Petition to Superstore, Save-On Foods, Costco, Wholefoods, Fairway Markets, Sobeys/Safeway
Petition for Retailers to Stop Selling Open-Pen Farmed Salmon
We, the undersigned, ask that Save On Foods, Costco, Sobeys/Safeway, Super Store, Fairways, and Whole Foods, divest from the selling of farmed salmon sourced from open pen/ open water sources. With Washington state's recent moratorium on the industry and the rapid decline of BC’s wild salmon populations, we feel it is time that these stores fall instep with Thrifty’s and other BC food retailers who no longer sell open-pen farmed salmon. The science is clear: open-pen aquaculture practices encourage the spread of viruses from farmed Atlantic salmon to BC's wild salmon populations, causing rates of disease and pre-spawn mortality to soar. In addition, they create large "dead-zones" in the areas surrounding the farms due to the amount of fecal matter, antibiotics, and chemicals pouring from the farms daily. Furthermore, the spread of sea lice has become uncontrolled, impacting juvenile wild salmon. These factors have had devastating impacts on the ecosystem as a whole. In order to encourage the rehabilitation of wild salmon populations, open-pen farming practices must be prohibited and a transition to on-land, closed-containment systems prioritized. However, despite overwhelming evidence and three court rulings, the industry continues to deny the impact it is having on the environment and continuing to expand its open-pen operations along the BC coast. In response, we are asking citizens and retailers of British Columbia to stand in solidarity with wild salmon by boycotting the sale of open-pen farmed salmon. The above-mentioned have become some of the largest food retailers in British Columbia and with that they have earned the responsibility to act on the side of caution and care for the region that they do business in. Because of this position and because of the great body of scientific concern surrounding the industry we ask these retailers to stop selling open penned/ open water farmed Atlantic salmon. For more information please visit our Facebook page @SaveOurSalmonBC
Petition to George Heyman, Doug Donaldson, Jim Standen, Doug Forsdick
Policy Change for Bears NOW! in the BC Conservation Office Service
2019 saw an unprecedented amount of media coverage for bear kills, up 40% over 2018, especially in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. The first week of January saw a near miss in Anmore when the COS refused to transport an emaciated orphaned black bear cub to a rehabilitation facility and was prepared let it die in the forest. The COS considered possible charges against the citizens that eventually transported the cub, which it withdrew several days later after much public outcry. A few days later on the evening of Jan 14, the COS brought in another cub to the same wildlife rehab center. It had been transported in -9C snowing weather in the back of an open bed COS truck, despite the center offering blankets in past incidences. The bear had been sedated three times the recommended amount and ice had formed on its fur. The cold and excessive sedation put the bear at risk of death from exposure. These recent acts of severe negligence are only a few examples of the COS’s disregard for the wildlife of our province. At present, the COS is structured and funded to kill wild animals instead of prioritizing prevention, rehabilitation, education, and accountability. We, the residents of British Columbia, are saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Too many wildlife will continue to die at the hands of the COS, in addition to facing increased survival stress with climate change, land development, and habitat loss from forestry, oil, gas and mining industries. We do not accept killing as the solution to human-wildlife conflict. We demand that the BC government take immediate action to develop new policy to protect and conserve the beautiful bears that have called BC home since time immemorial. In signing this petition we demand: 1. PREVENTION and REHABILITATION VS. KILLING: that the COS prioritizes preventive measures, educational tools and equipment, and rehabilitation prior to lethal measures 2. INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT: that the COS be placed under independent oversight to review and advise the actions of armed law enforcement agents 3. FUNDING SUPPORT: that funding be made available to any municipality to increase by-law enforcement activities, specifically related to wildlife feeding and attractants 4. CITIZEN ACCOUNTABILITY: that the COS hand out fines and press charges to individuals / organizations providing wildlife attractants 5. TRAINING and BEST PRACTICES: that all COS members from Officers to Management take mandatory training in animal sentience and behaviour to better understand the animals they work with and to act accordingly, and that Best Practices be established and followed for working with the public 6. ANONYMOUS WILDLIFE REPORTING: that both the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line and municipal by-law enforcement departments begin accepting anonymous information regarding by-law or provincial infractions that put wildlife and people at risk. Currently callers must provide their contact information, and many people hesitate to call in fear of officers coming out and killing wildlife Please lend your voice and share this petition to help the beautiful bears that we share with this beautiful province of British Columbia.
Petition to City of Miramichi
Ban Distribution of Plastic Shopping Bags in Miramichi
With Climate Change rapidly advancing all across the world, we as people need to start thinking of effective solutions to this crisis. We are four students at James M. Hill, and this is exactly what we are trying to do. Single-use plastic bags are one of the leading causes of plastic pollution in the world, and a serious hazard to our planet. Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used every single year around the world and around 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the planet’s oceans annually. This is rapidly destroying and polluting the oceans, and killing the marine life who live in them. We want to make a difference, and do everything we can to cut back on this plastic waste. In Miramichi alone, we estimate that about 5-10 million plastic bags are used every single year, compared to our small population of 17,537 (2016 Consensus). That’s 52 tons of just plastic bags, with the majority contributing to landfills or plastic waste in the ocean. But it’s not just the waste, it’s also the production. Plastic bags contribute 40% of plastic production, which uses 6% of the world’s oil production. They also take thousands of years to degrade, and release toxins into our air, ocean, and soil and often end up being consumed by animals, which will usually kill them. The Liberal’s goal for 2021 is to ban single-use plastics. If we can get a start, we can prepare more people for it and advocate for a true change in the system. We feel that the banning of single-use plastic bags will also lay the groundwork for the success of other bans and the eventual goal of a plastic waste free future.
