Petition Tag - canada

1. Free Mark Raafa!

Mark Raafa, for the protection of the individual, is the alias of a man now trapped in dire circumstances in Bangkok, Thailand.

A man who was striving for more liberal laws for non-muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, ended up being the victim of a heinous crime; his home burnt down to the ground and receiving numerous death threats had to flee his own nation.

Like something out of a movie, Mark ends up with he and his family in Thailand in 2012, the only place that would accept him.

Then it got worse; the Pakistani government not only did nothing to help Mark, but charged him with Blasphemy. He fought the case from outside the country and was unsuccessful, being found guilty punishable by hanging.

Mark fought hard and received official refugee status from the UN, but that has not been enough.

Now, without any way out of Thailand, this warrior for Human Rights is looking to live in a place that will accept his plight as righteous and well fought.

Canada has the facilities and the spirit to bring this man and his family to safety out from the grips of sure death. Give Mark the chance to live in peace, he and his, by signing the petition now.

2. Make Hit&Runs Involving Domestic Animals a Criminal Offence!

On Sept.12 2016 my 7 year old Pitbull cross Harlow was ran over and killed by an ATV on private property in Northern Alberta.

While evidence showed us who was responsible and after giving the culprits time to apologize, they didn't have the decency to do that and instead lied to my family. After going to the RCMP we learned unfortunately that the hit & run of a domestic animal is not a criminal offence in Canada. I thought to myself how horrible is it in 2016 that animals do not have these rights? How many people have had to suffer not knowing who killed their pets or not having been able to charge someone who did? Our pets deserve justice just like us humans do and their owners deserve closure!

Please help us to make this a criminal offence!

3. Stop Advertising and Start Making Changes - Our Park's Ecosystems Have Withered Away

It seems for the past year or so, I have been fighting an uphill battle against a stronger force I cannot handle by myself. The Bruce Peninsula National Park has become the subject to over popularity in recent years causing damage to ecology.

I have been emailing, and asking people to limit advertisements to the area. I do think teaching people about local geography is important and CRUCIAL. It's time to start educating people. It is WELL time for change.

Stop cramming people in like sardines. What is wished for is new laws and regulations to help keep our parks healthy and sustainable for the future. This CAN'T be done by turning the area into a tourist draw and opening the flood gates to the whole population of Canada. If there is CLEARLY an issue, send measures to divert people from the dunes. Sandbanks does this and they are a Provincial Park! It's time to ban actions and take measures. Ban bulky tents, and coolers.

This park is NOT the beach and ultimately, this is a SAFETY issue. Bruce Peninsula's crowding problem hurts more than you think and we have a chance to reverse the negative effects. Garbage tossed on the ground like nothing, dangerous hazards from others bulky items. No passage ways for emergencies etc.

Who can help this resolve issue? (WHO)
WE as a society need to solve this issue. We need to come together and converse. Divisions get one no where. We need to contribute ideas and find MIDDLE GROUND not only for future visitors but for the ecology in the parks across the Peninsula. NO agency OR group is faulted. It's time we communicate. Communicate with the government, communicate with local/municipal parties for change. This can't be done by sitting in the dark.

The wonderful Parks staff and NUMEROUS volunteers are trying endlessly to help. It's our turn to join in on the action. Kudos to those mentioned for working for a bettor park. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A GREAT CHANGE.

What I hope to get accomplished by this? (FOCUS)
This petition is intended to be the start of change, beginning with new rules or regulations that will help ease the unsafe conditions of the park and to get people aware, awareness! It has become so that walking into Indian Head cove is dangerous. It has become an urban play yard without supervision where people are free to smash glass if they wish. You have rows of people sitting on rocks with huge tents, umbrellas, coolers, boom boxes and such that you become sort of lost and don’t know where to put your foot and the people that don’t have any room sit on rare vegetation. Killing them off. The first thing that comes to my mind is no doubt safety. We have native species of wild flowers migrating into distances far from hiking trails, litter, idling, bumper to bumper vehicular traffic contributing to air pollution and depletion of our Dark sky reserve we are lucky to have in Southern Ontario and just the scare away of many beautiful animals that used to be an abundant of.

