Petition Tag - bc

1. Stop CBC taxpayer funding

The Canadian broadcasting company is a taxpayer funded leftist propaganda outlet entirely devoted to demonizing anyone who isn't a liberal. Although they are funded by ALL Canadians via their tax dollars to the tune of 1.1 billion dollars a year, they only represent liberals. They suppress news that doesn't look good for liberals and exploit any opportunity to demonized the rest of Canada. Every broadcast is full of shaming and propaganda. This was incredibly evident during their reporting on the Quebec mosque shooting. They mentioned "right wing". About 100 times (even though he was reportedly an ndp voter). They went as far as saying that all lone shooters have historically alway been right wing (factually incorrect/ outright lie) and that he would argue right wing ideas online, in effort to silence any opposition to liberal ideas online. The worst part was the nazi-esqe demand to Canadians to immediately "shut down" Any "words" that dont align with liberal tolerance (incredibly ambiguous and effectively silencing important conversations and dialogue in a dictatorial way). They also said family members should seek therapy for people if they notice them "changing" in the right wing direction. This is nazi propaganda 101. Are we now facing a gestapo style censorship where we are criminals just for holding any right wing beliefs at all? Is it only acceptable to be liberal and nothing else? Is democracy being traded for dictatorship and socialism (hitler was a socialist btw - debunking CBC false claim that all murderers are right wing)? Why is the CBC pushing this agenda so hard and being funded by our government who is now set to increase their pay? Save us from becoming nazi germany and protect your freedom and your tax dollars from being used to manipulate you.

2. Support IVF4BC

1 in 6 Canadian couples, of childbearing age, struggle to conceive. Infertility affects thousands of women and men across our Country. It is a medical condition that can leave us feeling isolated, confused, heartbroken and helpless.

78% of British Columbians agree that infertility treatments should be publicly funded. Infertility is a serious medical condition that affects both male and female partners.

Although treatments are often successful, it can take numerous cycles to achieve a positive result. These treatments are both physically/emotionally demanding and expensive.

The average cost for in vitro fertilization treatments is between $5800-$8000, not including the additional several thousand dollars for required medication.

Please sign this petition and help advocate for those with this serious medical condition trying to build a family.

3. School bus pick up and drop off in Glade, BC for students that attend Brent Kennedy Elementary School and Mount Sentinel SecondarySchool

Many young families live in Glade,BC. Of those young families, many have children that attend Brent Kennedy Elementary (BK)and Mount Sentinel Secondary School (MS). In order to attend these schools, parents must either make alternate arrangements or drive them to and from school. The community's catchment is SD20 not SD8. This is the reason why at this time Glade does not have a bus that transports to BK and MS.

Many parents have chosen the BK and MS schools primarily because they are located within the closest proximity to Glade (7.3kms) vs. the catchment schools of Robson Community School (21.5kms) and Stanley Humphries Secondary (21.2kms). Most of the school age children (approximately 16 kids)living in Glade attend BK and MS with the minority (approximately 9 kids) attending Robson and Stanley Humphries.

The parents of students attending BK and Mount Sentinel, present and future, would like to petition for a bus service to Glade. At the present time, students that live in Glade that do not have the privilege of parents being able to transport them to and from school, would have to catch the bus at the Esso on the highway. These children must cross an extremely busy highway, walk 2.7km down the Glade Ferry Rd. (a single lane road that has no sidewalks nor safe pathways for pedestrians) and cross the river on the cable ferry (which does not have a safe nor enclosed pedestrian staging area).

Currently the Glade ferry road is mostly used by passenger vehicles but Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd will be logging in Glade and there are increased risks associated with logging truck traffic as well. There are many reasons why we should be granted bus service in Glade and safety is number one!

Parents of students that live in Glade are willing to pay the required fees for this bus service, and would like to negotiate a suitable drop off and pick up location in Glade. We feel that this would be fair considering the SD currently offers bus service to similar out of catchment communities nearby(Shoreacres and Voykin Subdivision) and also given the level of enrollment in BK and MS schools from the community of Glade.

