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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
1,634 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Tony Pontes, Janet McDougald, PDSB Trustees

Immediate discontinuation of religious congregation and faith clubs in PDSB public schools

Important Clarifications• This petition is not meant to be against any particular religion, faith, creed, belief, faith club or religious practice• The scope of the petition is limited to religious accommodation pertaining to faith clubs and religious congregations. Other individual level religious accommodations (e.g. wearing religious attire and symbols) may continue. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- We, a group of parents joined under Religion Out Of PublicSchools (ROOPS) and Mothers Against Religion in Public Schools(MARPS), demand Tony Pontes, Director of Peel District School Board (PDSB), Janet McDougald Chair Trustee, and all the school Trustees to: 1. Immediately discontinue hosting and facilitation of religious clubs and religious congregations of ANY religion on school premises, during school business hours. 2. Students requiring accommodation for faith clubs and religious congregation needs should be accommodated either outside of public school premises or after school hours 3. Until point#1 and 2 above comes into effect. ALL religious accommodation needs should be treated as a part of school business activity. Any literature produced by the students or teacher, i.e. literature pertaining to faith clubs, religious prayers and sermons should be preserved, and made available to anyone free of charge 4. Changes to the current Religious Accommodation Policy or associated operating procedures must be stopped / frozen until item # 1 and 2 are addressed. Any changes thereafter must be communicated in writing to the parents. Any concerns should be addressed in timely manner. Parents should be given the opportunity to voice their concerns with the board directly. 5. Data Collection:  Ms. Renu Mandhane, the new chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, said many public institutions are moving toward data collection.[1]  PDSB should as part of Religious Accommodation[2]  - Human Rights and Freedom of others at risk; initiate a study to gather evidence of the various types of discrimination - Direct, Systemic, Harassment, Poisoned Environment, Possible Criminal Activity, Reprisal etc. experienced by other students and parents due to the current religious congregation based accommodations e.g. faith clubs, Friday prayer since its inception. [1][2] Petitioner Information Religion Out Of Public Schools (ROOPS) and Mothers AgainstReligion in Public Schools (MARPS)Facebook page: address: all inquiries to above email address) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Current Situation The Peel District School Board (PDSB) operates 253 schools, out of which 215 Elementary and 38 secondary schools with over 153,000 students. There are 12 publicly elected trustees for a 4 year term, with current term ending in Nov 2018 [3]. Under PDSB Religious Accommodation Policy, the middle and high schools hosts religious congregations and faith clubs on school premises during school hours. These provisions are administered under Religious Accommodation Operating Procedure. PDSB’s position is that these accommodations are offered under the mandate of the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), which requires organizations offer religious accommodation until the point of undue hardship.[4] A point to note in this case is while OHRC requires that religious accommodations be offered, it does not prescribe how. It is left to organization’s judgement of undue hardship. Background PDSB middle and high schools host predominantly one faith club which is the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Friday Prayer congregation (also called Jummah Prayer or Khutba) on the school premises..Friday Prayers consist of a congregational prayer activity followed by a sermon (a discourse or exhibition on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during the religious service and based on religious scripture [5]). Previously sermons needed approval of school principal’s office before it’s read in the prayers.In late fall 2016, to streamline the administrative overhead, PDSB, after months of work with 5 local Imams came up with six pre-written sermons (called banked sermons) that students should use. The banked sermons didn’t require any pre-approval by school. The prayers would still be supervised by a teacher, preferably a Muslim teacher. PDSB tried to implement the banked sermon change, which came across a large protest from the Muslim community. There were delegations made by other Muslim imams, lawyers, parents and students which forced the PDSB director to put hold on the change. On Jan 10, 2017, PDSB officially announced retraction of the banked sermons change, and also abolished requirement of preapproval of sermons altogether. The new Friday Prayers operating procedure4 allows Muslim students to write their own sermons, which should be in English; however, the verses can be in Arabic. The verses won’t be translated or need additional approval. The Issue 1. Visible Segregation – Faith clubs and religious congregation requires students to gather in groups or assemblies at one place under religious pretext. Some prayers are followed by religious sermons read by a student. Sometimes the prayers are offered in an open space i.e. cafeteria (because of large # of students), which is visible to other non-participating students. This clearly creates visible segregation which is against the board values of secularity and inclusion5 2. Unsolicited exposure to religion– Students not availing religious accommodations, not participating in religious congregations, not subscribing to that particular religious ideology comes under unsolicited exposure to religious practices on school premises. Tolerance for and learning about religions across the world is one thing and something we support, but creating an environment that potentially allows unnecessary, unsolicited exposure of religious practices to students not subscribing to that particular religion without parental consent is unacceptable. These are minors, and as parents we reserve the right to restrict the direct and indirect influences of other religious practices on our children on school premises. 