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1. Send the Caregiver's Champion Filipino Canadian to Canada Parliament

Lawyer Rafael Fabregas worked tirelessly to get the Juana Tejada Law onto the law books in Canada.

Working together with his client Tejada, they brought reform to the country’s live-in caregiver program by making it fairer for caregivers and their families to gain permanent residence status. Tejada had been denied permanent status because she fell ill; she died of cancer before the law was passed on International Women's Day of 2009.

Through Fabregas, Juana acquired permanent residency status in Canada and the amendment to the immigration law they sought was passed and is now known as "The Juana Tejada Law".

Fabregas' belief in fairness and justice led him to be a lawyer and it is also how he lives his life. He continues to help others and takes "pro bono" cases as he did for Tejada, without financial considerations and only in the name of public service.

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2. National Childcare Plan in Canada

"Parents, on average (except in Quebec), cover 50% of program costs – the fourth highest rate among select OECD countries" (TD Special Report, TD Economics, 2012).

"Quebec has the most comprehensive program, as it universally provides $7 per day child care for children aged 0-12 (including before and after school care)" (TD Special Report, TD Economics, 2012).

"Studies show some positive effects following the implementation of the program, including a rise in the female participation rate from lowest to highest in Canada, moving above the national average on standardized test scores, an increase in fertility rates and a 50% reduction in poverty. Quebec also has the lowest share – by a large margin – of 2-4 year-olds who receive parental care only compared to other provinces" (TD Special Report, TD Economics, 2012).

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3. Stop the Canadian Seal Slaughter

It all started in the 1800s. Seals migrated from Greenland to the coast of Newfoundland to breed, only to find greedy hunters with deadly clubs. They clubbed the thousands of seals to death every year.

The most terrible thing is, they still do it now, even though most countries have stopped importing seal fur. The way of death for these lovely animals is terrible and cruel. It must stop.

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4. Make Mr. Stephen Harper Make A Public Apology

Government sends cheque for 1 cent to soldier’s mother in ‘fragile state’ after son committed suicide.

Quoted from the National Post.

OTTAWA — Canada’s defence minister has apologized to the family of a soldier whose mother received a government cheque for one penny following her son’s death upon his return from Afghanistan.

Rob Nicholson says an “insensitive bureaucratic screw-up” resulted in the one-cent cheque being sent to the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark.

The cheque, dated Feb. 28, was sent from the Public Works department and was marked as “CF Release Pay.”

It’s not clear why it was sent, but a clearly incensed Nicholson told the House of Commons that he would look into the matter.

Cpl. Justin Stark was a 22-year-old Canadian Forces reservist and an infantry soldier with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada who killed himself in the John W. Foote VC Armouries in Hamilton in October 2011. His seven-month tour of Afghanistan had ended earlier that same year.

It’s humiliating and degrading. Several tribunals were held to determine whether Stark’s death was related to his tour of duty, but it was unclear whether they ever reached a conclusion.

New Democrat MP Wayne Marston says the cheque has made matters worse for Stark’s mother, Denise, who he described as being in a “fragile state.”

Marston says he appreciated Nicholson’s pledge to look into the matter, but that he didn’t want to assign blame for the cheque being issued.

Rather, he said, Nicholson should put measures in place to ensure that a similar incident doesn’t happen in the future.

“It’s humiliating and degrading,” Keven Ellis, the president of the North Wall Riders Association, a motorcycle club that supports soldiers and their families with fundraising and events, told cbc.ca.

“It took the wind out of her sails,” said Ellis, who is speaking on behalf of the family because Stark’s mother is just “too distraught.”

“It’s been 2½ years and she gets a cheque in the mail from the government addressed to her son for one cent? This woman lost her son, and it seems like all these things keep falling on her.”

Well, Mr. Harper, you sure screwed that one up. When you finally tried to prove you paid separation pay to the vets, you send a cheque that can't be cashed. Don't you remember, you took out the penny. so no funds available. I urge you Mr. Harper to do the right thing and make a Public apology to the poor mother. Do you not have Respect for out VETS ? or people that have served or are serving our country, It is times like this I am ashamed to be Canadian.

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5. The RCMP abuses C-68

Swiss Arms Confiscated

Effective 10:00 pm eastern tonight the RCMP has reclassified the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine from non-restricted (and restricted) to prohibited status. There are approximately 1,000 -1,800 of these firearms in the public. The government will not be offering compensation and will be demanding that the firearms, which cost between $3,000 - $4,000 be surrendered. The government is suggesting that all affected firearms owners contact the distributers from which the firearms were purchased for reimbursement.