4. Improve road maintenance in the Quesnel area

As is blatantly obvious to anyone driving Highway 97, the current road maintenance provider (HMC) is not up to the task. It is no coincidence that the roads suddenly become much worse at the borders of their maintenance contract.

Their poor handling of these roads are causing accidents, which in turn increase the risk of injury and death.

As far as I can tell, the current contract is up for bidding in 2019. Ideally, that contract should be killing in 2015, but barring that happening, HMC should be prevented from bidding on the contract when it expires, due entirely to their poor performance.

In the event that THAT is not possible, then the road conditions requirements need to be re-evaluated and the current road maintenance provider judged by them. It's highly unlikely they would meet any reasonable criteria.

5. BC Student Walk-In

We, as students, no longer wish to be caught in the middle of the negotiations between the BCTF and Provincial Government. We no longer wish to be used as pawns.

We are the future and we deserve a quality education at all times!We would also like it make it clear that we are neutral in the negotiation process between the BCTF and Provincial Government.

We are fighting for ourselves and our right to education!

6. To insert road lights along the Comox Rd/Dkye Rd in Comox BC

Comox Rd also known as the Dyke Rd is the number one route between Courtenay & Comox.

The community has been struggling without any visibility for a number of years. it is unsafe and has caused many accidents. A very critical one as of 3 days ago.

7. Fortis 2 tier protest

Fortis BC recently changed its rates to a 2 tier system, whereby those who consume over 1600 kWh of energy per two month period are charged a higher rate. This has had a major financial impact on many rural customers who do not have access to gas service to mitigate their electricity usage, and therefore forces them to pay the higher rate for their energy needs.

It also punishes the elderly and low-income residents who cannot afford the new rates or the costs of energy-saving upgrades, as well as renters whose units only provide electricity.

8. SAVE THE GROWLER

The humble Growler has become an endangered species in BC again as the Provincial Government has decided to jack up the tax on growler refills.

CAMRA BC considers this a direct tax on craft beer and in particular the smaller breweries that rely on growler sales and have contributed to its renaissance.

Growlers are environmentally responsible and a growing part of the craft beer culture in BC and this tax hike will harm the growth of this industry and the culture of BC. Join us in our fight.

For more information visit http://camravancouver.ca

9. Set Up BC-Alberta Oil FUND for Canadians

Northern Gateway:

Whether or not you're there, this is a project of national scope, such as our railways and trade networks were, and affects all Canadians. SO read on!

We're taking no "OIL premium FUND for Canadians" and letting it dry up or spill out - ON the most pristine fishery, forestry/timber, ground freshwater, ecosystems on Earth.

Can we at least have *Environmental Insurance* premiums paid on every gallon? No company has ever paid its fair share of a clean-up - it's always us taxpayers paying for that instead of fund managers.

This is not 'greenie'. How many would die for freshwater for their families as much as we have, and we risk losing more than 1/10th of that for what, exactly? A few executive's bonuses? 500 jobs for one year and maybe 100 forever? CAN SOMEONE ASK WHAT'S IN THIS FOR CANADIANS?

Can we have a fund pool with a huge premium so we can pay for bottled water, educate and take care of our health, and evacuate all the people? It's OUR LAND, can we have a stake in the profits? Boost our future like Norway did with their oil fund. Like, real cash in our hands and for our teachers and nurses, and not "good for our economy BS"?

I sent a request of environmental insurance funding to all the ministers in BC. I ask that you please sign it. The letter is as follows:

More..._______________________________________

May I offer you a humble suggestion for the Northern Gateway pipeline attempt. Although there is considerable, visceral objection to the project from people in both provinces or even for an alternate route, please consider environmental financial clean-up insurance.

To prevent extreme resistance the proposal is environmental insurance. It is quite possible that if above-exceptional due diligence is perceived ignored some could take to serious resistance against construction.

