Petition Tag - ontario

1. Fix The Dress Code 2k17

Everyday, girls are sexualized and objectified for wearing clothing that allows them to be comfortable in hot weather. Whether this be shorts or a tank top, no girl should have to be pulled out of class to change their clothing. Classrooms don't have air conditioning in the hot seasons, yet girls are expected to wear full length pants and shirts. "Short must be mid-thigh"- but absolutely no stores sell those kinds of shorts, fashionable or not. Girls deserve as many rights as boys do when it comes to dressing for the weather. Shoulders and thighs should not be considered too sexual for school and we hope this changes.

2. Stop muffler noise- Lakeshore Road & vicinity, Burlington, ON

Noise pollution emanating from modified mufflers of motor vehicles and motorcycles is inhibiting the enjoyment of residents along the Lakeshore Road corridor and neighboring streets.

Many Canadian cities have enacted bylaws and police have acted to reduce this kind of noise pollution in communities, including Mississauga, Hamilton & Oakville. Burlington has not.

The City of Burlington needs to act now to stop this noise which impacts residents quiet enjoyment of their residential property, especially during the warmer weather periods when residents are outside trying to enjoy their the gardens.

This petition is aimed at trying to get City Councillors to finally act on enforcing this annoying noise pollution issue.

3. Fund the HPV Vaccine in Ontario for females up to the age of 26

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease in Canada and the world. Most people will never know they have been infected because HPV often doesn’t cause any symptoms. This means you can get HPV and pass it along without ever knowing it.

A high-risk HPV infection can lead to changes in the cells of the cervix, which can develop into cervical cancer if they are not detected early and treated.

HPV infection causes almost 100% of all cervical cancers. HPV16 and HPV18 cause about 70% of cervical cancers. Other high-risk HPVs also cause cervical cancer, including HPV types 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58 and 59.”

According to, “There are more than 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital area, but 9 of them are known to cause the majority of HPV-related cancer and diseases. These are Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV. “

According to the Canadian Cancer Society:

An estimated 1,500 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. An estimated 400 will die from it.

The most recent incidence statistics for penile cancer are from 2013:

215 Canadian men were diagnosed with penile cancer.
The most recent mortality statistics for penile cancer are from 2012:

The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer is 7x more than the number of men who were diagnosed with penile cancer!

The most recent incidence statistics for anal cancer are from 2010:

580 Canadians were diagnosed with anal cancer.
200 men were diagnosed with anal cancer.
380 women were diagnosed with anal cancer.

(Almost double the number of women to men were diagnosed with anal cancer!)

The most recent mortality statistics for anal cancer are from 2012:

99 Canadians died from anal cancer.
36 men died from anal cancer.
63 women died from anal cancer.

(Almost double the number of women to men died from anal cancer!)

According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, "Starting in September 2016, the HPV vaccine was made available for free to men who have sex with men. Eligible individuals include those who are 26 years of age or younger and who identify as gay, bisexual, as well as other men who have sex with men, including some trans people."

The Gardasil-9 vaccine costs $200 CA/dose x 3 doses over the course of 6 months!

Cervical cancer is one of the MOST prevalent cancer types for females, while penile and anal cancers in men are much rarer as Canadian statistics prove, yet females up to the age of 26 are not covered in Ontario by the Gardasil-9 vaccine but LGBT males up to the same age are? This is UNJUST!


Eminem has not been in Toronto since 2014!? LETS GET ANOTHER EMINEM CONCERT IN CANADA ONTARIO EVERYONE!! I have to see Eminem live before I die, it's on my bucket-list, I assume I am not alone on that...

Share this petition!!!! WE NEED A CONCERT NOW!!!!!!!

5. Advocate for Educational Change at the University of Windsor

Assignment requirements in undergraduate courses offered at the University of Windsor are allowed to be vague. This ambiguity can allow for grades to entirely reflect the instructor’s subjective views rather than having them categorized and explained in a structured manner. Without a structured system the instructor: has unprecedented control over marks, is not required to communicate the reason for a grade to the student, and can give a grade with no adherence to the course or subject being studied. Because of this issue, the University of Windsor has been offering courses that do not follow systematic instruction, and in doing so it has failed to comply with how education is defined.