The NFA encourages all affected owners to contact their federal Member of Parliament. This is part of an ongoing agenda of the RCMP to progressively prohibit firearms in Canada.

Under Bill C-68, the firearms classification system was supposed to be updated regularly to prohibit firearms being introduced into the market, as well as those already in Canada.

The Government of Canada was supposed to assist in this with periodic new legislation and Order in Council (OIC).

The RCMP have been doing this unilaterally since 2006. Access to information records show that RCMP have an aggressive firearms reclassification agenda, and that prohibitions will not stop with the Swiss Arms Series Rifles. These rifles were approved for import by the RCMP have been sold in Canada for over a decade. Owners once held registrations for them under the now defunct long gun registry.
There has never been a crime or incident of violence committed with one of these rifles.

NFA condemns this RCMP assault on the rights and private property of law abiding Canadians. The RCMP has shown contempt for the rights of Canadians by their actions, and we expect the Government of Canada to take steps and introduce measures to reign in the RCMP and end the assault against the rights, property and freedoms of Canadians.

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6. Corriger le projet de loi S209 "modification de l'article 83 du Code pénal"

ATTN: La Chambre des communes du Canada, le Parlement du Canada, le Sénat du Canada, Ministère de Tourisme, Culture et Sport, Ministère de Services aux consommateurs

Les municipalités ainsi que leurs départements qui émettent les permis, citent souvent l’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada pour justifier de ne pas émettre de permis pour les Arts Martiaux Mixtes Amateurs et même pour les évènements de sports de combat dans lesquels il n’y a pas de contacts. Le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada est utilisé comme une façon de monopoliser le contrôle des fonds des payeurs de taxes de même que le sport. Les sénateurs ont été avertis du risque potentiel d’interprétation erronée et mauvaise du futur article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada, au moment des discussions entourant l’adoption du projet de loi S209. Hors contrôle, les efforts des aspirants athlètes, des entraîneurs ainsi que des organisations permanentes existant de longue date, qui ont aidé et continuent à aider, à cultiver ce sport, seront voués à l’échec. Les pouvoirs contenus dans le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada, sont tellement vastes et confères aux titulaires des droits, des pouvoirs de monopole tellement vastes, qui pourraient être utilisés dans le but de manipuler la communauté athlétique sans recours.

Les nouveaux sports amateurs ne peuvent pas évoluer vers les Olympiques sans avoir un espace propice pour se développer où règnent l’ouverture et la justice. Des lois imprécises et ambiguës comme le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada paralysent le sport de combat canadien, causant une diminution de la participation et la représentation d'athlètes canadiens aux Jeux Olympiques et autres compétitions internationales. En conséquence, le Canada risque de perdre plusieurs talents canadiens qui iront vers d’autres opportunités où il y aura cette ouverture pour le sport dans d’autres pays. Le développement d’un sport pour l’emmener vers une discipline Olympique et internationale, prend des décennies de travail et de développement. L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada empêche cette croissance avant même qu'elle ne commence.

L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada contredit beaucoup l’existence des traditions et façons de faire de longue date autour du MMA au Canada. Le nouvel L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada découragera un individu de s'associer à une organisation sportive de son choix. En cette forme, L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada contredit les libertés garanties dans la Charte Canadienne des Droits et Libertés.

En outre, article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada est utilisé comme une arme politique par certaines organisations de sport de combat qui cause l’annulation de plusieurs compétitions au Canada ce qui fait mal au sport du MMA. Actuellement, il y a des organisations sportives provinciales qui sont reconnues en Ontario par le Ministère de la Culture et du Sport. Leur statut de reconnaissance donne accès à ces organismes à des subventions pour financer leur organisation (s).

Une partie de ces fonds est aussi utilisée pour commencer antitrust et des campagnes de propagande contre non-reconnu (et entièrement légal) les organisations sportives qui n'utilisent pas l'argent de Payeur Fiscal pour opérer(fonctionner). Ceux-ci sont des Actes criminels définis conformément à l'Acte(la Loi) de Compétition(Concurrence) du Canada qui est ignoré par la reconnaissance des Ministères. La ligne entre la reconnaissance et S209 ou la section 83 était toujours gardée floue pour diminuer les organisations qui ne sont pas sous le portefeuille de reconnaissance de sport de Ministère.

