Petition Tag - research


The goal is to end homework in Hopewell, Virginia and give those evening hours back to families to learn other critical areas of life as well as to develop stronger family bonds. It's no secret that research concludes school children from K-12 are getting more than their fair share of after school assignments stressing out children and their parents. A few causes of concern, according to Levy, due to homework are "headaches, upset stomach, migraines ( all stress related symptoms), lack of life balance, physical health issues, and alienation from peers/society." We want our children to learn to the best of their ability but studies show that too much homework can actually work against your child's testing ability and grades instead of for them (Wallace).
Our children should be spending time with us, not arguing over homework that has proven to be of little or no difference when it comes to grades. The benefits of NOT doing homework massively eclipses the pros of doing after school work. Less child/family stress, more time to invest in other areas of development not offered at school, more teaching time for basic life skills, less arguing, happier demeanor overall, more time to talk with your child to build positive outlooks for school, etc. Included are references and links if you would like a more indepth look into the research.
Please, if you agree with the research and your personal view is in accordance sign this petition. The faster we reach our goal the faster we can take back time with our kids! This petition will be presented to the Hopewell, Virginia School Board on its last meeting of October 2017 if it has reached its goal of 500 signatures by October 15th, 2017

Levy, S. (2017, April). Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids' Health?
Wallace, K. (2015).

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2. Stop Medical Practitioner Crime & Abuse of Public Office

Janette Francis is a multi generation Australian and resident in South Australia (

In 2006 Janette was given radiology confirmation of her suspicions that she's been surgically raped (in about 1997) referring GP refused to act on that information and stated that the department of health told the doctor not to treat Janette. See this Youtube video

Several other radiologists refused to identify foreign items inside Janette seen in other radiology investigations since 2006. Several GPs refused to order relevant tests to determine the source of the disturbing sparking vibrations from what a person can feel is like lengths of cables under Janette's skin.

In 2007 after Janette told a GP about the (2006) radiology evidence, she was ambushed by several medical doctors inside Ashford private hospital. Janette was then illegally injected with a drug that rendered her unconscious. She regained consciousness to discover she'd been (illegally) transported to Royal Adelaide Hospital, where she was told she'd been detained under the Mental Health Act. Literally for doing and saying nothing out of the ordinary.

Janette was released after 24 hours as not being mentally ill, 24 hours later because SA Health couldn't be bothered to arrange for a psychiatrist to see her sooner. The department of health refused to give Janette any documents about her illegal imprisonment.

Several years later when in the process of trying to address the situation, Janette discovered her state health record says she had threatened to shoot people (with a gun, which was 100% false criminal defamation) and that's why I was (illegally) drugged and imprisoned at Ashford private hospital.

In 2010 Janette lodged associated complaints to the national medical practitioner registrar, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, about the (above) corrupt doctors. AHPRA refused to acknowledge and investigate her complaints.

January 2014 Janette was unlawfully assaulted and battered by several South Australia state public officers, they unlawfully imprisoned (again) falsely her claiming that right under the mental health Act. Janette was illegally held for several weeks, forced to take mind altering drugs, lived under threat of statute authorised barbaric electric shock and forced brain surgery. The government public officers said the reason Janette was imprisoned was because she wrote to South Australia's health Minister Jack Snelling MP, asking him that in light of the unlawful actions of AHPRA staff and corrupt medical doctors, how would he suggest she go about having illegal implants removed.

9 September 2016 after Janette complained to her state housing landlord about a hostile neighbour with a video camera erected at 90 angle from their house down her driveway and at her front door, (specifically to keep me under surveillance) the housing public officer abused their position to breach Janette's privacy and inform the neighbour Janette was taking state housing to court to get an order to disclose the neighbour's name so Janette could prosecute them in civil court over their surveillance camera pointed at Janette's house as a private nuisance and risk to her security.

