Petition to World Wildlife Fund, Justin Trudeau, Greenpeace USA, United Nations Environment Program, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Justin Bieber, Environmental Protection Agency, City of North Bay, City of North Bay, Doug Ford
Stop North Bay from Bypassing The Endangered Species Act & Developing Protected Wetlands!
The Situation. North Bay City Council has requested the Province of Ontario to exempt North Bay from the Endangered Species Act and to allow the City to open up Provincially Significant Wetlands for commercial development. Why These Specific Wetlands Matter. These wetlands are currently home to an endangered species, the Blandings Turtle, not to mention a valuable asset to the surrounding ecosystem and a historically significant waterway travelled by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Ecologically, these important wetlands are classified as Provincially Significant, which means that this specific area provides invaluable services to our community including carbon sequestration, flood protection, ground water storage, pollution filter, storm buffer, and habitat for plants and animals, including the Blanding's Turtle. This significant area is an ecologically-defined area by scientific criteria. Not an area for land developers or politicans to redraw. Alternatives. There are several viable locations that would be suitable for development. Many citizens want to see the City of North Bay grow, but not at the expense of scientifically-proven significant ecosystems. Surrounding North Bay, there are countless locations that would be suitable for urban development, provided that appropriate sustainable development practices are followed. How to Act Please sign your name to tell the City of North Bay that endangered species and Provincially Significant Wetlands matter to you! Contact your Member of Parliament. Click here for a Canadian Directory Share this petition on Facebook! Resources Read more here CBC Endangered Species Act What does a Provincially Significant Wetland mean? Learn more here!
Petition to City of Winnipeg, 6165347 Manitoba Inc., 7138793 Manitoba Inc.
Drop the lawsuit against the Rooster Town Blockade defendants
We, the undersigned, demand that the two numbered companies owned by the private developer Andrew Marquess drop the lawsuit against the peaceful protestors who, along with their supporters, protected the Parker Wetlands in the summer of 2017. We further demand that the City stop any current or future projects with Marquess until the two numbered companies he owns drops the lawsuit against the peaceful protesters, given that his actions are not consistent with City values, including the Indigenous Accord that was unanimously adopted by City Council on March 22, 2017. Background A total of 49 people who allegedly participated in the peaceful Rooster Town Blockade at the Parker Wetlands between July and September 2017 are currently being sued for “millions or tens of millions of dollars” by two numbered companies owned by the private developer Andrew Marquess. Mr. Marquess is the owner of Gem Equities and related companies, who acquired the Parker Wetlands in 2009 pursuant to a controversial land swap that is the subject of significant public scrutiny and formal reviews. The Parker Wetlands had long been used as a place to walk, meditate and relax, and was once designated by the City as an ecologically sensitive natural heritage area. Those who participated in the peaceful blockade were greatly concerned about respect for Métis and First Nations sovereignty, the destruction of pristine animal habitats, the elimination of a vital wetland, and the loss of a significant and extensively used green space. Although Fort Garry residents fought for a decade to keep this green space, their clear mandate to the city was ignored. The defendants in the lawsuit include university students, low-income workers, Indigenous land defenders, retirees, environmentalists, local dog walkers, and others who were erroneously named even though they did not set foot on the property. The occupation was called the Rooster Town Blockade after the nearby Métis community that was expropriated and demolished in 1960 to build Grant Park Mall. During the blockade, Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman issued the statement: 'We’re hopeful the developer can pause cutting trees down until such time as the development plan is approved. We think right now it’s in everyone’s best interest to pause.' According to Bowman, the developer had agreed not to remove trees until the development plan was in place. That was apparently ignored. Participants respected the court injunction to dismantle the blockade and leave the site, and have not returned. Almost all of the wetlands and aspen forest have since been destroyed. On April 9, 2018, the City of Winnipeg rejected a development plan by Andrew Marquess' company Gem Equities to construct a residential community called Fulton Grove on the Parker lands. This situation is fundamentally about the democratic right for citizens to express their convictions, and we believe that members of Winnipeg City Council should advocate for that right to be maintained by requesting that Mr. Marquess’ companies immediately drop their lawsuit. You can donate the legal defense fund of the defendants here: www.gofundme.com/481wbf4 Miigwetch/Marcii/Thank you Here are some links to articles if you wish to learn more: An Indigenous Blockade in Winnipeg Is Halting Deforestation