Petition to Tim Hortons, Carol Patterson
Tell Tim Hortons to make a bigger impact on reducing WASTE
Tim Hortons says that they want to help reduce waste. This was pulled from their website: "While recycling and composting are great solutions for waste, reducing waste through reuse and improved processes can have greater benefits. We continue to encourage our guests to use ceramic mugs, plates and bowls when dining in our restaurants, and guests are also provided with a 10 cent discount when they bring in their own travel mug for hot beverage refills." However, a friend recently started working there and says it is actually policy for them to mix your coffee in a disposable cup and then throw it away, so it really reduces only the wasted lid. Tim Hortons is not making a big enough impact on waste reduction. How many cups do you suppose are disposed of in any given day? Most places don't recycle them either (even when you put it in your recycling container). And I would say they hardly encourage the use of ceramics in store. Its time for Tim Hortons to make a stand and make a change. They need to change the policy for using disposables to mix coffee even when you use a travel mug. Tim Hortons could also go a step further and post signs to encourage you to Bring Your Own Mug. This has made a big difference at grocery stores by getting people in the habit of bringing their own shopping bags. This is only one small change, but the waste it would reduce could be huge.
Petition to Lee Tappenden
Truro Walmart, Nova Scotia, Canada
They waste so much food! It could go to food banks, homeless people, families that cannot afford healthy food because it is too expensive! Just because a food product is " Ugly" or bruised doesn't mean it should be wasted! The sad thing is Walmart is a corporation, and it feeds off greed. It disgusts me how much food is wasted each day, that could feed people dying of hunger! A major contributor to our food waste is customers, not putting back food that they do not want to buy. CBC wrote an article on food waste, it said "Canada wastes, over $31 billion in food, every year."
Petition to University of Victoria, UVIC
Sipping Sustainability: Coffee Cups on UVIC Campus
At UVIC, over 3000 paper coffee cups are thrown out every day. That is the equivalent of one average sized tree here on Vancouver Island. So we made a statement by taking all the coffee cups that would have previously gone into the landfill, and we dumped it on my head. If you like trees, hate garbage, or just like signing petitions, please add your voice to our campaign to get the University of Victoria to provide alternatives to disposable coffee cups. So what's wrong with disposable coffee cups? Beyond deforestation, our campus' cup waste is contributing to climate change. When you throw your paper cup in the garbage, it won't just compost in the landfill. As compostable materials break down in a landfill they decompose anaerobically and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Coffee cups are also not obviously compostable. There are many eco-friendly ways to dispose of these cups, but it isn't clear for the average student to know what those are. The paper cups sold on campus are compostable and recyclable, but due to a lack of education and clear signage, most of these cups end up in the garbage. Our goal with this project is to get the University to provide alternatives to the current sole option, disposable cups. Here are some solutions we have thought of: 1) A campus wide cup share program similar to those being trialled at universities around Canada. These systems provide reusable cups for people to use when they forget their own, and can then be returned for a deposit. 2) Mugs in the cafes around campus so that people can sip their coffees to stay. This will not only make campus more personal but will help keep cups out of the trash. 3) Subsidized travel mugs available at the cafes around campus to encourage people to bring their own mugs from home. And there are many other options! Sign the petition, share the video, and give us your ideas for a cup-free future on campus.
Petition to Pinnacle Foods, The Blackstone Group, Mark A. Clouse
Keep All 17 Gardein Products On Canadian Shelves
Gardein has been a staple in thousands of homes for people who want delicious, meatless alternatives. A proudly Canadian company, Gardein experienced tremendous success all across North America. However, problems started with the sale of Gardein to an American company, Pinnacle Foods, in 2014. Canadians everywhere are feeling crushed and betrayed to learn that 17 popular meatless dishes will now be discontinued. Shelves are bare, and Canadians who value their ethical choice to eat less meat or no meat have long relied on Gardein to provide an array of nutritious and tasty alternatives. The loss of Gardein in Canada is, quite frankly, devastating. Please BRING ALL GARDEIN PRODUCTS BACK!!!!