In a word, the answer is insurance. We've found that with high levels of risk - both economical and environmental, most companies (all oil companies) are not up to the challenge of maintaining their pipelines properly. Be it Shell in Africa, Exxon at sea, Chevron in Alaska, or BP in the gulf. There is no guarantee they can do what they say they will - keep our water and environment good for the future. It is unfortunate that in all these disasters the state budgets have paid more than the company in reclamation.

Can government regulations help? Somewhat. These also showed to be weak sometimes, such as with Alberta's "world-leading regulations" seeing over 1 million barrels of oil spills in this year alone. If that's the best, good luck to the rest of the world I must say. I worked in pipeline construction in our Arctic, and I understand that pipeline regulations and inspections are spotty at best.

Only environmental groups showed agressive lobbying enough to make us think twice about some projects, and in some cases, they take it too far. Co-operation is key, our oil company executives need some process that speaks their language. Enter new insurance companies.

The provincial governments own the majority of lands that may be wasted by oil spills. In most cases, they are in charge of keeping water safe enough to drink, and land value does not waste away as toxic tailings beds or oil pools. Strictly economically. Vacationers, homeowners, and cottage owners don't like oil splashing up on their beaches either. ( This means there's a value to all this pristine land, and people willing to keep it that way. And don't forget the wildlife. The very reason Canada is so prosperous and majestic in the first place. )

Big disasters cost big money to reclaim. The Exxon spill STILL has not been cleaned up, and much of the work was performed free by amateur volunteers. Sometimes faster and nicer than the professionals. But even the volunteers would've appreciated funding for shelter, extra supplies, and maybe travel subsidies.

An insurance company at its most basic exists to compensate for exorbitant losses that happen rarely or not too often. Let's make everyone involved in oil pipelines in charge of paying into an insurance pool for reclamation. Whether you like it or not, the only way to prevent an oil spill 100% is not to pump oil there. So there's always a chance to hedge against.

Companies and native groups will (if agreements go as planned) make huge revenue for long periods of time from this. That's why they're doing it. So ask the profiteers for a monthly fee, in line with the risk of disaster. Since it's just starting, this cooperative insurance pool will need upfront capital - what better way to invest in our risk mitigation? No one has to actually put up a lot of money up front, just legally agree to allocate it in case of. This is how our global oil reserves work, too.

So have companies, governments, native groups, and landowners pay monthly insurance premiums on the pipeline. It can be a tiny share of the revenue but a vital one. And our insurance cooperatives can be trusted. The jobs from such a new industry (insurance and environmental risk assessment will be formidable and these people are already trained).

So a third party with oversight and allotted funding. Who calls whether an oil spill is big enough? It would have to be agreed by two groups, or one group and an independent tester agreed by two groups. Then anyone can say - this is a bad spill, spend this much on it.

The best thing of all, is insurance uses the free market to judge the risk of an oil company pipeline. We don't have to trust inside executive intents to make it to plan, or the government measures to inspect every centimetre properly. An insurance group will ask for higher premiums for a riskier pipeline simply to cover its base.

AAA debt ratings for risk can apply to energy projects as sensitive as this one. And we can keep strong government regulations and inspections as a fundamental pillar.

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I, along with all our citizens, would be grateful for your consideration and due diligence on this action of *National Significance*.

10. Bring back School Sports

With the BC Teachers walkout and the passing of Bill 22 it seems that the people most affected are the students. Already many high schools and middle schools have canceled all sports as a form of protest to the government. This is all good for the teachers but its terrible news for students.

The government doesn't care about public schools and even less about their sports, considering their children attend private schools, why should they. We have to stand up and make ourselves heard.

We have to show the government were not ignorant and that we too can protest and make ourselves heard!

11. BC Noise legislation needs to change

Local Government Act in regards to noise uses the word individuals with an "s" and the word persons with an "s" meaning that a person living alone cannot complain about excessive noise.

