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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
12,828 supporters
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Petition to Hon. Premier Rachel Notley

Condominium Board Members Are Not Above the Law

After residing in my condominium complex for 21 years, I sold my lovely townhome, not because I wanted to, but after several years of ongoing condo Board issues I did not have the stomach to face yet another AGM. Over the years, some board members had enabled or engaged in conflicts of interests, improper conduct, opted not to comply with condo-related laws, and were non-transparent with the condominium funds. For example, in Alberta section 29 of the Condominium Property Regulation states that a Board must provide owners with a copy of the Annual Reserve Fund Report (prepared by the Board). This legislated requirement came into effect over a decade ago, yet owners of my condominium had never received a copy. In 2016, I had requested a copy of the ARF Report for the fiscal-year ending February 29, 2016. The Board would not comply. I sold my property in 2017. The condo board problems took their toll on my health. The sad reality is that I am not alone in my experience. Many condo / strata owners in Canada feel bullied or intimidated by some boards / strata councils simply for asking for information they have a right to know.Some owners are afraid to speak out, especially if they have a pet that a board / council can arbitrarily demand be removed from the property. Some owners have seen their property values decrease because of low reserve funds and special assessments, and owners realize they have little control over their own investment. They feel frustrated, oppressed, and voiceless. How is it possible that we have a significantly large group of property owners in Canada without rights? Our provincial governments must create first-class legislation that focuses on protecting the largest stakeholder group - the owners, not the condominium boards / strata councils, and certainly not the service providers. Furthermore, legislation must include mandatory condo-related education for condo board members, in addition to hefty fines for Board Directors who choose not to comply with condo-related legislation. Condominium Board / Strata Council members are not above the law. Great leadership is attained by having integrity, being respectful and thoughtful, and not by oppressing others.  Although I wish to deliver the results of this petition to Alberta’s Premier Notley given the Government of Alberta is currently in the process of modernizing their condo legislation, and it is imperative that they produce top-notch legislation with a mandate to protect the majority stakeholders - the condominium owners, I also hope that all Canadians can support this petition to remind all provincial governments that it is unacceptable in Canada for condo / strata owners to be without any rights or to be oppressed by condo boards / strata councils who abuse their power.  We are in this together. Please sign my petition. Thank you.  

Patricia Gordon
55 supporters
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Petition to The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

Revoke Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary Canadian citizenship

For decades Buddhist nationalist mobs led by monks, armed by Myanmar's (Burma's) government, and assisted by Myanmar's (Burma's) military have committed atrocities against the Rohingya minority in that nation. Their only crime is being born a Rohingya. This minority group has been persecuted by nationalists and the military. They have been denied the status and rights granted to all non-Rohingya citizens of Myanmar. They have been driven from their ancestral lands, their homes and villages have been burned, their children (including babies) have been slaughtered, and their women have been victims of mass sexual violence, including being abducted and made sex slaves in rape camps. Many Rohingya have perished while trying to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, which is trying to stem the flow of refugees crossing its border with Myanmar. In recent years all of this has been happening under the defacto leadership of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who has  refused to condemn the atrocities committed by the military and citizens of her nation over the past several years despite appeals to do so by the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and more recently by fellow Nobel laureates. Estimates are that over 500,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh with tens of thousands trapped in a no man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar where they are subjected to violence by Myanmar nationalists and the military. In 2007 the Canadian government bestowed an honorary Canadian citizenship on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi stating that "her long struggle to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Burma has made her the embodiment of these ideals of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law." What is happening under Aung San Suu Kyi's watch in Myanmar right now is about as far as you could get from the "ideals of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law" that were the basis of her receiving her honorary Canadian citizenship. In light of the atrocities being committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority by the Myanmar military and nationalists; and Whereas these atrocities are being committed under the defacto leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi; and Whereas Aung San Suu Kyi has been unwilling to condemn these atrocities (of which she is fully aware); and Whereas Aung San Suu Kyi’s inaction on this matter is inconsistent with Canadian values and the principles of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law -- principles which were used to justify giving Aung San Suu Kyi her honorary Canadian Citizenship;  We the undersigned ask the Canadian government through The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: To revoke the honorary Canadian citizenship given to Aung San Suu Kyi; To unequivocally condemn the atrocities committed by Myanmar's military and state-supported nationalist groups who have committed crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and what amounts to genocide against that nation's Rohingya minority, and work with other international partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice; To take leadership in the UN and on the international stage to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar in conjunction with international partners; To work with international agencies and our allies to create a safe haven for the Rohingya in their homeland under the United Nations protocol of “Responsibility to Protect”; and To  work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and leaders of other nations to address the humanitaria crisis in Bangladesh and make sure that those Rohingya refugees living in refugee camps who choose to settle in other countries are able to do so without difficulty.

Fareed Khan
44,188 supporters
Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Premier of Alberta

Call a judicial inquiry into the High River Forced Entries

WHY A JUDICIAL INQUIRY IS NEEDED FOR HIGH RIVER: On February 12, 2015, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP released their long-awaited report of their investigation of the RCMP's actions during and following the emergency flooding in the Town of High River, Alberta between June 20, 2013 to July 13, 2013.  The Commission's investigation examined the RCMP's forced entries of "more than 754 homes", their unwarranted search of 4,666 homes (most on at least two occasions), damage complaints filed by more than 1,900 home owners, the RCMP's seizure of more than 600 firearms and the seizure and destruction of approximately 7,500 pounds (between 400,000 and 450,000 rounds) of ammunition.  The RCMP Complaint Commission's report starts with such lofty aims and ambitions by quoting British statesman William Pitt from his speech to the House of Commons in 1763: "The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,—but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement."  Sadly, the report documented what we already knew: how the Queen's forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (with the help of  more than 300 Canadian Armed Forces personnel), did cross the thresholds of 4,666 High River homes, by kicking in doors, searching homes and seizing private property without warrant.  The report tries to justify the RCMP's actions in High River, overlooking the Alberta Emergency Management Act's plain requirements for the delegation of authority for unwarranted searches of buildings (which was clearly not followed), omitting or distorting important details, contradicting past public statements and documents; and, holding no one to account for systematic, organized egregious violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Alberta Bill of Rights and offences under Criminal Code and the RCMP Act. This is a story of police, bureaucratic and ministerial misconduct and cover-up that belongs in the third world, not in Canada. The entire story needs to be dragged out into the sunlight and those who were responsible need to be held accountable. We need an independent public inquiry if we are to have any hope of correcting this gross abuse of power. We believe a judicial inquiry will reveal the entire story as well as those responsible; in the same manner as the Braidwood Inquiry revealed the truth about the death of Robert Dziekanski and those who lied to cover it up. (Please read my letter to the Premier below) MARCH 31, 2015 - SO MANY QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED BY HIGH RIVER INVESTIGATION  SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - HIGH RIVER UPDATE                     Governments still hiding many facts and overlooking 4,666 Charter Violations!

Dennis R Young
1,804 supporters