Petition to Class of 2022, Students, Alberta Education, Adriana LaGrange
Optional 2021/2022 Alberta diplomas
Students graduating 2021/2022 are expected to complete diploma exams. These same students have not written nor learnt how to write a final exam due to COVID-19 restrictions over the past two years. The stress and hard work these students have put into classes going in and out of online schooling is unbelievable. With diplomas set to be mandatory for the 2021/2022 school year, comes a result of invalid scores. Not only will the scores be invalid due to lack of in school learning, but also unfair. With the diplomas being optional last year, the students of 2021 final grades were recorded with school-awarded marks only. Not to mention the curriculum over the past two years has been lessened or even skipped, weakening our knowledge. With that being said, the competition from students of 2021 and 2022 will be incredibly unfair. They are known to be unpredictable and cause stress for students. The pandemic is not suddenly over for students. So why suddenly spring on diplomas! This has come as a shock to fellow graduates that we are required to have no choice but write a diploma, when we had no choice but to miss out on almost all of our curriculum, writing final exams, and even learning how to write English and Social Studies exams. We’ve all had no choice but to adapt to learning from home AND in school, back and fourth. No choice to only learn half of the normal curriculum. At least grant us this one choice, of having an optional diploma.
Petition to Jim Watson
OTTAWA YOUTH NEED GYMS OPEN FOR BASKETBALL NOW!
Dear Mayor Watson: I write on behalf of Ottawa youth basketball clubs that provide programming to over 8,000 Ottawa children, including many low-income, marginalised and racialized youth. Like other in-person leisure activities, the COVID-19 pandemic severely limited our ability to provide basketball programming to the families we serve. But with a significant portion of Ottawa’s over aged-12 population now vaccinated, sport organisations that enjoy access to City of Ottawa recreation facilities are getting ready to return to play. It is recognised that with proper safety protocols in place, youth sports can begin to re-open in ways that manage the risk and give children access to sports that enhance mental and physical health and wellness. However, as you may know, owing to policy or past practices, organised youth sports that need gym access, such as basketball and volleyball, do not get allocated prime-time access to the city-owned or controlled gymnasiums. City-owned and subsidised ice rinks, soccer, baseball and football fields, are made available in prime to the respective sports. But without knowing the policy rationale, major gymnasium sports such as basketball and volleyball do not get prime-time access to the few city gym spaces that do exist. With increased public focus on equity, inclusion and anti-Black racism, we note that this lack of city-provided gym spaces is now being called out publicly. We would like to support you in offering solutions. According to a 2020 Nielsen Sports Survey, for Canada Basketball, it is probable that basketball participation in Ottawa now exceeds hockey participation. But organised basketball in Ottawa can only get access to needed gymnasium space via expensive for-profit providers, if they exist, or via the Ministry of Education’s Community Use of Schools program. Community Use of Schools, administered in a range of ways by the 4 Ottawa School Boards, has many governance deficiencies and problems. But when the program is operating (not since March 2020), it does provide a supply of gym space to youth sports that allow them to operate. However, despite the fact that school sports and those taking place in City of Ottawa facilities will soon return to play, we understand that the 4 Public School Boards will not permit external CUS users to access gym space until at least January 2022. This needlessly prolonged delay undermines children’s return to sport, undermining mental health, as well as the viability of fragile not-for-profit basketball clubs. They have lost much of their revenues over the past two years and have had to lay-off or cut-back sharply the hours of the few employees they had operating these nimble organisations. Given the important role of youth basketball, like other sports, to youth mental health and the fact that the City of Ottawa is permitting a return to play in its facilities, we kindly request that you intervene on our behalf in the following ways to help all sports to return to play. 1. Help ensure Ottawa’s basketball association to advance fall 2021 access in Ottawa schools (for all boards) 2. Support Ottawa basketball associations in advancing coordinated access to Ottawa schools for the future – an Ottawa solution. 3. Provide Ottawa basketball clubs with fair access to City-owned and controlled gymnasiums in the same manner that hockey, ringette, soccer, football and baseball are given assured prime-time access to city facilities. Consider making this a policy in the name of equity, fairness and the fact that growing marginalized, racialized populations. The practical actions we proposed can play a big role in restoring youth mental health. But they are also strategic ways to use sports such as basketball to transcend cultures, communities and income levels in ways that protect public health and safety. The Eastern Ontario Basketball Association (EOBA) is engaging to work towards longer term solutions. In the short term, we are at a critical juncture. Simply put, without the use of school gyms, youth basketball cannot operate this year. This short and long term mental health and physical health implications would be tragic to our youth. We support you and welcome your continued leadership on this matter. Sincerely, Derek Firth, President - Ottawa Shooting Stars Basketball Club Geoff Cramption, President - Ottawa South Basketball Association Brad Strong, President - Gloucester Cumberland Wolverines Basketball Association Eric Johanssen - President - Nepean Blue Devils Basketball Association Geoff Wilson - President - Kanata Youth Basketball Association Dan Case - President - West Ottawa Basketball Association
Petition to Premiere of New Brunswick, The Hon. Blaine Higgs, Government of New Brunswick
Say NO to Vaccine Passports / Mandated Passports