10 September 2016, (confirming the Public Officer's abuse of position, and presumably to stop Janette from learning his surname) the neighbour committed criminal defamation of Janette by claiming to state health that she had violently threatened them with serious harm. Immediately, state hosing dispatched a mental health team to approach Janette at her urban residence, illegally trespass on her property and criminally assault Janette with threat of a third round of unlawful imprisonment.

12 September 2016 the name disclosure matter went to trial, Janette got the court order forcing state housing to give her the neighbour's name.

12 September 2016 someone (presumably the outraged neighbour) criminally defamed Janette by making an online complaint to Crime Stoppers claiming knowing it was false. They said Janette was growing and disturbing huge amounts of marijuana from her medium density state housing rental. South Australia's police were quick to investigate that only (6) six days later.

22 September 2016 in confidential legal appointment, Janette asked (state) Flinders University Legal Advice Clinic to assist her to formulate a magistrates court application (Neighbourhood Dispute) against the neighbour with the camera. Neighbourhood disputes was one of their advertised free legal advice services. FLAC refused in writing (email) to provide their service as advertised, and abused their position as Public Officers by breaching legal professional privilege, and Janette's privacy, when they posted a letter to the neighbour about the content of their legal advice they gave to Janette, which arguably is another act of criminal defamation.

21 June 2017 giving her name and address, Janette made her own online complaint to Crime Stoppers about the neighbour's camera which is now in breach of s5 Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA) Optical Surveillance Devices, and other matters. South Australia's police refused to investigate indicating compliance to yet another criminal conspiracy intended to treat Janette as if she is in prison by keeping her under illegal surveillance at her residence.

By 6 July 2017:
- State and Federal police have refused to investigate any of the above crimes against Janette, despite Australian criminal law that makes the above, serious crimes.

- On the facts, there's an active and ongoing criminal conspiracy amongst registered medical practitioners and government public officers, to conceal Janette's 1997 criminal surgery with health minister Jack Snelling MP as not simply one of many participants, but one of the leading conspirators.

3. Supporting Illegal Drug Research

For the last 40 years, the United States has been fighting the "War on Drugs." This offensive has been a disaster. Wasted expenditure and countless unnecessary arrests have been made, weakening our society and raising the national debt.

I urge you to sign this petition to make a change in America. We need to convince the DEA to expand research on illegal drugs. Without knowing what they do to the human body, how can we help those affected and better regulate control over it?

I am not saying we should legalize all illegal drugs. This petition is to encourage government regulated research to better understand their effects.

So please, sign this petition and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

4. Review management of Belvedere’s deer population

Belvedere 2016 was organized in early 2016 to consider ways to manage Belvedere’s deer population. The volunteer committee maintained that the deer population was negatively impacting the community. Complaints included: the condition of streets and lanes; the cost of building gates and fences; a reluctance to walk the streets for fear of encounters, particularly in the evening; deer attacks on pets; and the risk of injury and death to deer from automobiles.

Past efforts to contain the size of the herd and its impact on the city were based on building more and higher fences and on planting deer-resistant plants. Neither of these efforts has been successful in mitigating the negative impacts of deer. Neither killing the deer nor exporting them to another location are options. In doing research on the subject, the study group found that the sterilization of female deer was being successfully implemented in other communities. The procedure was sufficiently effective for the United States Human Society to approve its use under strict conditions in selected communities.

Recognizing that the City Council had worked long and hard to find a solution to the problem in 2009, the study group reached out to the community to determine if there was interest in providing direct financial support. As of June 30, 2016 the committee received pledges for more than $60,000 from more than 62 resident families.

On June 13th the volunteer committee recommended to the City Council that the leading company in the “deer management” business be brought out to Belvedere from Connecticut to do an analysis of the Belvedere situation and to describe the procedures that it has successfully implemented in other communities.

5. Stop Turnbull Government from reducing funding to CSRIO climate change researchers at the Marine and Atmospheric Research

The Malcolm Turnbull led Liberal Government have savaged the funding of the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research centre based in Aspendale.

These are really dumb cuts and are a dumb decision because of the research that is being done on Climate Change.