3. Gender Segregation - Some religious practices e.g. Friday Prayers, that faith mandates gender segregation during prayer, for it to occur on school premises during school hours exposes the remaining school students to the same prejudice, bias and discrimination associated with gender segregation. This gender segregation practice is against the way the school / education systems works - school boards instill gender equality unconditionally among children. Children work together collaboratively on school work/assignments, participate in school trips together etc. this allowance of gender segregation opens the window to question these practices and we are seeing anecdotal evidence on this already. This is against our very core Canadian belief documented in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As adults and part of this society we strongly condemn your decision to exposure our children to gender segregation and want it eliminated. 4. Unconscious Bias -  Minor children (age 11-17) are vulnerable and have impressionable minds. Every child has a distinct upbringing at home, and may or may not belong to any faith. Prayers conducted could be visible and noticeable, which can form unnecessary direct or indirect influences or impressions on minor children’s minds that are not in line with the religious thinking or practice of the child and their families. Moreover, the sermons contain religious verses, which are neither translated in English nor the meaning / interpretation is assessed. It may contain sensitive interpretation which may negatively influence the praying students. This exposure may create subconscious bias in the minds of impressionable children for or against a faith and it will manifest itself into the day to day peer interactions among students. This does not align with the vision, mission and values of PDSB and neither does it align with our opinions as adults within the community. 5. Bullying - Intentional and unintentional bullying is on the rise, but is not reported due to fear of reprisal by other classmates. Most parents with valid concerns are scared to complain to the school as they fear they may be called “racist” or "biased" or even in cases where such complaints have been made, the teachers or staff try to pass is of as kids silliness. 6. Impact on studies - Students ejecting out of the running class, can create disturbance, inconvenience, disruption or discontinuation of class. Schools with large number of students observing prayers will have greater impact. 7. Administration overhead to Tax Payers - Religious accommodation on school premises entail high costs to the board in terms of special staffing (i.e. PDSB staff of the Faith forward committee), supervision of sermons, prayers and activities of student run faith association / clubs. Additionally, it impacts school schedule which may require repetition of class teachings / group work impacting curriculum of the school. 8. Adverse impact on school environment / Unintentional Intolerance - Religious gatherings can quickly develop a group mentality among participants. School environments are supposed to nurture integration between students of different walks of life, culture, faith and descent, this acceptance, integration and tolerance can be adversely impacted because of religious congregations. This may create unintentional intolerance (biases of which people are unaware) amongst children. This does not align with the vision, mission and values of PDSB. About Us Religion Out Of Public Schools (ROOPS) and Mothers Against Religion in Public Schools (MARPS) are Open Groups (referred as group) formed by concerned parents of the public school students, that have come together for a common cause and share certain core values and principles. This group is not affiliated to any political, religious, not- for-profit, government or professional organization, although we may support or seek support from one of the above as the need arises. Members of the group are free to affiliate themselves with any organization and the group does not as such restrict membership based on any affiliations individual members may have. Mission of the Group:Strive to keep religion, religious practices and influence of any faith group out of tax-payer funded public schooling system in Canada. Vision of the Group:Help our children attain high-quality education in public schools while eliminating the role and influence of religion and various faiths from our school system by working diligently with school boards, community members and various government departments in a democratic and civilized manner. Core Values:  Education: Focus on improving education for our children in Canada  Responsible: Function in a lawful manner  Respect: Respect for our institutions and community members  Listen: Recognize the views and rights of all stakeholders  Peace and Harmony: Will not promote or support hate or violence against any group or individuals  Our Right: Exercise our democratic rights including freedom to protest, petition and express views Methods and Means: We will engage various organizations, individuals and community at large to build consensus around our view on the issue at hand We will engage directly with school boards and government institutions.  We will use media, main stream and social, to get our views and concerns heard  We will adopt various methods, including direct mails, mobile text messages, radio and social media to spread awareness and share information with patrons and community.  The Group may not share, support or subscribe to some of the views of individual members and as such will not be responsible for comments or statements such members make in public or through social media.  Only statements or posts made by the Group reflect our values and support our mission.  The group will nominate spokespersons who will be the voice of the group. Facebook page: address: Closing We believe that the mandate of Public Schools is to provide exceptional education, teaching strong academics, enhanced with creative expression such as music, drama, arts etc. to nurture rational, out of the box and independent thinking in a secular environment. Introduction of religion, faith clubs and rituals on school premises conflicts with secular values and principles, which can adversely impact young, impressionable student minds. This petition is an attempt to bring the focus of schooling back to its primary purpose [3] [4] [5]

