimated revenue for its fiscal year, and such loans shall be repaid before the end of the first quarter after the end of the fiscal year of the government that has contracted the loan; See "Business and Powers of the Bank" in link below http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/B-2/FullText.html Voici ce qu'est le dossier de la Banque du Canada; expliqué clairement au point 18 dans le lien plus bas. Voir section intitulée « Opérations de la banque » : La Banque peut j) consentir des prêts au gouvernement du Canada ou d’une province, à condition que, d’une part, le montant non remboursé des prêts ne dépasse, à aucun moment, une certaine fraction des recettes estimatives du gouvernement en cause pour l’exercice en cours — un tiers dans le cas du Canada, un quart dans celui d’une province — et que, d’autre part, les prêts soient remboursés avant la fin du premier trimestre de l’exercice suivant; Voir « Opérations de la banque » dans le lien suivant : http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/fra/lois/B-2/TexteComplet.html When asked after the October procedural hearing why Canadians should care about the case, Galati quickly responded: “Because they’re paying $30 or $40 billion a year in useless interest. Since ‘74, more than a trillion to fraudsters, that’s why they should care.” (COMER says the figures are closer to $60 billion per year, and $2 trillion since 1974.) The end result has turned our citizens into debt-slaves, this has lead us all into neo-liberal policies and the all too familiar term “austerity”, read on to understand the end-game unless we wake-up soon! Neo-liberal policies and its austerity measures can only work if a nation is indebted to private interests. The issuance of interest-free loans by the publicaly-owned BoC as was the case in Canada from 1938 & 1974 solved this problem, no debt to private interests therefore no need for these public crushing policies. Neo-liberalism is a tool for private interests to grab state owned assets (on the cheap) which results into further impoverishment of the citizens of that country..., it is a scam in slow motion, pure and simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuMntvVwwWM In essence, the “money-gods” of this world want monopolies and that is the end result of capitalism. IF YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED THE GAME “MONOPOLY”, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WINNER. It is a form of feudalism when pushed to the end. They use governments to create barriers to entry where they see competition and push for freedom once monopolies are achieved. The fact that we are imposed “austerity” and in turn theft of our collective sovereignty should outrage us all, our governments no longer answer to us the people of this country. Here's some proof that our governments no longer answer to the people of Western countries, I can’t stand the lies. https://renegadeinc.com/21st-century-plague/ For more details on neo-liberalism, please see the following link http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=376 http://comer.org/ For those interested, here’s the official petition launched by Elizabeth May of the Green Party of Canada that is (in my opinion) being deliberately muddied by our government. https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-337 Information about this case is available in the following link. Search for court number T-2010-11. http://cas-cdc-www02.cas-satj.gc.ca/IndexingQueries/infp_queries_e.php?stype=court&select_court=T https://understandingcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/BoC-VS-CIB.pdf https://understandingcanada.ca/ VIEW ALL UPDATES BELOW!!!
Petition to John Horgan, @AJWVictoriaBC
Abolish MSP premiums in BC
British Columbia stands alone -- the only Canadian province to charge head-tax-like premiums for health care coverage. It seems clear that B.C. should follow the lead of other provinces in eliminating its flat-rate MSP premiums! Since MSP premiums are a form of tax, they should be assessed by the standard criteria for taxation policy. Given that 90 per cent of public health care costs already come from general revenues, B.C. has ample precedent for replacing its head tax with broader sources, and not becoming a Canadian outlier. It is time for British Columbia to follow the rest of the country and Abolish the MSP Premiums!! Here is a poster that you can download and get onto the community bulletin boards in your area . Please keep sharing this important petition, Thank you!
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 http://discriminationabuseofnursingstudent.blogspot.ca/