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Petition to Randy Hillier, Mr. Munter

Change Hospital Policy on Lyme!

Can you please help me influence a hospital to revise their Lyme policy? Our son Nicholas was bite by a tick, had a bulls-eye rash, he has endured all the terrible symptoms of Lyme and co-infections, we live in a very high-risk area, has a positive US Lyme test, and has shown to be responding well to antibiotic and medical treatment. The past 5 months have been the roughest months of our family's lives, where Nick has suffered immensely, has been unable to attend school, and our whole lives have been turned upside down.  But, we as a family and community are getting through it, but with little to NO support from our local children's hospital, and this NEEDS to change! We have tried to go down the "proper channels" with Nick's care, but have received tremendous push back!  Doctors have refused to diagnose, refused to accept the diagnosis we have already (that 3 medical professionals agree with!) We have been denied testing and care during emergent times, been dismissed, and no diagnosis was officially adopted or accepted, and therefore Nicholas never received any follow-up or care by the children's hospital, or its doctors who should be eager to help him and other's like him to get well. To add insult to injury - the Infectious Disease doctor from CHEO went a step further!  They called Children's Services on our family because the ID doctor didn't agree with Nicholas' treatment plan!  There was NO sign of abuse, neglect, or proof of danger being done to our child - in fact it was made perfectly clear in our appointment that Nicholas was IMPROVING!  She still called CAS and our family has had to endure interrogations (all 5 of our kids, we as parents, our home was looked through, and all Nick's doctors now will also be spoken to!)   I pleaded Nicholas' case with the ID specialist, reviewing all his symptoms, history, and risk of exposure, and the progress he is making, BUT all they cared about was that his Canadian Lyme test was NEGATIVE!  I asked the accuracy of the Canadian test, and they said they didn't have the numbers on them.  So no clinical diagnosis was made and all EVIDENCE to point to Lyme and co-infections WAS IGNORED because of the results of a single flawed test and flawed hospital policy. That doctor's advice!? It was to cease all treatments immediately.  I told them if I did that, my son would suffer, and they told me to plan to let his suffer, and that's okay. I asked if it was their child, could they do that? They replied that it would be hard, but yes. Further advice? To refer Nick to a pain clinic (with a super long wait,) and to physio and psych departments. This is a gross over-stepping on CHEO's part to call CAS.  This ID specialist is breaching her oath and the ethics of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to RESPECT a patient's choice to seek out and follow other treatment options.  It is also a gross case of neglect and malpractice that they would not accept Nick's diagnosis (that has already been confirmed 3X with the known fact that he had a tick bit, bulls-eye rash, all the symptoms, a positive US test, and is being RESPONSIVE to Lyme treatment!) This is completely unacceptable, and cannot be allowed!  Nicholas' case for Lyme Disease and co-infections is VERY cut and dry, and so I cannot fathom how more complex cases with even sicker kids will be mistrested by this and other hospitals! This hospital needs to be made aware that they cannot and will not be allowed to abuse their authority and try to thwart a child's treatment plan just because they don't agree with it.  They need to be held accountable of their failure to diagnose, to accept a current diagnosis, and of refusing to aid in treating a sick child!  They need to acknowledge that strictly offering SUPPORTIVE CARE (physio/psych/pain management) is completely unacceptable. These are all very clear HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS and should not be tolerated as when a child is clearly sick, they need doctors and hospitals to 1) diagnose, 2) and treat.  It's that simple.  They need MEDICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT to stop the disease from progressing, they don't just need supportive care! I'm big on seeing the good in everything, and this is rather an opportunity for CHEO and other hospitals to step up and make a change in policy.  They should be using Nick's case to LEARN how to make kids better, and to learn how to handle Late cases of Lyme!  This hospital needs to have their doctors sent to ILADS physician conferences, as they are in desperate need of further education to be able to help children with Lyme in a humane manner - as is their right and as they deserve. So this is what I want...... All that I am asking is that CHEO adopt this into their policy: “Serology should NOT be the primary tool to diagnose disseminated or late Lyme. Diagnosis should be clinical and based on: 1) symptoms, 2) history, and 3) risk of exposure” Instead of this... “In general, serology is done in cases of disseminated or late Lyme disease or if tick was acquired in a non “at risk” area.” If we could make this one change the way that Nicholas’ case was handled would have been completely different. He would have an official hospital diagnosis, and therefore a proper treatment plan and follow-up, and the hospital could have worked as a TEAM with Nick's current doctors and LEARNED about late lyme, and how to successfully treat it together! I'm Nicholas' Mom, Jennifer and I'm starting this petition for my son, and for the ALL the other children who are going undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and untreated by our hospitals and doctors in Ontario, and in Canada.  I've decided to focus on 1 small change to try to make a big difference, and that's to go to CHEO with a request for them to revise their Lyme Policy. Please support our family and all families facing this tragic and unbelievable circumstance, where doctors and hospitals seem to be against you, and families are forced to pay out of pocket and some to go out of country for care to get their loved ones well.  This needs to change, and here's a start!    Let's make it happen! #LymeMomsUnite #changecanadalyme   <3 <3 <3 (insert green hearts for Lyme here!)    

Jennifer Wheeler
459 supporters
Update posted 1 day 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
4,117 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Robert Cotter, Leon Benoit, Tim Alexander, Wayne Howlett, Heather Shears, Debbie Brake-Patten, John Finn, Gudie Hutchings

Save the Aucoin Family Farm, Kippens Newfoundland

Gerard Aucoin, born and raised in Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada is a recognized member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. He is a long time resident of Kippens, NL and has maintained a small farm for personal use for the last twenty (20) years. The land on which he lives and works, has been utilized for agricultural and farming by his family for over 150 years and prior to the establishment of the Town of Kippens.  In 2012,  the Town of Kippens implemented a town plan for future development in which non-conforming properties were permitted to continue their existence. In March 2018, The Town of Kippens issued three (3) “Stop Work and Removal Orders” in which Mr. Aucoin was ordered to remove all livestock (animals), fencing (including longers, signs and advertising), and two sheds from his property by April 20, 2018.  The town subsequently rescinded the orders, however, that was short lived.  In September 2018, a nearby developer filed an appeal against the town at the Western Regional Appeal Board in respect to rescinding the orders. The appeal hearing was postponed until November 2018. While awaiting the appeal hearing, on October 15, 2018,  the Town of Kippens has re-issued "removal orders" against the property and owners of animals, sheds, fencings, and signs. Food sovereignty is a major issue in Canada and particularly for indigenous people. The actions by the Town of Kippens has caused undue hardship, anguish and harm to the Aucoin family. Further, it is a threat to Mr. Aucoin’s existence, survival as a farmer, and to his animals.  Together we can make change, and preserve the Aucoin family farm which has been a long standing integral part of the local community. If you support Gerard in his effort to have the orders rescinded and the harassment cease please make your support known to the Town of Kippens, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Farm Industry Review Board , Member of Parliament and the local MHA by signing this petition.

Shana O'Quinn
18,851 supporters
Update posted 1 day 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
2,197 supporters