Le législateur n'a manifestement pas tenu compte des représentations des experts du domaine du sport de combat et a adopté la loi malgré l’opposition des gens d’expérience de ce sport détenant la formation la plus haute et opérant selon les normes de sécurité depuis de nombreuses années. Au lieu de clarifier l’ancien article 83 du Code Criminel traitant de combats concertés, le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code Criminel du Canada a créé une débâcle plus prononcée dans la croissance de Sport amateur de combat.

Arrêter de se renvoyer la balle ! Le combatif industrie du sport s'est accélérée considérablement au cours des 10 dernières années. Accepter notre position et nous aider à "maintenir les combats dans l'anneau".

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7. Fix Bill S209 amendment of Section 83 of the Criminal Code / Corriger le projet de loi S209 "modification de l'article 83 du Code pénal"

ATTN: House of Commons of Canada, Parliament of Canada, Senate of Canada, Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Ministry of Consumer Services

-Pleine traduction française ajoutée 11-02-14. Prière de se reporter au texte après version anglaise

English Version;

Municipalities/Permit Departments are denying permits for Amateur Mixed Martial Arts and even Non-Striking Combative Sports events citing S209. The new amendment to section 83 is being used for monopoly control of Tax Payer funds and sports. Senators were warned of this potential misinterpretation and misuse of S209. If unchecked, efforts of aspiring athletes and coaches, as well as long standing organizations that have helped and continue to help grow these sports will be laid to waste. S209 can be used as a blanket permission of monopoly by some who are assigned the rights to manipulate the athletic community, without recourse.

New Sports cannot grow to Olympic heights without an open and fair playing field in the Amateur form. Unfair, ambiguous laws and amendments such as S209 are the suffocating chains surrounding Canadian Combat Sports, choking the participation and representation of Canadian Athletes in the Olympics and other International Competitions. Canada will experience more talent drain as the best of us leave for other Countries and open opportunities. It takes decades to grow a sport into the Olympic and International Platform. S209 blocks that growth before it even begins.

S209 contradicts many pre-existing and long-standing laws in Canada. The new Bill will discourage an individual from associating with a sports organization of his or her choice. In this form, S209 contradicts Canadian Constitutional amendment of Freedom of Association Act of Canada.

Furthermore, S209 is used as a political weapon by organizations in combative sports to ruthlessly hurt and shut-down competing events in Canada. Currently, there are Provincial Sports Organizations who are recognized in Ontario by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Recognition status gives them access to Tax Payer funds in the form of grants to run their organization(s). A portion of these funds are also used to launch anti-trust and propaganda campaigns against non-recognized (and fully legal) sports organizations that do not use Tax Payer money to operate. These are Criminal Acts defined under the Competition Act of Canada that are ignored by the recognizing Ministries. The line between recognition and S209 or section 83 has always been kept blurred to diminish organizations that are not under the Ministry sports recognition portfolio.

Senators who are no experts in the wide field of Combative Sports simply passed the law despite warnings from individuals and organizations entrenched in regulating these sports with highest training and safety standards for many years. Bill S209 is a Bah! Humbug! to the Canadian Combat Athletic community carrying with it the air of arrogance by the Law Makers who Know Not What They Do. Instead of clarifying section 83 regulations on prize fighting, Bill S209 has created a more pronounced debacle in the growth of Amateur Combat Sports.

Stop passing the buck! The combative sport industry has accelerated tremendously over the past 10 years. Accept our position and assist us in "keeping the fighting in the ring".

Version française;

ATTN: La Chambre des communes du Canada, le Parlement du Canada, le Sénat du Canada, Ministère de Tourisme, Culture et Sport, Ministère de Services aux consommateurs

Les municipalités ainsi que leurs départements qui émettent les permis, citent souvent l’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada pour justifier de ne pas émettre de permis pour les Arts Martiaux Mixtes Amateurs et même pour les évènements de sports de combat dans lesquels il n’y a pas de contacts. Le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada est utilisé comme une façon de monopoliser le contrôle des fonds des payeurs de taxes de même que le sport. Les sénateurs ont été avertis du risque potentiel d’interprétation erronée et mauvaise du futur article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada, au moment des discussions entourant l’adoption du projet de loi S209. Hors contrôle, les efforts des aspirants athlètes, des entraîneurs ainsi que des organisations permanentes existant de longue date, qui ont aidé et continuent à aider, à cultiver ce sport, seront voués à l’échec. Les pouvoirs contenus dans le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada, sont tellement vastes et confères aux titulaires des droits, des pouvoirs de monopole tellement vastes, qui pourraient être utilisés dans le but de manipuler la communauté athlétique sans recours.