Tourism in Ontario has become an appalling game. It is a struggle for each municipality to promote their area equally, thus, creating a tension and competition between each area. Muskoka VS Kawartha Lakes; Simcoe VS Grey; Bruce VS Lambton etc. When can one say enough is enough? When can we stop focusing on drawing other people in when we can be focusing on the lives, health and future of our current population of tourists and residents? Showcase Ontario as a whole. The lakes, the diverse culture, the land, the heritage... Don't split the province into sections! Unfortunately, social media and ADVERTISING AGENCIES for the province of Ontario are NOT HELPING THE CASE even after many pleas to "stop it" with the luring photographs to our region as it's clearly not healthy. Stop working on trying to bring people up here. We are already doing a swell job on that. We need a major paradigm shift for the whole peninsula.

Everyone is "I gotta make that money. Gotta do it" they forget why they live here, what they live with, and how to live with nature. People in an area such as Grey Bruce where Tourism is the most crucial aspect to the economy tend to be very narrow minded. They fear more security measures on our environment would act as roadblocks in tourism. But in reality, this is not the case. It's working in cooperation with the visitors and the environment. If we don't apply firm rules just like many Ontario tourist town do, (Cobourg Ontario's recent motion passed banning tents from the Northumberland beach is one of many examples) our environment will decay at a faster place than staff and volunteers can help it prosper... then we won't have a park. visitation is good in reason and everything has its balance. WE have a CARRYING CAPACITY which is being peaked. We can all be happy and share this land together. Everyone. But you have to be open to change.

4. Elizabeth May NDP Leadership

We, The New Democratic Party, symbolized frequently by Tommy Douglas and medicare, are a party of social and environmental compassion with a platform that consists of progressive issues such as LGBT rights, international peace and environmental stewardship.

I feel that, ever since The Late & Great Jack Laytons' passing, the leadership of NDP have steered us towards the dangerous road of the typical norms. We have always been the party of universal betterment for the individual. But in recent times we have become the "so called" establishment elite and we need to redirect our movement. The NDP, in this time of need, would benefit from the openness, and free thinking of Madame May. I believe NDP has lost its direction and maybe May is the Way.

5. White Rock Mayor Urged to Approve Medical Marijuana Pilot Project

It is no secret that medical marijuana facilities have been growing in number in BC's Lower Mainland. Many of these facilities have opened and operated without the guidance of their government or local city officials, resulting in certain relaxed operating protocols, miscommunication and facilities being shut down on a frequent basis.

Rather than risking the confusion and inconsistency, communities can initiate a Pilot Project which would allow a Mayor and City Council the opportunity to openly work with a pilot facility, such as Releaf Compassion Centers, to create operating protocols and bylaws.

The pilot facility's operating protocols would be up for public scrutiny and adjustment until the point is reached where the community and the pilot facility no longer have concerns that need addressing. Then all facilities that wish to open within the community will have to abide by those agreed upon standards.

Releaf has requested a Pilot Project with the City of White Rock, believing that it will be an effective solution to creating safe community-based access to medical marijuana that supports the needs and concerns of the everyone.

6. Save Burns Bog. Fight MK Delta's Industrial plans in Burns Bog.

History of MK Delta Lands Group & How it happened:

In 2004, Burns Bog owners the McLaughlins were under foreclosure. The McLaughlin family asked Jack Matthews to rescue the Bog from foreclosure. He did. (J.M. Pers. Comment, 2004.)

Four levels of government came together to purchase Burns Bog for conservation. They offered Jack Matthews $78 million for the 5,500 acres of Burns Bog. Unfortunately, Jack Matthews left $5 million on the table.

Matthews sold 5,000 acres of Burns Bog to the four levels of government. He kept 525 acres of ecologically significant land.

In 2005, the Kerbel family (Ontario) and Jack Matthews (originally from Ontario, now Dallas, Texas) created MK Delta Lands Group Inc.

Present day.

MK Delta Lands Groups is applying to the Corporation of Delta for an Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning application at 7969 Highway 91 Connector. They want to build an industrial park on 155 acres of land located on the edge of Burns Bog (Lot 4).

The following are parts of their application:

• Proposed Agricultural Land Reserve Exclusion
• Official Community Plan Amendment
• Rezoning
• Regional Growth Strategy Amendment
• Sanitary Sewer Area Extension
• Development Permit
• Subdivision Application at 7696 Highway 91 Connector

In exchange for this development, they are offering Delta 328 acres of land in Burns Bog and financial contributions.

Why should you be concerned?


