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environmental protection

72 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Mayor Linda Hepner, Councillor Tom Gill, Councillor Bruce Hayne, Councillor Vera LeFranc, Councillor Mary Martin, Councillor Mike Starchuk, Councillor Barbara Steele, Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Councillor Dave Woods, Bruce Ralston, Garry Begg, Rachna Singh, John horgan, Andrew Weaver, Victor Jhingan, Paul Lee, Charles Neustaedter, Ted Uhrich

Save Hawthorne Park

  Join us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/443005682741874/ Hawthorne Park  Hawthorne Park is a beautiful forested area in North Surrey. It is home to countless wildlife species and is an oasis for the community. The forested area is used by numerous people who enjoy its system of walking trails, and the park area is host to an abundance of social gatherings. Hawthorne Park The City of Surrey is planning to build a two lane road through the south end of Hawthorne Park. The road will start on the west side and exit on the east side and run parallel to 104th Avenue. The road will also disrupt numerous neighbourhoods and go through people's homes and yards. Hawthorne Park Master Plan Wildlife living in the forest will be devastated and several of the well-used walking trails will be replaced with two lane roads. No longer will we be able to watch the red-tail hawks fly overhead or listen to the barred owl at night. The roads will go right through their habitats.  The area that the proposed road will go through has been designated as an ecologically sensitive area. But the city is planning to implement a bylaw to remove the park's protected status. We need to preserve this forest for community, for future generations, and for the wildlife living there who have no voice to speak for themselves. Please stand with the community and sign this petition. Contact me if you want to join our Community Action Group: stevengpettigrew@gmail.com

Steven Pettigrew
6,517 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Alberta transportation

Calgary SW Ring Road Through North Discovery Ridge: The Stakes Are High!

  Myself and many concerned residents will be significantly impacted by the imminent Ring Road that will skim the periphery of our once peaceful neighborhood. We, the residents of Discovery Ridge, continue to voice our concerns with regard to the close proximity of the 8 lane high-speed roadway, together with the on/off ramps. http://www.swcrrproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Info-Session_Segments_FINAL_REV-3_Seg-2_Dec-2016.pdf   We note from the latest alignments that the approximate distance from the nearest residence to the on-ramp is a mere 50 meters (150 ft.); and to the actual main freeway is a mere 100 (300 ft.) meters. We note that a shallow berm is proposed for the segment west of 69 Street, and NO protection is currently proposed for the neighborhood East of 69 Street.  We therefore present our concerns in two main parts: I) Physical Safety In discussions at the November 29th Open House Information Session The project manager, Garry Lamb, has acknowledged the risk of vehicles “ending up in someone’s back yard” during a high-speed upset. There have already been incidences of vehicles leaving the road (Highway 8) and travelling several meters off the embankment. The number of lanes, increase in speed, and mix of domestic and heavy truck traffic increases this risk dramatically. ii) Quality of Life: Acoustic Protection  AT is designing the road for an average sound level of 65 DBa over 24 hours. Note that 65 Dba would simulate conversational speech, which we note is quite audible even through closed windows, and can become disturbing if heard outside one’s house on a consistent basis. This is particularly true during nighttime (sleep) hours. A “Draft” sound study from CH2M and Patching was reviewed. The key observations were as follows: It Appears that the scope of the study stops at point 46, and that the sound level exceeds 65 DBA here. (Please confirm.) Hence, a berm or a sound wall is warranted, even with the report as is. The study, however, has excluded much of the area east of 69 St.  It does NOT appear that any modelling of the Acceleration effect of vehicles on the Acceleration ramp has been made. This would be twice as loud and a few times the emissions as compared to vehicles at cruising speed, and, combined with the main roadways, would very likely contribute to unbearable living conditions for residents along this segment.  PROTECTIVE  RECOMMENDATIONS The following mitigation measures need to be made for residential areas both EAST and WEST of 69 St along the proposed road alignments.  3.1) A COMPLETE AND REALISTIC sound study needs to be conducted, accounting for realistic effects of acceleration and deceleration along the nearby proposed on and off-ramps.  Input from the community impacted is critical. 3.2) Included is the City of Calgary’s Noise Policy, TP003, “Surface Transportation Noise Policy” which specific addressed residential areas along proposed roadway development. (See attachments) The criterion must be 65 DBA measured over a PEAK HOURS, as per the City of Calgary’s Noise Policy, NOT 65 DBA over 24 hours. The latter design basis is suitable for rural highways, NOT Urban freeways. The areas of Discovery, Springbank and Signal Hill are well within City limits.   http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Council-policy-library/tp003-Surface-Transportation-Noise-Policy.pdf   3.3) The RISK of vehicles leaving the roadway should be mitigated and prevented, with consideration of a protective earthen berm and ditch, or guard wall, whichever is more effective to arrest vehicles that would otherwise easily careen or fly into our neighborhoods. Note that it may be possible and reasonably economical to design and construct a berm /ditch grade suitable for both acoustic and barrier mitigation applications. Indeed, if planned before the start of construction, earthwork may be suitably planned for approximately 1 km along this stretch, and would likely have a negligible impact on project cost. The above suggestions to protect the Safety and the quality of life of those impacted should be an integral part of project planning, good practice and adherence to codes of ethical conduct. They should not merely be an afterthought. We are happy to participate in productive planning accordingly. (See attached City Noise Barrier Retrofit table) Finally, we insist on Meaningful consultation, and believe this is vital to the success of any large scope project. Information sessions only provide an initial opportunity for people to see what has already been planned, NOT become involved in the planning process. This means treating stakeholders respectfully, recording conversations especially regarding safety and quality of like, informing of revisions and modifications, and following up accordingly.  In Summary, we all value our safety, our children and our quality of life. We have worked very hard to earn the privilege, of living in some of the best areas of the city, and we will continue to be vigilant and proactive to protect them accordingly.              

