Petition to State of California
Deer population control
The California deer population and the quality of the herds have declined drastically in the last 25 years. There are many things that have contributed to the populations dwindling numbers, and there is also a logical solution. By reopening a hunting season for mountain lions, the California deer population would once again thrive. Proposition 117 was passed in 1990, this banned the hunting and trapping of mountain lions in California. If you take a look on the www.wildlife.ca.gov website you can witness the steady decline in the deer population. If we were to abolish this proposition and allow the mountains lions to be hunted and trapped, we would be balancing out our ecosystem, and the deer population would start to return to a healthier level. There is an estimated 6000 mountain lions in the state of California per the wildlife.ca.gov website. On average a mountain lion kills a large mammal every 10 days. That means they are killing close to 220,000 large mammals a year. Just for some perspective, the 2014 deer harvest record for California hunters was 37,951. Since California does not have the deer population to support those numbers, mountain lions are now targeting livestock. In 2013, 148 depredation permits were issued across the state. In many of these cases government trappers are paid to come in and trap or shoot the problematic mountain lion. This means that not only is the deer population suffering, but now taxpayers are paying to fix a problem that has an easier solution. The reason I am starting this petition is to show our governor that something needs to be done to save the deer population in California and furthermore, to protect our ranchers. For any of you reading this who may be on the fence about whether you want a mountain lion season or not, I encourage you to talk to your local Department of Fish and Game employees and wildlife biologists and ask them their opinion on the matter.
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Save Muskoka lakes from overdevelopment
We would like the Township of Muskoka Lakes and the Muskoka District Council to protect our environment by enforcing current residential setback and density restrictions for any residential construction proposed on commercial or resort designated or zoned lakefront properties.
Petition to Canadian House of Commons, Senate of Canada, Parliament of Canada
Ban the Import of Shark Fins Across Canada, Support Bill S-238!
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are killed for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction. Finning is incredibly inhumane, as the sharks are typically thrown back into the water to drown. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate, and if they go extinct the ecological consequences would be devastating. As an apex predator, sharks hold the oceans in balance and their extinction would have significant effects on every species below them. The practice of finning was brought to light by Rob Stewart, a Canadian biologist and filmmaker who dedicated his life to the conservation of sharks and our oceans. Since the release of his award winning documentary Sharkwater in 2006, many states and municipal governments including Hawaii, Guam, Washington State, Oregon and California – representing over 47 million people have introduced or proposed bans on the trade and consumption of shark fins, with representatives in mainland China and Indonesia initiating bans and restrictions as well. A Canadian ban on the importation of shark fins would have a significant impact on the shark fin industry and would reduce the demand for shark fin imports and subsequently the practice of shark finning. Senator Michael MacDonald introduced Bill S-238 “The Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act” on April 11, 2017. If passed, Bill S-238 will prohibit shark finning and ban the importation of shark fins that have been harvested through finning nation-wide! To make sure Bill S-238 passes, we need your help! We’re calling for the following actions and hope you’ll take a moment to sign and show your support: Urge your local representative to support Senator MacDonald’s Bill S-238. Take a moment to send an email, a message over social media, a letter or a phone call. We’re calling on cities all across Canada to join us in supporting Bill S-238! On April 27, 2017 a motion will be introduced by Toronto City Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam & Glenn De Baeremaeker. We are hopeful that the motion will pass, and we’d like to see other cities across Canada stand with Toronto! We are also calling on the province of Ontario take a stand and enact their own ban on the importation of shark fins. Please pledge your support to end the import of shark fins in Canada! The following petition will be used to show the federal government that Canadians want to see this done: We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following: THAT, each year up to 73 million sharks are killed primarily for their fins, threatening open ocean sharks with extinction. And that the fins are used primarily for the production of shark fin soup, which has now been banned from state banquets in China out of recognition of the ecological disaster that accompanies this destructive trade. And that shark finning is a wasteful, inhumane practice that involves cutting off a shark’s fins and then throwing the still - live shark back overboard to drown or bleed to death. And that jurisdictions such as the State of California and the State of Washington, have proposed bans on the trade and consumption of shark fins. THEREFORE we call upon Parliament to support Senate Bill S-238 “The Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act” so that Canada can take its place in the front rank of nations determined to save the world’s sharks and safeguard our oceans’ ecosystems for generations to come. Rob Stewart was a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and conservationist. He produced the award-winning 2006 documentary Sharkwater, a film that brought attention to the devastation caused by the shark fin industry and the destruction of ocean ecosystems. He died in January 2017, while filming Sharkwater: Extinction, the sequel to Sharkwater. Please help us keep his legacy alive.
