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Petition to Government of British Columbia

Stop spraying BC forests with herbicide to kill trees like poplar that wildlife need

Follow us on facebook or on twitter! When a boreal forest regrows after logging, it is a paradise for wildlife like bees, moose, birds, and beavers, with a large selection of food including fireweed, poplar (aspen), birch, willow, grass, and many other plants that are critical to wildlife.   However, to industrial forestry, only one type of tree has value- conifer trees like Lodgepole Pine.   Utilizing helicopters equipped with spray nozzles and tanks of herbicides, companies spray these cutblocks 5-10 years after logging with industrial-strength glyphosate to kill every plant that isn't a conifer.  The effects are devastating and long-lasting, as a forest without aspen will support far fewer wildlife, and especially moose, than one with. 10,000 - 20,000 hectares of diverse forests are sprayed every year in BC, mostly aspen forests in the Prince George and Cariboo area.  That is enough forage to support 2500-5000 moose.  The reason this is done is because in the Central Interior of British Columbia, like other places that spray, there is no factory that utilizes the "weed" trees that are killed by spraying.  There is no other reason.   Without an industry to utilize the unwanted trees, the government designates these trees pests, and it then becomes legally necessary to eliminate these trees from the forest, along with the many creatures and animals that depend on them.   The result is a monoculture forest of limited biodiversity and with little wildlife.  This is not a a good enough reason to spray our forests with a toxic substance to kill a wide variety of critical wildlife shrubs and trees. Intelligent forestry should embrace the biodiversity that nature provides us with.  We should allow mixed forests with pine, fir, aspen, and birch.  This will benefit us as our climate changes and protect us against catastrophic losses.  Mixed forests are less vulnerable than monocultures.  They produce more timber, and utilize light and water more efficiently.  And they are better for wildlife.  There is no good reason why our forests are sprayed.   

Stop the Spray BC
50,023 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Councillor Gord Perks, Councillor Mike Layton, Heritage Services Program Manager Tamara Anson-Cartwright, MPP Trinity-Spadina Han Dong, Councillor Ana Bailão, Councillor Joe Cressy, Councillor Janet Davis, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Councillor Josh Matlow, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor Joe Mihevc, Councillor Lucy Troisi, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, TEYCC

Save the Historic Buildings 35 Liberty St. & 65, 61 Jefferson Ave. Toronto from demolition

