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Petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

End the narcissistic targeted abuse of Canadians by government!

Dear Prime Minster Trudeau, It is becoming increasingly clear that narcissistic abuse tactics are being employed by many government agencies and funded organizations.  Indeed the RCMP has become so toxic that RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson and Safety Minster Ralf Goodale have resorted to these tactics to silence and revictimise its own officers. One female officer has already spent $150,000 on legal expenses only to have the state wage an economic war of attrition in an attempt to deny her a voice or justice. This to a background of criminal abuse that is protected and encouraged at all levels of government. This was never a civil case! Where are the criminal charges against those involved? The RCMP and CSIS has built an abuse network based on narcissistic tactics that they have renamed as "disruption tactics"! This criminal abuse network supplies training, electronic harassment weapons, IT support in the form of CPIC (2,200 gaslighting victims) and has been caught framing marginalized people in terror plots. This is psychological abuse and as such the criminal code of Canada calls this torture (269.1).  The family courts system and The Children's Aid Society have also targeted children and families with isolation, slander, invalidation, gaslighting and extortion. All these child abductions done to the background of extreme death rates in the children within the care system. A refusal to report the number of rapes or why upto 50% of the kids died (Ontario) or under reporting deaths by a factor of three (Alberta).   Let me remind you that parental alienation is child abuse! This was never for the safety of the children or the protection of families.  First Nations have suffered this abuse for longer than any other group. They have endured all the abuse mentioned above and more. They have suffered decades of invalidation in the cases of an estimated 4000 missing women and 10,000 men. Presumably abducted and murdered.  This criminal abuse is only effective when it is not visible, or understood by the public. But we are becoming aware now thanks to this damaging game being institutionalized in our basic services. The victims are numerous and the pattern is unmistakable! We are many! We are being targeted for years with no legal protection! The press refuse to write our stories! The authorities invalidate us and direct more abuse our way for speaking up! The abusers are always protected at the expense of the victim who is blamed, shamed and silenced.  We are calling an end to this abuse network and demand that none of these crimes be dismissed or ignored any longer! We demand that the CPIC gaslighting and slander comments are removed and officers investigated! We demand to know how many of the 2,200 CPIC gaslighting victims committed suicide as a result! We demand the immediate return of all children seized by these organizations! We demand a full independent investigation into how many abductions, rapes, tortures, murders and robberies have been done using "disruption tactics"! We demand an immediate end to all disruption activity! We demand a return to law and criminal charges for those who supported this network or helped cover up these crimes.  This sadistic game is over! We will no longer pay our narcissistic supply tax to capricious corrupt officials! The lies, isolation, invalidation, reality warping, flip the script, gaslighting, cognitive dissonance, intimidation, frustration and confusion tactics will not be an acceptable answer. End this narcissistic abuse network operating out of your government now!  

David McDonough
1,072 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

Designated places for Aboriginal people to pray and have burnings off Indian Reserves

Canada needs to organize safe designated areas where Aboriginal people can gather to pray. In 1880 Canada imposed laws, the Indian Act, to assimilate Aboriginal people into European Culture. First Nations were not allowed to practice traditional spirituality; the potlatch and other cultural ceremonies were declared illegal. Aboriginal people were forced off their territories prime land and onto Indian Reserves. My name is Ugh’de’wil’gal’um, I’m Gitxsan, Fireweed tribe, from the House of Woo’Sim’lax’ha’, crest is two baby white owls. To this day I have not been able to freely practice our traditional sacred spiritual burnings off the Indian Reserves in Lower mainland. I have tried to have burnings on the beaches in Vancouver when no one was around, on unceded Coast Salish; Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh territory off Indian Reserves in Canada. Police always do their usual security rides and when they arrived I am threatened to be charged and VPD stomps out my fire. I was devastated each time my fire was stomped out, as I had put a food offering and gift in the fire for my son and loved ones who have passed away, and also for the ancestors. The Vancouver Fire Department and the Vancouver Parks Board are more than supportive to Aboriginal people in providing a permit to have a sacred fire. The main issue is as a First Nations person, unlike all other spiritualties and religions, I am forced to get “event insurance”, VFD and VPB permits, and buy mandatory metal fire pit, to practice my Gitxsan spirituality off the Indian Reserve. Aboriginal people should not have to pay to practice our traditional sacred ceremonies. Canada fails to consider our Aboriginal traditions and culture that are presently protected under the constitution. Canada needs to organize safe designated areas where Aboriginal people can gather to pray.

