• Welcome on Board: Free Transit Passes for Refugees for their First Year
    Thousands of people need to come to Canada for safety from terror and dangerous regimes. The people of the Lower Mainland want to do everything they can to help our new neighbors. It is difficult for Refugees to find jobs, attend schools, and integrate into the community, not to mention the danger of social isolation. To combat these issues, forward thinking cities across Canada, such as Victoria [1], Fredericton [2], and Halifax [3] have made transit free for Refugees for a year once they arrive. Many other cities are considering similar programs. We, the undersigned, ask Translink to offer the same support. Reports from city councils and transit authorities report the cost of the passes is minimal compared to the how much they could help Refugees get established and included in society. When one talks to the community, neighbors, support workers, and refugees emphasizes how much their current lack of transportation is an obstacle to getting settled. It's time to help our new neighbors - please sign and share. [1]http://bctransit.com/victoria/news/article?nid=1403645555016 [2]http://www.capitalfm.ca/local-news/2016/01/11/city-council-agrees-to-offer-transit-passes-to-syrian-refugees [3]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-refugees-to-get-temp-transit-passes-1.3340148
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  • Reopen processing centres to screen Syrian refugee families
    Processing centres to screen Syrian refugee families are closed. This decision severely curtails options for many families who are desperately looking to resettle to Canada from the huge refugee camps in Jordon Lebanon and Turkey. Many communities are ready to receive these families. They have been through the application process with Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH). They have raised the funds needed. They are waiting to welcome these families with young children who in in great need.
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  • No business in abuse: halt the Saudi arms deal
    Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights record in the world, and is currently leading a nine-country coalition committing horrific violations against civilians in Yemen’s bloody civil war. The UN has accused Saudi Arabia of crimes against humanity for “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians, including the relentless bombing of residential neighbourhoods, and treating entire cities as military targets.[2] Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed, and millions more injured or displaced in what rights groups are calling a severe humanitarian crisis causing immense human suffering. [3] Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper brokered this $15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread calls from civil society to drop it. Already it’s been found that Canadian-made combat vehicles have been used by Saudi Arabia to mobilize troops at its border with Yemen.[4] Like 48% of Canadians, the new Liberal government has stated it does not approve of the $15-billion arms sale to the Saudi government. But the Liberals have also said that they won’t do anything to stop it -- even though it is completely within its power to do so. [5] Canada should be taking a leadership role in the international arena, especially when it comes to respect for human rights and the protection of civilians in war. The Liberals have committed to “a new era” of Canadian foreign policy, but this arms deal falls in direct conflict with that goal. Last week, European lawmakers passed a resolution "to launch an initiative aimed at imposing an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia" over its alleged war crimes in Yemen. We need Trudeau to do the same here in Canada. [6][7] Sources [1] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/former-liberal-minister-calls-for-ottawa-to-revisit-saudi-arms-deal/article28944925/ [2] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/un-report-increases-pressure-on-ottawa-to-halt-saudi-arms-deal/article28425329/ & https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/ [3] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/former-liberal-minister-calls-for-ottawa-to-revisit-saudi-arms-deal/article28944925/ [4] http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canada-has-the-ability-to-cancel-saudi-arms-deal-but-wont-despite-human-rights-consequences [5] http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-saudi-arms-deal-1.3469205 & http://www.cp24.com/news/trudeau-promises-new-era-for-canada-s-top-diplomats-1.2643723 [6] http://thetyee.ca/News/2016/02/25/Saudi-Arms-Sales-Questioned-After-EU-Ban/
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  • Remove Trump's Name from the Vancouver Tower
    Former Vancouver cityplanner Brent Toderian has called on developers of the nearly completed Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver — set to be one of the city’s tallest and most expensive — to immediately remove Trump’s name from the building and things associated with it. [1] We endorse this demand. Sign this petition now to rid Vancouver of Trump’s hateful brand. UPDATE: A local city councillor wants to see Donald Trump’s name taken off of Trump Tower in Toronto, too. [2] [1] Remove Trump name from Vancouver tower, says former city planner. CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/donald-trump-tower-vancouver-ban-twitter-1.3355241 [2] City councillor wants Donald Trump's name removed from Toronto's Trump Tower. CP24 http://www.cp24.com/news/city-councillor-wants-donald-trump-s-name-removed-from-toronto-s-trump-tower-1.2691534
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  • I support a lifetime ban for Donald Trump from entering Canada.
