Petition to Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Let Hassan Fly to Canada
This petition is to ask Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, to allow Hassan Al Kontar to come to Canada.Hassan is a Syrian refugee who has been stuck in the arrivals terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia since March 7, 2018.Hassan cannot leave the terminal because he is not permitted to enter Malaysia and he cannot fly out of the airport because - as a Syrian refugee - he cannot get a visa to enter any another country.A group of Canadian volunteers became aware of Hassan's terrible situation and raised over $17,000 to sponsor Hassan to come to Canada as a refugee. A sponsorship application has been submitted to the Canadian government, but it takes 26 months to process a sponsorship application from Malaysia.Hassan has already spent nearly 3 months in the Kuala Lumpur Airport. His mental and physical health is deteriorating. With this petition, we request that Ahmed Hussen, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, asks his department to look into this situation and expedite the processing of Hassan's application to come to Canada.You can follow Hassan on Twitter @kontar81 and share his daily struggle to live in an empty airport terminal.Here is just one of the many media stories about his situation: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/30/caught-in-red-tape-syrian-man-has-spent-56-days-in-kuala-lumpurs-airport.html
Petition to Phil Valvasori , Manager, Medical Affairs and Patient Relations
New staff and environment at Psychiatric Emergency Depeartment (PES) at St Joseph's
I recently had an experience at the psychiatric emergency service (PES) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Charlton campus, in Hamilton, Ontario. I want to discuss the horror that is this facility and how it should be fixed. This area is meant to triage vulnerable patients struggling with their thoughts, emotions and behaviours due to a wide variety of mental illnesses. They then triage patients to different inpatient services or facilities in an attempt to help them. The PES environment is supposed to be supportive and therapeutic but is cold, hostile and fear inducing. At PES they fail to treat each patient as an individual and instead treat them as a population: "crazy person #_________". The way they treat their patients is absolutely despicable. Seclusion is when they lock a patient's room's door for poor behaviour. These rooms have bugs, incredibly dirty mattresses, no food and no water (unless you beg for it). Not to mention they put people in seclusion who do not belong there. These people could be in there for hours, getting covered in the filth and grime. All the rooms are similar in their filth. People sleep on matresses on the floor in other rooms and wont be listened to even if they aren't secluded. Staff mock patients for their differences and it is audible from the nurse's station. They make patients feel unheard and more "crazy" - mental health should not be seen as insanity but someone struggling who is seeking salvation. There are other rooms that have holes in the walls, poorly covered up graffiti, broken chairs and filth stemming from the floor to ceiling. When someone wants to go somewhere to talk to somebody about the mental stress they've been experiencing, they should NOT go to PES. At the moment this is the primary option for psychiatric triage to any hospital/unit geared toward mental health, leaving many no choice. I am afraid that if future vulnerable patients who are struggling with their thoughts, behaviours and emotions go to PES, their symptoms (suicidal thoughts, self harm, anger, etc.) will be exacarbated. FOR NEXT STEPS: PES should look into getting new staff and renovating the facility. They should deep clean the rooms, repaint walls, fix holes in the walls and use real hospital beds as opposed to mattresses that are either on the floor or what seems like a cement block. Nurses should ask what the patients need in terms of their condition rather than assuming and making errors in the process. It needs to change immediately. A clean, helpful PES would improve Hamilton's mental health status drastically. PLEASE sign this petition if you have either seen the deplorable conditions of PES at St Joseph's as a patient or family member or you read this and felt compelled to make a difference to a mental health facility that is furthering mental health issues. Thank you.