6. Petition to Create a Promise Scholars Program at Mt. View School District

The Promise Scholars Program is an education pipeline that fosters a college bound culture in K-12 public schools within the city of Ontario, and is complemented by Ontario's College Promise Program which pays for two years of free college-tuition after high school. Promise Scholars offers K-8 students the following:
a) EXPOSURE to a college bound culture in their classrooms and school, as early as 6 years old;
b) ACCESS to partner colleges for visits and information about early college planning strategies, as early as 5th grade;
c) ACCESS to information about early career planning strategies, and counseling to plan out their high school courses, from 6th through 8th grades.

Promise Scholars provides all students, regardless of grade point average, access to opportunities that can inspire them to pursue a college degree, or certificate, that will then lead to a sustainable and successful career. While Promise Scholars offers many Ontario families hope for a bright future, the program is currently unavailable to more than 2,500 students at Ontario's Mt. View School District. Empirical studies show that fostering a college bound culture within schools, and as early as preschool, increases students’ likelihood to pursue higher education. It is the community’s desire that the District makes the enrichment of our K-8 students' learning experience a priority, and bring the Promise Scholars Program to the Mt. View School District in 2017.

7. Applaud Beth Richardson's Actions

We continue to hear stories about how people don't 'step up' or get involved anymore. This veteran police officer saw a sickly, obviously distressed and underfed cat with no food or water cowering under a couch crying out for attention. She removed the cat from the home, took it to a veterinarian to be tended to and proceeded to pay the vet bills.

She has been ordered to return the cat to the “meth user’s” home and is now being held before a tribunal to face charges or a demotion for her actions. This should be a 'happy ending - do good' news story but her actions instead are being penalized. Do we want to live in a society of dispassionate people that turn a blind eye in fear of negative repercussions or punishment? Together let's show Beth Richardson that her act of kindness is what keeps us believing that there ARE still caring, brave and upstanding people that still choose do the right thing and to be an example of what's still decent and good in this world. If she gets charged it will start a very negative and bad precedent whereby people in positions to aid and assist will no longer do so. Please let's not let that happen.

8. 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.

9. Stop the proposed Truck Route from the Falkland Rd "V" & alternate "R" (see map)

A dedicated truck route proposal to handle new gravel pit operations will generate 57 heavy haul dump truck an hour passing through Falkland. Two of the three options are: (a) "V" - Puttown/Falkland Rd, with a roundabout at Hwy#2. (b) "R" - green space between Falkland and Bishopsgate Rd. Falkland Village previously commercial/agricultural was in 2004 designated residential allowing for new residential properties. A Roundabout entering Hwy#2 from the Puttown hill is dangerous and impractical**.

Our property values have decreased now, even as our taxes have dramatically increased due to massive infrastructure in Paris. The residents of Falkland will suffer a loss of property equity ( for many, this represents a loss of retirement income) as a result of the truck route proposal. Two options have been identified:
(a) Expropriate properties on the west and east of Falkland Rd.
(b) Compensation for the loss of property values.

Alternate "G" is the easiest, most economical and ecologically feasible: eliminates the ?need for a roundabout at Falkland Rd. with the least impact on the village.

10. Ontario Math Petition Number 2

If you want to see change to Ontario elementary math education, sign this petition.

For over 10 yrs. elementary students have struggled with a poor math curriculum, confusing texts and convoluted teaching methods.

Families have paid thousands of dollars to tutoring centres or tutors. A 2 tier system has become entrenched in Ontario, as many families cannot pay tutors and have watched their children fall further and further behind.


11. Competitive Gas Prices in Markham

All surrounding regions have at least one alternative choice for purchasing gas that is competitively priced - e.g. Pioneer, Costco, Loblaws, Top Value, etc.

No station exists in Markham and we would like to have the same freedom of choice as all surrounding regions.

N.B. Husky stations are not independent but are a part of Suncor.

12. 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.

13. Change how employment income is deducted from ODSP allowances

I would like to call your attention to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that is hindering the financial well-being on Ontario’s 448, 515 beneficiaries (stat taken from the government’s own website at as of September 2014.

I, like many other Ontarians on ODSP, find it extremely difficult to support my family with the necessary essentials of life during certain months of the year. The rules governing working income while receiving social assistance forces recipients into make a critical decision -- to either due without one month, or make alternate arrangements to purchasing food, paying heat/hydro or the mortgage/rent.