    American business tycoon and now Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a complete, blanket ban to prevent any muslim from entering the US for any reason. His ban could prevent over a million Muslim Canadians from crossing the border. Trump's proposed policy is something you'd expect to find on the comments section of an ultra-right wing conspiracy site. Coming from an American presidential nominee, this level of xenophobia and hatred is nothing short of jaw dropping and incredibly dangerous. We've already seen increased violence against muslims in Canada as a result of the anti-Muslim hatred and fear stirred up by former Prime Minister Harper during his desperate re-election campaign. Trump's comments and fear mongering risk inciting widespread religious hatred and have no place in Canada. Ever. Canada's criminal code outlaws hate propaganda, and Canada should ban Donald Trump from entering Canada and spreading his hate-mongering. For life. Sources: Donald Trump Calls for Barring Muslims From Entering U.S. (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/12/07/donald-trump-calls-for-banning-muslims-from-entering-u-s/ Donald Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the U.S. (National Post) http://news.nationalpost.com/news/donald-trump-calls-for-complete-shutdown-of-muslims-entering-the-u-s
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  • Statement of Unity
    All members of Toronto City Council, Toronto District School Board Trustees, and Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustees have signed onto this statement and we are asking other politicians and residents to join in adding their name. If you would like more information contact: Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton [email protected] or (416) 392-4009. Elected Officials: Members of Toronto City Council Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto Paul Ainslie, Ward 43, Scarborough East Maria Augimeri, Ward 9, York Centre Ana Bailão, Ward 18, Davenport Michelle Berardinetti, Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest Jon Burnside, Ward 26, Don Valley West John Campbell, Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre Christin Carmichael Greb, Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence Shelley Carroll, Ward 33, Don Valley East Raymond Cho, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River Josh Colle, Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence Gary Crawford, Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest Joe Cressy, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1, Etobicoke North Janet Davis, Ward 31, Beaches-East York Glenn De Baeremaeker, Ward 38, Scarborough Centre Justin Di Ciano, Ward 5, Etobicoke Lakeshore Frank Di Giorgio, Ward 12, York South-Weston Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park John Filion, Ward 23, Willowdale Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth Rob Ford, Ward 2, Etobicoke North Mary Fragedakis, Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth Mark Grimes, Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore Stephen Holyday, Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre Jim Karygiannis, Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt Norm Kelly, Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt Mike Layton, Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina Chin Lee, Ward 41, Scarborough-Rouge River Giorgio Mammoliti, Ward 7, York West Josh Matlow, Ward 22, St. Paul's Pam McConnell, Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches-East York Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, St. Paul's Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ward 34, Don Valley East Ron Moeser, Ward 44, Scarborough East Frances Nunziata, Ward 11, York South-Weston Cesar Palacio, Ward 17, Davenport James Pasternak, Ward 10, York Centre Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park Anthony Perruzza, Ward 8, York West Jaye Robinson, Ward 25, Don Valley West David Shiner, Ward 24, Willowdale Michael Thompson, Ward 37, Scarborough Centre Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale Members of the Toronto District School Board Chair Robin Pilkey, Toronto District School Board Sammy Al Rubaie, Student Trustee Jennifer Arp, Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence Alexander Brown, Ward 12, Willowdale Sheila Cary-Meagher, Ward 16, Beaches-East York Jerry Chadwick, Ward 22, Scarborough-East Hamima Fattah, Student Trustee Michael Ford, Ward 1, Etobicoke North Tiffany Ford, Ward 4, York West Gerri Gershon, Ward 13, Don Valley West Chris Glover, Ward 2, Etobicoke Centre Pamela Gough, Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore Parthi Kandaval, Ward 18, Scarborough Southwest Howard Kaplan, Ward 5, York Centre Shelley Laskin, Ward 11, St. Paul's Ken Lister, Ward 17, Don Valley East Ausma Malik, Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina David Smith, Ward 19, Scarborough Centre Marit Stiles, Ward 9, Davenport Jennifer Story, Ward 15, Toronto-Danforth Chris Tonks, Ward 6, York South-Weston Sheila Ward, Ward 14, Toronto Centre-Rosedale Manna Wong, Ward 20, Scarborough-Agincourt Members of the Toronto Catholic District School Board Chair Michael Del Grande, Toronto Catholic District School Board Ann Andrachuk, Ward 2, Etobicoke Patrizia Bottoni, Ward 4, North York Nancy Crawford, Ward 12, Scarborough Frank D'Amico, Ward 6, York Jo-Ann Davis, Ward 9, Toronto Karina Dubrovskaya, Student Trustee Allison Gacad, Student Trustee Angela Kennedy, Ward 11, East York/Toronto Joseph Martino, Ward 1, Etobicoke Sal Piccininni, Ward 3, North York Barbara Poplawksi, Ward 10, Toronto Maria Rizzo, Ward 5, North York Gary Tanuan, Ward 8, Scarborough
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  • People living with HIV deserve just treatment: Stop the Unjust Prosecutions
    Canadians living with HIV are vulnerable to prosecution based on the current law concerning HIV non-disclosure. Indeed, people living with HIV are being unjustly prosecuted for aggravated sexual assault even when there is almost no risk of transmitting the virus, for example, when a condom is used properly or when a person has an undetectable viral load. We call on Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, to take the steps necessary to bring a halt to such prosecutions. Among the options we suggest be considered are: -in co-operation with the appropriate provincial attorneys-general, issuing a simple directive to Crown prosecutors across the country to cease such prosecutions; -sponsoring as Government business a motion in the House of Commons declaring the House never intended – and is opposed to – the use of the relevant sections of the Criminal Code regarding sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault in cases arising from HIV non-disclosure; -sponsoring amendments to the Criminal Code’s sections 265, 271 and 273 that would preclude such prosecutions on the basis of HIV non-disclosure; or, -such other measures as the Minister believes would result in the ending of such prosecutions. Act with us in support of Canadians living with HIV. Join our call to the Minister of Justice to amend Canada’s Criminal Code and bring a halt to prosecutions for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault based on HIV-non-disclosure.