On 4 February Chief Executive Larry Marshall announced a plan to cut another 350 jobs from CSIRO, targeting critical research in Land and Water, Oceans and Atmosphere, Minerals and Energy, Digital Productivity and Manufacturing.

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott have starved CSIRO of funding it needs to continue critical research to support Australian industries and serve the public good.

Join our community supporters at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne to rally against these cuts and take a stand to #supportCSIRO.

Sign this petition and share it widely and attend the RALLY 12 PM SATURDAY 2, APRIL, State Library of Victoria.

6. Support Science and Technology in Australia

The Defence Trade Controls Act of 2012 and the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act of 2015 go into effect on 2 April 2016.

See for more information and links.

7. Seoul Declaration to Advance Gendered Research, Innovation and Socio-economic Development in the Asia Pacific

The historical inequalities between women and men in research participation and in science knowledge create barriers to achieving the full socio-economic benefits of science-led innovation. With women in a minority and science with more evidence for men than for women, outcomes and opportunities are biased to advantage the needs of men and overlook the needs of women.

But now, extensive evidence shows that gender bias in science knowledge making can negatively impact on the quality of scientific research for both women and men. Whilst we continue building systematic understanding of the underlying causes, we have enough solid knowledge to generate the benefits of gender sensitive and responsive research.

The scientists, gender scholars and policy makers attending the Gender Summit 6 - Asia Pacific 2015 (GS6 – AP) discussed the full complexity and diversity of gender issues in research and innovation in the region. These discussions identified numerous scientific and socio-economic benefits of adopting gendered approaches to research and innovation.

Science and policy leaders in Europe have already taken such actions as a strategy for the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as well as at national level.

We call on science and policy leaders in Asia Pacific to promote gender aware and sensitive research and innovation to improve the quality of science and enhance socio-economic development in the region.

8. Research and Oversight of Vaccines and Vaccine Production

Vaccines have a good purpose and function, and eliminating vaccine preventable disease is a public health issue.

Considering the effects of vaccine injury and side effects is an equally important public health issue.

This is documented with research and the billions paid out via the Vaccine Injury Compensation Plan (and that is only to those who have actually filed a claim).

9. High Quality Early Childhood Progams

NYC is creating space for 70,000 new pre-K students in 2014-2015. As early childhood educators, we know that it is critical that these programs be of the highest quality.

Research and expertise in early childhood education make it clear that high quality early childhood programming means: small class size, warm teacher-child relationships, activities that promote interaction between peers and teachers, class time devoted to open-ended play and exploration and opportunities for children to discover their core capactities and themselves as learners.

10. Research Scholars Need Your Care

Many bright minds pursuing PhDs in the country, struggle to meet two ends.

In this context, I request the Prime Minister to kindly recommend MHRD to increase the scholarship amount of PhD students, which would give a little relief to the young minds to do science peacefully.

11. Make Childhood Cancer Research a National Priority

"My name is Erin Griffin, I am 13 years old and I have brain cancer... All childhood cancers need a cure and it isn't fair that children are dying because there's no treatments for them. Children have their whole lives ahead of them. Kids are our future, but lots of kids with cancer don't get a chance to grow up because there is not enough awareness and not enough funding or treatments. There are children dying every day from cancer. This is not right and this needs to change. There needs to be more awareness and I'm going to help make this happen." (Erin Griffin, CureFest, 1st September, 2013)

Did you know that childhood cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia? Yet the Australian National Cancer budget spends less than 4% of its annual budget on pediatric cancer research.

We believe that our elected leaders have an obligation to protect our most vulnerable citizens by making childhood cancer research a national priority.

12. Stop closure of the only BA in Sign Language Programme for Hearing Impaired in India

Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.

Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.

13. Stop the government funding of research facilities that use animals

Federal funding with taxpayer dollars finances and encourages the torture and murder of thousands of animals in U.S. university laboratories every year. Experiments are conducted on animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and rats that produce little to no viable results.