Efforts: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/evdj3z/an-indigenous-blockade-in-winnipeg-is-halting-deforestation-efforts Parker Lands consultations would give Métis a say on ancestral land: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/opinion-parker-lands-consultatioon-1.4221809 Métis-Anishinaabe land defender establishes Rooster Town blockade in Winnipeg to protect wetlands:https://canadians.org/blog/m%C3%A9tis-anishinaabe-land-defender-establishes-rooster-town-blockade-winnipeg-protect-wetlands Coverage of Winnipeg’s Rooster Town Blockade Reveals Media’s Anti-Indigenous Biases: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/coverage-of-winnipegs-rooster-town-blockade-and-medias-anti-indigenous-bias Protesters quietly leave Parker lands: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/protesters-quietly-leave-parker-lands-444778673.html Winnipeg Developer Sues Protesters Who Occupied Parker Lands Construction Site:http://www.themanitoban.com/2017/10/winnipeg-developer-sues-protesters-who-occupied-parker-lands-construction-site/32553/ City rejects plan for housing on Parker lands: Proposal for homes and towers contravenes land-use rules, planners say; Developer Marquess launches appeal:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/parker-fulton-grove-marquess-appeal-1.4610533 Chilling public protest: Is a lawsuit against Winnipeg land defenders a new form of legal intimidation?:https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/chilling-public-protest-rooster-town-slapp
Petition to City of Vaughan, Regional Municipality of York, Government of Ontario
Smarter and Easier: A New Blue Bin Meets Your Curb
Blue Box litter is frustrating. On a windy pickup day, plastic bottles and papers are spread across lawns and roads. The problem doesn't end with collecting stray recycling in our streets. In York Region, wind blown litter contributes to the vast majority of waste we find in parks, ponds, and other green spaces. I've spoken to many residents in Vaughan who are committed to clean neighbourhoods and increasing recycling diversion rates (as am I). Residents want a new recycling bin. These are the changes they are asking for: 1. To have an attached lid. Which will prevent wind from spreading recycling Keeps out rain and snow, which makes Blue Boxes heavier and causes problems with processing Keeps out pests (raccoons, flies, etc.) 2. To have wheels. No more injuries related to lifting, pushing, or pulling a Blue Box Easier to move for seniors/disabled No more dragging to the curb, damaging the Blue Box If the Green Bin can have wheels, so should the recycling bins 3. To be larger. Fewer pickup days Options for 2 different sizes (120L = 2 Blue Boxes worth and 240L = 4 Blue Boxes worth) Increases diversion rates. When the Blue Box is full, the overflow often gets put into the garbage (recyclables are sent to the landfill) 4. To be stable. To prevent wind tipping 5. To be Visible Cars not driving into short blue bins 6. To be suited for automation. For quicker pick ups Increases tax savings Sign this petition if you agree that York Region needs the new Blue Bin. It would make a positive impact on the future of waste management across the Province. Together, we can win the war against waste! Daniela Palma
Petition to John Tory, Energy and Environment Division City of Toronto, Lori Stahlbrand
Encourage Locally Grown Food in Toronto and Combat Climate Change
The global food system is currently responsible for 30% of all of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 emissions are contributing to the greater problem our environment is facing: global warming. Carbon emissions from imported food impacts our environment significantly – by inducing severe weather changes, rising sea levels and flooding, and more directly, people. Consumers in Toronto are buying many imported products that generate hundreds of kilograms of CO2 emissions across the globe through transportation. A local box of strawberries in season in Ontario saves around 3,263g from buying a non-local strawberry from California. Eating seasonal and local foods can reduce pollution, preserve the environment, and slow global warming. By eating local and seasonal foods in Toronto, we can reduce our footprints by up to 10%. So, what we are proposing is to redirect consumers in Toronto so that we can all reduce our carbon footprints by buying and consuming more local and seasonal produce items. As it is, consumers are not able to clearly see which products are local and seasonal in grocery stores. This petition urges the Municipal Government of Toronto to create a program for all grocery stores in the City to combat food transportation emissions and climate change. This idea aims to: o Use clear signs for local and seasonal products in grocery stores, providing information about the distance travelled and carbon emissions you save from buying a local product as opposed to a non-local product o Requires supermarkets to label as well non-local products that are not in season, providing information on the distance the product has travelled and how much carbon emissions it has generated through transportation and importation This idea could start with a simple petition, if we can present this to the Municipal Government, we could reduce our carbon footprints by 10% by buying local produce that is in season. Our goal is to obtain at least 100,000 signatures – with your support, we could make a difference and combat climate change together. Please sign this petition so we can make an important change in Toronto. Thank you.