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Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Dr. Eric Hoskins, The Government of Ontario

Improve the Canadian Mental Health System

Canada’s mental health care system is grossly inadequate for those suffering from mental illness with all types of disabilities. I am just one example of many people in need that the system has failed to help due to insufficient resources. Short-term mental health facilities that can provide me with the care I need have waitlists up to two years long. Supportive housing for persons with disabilities can have up to a 7 year wait time. Sign this petition to improve Canada’s mental health care system to support those with disabilities! On Monday, December 4th, 2017, I was released from the psychiatric ward. I have been suffering from mental illness since I was ten years old. I have been suicidal – on and off – for the past little while. Since being in the hospital, I have been put on a new medication that is meant to help with the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. That part is fantastic news. However, I also have Cerebral Palsy – and am now struggling to find a new place to live that can adequately deal with my mental health issues and provide me with personal autonomy. I will be homeless as of Monday, December 18th, 2017. Due to my mental health issues, the current residence I am staying in is becoming concerned for my well being. On December 8th, I was notified that I can no longer stay in residence and I was withdrawn from all my winter courses. Please sign this petition if you believe that everyone deserves adequate treatment for their mental health issues, including adequate housing and treatment programs. The Canadian government should make the necessary changes to ensure help is available to everyone.  Side note: I also have a gofundme open to help me save me from homelessness. You can share it and/or donate here:

Falum Gibson
4,104 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Honourable Jim Reiter, Honourable Greg Ottenbreit

Save lives with opt-out organ donation

My name is Michael R. Gaudet. In 1979 I was diagnosed with kidney failure and was placed on emergency dialysis that saved my life at age 19. Only 7 months later (though it seemed like an eternity), my loving brother Steven stepped up to donate one of his kidneys. His gift of life sustained me for over 34 glorious years! However, in May of 2014, my kidney transplant failed and I was obliged to return to dialysis 3x a week in Saskatoon, with no end in sight as of December 2017. Sadly, I’m not alone in this situation. In 2014, there were 20,690 patients in Canada on dialysis. Every year, thousands of Canadians are added to organ wait lists, yet Canada’s donation rate is just 18 donors per million people. An opt-out system - meaning people would be presumed to be organ donors unless they specifically opted out - would increase this very low number, helping to save lives. In Saskatchewan, there are more than 700 people who must rely on dialysis because of kidney disease, a number which steadily increases each year. Dialysis is an expensive and unwieldy way to buy time for all of these people, who could resume their normal lives with a kidney transplant. The province’s donation rate is even lower than the rest of Canada – less than 1% of people who die in Saskatchewan donate any organ or tissue. Before the last provincial election in Saskatchewan, incumbent Brad Wall eyed presumed or opt-out consent to boost organ donation in the province. Apparently, this was an easy promise to make, because the cost of implementation is negligible. This initiative has not come to fruition. This petition calls on the Saskatchewan Party to follow through with this election promise. An opt-out system of organ donation could save hundreds of lives. If Saskatchewan shows leadership, I hope other provinces will follow. Please sign and share my petition.

Michael R. Gaudet
4,010 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to A voice for Seniors

We need an increase of resources in our N.B Nursing Homes. 3.1 hrs is insufficient!

Version Française à la suite! Our purpose of this petition is to express a major concern about a situation that has reached a critical point in our New Brunswick nursing homes. We are a group of health care workers in a nursing home setting who believe that the service requirements of residents living in nursing homes are not being met due to insufficient allocation of resources. Presently, 3.1 hours of care per 24 hours are being allotted for each resident living in a New Brunswick nursing home.  These hours can not meet their complex care needs - the delivery of care is adversely affected! We are expressing a concern about the essential needs of our residents not being met today, and for future residents. We work directly with our residents and we feel confident that by communicating our concerns, their voices will be heard. Since the progress in medicine has had good effects by increasing the life expectancy way beyond what one could imagine, our citizens are now living longer, but also with a lot more complex health issues such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and loss of autonomy. An increase of resources would have a positive impact on the resident’s quality of life, and would greatly benefit nursing home residents and families in all communities. We therefore request your full support in advocating on behalf of our residents for an increase of resources in New Brunswick nursing homes whenever the opportunity arises.   Your advocating on behalf of residents is greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering our request for support. Sincerely, A voice for Seniors ___________________________________________________________________ Nous  écrivons cette pétition pour exprimer notre inquiétude sur une situation qui a atteint un niveau alarmant dans nos foyers de soins du Nouveau-Brunswick. Étant un groupe de travaillant auprès des personnes âgées vivants dans des foyers de soins, nous réalisons que les soins requis pour les résidents ne sont pas rencontrés, en outre les ressources allouées ne rencontrent plus leurs besoins essentiels. Présentement, 3.1 heures de soins par 24 heures sont allouées pour chaque résident demeurant dans un foyer de soins du Nouveau-Brunswick. Ces heures ne suffisent plus à rencontrer leurs besoins essentiels. Ceci dit, la livraison de soins est grandement affectée. Nous exprimons cette inquiétude pour nos résidents actuels et futurs. Nous travaillons directement auprès d’eux, et nous sommes convaincue, que par ce message livré, leurs voies seront entendues. Le progrès de la médecine a pour effet de prolonger l’espérance de vie bien au-delà de notre imagination. Par ce fait, les personnes vivent plus longtemps, par contre, elles ont également des problèmes de santé complexes comme l’Alzheimer, la Démence, une perte d’autonomie ainsi que bien d’autres. Nous croyons fermement qu’une augmentation de ressources aurait un résultat positif sur la qualité de soins livrés à nos résidents, ainsi que nos communautés. Par la présente, nous vous demandons votre appui pour l’augmentation de ressources disponibles dans nos foyers de soins Néo-Brunswickois.   Nous vous remercions à l'avance pour votre appui. Sincèrement,  Soyez une voix pour nos aînés.        

A Voice for Seniors
717 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sarah Hoffman Government of Alberta Health Minister, Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Health Services, Janie Clink Executive Director of Women's Health, Alberta Health Services Board, Legislative Assembly of Alberta

Reverse the AHS decision to stop non-insured services at the Lois Hole Clinic in Edmonton.

We, the undersigned residents of Alberta, call on Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health Services Board, the Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman, Premier Rachel Notley and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to reverse the decision made to no longer offer non-insured fertility services (such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and programs for donor eggs and sperm) at the Women's Endocrine Clinic at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women in Edmonton, Alberta. Many patients at this clinic are in the middle of treatment plans, they have gone through extensive testing and worked on specific plans with their doctors. This change for many will mean starting over and delaying treatments.  This change is forcing Albertans into using private clinics that are unregulated and for-profit. We can't all afford the increased costs of privatization. We, as Albertan's, shouldn't be forced to take on additional costs while dealing with infertility and trying to have a family.  Ms. Hoffman it is your government that has stated: "The size of your paycheque should never determine the quality of health care your family receives.  But creeping privatization, planned spending cuts, and a new court challenge by powerful interests threaten to end universal public health care as we know it.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Stand with New Democrats to defend our cherished healthcare system and improve it for future generations." Why are you now forcing people into the exact system you said you would defend us from? If reproductive mental health is a priority, as stated in many press statements by AHS, why isn't the mental health of the 3500 active patients at this clinic being considered? Why aren't you listening to your patients and to all Albertan's concerned with this decision? We want to see this decision reversed and all services continued. We want to see AHS support the staff in this clinic and allow them to continue to provide excellent services to all of their patients that struggle with infertility. 

Angela P.
25,585 supporters