Here are what others said about MK Delta Lands Group’s proposal in 2012 (we successfully stopped this project):

“There is a limited amount of “green space” in the Lower Mainland that is causing detrimental effects to not only human health but to our natural environment. It would be regrettable to see anything happen to Burns Bog, especially because of how sensitive the ecosystem is.”
- Olivia Woodburn

“As someone who has lived nearby for over twenty years I am appalled to learn that MK Delta Lands Group is proposing to potentially destroy one of the greatest natural environments on the west coast of British Columbia.”
- Asha Young

“No amount of mitigation and no amount of money can offset the impacts to the site and the local and global ecosystem if the proposed development is allowed…They CAN’T re-create this bog. Please DO NOT ALLOW this development.”
- Diane Ryba

Please sign the petition. Your support makes a huge difference. Your gifts help us continue to fight for Burns Bog. Click here to give now.

7. Saskatchewan Referendum on separation from Canada if Trudeau's Liberals implement 'voting reform' without a Referendum

The facts

In the past, Trudeau has expressed his support for a preferential ballot system, where voters in a particular riding rank the candidates in their order of preference.

In that system, if nobody has an absolute majority after the first count, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated. The second-place choices on the ballots cast for that unsuccessful candidate are redistributed to the other candidates. This process goes on until one person has a majority.

The government has said that other forms of voting would be studied as well, including proportional representation.

What the experts say:

Reid said that if the Liberals, who will likely have a majority on the all-party committee, go with a “full” preferential ballot system, the Liberals would be assured victory.

A full preferential ballot means that voters must rank all of the candidates, otherwise their ballot is considered spoiled. Such a system exists in certain Australian jurisdictions.

A Nanos Research survey conducted right before the October 2015 vote showed 46 per cent of Conservative respondents said they had no second choice for support. As a result, Reid argues, Conservative voters would be most likely to have their ballots declared invalid in a full preferential system.

8. Child and Youth Mental Health Matters

You'd think in a developed nation such as Canada, that mental illness awaremess and treatment would have the coverage deserved, but unfortunately that is not the case. The facts are...

"- 1 in 5 youth (aged 9 to 19) have a mental health problem or illness
- 3 out of 4 children and youth with a mental health problem or illness will not receive treatment and those that do can wait as long as a year to get an appointment
- Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death for Canadian youth
- Three times as many youth (15-24) die by suicide than by all forms of cancer combined."

Partners for Mental Health
With staggering facts like these, it is time to take action and address the lack of support for Canadian children and youth. All minds matter and it is time to make a difference. For more information on mental health or how to get involved check out these links:

9. Avi Lewis for Federal NDP Leader

We are running out of time. Addressing global warming and climate change must be our top concern, or our ability to address all other concerns will disappear.

Avi Lewis is one of Canada’s best communicators. He has used this ability to raise the profile of climate change as no other Canadian has.

Let’s work together to convince Avi to run for the leadership of the federal NDP!

10. Forbid Grocery Stores from Destroying Unsold Food

According to Food Banks Canada:

Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time.

Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth. The people who visit food banks come from all backgrounds. They include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities. (n.d.)

However, “[t]he global fight against hunger is less about food and more about waste with one-third of the world’s food going uneaten every year” (Ostroff, 2015).

“Last December, a study [by Value Chain Management International Inc.] reported that Canadians waste $31 billion worth of food annually, with 10 per cent of that coming from grocery stores” (Ostroff, 2015).

On May 22, 2015 CBC News reported that France’s parliament

"voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste. The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament…is part of a larger environmental bill….The bill would require big supermarket chains to donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or to farms for use as animal feed or compost. That includes goods that were packaged wrong or damaged, but remain edible, or that are past a recommended use-by date but are not dangerous to eat. Foods that are past a firm expiration date would go to farms."

Disappointingly, The Huffington Post reports: “Canada doesn’t have legislation like France’s groundbreaking new law, but the Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery store chains recently announced they are trying to reduce food waste by selling ‘Naturally Imperfect’ produce at a 30 per cent discount” (Ostroff, 2015).

Armed with these facts, we, the undersigned, take the following action.


CBC News. (2015, May 22). France to require large grocery stores to give unsold food to charities. Retrieved from

Food Banks Canada. (n.d.). About hunger in Canada: The facts about food insecurity. Retrieved from

Ostroff, J. (2015, May 22). France’s grocery stores banned from wasting food under new law. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from

11. No More Blood Oil

Canada buys oil from countries with horrendous human rights records and violations. Why, when we have enough to be self sufficient and have been proven to have some of the world's cleanest environmental standards?