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/LOC/freeside/--%20L%20--/Local%20Government%20Act%20RSBC%201996%20c.%20323/00_Act/96323_26.xml#section724

12. Repeal Liquor Sale Regulations in British Columbia

"The intent of this petition is to have liquor sales laws in British Columbia amended SUCH THAT:

GENERAL:

1. Liquor sales regulations facilitate the rights of both citizens and businesses to exercise their freedom, rather than inhibit it.

2. An atmosphere of peace, prosperity, and cooperation is created and upheld to the highest standard.

3. Hours of legal sale should be expanded in order to allow citizens the greatest possible opportunity to enjoy their right to choose.

4. The issuance of liquor sales licenses should be expanded to include ANY legitimate retailer in the food category including grocers, convenience stores, and non-permanent vendors.

5. Public consumption of alcohol should be decriminalised, with an accompanying "stiffening" of punishments for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. This puts the onus of maintaining proper conduct onto the citizen rather than on Peace Officers, contributing to a sense of pride, personal responsibility, and cooperation.

13. Stop BC Medical Services Plan Premiums!

British Columbia is the only province in Canada imposing a fixed monthly premium on its citizens for our universal healthcare coverage as mandated by the Canada Health Act. In other provinces healthcare premiums are fully covered by tax revenues. The next election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Between now and then we have an opportunity to place this on the agenda. The Liberals are looking for ways to appease us after the HST debacle and the NDP want to acquire our interest. Now is the time to approach both with this issue.

On a side note - Alberta, changed from premium based to tax based in 2009, leaving BC the final hold out.

14. Improve health and health care in British Columbia

In 2014, the current 2004 Health Accord – the deal that sets funding and healthcare service delivery agreements between the federal, provincial and territorial governments – will expire and must be renegotiated. This is a unique opportunity to improve health and health care for all Canadians.

The renewed 2014 Health Accord must be a joint initiative between all provincial, territorial and federal governments and must include key provisions in order to improve the accessibility, equity, comprehensiveness and sustainability of our health system. Among these provisions is the need for action on primary health care across Canada, including increased access to Community Health Centres in British Columbia and across Canada.

Short video about Canada's Community Health Centres

15. Support The Lakeshore Drive Walkway Extension

We are writing to you with a proposal to resolve an issue we have noticed on our street which affects many residents of this city.

We live on Lakeshore Drive, and we have noticed a large and constant amount of pedestrian traffic on this narrow and winding road everyday. People either walk or bike ride on the side of the road to commute back and forth from work, or simply traverse the city which often appears dangerous and unnecessarily challenging for these citizens.

We would like to propose a solution- an extension- to the existing suspended sidewalk between Heron View and Prestige Inn along the harbor’s front edge. As pictured in Appendixes A & B, we could use the available space between Lakeshore Drive and the CPR tracks to construct a wide walkway in a boardwalk style with greenery, Victorian inspired streetlamps and seating fixtures, & scenic viewing areas of the lake and bird sanctuary.

The proposed extension of the existing walkway with crossing/overpass connecting the existing structure to the new suspended walkway which would run alongside Lakeshore Drive up to 23rd Avenue NE is one option –OR- going to 1360 Lakeshore Drive and using the (purchased by the city) strip of land alongside the street from 1360 Lakeshore Drive to 23rd Avenue NE to build a pathway, paved and in the same style as described above, is yet another solution.

We believe creating such an accessible amenity would encourage and support even more people to use green means of travel, and to of course be able to enjoy the beauty of our city and surroundings all the more. It should also easily become a tourist destination!

Besides addressing immediate issues, this walkway could also pave the way for future development and change of the area between Lakeshore Drive to Lakeshore Boulevard. This is a unique space in the city which should be seriously considered and utilized to enjoy it well into the future of our beautiful city.

The above project would be an investment for the city as it would benefit both residents and tourists. It would be a great way to enjoy this part of Shuswap Lake, as well it would provide a link to the north part of the city for commuters and pedestrians alike.

16. PharmaCare and Consumer Loyalty Points

Edited to note Pharmacy Loyalty Points changes:

As of January 31, 2014 no consumer in British Columbia will be eligible to receive incentive points for prescriptions. If you feel this is an abuse on your consumer and/or fair business practices please sign this petition in support of all consumers.

