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199 petitions

Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Jim Carr, Dwight Ball, Justin Trudeau

Free Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors James Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis

(Photo:  Marjorie Flowers, James Learning, and Eldred Davis, who have spent years seeking to protect the lands, waters, and people downstream from Muskrat Falls, are now behind bars for their peaceful protection actions because the colonial court system is acting as an agent for a project that will produce methylmercury poisoning and the very real threat of catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.)  Inuk Elder James Learning (aged 79) was jailed indefinitely on Friday, July 21 for refusing to stop his own efforts to protect Labrador residents from poisoning and drowning at the Muskrat Falls project. Also jailed for protecting the land and water July 21 were Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. Learning and Davis (NunatuKavut) and Flowers (Nunatsiavut) are part of a larger group (including a journalist) facing ongoing, serious court proceedings for their nonviolent actions. This new round of jailing Indigenous people and their allies comes on the heels of the incarceration in May of Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, another Labrador Land Protector thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed mega hydro project at Muskrat Falls being led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and their crown corporation Nalcor. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jim-learning-custody-breaching-injunction-muskrat-falls-1.4215759 The Muskrat Falls project will poison the water, land, and all life forms with methyl mercury for generations to come. It is built in part on quick clay, which moves, leaving open the possibility of a catastrophic dam collapse. Scores of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land protectors face serious charges for peacefully trying to stop this dangerous, unnecessary project. http://theindependent.ca/2017/03/18/land-protectors-face-criminal-charges-for-defending-water-food-culture/ We are calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett, to immediately intervene and meet the following demands: 1. Immediate release of James G. Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. 2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy 3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning. #ShutMuskratDown

Matthew Behrens
4,110 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Lee Swanson, B.Sc. M.A.

Shediac Bridge Residents Against the Seagull Condo Resort

The purpose of this petition is to clearly voice the will of the community against the Seagull Condo Resort project in Indian Point, Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick. The Beaubassin Ouest permit process asks the residents to voice their concerns but does not ask the residents whether they want this development in their neighborhood. By signing this petition you are expressing your decision against the proposed Seagull Condo Resort project. Subject: Seagull Condo Project Concerns         Please find below a list of concerns raised pertaining to the proposed Seagull Condo Project. 1)       Waste Water Treatment System: The description for the Water Treatment System appears to understate the effluent to be treated by this major residential project. The site would have difficulty qualifying for 3 ordinary residential homes. It seems that 33 condo units, expecting some 66 to 99 occupants, would overwhelm the capacity of this relatively small lot for such a project. The lot is approximately 195mX70m. History has recorded regular high water levels at the entrance to the Shediac River. The design of the “water treatment system” must assure that it is above the 100 year flood level. The Shediac River is not pristine and in fact already contains high levels of coliform bacteria and other contaminants. The location of the “Water Treatment System” proposed for close to the shore at a point where overflow and runoff would settle in the enclosed small cove, cut off by the approach to the nearby bridge. 2)      Domestic Water service: The requirements for potable water for 33 condo units must be accurately determined before any further work is allowed to proceed. Given the proximity of local residences, existing wells would likely be impacted and could even render the closer wells dry. In addition, the draw rate for water for 60 or more people could easily surpass the capacity of the 2 proposed wells and could even draw salt water into the proposed wells and into nearby wells. 3)      Vehicular and pedestrian traffic: Traffic generated by more than 66 residents plus their visitors could cause congestion. i)        Will Parking arrangements be provided for the visitors, especially in the summertime, not to further congest the already narrow Indian Point Rd.? 4)      Boating facilities: Promotional material for the Seagull Project indicates plans for boating facilities. i)        Will this include waste water dumping? ii)       Will fueling services be provided? Many questions need to be addressed including what type of boating and water use is expected. 5)      Noise Pollution/Safety: Such a project might be permissible within a municipality where roads, sewerage and water services would be available. It is a far different matter to have such a project in a rural setting. The safety, security, peace and enjoyment of existing residents and owners must be considered before any further permits are granted. 6)      Project Supervision: Current work should be closely monitored to assure that all demolition waste is disposed of in accordance with environmental laws and regulations along with proper implementation of the waste water management system, wells and building project. 7)      Snow Removal: It‘s a been an ongoing concern about the current issues around snow clearing/removal on the Indian Point Rd. The narrow road has caused some problems with the accumulation of snow such as high banks, a further narrowing of the road and flooding from snow melt during warm periods. There’s a concern that the Seagull Condo Resort development will further encroach on Indian Point Rd. exacerbating the current snow removal problem mentioned above. i)        What is the snow management plan for the Seagull Condo Resort?   It  is respectfully requested that a full Environmental Impact Assessment be required as is provided for in the case of a “major residential development in a rural setting” and that sufficient information be made fully available for full public consultations on this 33 Condo Unit Project. Shediac Bay is far from pristine. Still with efforts such as those by the Shediac Bay Watershed Authority improvements are being achieved. One has to note reports over the summer of 2016 that show less than acceptable conditions. Parlee Beach has been of particular concern. A major residential project in a rural setting can seriously contribute even more damaging impacts on the fragile state of the Shediac River and of the whole of Shediac Bay. Finally, the recreational zoning that allowed for the existing Seagull Motel that has been closed for many years does not allow for a major residential development project. It must be required to follow the process of rezoning so that all aspects can be examined by the authorities and the taxpayers and residents. Simply adding that some “tourists” might also use the Condos does not constitute recreational or similar use.

Indian Point Community Committee
102 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Glen Murray, Mayor French and Springwater Council, MPP Bill Mauro

Save our farms and rare wetland from mega-development

The Midhurst Secondary Plan proposes to turn a small, rural community of 3,500 people into a small city of almost 30,000! At stake are the local farms on prime agricultural land that will be sacrificed for development land (up to almost 1,900 acres). Moreover, the health of a small local creek and the nearby, internationally significant Minesing Wetlands are threatened by 10.6 million litres of effluent that will be pumped in daily from the proposed sewage treatment facility. These wetlands contain fragile ecosystems and in some parts, rare or sensitive species of flora and fauna.  Based on what we stand to lose or destroy, failure to stop this massive over-development is NOT an option.    In addition, the people of Midhurst have overwhelmingly shown their disapproval of such a massive development through several actions including a petition and high attendance during a recent township meeting. Still, this rural community, its farms and water are under threat. Also, the municipality has provided little factual evidence that this development will bring any benefit to the citizens (e.g. local jobs, lower taxes).   This fight is about ensuring that people of a community have a right to be heard by their government, that they have a right to choose to preserve their natural resources and farms and that even when faced against formidable opposition, small voices can be turned into thunderous roars.

Midhurst Ratepayers' Association
46,718 supporters