Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ahmed D. Hussen
Compassion and Action for Yemen Crisis Refugees
Although the media hasn’t given the conflict in Yemen its fair share of coverage, the conflict is not any less violent than the war in Iraq or Syria. The UN has declared the state of humanitarian emergency in Yemen. Around 80% of the population is in dire need of assistance: food, medical supply, fuel, and access to safe zones. Other conflicts in regions of interest to super powers have taken the spotlight and attracted world sympathy and foreign aid. Civilians are caught in a war between an armed rebel group influenced by Iran and an ousted government supported militarily by Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International has documented human rights violations by both fighting parties against civilians. Those violations include random bombardment of residential areas, kidnapping, and sieges around highly dense cities. On behalf of Yemeni Canadian citizens in Canada, we ask that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed D. Hussen extend the Group of Five (“G5”) exemptions granted to Iraqi and Syrian refugees to Yemeni refugees. The G5 program allows five (or more) Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a refugee living abroad to come to Canada, as long as the refugee is registered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or foreign state. However, on October 19, 2012 the Government of Canada has temporarily exempted Syrians and Iraqis fleeing the current conflict from the requirement of refugee status with the UNHCR. The stance of our Canadian government towards refugees from Syria and Iraq is a world example of compassion and humanity. Canadians of Yemeni and Middle Eastern roots are seeking your help to grant them the same support and the ability the sponsor their families and loved ones via the G5 program along with the exemptions mentioned above. Stand with us and ask our government to do what is right and address the Yemen Crisis with compassion and humanity. For more information: YemeniCanadian.Club YemenCrisis.com
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Let's Bring Sun Qian Home
Ms. Sun Qian is a Canadian citizen who was arrested on February 19, 2017, in Beijing. She has been detained solely because of her belief in Falun Gong — a peaceful meditation discipline centred on the values of truth, compassion, and tolerance, which has been brutally persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party. Ms. Sun has faced torture and mistreatment in custody, and we are calling for her immediately release her and for the release of all prisoners of conscience in China. On the morning of February 19, a group of plainclothes security agents entered Ms. Sun’s home and took her from her bed in handcuffs. The officers showed no identification. They spent several hours searching her home without a warrant, while Ms. Sun was locked in a secret location. She was then transferred to the infamous cell 414 of the Beijing First Detention Center, where she remains in custody. Over the last five months, she has been locked in solitary confinement, shackled tightly with handcuffs, and pepper sprayed. Prison guards reportedly used an excessive amount of the chemical, and then covered Ms. Sun’s face to prolong the pain. After being pepper sprayed, she was not permitted to change clothes for over ten days, further extending her exposure. She was left in handcuffs for 24 hours a day for nearly two weeks, and has been prohibited from purchasing food, toiletries, or other necessities such as underwear or socks. Ms. Sun is among the hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who have been detained in China for their spiritual beliefs. She has broken no laws, but is being imprisoned and tortured solely for the exercise of her fundamental rights and freedoms. The Chinese government does not respect our values, our principles, or our love for freedom, but they do respond when Western countries take a stand for their own principles and their own citizens, and speak out for them. We are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do everything in his power to secure her safe release, and to call for the end to the persecution of Falun Gong. Our government has an obligation to defend and protect Canadian citizens, and we all have a duty to defend human dignity, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the rule of law, whenever and wherever these values come under assault. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you very much for your support!
Petition to Kathy Milsom, Mayor John Tory, Ana Bailao, Joe Cressi, Alana Abells, Orna Raubfogel, Mike Tanner, Elizabeth Betowski
Save B. Musique Studio from Unfair Eviction...
Let Him Move It, Not Lose It!
Since 2015, Bryant Didier has been fighting to save his studio, which may be the longest running 'Black Owned' Professional Recording studio operating in Toronto. The Toronto Community Housing Corporation have been trying to evict Bryant (a single father, professional musician and music producer. Is the eviction because of reprisal for Bryant refusing to drop a claim at the LTB regarding home repairs? The TCHC know the studio income pays his rent for his TCHC home as well. They are supposed to prevent, not cause evictions, but they don't seem to care Bryant is not in arrears, and he has peacefully operated his studio for 30 years! In 1992, Bryant and the original tenants saved the building from becoming a condominium by convincing the City of Toronto to purchase the building. It was to become a safe, secure artists live/work community. TCHC is now trying to evict the longest standing tenant in the building, the only person of colour in the building, all during Black History Month! Many black (and other) musicians, including TCHC tenants, who are currently working with Bryant are worried about their projects. TCHC say the studio is 'inappropriate', after knowingly taking rent from Bryant for 20 years! Please sign this petition urging the TCHC to rent Bryant the vacant (for 10 years) unit B5. Unit B5 is the perfect location for the studio, and Bryant has been asking to rent it and provide a music program for TCHC tenants for over 7 years! He has offered to have Evolutionary Music Co-Op (a non-profit) rent the space and provide programs (a common use for TCHC non-resident space rentals). TCHC say this offer for the former studio unit is also 'inappropriate'. Why? This is a positive and practical solution. If you care about music and the arts, please sign this petition, and Help Keep The Music Alive!
