26 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Organ Donation: Opt-In to Opt-Out!

Nash is a 10 month old cheerful little boy in need of a new heart. He has spent months away from home in the Stollery Children's Hospital. After 3 open heart surgeries, doctors are saying that the only way he can go home is if he gets a new heart. He is listed as the highest priority, but it could still take months and we just hope that it is not too late. Currently to become an organ donor in Canada requires Canadians to opt-in and register for organ donation. Let’s trade this current opt-in system, for a more favourable opt-out system.  “With an opt-in system, people have to actively sign up to a register to donate their organs after death. In opt-out systems, organ donation will occur automatically unless a specific request is made before death for organs not to be taken.”  “—inaction in an opt-in system can lead to individuals who would want to be a donor not donating (a false negative). In contrast, inaction in an opt-out system can potentially lead to an individual that does not want to donate becoming a donor (a false positive).”  Every week 5 Canadians die while waiting for a transplant. Yet, a single donor can save up to 8 lives through their organs, and save or heal more than 100 lives through tissue donation, including the lives of baby boys like Nash.   Sign this petition to show our provincial, and ultimately federal governments, that we, as Canadians, are opting-in to Opt-Out! More information:

Jaimee Waldner
16,400 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Justin Trudeau, Kristine Elliot, Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Hospital Meals that Heal - It's the 'Food that Matters'

Summary: Hospitals are not appropriately accommodating for nutritional preferences. Patients need to receive foods that heal to promote health and wellbeing.Personal story: Change Day Ontario has provided a voice for citizens in Ontario to voice their concerns regarding health and wellness. The Nursing students at York University have proposed “Food that Matters”, a Change Day Initiative to address the nutritional needs of patients in the hospital setting. The issue: In October 2018, a survey was conducted by 'Food that Matters' (@foodthatmattersYU) assessing patient experiences in the hospital setting. Individuals were asked a variety of questions including "Were you satisfied with your food options?" and "Were you assessed for your dietary needs?". Results from the survey revealed that only 43.1% of individuals were satisfied with their nutrition, and only 29% were asked for their nutritional preferences/assessed. This is unacceptable for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Canada. Patients need to be taken care of in the hospital, and everyone needs to be assessed for their nutritional needs. Nutrition plays a key role in healing: Food in the hospital should (1) be better than normal; (2) promote health and healing; and (3) all should be assessed for their individual needs.Take action! There should: Be more jobs for dietary staff and dieticians  Be a larger focus on hospital nutrition and how to bring in local and holistic nutrition  Be more funding set aside for nutrition as hospital dietary staff are not being provided the correct budgets, or recognition they deserve through all their hard work. Be more awareness on the long term benefits of providing healthier food in Canada in hospital settings We: Advocate for adequate, supportive nutrition in the hospital setting that fosters better health and wellbeing to improve health outcomes. We are hoping to raise awareness regarding ‘poor nutrition in the hospital setting’ to better accommodate for health challenges that desperately rely on proper nutrition management (e.g. chronic health challenges). Link to our Facebook Page @foodthatmattersYU Link to our survey 'Food that Matters' Thank you for your time and consideration!  

York University Nursing Students
5,093 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne

OHIP coverage for Sight Saving Procedure: CXL

I am Michelle! I am a career mom with a blended family of 6. I have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful bonus (step) kids that I love to pieces and a loving supportive partner of 10 years. I absolutely love watching all my kids play, interact and enjoy life and the family we have created. I look foward to watching the individuals they grow to be. I have struggled with my vision from the age of 3. I was diagnosed with an eye disease called Amblyopia. I was nearly blind in one eye and went through years of patching, specialist appointments, glasses and exercises. It was tough as a child but with the loving support of my mom I made it through to a point where I was no longer almost legally blind in one eye. I was able to obtain 20/30 vision where I can function with glasses. I grew to love my glasses as they helped me achieve all the milestones in life my peers were achieving and eventually leading me up to the point where my path in life was very clear: Helping the community achieve their best vision and eye fashion and showing patients the positive side of glasses! For the past 8 years I have been passionately working my career as Michelle Boich C.C.O.A. I am a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant who works every day helping the Ottawa community with their eye care needs. I love helping my patients find eyewear that suits their visual needs, helping patients manage eye health conditions and advocating for eye health for all Canadians. I am truly passionate in what I do and I feel that our vision is so important to maintain, protect and manage as eye diseases make such a negative impact on our lives.  I have recently been diagnosed with another eye disease called Keratoconus which is the thinning of the cornea causing BLINDNESS. I now face two options:  OPTION 1: Wait for my corneas to thin to the point there is a hole and I lose my eye sight. OHIP will only cover a corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus. I will then wait on the organ donor transplant list for a matching pair of corneas. Wait time to find a matching organ donor can be up to 3 years. While I am waiting for a match I will go blind. I will lose the ability to work at my job. I will no longer be able to drive or support my family. We would need to move out of our neighbourhood and into goverment assisted living. Our family would no longer be self sufficient but dependent on goverment funds to live. I would miss seeing their faces every day. OPTION 2: Pay a medical bill of $6000+ for the sight SAVING procedure called CXL. Corneal collagen cross-linking is a technique which uses UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen the cornea.  Other Provinces who have already covered CXL with their provincial healthcare programs: YUKON / BRITISH COLUMBIA / ALBERTA / SASKATCHEWAN / QUEBEC / NEW BRUNSWICK I am petitioning to get CXL covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Program for the treatment of the degenerative corneal disease Keratoconus. This is not an elective surgery. I was born with a degenerative eye disease that will cause me to go blind unless I pay for this laser surgery to stabilize my corneal tissue and prevent further thinning and damage. Please sign my petition and help me raise awareness as I plan to take this as far as I can. Thank you for listening to my story and taking the time to support this cause! ** GO FUND ME has been created by my best friend Laura, who is always there to help. Thank you to everyone who has reached out in all ways possible! Please read the article posted below

Michelle Boich
27,037 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Kirsty Duncan, Bill Morneau, Navdeep bains

Ensure Canadians can be among the first to benefit from regenerative medicine research

The cost of treating chronic diseases in Canada is $190B per year and rising.  Regenerative medicine uses stem cell based therapies and technologies to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs or tissues. It holds significant potential for treating chronic disease and reducing this cost burden.  Stem cell research was pioneered by two Canadians in the 1960s and Canada has been a world leader in this space ever since. But we are in danger of falling behind and losing out on the health an economic advantages this research holds.  Since 2001, the Stem Cell Network (SCN) has transformed stem cell research, bringing it closer to the clinic and marketplace. As the only national network of regenerative medicine researchers, SCN has supported 170 world-class research groups across Canada and provided specialized training for 2,500 young investigators who represent the future of science, technology and medicine. However, without stable and predictable funding support the Stem Cell Network will come to an end on March 31, 2019. Other nations that are investing in regenerative medicine will be the first to benefit. Their populations will be first in line for new therapies, rather than Canadians. Their economies will see new job opportunities and technologies emerge.  An investment in stem cell research is an investment in the future. We are at a tipping point and now is the time to act. This is our science. It's Canada's time. 

Stem Cell Network
17,345 supporters