Petition to Justin Trudeau, Patty Hajdu, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Sean Casey, Sheila Malcolmson
Trudeau: Stop Illegal Extradition of Abuse Survivor and Single Mom, MM
We agree with you, Mr. Trudeau, when you declare: "It takes tremendous courage and resilience to break free from abuse.... I stand in solidarity with victims, with survivors, and with families and loved ones.” That is why we are asking you to stand with abuse survivor MM, a Canadian-born mother of three Canadian children and survivor of male violence whose only “crime” was in choosing to live and to protect herself and her children from physical, psychological, and emotional abuse. Your government is trying to send MM to the USA, where she will be left with no proper legal defence for saving her children from abuse, and she may face several decades behind bars as a result. MM's only "crime" was in choosing to live and to protect herself and her children from physical, psychological, and emotional abuse. Under Canada's Extradition Act, you can say NO to this extradition if you find that it would be “unjust or oppressive having regard to all the relevant circumstances" and if sending her to the US would "shock the conscience" and thereby violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It shocks our conscience that such an extradition would even be considered, and we call on you to stop the extradition of MM immediately. We felt real hope when your government decided in December, 2015 to reconsider the decision of the Harper government to send MM back to the USA, where she faces criminal charges of custody interference that could land her in jail for several decades. But as Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella clearly points out, sending MM to the USA would violate Canada’s own Extradition Act, because “the defence of rescuing children to protect them from imminent harm does not exist in Georgia [and] the mother will not be able to raise the defence she would have been able to raise had she been prosecuted in Canada." But last August 3rd, on the very same day that MM watched from a Canadian jail cell the press conference at which Justice Minister Jody Raybould-Wilson announced a national inquiry to address violence against Indigenous women, MM received news that Raybould-Wilson had rubberstamped an order upholding the Harper government’s decision to extradite her to the USA. In an incredible statement justifying this decision, the Justice Minister complains that – despite abundant evidence of the father's abuse of the children –– MM’s act of saving her kids and taking them to Canada “deprived [the father] of the reasonable ability to visit his children,” even though the children were clear that they wanted no contact with him (see the children's own video statement on the case here: https://youtu.be/sJqo7S9VVqI Raybould-Wilson’s decision also buys into repeated myths about abuse survivors. For example, the Justice Minister casts doubt about the claims of abuse because the kids regularly attended school. In addition, Raybould-Wilson questions their abuse by refusing to accept the fact that the children were too afraid to report the father’s abuse to school officials or police. The decision further attacks MM for not speaking with police (how many violence survivors have heard that line, from the Ghomeshi trial on down!) When the MM case was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada, three out of seven justices rejected the extradition and criticized the majority’s reasons as “Kafkaesque”. One of Canada’s finest legal minds, Justice Abella, stated: “In light of all the instability and trauma the children have experienced, it is obvious that what would be least harmful for them would be to remain in Canada with the mother who put herself in legal jeopardy to protect them….The question is not whether she was an ideal parent, but whether her conduct in coming to her children’s rescue should deprive them of her care and deprive her of her liberty for up to 15 years. At the end of the day, there is little demonstrable harm to the integrity of our extradition process in finding it to be unjust or oppressive to extradite the mother of young children she rescued, at their request, from their abusive father. The harm, on the other hand, of depriving the children of their mother in these circumstances is profound and, with respect, demonstrably unfair.” Mr. Trudeau, you were recently appointed by Emma Watson as a gender equality ambassador for the global HeforShe campaign. You also spoke at the United Nations in September, where you recalled that during your campaigning for Prime Minister, “I heard from women and girls who still face inequality in the workplace and violence just because they are women, even in a progressive country like Canada.” We agree that violence against women and children remains an epidemic in Canada. We also believe that women and children escaping violence should not be punished for the sometimes difficult choices they are forced to make in order to find safety. It shocks our conscience that MM faces a potential 33 years in prison in the U.S. for escaping abuse, despite the fact that the first Canadian court to address this case declared unreservedly that the foundation of the extradition – the ex-husband’s “suspicions” that MM had taken the kids – was “so defective and unreliable that it is not worthy of consideration…. We are in the presence of children running away from an abusive father without the knowledge or assistance of their mother, living in an abandoned home and finally begging their mother to take them away, so that their father couldn’t hurt them again.” Section 285 of the Canadian Criminal Code states that no one shall be found guilty of an offence if the act of receiving or harbouring a young person was “necessary to protect the young person from imminent harm or if the person charged with the offence was escaping from danger of imminent harm.” Such a defence, however, is not available to MM in the state of Georgia, where she is sought. As a provincial court judge concluded, MM “could not be found guilty in Canada…if her intent was to protect the children from danger of imminent harm at the hands of their father and this, even if she did have the specific intent of depriving [him] of possession of the children as well.” We agree with the lawyer who argued at the Supreme Court that “surrender to a legal system which does not provide for a defence that is required by the principles of fundamental justice would be unjust and oppressive. It would violate the principles of fundamental justice. It would shock the conscience and be simply unacceptable. It would, in short, not be lawful under Canadian law.” As a Prime Minister who says he understands the reality faced by women escaping violence, we call upon you to stop the cycle of violence in this case and stop the unlawful extradition against MM, one that shocks our conscience as we trust it shocks yours.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Jean-Yves Duclos
Extend Maternity/Parental Leave for Canadians to 18 months