Tim Dixon
185 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Fred Eisenberger, Kathleen Freeman, M. Dudzic, Moshe Batalion, Matthew McDowell, Jason Thorne

Proposed Canadian Tire 10-Bay Garage at University Plaza Needs Study and We Need Groceries

1.        Losing 1 of the only 2 major grocery stores in Dundas, especially at University Plaza, will negatively impact many residents, including students and seniors that walk there every other day.  We need it to remain a 1-stop plaza for all of our essentials.  We can’t eat what we buy at Canadian Tire. 2.         The new auto shop will have 10 bays operating 13 hours a day, 6 days a week and 9 hours on Sunday facing residences & bordering Conservation Lands.  What about the long term impacts from the substantial contaminants?  There are insufficient studies done and no public consultation.  3.         There is a bigger Canadian Tire just 11 minutes' drive away from the existing Cootes Drive location. 4.      Turning it into a Canadian Tire plaza with the noise from 10 repair garages, & no grocery store, will decrease the liveability and desirability of the surrounding neighbourhood, and property values.  5.      The location is well suited for a discount grocery store like FoodBasics, or a local chain like FarmBoy, Goodness Me, or another major grocery chain.  In light of the above and in the best interests and needs of our community, we respectfully ask the following: ·       that the City not approve the proposed conversion, given the lack of knowledge of the environmental impacts and the detrimental effect on the liveability of the surrounding area, ·       that Canadian Tire either refurbish their existing location on Cootes Drive or move to a different location where it will not impact a well-established residential neighbourhood and Conservation Area, and ·       that RioCan find another grocery chain to take over Metro’s lease.

Concerned residents of Little John Road and Tweedsmuir Avenue
713 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson

End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada

Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. Today many species are in trouble. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. The demand for shark fins for delicacies such as shark fin soup means sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet.  Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice. When a shark’s fins are cut off it is often still alive, then the shark is tossed back into the ocean where, without its fin, it will drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Demand is growing in Canada, according to Statistics Canada more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017.  This is more than a 60 per cent increase from the volume imported five years ago in 2012. More alarming, research shows the fins of several endangered and threatened sharks — including whale sharks, great hammerhead sharks and short fin mako sharks — are being sold in our country.  Of the fin samples collected, an astounding 76 per cent were from threatened species. The good news, many Canadians want to see our government ban the trade of shark fins! Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his 2006 movie. Sharkwater. In theatres October 19, 2018, Sharkwater Extinction, the late filmmaker's final film, continues to further expose the illegal shark fin industry and pirate fishing trade. Kendra, an advocate from Delta B.C, turned her lifelong love of sharks into a petition calling on her local government to ban the sale and trade of shark fins. This petition has received over 64,000 signatures, illustrating how much Canadians care about this issue. Her local Mayor’s response was clear, they need senior levels of government to take action on a national level. Bill S-238 will stop the import and export of shark fin. This Bill seeks to end the import of shark fins into Canada.  In the spring of 2018 the bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries committee, where it was strengthened to ban shark fin exports.  Now the House of Commons needs to pass Bill S-238 so that it can become a law. Canada needs to be a world leader in protecting sharks and a nationwide ban on the import and export of shark fins is the best way to ensure that Canada is not supporting shark finning.   Add your name now and tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Please join the movement to protect sharks and the environment, sign and share this petition!  #FinBanNow Image credit: Rob Stewart  For more information: Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his movie 2006 Sharkwater. Tragically Rob died while in production on his third movie Sharkwater Extinction. The film will be in theatres starting October 19 Ending the importation of shark fins in Canada: Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans https://oceana.ca/en/publications/reports/ending-importation-shark-fins-canada-presentation-senate-standing-committee Bill S-238 http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=8884535 Shark finning bill passed unanimously by committee; moves on to Senate https://ipolitics.ca/2018/02/09/shark-finning-bill-passed-unanimously-committee-moves-senate/ Shark fin soup – a recipe for extinction - Senator Michael MacDonald  https://sencanada.ca/en/sencaplus/opinion/shark-fin-soup-a-recipe-for-extinction-sen-macdonald/  DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concernhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10123-5

Oceana Canada
25,919 supporters