Beginning in July, a new Pharmacy Services Agreement will come into effect and loyalty programs will be allowed but only on the portion of the prescription paid for by the patient. Details as follows:

On July 7, 2010, the Province of BC concluded an agreement (the Pharmacy Services Agreement) with the BC Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores. This agreement sets out significant changes to the Pharmacy Participation Agreement that defines the Province’s relationship with pharmacies that submit claims to the PharmaCare program.

In recognition of these changes, the Province developed the PharmaCare Enrolment Agreement to replace existing Pharmacy Participation Agreements.

The Agreement disallows pharmacies from offering inducements to secure prescription orders, or in relation to the provision of a drug, medical supply, or service on the portion of the cost of that drug, supply or service paid for or reimbursed by the Province through PharmaCare.

The Agreement defines “inducement” as: “consideration including, but not limited to, cash, points, loyalty points, coupons, discounts, goods, rewards and similar schemes which can be redeemed for a gift or other benefit.”

Inducements to secure prescription orders were previously prohibited under the former Pharmacy Participation Agreement that defined the Province’s relationship with pharmacies that submit claims to the PharmaCare program. The Pharmacy Participation Agreement stated: “No goods or considerations beyond those approved in negotiations between the Government of British Columbia and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association shall be offered by any party to any other party as an inducement to secure prescription orders.” Notwithstanding this prohibition, pharmacies introduced various forms of inducement programs.

In response to correspondence and complaints from pharmacies and the public, the Minister of Health directed the Pharmaceutical Services Division to take action to ensure pharmacies abide by the terms set out in the Pharmacy Participation Agreement.

Under the terms of the Agreement, effective July 4, 2011, loyalty programs will be restricted to the portion of the prescription cost that is borne by the patient.

The Province’s interest is in the inequity that government funded benefits are being provided to patients and not being made available to other taxpayers, and more specifically the perception that this is occurring (i.e., government paying for a large proportion of a patient’s drug costs and the patient accumulating loyalty points as a result and receiving a free gift).

Facebook Group - We are all British Columbians - if the BC Government cannot help us let us help each other - please join to share your story http://www.facebook.com/groups/224146337610345?ap=1

The folks at Occupy Vancouver are working together creating a fair system of sharing the wealth. Please join us at The Vancouver Art Gallery.

17. Keeping people with disabilities poor is a false economy!

B.C.'s current income assistance rates for people with disabilities fall well below the poverty line.

The current benefits program does not provide sufficient financial assistance for recipients to obtain adequate food, shelter and clothing or to obtain supports for their meaningful participation in community. The program offers limited support for people who wish to find work.

People with disabilities face serious systemic and attitudinal barriers when it comes to accessing employment opportunities and earning an independent income.

As a result, many adults with disabilities require income support to meet basic living costs and to compensate for the extra costs involved in living with a disability. The social effects of poverty, including isolation, loneliness, and alienation from community life, contribute to both physical and mental health problems.

The savings created by limiting access to disability supports create greater costs in other parts of the social service system. Keeping people with disabilities poor is a false economy!

18. no bc only places on roblox

recently roblox have changed their website loads and many updates have been installed. Most of these are for the better but one has stuck out to me as unfair and mean for people who are not allowed or cannot afford £12 a month just for 1 website. this was of course bc only places.

The more people that sign the better chance we can protect part of the internet from money scams.

19. Replace the BC RCMP with Provicial Police Force

The BC Government is in negotiations with the RCMP to renew their contract in 2012.

With all the problems with RCMP officers being charged with criminal offenses and being suspended with pay for years while it works it's way through the courts and then through internal RCMP discipline committees the BC Government and the people have no say in in the mandate of the RCMP only Ottawa has jurisdiction, it's time to replace them with a provincial and municipal force.

20. Stop BC RCMP renewal contract without public consultation

The BC Government is in negotiations with the RCMP to renew their contract for policing in 2012.