Petition to David S. Taylor, Jeffrey K. Schomburger
TAMPAX: Stop making plastic applicators
Dear Tampax and Procter & Gamble, As the leading tampon brand around the globe we are reaching out to you to stop a very serious environmental hazard: plastic tampon applicators. An alarming number of tampon applicators are washing up on shores all over the world, some beaches even have to be closed after large numbers of them flood the beach after a storm. In the past two months of cleaning up beaches JUST along Lake Ontario in Canada, my team and I have picked up 415 plastic applicators. We are aware that these applicators are not meant to be flushed, but it's evident that many users are not following this advice and we would like to stop this problem at the source. This issue affects all walks of life. It's obviously not a nice sight for beachgoers, but more tragically a lot of wildlife are affected as well. Fish and birds can mistake the applicators for food, consuming them and making them feel full without receiving any nutrients, eventually starving to death. Thousands of animals are being found dead with a stomach full of plastic, and plastic applicators only add to this issue. Even when plastic applicators are disposed of properly and end up in a landfill, they do not break down, and seeing how an estimated 20 billion applicators end up in North American landfills every year using a biodegradable material would make a HUGE impact. Please consider eliminating production of plastic applicators and only selling applicator-free and cardboard or biodegradable applicator tampons. As a large corporation you have the power to stop this negative impact on the environment. Please do!
Petition to City of Fredericton
Let's Make Fredericton a Green City
What's the Recycling Situation in Fredericton? The City of Fredericton currently does not offer curbside recycling collection to multi-unit residential buildings. Instead, they require residents of these buildings to drop their recycling off at one of three designated recycling depots. Fast Facts: The City of Fredericton says “an effective recycling program can divert 30-40% of a household’s waste from landfills,” but the City’s diversion rate is only 19%. (Public Safety & Environment Committee Garbage and Recycling Program Review, 2017) Without an effective recycling strategy, the City diverts 522.8 tonnes of recyclable materials from apartment complexes to landfills annually. (Statistics Canada, 2014 & 2016) Among Canadians with access to curbside recycling collection, over 90% reported recycling regularly. (Statistics Canada, 1994-2006) Each residence travelling to a recycling depot negates the purpose of recycling. Transportation accounts for almost half of toxic air pollution, more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions, and almost 20% of toxic water pollution. (David Suzuki Foundation, 2014) Urge City Council to: Pass a by-law to provide recycling pick up from all multi-unit residential buildings in Fredericton. Ensure that recycling pick up from all residences in Fredericton includes plastics, paper, cardboard, recyclable glass and compost.