Les nouveaux sports amateurs ne peuvent pas évoluer vers les Olympiques sans avoir un espace propice pour se développer où règnent l’ouverture et la justice. Des lois imprécises et ambiguës comme le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada paralysent le sport de combat canadien, causant une diminution de la participation et la représentation d'athlètes canadiens aux Jeux Olympiques et autres compétitions internationales. En conséquence, le Canada risque de perdre plusieurs talents canadiens qui iront vers d’autres opportunités où il y aura cette ouverture pour le sport dans d’autres pays. Le développement d’un sport pour l’emmener vers une discipline Olympique et internationale, prend des décennies de travail et de développement. L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada empêche cette croissance avant même qu'elle ne commence.

L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada contredit beaucoup l’existence des traditions et façons de faire de longue date autour du MMA au Canada. Le nouvel L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada découragera un individu de s'associer à une organisation sportive de son choix. En cette forme, L’article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada contredit les libertés garanties dans la Charte Canadienne des Droits et Libertés .

En outre, article 83. (1) du Code criminel du Canada est utilisé comme une arme politique par certaines organisations de sport de combat qui cause l’annulation de plusieurs compétitions au Canada ce qui fait mal au sport du MMA. Actuellement, il y a des organisations sportives provinciales qui sont reconnues en Ontario par le Ministère de la Culture et du Sport. Leur statut de reconnaissance donne accès à ces organismes à des subventions pour financer leur organisation (s).

Une partie de ces fonds est aussi utilisée pour commencer antitrust et des campagnes de propagande contre non-reconnu (et entièrement légal) les organisations sportives qui n'utilisent pas l'argent de Payeur Fiscal pour opérer(fonctionner). Ceux-ci sont des Actes criminels définis conformément à l'Acte(la Loi) de Compétition(Concurrence) du Canada qui est ignoré par la reconnaissance des Ministères. La ligne entre la reconnaissance et S209 ou la section 83 était toujours gardée floue pour diminuer les organisations qui ne sont pas sous le portefeuille de reconnaissance de sport de Ministère.

Le législateur n'a manifestement pas tenu compte des représentations des experts du domaine du sport de combat et a adopté la loi malgré l’opposition des gens d’expérience de ce sport détenant la formation la plus haute et opérant selon les normes de sécurité depuis de nombreuses années. Au lieu de clarifier l’ancien article 83 du Code Criminel traitant de combats concertés, le nouvel article 83. (1) du Code Criminel du Canada a créé une débâcle plus prononcée dans la croissance de Sport amateur de combat.

Arrêter de se renvoyer la balle ! Le combatif industrie du sport s'est accélérée considérablement au cours des 10 dernières années. Accepter notre position et nous aider à "maintenir les combats dans l'anneau".

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8. Abolish the Goods and Services Tax in Canada.

This is a petition to Abolish the Goods and services tax in Canada.

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9. Keep Justin Bieber in the U.S.

The online-petition of U.S.-Americans is also found on the White house website.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-justin-bieber-and-revoke-his-green-card/ST1yqHJL

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10. Help Change Saskatchewans Boa, Python and Reptile Laws

Saskatchewan has had a law that has ban the ownership of all boas and pythons since 1985. This law is severely outdated and even is worded incorrectly calling that all reptile and amphibians that are venomous are ban as well. However toads are sold in store and other mildly poisonous animals.

This is the only provice in Canada where it is illegal to own boas and pythons. This severely restricts what people can own in Saskatchewan. If any are found to be illegally kept are either found a new home in a zoo out of province by the government or euthanized.


For an exact reading of the law please visit
http://www.canlii.org/en/sk/laws/regu/rrs-c-w-13.1-reg-13/latest/rrs-c-w-13.1-reg-13.html

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11. Bring back Afghan memorial to Australia

The Top Brass in the ADF want to destroy the memorial that is dedicated to the 40 brave men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our freedom.

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12. Hey Rogers, How about AMC HD for ALL provinces!

Rogers customers in Ontario have the luxury of having AMC in High Definition which I believe is unfair to the rest of the country. I myself live in New Brunswick and I love AMC and it's quality programming with shows like The Walking Dead, but I find it quite disappointing that we can't get it in HD.

I can only imagine how many other Rogers customers feel for the rest of the country and I'm sure that they all agree with me on this one.

So Rogers, are you going to give us the programming that would help ensure that we stay with your company or let customers leave for another provider?

Let's all brand together to get AMC in HD for ALL provinces!

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13. Stop Prius production

Toyota Prius owners around the world are mostly "nature-friendly" kind of people, and 90% of Prius owners have a Prius because of "save nature" perspective.

