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Petition to L'honorable Phillipe Couillard, L'honorable Stéphanie Vallée

Québécoises et québécois contre la Loi 62 / Quebecers against Bill 62

Les membres de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec viennent de voter en faveur de la Loi 62, qui stipule que les québécoises et québécois auront à donner ou recevoir des services publics à visage découvert.   L’application de cette loi vise de manière disproportionnée les femmes musulmanes et leur liberté de religion, notamment celle de porter le niqab ou la burqa. Plusieurs personnes auront à choisir entre limiter cette liberté d’expression et de religion ou recevoir des services de base, tels que les transports publics et les services de santé. Cette loi aura un énorme impact sur leur capacité à aller à l’école, se trouver un emploi, participer à notre démocratie et assurer leur santé et bien-être.   Cette loi a été fortement critiquée par plusieurs organismes des droits humains, des groupes de femmes musulmanes, Charles Taylor (commissaire de la Commission sur les accommodements raisonnables Bouchard-Taylor), Denis Coderre, maire de Montréal, Québec Solidaire, et Valérie Plante. La loi 62 doit être suspendue. //  The members of Quebec's National Assembly have voted to enact Bill 62. Bill 62 stipulates that Quebecers will have to uncover their faces when giving or receiving a public service. The application of this bill will disproportionately target Muslim women, who sometimes choose to exercise their religious freedom through the wearing of the Niqab. It will also target people who wish to exercise their freedom of expression by covering their face. Many people will have to choose between limiting their personal freedoms and receiving basic services like access to healthcare and public transportation. This could severely impact their ability to go to school, get a job, actively participate in our democracy and guarantee their health and well-being. The bill has been criticized by multiple human rights organizations, Muslim women advocacy groups, Charles Taylor (one of the co-authors of the Commission on Religious Accommodation), the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, Québec Solidaire et Valérie Plante. Bill 62 needs to be suspended immediately. //  En considérant que: Le projet de loi 62 légifère que les Québécoises et Québécois devraient donner et recevoir des services publics à visages découverts; Il est alarmant que l’application de la loi 62 vise spécifiquement et de manière disproportionnée les femmes musulmanes en limitant leur liberté de religion; Il est alarmant que l’application de la loi 62 limite la liberté d’expression des personnes souhaitant se couvrir le visage; Celles et ceux que la loi 62  affectent devront désormais choisir entre leurs libertés individuelles et leurs droits à recevoir des services de base, tels que la santé ou le transport; La loi 62 a été reconnue comme discriminatoire par plusieurs organisations des droits humains et groupes de femmes musulmanes, Nous, en tant que citoyennes et citoyens du Québec, Demandons au gouvernement du Québec de suspendre immédiatement le projet de loi 62; Demandons également que le gouvernement du Québec s’engage à défendre la liberté d’expression et de religion des personnes souhaitant se couvrir le visage; Recommandons que le gouvernement du Québec, s’il souhaite s’intéresser aux enjeux de laïcité et d'accommodements raisonnables, proposent plutôt des mesures qui reconnaissent la nature discriminatoire de la loi 62 et la diversité multiculturelle de notre province. // Whereas Bill 62 legislates that Quebecers would have to uncover their faces when giving or receiving a public service; Noting with deep concern that the application of Bill 62 will disproportionately target Muslim women and will limit their freedom of religion; Further alarmed by the fact that the application of Bill 62 will limit the freedom of expression for those who wish to cover their face; Recognizing that many of those affected by the law may have to decide between limiting their personal freedoms and receiving public services such as access to healthcare and public transportation; Recalling that Bill 62 has been criticized as discriminatory by many human rights organizations and Muslim women advocacy groups, We, the undersigned citizens of Quebec, Call on the Government of Quebec to immediately suspend the enforcement of Bill 62; Further request that the Government of Quebec guarantee the freedoms of religion and expression for those who choose to cover their face; Suggest that the Government of Quebec, if they choose to revisit the issue of secularism and religious accommodation, recommend new measures that recognize the discriminatory nature of Bill 62 and the multicultural nature of the province.

Alex Gold-Apel
5,105 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Canadian Government: Remove all of the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of the Indian Act - Enough is Enough

No More Failed Remedial Legislations to the Status Provisions of The Indian Act Section 15 of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states all Canadians have the right to live free from sexual and racial discrimination, yet Canada refuses to remove the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act.  Despite the long-time efforts of Indigenous women such as Mary Two-Axe Early, Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Yvonne Bernard, and Sandra Lovelace sex discrimination continues. While The Indian Act was amended in 1985 to eliminate the sex discrimination against women who married non-Indian men, Canada took advantage of this remedial process creating the second-generation cut-off rule, and through applying this rule in a detrimental way to the descendants of Indian women as compared to the descendants of Indian men.  In this way Canada manipulated the remedial process. Sharon McIvor furthered the effort, where in 2011 The Indian Act was once again amended.  Despite her 25 year effort Canada again manipulated the remedial process where as such many issues remain.  For example, the grandchildren of Indian women once enfranchised, and born prior to September 4, 1951 continue to be denied. Further, many are unaware of the matter or unknown and unstated paternity (also unreported, unnamed, unacknowledged, unestablished, and unrecognized paternity). Prior to the 1985 amendment to The Indian Act provisions protected mothers and their children whose father’s signature was not ascribed to the birth certificate − meaning the child was the same as their Indian mother, a status Indian.  Through the 1985 remedial process Canada removed these provisions creating yet another new form of sex discrimination.  Today Canada assumes all unknown fathers are non-Indian and this negatively affects the child’s treaty rights such as housing, health care, and education.  This policy remains in situations of sexual violence such as rape, gang rape, incest, prostitution, and sexual slavery.  Lynn Gehl v. Attorney General addresses this sex discrimination and it will be heard in court in May 2014. Please sign this petition in support of the call for Canada to end the manipulative practice of using the remedial process of eliminating the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act as an opportunity to create new forms of sex discrimination in law, policy, and practice. To learn more see:

