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Petition to Justin Trudeau

Commit to National Action Plan on Violence Against Women in the Wake of the Toronto Attack

French | English On Monday, April 23, while our Communications Coordinator was with fellow women's rights activists somewhat jokingly toasting to "smashing the patriarchy!" people in Toronto were dying at the hands of a man who allegedly killed them because he hated women for rejecting him. If he was Muslim or a refugee, there would be countless racist comments on social media and traditional media describing the attack as terrorism, calling for an end to immigration, demanding deportation, etc. In fact, there were those comments even though the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim. But when it's misogyny, when this is the second largest terrorist attack on Canadian soil after the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, "The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security, based on the information available at this time." Reports are coming in that the perpetrator was motivated by misogyny and the idea of being “involuntarily celibate.” This is not a new phenomenon. We have consistently seen that the perpetrators of mass killings - from The Pulse shooting to Polytech to the Quebec mosque to Las Vegas to Toronto - are usually men, often with warped views on women and feminism or with a history of domestic violence. We need to have hard conversations about toxic masculinity, about the idea that women do not owe men dates or affection or sex. That this is not about mental illness, but about a culture of hate that sees women and girls as disposable, sexual objects who should be kept in their place. Also on that Monday, Dubravka Šimonović, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (VAW), issued her end of mission statement calling on Canada to adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women. That same week, feminists from Canada and around the world met in Ottawa at the W7 - challenging G7 leaders to tackle big issue through a feminist lens. The statistics in Canada are stark: Half of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On average, every 6 days a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner. In 2018 so far, that statistic is one woman every 2 days. Indigenous women are 6 times more likely to be killed than non-Indigenous women. Along with Women's Shelters Canada, DisAbled Women's Network of Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, YWCA Canada, and many other national and provincial organizations have been calling for an NAP on VAW for the past few years. In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced its Strategy to Address and Prevent Gender Based Violence. While this is a step towards an NAP, it differs in that it only deals with federal institutions. Canada needs an NAP to ensure that women in all areas of the country have access to comparable levels of services and protection. An NAP would ensure a shared understanding of the root causes of VAW as well as coordinated and effective efforts across the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels. This IS a national security issue. Justin Trudeau, Maryam Monsef, and the federal government as a whole, a self-declared feminist government, need to listen to international, national, and provincial voices calling for a comprehensive NAP on VAW. They need to acknowledge that violence against women for being women - in their private lives and in their public lives, when walking along Yonge Street - is a national security issue and needs to be addressed through a National Action Plan. Join us in asking for our federal government's support to effectively tackle the root causes of toxic masculinity, misogyny, and violence against women.

Women's Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada
13,819 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Phil Valvasori , Manager, Medical Affairs and Patient Relations

New staff and environment at Psychiatric Emergency Depeartment (PES) at St Joseph's

I recently had an experience at the psychiatric emergency service (PES) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Charlton campus, in Hamilton, Ontario. I want to discuss the horror that is this facility and how it should be fixed. This area is meant to triage vulnerable patients struggling with their thoughts, emotions and behaviours due to a wide variety of mental illnesses. They then triage patients to different inpatient services or facilities in an attempt to help them. The PES environment is supposed to be supportive and therapeutic but is cold, hostile and fear inducing.  At PES they fail to treat each patient as an individual and instead treat them as a population: "crazy person #_________". The way they treat their patients is absolutely despicable. Seclusion is when they lock a patient's room's door for poor behaviour. These rooms have bugs, incredibly dirty mattresses, no food and no water (unless you beg for it). Not to mention they put people in seclusion who do not belong there. These people could be in there for hours, getting covered in the filth and grime. All the rooms are similar in their filth. People sleep on matresses on the floor in other rooms and wont be listened to even if they aren't secluded.  Staff mock patients for their differences and it is audible from the nurse's station. They make patients feel unheard and more "crazy" - mental health should not be seen as insanity but someone struggling who is seeking salvation.  There are other rooms that have holes in the walls, poorly covered up graffiti, broken chairs and filth stemming from the floor to ceiling.  When someone wants to go somewhere to talk to somebody about the mental stress they've been experiencing, they should NOT go to PES. At the moment this is the primary option for psychiatric triage to any hospital/unit geared toward mental health, leaving many no choice.  I am afraid that if future vulnerable patients who are struggling with their thoughts, behaviours and emotions go to PES, their symptoms (suicidal thoughts, self harm, anger, etc.) will be exacarbated. FOR NEXT STEPS: PES should look into getting new staff and renovating the facility. They should deep clean the rooms, repaint walls, fix holes in the walls and use real hospital beds as opposed to mattresses that are either on the floor or what seems like a cement block. Nurses should ask what the patients need in terms of their condition rather than assuming and making errors in the process. It needs to change immediately. A clean, helpful PES would improve Hamilton's mental health status drastically. PLEASE sign this petition if you have either seen the deplorable conditions of PES at St Joseph's as a patient or family member or you read this and felt compelled to make a difference to a mental health facility that is furthering mental health issues. Thank you. 

Mackenzie Mawson
21 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jean-Yves Duclos

End Gay Conversion Therapy in Canada

Matt was 17 and living in a small town in Alberta when his parents confronted him about being gay. His sexuality was shameful and abnormal, they said, and if he didn’t get “treatment”, they would kick him out of the house. Matt’s parents sent him to a camp that specialized in conversion therapy, where he was subject to so-called “treatment” that mixed psychological techniques with peer pressure and good-old-fashioned shaming to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Sadly, Matt’s story is not unique. Right now in Canada, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and two-spirit youth are being coerced and forced to take part in conversion therapy and other unscientific treatments. Rather than helping kids, these "cures" heighten a child’s sense of isolation and rejection, fueling their depression and anger. Police reports across North America have identified conversion therapy as a contributing factor in numerous LGBTQ2 teen suicides. The Canadian Psychiatric Society opposes the use of these treatment programs and Canada’s psychiatrists are united: being gay or bisexual or transgendered or asexual – whatever your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – is not a mental health issue. The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization explain that such practices “lack medical justification and are ethically unacceptable” and “represent a severe threat to the health and human rights” of their subjects. Canada’s LGBTQ2 kids don’t need bogus therapies: they need love, support and acceptance, just like everyone else. So far, only Ontario and Manitoba have taken legal steps to limit this "treatment" programs. It Gets Better Canada is a registered not-for-profit -- and part of the international It Gets Better network -- that works to inspire, support and connect this country's LGBTQ2 youth. We're calling for a national response to help end gay conversion therapy and create a more positive and supportive environment for Canada’s LBGTQ2 youth by protecting their legal rights, mental health and  emotional development. We call on Jean-Yves Duclos – federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development - to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and two-spirit youth by 1) making a clear statement that establishes that the Government of Canada opposes the use of conversion therapy and other related treatments, and 2) developing policies and legislation to prevent any organization or individual from attempting to alter the sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression of any person under the age of majority. Please sign our petition and help put and end to conversion “therapy” in Canada and share it with the hashtags #RightToBeYouCanada. Together, we can lead the way by making our country inclusive and safe for all LBGTQ2 youth! References Follow It Gets Better Canada on Facebook --  Visit It Gets Better Canada’s website --  Read Canadian Psychiatric Association’s policy statement on conversion therapy – Read Xtra Daily article on conversion therapy in Canada –  Read article on Leelah Alcorn’s death –

It Gets Better Canada
41,257 supporters