What they don't know, is that production of their Prius hurts environment much more than standard petrol/diesel powerd cars do in their whole lifetime. Also, production of Prius goes around the world (ex. Nickel mining, Canada, refining mined Nickel in Europe, further production in China, and sent to Japan where it is fitted into a car). Not mentioning the fact that parts are all being shipped across the globe, and cargo ships are not so nature friendly.

Studies have shown that in a long term, Prius makes more environmental damage than Land Rover Discovery in its whole lifespan.

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14. Have the Ontario Municipal Board be made up of elected officials

The members of the Ontario Municipal Board are appointed by Ontario's Attorney General John Gerretsen. This organization can over rule elected politicians and in turn not follow the will of the people.

Members of the OMB should be elected to ensure they are accountable to the people.

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15. Remove The Vehicle Age From Import Laws

Canada and the US have laws that prevent people from importing cars until they are a certain age.

Most of Canada has a requirement for the vehicle to be over 15 years old.

What is the point of this law?

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16. Stop Scotiabank and the City Of Toronto from Stealing Our Festival

The Caribana™ Carnival in Toronto was created in 1967 by the Caribana™ Cultural Committee (C.C.C), now known as the Caribana™ Arts Group (C.A.G.). It is the largest cultural festival in North America and was created to commemorate Canada’s centennial independence celebration, by a group of West Indian immigrants living in Ontario, Canada.

Throughout the years, the founders made tremendous sacrifices to keep the festival alive despite the many adversities they faced, including bankruptcy. Others even lost their homes as a result of repossession by financial institutions when they could not repay the loan borrowed to run the festival. Needless to say, the Caribana™ creators got little or no financial help from the City of Toronto or any government entity when they started, which continued for many years. Despite their many pitfalls and lack of funding, the founders still held on to their visions and dreams and continued to risk all they had to ensure the Caribbean culture was showcased during the summer months when the festival called Caribana™ was held.

Ironically, the festival has now been usurped by one of Canada’s largest financial institution called Scotiabank, and the City of Toronto, through one of the city’s management company call the Festival Management Committee (F.M.C). The takeover was arranged when the City of Toronto, in 2006, offered to assist the C.C.C. with expertise advise in areas they were lacking. This arrangement was accepted when the C.C.C experienced certain challenges, some of which resulted from inadequate funding, so they thought this gesture was genuine and in good faith. Eventually the C.C.C agreed to allow the FMC to manage the festival for a year and helped augment their operations. Afterwards, the festival was to be returned to the C.C.C. management control, but this did not happen.
The C.A.G has requested the return of the festival many times or asked the FMC to enter into a licensing agreement, but their requests have been ignored by a group some people in the community have labeled “the de facto group.” Subsequently, the C.A.G took the initiative to pursue legal action to reclaim the festival and in May 2011, the Ontario Superior Court ruled the name Caribana ™ is a trademark that could no longer be used by Scotiabank and the FMC. With that ruling, the “de facto group” was forced to change the name and renamed it Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

An article in the Toronto Star in May 2011, stated, “An Ipsos Reid study released April (2010) showed Caribana generated $483 million for the provincial economy in 2009, drawing about 1.2 million festival-goers, including 300,000 from outside the country.” Maybe, the biggest question that needs to be answered is, who requested this study? Was it because of these astounding figures, Scotiabank and the City of Toronto do not want to return the festival to its rightful owners? After managing the festival successfully for almost 40 years, why do the City of Toronto, Scotiabank and the FMC now believe C.A.G is incompetent to manage it?

There is no doubt the festival belongs to the C.A.G, who demonstrated resilience throughout the years in promoting the Caribbean culture, even during the most tumultuous times. Scotiabank, by virtue of their actions, seems to be exercising organizational colonialism, which must be condemned. This is an unprecedented action taken by a large city in an advance democratic country. Where is Scotiabank and the City of Toronto ethics and social responsibly?

If anyone was to take away any property of Scotiabank or the City of Toronto, they might be charged for illegal possession of the property and possibly called a thief. Why does Scotiabank believe after all the sacrifices made over the years by members of the Caribana™ Arts Group and the Caribbean Community, the City of Toronto now has the right to take their festival away and let them claim it as their own? Hmm…Bully? Furthermore, under any other circumstances would this not be considered stealing?

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17. Stop the use of herbicides in Canadian forests

Chemicals do not belong in Canadian forest. For many years, The government of canada has allowed forestry companies as well as the Ministry Of Natural Resources to use approved herbicides to manage forests.

