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239 petitions

Update posted 13 hours 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 http://discriminationabuseofnursingstudent.blogspot.ca/      

Tetyana Melnychuk
454 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Ministre de l’éducation

Pétition pour amender le nouveau programme québécois d'éducation à la sexualité

(ENGLISH VERSION FOLLOWS.) Pétition pour amender le nouveau programme québécois d’éducation à la sexualité ATTENDU QUE le Gouvernement du Québec compte introduire, en Septembre 2018, un nouveau programme d’éducation à la sexualité, à caractère explicite et obligatoire, débutant dès la maternelle et ce, sans possibilité de droit de retrait de l’élève; ATTENDU QUE ce programme ne s’inscrira pas à l’intérieur d’un cours spécifique, mais sera intégré dans la grille horaire des matières déjà existantes; ATTENDU QUE ce programme est silencieux quant à la méthode d’enseignement à utiliser, permettant à quiconque de l’enseigner, en fonction de leurs interprétations personnelles, opinions subjectives, et choix de techniques « innovatrices »; ATTENDU QUE ce programme est ni neutre ni impartial, et qu’il porte atteinte aux droits des parents à fournir à leurs enfants une éducation sexuelle compatible avec leurs valeurs familiales, croyances et mœurs; ATTENDU QUE ce programme fait la promotion de l’ « exploration de nouvelles valeurs et normes en matière de sexualité, au-delà de celles de la famille » (Apprentissages en éducation à la sexualité au secondaire, page 3); ATTENDU QUE ce programme ne fournit aucune flexibilité permettant de s’adapter aux besoins ou au développement propre à chaque enfant; ATTENDU QUE ce programme fait présentement l’objet d’un projet pilote dans des écoles situées principalement en dehors de la région de Montréal, représentant ainsi inadéquatement la diversité culturelle et religieuse de la société québécoise; Pour ces motifs, NOUS, soussignés, demandons au gouvernement du Québec ainsi qu’au Ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, de retarder l’implantation du nouveau programme d’éducation à la sexualité et d’y apporter les amendements suivants; 1) Réviser le contenu du programme afin d’y refléter la diversité des valeurs, croyances, cultures, et religions de la société québécoise pluraliste; 2) Introduire l’éducation à la sexualité à l’intérieur d’un cours spécifique, inscrit dans une plage horaire définie, et qui n’affecterait d’aucune façon le temps alloué à l’enseignement des autres matières; 3) Exiger que les personnes appelées à enseigner le contenu du programme soient des professionnels certifiés en la matière; 4) Informer les parents par écrit, avant qu'un tel cours soit donné, du contenu et thèmes d'apprentissage, en spécifiant la date et l’heure auxquels ils seront enseignés, par qui, où, utilisant quels matériel et outils pédagogiques, et permettre l’accès aux parents à ce matériel et outils pédagogiques; 5) Permettre aux parents d’exercer le droit de retrait de leur enfant pour le cours, ou pour l’un de ses thèmes, par simple avis écrit, et ce sans devoir justifier quelconque motif ou rencontrer quelconque critère, tel droit existant dans d’autres juridictions canadiennes et américaines, et prévoir un cheminement ou une activité alternative pour cet élève. JOIGNEZ-VOUS AUX 22000+ QUÉBÉCOIS QUI ONT DÉJÀ SIGNÉ CETTE PÉTITION.  MERCI!  Références: www.sexeducationquebec.org/fr.html "Dix Choses que vous devez savoir sur le nouveau programme québécois d'éducation à la sexualité" Informez votre Député!  ----------------------------------------------------------------- Petition to Amend Quebec’s New Sex Education Program WHEREAS in September 2018, the Quebec Government intends on introducing a new, explicit, and mandatory sex education program beginning in kindergarten, without exemption; WHEREAS this program will not be a separate course, but integrated within academic subject matters; WHEREAS this program does not outline a specific learning method but allows anyone to teach it, based on their personal interpretation, subjective opinions, and choice of “innovative” techniques; WHEREAS this program is neither neutral nor unbiased, and infringes upon the rights of parents to provide sex education to their children in a manner consistent with their family values, beliefs, and morals; WHEREAS this program promotes the “exploration of new sexual values and norms beyond those of the family” (Learning Content in Sexuality Education - Secondary School, page 3); WHEREAS this program provides no flexibility to adapt to each child’s personal needs or development; WHEREAS this program is being piloted in schools located mainly outside the Montreal region, inadequately representing the diversity of cultures and religions in Quebec’s society; We, the undersigned, ask the Quebec Government and the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, to delay the implementation of this new sex education program and amend it as follows: 1) Revise the content to reflect the pluralism of Quebec’s values, beliefs, cultures, and religions; 2) Make sex education a separate course, not impacting other academic subject matters; 3) Require that persons called upon to teach the content be licensed professionals in the matter; 4) Inform parents before any such course is given, detailing the learning content, who will teach it, when, where, using which tools and materials, and providing parental access to all such tools and materials; 5) Allow parents the right to withdraw their child from attending the course or one of its themes, upon simple written notice, and without having to meet any conditions or provide any justification, same right existing in other Canadian and American jurisdictions, and providing for an alternate activity.  JOIN THE 22,000+ QUEBECKERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED THIS PETITION!  THANK YOU! References: www.sexeducationquebec.org "Ten Things you should know about Quebec's new Sex-Ed"  Contact Your M.N.A! 