Did you know The title of ‘world’s dirtiest oil’ goes to Brass crude blend from Nigeria, where the uncontrolled release of methane during the oil extraction process generates upstream GHG emissions that are over four times higher than Canadian dilbit.” Its also the worlds biggest offender of female mutilation/Circumcision.

Saudi Arabia, one of the worst offenders of human rights in the world, has covered up their environmental disasters for years. Easy for a regime with total control over their media and closed to outside influence to do. The largest oil spill on record next to the BP in the Gulf of mexico was over 6 million Barrels spilled into the persian Gulf. In fact, the bodies of water adjacent to these middle east countries are known to be the most contaminated on earth. And everyone knows about the constant burning of wells around the region. Ignited by nations in constant war with each other over this black gold.

And Contrary to what the media tells you The ‘dirtiest oil in North America’ is not produced in Canada, but just outside Los Angeles, where the Placerita oil field generates about twice the level of upstream emissions as Canadian oilsands production. The US is also the 2nd worst country in the world for emissions next to China. How many wars have they funded and countries destabilized in their efforts to ascertain or control oil reserves.

By eliminating the purchase from these extremist countries we can solve so many problems. Not only in their countries, but our own. It will show the world what being Canadian really is. Remove the money from tyrannical regimes. Show strength in our belief of our charter, Unite Canada from coast to coast, and will boost our hurting economy.

12. Support Refugees and protected Persons' Rights to apply for Citizenship in Canada

Refugees applying in Canada often go through a long process in order for their application to be processed. Almost 6 years ago the process was easier as it takes reasonably 5 to 6 years for the applicants to receive their citizenship.

Not until recently when the past Prime Minister changed the laws that the applicant will not be credited for any of the days they spent in Canada before receiving their Permanent Residency which takes 4 years.

The old government made it 4 years before applying for the citizenship for a total of 8 years plus the time for applying for the citizenship which takes around a year to pull through. Just recently the Canadian Government made a plan for receiving 25000 Refugees from Syria, these refugees received their Permanent Residency as soon as they stepped foot in Canada. Which means that they will receive their Citizenship in 5 years comparing the Protected Persons which is 9 years!

13. Support Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

First Nations/Indigenous/Metis/Inuit women suffer tremendous abuse, are one of the highest in regards to vulnerable sector. Indigenous women make up for 4.3 percent of Canada’s female population, 16 percent of female homicides, account for 11 percent of missing women, and 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or have vanished since 1980. According to RCMP data, at least 1,017 Indigenous women and girls were murdered from 1980-2012.

Vision Statement: If we stand together for human rights, and to stop oppressive practices/laws. Each person, no matter who or where they are, can make change happen by acting in concert with others who share their vision of a world where everyone lives in dignity.

Value Statement: is of a world in which every person enjoys all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.

Mission Statement: To generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. To educate the mass/society to help us stand-up, and give a voice to the voiceless and unheard. To fight for equality, equity, pursuit of social justice, and challenging/stopping oppressive practices.

Goal Statement: To fight for equality, equity, pursuit of social justice, and challenging/stopping oppressive practices. To connect with other organizations, and campaigns that have the same values and goals. To use our social media account as an open forum so people in society voices can be heard in a safe place, and know they are not alone. We are a group what to pressure the government to implement the recommendations of the calls to actions about the missing and murdered indigenous women and child. To write letters, and petitions to our government to make this changes.

14. Reduce Committment to Syrian Refugees

The Canadian economy is struggling with many Canadians unemployed or under-employed. However for humanitarian reasons most Canadians are not against allowing into Canada a reasonable number of Syrian refugees, but they need to be properly vetted.

It is not possible to properly screen 25,000 refugees by year end. In any event, 25,000 Syrian Refugees is far too many for a country the size of Canada with a population of 35 million people. Obama has committed to 10,000 Syrian refugees over the course of a year and the U.S. has a population of 321 million.

The Canadian government needs to reduce the number of refugees to be allowed into Canada to a number the Canadian economy can reasonably support and such refugees should only be allowed entry upon satisfactory security screening without imposing artificial, unreasonable and unrealistic deadlines to complete such screening.

15. Stop Petitions for Banning of Reugees

Petitions like only serve to make Canadians look like a bunch of xenophobes and bigots.

Unlike the claim in that petition, our economy is not "quickly failing". The OECD is predicting growth in the Canadian economy of 1%. That is slow, but nonetheless growth, not failure. Even the big banks' economic forecasts are predicting Q4 growth and that the drop in unemployment rates from September to October will continue.