Many people feel that this practice has negative effects on wildlife and ecosystems. Soil fertility depends on living organisms that these chemicals will eliminate.

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18. Establish a CANZUK political & defence alliance and free trade zone by 2020

In recognition of the reality that the UK will almost certainly recast its relationship with the EU to avoid falling into an inevitable supranational federation;

And in respect of the fact that the UK values its freedom and political independence as much as Canada, Australia and New Zealand (CANZ) does—nations that share a common language, common values, common law, common institutions, a common political culture, a common military heritage, a common history and a common head of state, HM the Queen;

And in recognition of the fact that the individual nations of CANZUK require a vision for the 21st century that is cooperative and global in nature, one that is able to leverage its values and strengths in order to best compete with the emerging giants of the world who may not share those values;

And in acknowledgement of the fact that much could be gained for the prosperity, mobility, protection and freedom of our citizens if our nations, for example:

- Established a free trade zone
- Created a dedicated channel for arrival and departure at all ports of entry to allow subjects of Her Majesty’s realms to enter with appropriate decorum and not as “foreigners”
- Increased sharing of embassies and missions around the world to build on the agreements that have already and recently been made to better protect our citizens abroad
- Pooled procurement in defence spending and other large government procurement items to achieve economies of scale and reduce costs on taxpayers
- Caucused in the UN as a geopolitical group (as much as CANZ currently does) and rotated chairmanship of the UK’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council

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19. Open Carry in Ontario

Open carry will mean a safer more independent Canada.

Permits and courses will generate millions in revenue.

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20. Stop Genetically Engineered Seed problems

The use of GE (genetically engineered, or GMO genetically modified organism) crops has been a growing issue of contention in recent years. Health, agricultural and environmental advocates are pushing for more testing, mandatory labeling of GE products, and ultimately the banning of GE products completely.

The articles below reference Monsanto Canada's announcement in June, that it will expand its products further into Western Canada. Monsanto has indicated that genetically engineered foods will solve world hunger. One article reassures that crop yields are only lower than traditional methods, when farmers use the product incorrectly. However, other independent studies show crops produce lower yield when the farmer uses it right as well. It is also well documented that the issues of world hunger are not due to a lack of food, but in the political and distribution systems that manage food security.

Still, seeds are genetically engineered with pesticides, while farmers, beekeepers, consumers, wildlife, the environment, and our future, all stand to be devastated.

Up until now, governments, and industry (such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Syngenta), have argued that genetically modified foods and products are safe. However, independent studies and testing have proven they are not.

Labelling is required. We continue to eat GM foods daily without knowing it because most products in our grocery stores include genetically modified ingredients, and are not labelled, which deters freedom of choice.

A monopoly of the world's food system should not be allowed. Five companies account for 58 percent of the world’s commercial seed sales and ownership of seed is patented. These patents mean farmers cannot save seed for future plantings, so they lose autonomy and we all lose biodiversity forever. Once we lose diverse species of crops, we cannot undo this. Also, when small organic farmers' crops are contaminated by Monsanto's genetically engineered patented material (brought on the wind or by pollinating insects), the farmer is bullied in court for years by big business, and held liable for large sums of money small farmers don't have. It doesn't help that crop yields can decrease and the environment suffers when soil degrades irreparably. Globally, farmer suicide deaths have risen dramatically as a direct result of all these stressors.

We have seen the tragic effects in the decrease of the bee species, bees that our children and grandchildren rely on for future biodiversity on earth.

The evidence and support against GMOs (GE) are mounting.

It seems farmers, but perhaps few other people, may be aware how aggressive Monsanto is going after Canadian agricultural profits. We need to be aware so we can act accordingly before it is too late. I am hopeful that in addition to accepting my letter for publication, that your media outlet could do a corresponding piece on this new announcement. Thanks in advance for covering this very important local, Canadian and global story.

Public outcry DOES work. It is reported that Monsanto contracts the mercenary firm "Blackwater", to track activists around the world; Monsanto has seen the results when the people band together to voice concern. Due to overwhelming concern expressed by farmers, consumers, and public health officials, governments are beginning to require review of herbicide-resistant pesticides and genetic engineering of crops. Many countries in the world, and some US states, have banned GEGMO altogether, or until independent testing and peer review is sufficiently completed. Canada is lagging.

Canadians must continue to lobby Health Canada. Our government claims GMO products are safe, based on the thin and biased research of the big five companies who stand to profit. We need to demand independent GM product product testing be started in Canada. Canadians have the human right to choose what we put in our bodies, and for the due diligence of our government to do the testing in labs, and not use the general Canadian population as guinea pigs.

