Petition to Royal Caribbean International
Ban the use of plastic straws on Royal Caribbean cruise ships
The average American uses disposable plastic utensils at an average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day. Based on national averages, this equates to each person in the U.S. using about 38,000 straws between the ages of 5 and 65. 90% of ocean waste is made up of plastic trash and it is having a devastating effect on marine life. Animals and seabirds are ingesting plastic waste on a daily basis, in particular single-use plastic straws. Ecosystems are being completely destroyed and we fear the endangerment of various turtle species as these animals frequently ingest plastic straws mistakenly as food. Dear Royal Caribbean, as one of the largest cruise lines in the world, please consider taking the first step as the leader of the industry by banning the use of plastic straws on your cruise ships. On a recent cruise with my family, I was given a straw with every drink, on average of 4 drinks per day, per person. When you consider the simple act of replacing the plastic use straw with a compostable version, or banning it altogether, the impact is tremendous. I know it is a small step but it can be the first step in our global commitment together to help reduce climate change. Thank you for your consideration. It is in everyone’s best interest to do their part in preserving the beauty of our ocean and marine life for the generations to come.
Petition to Don Furniss, Ruth Nishikawa, Sandy Currie, Donelda Hayes, Allen Edwards, Linda Barrick-Spearn, Gault McTaggart, Phil Harding, Jean-Ann Baranik, Terry Ledger, John Klinck, Paul Wiancko, Lori-Lynn Giaschi Pacini, paul kelly, Nancy Alcock, Bob Young, Scott Aitchison, Shane Baker, Larry Braid, Sandy Cairns, Steve Clement, Peter Cooper, Paisley Donaldson, Robert LaCroix, Terry Pilgar, Graydon Smith, Karin Terziano, Brian Thompson, Tony Clement, Norm Miller, Samantha Hastings, Summer Valentine, Scot Weeres
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 Tim Hortons, Carol Patterson
Tell Tim Hortons to make a bigger impact on reducing WASTE
Tim Hortons says that they want to help reduce waste. This was pulled from their website: "While recycling and composting are great solutions for waste, reducing waste through reuse and improved processes can have greater benefits. We continue to encourage our guests to use ceramic mugs, plates and bowls when dining in our restaurants, and guests are also provided with a 10 cent discount when they bring in their own travel mug for hot beverage refills." However, a friend recently started working there and says it is actually policy for them to mix your coffee in a disposable cup and then throw it away, so it really reduces only the wasted lid. Tim Hortons is not making a big enough impact on waste reduction. How many cups do you suppose are disposed of in any given day? Most places don't recycle them either (even when you put it in your recycling container). And I would say they hardly encourage the use of ceramics in store. Its time for Tim Hortons to make a stand and make a change. They need to change the policy for using disposables to mix coffee even when you use a travel mug. Tim Hortons could also go a step further and post signs to encourage you to Bring Your Own Mug. This has made a big difference at grocery stores by getting people in the habit of bringing their own shopping bags. This is only one small change, but the waste it would reduce could be huge.
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 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
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 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.
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.