Petition Tag - pass

1. End the budget impasse and pass a fair fiscal budget before December 31, 2015

As I’m sure you are aware, the Pennsylvania State Government has still not passed a State Budget. It has been 105+ days which is an all-time record for a budget impasse.

How this affects you and us. As an agency who provides home-care services and relies on government funding for most of our budget, a State budget impasse will impact how we are able to continue providing services. So far, the County Commissioners have been funding our services, but they say that at the end of December, if no budget has passed, they will be out of money to fund this and many more services. This will impact us in a very negative way, as we will not be paid for our services, which means we will not be able to pay our aides, and none of us can work for free.

The Office of Developmental Programs, MH/IDD, has issued a statement that if the budget does not pass by the end of December, they will seek funding elsewhere, however, that is not a guarantee that the money will become available.

We contract with the Department of Human Services, The Office of Long Term Living, and various other agencies that depend on state funding to continue to provide services to the elderly and the disabled. If funding dries up; the state does not pass a budget, the consequences could be dire, for us and for you!

I urge you to contact your legislators, government officials, your representatives in the county in which you live, and let them know how this budget impasse will affect you and how you manage to live from day to day with many agencies providing skilled and non-skilled services. As they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

I also urge you to write letters to your congressmen and voice your fears and opinions on the state budget impasse as it will eventually affect you and your ability to maintain your household in the manner in which you are most accustomed!

2. Stop CNP Outdoor Pool Bidding; Support Indoor Recreational Facility

We, the people of the municipality of the Crowsnest Pass, petition the local governing body, to stop the bidding for a design-build for an outdoor pool. We have seen the issues with the current pool and would like to propose a whole new facility, instead of dismantling and rebuilding the current one.

For the past two summers, we had no kiddie pool for the youngest of our community to enjoy, and not enough spaces for the children and youth to enjoy lessons. This town is growing and we have lots of tourists, throughout all the seasons.

It has been discussed many times online and in-person thoughts about what would truly benefit our community. In the winter, we only have winter-related sports available, like skating and skiing/snowboarding at the Pass Powderkeg.

How wonderful would it be for when those tiring sports are over to head to the pool and relax in the hot tub and sauna? Or to have a place for families to rent so they can celebrate their children's birthdays with an awesome pool party.

There are a multitude of people from the Crowsnest Pass that drive 15-50 minutes once or twice a week to enjoy the leisure centres in Sparwood, Pincher Creek and Fernie. How many more people could we attract to our own recreational facility if it was accessible and functional year round?

Let's, as a community, increase our recreational programs and invest in our community, young and old alike.

Let's make our community 'Naturally Rewarding'.

3. Tell leaders you want non-electronic alternatives to McGuinty's Presto Transit Pass

Transit drivers in Hamilton have told me many passengers experience problems with the Presto pass. One Presto worker threatened to revoke my monthly pass mid-month if a questionable $2.75 fare indicated by Presto was not paid.

As Toronto is / will be also implementing the Presto pass system, and we face an election October 6 in Ontario, I felt this a good time to question the accuracy of Presto passenger records from the pass, and the arrogance of workers and administrators of Presto.

4. Pass Bill C-393 now and save lives

The acceleration of globalization of the market over the last
three decades, greatly facilitated by the expanding
influence of neoliberalism in international economic politics,
has advanced the internationalization of pharmaceutical
research and has influenced the ways in which it is market,
researched, and developed. In lieu of all the benefits they
bring, the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest companies
face a battle between the goals of corporate wealth and
public health. A small number of corporations have come to
dominate the research agenda and operate in a system
which the relentless pursuit of profit takes priority over
public good. While the majority world suffers because they
are deprived of essential medicines and die of neglected
diseases, people in the minority world still benefit. The
reasons for lack of access are diverse and complex, but in
many cases the high prices of drugs are a barrier to needed
treatments. Prohibitive drug prices are often the result of
strong intellectual property protection (‘t Hoen, 2002). The
devastating consequences of implementing patents on
pharmaceuticals and the influence of the market on
prioritizing research and development has led to a
perpetuation of global inequality.

Thousands die of preventable or neglected diseases like
malaria, HIV or tuberculosis every day (Albright et al.
2005). The reason why not enough attention is called to
the matter is because the people who are dying are too
poor to command it. If the same situation was found in
developed countries it would most likely be lead news every
day and they would be devoting serious resources to
finding a cure as fast as possible. As it remains, just 10%
of the world’s research and development on health is
targeted on diseases affecting 90% of the world’s people
and sadly, of more than a thousand new medicines
developed over the last 25 years, just 1% were specifically
for diseases of tropical countries (Albright et al. 2005).
Similarly, it is Western Europe, North America, and Japan
who make up 80% of the world’s pharmaceutical market
where as Africa is 1% (Robinson, 2001). The people who
need the most drugs are the people with the least access
to them. Therefore, they go without. Little money is to be
made in the developing countries that suffer from disease
pandemics. Therefore, they get neglected.

It is clear that the current state of modern medicine and
the pharmaceutical industry is not well. It needs an
accurate diagnosis and appropriate course of treatment.
The remedy to reversing the effects of the symptoms can
be achieved; it will be a challenge but it must not be

5. Wyre Forest Restoration of the Use of Bus Passes before 9.30 am

Despite the District Council getting back some of our money from Icelandic Banks, the Tories still have not reinstated the use of concessionary bus passes before 9.30 am.

18,500 people in Wyre Forest are still suffering from this savage Tory/Liberal cut.

Please make sure that you sign our petition for restoration of the use of concessionary bus passes during peak hours.