While campaigning in 2015 the Liberal Party and their leader, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, campaigned on the Liberal's promise to many young families to increase the maternity/parental leave from 12 months to 18 months. Many parents voted Liberal just for that reason and are now planning to hold the new government to their promise! For many moms who are now on mat leave, the change can't come too soon! Here is a link to the Liberal's promise: https://www.liberal.ca/realchange/more-flexibility-for-parents/ Justin Trudeau promised that: "We will introduce more flexible parental benefits that will: allow parents to receive benefits in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to 18 months; and make it possible for parents to take a longer leave – up to 18 months when combined with maternity beneﬁts – at a lower beneﬁt level" Daycare situation in the province of Ontario and Canada as a whole goes from dire to not ideal. An estimated 20% of our daycare spots are licensed, prices sky-rocket and availability is scarce. Some cities drive young families out just because there is no realistic early childcare solution for their children. Even when a spot is available, the daycare will only accept toddlers from 18 months. Why, then, does our maternity leave end at 12 months? How are the average Canadian young parents expected to go back to work? Who will care for their child? It makes no sense. Extending maternity/parental leave to 18 month will allow parents to care for their children until they are ready to go to daycare. It will allow for families to survive during this difficult financial period of having a child. It will encourage people to have more children and it will make for better communities and better policy! "Mr. Prime Minister, please do what you promised and make it easier for us to have children without having to lose our jobs!"
Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Patricia Hajdu, Jody Willson-Raybould, Niki Ashton
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
My cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 1186 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta's unfinished work. Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta. We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada. The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don't act the tragedies will continue. The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month. It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it's a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don't know. I'm praying that Loretta's death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing. I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home. We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns. We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I'm determined that Loretta will continue to change the world. Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women. As mentioned the Native Women's Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry. Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, Minister Brad Duguid, Minister Navdeep Singh Bains, Maureen Jensen
CDN Government: Mandate that all Boardrooms have 30% Female Representation by 2019
Recent studies have pointed to growing gender inequality within Canada's corporate boardrooms. To date, more than 700 publicly traded companies in Canada do not have a single woman on their board and women make up just 12% of all board seats available in our country. Through this petition, the Corporate Gender Equality Initiative (CGEI) aims to end the growing lack of female representation in boardrooms. Section 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms established that man and woman are equal, yet we have yet to see such a reality in Canadian corporate culture. This is largely due to the government's lack of involvement in the issue. While countries like Norway and France have stipulated that all major corporate boards must consist of at least 40% women, no branch of government or commission in Canada has taken the initiative to regulate female representation in the office. Although the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has recently implemented a 'comply-or-explain' model, no real progress is being made to end the gender gap, according to a recent article by the Toronto Star. It is time for the OSC, the Ontario provincial government, and the federal government to more forcibly regulate companies' female representation. This petition calls for any one of these branches to implement a gender quota, stipulating that all public corporations' boards must have at least 30% female representation by 2019. All companies who fail to comply need to face delisting from the TSX, in order for such a policy to be effective. Please sign our petition and join the fight to achieve #BoardroomEquality. Spread the word on social media, @BoardroomEqual
Petition to chelsea , Judy
Protesting against children aid - CAS
Did CAS take your child and forget about your rights as a human being ?!?!? now is your chance to make a difference make a difference between yourself and how your children can be raised with you! I family is a family no matter what you may look at them like if you think they were in an unfit home help them don't just take the child away this is why am creating the event because the children's aid has gone too far and they believe their power is far more stronger than anybody else out there and it is not rightThey do not keep families together they are a sham and a hoax if you or somebody else you know have been discriminated against the children Aid Society this may be your last chance at making at difference. come out bring your signs protest we're hoping that some news channel will be there to allow our voice is to be spread, We have to do it soon we are running out of time. Any one interested to protest against the C.A.S , judge's and lawyer's let ME know. Yes we can do it if we don't stop traffic and cause fights,swearing and stop traffic going in the MPP Office ! Hi my name is Chelsea Vachon I am 22 years old now my child was apprehended when I was 19 due to the fact I have a brain disability that I was born with something called foetal alcohol syndrome or alcohol related neurological disorder because I had to learning assessment from school they As in the children aid and some judges believe that my assessment is who I am! For indeed it is not I've lived on my own since 19 I have pets I take care of on a daily basis I have worked with children and yet I am an unsuitable parent because I was born with something I cannot control they will not help methey will not even take a second look at me I am adopted into an amazing family The lady who adopted me is my great aunt ! and for some reason she's an unfit character to adopt my daughter she had done daycare for over a great period Of time,and had also did emergency care fostering for the children aid and she's not a good fit to adopt my daughter who is her granddaughter! I am absolutely livid and disgusted by the children aid society they're discriminating against her age and so much more this is unjust and needs to be dealt with and such a severe manner. Please if you are willing to help support or anything at all please please please inbox me so I can tell you when the actual protest is and how we can use your help.