A nation, unlike an individual, can multitask. We can effectively help our veterans, homeless, health care, and education systems at the same time as we help refugees fleeing violence and oppression elsewhere on the planet.

We do not need xenophobic petitions that are based on fear-mongering and lies!

16. Dog Friendly Hours at Lakeview

It's long been accepted that we treat our pets like our children, like family. So why am I not allowed to take my leashed and fully trained dog to the beach for a swim on a hot day? The Pet Owners Responsibility By-Law in Oshawa, Ontario states:

Animal Control
24. No Person shall Keep an Animal and no Owner shall permit to be Kept an Animal except pursuant to the following conditions:

24.2. The Animal is not Running at Large;
24.4. The Animal is provided with shelter, food and water that as appropriate to the Animal’s species;

***24.5. The Animal is treated humanely***

24.11. The Animal is not on a public beach; and
24.12. An Owner does not permit an Animal to threaten the health or safety of a person or of another Animal.

Is it humane to deny a dog a dip in the water when his fur is all black and its +30 outside? It's fine to walk him down the street, even TD Bank is dog friendly.

17. Canadians Should Have a Canadian Birth Certificate

In many countries birth certificates are issued by the federal government of the country someone was born in. In Canada birth certificates are issued by the provincial/territorial government where someone is born.

There is no border separating Canadian provinces/territories from each other. Someone with a birth certificate from one province/territory can move to another province/territory whenever they want because they are still in the country, while someone with a birth certificate from one country can't just move to another country without applying and being accepted in.

Canada is one country, not 13 separate countries. Why should each province/territory have separate birth certificates if the people with those birth certificates are all from the same country and can move around freely in that country? There are 13 provincial/territorial governments separately doing the same thing.

Birth certificates are proof of what country a person was born in, so they should be issued by the federal government of that country.

18. Shaw Cable TV add FOX Sports Racing or refund $10 per month in cable TV fees

Shaw Cable TV subscribers paid for SPEED Channel in their cable package(s) and it is a very popular channel for people interested in racing. When SPEED was basically folded into FOX Sports Racing, Shaw dropped SPEED from the channel listings and did not replace it with FOX Sports Racing.... but still left monthly cable tv charges the same.

19. Allow Communist Party of Canada Leader Miguel Figueroa in the Federal Debate!

The Communist Party of Canada is Canada's 2nd oldest political party. It has been wrongfully outlawed 3 times in it's almost 100 year history in Canada; and had to WIN a Supreme Court Battle just to remain a party in existence.

Over the years they have fought to bring in things such as : public health care and unemployment insurance. They represent the People, are for the People, and are a party of the People. Let's give them the opportunity to speak for the People!

They have earned the right to speak to Canada.

20. Ban the sale of plastic bags in the Peel Region

Electronic cigarettes also known as e-cigarettes were introduced as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. They were introduced to help people who were addicted to smoking. They do not contain tobacco but have nicotine content which is addictive.

The big misconception that people, youth in particular, have is that e-cigarettes are harmless. Therefore, the use e-cigarettes have emerged to be a fashion trend among the youth. The e-cigarette industry has a value of $2 billion in the United States of America (Financial Post). The industry is growing day by day. According to the ‘Centers for disease control and prevention’ (CDC), more than a quarter million youth in USA who had never smoked a cigarette used an e-cigarette in 2013 and about three out of every four teen smokers become adult smokers.

A study conducted by CDC finds youth who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to have intentions to smoke conventional cigarettes. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, thirty-one percent (31%) of high school students in Canada are interested in trying e-cigarettes and Researchers and public health experts are concerned that there is potential for e-cigarettes to be a gateway to tobacco use and nicotine addiction. This explains the growing prevalence of e-cigarettes among the youth. According to Japanese scientists, e-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco (Business Insider). This is evident from the fact that there are high amounts of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde present in e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are available online and in retail stores for sale and are becoming increasingly popular among the youth. In accordance with a study conducted by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), the youth are aware about e-cigarettes and about 16.1% of the youth surveyed reported use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes range from $15 to $100 per pack. Therefore, it is wastage of valuable money as well.

Bill 45 has been introduced by the Health Minister of Ontario which, if passed, will ban the sale of E-Cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19.