Stephanie Morgan
74 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Catherine McKenna, John horgan, Jonathan Wilkinson, George Heyman

Citizens Against the Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Forward: Canadians should not have to fight each day to protect our coastal waters, nor be put in jail for climate justice. As an independent, tax paying British Columbian, I am frustrated with our court of law and government for allowing the hyper-focus on one pipeline expansion and one company to dominate our politics and discussion. Canada should be focused on oil and gas companies who show innovation for lower carbon-intense energy sources and are transitioning to renewable power development focused on climate action plans and job creation. Kinder Morgan is not that company and not that project. If you agree, please continue and sign. **I am signing this petition as I am opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project in British Columbia and/or purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline by our Federal government for one, many or all of the following reasons listed below:  1. Failed National Energy Board (NEB) process: NEB choose to ignore a peer-reviewed consensus statement calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion, co-signed by over 100 leading North American scientists in 2014, and again in 2016. A government panel suggested that the NEB should be dismantled and replaced with two more coherent agencies; as it could not coherently manage Canada’s energy and climate change goals. This comes after years of NEB having conflicts of interest and approving projects without proper environmental consultation. (Source: 1,2,3,4,35)  2. Risk Benefit Assessment for BC: Reports published in 2013 and in 2016 showed insufficient information and significant risk posed by the expansion of the Kinder Morgan (KM) pipeline which encompassed various issues including; KM safety record, actual job creation, marine spill response, health risks and British Columbia’s (BC) liability. Many of these concerns have yet to be fully addressed including the impact of a bitumen spill in the Burrard Inlet. BC’s diverse economy is driven by industries like technology, tourism, real estate and construction and while resource economy is important, it has less economic benefit for BC. Concerned Professional Engineers (CPE) also released a statement on their concerns as related to the Burnaby Tank Farm, increased tanker traffic with diluted bitumen through Burrard Inlet, and the possibly of structural damage or collision with the Lion’s Gate or Iron Workers Bridge. At this time, there are no conclusive scientific studies on how diluted bitumen will react in open ocean. While some shoreline and diluent assessments have been done, variability remains due to density, viscosity and adhesion properties associated with accelerated weathering models. Research in Canada has shown an increased toxicity in marine life due to diluted bitumen (Source: 5,6,7,36) 3. Legal Challenges: Washington State Officials having voiced their concern with in the ‘lack of transparency’ with the diluent used to make bitumen flow with the problematic KM pipeline expansion. This lack of proper transparency and consultation has followed the expansion with numerous legal challenges before the courts. While some have been recently dismissed, there have been nearly two-dozen lawsuits against the NEBs approval of KM expansion due to the lack of consultation. This includes the City of Burnaby, Province of BC, unceded territories of Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Coldwater First Nations, Squamish Nations and various environmental and private sector groups. There is also support from The Chiefs of Ontario, which represents 133 First Nations across the province, to support to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. In 2016, due to the lack of consultation of First Nations, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the federal approval of Northern Gateway because Canada’s execution of its legal obligations, much like the KM expansion and NEB approval. Sadly, it is shown that court continually put forward the fact for dismissing cases is that climate policy is an issue for executive and legislative — and not judicial — branches of government. (Source: 8,9,10,11,12) 4. Kinder Morgan safety record: KM has effectively bypassed any environmental safety at Burnaby Mountain including damage and sediment to salmon spawning streams, destroying environmental sensitive areas the Conservation area, including eagle habitat, under-estimating and not providing an adequate emergency evacuation/safety/fire plan to the City of Burnaby and essentially not being a good environmental citizen of our city and surrounding area. KM also has many issues from pipelines spills including one in Kamloops, and a record of four large spills approximately every four years. Recently, am explosion at a KM refinery lead to five critically injured workers and a firefighter, along with one death. The location of the Westridge terminal is surrounded by homes and communities, including ocean front properties with a population exceeding 1 million people in the Lower Mainland. KM has provided no emergency plan or means to evacuate communities and no public disaster preparedness plan in the event of a bitumen spill in the harbour. Human health impacts are sadly lacking from risk assessment and public safety. KM has now erected razor barb-wire around their facility, along with being fined for noise disturbance. (Source: 13, 14, 15, 16,17, 18, 19, 27).  5. BC Marine Ecosystem & Species at Risk: KM negatively affected the salmon spawning tributaries by laying down illegal anti-spawning mats, damaging local area streams and have requested relocation of tributaries to accommodate the expansion. Salmon are a keystone species in the Pacific Northwest, supporting wildlife from birds to bears to orcas. Salmon and herring stocks are affected by various climate change, fish farms run off and toxic effluent are predicted to be extinct if aggressive effort to preserve them are not taken. KM requested 26 new anti-spawning mats in BC on Aug 8 2018. Blended bitumen, called dilbit can induce cardiac toxicity in juvenile salmon and further population decline. Dilbit from the Kalamazoo pipeline was shown to not float, effecting waterways, aquatic and wildlife. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) was listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act in 2003 and have been affected by the low salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest, increased tanker traffic and noise which inhibits their echolocation, and contamination. Mortality from collisions with vessels is one of the main human causes of death for large whales, with insufficient protection.The stress on our marine ecosystem is already significant enough for the Port of Vancouver to initiate an Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) where boats noise and speed are limited to research the impacts of shipping on whales. The risk of additional seven-fold Aframax tankers with an increased capacity from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 a day, also includes the risk of a spill or refinery fire. The tankers must travel more than 90 miles through the narrow, treacherous, and busy waterways of the Salish Sea, including Haro Strait, near the San Juan Islands, a vital feeding ground for the orcas. A large spill, if it occurred, could likely doom these whales. Recently, Tahlequah, or J35 carried her dead baby for over 17 days and 1,000 miles, but the real issue is the lack of live births of our resident killer whales in three years. Another important factors is that clear scientific data on dilbit behaves in salt water  and the effects of dispersant is unknown and requires further studies. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation covers the economic and environmental impact to them and the Salish Sea in their report. (Source: 12, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34,37)  6. Climate change & health concerns: KM pipeline expansion goes against Canada’s own climate action plan with an increase of carbon from fossil fuel extraction. Bitumen production is more carbon-intensive than conventional oil production and total emissions are growing due to increased production. Retired Lead Scientist at NASA, Goddard Head, said if bitumen extraction continues, it is over for the climate. Not only is BC dealing with effects of the worst wildfires season to date, the carbon released from these fires is continuing to push Canada past the set targets for Paris Accord. The science of climate change has been left out of the discussion, focusing only on the economy. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment state that Climate change will not simply cause hardship, suffering and impairment of health and well-being, or even deaths, but that it will also impair the very life support systems upon which all of us are utterly dependent. Moreover, KM highly underestimates the environmental and public health risks of major and minor oil spills in Burrard Inlet, or a fire on Burnaby Mountain, all which was present by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation of North Vancouver in a 90 page scientific research report under the Sacred Trust initiative. (Source: 24, 26, 27, 28)  7. Cost of Federal buyout: With no public consultation, the federal government, lead by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bought the troubled KM pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion taxpayer dollars. The cost then ballooned to an estimated $15 billion once finalized. Not only is the lack of job creation unclear, climate leaders do not buy pipelines. In fact, big oil is asking for assistance in regards to the effects of climate change to protect refineries in Texas. KM has a refinery in Texas. Richard Kinley, the former Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, says Canadians should be asking about the Trudeau government's commitment to climate change mitigation. The opposition to this buyout of an industry that claims job creation, but is moving to a focus on automation is a huge concern for BC and all Canadians. Canada also purchased a key pipeline into Washington State (WA), Puget Sound Pipeline, which could be a solution to avoiding risks to the Salish Seas by re-routing to land. However, WA has it's own concerns about the doubled capacity  (Source:  29, 30, 31, 32, 33,38,39)  *Video Images: All photos were captured from Google Image. Please contact me directly for credit or removal.SOURCES: 1. Thomas Sisk: Science is a casualty of the Trans Mountain pipeline debate. T. Sisk, Vancouver Sun, 2018.  https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/thomas-sisk-science-is-a-casualty-of-the-trans-mountain-pipeline-debate 2. Liberals’ ‘Collective Insanity’ over Trans Mountain Creating New Western Alienation, Say BC Politicians. C Guly, The Tyee 2018. https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/05/10/Liberals-Collective-Insanity-Trans-Mountain-Alienation/3. Dismantle National Energy Board and replace it with two new agencies for regulation, growth, panel recommends. Canadian Press via Financial post, 2017.  https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/dismantle-national-energy-board-and-replace-it-with-two-new-agencies-for-regulation-growth-panel-recommends4. National Energy Board: Captured Regulator? Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee 2011. https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/06/17/NEB/5. Assessing the risks of Kinder Morgan’s proposed new Trans Mountain pipeline. Conversations for Responsible Economic Development, 2018. http://credbc.ca/assessing-the-risks/6. Concerned Professional Engineers, website 2018. http://concernedengineers.org/7. Engineers face ethical dilemma over pipelines. Chris Kennedy, Times Colonist 2018.   https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-engineers-face-ethical-dilemma-over-pipelines-1.233595908.  Washington state officials troubled by oilpatch secrets. Stanley Tromp, National Observer, 2017.https://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/08/14/news/washington-state-officials-troubled-oilpatch-secrets 9. Kinder Morgan Pipeline Won't Be Allowed Through First Nations Territories, Leaders Say. Emma Paling, Huffington Post 2018. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/04/15/kinder-morgan-pipeline-first-nations-block-trans-mountain-indigenous_a_23411828/10. West Coast Environmental Law, 2018  https://www.wcel.org/blog/northern-gateways-federal-approval-has-been-overturned-now-what11. The Court of Law v. The Laws of Climate. Aaron Saad, Ricochet Media, 2018. https://ricochet.media/en/2298/the-court-of-law-v-the-laws-of-climate12. Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal,Tsleil-Waututh Nation, 2018.  https://twnsacredtrust.ca/13. Relocating tributaries ‘a recipe for disaster’ Streamkeeper says Kinder Morgan's plans to move streams during springtime will negatively impact fish. Tereza Verenca, Burnaby Now 2018. https://www.burnabynow.com/news/relocating-tributaries-a-recipe-for-disaster-1.2315933014. Trans Mountain blocked eagle nesting perch at Westridge Marine Terminal. Ainslie Cruickshank, The Vancouver Star 2018. https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/04/16/trans-mountain-blocked-eagle-nesting-perch-at-westridge-marine-terminal.html15.  Anger over Kinder Morgan’s razor fence in Burrard Inlet. CTV News, 2018 https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=133307916. Modified tank farm limits evacuation, emergency response plans: City of Burnaby. Lauren Boothby, Burnaby Now 2018. https://www.burnabynow.com/news/modified-tank-farm-limits-evacuation-emergency-response-plans-city-of-burnaby-1.2334678017. Kinder Morgan emergency plan underestimates effects of oil spill: report. Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/kinder-morgan-emergency-plan-underestimates-effects-of-oil-spill-report/article24495099/18. Kinder Morgan has a history of spills. Opinion, Times Colonist, 2018. https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/letters/kinder-morgan-has-a-history-of-spills-1.2321185119. Kinder Morgan admits it broke noise rules during pipeline work. CTV 2018 https://bc.ctvnews.ca/kinder-morgan-admits-it-broke-noise-rules-during-pipeline-work-1.397626820. Salmon is keystone species for region. Seattle Times, 2003. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/salmon-is-keystone-species-for-region/21. The Kinder Morgan pipeline and Pacific salmon: Red fish, black gold. Sarah Alderman, Macleans, 2018 https://www.macleans.ca/economy/with-b-c-s-attack-on-alberta-oil-the-war-of-mutual-destruction-begins/22. Connecting people to protect whales. Port of Vancouver, 2018.  https://www.portvancouver.com/stories/connecting-people-to-protect-whales/23. Weigh Anchor. Globe and Mail, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/kinder-morgan-trans-mountain-pipeline-bc-coast/article35043172/24. Is Bitumen Good for Canada? Andrew Wong, Alternative Journal 2013.  http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/science-and-solutions/bitumen-good-canada25. Climate Action Tracker, 2018 https://climateactiontracker.org/26. Open letter to Judge Affleck: as a doctor, this is why I'm against Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline expansion. Warren Bell, National Observer, 2018. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/08/20/opinion/open-letter-judge-affleck-doctor-why-im-against-kinder-morgans-oil-pipeline27.  Officials identify Texas pipeline worker killed in explosion. Reuters, 2018 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-pipeline-blast/officials-identify-texas-pipeline-worker-killed-in-explosion-idUSKBN1KP0IZ28. Kinder Morgan underestimating environmental, health risks of pipeline expansion – report. P. O’Neil & K. Sinoksi, Vancouver Sun 2015. http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Kinder+Morgan+underestimating+environmental+health+risks+pipeline+expansion+report/11083737/story.html29. Canada cannot profess to be a climate leader if it's buying pipelines, say environmentalists. Liam Britten, CBC 2018.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/paris-climate-change-trans-mountain-1.468346530. Kinder Morgan bailout to cost north of $15 billion. Robyn Allen, National Observer 2018.  https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/05/29/analysis/kinder-morgan-bailout-cost-north-15-billion31. Big oil asks government to protect its Texas facilities from climate change. CBS News, 2018. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-protect-oil-facilities-from-climate-change-coastal-spine/32. Fully Automated Oil Fields Are Almost Here. Irina Slave, Oil Price, Aug 2018. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Fully-Automated-Oil-Fields-Are-Almost-Here.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb_repost33. COST OF KINDER MORGAN TAXPAYER BUY-OUT IS STAGGERING. Taxpayer 2018 https://www.taxpayer.com/commentaries/cost-of-kinder-morgan-taxpayer-buy-out-is-staggering34. For Marine Life, New Threats from a Fast-Tracked Canadian Pipeline. https://e360.yale.edu/features/for-marine-life-new-threats-from-a-fast-tracked-canadian-pipeline35. Consider the global  impacts of oil pipelines. Nature 2014 (PDF) https://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/1.15434!/menu/main/topColumns/topLeftColumn/pdf/510465a.pdf?origin=ppub36. Various open source or purchase articles related transport of non-conventional crude oil 2018 and effects on marine life: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147651318307401https://setac.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/etc.4065https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045653517317411http://www.ioscproceedings.org/doi/abs/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.000208?code=ampi-sitehttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X14002689http://www.ioscproceedings.org/doi/abs/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.130437.High mortality of blue, humpback and fin whales from modeling of vessel collisions on the U.S. West Coast suggests population impacts and insufficient protection http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.018305238. A PIPELINE CONTROVERSY EXPLAINED: IS WASHINGTON NOW IN THE TAR SANDS CROSSHAIRS? https://www.sightline.org/2018/06/07/a-pipeline-controversy-explained-is-washington-now-in-the-tar-sands-crosshairs/39. Canada acquires key pipeline link to Washington refineries https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/canada-acquires-key-pipeline-link-to-washington-refineries/