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STOP SENATE DELAYS: Train judges to rule fairly on sexual assault
“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” “Clearly, a drunk can consent.” “We can say she is a little overweight, but she has a pretty face, huh?” It would be shocking for anyone to say this kind of thing to (or about) a sexual assault survivor. But these are all recent quotes from Canadian judges presiding over assault trials. Why It’s Critical This is about more than basic decency. Statistics Canada found that only 1 in 20 people who’ve been sexually assaulted report going to the police. Fears about being believed or fairly treated stopped many of the rest. That’s partly due to common but misguided ideas about how survivors should act. Every year, top neuroscientists and psychologists understand more about the complicated ways different people respond to traumas like rape. Their research shows how fear and ancient survival instincts can hijack the brain, causing everything from “polite” obedience, disassociation and physical paralysis to fragmentary memories in those attacked. But not all judges know the science about sexual assault—so they risk falling back on mistaken, dangerous stereotypes. This puts survivors through another horrible experience. Which stops people from coming forward. Which helps perpetrators get away with it. A Solution Everyone Can Agree On That’s why in May 2017, former Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose put Bill C-337 before Parliament. It would make training about sexual assault law and myths mandatory for federal judges. The bill passed unanimously through the House of Commons, backed by the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP. It was one of the rare things every single one of our elected representative could agree on. But C-337 has since stalled in the Senate. Held up for more than a year by abstract objections from a few senators, it’s been discussed again and again, without really moving forward. And the longer it takes, the more likely MPs will have to start all over again—assuming that’s even possible. What You Can Do: We’re calling for the Senate to respect the House’s democratic consensus: they should urgently pass this bill. Senators might not be elected, but their role includes “giving voice to underrepresented groups like Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and women.” And this bill is all about protecting Canada’s most vulnerable, changing legislation for future generations. So please help us make sure justices have the facts they need to rule fairly on these life-changing cases. No one should have to take the stand before a judge who wonders if they were “flattered” by an assault. -- Once you’ve signed this petition, you can help it go even further by sharing the call to pass #BillC337 and promote #traumainformed justice on social media! -- Bill C-337 wouldn't exist without the tireless work of Rona Ambrose, Helgi Maki and Linda Redgrave. Deep gratitude to them, and the many others who’ve generously helped with efforts to get it passed.
Petition to PARLIAMENT of CANADA, Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Canadian Judicial Council
Mandatory Sexual Assault Training for All Canadian Judges (Bill C-337)
Bill C-337 (introduced in December 2015 by former MP Ms. Rona Ambrose) would mandate sexual assault training for all Canadian judges. According to recent news reports it has 'languished' in the House of Commons and has not moved past the second reading, with some senators opposing the bill, including Senator Andre Pratte. Upon speaking with a representative to my local MP, Terry Duguid it was stated by email: "This piece of legislation is currently being debated in the Senate, and has reached second reading stage there. It was last discussed on October 3rd, and will hopefully reach third reading and Royal Assent in the near future. If any amendments are proposed, it will return to the House of Commons for more debate. This process can be time-consuming, but is imperative to ensure both houses of parliament have a chance to weigh in on important legislation and agree on what the final text should be." The latest information on the status of Bill C-337 is HERE and it can be easily searched in the information bar at www.sencanada.ca. It's been nearly TWO YEARS since it's introduction. It is a common sense bill. In the meantime victims of sexual violence continue to see little to no justice in the court process, often leaving them feeling further victimized. 1) Please consider signing the petition and; 2) Contact your local Member of Parliament by phone or email
Petition to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty international, Aljazeera Transparency Unit, Bangladesh Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Fair trial and truth, behind the murder of Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi
Freedom of speech, Humanity and Human Rights in BANGLADESH Murder of Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi (also known as the Sagar-Runi murder case) is about the unsolved double murder case of two well-known, married Bangladeshi journalists who were stabbed to death for a yet to be determined motive in their Dhaka apartment on 11 February 2012 in Bangladesh. Golam Mustofa Sarowar was better known as Sagar Sarowar. His family is from old Dhaka. He was as a broadcast news editor for Maasranga Television since December 2011. He had previously worked for Deutsche Welle’s Bangla service for three years as part of the German broadcaster’s South Asia department in Bonn, Germany. Before Deutsche Welle he worked in print as a columnist and a reporter for Ittefaq, Jugantor, and Sangbad. He was known as an energy reporter and his work also appeared in the trade magazine Platts Oilgram News. He was a founder and leader of the Forum for Energy Reporters Bangladesh and an editor-in-chief for the online magazine Energy Bangla. Sarowar was a director on the 9 member board of FERB, which created a network of energy reporters across the subcontinent. In addition, Sarowar was known as a blogger, and he also wrote for the OhMyNewscitizen journalism website for a brief time. Meherun Nahar Runi was a senior television reporter for ATN Bangla, where she had been working at least since 2001. Before that she worked in broadcast media for Channel i and in print media for Sangbad and Jugantor. She also frequently reported on energy issues in Bangladesh. She was also known as a crime reporter. The couple had one son, who was 5 years old at the time of their murder.