21. Later High School Start Times

When you are in your teenage years, your body is undergoing an important developmental phase. Sleep is critical during this period as it aids in the development process. Sleep also has many other important properties such as helping the consolidation of memories, which is a core part of learning. It also physically restores the body. Being continually deprived of sleep lowers your immune system's capabilities, as well as causing the degradation of moods, which in turn affects behaviour and ultimately relationships.

The problem here is that melatonin, the chemical released by your body which induces sleep, is released in teenagers at a later time of the day (later at night than adults). And because of the developmental phase they are going through, teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep to be at their best. However, daily life is scheduled around adults, who need 7-8 hours of sleep to be at their best. Now since adult bodies release melatonin earlier, it is much easier for them to get the required amount of sleep than it is for teenagers, and this difference is where the main cause of sleep deprivation in teenagers lies. As a result, teenagers are sleeping less and are not getting the most out of school, whilst simultaneously damaging their bodies.

Therefore high schools should start later in order for students to get the most out of their education, whilst also allowing for as much physical growth to occur during this phase as is possible. Students will get more out of education with later start times as well as benefits to their health both mental and physical.

22. Allow NAFTA Oil Sands Investigation

The Alberta Oil sands are an important part of Canada, both for industrial and political reasons. They supply essential oil to our country, though may have an unfortunate price.

It is believed that tailings ponds, left behind after mining in an area, are seeping their toxic contents into nearby streams, as well as the grand Athabasca river, breaking our own Federal Fisheries Act. NAFTA(North American Free Trade Agreement) would like to conduct a formal investigation, none of which have been done, to see if this is true.

The Harper government has so far refused to let this investigation take place.

Why would they decline the investigation if there was nothing to hide?

23. Canadian Digital Rights: a call for virtual borders to be removed

Because of ridiculous copyright laws a lot of videos and websites have been banned from Canadians and other countries. Its not fair and its not right because we pay for our internet and I don't think we are receiving what we are paying for...

It is not right to block information... It violates our rights to Freedom of Information...

I believe we should have equal access to the internet we are paying for...

It's done on Netflix, youtube and other websites that provide videos...

We should not be told we can't watch a video because of the country we live in.

24. Get Moncton a Hot Topic

We believe that the City of Moncton should have a Hot Topic and open more stores available for teenagers.

25. Overturn warrantless cell phone searches

Recently the Supreme Court of Canada has voted (4-3) to allow for the warrantless search of cell phones by police on the suspicion a crime has been committed.

This is a gross invasion of our privacy.

I do not wish to live in a police state and will not sit idly by while our freedoms are stripped from us one by one.

26. Stop passenger flights to and from Ebola countries

With the current outbreak of Ebola, we as Canadians have the right to be protected form cases of ebola that could enter the country by flights to and from the affected countries.

27. Help a German Family after a horrible time to stay in Canada

Dear Immigration Government of Canada:

We are a German Family (Elena 27, Martin 48) with two girls, Clarissa 9 and Fabienne 6. We came to Canada in June 2013 as visitors. Our main reason was not to visit Canada but to find refuse in Canada, a place that we know has a fair justice system and where families can raise their children in a peaceful environment.

Germany is not known to be a country where you flee from but our family does not feel safe in Germany and this is why we are writing to you, we want to share our story and ask for permanent residence in your country.

It was the 19th of September 2012 in a city in Germany called Regensburg. On this day, we took our girls to Kindergarten and School like every day. Around 2 pm my husband got a phone call from the Youth Welfare Department and they told him that they had taken our kids away claiming that they wouldn’t be safe with us. After this shocking phone call, my husband rushed to my workplace at around 2:30 pm, and with tears in his eyes he told me the horrific phone call that he got. I was shocked. We immediately drove to the Youth Welfare office.

When we arrived there, nobody wanted to speak with us. Desperately, we went to the office of a higher official. We were able to reach him and so we asked him why they had taken our kids away and where they were but he said he couldn’t give us that information and he threaten us saying he would call the police if we didn’t leave. It was so heartbreaking for us because we didn't even know where and how are girls were.

Three days later the woman responsible for taking our kids called us to tell us that, if we wanted we can come to talk with her. It had been three days of no answers and anguish that we didn’t hesitate and went to see her right away. When we arrived at her office, she gave us a letter and we began to read. What we read was unbelievable. The letter claimed that we sexually abused our kids and did a lot of other horrible things. We couldn’t believe it. We didn’t know where they had gotten all those lies from. We told them that nothing in the letter was true but she didn’t seem to care, she was just smiling. We cried asking her where our kids were and we asked her for a phone number where we could reach them. She said that they were about 200 km away from our home.

