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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Doug Ford, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Save Ontario's Current Sex Ed Curriculum!

* There is a walkout scheduled for Friday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m to fight this!! The Ontario Conservative party is planning to repeal our progressive sexual education curriculum in September of this year. This cannot be allowed to happen.  The current curriculum, introduced after a lengthy and long-overdue consultation process with thousands of parents and educators, covered essential topics like same-sex marriage, gender identity, online safety, and consent. It was widely hailed as a huge step forward for gay rights, sexual health, and education as a whole. Under this new curriculum, info has been provided that can reduce teen pregnancy rates, tolerance has increased, and our children are more prepared for a healthy and educated future than ever before.  Under the Conservatives' new plan, this could all change. All of the topics I mentioned before will be either seriously revised or removed altogether. This will be catastrophic for the future of our province.  In more ways than one, I grew up with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Both my parents are teachers, and I grew up hearing stories about his classroom. The saddest of these stories were the ones he'd tell about girls at his school showing up pregnant to their grade six graduations. This happened multiple times before the curriculum change of 2015. The fact is, our children need sex-ed and there's nobody better to provide it than trained, educated professionals working with a curriculum created and intensely examined by experts.  Don't let the conservative party take away the education that our province so badly needs. Please sign and share this petition. 

Rayne Fisher-Quann
48,201 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Centrepointe Theatre, Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

Cancel Jordan Peterson's Event at the Ottawa Centrepointe Theatre

On July 23rd, 2018, University of Toronto psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, is scheduled to give a talk at the Ottawa Centrepointe Theatre as part of his 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos book tour. As women, people of colour, members of the Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities, and residents of Ottawa, we feel strongly that Peterson’s talk will promote violence and endorse sentiments of misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, and intolerance within our community. In light of the Toronto van attack that left ten dead and many more injured, Peterson has responded not by condemning the actions of the perpetrator, Alek Minassian, but rather Peterson chose to align himself with the Incel (“involuntary celibate”) movement that Minassian belonged to and that heralds mass murderer Elliot Rodger as its hero. The Incel movement is categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “part of an online male supremacist ecosystem”. The SPLC explains that these hate groups “consistently denigrate and dehumanize women, often including advocating physical and sexual violence against them. (Janik, 2018)” Members of the Incel movement have frequently championed the concept of “sexual redistribution”, also called “enforced monogamy”. (Bowles, 2018) “‘He was angry at God because women were rejecting him,’ Mr. Peterson says of the Toronto killer. ‘The cure for that is enforced monogamy. That’s actually why monogamy emerges.’” (Bowles, 2018) The quotation above from The New York Times includes a direct quote in which Peterson, asserts that the solution to male supremacist terrorism is forcing women into sexual relationships with men to prevent them from killing. Not only does this statement shift the blame from the killer onto the women who rejected him, it validates the terrorist’s actions by suggesting we respond by meeting their demands. From this statement, it is clear that Peterson’s sympathies are not with the victims or their families, but with the terrorist who feels entitled to women’s bodies. Peterson’s book also includes a preface by graphic artist, Ethan Van Sciver. Van Sciver has worked with Marvel and DC Comics in the past and provided the illustrations for 12 Rules for Life. Van Sciver has published a sketchbook, entitled My Struggle (Van Sciver, 2007), the English translation of Adolph Hitler’s manifesto title, Mein Kampf. Unfortunately, this is not the only time Van Sciver has associated himself with far-right extremism, having also hosted a vehement white supremacist on his online podcast. Peterson’s willingness to collaborate with individuals like Van Sciver demonstrates that he has little problem aligning himself with racism and white supremacy. Peterson’s rhetoric further contributes to the disproportionate violence against marginalized and minority groups. By dehumanizing and scapegoating us, he endangers each and every one of us. Every person deserves to feel safe in their community and the Centrepointe Theatre is very much a part of ours. It is for this reason that we call upon the Theatre to cancel this event. Giving a platform for intolerance at the Theatre invites and endorses Peterson’s message of hatred. Endorsements: Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), Defend Choice: Ottawa, Hollaback Ottawa, Julie S. Lalonde, Black Sheep Supper Club, Carleton Food Collective.  Resources Janik, Rachel. “‘I Laugh at the Death of Normies’: How Incels Are Celebrating the Toronto Mass Killing.” Southern Poverty Law Center, 24 Apr. 2018,  Bowles, Nellie. “Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 18 May 2018,  Van Sciver, Ethan. My Struggle Sketchbook. Vol. 1, Self Published, 2007.

Ali Bellamy
476 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Springdale Town Council

Help the Gender Sexuality Alliance paint a rainbow crosswalk in Springdale, NL

The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a high school organization from my alma mater, Indian River High School in Springdale, Newfoundland. The group works to promote equality for sexual and gender minority students and it wants to create a safe, caring, and inclusive space for all members of the student body. The GSA recently made a request to Springdale Town Council to paint a rainbow crosswalk next to the high school. The request was denied by a 4-3 vote. I grew up in Springdale and I know there are many residents, past and present, who do not agree with this decision. Denying a rainbow crosswalk is sending a message that Springdale is not an inclusive community. We need to send a message back to Springdale Town Council that there are in fact many supporters of LGBTQ equality across Canada and that we stand in solidarity with the students of the Gender Sexuality Alliance. The GSA students made a presentation to Council on Monday night, April 23, 2018, to persuade Council to reverse their previous decision and approve the rainbow crosswalk. The town Council decided that evening to take no action and have given no indication when or if they plan to vote again on the issue. Please sign and continue to share this petition widely to help illustrate the importance of this symbol of inclusivity to Springdale's Council. This will help to remind the Council many people are still concerned and paying attention to this issue. We should be actively extending the hand of inclusiveness to all members of our community. This is a walk we all need to cross together!

Adrian Brett
4,162 supporters