Petition to Ahmed Hussen, Justin Trudeau, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
A Plea for Restoration of Canadian Citizenship!
(Photo Credit: Andrea Andres) Please read my story, sign my petition, and help me spread the word. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian! This petition began when John McCallum was the Minister. John stepped down from this position in January of 2017 and Ahmed Hussen is the new Citizenship and Immigration Minister. The new Minister is aware of this portfolio. Dear Honourable John McCallum, John, like you, I often operate out of principle and I believe in making things right. I have read your words and I believe you are a man of integrity. I’m reaching out to you and I plead with you to read my letter and act promptly to restore my Canadian citizenship. Yesterday I was a Canadian Citizen, today I’m not, and I did nothing to warrant my citizenship being taken away from me. I apparently fall under an archaic citizenship act, specifically section 8 of the 1977 citizenship act. In April of 2016 I found out that I have not been a Canadian citizen since January 14th, 2008. Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) says I failed to retain my citizenship prior to my 28th birthday therefore I lost my citizenship. Here’s the thing: in order to have known that I was to take steps to retain my citizenship means that someone needed to inform me of this in the first place and I promise you, no one did. If I was notified, I would like to know when, where, and how. My parents nor I have ever received any communication in regards to this. Had I been given the opportunity to retain my citizenship, I would have done so promptly. March of 1980, when I was only two months old, my parents auctioned off most of their possessions and packed only what they needed along with their five children into a pickup truck and drove from northern Mexico to southern Canada for a better life. After some time we all received Canadian Citizenship and we’ve been here ever since. I am the youngest of five children, we all obtained our citizenship the exact same way but I’m the only one who falls into this act. I have lived here my entire life and have taken the obligations and privileges of Canadian Citizenship seriously. Canadian is the only way I know how to be. It is not okay to go check your mailbox and find a letter from Citizenship and Immigration tucked in and amongst the London Drugs, Subway, and Canadian Tire sales flyers. I opened the letter anticipating it would be my proof of Canadian citizenship, but instead, I found out that not only have I not been a Canadian citizen since 2008, but also, I have no legal status in Canada. I lost my breathe and my knees felt as though they might give out. My face must have turned white because people were looking at me with concern in their eyes. My hands shook and hot tears welled up in my eyes. How could this be? This must be a mistake. Aside from the absurdity and injustice of it all. What baffles me is that in the last eight years, with no legal status in Canada whatsoever, I have been issued two passports, I have provincial health care (we pay for it every month), I registered to vote and voted in provincial and federal elections, I have filed taxes every single year, we have traveled abroad for vacations and I have always been allowed to enter back into Canada, all with no issues. There have been zero red flags for me. No government official has ever told me that I needed to look into this, not until I applied to replace my proof of citizenship card. Had I not applied to replace my misplaced citizenship card I still wouldn’t know and none of this would be an issue. My entire life is here in Canada. My husband and I own our home and have the privilege of being a part of this amazing community called Squamish, British Columbia. We live here with our five year old labrador Charli and our twenty-one year old niece. I work in private practice as a Professional Registered Counsellor and my husband Matt works as Director of Operations in the technology field. I grew up in a small southern Manitoba community where I attended Canadian public schools from kindergarten to highschool and then on to post secondary school in my twenties and thirties. My credit cards are Canadian, my banking (daily transactions, bank loans, mortgage, etc): only Canadian. My drivers license and car insurance: Canadian. All of my friends and family are Canadian. Phone numbers and addresses: all Canadian. I know the harshness of Manitoba winters: my sister Eva passed away on an icy winter highway in 2007 and I know the beauty of British Columbia summers. I could go on and on about just how Canadian I am but I think you get the picture. Canadian is not who I am but it is what I am. Canadian is the only way I know how to live and move around in my life. I have no ties to Mexico other than my birth certificate. Although Mexico is a beautiful country with beautiful people and a rich culture, I’ve never been tempted to seek citizenship in a country that is run by corrupt police and drug lords. Canada has provided a safe place for me grow into myself, find my voice and live out my passion and calling. Canada has afforded me many freedoms and I never take that for granted. John, you were quoted saying "If one believes