We insisted several times, asking her where our girls were and we wanted a phone number desperately, until finally she gave it to us. After meeting with her we drove to our lawyer and gave her all the documents we got from the welfare department. She read it and the one thing she advised us was that we shouldn't sign anything without her approval since the welfare department had planned to call us in a few days to sign several papers. We had no contact the first three weeks with our daughters; we didn't even know how they were. NOTHING! My husband and I cried the whole time without answers, wondering how they could have made up lies to take our girls away. All of our friends and family were shocked; they knew that we would never do what the letter claimed we did to our daughters.

One day, looking for ways to get our daughters back, my husband and I had an idea to proof to the Youth Welfare Department that our daughters were okay with us and that nothing had happened to them physically. We went to our daughters’ doctor’s office and we told him what had happened. He, like everyone else, was shocked. He said that he couldn’t believe someone could think we would do something like that. He knew our daughters and did regular checks on them and had never seen bruises or any hint of sexual abuse. He wrote a letter testifying on our behalf, stating that he had known our daughters for a while, that he had been their doctor for years and he never saw anything abnormal. The same information was validated by two other doctors, 28 other people like family, friends and neighbors. Nonetheless, the welfare Department said our letters weren’t valid and outrageously enough, the court said that the same thing.

When the Welfare Department decided to let us speak with our daughters, they wanted us to lie to our kids the first day we would have contact. They wanted us to tell them that they were on vacation and not in foster care. We didn’t agree. As soon as we talked with our kids we told them the truth and they started to cry and scream. They wanted to go home to mommy and daddy. Since then, we recorded all the phone calls with everybody who was involved in our case and we still have all of the recordings. We tried for nine long months to proof our innocence. At the third and last court day we finally had success. After the our daughters had spent months in horror away from their parents, the court finally decided that we would get our girls back with all the parental rights and all that belonged to our family.

After the judge made the last statement, the lady from the Welfare Department came to us and told us that she would come back again and take our kids and that this next time we would never see them again. She smiled with such sarcasm and shook my husband’s hand. She tried the same with me but I could not take her mockery and I turned around without shaking her hand. How could I? She was the one who stole our daughters and lied for nine months. She took away the children of a regular family, a family who had everything: their own house, an apartment, work and a great family life.

We got our daughters back on the 17th of May 2013 and that’s when decided to leave Germany. We left on June 28th of 2013. We left everything back in Germany; family, friends, work, and house, everything to live in peace and help our daughters move on from the fear that this bitter experience left.

However, it has not been easy. After two months of being here in Canada, my daughters began to open up about what they had lived in the foster home they were placed at. Fabienne, my youngest daughter came one day to me and said, “mommy can I talk with you about all of what happened? “ I agreed and she began to tell me things a mother or father would never want to hear. She told me that the foster care wanted her older sister to do sexual things with another boy while the adult was watching them. She said Clarissa needed to put “the boy’s thing” in her mouth. I asked my daughter Clarissa if she wanted to talk about it with me but she ran away and didn't want to talk because she was ashamed. I told her she could come anytime, when she was ready to talk to me or daddy about that. A few weeks later she asked me if she could talk to me so long as she could stay with us and not send her away for this. Of course, I agreed and she told me the same thing my younger daughter had told me. She said she was forced to do sexual things with a boy while the adults watched them. She also told me that they got kicked and were forced to stay outside in the wintertime (-15 C). Whenever they would say they didn’t like something, for example spinach, they would swear at them calling them asshole and bastard. They would also yell at Fabienne because she began to pee in her bed from the fear. As a consequence they made my five year old daughter wash her clothes by hand saying that she needed to learn not to pee in her bed or clothes. Clarissa and Fabienne were not allowed to turn the heater in their room on because it costs money and so their room became colder than the temperature outside.

Being in Canada our daughters have found some form of peace and rest because they know those people are far away; but the fear is still present. They still get scared if someone knocks on the door and they don't know who. They hide every time they hear the door because they don’t want anybody to come and take them away again. Every week that passes, they feel with more liberty to share their experience and I listen, but deep down it kills me to hear and know what my babies went through.

They stole nine months of our lives, they scarred a normal family for life and nobody can give us those nine months back, nobody will be able to erase the terror and abuse they let my daughters go through.

