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Petition to Lisa Thompson

Minister Thompson: Students need to learn about sexual health and healthy relationships

Dear Minister Thompson, We, the undersigned, are concerned about the decision to revert back to the HPE curriculum from 1998. Society has moved forward and has become much more inclusive since 1998 and the beauty of the updated HPE curriculum is that it was more relevant and reflective of the real, lived experiences of our students. The new curriculum speaks to transgender students and validates their experiences, and really helps provide others with understanding of their experience, The new curriculum speaks to female students who deal daily with body shaming. These are lessons that are vital and crucial to students, and still need to be in the curriculum. We firmly believe that the decision to go back in time needs to be halted as it is to the detriment of our students mental and physical health as well as their future sexual health. We believe it is also about their understanding of people who are different than themselves. In 1998, there was no social media. Social media, We need not tell you, has changed everything. The HPE curriculum needs to address that. If the HPE curriculum is scrapped, the issues around body images for all children will continue and worsen. Cyber-bullying and abuse will continue to get worse and worse, and that is not something we can allow. Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd suffered enough. We don't need any more young people to suffer in that way. We need our LGBTQ+ youth to feel honoured and cherished, so that suicide or attempted suicide among them subsides. And there is much much more that can be included in here. Education is something that needs to be progressive. The new HPE Curriculum was that progression. What is being discussed now is regressive, and is, quite simply, not right. The Ministry of Education should not reverting back to the old curriculum.  If changes are seen as necessary, then a line by line review of the HPE documents could be done in order to evaluate and understand it, and maybe making a few slight changes. A simple reversion back to the old document HPE curriculum would put our kids at physical, emotional, and mental risk, and, therefore, it cannot and should not take place.

Michael Anthony
11 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Doug Ford, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Save Ontario's Current Sex Ed Curriculum!

EDIT: There is a protest happening in Toronto to fight this!! Please check out the event and come if you can! 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
5,993 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Haldimand County Council, Toby Barrett, Ernie Hardeman, Randy Pettapiece

Allow Small Flocks of Backyard Chickens in Haldimand County

When one conjures images of Haldimand County, they often will picture wide open spaces and farmers fields. An oasis outside of the hustle and bustle of city life. We recently moved to Kohler from Hamilton. An opportunity to escape the crowded streets and enjoy the serene rural escape that Cayuga has to offer. As part of this rural lifestyle, we were planning on purchasing three or four chickens for our backyard to produce eggs for our consumption. These chickens would be kept fully contained in a fenced in area, with no roosters present. We were surprised to find out that chickens are banned under Haldimand County Bylaw No. 1396/13, unless we are living on a property zoned as rural or agricultural. Our property backs on to a large field of wheat, and there are several farms within a kilometre of our house that raise cows and sheep. I was shocked to be informed by the county that we are not designated as a rural property, despite there being cows and sheep within walking distance of our house! Backyard chickens provide their owners with a self-sustainable supply of eggs. Furthermore, chickens can be fed table scraps, which alleviates the strain on the municipal waste system. Small flocks of up to 5 birds should be permitted in such a rural setting. There are various urban municipalities that allow or are in the process of allowing backyard chickens. The City of Waterloo has recently allowed the practice. The City of Toronto has begun a three-year pilot program to test the impact. Yet, in a rural area like Haldimand, this practice is not allowed.
 I encourage the current council (and future council to be elected in 2018) to consider the rights of property owners on this matter. As taxpayers, we are told far too often what we are not allowed to do.  In an era of waste reduction and self-sustainability, I would imagine that any municipality would be glad to adopt such a measure and reduce the restrictions on local homeowners.

Zak Horkoff
45 supporters