Under current rules, monies like Employment Insurance (E.I.) are withdrawn from the current month’s ODSP cheque, whereas any employment income is withdrawn from the following month’s cheque. My spouse, for example, works 10 months of the year. Every June she will receive 2 paycheques from work. At the end of her annual contract, she is required to collect E.I. which she starts receiving in July.

Our July’s ODSP cheque is much too small to live on. This month alone will include a deduction of her June’s employment income and a dollar-for-dollar amount for what she collected in July from E.I. Unlike those who don’t want an overpayment every month, we are forced to accept 5% every month as a deduction to pay back our overpayment balance. Recently, the overpayment amount was increased to include the Special Diet amount that recipients receive. This being said, the overpayment balance is paid faster. However, by the time the full amount is paid back, we have to accept another overpayment for the following year. It is a continuous cycle with no-end in sight.

I do know that some recipients have to use credit cards to buy essentials like food, or have someone else buy them some to help feed their families. This is embarrassing, and neglectful on the government’s part.

My oldest son turned 18 this past November. He has had a job for 2 years now and is trying to make his way in this world by buying his first car and trying to save money. He was 17 when he graduated high school and we all talked about what would be the right course of action for him to take. Both of his parents (and he) felt that he was too young to go to college right away. He needs to mature a bit more before taking that leap. In December, however, he was considered to be another adult and we had to pay a border-charge. Expectations are there, but the reality of the amount of money coming off our ODSP cheque included being considered a family of 4 instead of 5. This reduced our monthly entitlement by approximately $70, but we had to pay an additional $100 for a border charge. My son, however, decided to move into an apartment with some friends in January. I don’t like thinking this way, but at least we get our $100 added back on to our monthly cheque.

Do you remember when the winter clothing and back-to-school allowances were taken away from all recipients? It hurt a lot of people already having financial difficulty just trying to survive. Many people are trying to give their kids something to wear to school, and to keep warm within our harsh climate. Thank God for other agencies trying to help those in need. Unfortunately, they were helping more people than what they had the year before.

Emergency home repair services were also discontinued. Ontario Works (OW) does help people under very stressful conditions. However, this puts extra load on their caseworkers. Sometimes those workers take a little longer to get back to you if you have no water coming to your house. Sometimes these repairs can be done by the homeowner themselves, but with the reduced amount of money available on their ODSP cheques it is almost better to make the call and do without that much needed item for a few days.

Speaking of home repair services, there are programs out there such as the Residential Rural Assistance Program (RRAP) that our caseworkers can direct us too. We have used this program before. Unlike many other government-assisted programs that help low-income Canadians, they consider ALL sources of income to determine eligibility. This included any working income, ODSP income, CCTB and even the GST. If all combined income exceeded $32000 for a family of 5, there was no assistance – regardless of what ill-stricken problem you were facing as a homeowner.

With the state of the economy like it is (and has been going since the 1980s), jobs are extremely difficult to find or keep. Is this depression on the employers end? Perhaps they feel with the rise of products, shipping, business taxes and the hike of minimum wages, they must make cuts to stay afloat This is not the way-of-thinking of employers 30 years ago. Sometimes employers don’t want to get involved with re-training someone coming off ODSP because they know they won’t be able to keep them around for very long anyways. Even for young kids that work in the fast-food industry such as Tim Hortons, cannot be guaranteed that their job will be there tomorrow. Jobs in larger cities like Ottawa or Toronto may be more plentiful than those residing near smaller places like Kingston or Brockville. If you’re rural, working from home becomes the best possible way to achieve any type of life that may be productive to society. Training programs, like Opportunities Funding, were there to help people become more self-sufficient in this manner. However, this is another program taken away from people who need it the most. This is forcing people to stay on ODSP as the support is not there.

Now things are not all grim. We are entitled to save money. People are entitled to save emergency funds (up to approx. $5000/year) in a Tax-free Savings Account (TFSA) which won’t affect their eligibility for ODSP benefits. The only downfall here is that people do not AND cannot accumulate enough money to put away with the rising cost of everything around them. Up to $200, 000 can be contributed to a plan holders Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) without it affecting the recipients ODSP allowance. The main benefit here is the government’s contributions at a 100-300% of grants on top of the plan holders own contributions of $1500/year. Regardless of how much this hurts a person’s monthly budget, it is still a necessary thing for them to do (if they qualify) for their families. RRSPs hurt people receiving social assistance, RDSPs and TFSAs are two very important strategies for disabled people to follow. However, there must be some changes to your lifestyle, such as reducing the size of your home. This will cut down on expenditures like heat, hydro, amount of propane, possibly property taxes if you are a homeowner.

