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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
28,238 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Ahmed D. Hussen, Justin Trudeau

Stop Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin from coming to Canada

The Honourable Ahmed D. HussenMinister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship July 19, 2018 Respected Sir, We want to inform you that the controversial Muslim leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is planning to visit Canada. He has been in the news lately for blatantly promoting female circumcision for young girls in his community. The World Health Organization has classified female circumcision as Type -1 Female Genital Mutilations (FGM). Mufaddal Saifuddin is slated to come to Toronto in the next two weeks. During his visit, he plans to inaugurate a new mosque in Mississauga. FGM is illegal in Canada and the visit of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin contravenes Canadian law and makes him liable for criminal prosecution. In his sermons he cautions that FGM on girls should be done discreetly. We fear that Canadian Bohra girls have been victims of this secret agenda and are always at risk of being harmed. In connection with FGM, two doctors were arrested in Detroit last year and three people were sentenced in Australia a year before that. All these individuals are Dawoodi Bohras and they were following the orders of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. He is the high priest of Dawoodi Bohras and it is because of his diktat that so many young girls have had forced circumcisions. On his visit to the UK earlier this year he was met with a demonstration, and BBC and other media outlets covered the event. The protest was carried out by reformist Bohras who have been ex-communicated and are part of the worldwide reformist movement. We reformist Dawoodi Bohras of Canada also belong to that movement and are extremely unhappy that the Syedna is being allowed to enter Canada. We urge you to use your good office and influence to deny him entry. A man who allows little girls to be harmed has no place in Canada. Apart from prescribing FGM for young girls, Syenda Mufaddal Saifuddin is guilty of other egregious activities, and one among them is hunting endangered wildlife. Two inquiry commissions in India, in 1979 and 1993 respectively, reported widespread human rights violations in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The Syedna claims ownership of all Bohra community properties. Towards that end, his predecessor, the father of the current Syedna, petitioned to the Canadian Senate to pass an Act (Bill S-13) to incorporate himself as a corporation sole in Canada. The bill was intensely debated, and was not passed. In closing, we want to urge you again to stop Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin from coming to Canada. In doing so you will help protect Canadian values and uphold the rights of the most vulnerable citizens – the young Bohra girls.  We look forward to hearing from you and would like to know what action you are going to take on this issue.  Yours Sincerely,  Reformist Dawoodi Bohras of Canada   REFERENCES FGM: Respected Syedna, we are all disappointed by your views on female circumcision Muslim leader in India under fire from activists for supporting FGM Bohra Leader Speaks Out on Female Circumcision in India, Again Three sentenced to 15 months in landmark female genital mutilation trial 4th person charged in Detroit genital mutilation case   Protest against Syedna's visit in England: Protests at Birmingham mosque over controversial cleric    Bill S-13 in Canadian Senate Canadian Senate foils Sayedna's plans   Articles and social media on Syedna and Dawoodi Bohras: Recommendations of the Nathwani Commission Progressive Dawoodi Bohras Mufaddal Saifuddin - Facebook   Petition against Syedna's wildlife hunting: Stop going to Africa on Hunting Safaris to kill wildlife

Reformist Dawoodi Bohras
151 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to John Horgan

Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse

Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training  program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt.  This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students.  It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother. UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer.  Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process. I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree.  Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine. Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests.  Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better.                                                                                                                    I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my minor son, and become a self sufficient member of society.                                                                                                                      What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible.                                                                                                                UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly.  Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages  (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy. Please support us and pass this petition to others. Thank you very much for your support.   To know more about how UNBC has mistreated me, follow this link      

Tetyana Melnychuk
454 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

Commit to National Action Plan on Violence Against Women in the Wake of the Toronto Attack

French | English On Monday, April 23, while our Communications Coordinator was with fellow women's rights activists somewhat jokingly toasting to "smashing the patriarchy!" people in Toronto were dying at the hands of a man who allegedly killed them because he hated women for rejecting him. If he was Muslim or a refugee, there would be countless racist comments on social media and traditional media describing the attack as terrorism, calling for an end to immigration, demanding deportation, etc. In fact, there were those comments even though the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim. But when it's misogyny, when this is the second largest terrorist attack on Canadian soil after the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, "The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security, based on the information available at this time." Reports are coming in that the perpetrator was motivated by misogyny and the idea of being “involuntarily celibate.” This is not a new phenomenon. We have consistently seen that the perpetrators of mass killings - from The Pulse shooting to Polytech to the Quebec mosque to Las Vegas to Toronto - are usually men, often with warped views on women and feminism or with a history of domestic violence. We need to have hard conversations about toxic masculinity, about the idea that women do not owe men dates or affection or sex. That this is not about mental illness, but about a culture of hate that sees women and girls as disposable, sexual objects who should be kept in their place. Also on that Monday, Dubravka Šimonović, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (VAW), issued her end of mission statement calling on Canada to adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women. That same week, feminists from Canada and around the world met in Ottawa at the W7 - challenging G7 leaders to tackle big issue through a feminist lens. The statistics in Canada are stark: Half of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On average, every 6 days a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner. In 2018 so far, that statistic is one woman every 2 days. Indigenous women are 6 times more likely to be killed than non-Indigenous women. Along with Women's Shelters Canada, DisAbled Women's Network of Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, YWCA Canada, and many other national and provincial organizations have been calling for an NAP on VAW for the past few years. In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced its Strategy to Address and Prevent Gender Based Violence. While this is a step towards an NAP, it differs in that it only deals with federal institutions. Canada needs an NAP to ensure that women in all areas of the country have access to comparable levels of services and protection. An NAP would ensure a shared understanding of the root causes of VAW as well as coordinated and effective efforts across the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels. This IS a national security issue. Justin Trudeau, Maryam Monsef, and the federal government as a whole, a self-declared feminist government, need to listen to international, national, and provincial voices calling for a comprehensive NAP on VAW. They need to acknowledge that violence against women for being women - in their private lives and in their public lives, when walking along Yonge Street - is a national security issue and needs to be addressed through a National Action Plan. Join us in asking for our federal government's support to effectively tackle the root causes of toxic masculinity, misogyny, and violence against women.

Women's Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada
14,217 supporters