CRITICAL UPDATE - April 25, 2018The Toronto Heritage Board recommended that the development and demolition of the buildings in question be halted and that a complete study be performed on the architectural and cultural heritage of 35 Liberty St. & 65, 61 Jefferson Ave.see: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.PB33.1This is good news HOWEVER,Councillor Perks, the local Ward 14 Councillor's position is that the City of Toronto must move ahead and allow the demolition of heritage buildings that are now flagged by the Heritage Board. His argument that the internal planning wing of Toronto Heritage Services has already studied this and approved the demolition but this is incorrect! Only the building being saved 25 Liberty was studied and the buildings 35 Liberty St. & 65, 61 Jefferson Ave. were ignored!This is why the Heritage Board on April 19, 2018 recommended to halt the demolition!Councillor's other argument is that the developer might renege on other City commitments including housing assistance to the displaced artists and help to much needed social issues. But this is not an AND / OR argument! Both the City of Toronto and the developer are bound and responsible for BOTH. The destruction of heritage properties should never be sacrificed against contributions to City social funding as heritage can never be brought back. Funding has always and will always be chased and found.We now ask Toronto and East York Community Councillors on May 2nd to agree that Heritage buildings cannot be sacrificed for any reason. That the developer must live up to its obligations to protect the property it has undertaken to develop as recommended by the Toronto Heritage Board and the City must live up to its responsibility to see this is done correctly!--------- original petition posting -----------------------Heritage Registered buildings, in the heart of Liberty Village, will be torn down to make way for a high rise office tower! The proposed development will see the historic face of West Liberty Village altered along the entire block from Atlantic Ave. to Jefferson Ave. The very character of Liberty Village would change irrevocably to its detriment, losing the charm sometimes called Liberty Village's campus feel or at times competing in significance with the Distillery District as Toronto's historic district west of the CN Tower. Buildings at 35 Liberty and both 65 and 61 Jefferson will see the wrecking ball. We must take action now. They deserve our protection. We need your help to stop this!Sign our petition and Save Liberty! (if you are passionate about Saving Liberty and want to sign now, please do! If you want to read all the details please continue) _____ History, Facts & Details _____ Today, development in Toronto and specifically Liberty Village, stands as some of the most ambitious in North America. Most importantly, West Liberty Village has some of Toronto's best examples of grand Victorian architecture, built for enterprises, that were key to the evolution of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and even North America and the Commonwealth, at the turn of the 19th century! Some developments are being undertaken with care to protect these historic relics and symbols from our past, while other developments propose to erase that history forever. The Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Company's building still stands on the entire block at the south side of Liberty Street between Atlantic and Jefferson. Our header consists of 2 images, the familiar corner of Liberty & Atlantic looking southwest in 2005, and OWEPC's letterhead from August 11, 1899 showing 35 Liberty as the first and only brick building built at that time. OWEPC's innovation, achievements and contributions soon spread across Canada, the United States and the Commonwealth. As their namesake suggests, The Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Company's specialisation was the production of wind powered pumps and electrical generators. OWEPC became Canada's foremost and original green energy company contributing to Toronto's fabric for 50+ years. 35 Liberty was built 1st in 1898. It is not protected and demolition is proposed. 25 Liberty was built 3rd in 1901. The brick is still exposed and it is protected from demolition by the City of Toronto's Heritage Board. 65 Jefferson was built 4th in 1906, as the twin to 25 Liberty. It is not protected and demolition is proposed. 61 Jefferson was built 5th in 1910. The brick is still exposed and it is not protected and demolition is proposed. These buildings are physically conjoined. They have passages between them on various floors and are also joined through an underground basement. They were built with the intention to serve as one whole complex. The Toronto Heritage Board has recognised and added the entire property to The Toronto Heritage Register consisting of 25 and 35 Liberty Street and 57, 61 and 65 Jefferson Avenue and 56 and 58 Atlantic Avenue (also called 58 Atlantic Ave for City convenience) but only 25 Liberty has protection from demolition. In 2005, the fronts of 35 Liberty and 65 Jefferson were covered with foam-board and stucco. This flimsy facade temporarily hides their exterior beauty. It should be removed and the buildings saved from the wrecking ball. Mere foam-board and stucco should not determine the fate of these historic buildings when a simple removal can restore their beauty. 61 Jefferson is not obscured with foam-board and stucco yet demolition is pending. Every reason determined by the Heritage Board which now preserves 25 Liberty is of equal importance, if not more so, to the other buildings. such as the connecting building 25 Liberty has already been granted. They too embody the same historic beauty, relevance, design and construction as the spared building 25 Liberty. Save Liberty! This proposed development at 25 Liberty Street, will see the historic face of West Liberty Village altered along the entire block from Atlantic Ave. to Jefferson Ave. The very character of Liberty Village would change irrevocably to its detriment, losing the charm sometimes called Liberty Village's campus feel or at times competing in significance with the Distillery District as Toronto's historic district west of the CN Tower. This change would represent the first major demolition of historic property in Liberty Village. The building at 60 Atlantic Ave., opposite 25 Liberty, has been successfully preserved and their new development reflects and enhances the heritage of the existing building. On one side of Liberty is a shining example of preserving heritage and enhancing it with thoughtful development, on the other side is the impending destruction of heritage.  Please show your support and interest in preserving Liberty Street's history. The Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Co buildings need to remain intact in Liberty Village. Sign Liberty's petition and tell our Councillors and Toronto Heritage Preservation in Liberty Village and our Provincial Minister. Councillor Gord Perks Councillor Mike Layton The Toronto Heritage Board’s Program Manager Tamara Anson-Cartwright. Provincial Minister Han Dong The Toronto & East York Community Council Members Let them know that you want to protect the heritage of the neighbourhood. That you want the City to recognise that these remaining buildings, that are over 100 years old, need to be preserved and protected too. Foam-board and stucco must not determine the fate of these beautiful and historic buildings already recognised by the Heritage Board for their significance. Please share this so we can Save Liberty!   _____ Other References _____ Read the article by the Sunnyside Historical Society. City of Toronto Inclusion on the City of Toronto's Heritage Register City of Toronto Proposed Development Applications at 25 Liberty Street (also known as 58 Atlantic Ave. comprised of 56, 58 Atlantic Avenue, 25 and 35 Liberty Street and 57, 61 and 65 Jefferson Avenue) file.The recommendation by the Toronto Heritage Board on April 19, 2018 that the buildings be spared and that further research be completed regarding the architectural and cultural heritage of all the buildings in question.Toronto Preservation Board consideration on April 19, 2018  