Canadians must continue to tell the big five, and the companies who allow their products to be ingredients in their products, that they must stop their Orwellian control over the world food system. We must demand they stop lobbying 'against' GMO labelling, and 'against' us, the 83% of the general populace who are lobbying 'for' labelling. We must demand they start labelling. It is our human right to not be monopolized by corporations, and to have choice.

Canadians should be encouraged to write their MP, MPP and PM. Politicians do handle letters and respond to media attention of issues. Also, Canadians can strengthen the collective public voice, by taking part in events like the July 24th "Monsanto Video Revolt", and October “March Against Monsanto". These events take place around the world, as coordinated days of action and protest. They rally calls for further scientific research on the health effects of GE foods, for the labelling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods we eat daily, and ultimately for a complete ban on GE crops. These awareness events also educate people so they can make their own decisions; Canadians can use their dollars to vote non-GMO when they buy organic non-GMO instead.

We must continue to fight for our freedom; and can not allow these multinational chemical companies' to continue dominating the world's food supply, and literally forcing it down our throats!

Sincerely,

concerned citizen

Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-06-24.aspx

Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-04-08.aspx

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21. Stop Language Tests For Canadian University Graduates

About 300,000 people apply for immigration to Canada every year.

Under the Canadian Experience or Skilled Worker Class, Immigration Canada requires all applicants to take Language proficiency test, even those who have graduated with Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees (even in English Literature) from recognized Canadian Universities.

The tests (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF) cost about $250 before tax & are often booked up well in advance, rendering the application process more expensive and needlessly cumbersome.

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22. Appreciation letter: Urging the Honorable John Baird to support Iranian Opposition


در پاسخ به محکوم کردن انتصابات حکومت توسط وزیر خارجه کانادا در بیانیه ۱۵ ژوئن ۲۰۱۳ و حمایت وی از مردم ایران، بدینوسیله از پشتیبانی عالیجناب جان برد تقدیر میگردد. وزیر خارجه کانادا در بیانیه خویش تصریح کرده بود که هر چند کانادا مدت مدیدی است که اعتقاد و اعتماد خویش را از رژیم توخالی و واپسگرای ایران از دست داده اما هیچگاه ایمان خویش نسبت به مردم ایران را از دست نداده است. با امضا و به اشتراک گذاشتن این نامه، قدردانی خود را از حامیان ملت ایران نشان دهیم:


John Baird, the Foreign Minister, who has openly advocated democratic revolution in Iran since closing Canada’s embassy there last year, said in a statement the election was “effectively meaningless” because only “regime-friendly candidates” were allowed in the race, and none “represents a real alternative for Iranian voters.”

“The person tagged to replace [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad will simply be another of [Supreme Leader] Ayatollah Khamenei’s puppets in the tragic and dangerous pantomime that is life for all Iranians,” he said.

http://www.international.gc.ca/wet30-1/aff/news-communiques/2013/06/15a.aspx?lang=eng

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23. Protect Wolves by Canadian Federal Law

Before the Europeans came to Canada, wolves lived in harmony with the environment. But, when the settlers arrived, wolves were poisoned, trapped, and hunted.

Wolves that weren't attacked, were left homeless when their forest home was developed. With the largest wolf population in the world, Canada has allot to up-hold. People come here for the wilderness, and, with the wolf as the primary symbol, no one will come, and, as well as having less income, the country could be responsible for a huge decline in the population of the wolf.

Canada should also be ashamed that with the Rocky Mountains being the best possible habitat in Canada for a wolf, there was not one spotted in that area over a 30 year time period.

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24. Let's throw Chris Hadfield an old-fashioned ticker tape parade!

To celebrate the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and to celebrate his successful efforts to get Canada and the world excited about space exploration again using social media, Chris Hadfield deserves a ticker tape parade.

There are two other reasons for doing this. First of all, ticker tape parades are awesome and why we don't have one every month is a mystery. Second, in light of the renewed enthusiasm for space exploration, Canadian citizens who care about space and the Canadian Space Agency should demand that the agency and the larger industry continue to receive funding and investment to maintain Canada's reputation as an aerospace leader.

The Canadian Space Agency's funding has been frozen for about a decade and recent federal budgets have even mandated cuts of about $30 million by 2014-15. The aerospace industry employs about 66,000 people in high-tech, well-paying jobs that are important not only to the country's technological advancement but also to the economy.