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Send Canadian water bombers and more firefighters to help fight Australia’s fires
English | Français Australia is facing the worst fires of its history. People have been killed, homes have been destroyed and 1 billion animals have burned to death. The scale of the fires is enormous — over five times the area that burned during the Amazon fires in Brazil has already gone up in flames, with no end in sight. We Canadians have one of the largest fleets of water bombers in the world and they are currently being underutilized due to winter conditions. We want our country to send a fleet of CL-415 water bombers to our fellow Australians in order to help in these times of need. Canada has started sending firefighters to support Australia’s efforts, but more firefighters and military support are desperately needed. Please sign this petition in order for our government to understand the deep ties that unite both of our countries and the motivation of Canadians to help. Australia has helped us before, let's make sure we help them now. Thank you.
Petition to Dave Burton, Suzanne Partridge, Shannon Hunter, Cecil Ryall, Ruth Strong, Cam McKenzie, Robyn Rogers, Laurie Scott, Jamie Schmale
Highland East homeowners against Harcourt gun range re-zoning proposal.
We the undersigned have signed this petition to voice our strong objection to the re zoning application brought by Geetu and Prashant Pathak to the Highlands East Council to re-zone a 200 acre parcel of land south of Mumford Road in the Cardiff/Harcourt area to allow the establishment of a private gun club and shooting range to include the use of restricted and non-restricted firearms including semi-automatic assault rifles as well as accommodations for up to 12 people. Our objections include our deep concern for the noise pollution created by multiple and continuous firearms being discharged in close proximity to residences and cottages. This proposed usage of land by the applicant is in direct conflict with the primary reason most properties in this area have been established for: Residential living, retirement and recreation in a peaceful and natural setting. The very reason property owners have selected this area to own and enjoy their properties would be completely undermined and destroyed by allowing a business into the area that would drown out the sounds of nature with that of a war zone. The only acceptable noise from such a business - is NO noise and are therefore as a community strongly opposed to it.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Julie Dzerowicz, Marit Stiles, Ana Bailao, John Tory, Canadian Nuclear Safety Comission
Stop BWXT’s Licence Renewal: Shut Down the Uranium Processing Plant
We demand you the elected representatives, the government of Canada, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) revoke the operating licence of the BWXT uranium fuel processing plant at 1025 Lansdowne Avenue in Toronto. Uranium is toxic, carcinogenic, and radioactive. BWXT acknowledges it releases uranium into Toronto’s air and water and that “airborne particles can expose members of the public via inhalation.” The closer you reside to this processing plant, the more likely it is you are inhaling and ingesting these materials. We do not accept that this is safe in a densely populated area and we reject the outdated annual release limits set by the CNSC which allow a maximum of 760 grams of uranium to be released into the air and 9,000 kilograms of uranium to be released into the sewer every year. We demand the CNSC commit to holding BWXT’s licence renewal hearing in person in Toronto in addition to being held in Peterborough. We demand the CNSC hold the Toronto portion of the hearing in the community within walking distance of the plant. The current plans of the CNSC to hold a hearing in Peterborough with video conferencing available at the Holiday Inn in Yorkdale is designed to discourage public participation from Toronto. We also demand the CNSC and BWXT place large signage on Lansdowne and Brandon Avenues in Toronto informing the public of the upcoming licence renewal hearing.
Petition to london city council
Safe streets for a healthy, vibrant London
Many Londoners don't consider cycling as a viable transportation option because it is perceived as unsafe, inconvenient or a recreational activity. But in cities across North America, those who are interested in riding but are concerned about their safety make up the majority of people. We need to build a network of safe and convenient cycling routes to cater to the interested but concerned Londoners. Protected bike lanes and traffic-calmed neighbourhood streets have proven to increase the number of cyclists dramatically in cities as diverse as Vancouver, Calgary, Minneapolis, Toronto, or Hamilton. As more Londoners choose to cycle, we'll be healthier, our streets will be safer, we'll be reducing our emissions, and we'll all save money. As London City Council deliberates on the multi-year budget for the next four years, we are asking them to: Hire a cycling and walking manager at City Hall Expand the cycling network for all ages and abilities by 40km by 2023 I want our children to grow up in a city where they have great options about how they move around the city- whether by bike, by bus, by foot or by car. And we all have a responsibility to honour future generations by responding proactively to the climate emergency we face. Support safe streets for a healthy, vibrant London today!
Petition to Jason Kenny, Prasad Panda, Leela Abeer, Sarah Hoffman
Save the Museum Building in Old Glenora
Built in 1965, the Alberta Provincial Museum Building on 102 Avenue and 129th Street in Edmonton stands as a true gem of modernist yet historic Alberta archtecture. This beautiful strucure is adorned by fosil-rich Tyndall Limestone from the Red River Formation, extensive marble interiors and exquisite brass fittings. The South face of the build has reproductions of the First Nations petroglyphs of Writing-On-Stone Provincial park carved into the walls. The building is a cherished place for generations of Albertans and the site of many wonderful memories of learning and discovery. The grounds of the building are already a beautiful green space and the new building stands in elegant relation to the also historic Government House. Alberta Infrastructure is presently considering the demolition of this wonderful building. In a time of economic restraint we the undersigned ask Alberta Infrastucture to put aside all plans for demolition and repurpose the building preserving the cultural and archetectural integrity of our province.