With past performance of RCMP officers being charged with criminal offenses and rising they are reassigned to desk duty or to sit at home with full pay until all court cases have been dealt with, most cases take years and if convicted they then go through a RCMP internal review (1 year at least)before discipline If any!

There is another petition to oust the RCMP altogether from BC,
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41557.html

21. Fund a Mckenzie Overpass-Victoria BC

Removing a critical chokepoint on the Colwood Crawl is both efficient transportation policy and provides substantial relief to long-suffering commuters.

First, the McKenzie overpass is long overdue. It should have been built years ago as part of the Island Highway upgrade project but fell victim to cost overruns. Thus, the overpass would provide quick economic stimulus as the plans are already on the books.

Secondly, the high volume of traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway corridor affects a large number of people.

The plight of car commuters are well-known. However, there are significant number of bus commuters and car poolers. In addition, truckers transport goods and services throughout the Island.

The bottleneck at the traffic lights where McKenzie Avenue and Admirals Road meet the highway is a reminder to the province that the Pacific Gateway extends beyond the Lower Mainland.

Third, the narrow highway corridor on the Colwood Crawl acts as a barrier to modest economic growth. Potential residents in the Westshore and north of the Malahat have to weigh a frustrating commute when making decisions to purchase a home.

22. Clarendon and 45th Median Barrier Removal or Revision

We ask your help in sharing this story.

We are trying our best to protect our children going to Waverley Elementary school, by writing letters and forwarding petitions to the Mayor & Council. But public pressure is needed.

The current Vision council has a ruling majority and most are extremely cyclist oriented. This issue is not about drivers versus cyclist, but our children's safety versus cyclist's. Please do not let the City Engineering & the Vision council confuse the issue.

The cement Barriers on Claredon are not safe and need to be removed or revised!

23. Stop the Trophy Hunt - Faltering Light

Fall 2016 Update - Sadly the BC government has opened the 2016 trophy hunt for bears.

The second edition has been delivered to Premier Christy Clark via Pamela Martin, Minister Terry Lake and Minister Thompson during 2012. Behind the scenes we have worked with MLA Jane Thornthwaite to try and effect change. Sadly this effort has yet to yield results for Minister Thompson still strongly supports unconditional Wolf and poorly managed trophy bear hunting.

Imagine making a difference. The Faltering Light visual petition is a high quality book containing an open letter to the BC government demanding that trophy hunting of bears is stopped. It contains insightful essays from leading environmentalists, stunning sepia toned bear photographs and 1,000s of signatures from British Columbians supporting the termination of the trophy hunt. Please join us in signing the book today.


This petition is supported by:

The Spirit Bear Youth coalition, Pacific Wild, Bluewater Adventures, Bears Matter B.C., Ursa Freedom Project, NaturalArt - Brad Hill Photography, Sierra Club B.C., Ocean Adventures, Maple Leaf Adventures, Valhalla Wilderness Committee, Wilderness Committee, Ecojustice, The BC Environmental Network, Knight Inlet Lodge, Forest Ethics, Grizzly Bear Ranch, Cold Coast Photography, Wildernessprints, Rainforest Kayak Adventures and John Marriott Photography.

24. Give Parents the Choice!

Starting September 2011 the BC ministry of education has stated that it will only fund full day kindergarten. As the decision stands now, if an independent school does not implement full day kindergarten by 2011, it will not receive funding for the kindergarten program.

Take action if you believe parents should have a choice:
- Sign this petition and forward it to your friends.
- Write to the addresses below and let your voice be heard.

Minister of Education, Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid
PO Box 9045 Stn. Prov., Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
(250) 387-1977 Fax: 250 387-3200
minister.educ@gov.bc.ca

PLEASE cc. all letters, emails, faxes to the FISA Board, Attention: Fred Herfst
The Federation of Independent Schools Association,
150 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2A7
(604) 684-6023, (604) 684-7846 Fax: (604) 684-3163
fisabc@telus.net

25. Require Body Image Education in B.C. Schools

Men and women everywhere are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideals of beauty, which can lead to distorted body image.