If we want to keep the jobs, the expertise, and all those nice warm feelings we get from space exploration, let's continue to invest in it — and the first step is a ticker tape parade for Commander Hadfield.

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25. Stop Negative Media Ads by Conservative Party in Canada

Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada are using donations and tax revenue to post negative, misleading attack ads. These ads are pervasive in all forms of the media including TV, internet and radio. They even take place outside of election periods.

Rather than promoting a positive agenda, they make fun in a derisive and false way their opponents. This should stop now as Canada and Canadians should and do hold themselves to a higher standard.

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26. Investigate Toxic PCB's on Canadian Warships

Canadian Navy destroyers, tankers, and destroyer escort ships built in the 1950's and 1960's contained toxic PCB's: "Any of a family of industrial compounds produced by chlorination of biphenyl, noted primarily as an environmental pollutant that accumulates in animal tissue with resultant pathogenic and teratogenic effects."

Polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB's are known to cause cancer, genetic, and neurological disorders in those exposed to them, even over a short period of time. The above mentioned warships were eventually sunk as artificial reefs after decommissioning, and divers later found high levels of PCB's emanating from them. While this poses a risk to marine, plant-life, and recreational divers, what about the 10's of thousands of Naval personnel who lived, worked, and sailed on these vessels during their 30 year life span?

Record of the discovery can be found in many news archives, this is one as an example:

Ships used as reefs contain PCBs - CBC

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27. Quebec Refugee Registry

With the imminent passage of Bill 14 in Quebec, democracy is being legislated away along with our fundamental rights and freedoms. And there seems to be no way to stop it. UNLESS we do something that makes international headlines and draws the spotlight to us.

Imagine 10,000 Quebecers/Canadians applying for asylum to the United States - you can't buy optics like that.

Help us fight back!

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28. Open Carry Alberta, Canada

The Bill of Rights of 1688 contained, as its leading term, the right to bear arms. Back when Canada was technically still under English rule they allowed the citizens the right to bear arms for protection, so why not now?

According to the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, under the Constitution Act of 1982, under Legal Rights, Section 7; Life, Liberty and Security of Person: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice." Under Section 12; Treatment or Punishment: "Everyone has the right not to be subject to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment."

When you read those 2 sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, how can you argue that openly carrying a firearm is not safe? Would people commit crimes if they knew everyday citizens have the ability to stop them? I don't think so. We in Canada have what is called an "Authorization to Carry" license, however, the Provincial Chief Firearm Officers (CFO's) have agreed not to issue such licenses. The law in Canada says you can defend your life with equal force of your attacker, it also says the law acknowledges the possibility of an individual requiring a restricted handgun for protection from other individuals when police protection is insufficient.

It seems as if the government doesn't find human life valuable enough for Canadian citizens to obtain a legal permit to open carry. How can you defend your life with "equal force" if the person threatening your life has a gun & you don't? It seems like a double standard to allow Police, Attorneys, Judges, & Money couriers the right to bear arms for defensive purposes, but as private citizens, we don't have the right to do the same.

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29. Legalize Marijuana Canada

We need to legalize Marijuana at the federal level.

Several polls since 2003 have found that a majority of Canadians agreed with the statement, "The use of marijuana should be legalized", including one in 2009 done by Angus Reid, with 53% for legalization.

The latest being in 2012 by Forum Research Inc. which suggested "66% of Canadians are in favour of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, with just 20% supporting leaving the laws as they are now."

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30. Pass the Horse Slaughter Protection Act

While the slaughterhouses in the United States have recently been closed, horses are still being slaughtered– they are merely being shipped across the border to Canada and Mexico, where they meet horrific ends.

In Mexico, for example, horses are repeatedly stabbed by “puntilla” knives until they bleed to death. These are not horses who are bred for meat, but horses who could have been a little girl’s best friend until purchased by a killer buyer at an auction.

In 2012, Obama signed an Appropriations Bill that would once again pave the way for slaughterhouses to operate in the United States again. Not withstanding the enormous environmental, legal and other concerns that a slaughterhouse brings to a town, the suffering of the horses who are sent to these plants is astronomical. They are sometimes put into trailers and left for days without water, then half-crazed, they are violently prodded into the slaughterhouse, where they are supposed to be killed by a captive bolt. Unfortunately, the horses are so scared that these bolts sometimes go into the horses’ eyes and the horse is struck again and again until stunned. It is not uncommon for a horse not to be killed by the captive bolt, but only stunned, so that they are actually alive while being vivisected.

Considering how horses are treated to the kill pens and how they are killed, here is no possible way that slaughter can ever be considered humane euthanasia.

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