The Government of New Brunswick is expected to make a decision shortly on whether or not they will implement vaccine passports. Until now, they have said they would not. The following is a petition for concerned residents of New Brunswick that feel implementing a vaccine passport would not be a good choice for New Brunswick. The petition also reflects the will of many New Brunswick businesses - https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/three-quarters-of-saint-john-businesses-surveyed-not-in-favour-of-vaccine-passports-chamber-1.5559683 As residents of New Brunswick: 1. We applaud and affirm the Government of New Brunswick's stance NOT to implement COVID-19 passports (cited source below). 2. We applaud and affirm the Government of New Brunswick's stance allowing residents of any age the freedom to be vaccinated, or not, based on their personal discretion (which may be informed by pre-existing medical conditions, personal convictions, observation, caregiver discretion, other health considerations or some other reason). 3. We applaud and affirm the Government of New Brunswick's stance to encourage residents in the mindset of 'learning to live' with COVID-19, as we have learned to live with other viral based illnesses. 4. We beseech the Government of New Brunswick to maintain equal treatment in society of both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, allowing equal access to all amenities whether essential or non thereby unleashing the full potential of our economy and civic freedoms. 5. Should another wave of COVID come, we beseech the Government of New Brunswick to continue to prioritize protecting the most vulnerable, namely the elderly in long term care facilities and those with multiple pre-existing conditions, while finding effective ways for families to remain connected for the purpose of personal, physical, emotional and spiritual support of aging loved ones. 6. We recognize and affirm that all of the above will lead to a more cohesive province, stronger economy and contribute to the mental well-being of all residents. 7. We believe that in doing all of the above, the Government of New Brunswick is being wise on a multitude of management tiers. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of all New Brunswickers during this challenging season. Thank you also for giving weighted consideration to our economy, culture, mental health and cohesiveness at this juncture. POINT 1 SOURCE CITATION: www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/what-provinces-have-to-say-about-vacci "New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said in July that the province has no plans to bring in a vaccine passport. 'I think that we can do without a vaccine passport on a domestic level,' she said. New Brunswickers travelling to a destination – in Canada or elsewhere – can use the paper proof of vaccination they received when they were inoculated or have access to an online record."
Petition to Government of New Brunswick
Have government erect a wildlife fence between Campbellton and Belledune!
As most of you are probably aware, there was a tragic death of a young father on the highway in Charlo! He did as a result of a collision with a moose! So very tragic and my most sincerest condolences to his family. I am asking our local MLA’s and Mayors to once again request that highway 11 between Campbellton and Belledune be fenced! We are as worthy of having this protection on our roads as those who frequent the highways between Bathurst and Miramichi, and the many Kms in the south between Moncton, Fredericton amd Saint John. These roads are more and more occupied especially lately with the changes seen in our health system. Residents must travel more often east of Restigouche! We need fencing! It will save lives! If any of my Facebook friends agree with my comments, please write to our local MLA’s and the presiding government officials and request that fencing be erected sooner than later…and before someone else dies needlessly! Again my sincerest condolences to the family of this young man!!
Petition to Fresh Restaurants
Bring back the Goddess Bowl from Fresh Restaurants
Fresh Restaurants has removed the beloved Goddess Bowl from their menu recently! Please show your support in bringing back one of their best menu items! We all love this menu item including (steamed bokchoy, swiss chard, kale, broccoli, taberu rayu, ginger chilli tempeh, pickled ginger, sun flower nori gomashio and tahini sauce with soba noodles.) My team along with friends would personally order it multiple times through each week. Please Fresh hear our cry’s as we long to eat the Goddess Bowl again in the near future!
Petition to PN students, Friends and Family of PN Students, Faculty at Bow Valley College
Keep Theory Classes Online for PN Students
We, Practical Nursing Students at Bow Valley College, believe that it would be beneficial to keep our theory classes on MS Teams, -while keeping Labs in person- as practical skills require hands-on practice. Theory classes should be kept online for the following reasons:, but 1) COMMUTE TIME. Several of us now in Term 2 often only have one class per day. For those of us living in parts of the city that are far away from the South Campus, that means an hour of bussing to campus and back, often just for a 1.5-2 hour class. 2) PARKING. This will not only save students (and teachers) from having to pay parking costs at the school, but from the headache of navigating downtown traffic, or the need to find alternative parking downtown. 3) EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS. Having interactive classes that are later recorded makes it easier for students to review information on their own time. Furthermore, it helps students with anxiety to participate more openly than they would with in-person classes.
Petition to Residents of Borthwick street, Parkview Gardens
Borthwick traffic calming measures
A three year old girl was hit by an SUV this evening while scooting in the parking lot at Borthwick and Quebec street. The SUV turned into the parking lot to avoid a speeding motorcycle and hit the little girl. She wasn’t injured this time. We need traffic calming measures to protect the roughly 10 children playing in this area from drivers speeding on this street, driving aggressively or looking at their phones while driving. None of us want to see our children (or ourselves!) sent to the hospital or worse by someone driving irresponsibly on our street. There is no excuse for driving fast in a residential area, but it WILL continue to happen until the city installs some sort of traffic calming measures on our street. Please sign our petition!