Religion Out Of Public Schools (ROOPS)
7,063 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ministre de l’éducation

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

Joignez-vous aux 31000+ signataires (includant 7163 sur papier): 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 31000+ QUÉBÉCOIS QUI ONT SIGNÉ CETTE PÉTITION!  MERCI! Références: "Dix Choses que vous devez savoir sur le nouveau programme québécois d'éducation à la sexualité" "Défendez vos droits parentaux et les droits de vos enfants en matière d'éducation à la sexualité"  --------------------------------------------------- PETITION TO AMEND QUEBEC'S NEW SEX-ED (signed by 31,000+ Quebecers, including 7163 hand-written signatures): 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 31,000+ QUEBECERS WHO HAVE SIGNED THIS PETITION! THANK YOU! References: "Ten Things you should know about Quebec's new Sex-Ed"  "Defend Your Parental Rights and Your Children's Rights in Sex Education"
23,971 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to David Eggen

Alberta: Implement Mental Health Education and Classes Into Your Curriculum

  Mental health should be taught well in schools in Alberta. Schools teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and physical education, yet are lacking when it comes to improving mental health literacy. In every school, there is a Physical Education curriculum, yet mental health, being just as important, does not make it into our class discussions or are only brought up once to twice a year. Our schools need an actual class where they are taught about these issues and not just resources handed to them at a counselor for schools office. Mental health is a day to day problem, not a one-time event like the majority of schools in our Province teach it. 70% of mental health-related problems develop in childhood and adolescent years. Youth between the ages of 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illnesses and substance abuse than any other age group. Anxiety is plaguing youth and is a growing crisis that needs to be brought awareness to. The Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 3.2 million youth between the ages of 12 to 19 are at risk of depression. First Nation youth are about five to six more times likely to die from suicide than the national average. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, mental illnesses are the second leading cause of disability in Canada. In order to address the issue, I ask that the Alberta Education takes the following measures to reform our education curriculum and better teach and address mental health issues by: 1. Normalizing the topic of mental health: There is a huge stigma surrounding the topic and it should not be considered taboo. Proper resources and help should be provided at all schools so students will be more willing to open up to the topic of mental awareness. If Phys Ed has it own separate class, mental health should as well. Alberta Ed should develop classroom lessons with mental health organizations/professionals and implement these classes in every school board. These lessons should be taught weekly, if not daily, just like any physical education class. Schools are where most young people spend their day and are where they should be educated about their well-being. 2. Recognizing the contributions by those struggling with mental illnesses:  Temple Grandin claimed that, “If it weren’t for a little bit of autism, we wouldn’t have any phones to talk on… Einstein definitely was; he had no language until age three. How about Steve Jobs? I’ll only mention the dead ones by name. The live ones, you’ll have to look them up on the Internet.” Mental health should always be addressed and it should be recognized that even the most influential people on the planet have struggled with it - it should be normalized. There are many organizations such as CAMH that could provide resources and possible celebrity speaker to address these issues. 3. Providing specialized counselors in schools who are willing to help youth out with their problems. Youth are our future and should be taken care of. If academic advisers are a big thing, why is our own well-being not? Make these counselors more accessible to students to talk to at any time of the day, even after school hours. 4. Developing policies that will improve the mental health conditions of youth and combat the problem. Hold after school clubs or workshops that youth can have access to. Support and resources should not only be made available to those who directly ask for it at school, every student should know when and where to ask for this support if they ever encounter a problem. 5. Educate, educate, educate, educate, educate!!! Please sign the petition as a way of supporting this cause to better educate our future generations! Share with friends and on social media, Thank you!

Naira B
16,398 supporters