Petition to Karen Ras
Save Lorne Park from Unmanaged Growth
As you know, Lorne Park is a unique neighourhood with distinguishable homes surrounded by mature trees. A recent development proposal on 1190 and 1200 Lorne Park Road has raised a lot of concerns. We want to ensure that we save the local neighbourhood on Queen Victoria Avenue, Lorne Park Road and Garden Road from negative impacts from this proposal. (The local community is not opposed to development in general in this location but are against this proposal as it currently stands.) We believe that the current proposal suggests removing several mature trees, (some which are over 80 years old) which will take away from the character of the neighbourhood. Replacing them will take 50-60 years before they are as large as the other trees in the area. This proposal also suggests similar looking homes vs. the distinguishable homes in the surrounding areas. The proposal doesn’t consider existing by-laws in terms of homes being too close to the road vs. the other homes in the area. The proposed development is not sufficient to build the amount of proposed homes and will add approximately 28 more cars to the traffic flow issues currently experienced in the neighbourhood. The first town development in the area, which cut all mature trees but one & looks like a sub-division, and frankly doesn't fit with the neighbouring properties. We hope the city doesn't proceed with another mistake like that. The proposal also suggests building twice as many homes as suggested by the by-laws as well. The proposal offers NO environmental benefits for the neighbourhood. - The proposal should only have five detached homes to keep with the character of neighbouring homes - The proposal must not cut down any mature trees. The city must have an independent arborist vs. relying on the developer’s arborist on the health of the trees. - The proposal must comply on existing by-laws on the number of homes being built with appropriate set-back to the road.v s. the suggested 14 homes, which are very close to the road (which exceeds the number of homes suggested by the City of Mississauga's by-laws)- The proposal must ensure the homes don't exceed the height of neighbouring homes. If we don't stop aggressive developments like this, we will see more encroachments further into the community taking away the character away from the neighbourhood. Please sign and share the petition to ensure that Mississauga City Council pushes for managed growth, while protecting our neighbourhood.
Petition to Jack Dennison
Stop the New Street Road Diet in Burlington Ontario
The City of Burlington's recent decision to reduce New Street between Guelph Line and Walkers Line from 4 lanes to 2 lanes in order to accommodate bike lanes has resulted in increased traffic congestion and delays, increased difficulty in exiting feeder streets accessing New Street, and diversion of additional traffic to residential streets such as Spruce Avenue and Woodward Avenue. At the same time, this heavy volume of traffic congestion is a safety concern for the bikers who would be using the new bike lanes. Reduction of greenhouse emissions is a city wide initiative of which this Road Diet is part, yet the increased idling traffic resulting from this congestion may not help. The goal of this petition is to encourage Burlington Council members to return New Street to 4 lanes and restudy where and how our valued cyclists can be best accommodated.
Petition to Surrey City Council, Concord Pacific, Rancho Management
Fight Light Pollution in Surrey - Turn off Fountain Uplighting
We object to the uplighting at 13696 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada. The uplighting is polluting to the night sky, detrimental to nocturnal species and harmful to human health. Currently, the coloured lights point straight up towards the sky and are turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. We ask that the lights be turned off immediately and indefinitely. We have 3 main areas of concern: 1. Human Health Studies have shown that exposure to artificial light at night is damaging to human health. Living in an area with light pollution disrupts our circadian rhythms, and is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, reduced immunity, and sleep deprivation. It also results in delayed bedtime and wake up time, shorter sleep duration and increased daytime sleepiness, which is a threat to human safety during the day. Constant exposure to bright light at night can also accelerate vision degeneration. Overall, quality of life is decreased for people living in areas with light pollution. 2. Native Animal Behaviour Light pollution is also harmful to nocturnal animals. It affects normal circadian behaviour, reproduction, and predator-prey interactions. Many species can no longer survive in our cities because light pollution has taken away their dark sky habitat and driven out the smaller animals that they normally eat. 3. Safety However, light is a necessary human tool for safety and navigation at night. Well designed lighting should be aimed down towards the ground to get more of the light where we need it to navigate and to see potential threats. Aiming light into the sky does not aid with any human nighttime functions, and can in fact increase glare and decrease visibility for people navigating around it. Considering the negative effects to the night sky, nocturnal animals, and human health, we ask that the lights at 13696 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC be turned off immediately and indefinitely. We hope that this case will serve as a first step in establishing regulation for light pollution in Surrey. To learn more about light pollution, check out the International Dark Sky Association's website: http://www.darksky.org/