Petition to The Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Housing Minister, British Columbia Attorney General
End “No Pets” Policies in British Columbia
Amidst an unprecedented affordable housing crisis and historically low vacancy rates across British Columbia, affordable pet-friendly housing is in dramatically short supply and existing units are quickly disappearing. An estimated 75-97% of rentals have 'no pets' policies in place, putting families with pets at an unfair disadvantage to secure housing. Stratas often enact unreasonable pet restrictions, limiting the choice and personal freedoms of homeowners. In 2016, the BC SPCA alone took in 1,774 companion animals due to the lack of pet-friendly housing, a number which has risen steadily each year since they started keeping record in 2012. 'No pets' policies are based on the widespread misperception that pets are likely to cause excessive damages, which has been shown by peer-reviewed studies to be a fallacy. The fact is tenants without pets incur virtually the same amount of damages on average, and any pet-friendly landlord can attest that the benefits of providing pet-friendly housing outweigh the risks. Our proposal follows the legal precedent set in Ontario, which removed the pet restrictions clause from their Residential Tenancies Act in 1990, and has enjoyed a greater abundance of pet-friendly, family-friendly housing for 27 years. Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House introduce and pass a motion urging the government to repeal and replace Sections 18 (1) (2) and (3) of the Residential Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.78, Sections 18 (1) and (2) of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.77, Section 123 (1) of the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, and repeal Section 3(4) of the Schedule of Standard Bylaws in the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, to allow tenants of all of these types of properties to keep pets in their homes.
Petition to Ahmed Hussen
Widlene is like any normal Canadian 12-year-old girl. She loves dancing, soccer and Justin Bieber. Widlene, however, has one thing different from most young Canadian girls: she has never been to Canada. Born to a refugee single mother in Dominican Republic, Widlene spent the first four years of her life living on the edge of a garbage dump. As Haitians, Widlene and her mom were subjected to serious discrimination in Dominican Republic, as was the case for numerous Haitian illegal immigrants. In 2008, Widlene's mom died and her future did not look very bright. In 2009, my wife and I started the process of adopting Widlene. Everything was going well until Haiti was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2010. Although Widlene was living in DR at the time, the earthquake affected her as both of her late parents were Haitian. That disaster and numerous changes in legislation have left Widlene completely stateless. No country will claim her and she no longer has access to any basic human rights. Today, eight years later, Widlene lives with her Canadian family in Dominican Republic but the situation is not good. The Dominican government is aggressively deporting everyone who does not possess the proper documentation to be in the country. In 2016, more than 1200 unaccompanied children were dropped at the Haitian border with no family or means of survival. My name is Vaden Earle and I'm Widlene's adoptive father. It is time we were able to give our daughter the life that we have been promising her for eight years - a life as a Canadian. We're asking the Canadian Government to grant Widlene a Temporary Residence Permit to get her access to Canada. Please sign and share our petition. #bringwidlenehome www.bringwidlenehome.com
Petition to Larry Kupers, Department of Justice
Free Dr. Bamdad
Doctor Bamdad, a 63 years old physician, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, for believing in his patients and prescribing pain medication to them when they claimed to be in extreme pain. He is an honest family man, and a great medical doctor. His place is not in a federal prison, but in the society helping those in need. His case was misunderstood by the authorities, and he was wrongfully convicted. He is now in his mid-60s, and having served almost 10 years in federal prisons, he has developed all kinds of health issues. All this while he missed out on his daughters' high school and college graduations, and is going to miss other important milestones of their lives. We request his freedom so that he can spend the rest his life with his wife and three daughters. Please sign and post a comment if you agree and want to show your support for his Petition to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (Petition # C273905) for a pardon. Help us end the nightmare! For more information about this case, please visit http://freedoctorbamdad.com/
Petition to Honourable Ralph Goodale, Justin Trudeau
Support for ALL families of Line of Duty Death