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John Summers, Bell Baker, Makes Cries of Woman Go Unanswered - A Lack of Moral Conscience
The case of Horace C. is far from a simple case of domestic abuse. Instead, mystery shrouds a series of key details in this case, leaving more questions asked than answered, as a son races the clock to fight for his mother’s life. According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, physically disabled individuals are to receive equitable treatment from others so that they may live a full life without fear of injury or discrimination from others. And yet, multiple Ottawa judges have refused to properly acknowledge this matter, denying Ms Dezrin Carby-Samuels. the help she so desperately needs - and that, under the law, they are obligated to give her. This case calls into question the entire Canadian justice system, drawing a specific focus to a court’s ability to right a clear wrong and protect the defenceless. And what about immoral activity from legal counsel? That is the crux of this case. When domestic abuse and violence occur, is it not the sworn promise of officers of the court to report, try, and sentence wrongdoers? Sadly, that is not what has happened here. Horace, an imposing male at 6’4”, has been accused of spousal neglect and abuse against his 5’0” wife since 2013. Health records support this argument, detailing a sharp decline in Dezrin’s health when Horace refused to permit her access to their son. To muddy things further, the biggest opposition comes not from Horace himself, but instead his counsel. It begs the question: if Horace is innocent of any wrongdoing and is indeed supportive of his wife, why is his counsel working so hard to hide facts from public record? It just doesn’t compute. This entire issue stems from Horace’s alleged lead counsel, John Summers of Bell Baker Law Firm based in Ottawa, Canada. On the morning of 24 March 2017, Ontario Superior Court Justice Macloed repeatedly questioned Summers to ensure the safety of Ms. Carby-Samuels, specifically instructing Summers to answer whether Ms. Carby-Samuels was “being held prisoner” in her own home. No such confirmation was ever given. And what about when Justice Macloed demanded that Summers personally ensure both Mr. Carby-Samuels’ safety and her wishes for her care? It never happened. Throughout the entire over 500-day investigation, opposing counsel has not been able to provide a single indication to confirm this disadvantaged woman’s well-being. When Ms. Carby-Samuels reached out to her own son, Raymond, for help, Summers attacked. He orchestrated a smear campaign to show Raymond as an unstable individual suffering from “mental illness.” Raymond’s visitation rights were revoked, all access to his mother now terminated. But Summers didn’t stop there; he supplied a disinformation affidavit, falsely claiming Raymond had been barred from the Ottawa ambulance service in the past. Yet on 11 February 2016, Raymond was awarded a Default Judgement by Justice Smith awarded Raymond a Default Judgement. Horace never filed a counter, so, Raymond, accompanied by Ottawa police, proceeded to Horace’s resident to attempt to serve him with his notice. Horace refused to acknowledge the presence of his son, nor the police who had escorted him. All individuals on-scene, with access to the residence denied, failed to confirm the welfare of Mrs. Carby-Samuels. Shortly after, Mr. Summers arrived on the scene, working steadily to prevent continued access and interaction between mother and son. Summers was able to quickly and efficiently overturn Justice Smith’s judgement, then lead Horace in a defence filing. These are no small feats, and with all those hours logged, where is the bill going? Or better yet, whose account is on that check? Summers has a published rate of $325 for each hour; with the amount of research and paperwork involved with this case, it is impossible to think that Horace, a man forced into early retirement by the Canadian government, would be able to finance such mounting legal bills on a meager retirement salary. In fact, Horace is no stranger to the court system, as he attempted to sue the government over lost wages but quickly ran out of funds to pay even the low rates of the novice lawyer gifted to him. Summers is an accomplished attorney who is, quite frankly, well out of Horace’s financial capabilities. So how is Horace paying these bills? Enter a mysterious third party who sources speculate is the financial backer in Horace’s case, paying the retiree’s mounting legal bills for well over two years. But who is this elusive financier? He or she has taken extreme measures to conceal their actual identity. Regardless of whoever it may be, it is clear from Summers’ behaviour in court that the financier is controlling the situation, with Horace little more than a convenient pawn. But why would someone foot the bill? What individual would be so invested in protecting Horace’s – and Summers’ - interests? What person, of sound mind and conscience, would willingly lend their financial aid to continue the abuse of a defenseless, ailing woman? Where is common decency and empathy? And should all that fail, what about our established legal system? If Horace is allowed to continue his alleged criminally negligent behaviour, it is an insult to the very principles that keep this country in place. But with one party’s identity concealed, the focus again turns back to Summers. Many of his behaviours throughout the case have prompted speculation, particularly his unwillingness to name his benefactor, and based on his checkered past, it appears he is one that demands extreme caution. In the past, a person familiar with the case reports, Summers was accused of forgery when his executed court documents were proven to be forged by separate handwriting experts. It fails to inspire confidence, especially in a case like this where the stakes are so high. Based on these details, it’s incredibly