Tyna McNair
741 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ontario's Ministry of Education, Government of Canada, Doug Ford, Lisa Thompson, Government of Ontario

Reinstate project to update Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content!

Ontario's Ministry of Education has cancelled a project to update provincial curriculum documents with Indigenous content. One of the sessions involved was revising curriculum in response to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). We ask Lisa Thompson, the Ontario Education Minister, to reinstate updating the  Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content. Our previous government committed in 2016 to update course content at the elementary and secondary levels — including social studies, history, geography and civics — to teach all students about the legacy of residential schools. "The residential school system operated from the 1880s into the closing decades of the 20th century. The system forcibly separated children from their families for extended periods of time and forbade them to acknowledge their Aboriginal heritage and culture or to speak their own languages. Children were severely punished if these, among other, strict rules were broken. Former students of residential schools have spoken of horrendous abuse at the hands of residential school staff: physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological.  Residential schools systematically undermined Aboriginal culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations, severing the ties through which Aboriginal culture is taught and sustained, and contributing to a general loss of language and culture. Because they were removed from their families, many students grew up without experiencing a nurturing family life and without the knowledge and skills to raise their own families. The devastating effects of the residential schools are far-reaching and continue to have significant impact on Aboriginal communities. Because the government’s and the churches’ intent was to eradicate all aspects of Aboriginal culture in these young people and interrupt its transmission from one generation to the next, the residential school system is commonly considered a form of cultural genocide."  SOURCE: https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/  "Although the new government of Premier Doug Ford says it did not order the cancellation, a statement from Education Minister Lisa Thompson suggests the move was made by the bureaucracy to cut costs.  The statement confirms the ministry cancelled three curriculum writing sessions, including those on: TRC curriculum revisions, American Sign Language, and Indigenous languages in kindergarten. NDP attacks 'damaging' move:The move is "a damaging step backwards on the road to reconciliation," said a representative from the Ontario NDP, now the Official Opposition party.  "The curriculum in Ontario's public schools is outdated, and we simply have to do better for our children," said Peggy Sattler, the MPP for London West who was re-elected in the June election. "Teachers, educators and families have been clear that they support bringing Indigenous education into the classroom, and are right to be alarmed if this is the approach the Ford government plans to take. "  "I'm extremely disappointed," said Shy-Anne Bartlett, an Ojibway language expert who had travelled from Nipigon to Toronto for the curriculum writing project. "I was super excited to be part of this team because it is such a pivotal point in our history, to be able to move forward," Bartlett said in an interview with CBC News. "It was my chance to be part of something that is historically relevant, not just for Ontario, but for Canada and also for our children."  Join us in asking Lisa Thompson, the Ontario Education Minister, to reinstate project to update Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content. Thank you for signing and sharing the petition.  SOURCE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-education-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-trc-1.4739297 

Alyssa Logie
57,781 supporters