Petition to Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Let Hassan Fly to Canada
This petition is to ask Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, to allow Hassan Al Kontar to come to Canada.Hassan is a Syrian refugee who has been stuck in the arrivals terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia since March 7, 2018.Hassan cannot leave the terminal because he is not permitted to enter Malaysia and he cannot fly out of the airport because - as a Syrian refugee - he cannot get a visa to enter any another country.A group of Canadian volunteers became aware of Hassan's terrible situation and raised over $17,000 to sponsor Hassan to come to Canada as a refugee. A sponsorship application has been submitted to the Canadian government, but it takes 26 months to process a sponsorship application from Malaysia.Hassan has already spent nearly 3 months in the Kuala Lumpur Airport. His mental and physical health is deteriorating. With this petition, we request that Ahmed Hussen, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, asks his department to look into this situation and expedite the processing of Hassan's application to come to Canada.You can follow Hassan on Twitter @kontar81 and share his daily struggle to live in an empty airport terminal.Here is just one of the many media stories about his situation: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/30/caught-in-red-tape-syrian-man-has-spent-56-days-in-kuala-lumpurs-airport.html
Petition to The People and President of the Republic of India
Stop the Attack Against Swamiji
With a heavy heart, I'm creating this petition to ask the people of India and the Honourable President Srhi Ram Nath Kovind to put an end to the persecution, trial by media and torture of His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda and the international community of Hindus who lovingly call him our Swamiji. If you visit Nithyananda Peetam Bengaluru Adheenam and ask anyone here why they follow Swamiji, you'll hear stories of divine healing, celestial visions, and yogic powers; things we would have relegated to the domain of science fiction before Swamiji made them into our reality. While this sounds (and is) beautiful, along with our divine bliss, we are also subjected to tremendous pain and suffering underscored by constant ridicule and torment by the paid media and misinformed public. Our suffering began in 2010, when Sun TV, (a Fox affiliate paid media station in Tamil Nadu known for gossip shows and political mud slinging,) aired a morphed video allegedly depicting our Swamiji in a compromising position with a female devotee. From the moment the scandalous morphed video aired, both Swamiji and the female devotee, a popular south Indian leading film actress, denied ever being in such a position. In fact, when the actress, Ranjitha, confronted Sun TV demanding the right to share her side of the story, they flat out told her that they knew the video was morphed even when they published it, and later, on trial, Hansraj Saxena, then COO of Sun TV, admitted the video was fake. He has since gone to prison for extortion, and Sun TV was forced to air an apology. Even still, most South Indians believe the video was real since it was blasted on every channel 24/7 for days, and the retraction was a mere compulsory blurb. The publication of that fake video caused a media frenzy: newspapers and television stations across South India attacked Swamiji and all of His disciples in a mad rush of sensationalism, all but destroying Swamiji's public image, and ours. They have called his adheenam, (a traditional Hindu monastery temple complex,) a prostitution ring, alleging that all of his female monastic disciples are international hookers, so we get sneered at and mocked in the streets, called the vilest names which can't be repeated here. Who morphed the video, and why? It's not a mystery: as early as 2008, three conspirators began plotting against Swamiji, greedy for his land. One, a Seattle man named Vinay Bhardwaj, cherished vengence against Swamiji because he was banned from the Seattle temple after molesting a child. Another, Douglas Mac Kallor, felt demeaned by his wife, who earned the household income, and plotted to extort money from the Dhyanapeetam Charitable Trust. Mac Kallor secretly filmed his wife in bed, then asked her to play the role of a rape victim in the plot he and Bhardwaj had crafted to extort money from Swamiji. When she refused, and threatened to go to the police, he gave her a copy of the blue film and said that if she went to the police, his friend