These hard economic times are fixable. The Advocacy BC article talks about how changes were introduced after the government was forced to recognize the hardship its citizens were facing. We are not that different than British Columbia. Like B.C.’s disability assistance program, Ontario should be looking at an annual review of a benefit units income. This will allow caseworkers to better assist their clients with their employment goals, and not just focus on a person’s income. Remember – if ODSP’s caseworkers are happy doing their job, they are more productive. This will be a cause-and-affect scenario, passed on to the actual electorates in every riding in this province.

One solution is to take away the 50% employment deduction for those families with taxable income of less than $20,000 with any number of children. The Ontario Health Premium paid at income tax time uses the $20,000 threshold to determine who pays for what amount. Any taxpayer under this amount doesn’t pay. If the income is more than this, a pro-rated amount is paid to the Ontario Health Premium.

It is a constant struggle, always looking ahead to see if people are going to be in trouble paying the mortgage/rent or buying food in 3 or 4 months time. With families making more than $20,000 and the number of children involved, it is possible to pro-rate the amount to be withheld from their allowance, but on an annual basis.

There are serious and drastic changes that need to be addressed in Ontario’s social assistance delivery system. The changes mentioned here will give some dignity and hope for the future as many, many people suffer from serious health-related issues.

On behalf of ill-stricken Ontarians,
Patrick Beach

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Update Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum

Ontario has introduced an updated sex education curriculum but a petition has been started urging the government to scrap its proposed implementation.

This is a counter petition in support of the new curriculum.

17. Publish the "Missing Standards" that Apply to 99% of Dentistry and Affect Everyone in Ontario

As a self-regulating HEALTH-PROFESSION entity, the RCDSO is responsible to create STANDARDS. Yet it took the RCDSO from March 4, 1868 to Oct 24, 2012 to create its FIRST standard (i.e. Amalgam Waste Management + Dental CT Scanners + Use of Sedation & General Anesthesia).

That's a mind-blowing 52,818 days, or 144 years, 7 months, & 9 days !!!

- Code of Silence / Expert Witness / Expert Reports
- Delays in Dental Treatment
- Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatment
- Diabetic Treatment
- Endodontic Risk Assessment
- Endodontic Treatment
- Forensic Odontology
- Geriodontic Treatment
- Hand-washing
- Instrument sanitization
- Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
- Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral Mucosal Treatment
- Orthodontic Treatment
- Periodontic Treatment
- Pediatric Treatment
- Prosthodontic Treatment
- Special-Needs Treatment
- Treatment Plan Requirements
- etc.
- ICRC - Complaints Matrix
- ICRC - Expert Reports
- ICRC - Neutral Language (patient not complainant; doctor not member)
- ICRC - Registrar’s Investigations

RHPA 1991 ~ The "Missing Standards" issue has repercussions for the Minister of Health & Long-Term Care, because: "The Minister is responsible for the administration of this Act. ... It is the duty of the Minister to ensure that the health professions are regulated & co-ordinated in the public interest, that appropriate standards of practice are developed & maintained & that individuals ...are treated with sensitivity & respect in their dealings with health professionals, the Colleges & the Board."

18. Provide funding or grants to help elementary school playgrounds

Outside play is essential for all children. Studies espouse its benefits such as improving cognitive and motor skills, health and well being, and academic achievement. Many schools in Ontario are faced with play spaces that are either empty, in bad repair, or no longer meet the community needs. Play spaces are not a luxury; they are a necessity and the Ministry of Education should help provide them.

We know that the Government of Ontario has invested time and thought into the same topics because of the initiatives that it has launched:

Accessibility: “All public sector organizations with at least one employee ... make their new or redeveloped outdoor play spaces accessible.” ( Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure's “Accessibility Standard For the Design of Public Spaces” )

Nature: “Children have the right to explore and play in the outdoors. Research shows that kids who spend regular time in nature are happier and healthier.” (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter

Physical activity: “Providing physical activity equipment for all classes to use outdoors during recess and lunch breaks.” (Ministry of Education's “Foundations for a Healthy School”, page 1, )

Childhood obesity: The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care's panel provided recommendations on how to reduce childhood obesity. In response, the government created Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy, part of which recognizes that healthy kids live in healthy schools. The Challenge is providing selected communities with funding over four years. For equity, all communities need help.