difficult to have faith in the elusive lawyer who conducts his business from behind a shadowy veil. He offers very little transparency, leaving only confusion and frustration in his wake. But this isn’t some silly dispute. No, a woman’s life hangs in the balance here, and every moment she remains trapped in a harmful environment brings her son just one step closer to losing her forever. We attempted to reach both Mr. Summers (whose out-of-office replied he is on travel) and his secretary, Ms. Georette Cleroux. Neither party responded to multiple inquiries seeking to confirm their involvement and obtain an explanation of the high number of irregularities in this case. To date, neither party has responded. With the courts unwilling to intervene, a desperate and grieving son is on his own to fight this incredible injustice. He has gained the support of many like-minded citizens who recognize the importance of this case and are willing to lend to their financial support not only to support a vulnerable woman, but to also avoid the setting of such a dangerous precedent. Time is of the essence, as Ms. Carby-Samuels is now bedridden and, left without the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, cannot even cry out for the help she so desperately needs. It has been two long years since a mother has seen her son – and worst of all, this is the time she so desperately needs him. Horace may be playing hardball, and he may have financial backing, but he does NOT have the law on his side, and neither does he have the people. Eventually justice will be won, but we need you to contact our court system and let them know that we, as human beings, will NOT stand for willful neglect and abuse. Please join us in taking a stand against this cruel injustice and farce of our basic rights. Our disabled citizens especially need our help, and they need it now, before future generations are subjected to the same emotional and physical torture that Mrs. Carby-Samuels has been forced to endure.
Petition to John Horgan
Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse
Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt. This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students. It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother. UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer. Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process. I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree. Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine. Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests. Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better. I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my minor son, and become a self sufficient member of society. What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible. UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly. Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy. Please support us and pass this petition to others. Thank you very much for your support. To know more about how UNBC has mistreated me, follow this link http://discriminationabuseofnursingstudent.blogspot.ca/
Petition to Premier Rachel Notley
INCLUDE Dr. June Donaldson & her AB condo owners in Bill 9
Are you an Alberta condo owner who has felt: helpless, hopeless, ignored or dismissed in having your condo issues heard and resolved? misled, ill-informed or stonewalled regarding access to your condo complex maintenance, management, financial or legal information? disrespected, demeaned, bullied or isolated by condo boards, condo managers, lawyers, builders, developers and other condo industry service providers? shocked and ill-informed at receiving special assessments, cash calls or special levies? threatened with fines and legal action when inquiring or speaking up on troubling issues? The current Service Alberta Condo Act/Bill 9 will NOT remedy these situations! Service Alberta is working now to finalize the Condo Act/Bill 9 Regulations that includes the licensing and regulation of condo managers and the creation of a condo dispute tribunal. We, as a group of non-conflicted, ordinary, everyday Alberta condo owners, want to be pro-actively and consistently involved in the CREATION of the above Regulations not "consulted" after the fact when little to nothing will be done to add, delete or change what has been written by what appears to condo industry insider special interest groups. Our 15 Point Plan of improvement ideas has expanded over the years and our ideas are realistic, workable, up-to-date and best practices. They need to have a place in today's legislation that once proclaimed will be in place for years, if not decades. Alberta condo owners are the economic engine that sustains the highly profitable condo industry. We own the assets and we pay the bills that produce condo industry profits and contribute to the salaries of condo managers, condo lawyers and the wide variety of other condo service providers. We deserve a meaningful place at the Regulation Development table! Only YOU can help us make Governance and Dispute Resolution Regulations less punishing and more inclusive, fair and balanced to Alberta condo owners AND lessen the imbalance of power that currently exists among condo boards, condo managers, condo lawyers against condo owners. PLEASE sign our petition below. If you signed before - sign again - because our focus has changed. Have your neighbours, family, friends and colleagues sign it too! One doesn't have to own a condo to want good legislation. Learn more at www.albertacondominiums.ca. We just updated the website today - April 25, 2017. Sign up there to receive our newsletters. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. We also started a Go Fund Me page to cover our basic operating costs - please help us out if you can. We're only asking for $10, or more if you can swing it. Learn more at: https://www.gofundme.com/albertacondoactteam PLEASE ... SIGN OUR PETITION NOW, GIVE IF YOU CAN and THANK YOU!