18 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Minister Eric Hoskins

Minister Hoskins: Introduce legislation so alcohol use disorder patients get help

Alcohol use disorder is a disability and a disease we don't talk about. Current legislation in Ontario offers no mechanisms for families of these people to help or to save the people they love. And so persons with alcohol use disorder and their families suffer in silence, in darkness, in isolation. Ashamed. According to government standards, you cannot commit them to treatment because they are not a danger to themselves. And yet, they drink until the lives of their babies are impacted forever. Until their own lives are irreparably harmed. Until they die from their addiction. These are dangers. Happening in slow motion. Legislation will give babies a chance. It will give concerned family members, friends or spouses an opportunity to intervene and lessen the likelihood of FASD. How many kids do you need to see, to know someone should have helped sooner! Legislation could also decrease the advance of liver disease to the need for liver transplant. Many reasons more...  We want legislation like Florida's Marchman Act, which allows family members or friends to go to a judge and get people assessed when they have lost control of their alcohol consumption.  Little known facts about alcohol: - Less than 1/4 of people who have an alcohol use disorder seek treatment. - 12% of children in Ontario live in alcoholic families. - 15% of people who try alcohol become addicted. - Per capita consumption of alcohol increased more than 13% in the past decade in Canada. - A 2011 study by the World Health Organization of the burden of disease indicates that alcohol ranks second out of 26 risk factors for death, disease and disability, behind tobacco and above other health risks such as over-weight and obesity, physical inactivity, illicit drug use, unhealthy diet and others. We work to address most of these issues but we use alcohol to generate revenue. Enough is enough. We have an alcohol problem. It's time to take a stand and tell the government, we demand that you help us save those who we love. Before it is too late. 

Debra Selkirk
364 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Barbara Hall

Intervene for equal health care for persons with addictions

People suffering from addiction should not have to prove to doctors they have conquered their disability before they are allowed access to treatment. Last fall, the Ontario Human Rights Commission made a commitment to support and intervene in applications before the Tribunal to actively challenge cases where doctors allegedly denied service delivery to people based on mental health or addiction disabilities. Now is the time to ask Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall to keep her promise. Next week she will decide whether to intervene in my husband’s application. My husband paid the highest price of discrimination in the Ontario health care system. UHN doctors made him wait 6 months to get on the liver transplant wait list until he could prove he could stop being a person with an alcohol addiction disability. At transplant centres non alcoholic patients are assessed individually for transplant based on urgency and medical condition. Alcoholic patients are judged as a group. They told us they would not “waste the organ because he would just start drinking again.” When I said I would be a living donor, they said “they would not even waste the money on the surgery.”  Their message was clear. “You are better off dead than alive and drinking.” My husband did not make it. I watched as they let him die. And I am saying, “What the doctors did was horribly wrong.” I need your support. The Ontario government is paying three lawyers to fight this case; Minister of Health Deb Matthews has chosen to ignore her responsibilities for this issue. Instead she is sending the message to doctors it is OK to violate the human rights of those with disabilities. Please tell Commissioner Hall to do what she said she was going to do: stand up for those with disabilities and intervene in matters where those with addictions are denied treatment. My husband is gone. But, I am here to fight to have those guidelines struck. These guidelines remain in place at every transplant centre in Ontario. The public interest remedy in this matter is huge. People with disabilities should not have to pass a test before they are allowed access to medical treatment. Doctors should not be allowed to set their own treatment criteria if these breach human rights laws. Please  join me. Ask Commissioner Hall to  stand up for the rights of those with mental health and addiction challenges. Ask her to send a message to Ontario doctors that our Charter states everyone has a right to life. And that doctors cannot set guidelines that send those with disabilities to the back of the line.  

Debra Selkirk
325 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister Adrian Dix, Minister Sarah Hoffman, Minister Jim Reiter, Minister Kelvin Goertzen, Minister Helena Jaczek, Minister Gaétan Barrette, Minister Randy Delorey, Minister Benoît Bourque - Minister of Health, Minister Robert Mitchell, Minister John Haggie, Minister Pauline Frost, Minister Pat Angnakak, Minister Glen Abernethy

End Deadly 6-Month Wait for Transplant in All Canadian Provinces and Territories

As this petition gains more signatures, we are asking supporters to donate $1, $2, $5...anything you can to the Selkirk Liver Society. We saw movement in Alberta last week. BC, Quebec and Nova Scotia are next! Please help us get there! When my husband Mark desperately needed a liver transplant, our health system failed him. Right now, a discriminatory policy means a 6-month wait is imposed on Canadian patients with liver failure caused by alcohol use disorder. Many patients that need a liver transplant do not have this kind of time. Just 17 days after being told he urgently needed a transplant, Mark passed away from liver failure. I had offered to give my husband part of my own liver, but we were refused the surgery because of the 6-month sobriety rule. Sadly, my story is not uncommon; almost 5 Canadians die every day from alcohol-associated liver disease, most never even assessed for liver transplant. The 6-month wait rule is not supported by medical research; in fact, evidence suggests alcoholic liver-disease patients fare as well as others - even without the arbitrary half-year of sobriety. After Mark’s death - and without legal assistance - I lodged a constitutional challenge in Ontario. As a result, Ontario will soon halt the 6-month wait rule to implement a 3-year pilot program that assesses all patients, without an alcohol-free period. The trial will begin in August. While this is a huge and exciting step forwards, it’s not enough. The rest of Canada’s liver transplant centres will continue to apply the 6-month wait, letting their own patients with alcohol use disorder die, ending lives that could be saved. All patients deserve universal health care, and we need all provinces to participate in the pilot program. Sign this petition to demand FEDERAL and PROVINCIAL action to stop this horrendous and deadly policy. We must expand the pilot program Canada-wide. We will not stop until every Canadian is listed for liver transplant under the same waitlist criteria.  If you can chip in $1, $2, $5, all donations will support our continuous fight for equality and ongoing support for families!  Learn more about recent cases, and what the facts really are: Read about Eric Whitbread, who is fighting for his life in Saskatoon 26-year-old Delilah Saunders was denied a spot on the transplant list last year University of Pittsburgh meta data analysis showing just 2.5% of patients/year return to heavy drinking

Debra Selkirk
8,299 supporters