These animals are forced into horrific and torturous experiments for such things as the testing of the effects of smoking (which has already been established), for testing the efficacy of household cleaning products and for the cosmetics industry. Those researchers that claim they use these animals for medical research have thus far produced no viable results.

There are currently-available alternatives to all research programs including computer and virtual reality programs that are just as effective and cost effective that would save taxpayer dollars and would not require the torture and murder of live animals. Animals are not ours to exploit for convenience. They are living, breathing, feeling beings just like us. And if it's true that they are just like us, their welfare should be equated with ours.

Wasting taxpayer money to fund universities and aggrandize researchers is an affront to American taxpayers and portrays our country as an inhumane nation. There are more humane alternatives and we, the citizens of the United States, want these brutal, unnecessary research programs defunded immediately.

14. Save The Whithorn Trust

What closure would mean for Whithorn and the local area:-

Loss of 7 jobs.

Loss of spend in the local shops – the Whithorn Trust spends in the region of £2,500 in Whithorn shops annually with a further £2,500 at least spent in Dumfries and Galloway.

Loss of the only visitor facility in the Machars which advertises across the region and beyond. Consequential loss of visitors to the area.

Loss of a major visitor attraction open daily to visitors visiting the Machars

Loss of the museum which displays objects from Whithorn in Whithorn – these will be returned to Council and placed in store or returned to Edinburgh. Although the excavations were done by the Whithorn Trust the Council claimed the objects and these are loaned back to be displayed in Whithorn itself to bring visitors to the site.

Loss of 7,500 visitors per year and their associated spend in Whithorn as part of their visit.

Loss of over £500,000 to the local economy.

Loss of a museum which demonstrates the nation’s identity and diversity and display of a collection of international importance.

Loss of focus for local events and projects – Junior Tour Guides, Whithorn Events Group, art exhibitions.

Loss of meeting place for U3A, Whithorn Art and Crafts Trail, Whithorn and District Business Association.

Loss of visitor information point and café open all week.

Loss of funding raised for special projects – in 2011/12 the Trust raised £75,000 for the Machars Archaeology Project.

15. Global Collaboration, Curing Cancer

Many of you may have seen the 'Stand up to Cancer' campaign which was aired on Channel 4 in October 2012, which asked for public donations in order to fund Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK are the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through scientific research.

According to Cancer Research UK, they are on the cusp of many cancer treatments, however there is a gap between the discoveries coming out of the lab and the number that they can afford to take forward to develop as new tests and treatments.

To date, the 'Stand up to Cancer' National campaign has raised over £8 million pounds which is fantastic. However, we know it takes about £500 million to to take a drug all the way from the lab to the market; this figure takes into account all of the treatments that didn't make it.

Therefore, I personally feel that a faster way to close this monetary gap between scientific discoveries and bringing those treatment to the patients, was if the world's most profitable corporations all collaborated together and donated a small percentage of their pre-tax earnings to Cancer Research UK.

The more ideas that they can test, the more likely they are to get new treatments to patients faster. And as I say, there are many treatments that are on the cusp of being brought to market.

This may appear to be a large 'ask' of our profitable organisations, however sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective if you have the collective power of many people.

16. Save Translation at Imperial

The Imperial College Management Board has informed us that the activities carried out by the Translation Studies Unit (TSU) are not considered core to the College strategy and that, if possible, the Unit should be transferred to another institution.

If this solution proves not to be feasible, consideration will be given to closing the unit by the end of September 2013.

17. Visit and Link E-BCR ( Services to your website

Support E-BCR, Business, Consulting, Research Services, Online Shopping, Investments:
by putting a link to your website. Increase your website traffic. Internet users visit, you will enjoy it.

18. Tell NHMRC to stop funding animal Testing

Please tell the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to stop funding millions of taxpayer's money into animal testing.

Over 10 million animals a year are used as models in medical research, most funded by taxpayer's money.
These animals are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act and are subjected to torturous experimentation which are often inconclusive and unscientific.