Independent organizations say similar guidelines, “In developed societies such as Canada, we must acknowledge that children need room to move and the opportunity to do so in a variety of settings and spaces, including the natural environment.” (Active Healthy Kids Canada's 2014 report )

We agree. Help us follow your guidelines.

The Ontario schools listed all need your help. We want to create playgrounds or make existing playgrounds accessible or closer to nature but we can't do it alone. Help us invest in our future -- our children -- by providing funding or grants to expose them to play spaces that achieve your goals.

19. Support Charter Schools in Ontario

A Well-Kept Secret: Whatever Happened to Canada’s Charter Schools? Paul W. Bennett04/10/2010 By Paul W. Bennett - See more at:

Charter schools have coexisted with private schools in Canada for over 15 years. Yet they remain a well kept secret. Outside of Alberta, you would never know that they existed, especially if you depended upon Canadian public education sources for your information about the school choices available to families.

Are Canada's charter schools set for a comeback?

While North American charter schools may be modelled after private, independent schools, they are actually public schools. To be more specific, they are publicly-funded, autonomous schools which are formed to “provide innovative or enhanced education programs that improve the acquisition of student skills, attitudes, and knowledge in some measurable way.” (Alberta Education, 2010).

Since the premiere of the new documentary film Waiting for Superman, charter schools are becoming much better known. It has taken the educational world by storm and sent shock waves through the normally serene Ontario educational establishment.

Here in Canada the film has been greeted by our educational authorities with, for the most part, a stoney silence. Anyone who might suggest that it has any relevance to Canada is simply dismissed with the usual rationalizations. We have such a fine public school system, so the line goes, we have little to learn from the film.

Twenty years ago, a Canadian movement for charter schools stirred up quite a commotion. It was driven by concerned parents demanding more from public schools and looking for more parental choice within the system. Many were acquainted with Canadian private and independent schools, but lacked the means to enrol their children in schools charging tuition fees. Seeking higher quality public schools led them to become advocates for charters.

Since the early 1990s, the official reaction to charter schools has been apoplectic. When the Alberta government of Ralph Klein authorized Canada’s first charter schools, the core interests in Canadian education (school superintendents, education faculties, and teachers’ unions) closed ranks and successfully fended off charter schools everywhere else. Instead of fairly evaluating charters as a means of broadening school choice, public school authorities clicked into siege mentality mode, condemning the “privatizers” and casting aspersions on the motives of charter school advocates.

The first Canadian charter schools in Alberta were the result of the tireless campaigning of Dr. Joe Freedman, a fiercely determined radiologist from Red Deer, Alberta. Since their advent in March 1994, Alberta remains the only province to authorize charters. Today, Alberta continues to embrace “School Choice” in public education and to support 13 different charter schools. (

Following the breakthrough in Alberta, education reform groups favouring “School Choice” mounted a campaign in Ontario and in Atlantic Canada. The Ontario Coalition for Education Reform, the Society for Quality Education, and the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS) all embraced the cause. Inspired by Dr. Freedman and American advocates of charters, the groups held conferences and published pamphlets proclaiming Charter Schools “an idea whose time has come.”

The frenzied activity peaked in 1997 and then stalled when educational authorities closed ranks and out-flanked the proponents by embracing a domesticated version of student testing and accountability. The Vancouver-based Fraser Institute, normally an ally, undermined the whole effort by publishing a “Freedom Index” suggesting (erroneously) that Canada’s public system already had more educational choice than the United States.

In Alberta, the existing Charter Schools have survived, but still face surprisingly strong institutional resistance, fuelled by the teacher unions. A recent January 2010 Canada West Foundation report, “Innovation in Action: An Examination of Charter Schools in Alberta,” put it best: Alberta’s chartering legislation is a straight-jacket which amounts to “the equivalent of clipping a bird’s wings and then asking it to fly.” (

“If Canada has a “school choice capital”, it is Calgary. Three of Greater Calgary’s top schools are Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, Rundle College, and Webber Academy, all catering to affluent and upper middle class families. The city also boasts six charter schools, enrolling 5,930 of the 7,161 students attending charter schools throughout Alberta. The number of students in Calgary charter schools has more than tripled over the past decade. Compared to the Calgary Public Board’s 99,680 students, the numbers remain small, but their evident success in improving student learning stands as a valuable lesson for other provinces.