Save Liberty
1,088 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Rick Snyder, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan State Senate, Michigan State House, Heidi Grether, Bryce Feighner, Matt Gamble

Limit Nestle’s Michigan Water Withdrawals

Our names are Yousef Emara and Nathan Koh. We are eighth graders in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Our class completes a Sustainability Action Project (SAP) by choosing a cause in which we can make a positive impact.  We have chosen to raise awareness of Nestle’s water pumping practices in Michigan and petition the state legislature and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to reject an increase in Nestle’s pumping rates in White Pine Springs, Osceola County, Michigan. Why This Issue Matters  In many countries, including the United States, there is little limitation on the rate at which water can be pumped out of aquifers (underground water reserves).  Water bottling companies have been pumping billions of gallons of water out of aquifers and impacting the watershed and surrounding environment and selling water bottles for 3000 to 5000 times more than they pay for it.  One such pumping site is Nestle’s well field in White Pine Springs, Osceola County, Michigan, which is part of the Muskegon River watershed.   What This Means for Michigan  Nestle runs a plant for its two water bottle brands, Ice Mountain and Pure Life, in Stanwood, Michigan.  The company operates three well fields with a total of seven wells, all within the Muskegon River watershed.  According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Nestle pumped more than 3.4 billion gallons of water from its three Michigan well fields between 2005 and 2015.  In 2015, Nestle was given approval by the MDEQ to pump 250 gallons per minute at White Pine Springs Well in Osceola County.  The company now wants to increase the amount of water it pumps from this well to 400 gallons per minute. Nestle would pay the state of Michigan $200 per year for this increase. According to a test conducted in August 2000 by Malcolm Pirnie Inc., Nestle’s White Pine Springs Well pumps water from an underground aquifer that is connected to the aboveground water system through a permeable layer of Earth, called a leaky aquitard.  Pumping water from the aquifer can drain significant amounts of water from above. This indicates that the wetlands and wildlife above the ground are at high risk of being harmed by Nestle’s pumping.  Residents, like Rhonda Huff, as reported by the MLive newspaper on April 9, 2017, noticed that water levels in Osceola County’s Chippewa Creek, which flows into the Muskegon River watershed, have significantly dropped in recent years, affecting trout populations.   Nestle needs a permit from the MDEQ in order to increase the rate at which it pumps water.  The MDEQ requires the use of a Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool to determine the impact of proposed water withdrawals on fish and wildlife in the area.  Nestle’s proposed water withdrawal increase to 400 gallons per minute failed to pass MDEQ’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool. However, the MDEQ can and did overrule the failing grade determined by the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool. Nestle’s plan to increase the amount of water withdrawn to 400 gallons per minute would undo an agreement with environmentalists reached more than seven years ago for a well field in Sanctuary Springs, which is also part of the Muskegon River watershed.  In 2001, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation sued Nestle over potential damage to the system of lakes, rivers, and streams that its water withdrawal would cause.  An agreement was reached in 2009, limiting the amount of water the company could pump. What You Can Do To Help Please sign our petition!  Help us in reaching our goal of 10,000 signatures to present to the state legislature and the MDEQ. Thank you for taking the time to protect our most precious resource – water.  

Yousef Emara
84,653 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Marc Garneau, Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Johnathan Wilkinson

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 75 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Johnathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
180,831 supporters