Putting aside the cruelty, animals and humans differ genetically, anatomically and metabolically therefore animals are inappropriate models for medical research. 9 out of 10 drugs that work successfully on animals failed on humans.

Please urge NHMRC to stop funding this cruel, expensive and inconclusive practice and invest in alternative methods such as computer modelling, Corrositex, improved statistical design, the Murine Local Lymph Node Assay (LLNA), etc.

Thank you.

19. Recognise Irvine as a Former Medieval Administrative Centre

(Potted History & Video)

Irvine New Town and IDC

Between 1966 and 1985, the magnificent medieval history of Irvine was inexplicably erased upon the introduction and implementation of Scotland's New Town vision - a plan that saw the evocative title "Ancient Royal Burgh of Irvine" transformed into the much-maligned "Irvine New Town".

We now know that the former council-endorsed version of Irvine’s history has failed to properly communicate, incorporate or connect with numerous game-changing royal sources from the years 1128 to 1406. The result is tragic and heartbreaking; modern Irvinites have been told that Irvine launched itself as a settlement in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

David I, John Balliol, Robert II & Robert III

Recent research by Morton Research Labs (2003-2009) has proven that Irvine began operating as an administrative centre for David I in the early 12th century, when he issued at least two charters (the primary hallmark of all medieval Scottish capitals) from his palace somewhere in the town (c.1128 & c.1138). Numerous subsequent charters were signed by the overlord of Irvine, the High Constable of Scotland, who had established his national HQ, or "military caput" (Military capital) somewhere in the town around the same time.

John Balliol, the legitimate Lord of Cunninghame, was feudal overlord of Irvine before and during his short reign as King of Scots in 1292-1296.

The first Stewarts, Kings Robert II and Robert III – descendants of the Dundonald-based High Stewards of Scotland - both issued numerous charters from Irvine between the 14th and 15th centuries.

Literature, Invention & Praise

In common with London and Edinburgh, and all other capital cities, Irvine in later years would help shape the minds and works of some of the world’s greatest historical characters; James Boswell was “quite comfortable” there. Daniel Defoe thought it one of the finest towns in one of the finest counties in the British Isles and was sore to leave it.

Like St. Andrews, Stirling, Edinburgh, Scone, and Glasgow – our more famous high status royal centres - Irvine culturally and economically outperformed almost every other settlement in Scotland for almost a thousand years.

The first Scots translation of the Bible was made in the Irvine valley. One of the oldest Syrian Gospels was discovered by twin sisters from Irvine. William Wallace is alleged to have gone fishing on the River Irvine and may even have been born in or around the town. Edgar Allan Poe may have attended school in Irvine’s kirkgate. The current deputy First Minister of Scotland, as well as the previous First Minister, were both born in Irvine.

A hotspot for local inventors, Irvine gave us the Pneumatic Tyre, water heated beds, a screw propeller and helped develop and enhance one of the first passenger railways in the world. A high speed suspension railway was invented and tested in Irvine shortly after the advent of train travel. A snow plough was devised. A tidal gauge, invented by a local man, was constructed at the coast. We could go on...


Four years ago architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff (The Guardian) called Irvine a “droopy port” that hadn’t “seen its heyday in a century or two”. He reckoned the main shopping precinct was “one of the worst in Scotland” and observed that while “dour estates” like Broomlands, Bourtreehill and Dreghorn offered genuine “new-town bargains”, they should still be considered “bleak” by today’s standards. Published nationwide and republished worldwide on the net, the added testimony of one unimpressed resident (“much of the town is the pits”) no doubt added sea-salt to the wound. After all, this was part of Dyckhoff’s “where no one goes” series.


The previous medieval history formally adopted by North Ayrshire Council is still promoted by the Irvine Burns Club. It states that medieval Irvine was "created a Royal Burgh in 1372 by Robert II" and "was a major West of Scotland seaport before the dredging of the Clyde".