Petition to Honorable Lana Popham, Honourable Lisa Beare, Kim Grout, Honourable Shane Simpson, Honourable Bruce Ralston
Update the ALR to Allow Hop-farming Breweries
Open Letter to Honourable Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture Via email to AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca March 1, 2017 We request that you update Section 2 (2.3) of the ALR Regulations to ensure the feasibility of farm-based breweries growing agricultural crops, including hops. Specifically, we recommend updating Section 2 (2.3) to read: A brewery, distillery or meadery, and ancillary uses, are designated as farm uses for the purposes of the Act if (a) at least 50% of any of the farm products used to make the beer, spirits or mead produced each year is grown on the farm on which that brewery, distillery or meadery is located, or (b) the farm on which the brewery, distillery or meadery is located is more than 2 ha in area and at least 50% of any of the farm products used to make the beer, spirits or mead produced each year is grown (i) on the farm, or (ii) both on the farm and on another farm located in British Columbia that provides any farm product to the brewery, distillery or meadery under a contract having a term of at least 3 years. And, (c) any permanent structures used to produce beer, spirits or mead must not exceed the lesser of 10% of total parcel size or 1000 square meters. The Provincial government deliberately included breweries in the ALR Regulations in 2015, “Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick noted hops farming is on an upswing in areas such as Chilliwack and Kamloops, and predicts the rule change will create an incentive for more farmers to take a risk and get into beverage production.” http://www.newwestrecord.ca/news/alr-reforms-ease-way-for-breweries-value-added-plants-1.1974503 Unfortunately, however, the ALR Regulations as written for breweries have had unintended consequences and thus require revision. Here are a few key assumptions underlying our recommended changes. Key Assumptions and Acknowledgements This intent followed directly on the experience of wineries, on ALR, in BC. BC Wine is a $2 billion dollar industry and the Canadian Wine industry contributes $879 million in taxes annually, not to mention bringing in tourist dollars and tourist related economic impact to the tune of $1.2 billion annually. We believe that breweries can similarly have a positive economic impact in BC, while contributing to both the cultural and agricultural aspects of our communities. Hops and hop farming are a perfectly valid and beneficial crop for BC farmers. Hops are a critical ingredient, for both flavouring and as a preservative, that require only drying and storage to be usable in brewing. Hops grow well in the range of soil and climatic conditions that exist in much of BC. The hop market is growing and profit margins can be achieved as a result of the growth and procurement patterns of the craft brewers. Many craft brewers are committed to buying locally including barely and hops from BC farmers. We believe that the ALR Regulations are meant to govern land use, not crop choice. Barley, however, cannot be used without undergoing extensive processing through malting to convert their starches to usable sugars. This is in direct contrast to grapes and apples, which are more like hops in that they require minimal processing to be usable. There is no custom maltster in western Canada, so the only option would be for on-farm breweries to take up more land by installing in-house malting and significant storage facilities. Gambrinus Malting, in Armstrong, BC, works closely with BC grain farmers, producing organic and BC-only batches of malt. Long-term contracts with Gambrinus Malting would be effective in encouraging both BC growing and malting of barley. Craft breweries are independent, BC owned and operated, small businesses that add social, economic and financial value to communities all over the world. In BC, we have 125 craft breweries, whereas both Washington State and Oregon State have well over 200 each, with similar sized populations. So, we anticipate continued growth of the craft beer sector and plenty of room in BC for more breweries. Wineries have paved the way providing a world-class BC product that is both enjoyed locally and exported globally. Breweries, we believe, will follow suit. Wineries (and cideries) and breweries (and distilleries and meaderies) are both fundamentally value-added agricultural products that required different ingredients. For that reason, they should all be included explicitly in the ALR Regulations yet be treated differently therein. Craft breweries can, if located on agricultural land, add substantial agricultural value to that land. Rapidly escalating land costs in BC are making it increasingly difficult for new farms to get started or grow. Including value-added processing improves those economics, motivating agricultural land uses previously not possible. Additionally, the “waste” products from brewing including spent grain, hops and water are directly useful, once treated, as agricultural amendments in the form of compost, livestock feed and irrigation. Growing conditions of marginal farms can be improved substantially with the addition of on-farm brewing. ALC Land Use Policies The above proposed changes to the Regulations will require an updating of the ALC Policies. In particular, Policy L-21, published in October 2016. This policy should be updated to recognize that the term “any of the farm products” implies that barley alone is not the only farm product to be considered in calculating the minimum 50% required to meet compliance. For example, yet not limited to this example, a farmer may grow hops and purchase any farm product used in brewing, from BC farms to meet the 50% requirement of