Lynn Gehl
3,912 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Quinte Health Care

Quinte families want midwives to have full scope of practice

Midwifery care is a safe desirable choice for many families in the Quinte area. The Quinte Midwives practice was established in 2006. After some time our midwives were granted hospital privileges to continue offering prenatal care, birth support and postpartum care in Belleville General Hospital and Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. The midwives scope of practice was immediately limited to spontaneous unmedicated births at Belleville General Hospital despite the fact that the College of Midwives of Ontario sets a much broader scope which includes inductions and augmentations, epidurals and vaginal births after cesarean. Many Quinte families and tax payers are unaware of our local limits and others have been patiently waiting for Quinte Health Care to grant Quinte Midwives their full scope of practice, so that families can continue to receive primary health care support during their birth by the health professionals who they have a previously established relationship with, who know not only their health history but their personal needs on all levels. Quinte families and their supporters signed herein recognize that there are many situations which warrant a transfer of care for the safety of birthing persons and their babies. We request that our midwives be granted their full scope of practice at Belleville General Hospital so that we can receive personal, skilled and safe care by our health care practitioners who are working within their training and skill set. When healthcare professionals practice to their full scope, we make best use of our resources and save tax dollars. When midwives are limited in their scope of practice, attending midwives still get paid for their clients births, but nurses and an obstetrician also get paid for the same birth. Not only are we using staff who may already be overworked and understaffed, but we are wasting dollars that could be better allocated to other areas in the healthcare system. Please sign this petition and tell Quinte Health Care that you support a families right to choose midwifery care and to continue having midwifery care to their full scope of practice as recognized by the College of Midwives of Ontario, for the rights of birthing people and their families and to reduce the cost of birth in our community. See attached articles for more information:

Quinte Birth Advocacy Group
407 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Fredericton City Council and the Public Safety & Environment Committee

Come and Get 'Em Fredericton! / Changeons Ensemble Fredericton!

VERSION EN FRANÇAIS SUIVRA: What's the Recycling Situation in Fredericton? The City of Fredericton currently does not offer curbside recycling collection to residential buildings with more than four units.  Instead, they require residents of these buildings to drop off their recycling at one of three designated recycling depots. Fast Facts: The City of Fredericton says “an effective recycling program can divert 30-40% of a household’s waste from landfills,” but the City’s diversion rate is only 19%.  (Public Safety & Environment Committee Garbage and Recycling Program Review, 2017) Without an effective recycling strategy, the City diverts 522.8 tonnes of recyclable materials from apartment complexes to landfills annually.  (Statistics Canada, 2014 & 2016) Among Canadians with access to curbside recycling collection, over 90% reported recycling regularly.  (Statistics Canada, 1994-2006) Each residence travelling to a recycling depot negates the purpose of recycling.  Transportation accounts for almost half of toxic air pollution, more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions, and almost 20% of toxic water pollution.  (David Suzuki Foundation, 2014) Urge City Council to: Follow through on its 2016 commitment to make multi-unit residential building recycling a priority. Provide a viable timeline for the implementation of a curbside recycling pickup system for multi-unit residential buildings.  Pass a by-law providing such a recycling system. ----------------------------------------- Quelle est la situation de recyclage à Fredericton ? À l'heure actuelle, la Ville de Fredericton n'offre pas de collecte de recyclage pour les immeubles résidentiels à logements multiples. Au lieu de cela, ils demandent que les résidents de ces immeubles emportent leur recyclage à l'un des trois centres de dépôt désignés. La Ville de Fredericton affirme qu'un programme de recyclage efficace peut détourner de 30 à 40% des déchets des sites d'enfouissement, mais le taux de détournement de la ville n'est que de 19%. (Examen du programme de recyclage et d'ordures du Comité de la sécurité publique et de l'environnement, 2017) Sans une stratégie de recyclage efficace, la ville détourne chaque année 522,8 tonnes de matières recyclables des complexes d'appartements vers les sites d'enfouissement. (Statistique Canada, 2014 et 2016) Parmi les Canadiens qui ont accès à la collecte au trottoir, plus de 90% ont indiqué qu'ils recyclaient régulièrement. (Statistique Canada, 1994-2006) Chaque résidence qui se rend à un dépôt de recyclage annule le but du recyclage. Les transports représentent près de la moitié de la pollution atmosphérique toxique, plus d'un tiers des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et près de 20% de la pollution des eaux toxiques. (Fondation David Suzuki, 2014) Urger le conseil municipal à: Respecter son engagement de 2016 à faire du recyclage de bâtiments résidentiels à logements multiples une priorité. Fournir un échéancier viable pour la mise en œuvre d'un système de collecte au trottoir pour les immeubles résidentiels à logements multiples. Adopter une loi prévoyant un tel système de recyclage

St. Thomas 2017 Human Rights Capstone
473 supporters