That's all they have to say about medieval Irvine. The 12th to 13th centuries have been completely cut out. No Wallace. No Bruce. No Balliol. No David I. No Robert II. No Robert III. No High Constables. No High Stewards.

We need to replace - as soon as possible - all descriptions of medieval Irvine that begin (and end) with the misleading supposition that Robert II founded a Royal Burgh there in the late 14th century.


We want the Ancient Royal Burgh of Irvine to be recognised for its contribution to Scottish history as a centre of learning, technology, agriculture and medieval administration.

We want you to want it too.

To all those brilliant people who choose to sign this:
All signatures will appear on the "I Saved Irvine" page on our website.


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20. Concerning the nonrenewal of Associate Professor Dr. Gudrun Ziegler’s contract

No one could accept that the University of Luxembourg would apply such a decision to a high-level academic, researcher, teacher and advisor like Dr. Ziegler after she has succeeded in designing, developing and directing an outstanding upper-level Master program.

The achievements of the program as well as its originality have contributed to the distinction and credit of the University of Luxembourg. Furthermore the projects within Dr. Ziegler’s research group have produced results, which are recognized by a large number of international experts and which have strong impacts on Luxembourg as a multilingual community.

21. Rare Disorders Support from Canadian Political Parties

Rare disorders affect about 1 in 12 persons, or 2.7 million Canadians. These people are Canada’s most vulnerable citizens and need your support. We are requesting that the political parties of Canada answer the following three questions on rare diseases in Canada.

Your name will be sent along with this petition to the political parties of Canada.

22. Stop the badger cull

Badgers are very cute, innocent animals. They have hardly ever attacked anyone. Despite what people may think, they are not all vegetarian, they sometimes eat mice or even baby rabbits.

Despite their innocence, the UK government and DEFRA are planning to cull them. Although the Welsh badger cull has been stopped, the English one may still take place. It is to do with stopping the spread of TB onto cattle, but this could quite easily be done be researching for a new vaccine against TB for the cattle.

One of the methods used to kill badgers would be gassing them in their setts, and this is very, very cruel. It doesn't even mean aninstant death, and even if it did the cull still wouldn't be justified. Rather, it means a very painful death for the badgers.

23. Support Research and Funding into Heart Defects

Following the deaths Charlie & Kian Jones from a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), the Charlie Jones Foundation was established.

They endeavour to raise awareness into HLHS and to also fundraise for our local PICU.

CHD's a the number one killer in babies and many often go undetected until the child dies and a post mortem is carried out. There is hardly any research into heart defects in this country yet the Government plough money into cancer research when statistics show that the highest number of infant and child deaths is due to a heart defect and not cancer.

24. Put limits on preimplantation genetic diagnosis

March 8, 2005, will go down in history. It is the date on which the plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly ratified solemnly the anti-cloning Declaration recommended by its legal committee, with an even stronger vote of nearly 3-1 called on member states to ban all human cloning.

Today, July 21,2010, we have no legal limits to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and this could easily allow someone to clone.

25. Save the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto

Since its inception in 2005, the Centre for Ethics has established itself, both domestically and internationally, as a unique and vibrant hub of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the field of ethics. Widely acclaimed as one of the University’s leading research units, the Centre has been described as one of the top three institutes of its kind in the world, standing firmly alongside its counterparts at Harvard and Princeton.

In the last week of June 2010, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences revealed its startling decision to dismantle the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. In its new academic plan, the Faculty has declared its intent to redeploy the $308,000 annual budget of the Centre to “ethics-based educational initiatives across the Faculty.” Provost Cheryl Misak would later attribute this decision to “financial pressures,” asserting that “the University of Toronto’s commitment to the finest research in and teaching of the subject of ethics is unwavering, despite this recent shift in how the Faculty of Arts and Sciences goes about it.” It is doubly unfortunate then to have this particular decision included in the broader financial pressures that face the University. Not only is this decision unrelated to the wider determination to rein in spending, it will potentially harm the very students it purports to serve.