We start this petition off in memory of all of our fallen First Responders and in support of their families. We are petitioning with regards to the motion 388 Memorial Grant for first responders and the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the families of public safety officers who die in the line of duty AFTER April 1st, 2018. For too many years these surviving families have been excluded, forgotten or even ignored. They have been abandoned by a system that was supposed to support them in the event of the unthinkable. They are left to raise their children, through pain and uncertainty, insecurity and disappointment. The Canadian Government developed a Memorial Grant, based on the tragedies that these families have endured and by recognizing the need to support them, only to then exclude every single family currently living this reality. We are very pleased to hear that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to supporting these families, however, disappointed at the decision to only recognize those families of fallen first responders who die after April 1st, 2018.Although, we recognize that most decisions or changes in government policy have “effective” dates, we can’t help but feel saddened for those families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. As the National organization that supports our families of Emergency Services we recognize the limited support to our families following Line of Duty death and or suicide. In 2014 our organization launched Camp F.A.C.E.S. (family and children of emergency services). This initiative supports our surviving families by brining them together, all expenses paid, so that they can support each other, know they are not alone and know that they are not forgotten. We don’t discriminate by LODD date, by story or by province. Our program is simple…. As a first responder family and have lost a loved one to LODD or suicide, regardless of when, you qualify. This is the approach the Canadian Government needs to take. Our organizations position is to ensure that these families have the support, respect and representation that they deserve. Over the past 4 years we’ve gotten to know many surviving families. We have heard their stories and know their pain. Sadly, each year, our youngest camper has been only two years of age. That equates to a life time of loss, pain and financial burden for these families. They are left to spend tens of thousands in mental health cost that are not covered by health benefits. We need to further find a way that we can provide unlimited mental health support not only for the surviving spouse but their children as well. Albeit, there are many families that would qualify, there needs to be a way to respect those families that have sacrificed their loved one, so that our country and communities are safe. We urge the Canadian Government to rethink the eligibility of this benefit and consider all surviving families amongst those that are recognized and receive the Memorial Grant. Our Canadian Government can’t ignore or exclude these families from a benefit that is designed for them. WE ARE ASKING FOR- Unlimited mental health benefits for the spouses and children of fallen First Responders - Revise the eligibility criteria to be inclusive of all Canadian First Responder Families that have suffered this tragic loss to LODD regardless of date of incident. Please join us in asking our government to do what is right and support the families of fallen First Responders.
Petition to Google Inc., Brian McClendon (Vice President of Google Maps), Alan Eustace (Senior VP of Knowledge), Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google)
Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!
Multiple sclerosis landed me in a wheelchair in 2006. Suddenly a too-narrow door, or one step outside of a restaurant turned the daily activities I had always taken for granted into huge obstacles. When most people plan to go to a restaurant they don't have to worry about whether they'll actually be able to get in the door to meet their friends, or whether they'll be able to get into a bathroom stall. Many of us just choose stay home rather than face these challenges - there's got to be a better way. Google Maps has the ability to help people with disabilities across the world. Currently Google Maps has different options -- you can add traffic info, bike info or weather info to your maps. People with mobility challenges like me need Google Maps to include an accessibility option so that we are able to find out in advance which buildings, transit stations etc. are accessible to us or not! No one wants to discriminate, but accessibility isn't something most people have to think about ever, thankfully. Most of the time I just need to point out why something is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs and people spring into action. I'm hoping that's the case with Google. After all, their motto is: don't be evil. Google already designs their products to be accessible for blind and deaf people, so we know they already care about accessibility. When I first lost the ability to walk, I felt invisible. I had been an industrial millwright mechanic for 30 years and suddenly couldn't do that anymore. But I decided to see my disability as a new challenge. I went back to college to study Community and Justice Services, and I developed a passion for helping others. I started this because I know that not only would an accessibility feature on Google Maps change the daily lives of people with disabilities around the world, but more importantly, it would be saying that people with accessibility challenges matter too. Sign my petition and spread the word! Thanks, Randy McNeil ___ There are two ways this should happen that would be easy for Google! 1) Work with other map aps that are working on mapping accessibility. There are a couple map programs that I know of already. They are excellent, but Google has the ability to reach the whole world. One solution could be for Google to work with aps like Axsmap, Wheelmap or and Planat and integrate their data into google maps. Everyone would benefit. 2) Include an "accessibility" review on Google+ so that when people click on a location on Google maps they are able to look up or contribute to an accessibility review. This could be useful for people with different challenges. For example, the fact that a restaurant has a ramp outside and also a menu in braille could be listed.