farm product needed in their brewing process. The latter recommended clause, Section 2 (2.3) (c) above, is a new, yet we believe, important addition to the Regulations. Recognizing again that these Regulations are meant to govern land use and not crop choice, we recommend restricting the amount of the land used for the production to be right-sized for both the parcel and surrounding community. This, quite frankly, will help prevent large, industrial breweries from effectively co-opting agricultural land for industrial processing. We would also support policies which require that water use be restricted in a ratio of water used to beer produced and that all outgoing water be treated onsite to irrigation standards. In Conclusion The current ALR Regulation Section 2.3, has, we believe, resulted in unintended consequences. Foremost as an example of these unintended consequences is the situation that both Persephone Brewing Company and Crannog Ales find themselves, wherein, they are now in non-compliance, cannot reasonably achieve compliance, yet are highly regarded as sustainable and innovative farm-based business models. What is more, common sense dictates that these are indeed farms. Persephone recently won a Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Award celebrating the model that brings together sustainable agricultural land use with the craft brewing business model and positive social impact in their community. The ALC visited Crannog in 1999 and 2000 approving their operation. Crannóg has for 17 years advanced sustainable agriculture by advocating farmland remain in the ALR and reducing water use in breweries, as well as teaching organic hops production as part of sustainable mixed farming. Crannóg Ales also won the VanCity Ethics in Action award for their farm business model. Both of these breweries, we believe, exhibit what we all want to encourage on ALR, throughout BC. We request that the Provincial government act quickly and decisively in this matter. These changes will allow for growth of small businesses in all regions of BC in a manner that connects the Agricultural Land Reserve to the formal economy, provides and keeps jobs and investment dollars in those regions and advances both economic and agricultural development for future generations to come. Signatories endorsing this statement include, Persephone Brewing Company Inc. Crannog Ales Ltd. Sumas Brewing Co. BC Craft Brewers Guild BC Hop Growers Association The Campaign for Real Ale Society of BC Organic Hop Growers Association
Petition to B.R. Johnson
Allow Back Yard Chickens In North Bay, Ontario. Change the By-Law May 16th/17 Sign now!
Many Cities and Municipalities are embracing constituents rights to be able to have the ability to have Chickens in their Back Yard's. The City of North Bay is not a proponent of their residents having the ability to have a small flock or chickens. Four Chickens are more then enough to allow a growing family the number of eggs for daily or bi weekly consumption. Although the Bylaw department is receiving up to 2 calls per week from residents on the rules of having Chickens, those 100 plus yearly enquiries are still not enough for council to change their ambiguous by-law 151-93 It names Domestic Fowl Which could be your Finches, Dove, Canary, Parrot or any other Bird. All I want is the right to have 4 birds for pets and healthy eggs to eat and to have any other resident to be able to do the same thing. I will be attending City Council on May 16th 2017 to ask council to be like countless other cities who are recognising property owners right to raise birds. Case and Point In January 2007, Vancouver City Council adopted the Vancouver Food Charter which sets out the City’s commitment to the development of a coordinated municipal food policy that recognizes access to safe, sufficient, culturally appropriate and nutritious food as a basic human right for all Vancouver residents. If you feel it's your Basic Human Right to have nutritious food which you raise and feed and nurture with things you know they're consuming, then please sign and support my Petition I will be bringing to council on that date... Our voice matters and will make a difference. Thanks for your signature and passing this off to some friends who are like minded...
Petition to Jim McDonell
Changing the law in expired food in Canada. Feeding families in need of food
Changing the laws on expired food that are to be destroyed. Rather destroying the edible goods, have them donated to charities that can utilize them in feeding the hungry and families in need of help with in our communities.www.feeditforward.ca
Petition to Jane Philpott, McDonald's, Burger King España, Wendy's, Costco, Walmart, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Loblaw, Sobeys
Fast Food & Food Retailers: Reject genetically modified (GM/GE) potatoes in Canada.
The Canadian government approved in March 2016, a genetically modified/genetically engineered (GM/GE/GMO) potato called "Innate" from the company Simplot. This potato could be grown in Canada this season and be in stores and restaurants by the fall. The (GM/GE/GMO) potato has its browning gene silenced and an amino acid modified. If ONE GENE is silenced, modified or changed, then the whole gene structure is altered, with unknown consequences. Yet developers rarely study these collateral effects and consumers are left in the dark about long term outcomes of eating GM/GE/GMO food. Food that is fabricated for ease of production and increase in sales rarely has human health in its equation. Just because it is approved does not mean there is commercial acceptance for this product. Please ask your restaurants and food retailers to reject this genetically modified/genetically engineered (GM/GE/GMO) non-browning potato as a sign of good faith to respect your health and well being.