It is important to note that the University has not chosen to eliminate the funds formerly allocated to the Centre for Ethics, but rather to divert them to ethics-related courses run out of existing departments. This seems to suggest that the decision is less about saving money than it is a reflection of shifting priorities and commitments. Without a doubt, expanding the Faculty’s existing course offerings in ethics is an important and laudable aim, but doing so at the expense of the Centre for Ethics is both wrongheaded and shortsighted. Teaching and research are dual pillars of the university; excellence in one reinforces excellence in the other. The teaching of ethics in diverse fields becomes wooden and forced when not connected to ethics research projects. Dismantling the Centre for Ethics would not further the University’s aims to provide cutting edge teaching in ethics, but would arguably reduce both its teaching capacities and its international profile.

One of the Centre’s greatest achievements has been in building bridges among scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines and departments across the Faculty of Arts and Science and beyond. Within the traditionally decentralized institutional framework of the University of Toronto, the Centre for Ethics has been an effective counteragent to departmental parochialism, creating a community of researchers with shared interests, despite their often very different backgrounds, methodologies, and approaches to problems in ethics. By offering an institutional home for these scholars, the Centre has helped build up inter-departmental relationships and has generated unique opportunities for collaboration and insight—learning that is then transported back into the researchers’ departments of origin and into the classroom.

Through its many seminars and conferences, the Centre has explored such pressing issues as climate change, cultural difference and “reasonable accommodation,” Aboriginal politics, business ethics, electoral reform, ethics and democracy, secularism, civil society, and the ethics of catastrophe, to name but a few. Moreover, the Centre acts as an important bridge between the university and the broader community by fostering a distinctive space for public engagement on questions of ethics. Through its Community Research Partnerships and Public Issues Forums, the Centre engages students, faculty, and the general public in discussion of topics of acute relevance to today’s world. This kind of socially relevant and engaged scholarship is an example to the world and as a world-class research institution that prides itself on its commitment to teaching and research, the University of Toronto should be proud to support it.

26. Keep the Canadian Census Long Form; Gardons le formulaire long du recensement canadien

The Harper government is moving to eliminate the Canada census long form questionnaire and replace it with a voluntary survey. The long form was sent to 20% of households and is a critical source of information about diversity, employment, income, education and other characteristics of Canadians. It is essential to business, research, planning and good public policies and programs. Stakeholders ranging from the business community, to university researchers to social justice advocates are raising their voices to oppose this move.

Le gouvernement Harper entend supprimer le questionnaire long du prochain recensement et le remplacer par une enquête à participation volontaire. Le questionnaire long est une source d’information inestimable pour les affaires, la recherche et l’évaluation des programmes et des politiques.

27. Support Bipolar Sleep Research

We who have Bipolar Disorder suffer sleep deprivation almost nightly. And it often triggers or exacerbates the more obviously dangerous symptoms of the disorder.

For example, anger, impulsiveness, mixed manic episodes, depression, and manic risk-taking; all of which can result in destructive, painful, and even suicidal behavior. Yet, in our treatment, sleep deprivation is poorly addressed and frequently dismissed.

Getting a good night's sleep vastly improves our experience of bipolar and transforms our quality of life. But it rarely happens.

Therefore, we request that NIMH increase its research in this area.

28. Improve Online Recommendations and Feedback

A majority of Americans rely on ratings, user reviews, recommendations and written comments to make smarter decisions.

Often it is a time consuming and frustrating process to read long-form comments to understand the views of others.

Our Company has a patent for a new system to gather online feedback that makes it easier for consumers to contribute feedback and for businesses and consumers to understand that feedback in just a few seconds.

View example feedback about "GLEE".

29. Protect Family Building Rights in Arizona

On behalf of the more than 100,000 women and men in Arizona who are contending with infertility, please help us oppose SB 1306 and SB 1307 because they will make infertility treatment less available and less effective. We urge Arizona residents to turn up the volume to let your Representatives know that you oppose these anti-family bills.