www.sexeducationquebec.org
15,747 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Doug Ford, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Save Ontario's Current Sex Ed Curriculum!

EDIT: There is a protest happening in Toronto to fight this!! Please check out the event and come if you can! https://www.facebook.com/events/450242485439253/ The Ontario Conservative party is planning to repeal our progressive sexual education curriculum in September of this year. This cannot be allowed to happen. The current curriculum, introduced after a lengthy and long-overdue consultation process with thousands of parents and educators, covered essential topics like same-sex marriage, gender identity, online safety, and consent. It was widely hailed as a huge step forward for gay rights, sexual health, and education as a whole. Under this new curriculum, info has been provided that can reduce teen pregnancy rates, tolerance has increased, and our children are more prepared for a healthy and educated future than ever before. Under the Conservatives' new plan, this could all change. All of the topics I mentioned before will be either seriously revised or removed altogether. This will be catastrophic for the future of our province. In more ways than one, I grew up with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Both my parents are teachers, and I grew up hearing stories about his classroom. The saddest of these stories were the ones he'd tell about girls at his school showing up pregnant to their grade six graduations. This happened multiple times before the curriculum change of 2015. The fact is, our children need sex-ed and there's nobody better to provide it than trained, educated professionals working with a curriculum created and intensely examined by experts. Don't let the conservative party take away the education that our province so badly needs. Please sign and share this petition. 

Rayne Fisher-Quann
23,279 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Lily Cho, Peter Avery, Kathryn McPherson, Sandra Whitworth, John Justin McMurtry, Debra Bisram, Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Rose Crawford

Bring Back B.W. Powe's McLuhan-Frye English Course at York University

Please sign in support of restoring the York University English course EN 4004: McLuhan-Frye and maintaining the course EN 4163: Visionary Literature, both taught by Professor B.W. Powe, for the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 academic year. The McLuhan-Frye course has already been removed from course listings, while Visionary Literature is still currently on the course website but is in danger of also being cancelled. Due to the longest post-secondary strike in Canadian history, York University has threatened to remove these Fall/Winter 2018-2019 courses early in the summer enrollment period due to initially low enrollment numbers as a direct impact of the strike. The strike has not yet been resolved, so students are hesitant to add courses early. Both of these courses are very popular and have previously filled up to maximum capacity by the late summer. Please help to gather the attention and understanding of the English department administration at York University. In order to maintain the respected reputation of Canada’s third largest university, it is essential for these academically challenging and inspiring courses to continue being offered. Both of these excellent courses have been life-changing for past students, and it is our belief that future students deserve to experience the enriching and engaging aspects of these important courses. If this petition succeeds, both students and faculty will benefit from the continuation of these courses. If administration proceeds with their decision, the academic lives of York's students will be negatively impacted. Please sign in support of keeping these courses and continuing the legacy of life-changing courses which positively impact York University and its community of students. Thank you dearly for your time and attention.

Kathy T.
380 supporters