Petition to Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Gilad Erdan, Mr. Michel Forst, Mr. S. Michael Lynk, UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Unconditional Release of Palestinian Social Worker Munther Amira
Munther Amira is a Palestinian Social Worker and Human Rights activist. Munther has previously served as the Secretary-General of Palestinian Union of Social Workers & Psychologists (PUSWP). Meet Munther - https://youtu.be/RkSyjIwkQcM Munther was arrested on the 27th December in the Occupied West Bank by Israeli Forces while peacefully protesting to defend the rights of Palestinian children and youth currently detained in Israeli military prisons, such as Ahed Tamimi. Munther's arrest - https://youtu.be/WKnW4Ju8avg Story here - www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ongoing-crackdown-palestinian-human-rights-defenders-1 Munther suffers from high blood pressure and is currently detained in Ofer prison, located in the West Bank, in bad conditions. Munther Amira was sentenced on March 12 to six months in prison and five years’ probation by Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank. Amnesty statement (March 12, 2018): www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/israelopt-palestinian-activist-munther-amira-must-be-released-immediately-and-unconditionally/ Amnesty UK statement (March 12, 2018): www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/israel-jails-palestinian-activist-who-protested-over-ahed-tamimis-arrest Social Workers are human rights defenders, they stand up for peace, human rights and social justice. Munther Amira was standing up for basic social work values and principles. He was conducting his protest in a peaceful and non-violent way and should not have been arrested for his basic democratic right to free speech and to campaign for human rights concerns. Statement by the International Federation of Social Workers - Human Rights Commission - http://ifsw.org/news/release-social-worker-munther-amira-immediately-statement-by-ifsw-human-rights-commission/ IFSW update concerning detention of Munther Amira (15th January 2018) - http://ifsw.org/news/update-concerning-detention-of-munther-amira-15th-january-2018/ Munther Amira in The Guardian (March 7, 2018) - www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2018/mar/09/social-workers-demand-release-palestinian-human-rights-defender-munther-amira We, Social Workers and Human Rights activists from all over the world, demand the unconditional release of our colleague Munther Amira.
Petition to Paul Reifenstein, Lucian Ionescu, Daniela Marin, Bronwyn Blakley
Lease Violation - St. Patricks Day Petition Against The Marq Student Housing
As a current student of Wilfrid Laurier University, I made the decision to lease an apartment at The Marq on Ezra Street as well as many other students. The building chose to implement a new rule specifically for St. Patricks Day. This means that in no way did we, the tenants, know about this rule when we first signed our leases. The following email was sent from The Marq Waterloo last week to all tenants: "To align with the goals of the City and to reduce potential issues related to the fire code and potential overcrowding in the building, there will be a limit of one guest per person, up to 35 guests in each building." Regardless of the assumptions that The Marq may make about potential fire hazards, this contradicts how many people were allowed into the building during previous years and even the 2017 homecoming. This story should be reported because I believe it is not only a violation of our lease agreement because in no way does it specify the number of guests we are allowed to have, but it is a violation of our rights as tenants. This implemented policy violates Section 22 of the Tenancy Act, the Landlord and Tenant Act of Ontario AND they are breaching their own lease by not stating this policy before having students sign it. The Marq is committing an illegal act and they are well aware of their actions as I and many other students have reached out to them. I have spoken to an attorney and he has instructed me to start a petition to take to the property manager of The Marq Building. Our goal as students currently living in Waterloo is to enjoy our time here especially on popular events such as St. Patricks Day. All I ask is that we all come together to support this issue and fight for our rights as tenants. If you currently live in one of The Marq Buildings and support this petition, after signing, please leave a comment of which building you live in. Thank you for reading this petition; let's have a fun St. Patricks Day!
Petition to Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate, Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Call for Diverse Jewish Voices on Ontario Anti-Semitism Committee
We the undersigned Jews from Ontario, Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and allies applaud the establishment of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate (OARD) and its Anti-Semitism Committee. However, we are extremely troubled by the exclusion of the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) and Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) from this committee. We believe that this exclusion rests on an unwillingness on the part of the OARD and their partners in the institutional Jewish community to include voices that are critical of Israel and supportive of Palestinian rights. We take this opportunity to point out that criticism of Israel’s government or policies is not inherently anti-Semitic, but that equating the two has been used to ostracize and silence many voices. We are concerned about the current rise of anti-Semitism and we believe that Jews and allies must stand united, not fractured, as we address all forms of bigotry and racism. All Jews are vulnerable to anti-Semitism, regardless of their political opinions. The Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate will increase its credibility and effectiveness by expanding the Anti-Semitism Committee to include a greater range of Jewish voices, including those who are critical of Israel.We urge the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate to invite the United Jewish People's Order and Independent Jewish Voices to join the committee.For more background, visit these links:NOW article by Rachel Epstein, Executive Director of UJPO: https://nowtoronto.com/news/pro-palestinian-jewish-group-denied-seat-on-ontario-anti-semitism-committee/Submission by IJV to the Anti-Racism Directorate:http://ijvcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IJV-submission-to-Anti-Racism-Directorate.pdf