Lenin Karuppan, a pornographer and ex con from South India, the third conspirator, would morph it to appear as if Swamiji, not her husband, was in bed with her and that the footage would be leaked to the anti-Hindu paid press, who are always eager to destroy the reputation of Hindu gurus. (We have documented evidence and witness testimony to prove all this, which you can see for yourself at nithyanandatruth.org) Lenin Karuppan, the pornographer who bragged of skills to morph sex tapes and create misrepresentations through deep fake technology, tried to extort money from Swamiji by filing a false case against him: at the same time he sold the morphed Nithyananda Ranjitha video to Sun TV, he filed a rape case against Swamiji. It's the first case in the world ever to lead to an arrest over an alleged crime with no victim, no evidence and no witness. Swamiji was arrested and illegally imprisoned, held in judicial custody for more than 50 days, when prosecutors finally quietly told the judge they had no rape case. At that point, the conspirators and prosecution went on a hiring spree in search of any ex female devotee of Swamiji willing to claim rape. They took out adds in the paper offering free legal support, travel fees and more to anyone willing to claim Swamiji had raped her; the same offer was given in a blog published in America. Six months later, a woman who had previously denied any knowledge of untoward activity in the ashram, and who had sent a warning email detailing that three men were trying to plot against Swamiji by searching for a false rape victim, stepped forward and claimed he had raped her. Her allegation is impossible: for one thing, she is infected with four strains of highly infectious herpes, which her medical reports state she carried before her alleged encounters with Swamiji, who tested clean. For another, the dates she gave didn't match: the multiple supposed sexal encounters include dates in which she and Swamiji were each on separate continents. Her case was so absurd that she was found guilty in US court of creating a false case and fined nearly half a million US dollars. Court documents can be seen here: http://www.nithyananda.org/news/us-federal-court-issues-nearly-half-million-dollar-judgement-against-false-victim-aarthi-s-rao Despite victory in US court, and FBI analysis of the morphed tape proving it was morphed, (see the case here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFa8-kSUmq8&t=737s ) media continues to support the false accusations against Swamiji, and continues to harass his devotees, as well. This adheenam was called a "prostitution ring" in a multitude of South Indian journals, and because of their lie, Hindu brahmacharinis, avowed chaste nuns like myself, are continuosly hounded on social media and jeered at in the streets. I was verbally assaulted by immigration officers in 2012 while flying out of Bengaluru International; they asked me where my Guru had touched me, and when I stated He had never touched me indecently, they asked if "that's why he was sending me back." Even worse than our suffering for our own unfounded public humiliations, my fellow followers of Swamiji and I are truly heartbroken at the constant attacks against Swamiji, which include the pushing to trial of a case that was proven false in US courts years ago, due to the dirty dealings of the police-prosecution-media nexus. It's time we listen to those who are calling a spade a spade here. Please finally see this beautifully written account of the attack by Cambridge scholar, Dr. Murali KV, who illustrates how the police-prosecution-media nexus withheld evidence and created a false case supported by public outrage: https://therationalhindu.com/from-kathua-to-kanchi-how-the-secular-police-prosecution-media-nexus-twists-the-arms-of-the-a944f77da211 Leading Hindu author and intellectual Rajiv Malhotraji, who is very close to Swamiji and, has also outlined the attack against Swamiji (and other Hindu leaders) very powerfully here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvcJI5yAd6M and if you haven't seen it, here is his brilliant interview with Swamiji: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNAHZpRl3go&t=804s After seeing all this, I urge you to sign this petition, and share it so that His Holiness Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji and those of us who know him as our beloved Guru can be free to live enlightenment and enjoy the sacred lifestyle of the traditional Hindu Adheenam he founded once again, in peace and joy, not constant fear and defence. Thank you. Namaste.