that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian … those principles must be applied universally.". I agree wholeheartedly. But why then, does the repealing of the act that revoked Zakaria Amara’s Canadian citizenship, restore his citizenship but the repealing of the act that I fell into does not restore my citizenship? Please explain to me how a convicted terrorist with dual citizenship cannot have his Canadian citizenship revoked but a law abiding, contributing member to society, like myself with no dual citizenship can have citizenship taken away? Why is Amara’s citizenship restored and I have to go through an arduous process to become a Canadian, again? This is less about whether or not I agree with the restoration of Amara's citizenship and more about the inequality this picture paints. "It is a question of principle...We do not need an additional set of rules that would create two classes of citizen." - Honourable John McCallum I am calling on you, John McCallum, to practice the compassion I know you believe in, and not only restore my citizenship but also change section 8 of the 1977 citizenship act to take into consideration people like me who were granted citizenship as infants and children and have lived in Canada their whole lives. Many people are not aware of this act. CIC believes we were all notified but that is not accurate. Moreover, the act was repealed in 2009 but this did not help those of us who had already lost citizenship under the act. I implore you to take a look at this and revise it so it helps people like me. I recently heard Prime Minister Justin Trudeau use words like “compassionate” and “generous” to describe Canada and I believe that describes us well. I have always been proud to be Canadian and I hope I will be again. I hope when you say “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”, that includes me. I look forward to your response. Sincerely, Bertha Funk
Petition to Nanaimo City Council
Nanaimo Women Deserve Better
Women of Nanaimo, elected officials or no, must be treated with respect regardless of their political views. Commenting on gender, appearance, perceived ability or lack thereof because of gender, sex characteristics, and dismissal based upon these ideas will not be tolerated. On November 21st, 2016, in a recorded City Council meeting, Councillor Jim Kipp released a verbal tirade upon Councillor Wendy Pratt, who has since resigned. "You're pretty. You're such an aesthetically pleasing person. You turned your back when Bill was talking. The man's harmed and you don't give a shit woman. You are the biggest bully I've ever met, under a little sheep's clothing. What is it? It's an attack on you (Pratt), just like it says in here (the mayor's letter)."In a news article that followed, Coun. Pratt stated that "this isn't the first time, far from the first time" and indicated that "there have been other situations just like the one on Nov. 21st." It is essential that elected officials critically engage with their own sexism and oppressive behaviour as well as that of their colleagues. There must be support for those affected by sexism as much as there must be a shared responsibility for officials to be a part of a zero tolerance space for sexism. This council has failed to be accountable, both individually and as a united body. We, the citizens of Nanaimo, call upon Councillor Kipp to publicly apologize immediately to the women of Nanaimo or to resign immediately. His behaviour is part of a culture at Nanaimo City Hall that is both openly and quietly hostile to women, and we will no longer by represented by such aggressive and misogynistic behaviour. We expect that apology at the May 15th* Council meeting. *date changed to accommodate provincial election
Petition to Linda Jeffrey
Open a Brampton Women's Crisis Centre for Single Women
There are currently no shelters where single women can seek a safe space in Brampton, and with the growing rate of poverty in the Region of Peel, we are in desperate need of one. Less than 30 years ago, 2% of people in Peel were considered low income. Today that number is almost 50%. More than 222,000 people are struggling to afford housing in a region with less than 1% as many affordable housing units. Women are affected deeply by the lack of services in Brampton and Peel. Women are much more likely to be part of the hidden homeless population, meaning that they are relying on unsafe, unstable, temporary, or abusive living situations, or are on the brink of eviction. Certain groups of women are hit much harder by poverty than the general population, such as women who are members of racialized groups or who have disabilities, as well as single mothers and single senior women. This level of inequality is deeply affecting our Brampton community. Although we are very thankful that a shelter exists in Brampton for women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, we feel it is crucial to call attention to the gap in services that leaves women without children falling through the cracks. We are uniting in memory of the recent deaths of Brampton women to effect positive change. We request a Brampton Women’s Crisis Centre for single women with 24 hour shelter services to ensure that women in Brampton have a safe space and the resources they need to live. Please add your name and voice to join in our mission!