SB 1306
Instead of banning egg donation directly, the bill takes a more indirect route. It imposes unprecedented and unnecessary informed consent requirements. The penalties are severe: if a physician does not follow the new rules to the letter, he could wind up losing his license to practice medicine, being convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor (the most serious class), and face 6 months in prison.

SB 1306 also casts other common medical practices into question: Will physicians be allowed to freeze and thaw eggs for preservation, a common practice? Can physicians screen for genetic defects? Can new specialists and embryologists be trained? The physicians in the infertility practices believe these practices will no longer be legal. Physicians will no longer treat patients who need egg donation as a means to build their families in Arizona, driving these couples out of state to seek treatment.

SB 1307
The second bill, SB 1307, also contains provisions that threaten infertility patients, mainly through vague terms that make it unclear what treatments doctors can safely perform and which ones could land them in jail. Most flagrantly, this bill could forbid embryo cryopreservation (freezing) – which would dramatically alter how reproductive medicine is practiced and would cause harm and hardship to patients.

The bill makes it criminal to harm an embryo in the course of "nontherapeutic research" -- but leaves it very unclear whether ordinary IVF embryology lab techniques could be classified as such illegal research. The penalty for harming an embryo is steep: a minimum of 6 months in prison, and up to 1.5 years. The point of the legislation – to make it undesirable to practice reproductive medicine in Arizona and to drive the doctors and clinics out.

“The medical community working in this field strongly believes that [SB 1307] would prohibit:

• Practices that allow embryologists to screen embryos for genetic disease. Some genetic conditions can actually be removed from an embryo prior to transfer.

• Practices such as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis that select only healthy embryos from genetically challenged couples, avoiding miscarriage and health risks.

• Screening to select only the most viable embryos for transfer allowing doctors to transfer one or two embryos. This reduces the need for multiple embryos that lead to high-order multiples and premature birth."

With a class 6 felony and loss of license to practice, no physician in Arizona would dare take that chance. They would no longer be able to help Arizona couples have families. These unintended consequences will drive businesses out of Arizona, and force couples seeking this treatment to go elsewhere [if they can].

Please sign this petition to let the AZ legislators know you oppose these bills.

30. Allow footage captured in post-earthquake Haiti as Graduate Research Content

The University of Florida touts itself as “a leading research institution,” and states the following on its web site with regards to student research: Graduate education and research go hand-in-hand. The great discoveries of the 21st century will undoubtedly come from the creative efforts of university faculty working closely with bright and motivated graduate students. Graduate students . . . broaden the knowledge base of their disciplines in countless ways.

Recently, the University announced its decision that Mr. Bougher and Mr. Safiullin would not be allowed to use footage gathered on a trip to Haiti after the island was struck by an earthquake on January 12, 2010, despite the fact that Mr. Bougher and Mr. Safiullin were on the island when the earthquake struck, were required to evacuate, and subsequently were unable to gather necessary footage for completion of their project.

The University of Florida, as aforementioned, prides itself on being a premier research institution that has made significant contributions to benefit countless people. Indeed, perhaps no other institution is as uniquely positioned as a university to take advantage of democratic freedoms to enhance the well being of society.

Yet, in the case of Mr. Bougher and Mr. Safiullin, it appears protocol and bureaucratic red tape trump truth and progress. It has been suggested by Provost Joe Glover that Mr. Bougher and Mr. Safiullin should have simply refocused their thesis on the Dominican Republic; not only is this suggestion culturally insensitive in that it suggests two distinct and separate nations, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, are interchangeable, but this statement also belies the University’s supposed belief in the importance and integrity of its graduate students’ research.

While the University’s ban on university-funded travel to Haiti is understandable, Mr. Bougher and Mr. Safiullin returned to Haiti through their own means, assuming all risk, knowing that the risk of traveling to Haiti was equivalent to the risk any United States citizen assumes when traveling out of the country. The students’ use of private funds only underscores their commitment to this project.