Living as we do in a North American cultural universe, Waiting for Superman may just give charter schools a new lease on life here in Canada. Here is one “little Hollywood movie” that exposes ordinary citizens to the type of specialized, quality schools previously limited to parents who can afford such school options. If Canadians do embrace charter schools in greater numbers, public school standards may rise and so will competition for students.

[Dr. Paul W. Bennett is Director of Schoolhouse Consulting, Halifax, author of The Grammar School (2009), and online editor of EduBlog at]
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20. Make the Canadian province of Ontario an independent nation

Smaller Countries with smaller populations have been proven to be easyer to manage.

Make Ontario easier to manage and control by making it an independent nation.

21. Let Ontario ratepayers have the option to switch back to analog hydrometers

Since the advent of the smart meter which is now used on every household connected to the electricity grid in Ontario, there have been many customer complaints and questions regarding inconsistent utility bills.

Time-of-use pricing with so-called smart meters is supposed to give customers more control over their monthly electricity bill. However, these meters have caused huge billing headaches for many customers in this province. Bills have often arrived irregularly and inaccurately sometimes with outstanding balances in the thousands of dollars.

Therefore, as ratepayers of this province, we demand the option to be able to switch back to analog hydro meters at no extra cost to the customer.

22. STOP Redeemer Cell Tower

Our concern is Health and Industry Canada's relaxed safety standards for human exposure to electromagnetic radiation and in particular the proposed cellular tower being located at Redeemer University on Kitty Murray Drive in Ancaster, Ontario.

It will be located across from Immaculate Conception Elementary School, residential homes, beside the Sports Dome, close to Redeemer’s own student residence and two childcare facilities and in the heart of the residential area known as, the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands is a heavily populated area. This area has the largest population of young children in Ancaster. If plans continue in raising this tower, these children will be spending 100% of their time being exposed to electromagnetic radiation day in and day out, as they play, go to school and live in the same area.

Considering the other three cellular towers -- one less than a kilometre away! -- telecommunications companies should be (as the government states) required to look at alternatives including sharing towers in the same area.

As well, the dual combination of hydro towers and communications towers will intensify the effects of electromagnetic radiation people in this community will be exposed to. We do not want to live in the cancer epicentre of Hamilton, Ontario.

Along with health concerns, these towers will affect our property values and resale turnaround. Currently, this area has a prestigious reputation with one of the highest tax brackets in Canada.

Please sign our petition and aid us to STOP the placement of the Redeemer Cell Tower. Let us stop the constant low-level radiation amongst our families.

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23. Support Avastin Funding in Ontario

Avastin is a next generation drug increasingly prescribed by Drs for Cancer patients, like myself. It is not a "cure" on its own, but is showing significant results (especially in dealing with Radiation Necrosis) in small trials in North America and elsewhere.

Ontario does not fund it, while other provinces increasingly are agreeing to do so.

24. 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

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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".

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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".

25. Review health benefits of underutilized medicinal plants growing invasively across Ontario

Invasive plants have been deemed to negatively impact our environment and food system. They can thrive in unprecedented numbers, threatening crop yields, food security, native plant populations and biodiversity. As a response, biological and chemical controls are often employed, which compromise the health of our soil, our food, and our bodies.

Many of the same invasive plants have important medicinal and nutritional applications. With enough interest, we can help mobilize their usage instead, offering a more eco-friendly strategy for controlling and managing invasive species across Ontario.

26. Amend Section 83 of the Canadian Criminal Code

With this ever evolving life that we live we need to amend the laws to reflect the society of today not 150 years ago.

We need to amend section 83 of the Canadian Criminal Code.

27. Ainslie Wood Community Recreation Centre

The People Of Ainslie Wood Need And Deserve An All-Ages Community Recreation Centre

28. 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.

29. 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?

30. Skateboard Park For Petrolia, Ontario

The town of Petrolia is limited to places for youth to skate, bike, scooter, etc. The Farmers Market & Shopper's Drug Mart are areas that are often skated. The local skateboard park here is full of cracks and weeds which is inconvenient to skaters and bikers.

Also, pedestrians and the town are beginning to complain of this being trespassing and that were threatening and bullying to other pedestrians.

All we ask is to receive enough signatures to possibly influence and give the town observation that these youth need a good skateboard park in this town.