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 Secretary of Defense Canada, World Leaders
In the event of a Nuclear War ...
In view of the Real Possibility of a Nuclear War, there needs to be a way for people to avoid the radiation sickness which they will suffer as a result. Governments throughout the world need to pass legislation so that cyanide tablets can be stockpiled and made available so that we can choose to end our lives before we suffer too much.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ahmed D. Hussen
#RescueAfghanWomanAndBaby Help Amena & baby to flee Afghanistan & join family in Winnipeg
A family living in Winnipeg, who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan and found refuge in Canada in 2015, are fighting to bring their murdered son's/brother's wife and baby to Canada. They will remain anonymous out of concern for the safety of the young woman and child. The family represents a minority ethnicity and religious group. They fled Afghanistan under the dark of night to escape persecution and to find freedom, such as education forbidden to their daughters. Their son/brother, Dadvar*, was not able to flee and remained behind in Afghanistan. He was living in hiding with his family until he was discovered and executed by unknown individuals in the fall of 2017. It is believed that the Taliban are responsible for his execution due to previous threats. Dadvar was only 30 years old when he was murdered, leaving behind a young wife, Amena*, and a two-year-old son. The lives of Amena and her baby are at grave risk due to the same threat. They are traumatized, in poverty and internally displaced. They have been hiding in different locations, trying to flee to another country in the hopes of seeking refuge in Canada. Dadvar's family is fighting to bring their son's widow and child to Winnipeg, where they can support them financially and emotionally. However, their attempts have been in vain. Every second that passes, the lives of Amena and her son are in jeopardy. As friends and supporters of Dadvar's family in Winnipeg, we call on Justin Trudeau, Ahmed Hussen and the Government of Canada to allow Amena and her baby to come to Canada under humanitarian and compassionate provisions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. PLEASE join us and tell Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada to allow Amena and her son to join their family in Canada. *Pseudonyms have been used to protect the identity of the woman & child. Photo: CNS photo/Ghulamullah Habibi, Reuters
Petition to Cathy McLeod, Justin Trudeau
Transparency of child welfare funding in Canada
Indigenous child welfare agencies (Delegated Aboriginal Agencies or DAAs) in Canada are grossly underfunded which has resulted in issues such as: -DAAs are chronically understaffed and unable to provide services comparable to those received by children and families who are served by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) -Staff retention is made difficult because their funding constraints mean they often cannot afford to pay equal wages or offer training and benefits comparable to what is offered by MCFD -Shortage of services for children and families served by many of these agencies, especially in rural and remote areas – most notably Child and Youth Mental Health services, parenting programs and early childhood development programs. -Has contributed to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in foster care There have been numerous studies and reports that outline the problematic funding formula and its impact. The government is currently in the works to establish new funding procedures, however, there is limited information regarding what these changes will look like, how they will be implemented, or how they will address the issue. We demand that the government be held accountable. We are seeking transparency in the process of funding distribution to all Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAA) due to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. In conjunction with the Representative for Children and Youth, we recognize the need for transparency because of flawed and discriminatory funding practices, inequitable and inconsistent funding to DAAs, lack of trust and communication, and unable to provide comprehensive services that are needed. As well, DAAs have limited capacity to offer culturally-based prevention services staff retention and funding issues. In response to the recent announcement regarding the increased federal budget for Indigenous child welfare services in Canada, we request the federal government to be transparent with communities in regards to funding for DAAs to ensure accountability. We request the government's transparency through posting reports on the progress being made. We request the reports to be posted in quarterly periods at the minimum on the: Truth and Reconciliation WebsiteAssembly of First Nations WebsiteFirst Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada WebsiteDAA’sHuman Rights Tribunal Image Credit: Indigenous Peoples in Canada. (2016). In Amnesty International. Retrieved from http://www.amnesty.ca/category/issue/indigenous-peoples-in-canada?page=1