Women and young girls are constantly bombarded with "Barbie Doll-like" images. By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits. It's no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty. The message we're hearing is either "all women need to lose weight" or that the natural aging process is a "disastrous" fate.

Images of female success and fashion portray the ideal woman as smart, popular, successful, beautiful and very thin (the average fashion model weights 25 percent less than the average woman). Pressure to measure up is great, and is constantly reinforced by family and friends, as well as advertising and popular media. Women still are taught that their looks will determine their success, and that thin equals beautiful.

Girls and women aren't the only ones with body image issues. Surveys show that increasing numbers of men and boys are also feeling unhappy with their bodies.

The ideal male look today, as shown on TV, in movies and in advertising, has become increasingly lean and muscular. Even the proportions of G.I. Joe and other action figures have changed dramatically over the years, from more normal male proportions to a physique far bigger and unrealistic.


Over the past two decades, the gender gap in media objectification has closed. Every bit as unattainable as Barbie-doll proportions and the heroin chic look are the broad-shouldered, narrow-waisted, fat-free, and muscle-sheathed male physiques littering today’s media.

The affects of negative body image can be tragic in both men and women; often leading to a lifetime of depression, anxiety, reclusiveness, chronically low self-esteem, compulsive dieting or eating disorders. 25 percent -30 percent of people with eating disorders remain chronically ill, and 15 percent will die prematurely.

26. Save the Popkum Motorcyle Ranch (PMR)

The Popkum Indian Band is denying us access to the land, and is claiming we have violated our signed lease with them in order to remove PMR, Larry and Roberta Jordan, and replace us with the Popkum Motorcycle PARK run by Darren Pilling.

Our lawyer agrees that we have not violated our lease and we have been attempting to have a dialogue with the Chief of the Popkum Band, James Murphy. He ignores our requests to meet and talk.

We have been trying to get help from Minister Chuck Strahl who is not only the federal minister for Chilliwack but also the Minister responsible for Indian and Northern Affairs. They understand what is going on but need more encouragement to help resolve this problem in a fair and reasonable manner.

Without your help, our vision of a family oriented riding facility with training and all of the full services we have within our business plan will be lost. The Popkum band, their “manager” Ken Jensen and Darren Pilling will have hi-jacked our business from us.

27. Help Obtain Infertility Treatment Coverage For British Columbians

A Canadian's 'Prayer' for Infertility Awareness

Everyday, over a half million Canadians are grieving. It's not the same grief you feel when you lose a loved one, it doesn't get better with time. For those dealing with Infertility, grief reverses, time doesn't heal all pain, it increases. Infertility is a disease of the body that becomes an illness of the heart, the mind. It becomes so emotionally crippling that just being with other family members or out in public can become devastating. It is a silent disease; there are no brave voices to stand up for us. Everyday we are faced with ignorance: people unaware they're making hurtful comments and giving meaningless advice, politicians promising help for families and those needing healthcare but leaving those behind who have a hurdle between them and a loving family and being refused public healthcare for treatment of a devastating health condition.

Because our disease is rejected as being something medically necessary, it also becomes a disease of finances for low and middle income 'families' (though that statement should read 'households', since we are denied a family). This is a disease, not an aesthetic problem; it is a tear in the fabric of life! All living things are on this earth for the sole purpose of giving life, passing on genes. All our behaviours are set up to create a family.

Just like wolf without a pack, those who crave family suffer alone, and lost without the love of the many generations a family can provide. In nature, if you don't reproduce, you die. In our world, if you don't reproduce, you'd better have a big pocketbook or you'll suffer a long life of hopelessness.

Our 'prayer' is that society will take notice and reach out a helping hand to treat this disease as a whole. We need funding so that specialists can work with our family physicians to give the best care possible, just like any other condition is treated through our health care system. We need grief counselling to cope through this emotionally taxing process. We need the support of communities, we need education and awareness. I believe everyone has a right to have a family, not just based on financial status or a disease free body. Our 'prayer' is that you will help us.