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STOP SENATE DELAYS: Train judges to rule fairly on sexual assault
“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” “Clearly, a drunk can consent.” “We can say she is a little overweight, but she has a pretty face, huh?” It would be shocking for anyone to say this kind of thing to (or about) a sexual assault survivor. But these are all recent quotes from Canadian judges presiding over assault trials. Why It’s Critical This is about more than basic decency. Statistics Canada found that only 1 in 20 people who’ve been sexually assaulted report going to the police. Fears about being believed or fairly treated stopped many of the rest. That’s partly due to common but misguided ideas about how survivors should act. Every year, top neuroscientists and psychologists understand more about the complicated ways different people respond to traumas like rape. Their research shows how fear and ancient survival instincts can hijack the brain, causing everything from “polite” obedience, disassociation and physical paralysis to fragmentary memories in those attacked. But not all judges know the science about sexual assault—so they risk falling back on mistaken, dangerous stereotypes. This puts survivors through another horrible experience. Which stops people from coming forward. Which helps perpetrators get away with it. A Solution Everyone Can Agree On That’s why in May 2017, former Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose put Bill C-337 before Parliament. It would make training about sexual assault law and myths mandatory for federal judges. The bill passed unanimously through the House of Commons, backed by the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP. It was one of the rare things every single one of our elected representative could agree on. But C-337 has since stalled in the Senate. Held up for more than a year by abstract objections from a few senators, it’s been discussed again and again, without really moving forward. And the longer it takes, the more likely MPs will have to start all over again—assuming that’s even possible. What You Can Do: We’re calling for the Senate to respect the House’s democratic consensus: they should urgently pass this bill. Senators might not be elected, but their role includes “giving voice to underrepresented groups like Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and women.” And this bill is all about protecting Canada’s most vulnerable, changing legislation for future generations. So please help us make sure justices have the facts they need to rule fairly on these life-changing cases. No one should have to take the stand before a judge who wonders if they were “flattered” by an assault. -- Once you’ve signed this petition, you can help it go even further by sharing the call to pass #BillC337 and promote #traumainformed justice on social media! -- Bill C-337 wouldn't exist without the tireless work of Rona Ambrose, Helgi Maki and Linda Redgrave. Deep gratitude to them, and the many others who’ve generously helped with efforts to get it passed.
Petition to PARLIAMENT of CANADA, Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Canadian Judicial Council
Mandatory Sexual Assault Training for All Canadian Judges (Bill C-337)
Bill C-337 (introduced in December 2015 by former MP Ms. Rona Ambrose) would mandate sexual assault training for all Canadian judges. According to recent news reports it has 'languished' in the House of Commons and has not moved past the second reading, with some senators opposing the bill, including Senator Andre Pratte. Upon speaking with a representative to my local MP, Terry Duguid it was stated by email: "This piece of legislation is currently being debated in the Senate, and has reached second reading stage there. It was last discussed on October 3rd, and will hopefully reach third reading and Royal Assent in the near future. If any amendments are proposed, it will return to the House of Commons for more debate. This process can be time-consuming, but is imperative to ensure both houses of parliament have a chance to weigh in on important legislation and agree on what the final text should be." The latest information on the status of Bill C-337 is HERE and it can be easily searched in the information bar at www.sencanada.ca. It's been nearly TWO YEARS since it's introduction. It is a common sense bill. In the meantime victims of sexual violence continue to see little to no justice in the court process, often leaving them feeling further victimized. 1) Please consider signing the petition and; 2) Contact your local Member of Parliament by phone or email
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.
Petition to Ontario Proud
Help Stop Death Threats
URGENT APPEAL. Masuma Khan is a Canadian student featured in a video that has been viewed more than 1.7 million times after it was posted on Ontario Proud. Since it went up she has been subjected to death threats, racial slurs and bigotry. This is not how we do it in Canada. She needs your help. Please ask Ontario Proud to remove the posting. Nobody should be threatened for their beliefs.
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.
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 -- www.facebook.com/itgetsbettercanada Visit It Gets Better Canada’s website -- www.itgetsbetter.org/canada Read Canadian Psychiatric Association’s policy statement on conversion therapy –https://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Position/SOGII%20Policy%20Statement%20-%20LGB%20Conversion%20Therapy%20FINALAPPROVED2015.pdf Read Xtra Daily article on conversion therapy in Canada –https://www.dailyxtra.com/its-time-for-canada-to-ban-anti-gay-conversion-therapy-80479 Read Advocate.com article on Leelah Alcorn’s death –https://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2015/05/01/new-details-emerge-officials-rule-leelah-alcorns-death-suicide