16 petitions

Update posted 5 days 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
46 supporters
Update posted 5 days 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
360 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Honourable John Horgan, Honourable Carole James, Honourable Adrian Dix, Honourable Selina Robinson

Replace the Acute Care (North) Tower at Richmond Hospital.

One of the hallmarks of a government with integrity is its willingness to fulfill campaign promises. Campaign promise fulfillment shows constituents that their politicians are truthful and in touch with what is reasonable and actionable. This last election cycle – like all – was filled with campaign promises. One promise struck a chord with many voters – the commitment to building a new, acute care tower at Richmond Hospital. Our elected officials promised that this would be included in British Columbia’s 2018 provincial budget. There is no debate – our community is in dire need of a new hospital. The old acute care tower is 50 years old and not built to standard code. We have known this for over a decade. Per the 2005 seismic report of the hospital, the north acute care tower would likely collapse, or partially collapse with “moderate shaking.” This fact was reiterated to Vancouver Coastal Health in a 2011 report. Yet, nothing - under the former BC Liberal government - had been done to remedy this issue, placing dozens of patients at risk and compromising the quality of care patients receive. Meanwhile, there is $27 million sitting in trust with the Richmond Hospital Foundation and half of those donations are dependent on a 2020 construction start date. If shovels are not in the ground by this deadline, the money may be rescinded. The Richmond Hospital was built to accommodate a population of 50,000; today, it serves roughly 218,000. The population is expected reach 280,000 by 2040. Sadly, the hospital has not kept up with the population increases. Few additions and renovations have taken place over the past five decades, resulting in a hospital that is severely over-capacity. The esteemed hospital staff are doing their best to serve patients, but it is evident that they are showing signs of fatigue and burnout due to overcrowding. Again, this compromises the quality of care patients receive, not to mention diminishing the quality of life of hospital workers. Is it no wonder that Richmond Hospital Emergency Department continues to have some of the longest wait times in the region? After 16 years of ineffectual leadership by the BC Liberal government, we need our new BC NDP government to make good on their commitment to build a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital and ensure that the costs are included in the 2018 provincial budget. We deserve to have our basic health care needs met and campaign promises fulfilled. ~ Jack Trovato THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, citizens of the City of Richmond, are concerned about the seismically unsafe acute care tower at Richmond Hospital. Furthermore, this unsound facility does not meet the emerging needs of our growing community. We petition the Provincial Government of British Columbia to make good on their commitment to: Build a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital, and; Ensure that the costs are included in the 2018 provincial budget.

Richmond Citizens' Association (RCA)
1,520 supporters