28. Reinstate the Pacific Leaders Graduate Student Fellowships

The Pacific Leaders Graduate Student Fellowship program was established in March 2007 by the British Columbia Government in order to attract top-quality researchers to the B.C. Public Service while producing research to address key issues facing British Columbia. Archived information on the program is at http://ur1.ca/2ae4

Pacific Leaders fellows received $20,000 per year for each year of graduate studies up to two years, with up to 20 fellows chosen each year. The fellowships were to support graduate students whose areas of research are relevant to the future of the province. Once students complete their graduate degrees, they must work one year for the B.C. Public Service for every year of graduate studies funded through the fellowship.

In March 2009, the BC Government suspended the program and will not be awarding fellowships in 2009 despite having increased the budget of StudentAid BC by $500,000 in the 2009/2010 Budget. While acknowledging the challenging financial situation the province is in, the suspension of this funding program again demonstrates the need for the Government to maintain its commitment to long-term strategies rather than vacillating from perceived crisis to crisis.

29. Help save Boujie, young adult Labrador retriever stranded at a BC resort

Boujie, the aforementioned dog, has been on the loose, without appropriate shelter and care, on the Point No Point property since July 6th, 2008. She got off leash at the time and has evaded capture ever since. Her reluctance to be approached is probably due to her previously having been a shelter dog from an apparent abusive past.

Since she has been abandoned by her previous owner, "legal ownership" has been transferred to Kim Morgan. of Sooke. But Boujie continues to avoid human contact and seeks shelter under different cabins at the Point No Point Resort, Sooke, BC, owned and operated by Sharon and Stewart Soderberg. And although resort staff have been leaving food out for her, it's apparent to those who have seen her that she has lost weight. It must then be assumed that she's not getting a full, balanced canine diet.

As the current weather poses a real threat to Boujie's life, it is obvious that she should be apprehended as soon as possible. Please remember, this is a domesticated dog with fur not suited for these harsh winter conditions. Further, her evasive behaviour indicates that she is deteriorating to a feral state.

30. Abbotsford to Vancouver Train

The highway congestion from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver during rush hour is a terrible state of affairs. The pollution caused and time lost by thousands of workers stuck in traffic, is a problem that needs to be addressed. A frequently running commuter train is the easiest answer to this.

In the 1950s there was an existing passenger trainline that ran from Abbotsford to Vancouver, and as traffic becomes worse and the environmental condition worsens, it is time that money be invested to re-instate such transport.

The West Coast Express only operates five trains during weekday peak periods and it is simply not enough and does not offer the convenience of commuter trains in the United Kingdom or Europe, of running regularly and everyday. The stations are only convenient for a minority of people and there needs to be a more comprehensive service.

Studies show that people who use public transport, such as trains and buses, to commute to work have less stress in their lives, and have more time to spend with their families and loved ones. The price of travel is less than constantly filling a fuel tank and maintaining a vehicle. Businesses lose less employee time due to traffic reasons and commuter problems. The environmental impact of running one train versus many individual vehicles is far less. In summation, a commuter train from the Fraser Valley into Vancouver makes economic, environmental, business, and social sense.

To contact the Ministry directly:

LOWER MAINLAND DISTRICT
200-1065 Columbia Street
New Westminster, V3M 6H7
(604) 660-8300

Perry Dennis,
Perry.Dennis@gov.bc.ca
A/District Manager

Kurt Edmunds,
Kurt.Edmunds@gov.bc.ca
Operational Program Manager,
Lower Mainland

Brian Atkins,
Operations Manager,
Sunshine Coast,
Sea-to-Sky and Upper Levels
Chilliwack Area
45890 Victoria Avenue
Chilliwack BC V2P 2T1
(604) 795-8201

Barry Eastman,
Barry.Eastman@gov.bc.ca
Operations Manager

Therefore there is no reason that a commuter train should not be established.


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