We love our girls with all of our heart and they love mommy and daddy too. We don’t want to go back to Germany and live in fear. My husband and I want the best for our daughters and being in Canada has brought more emotional and mental stability than we could ever hope for after the abuse we went through in our country.

I beg you; please help our family to stay here in Canada. Help us live without fear and live a normal family life together with our kids. We want the best for our daughters, and this is why we are here. We have all the court papers and all the recordings with us here in Canada for your reference.

Thank you so very much for the attention you give to this desperate call for help.

We also made a video on Youtube/Twitter/Facebook: ---> <---


Clarissa, Fabienne, Martin and Elena Schuster

28. Provide Educational Resources to the Displaced Child Refugees of Syria

As a result of the ongoing Syrian Conflict, education in the neighbouring refugee camps is sadly lacking or non existent. Children from all countries and all beliefs deserve the same developmental opportunities that we grew up with in Canada.

Without it the basic foundations of learning the children of Syria will never be able to properly understand the situations they find themselves in and will be easily susceptible to coercion. A proper education now is the key to stopping military action in the future.

Friends Of Syria Canada is petitioning the Canadian government for their commitment in providing educational resources to the over 1 million children seeking safety in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Jordan. In an emergency meeting held by Parliament to discuss Canada's plans to confront ISIL on September 16th, preventative military measures were discussed but humanitarian aid efforts were disregarded.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is quoted as saying "Our goal is to deter and prevent terrorism worldwide". As of now ISIL believed to have between 20,000 to 30,000 members, and the cost of fighting them is already exceeding a billion dollars. Imagine what the damage and costs will be if they were only to recruit even as low as 10% of Syria's children.

The rest of Minister Alexander's quote is "Our goal is to prevent Canadians from being involved more than they already are". The fact is ALL Canadians are involved. Terrorism effects our lives everyday.

We pay for higher levels of security, we pay for our privacy to be monitered, we pay for our soldiers to fight battles, and we pay for all the lives that are lost. Sign our petition now and show the Canadian government that we want to pay for a better future for the children Syria and for the world.

29. Turks & Caicos Movement to Join Canada as an Eleventh Province

The premier of Turks and Caicos is leaving the door open to the prospect of his country joining Canada, even though he has opposed the idea in the past.

But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird suggested Monday that Canadians are dreaming if they think they'll have a province in the Caribbean any time soon.

Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing met Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, where he says the two leaders spoke about exploring a more formal relationship.

Ewing described the meeting as a "courtship," but said the pair did not discuss the possibility of Turks and Caicos becoming Canada's 11th province.

The idea, however, is not out of the question, Ewing suggested during a news conference following the meeting.

"It is not of my mandate to close the door," he said.

"It is my mandate to see Turks and Caicos have sustainable economic growth and development and development of our people ... and we look to Canada, who has shown by example of being a very strong democracy."

Even creating closer ties is a long shot, said Baird: the Harper government is not exploring a stronger relationship, let alone considering a plan to annex the British colonial territory.

"We're not in the business of annexing islands in the Caribbean to be part of Canada, so that's not something that we're exploring," said Baird.

"We're not looking at any sort of formal association with the islands."

Some provinces, however, appear open to the idea.

While Ewing was in Ottawa, P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz tweeted to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that he'd be happy to partner with the Prairie province on the Turks and Caicos project.

Conservative MP Peter Goldring has been pushing the idea for over a decade, arguing that Canada needs its own Hawaii.

Canada enjoyed strong economic ties with Turks and Caicos in the 1800s, largely through the salt trade.

More recently, however, the 40-island nation has relied more on the tourist trade and its open banking system for the economic well-being of its roughly 30,000 inhabitants.

Turks and Caicos is currently a British territory with an elected legislature.

30. Canadian Jobs at Risk Without Temporary Foreign Worker Access

The restaurant industry employs 1.2 million Canadians and is one of the largest sectors and job creators in the Canadian economy.

In select markets there are critical labour shortages and restaurant owners don't have enough applicants for available jobs. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows restaurants to fully staff their operations. In some markets, restaurant owners would have to scale back their business and even close their doors without these workers.

Only when restaurant owners exhaust efforts to hire Canadians, are they allowed to hire temporary foreign workers.

Temporary foreign workers help us protect ALL restaurant jobs.

The restaurant industry is committed to working with the government to ensure the integrity and responsible use of the program while protecting Canadian jobs.

Right now there is a ban on our use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.