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  • Demand an inquiry into violence against Aboriginal women
    Aboriginal women are 3 times more likely to experience violence than white women. Current data on violence against Aboriginal women only includes cases under the jurisdiction of the RCMP (eg. missing and murdered women) and ignores women who experience violence but live. This data also doesn't distinguish between Inuit, First Nations, and Metis women. A fully transparent public inquiry is necessary to define the scope of this violence, and is the first step in implementing policy to make the world safer for these women. This inquiry will be the first step in making Canada a safer place for all women.
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    The construction of a private residence at Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour off Salt Spring Island is resulting in the desecration of a First Nations burial ground; archaeological evidence confirms the presence of rock cairns and human remains at the site, consistent with the oral testimony of elders of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Hul'qumi'num Nations, and; the Government of British Columbia through its Minister has the authority under the Heritage Conservation Act, Section 20 (1) (a) to acquire property to protect First Nations heritage sites;
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  • Tell the RCMP: Don’t violently intervene in peaceful First Nations protests
    Today, large numbers of heavily armed RCMP officers used pepper spray, tear gas, dogs and rubber bullets on a peaceful Mi’kmaq blockade in New Brunswick. [1][2] The blockade was set up to protest an unpopular shale gas fracking plan that threatens the region’s water supply.[3] The RCMP’s intervention tipped the protest into chaos with dozens arrested and several RCMP vehicles burnt. Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock was in talks with New Brunswick Premier David Alward to find a resolution before the RCMP intervened this morning. People across Canada are losing faith in our democratic process, and deeply concerned about the way our governments are refusing to negotiate in good faith and on a nation-to-nation basis with First Nations. At this crucial moment in our country’s history, violent RCMP interventions in peaceful First Nations protests could set us back by decades. Please sign this petition calling on RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson to commit that the RCMP will not use violence and excessive force against peaceful First Nations protests. P.S. Solidarity actions are taking place in 45 communities across Canada - see here for details: http://www.wearepowershift.ca/stand_with_elsipogtog_actions or http://www.idlenomore.ca/45_elsipogotg_anti_fracking_solidarity_actions Sources: [1] APTN report http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/17/crown-land-belongs-to-the-government-not-to-fcking-natives/ [2] RCMP clash with Mi’kmaq fracking protestors: Who provoked whom? http://commonsensecanadian.ca/rcmp-clash-mikmaq-fracking-protestors-provoked/ [3] Elsipogtog First Nation announces major land reclamation in ongoing anti-fracking struggle http://tworowtimes.com/news/national/frack-elsipogtog-first-nation-announces-major-land-reclamation-ongoing-anti-fracking-struggle/ [4] Photo credit: Ossie Michelin, APTN
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  • Costa Rica said "no" to this Canadian mining company 3 times. Let's make sure it listens this time.
    Right now, Calgary-based Infinito Gold is suing the Costa Rican government for over $1 billion because Costa Rica rejected Infinito’s plan to build an open-pit gold mine in a pristine tropical forest. Over 75 per cent of Costa Ricans are against the proposed mine, and in 2011, Costa Rica banned all open-pit metal mining in the country.[1,2] Instead of respecting Costa Rica's democratic decision to reject this project, Infinito is using lawsuits and intimidation to get its way. It already tried to get a judge dismissed who might not be favourable to the project, and sued two Costa Rican university professors for critical comments about the project.[5] Now Infinito is trying to sue Costa Rica in secret courts.[3] Infinito Gold doesn’t care what Costa Ricans think, but with its shareholder meeting just weeks away, we have a key opportunity now to force management to come clean about its shameful bullying to the company’s shareholders - a massive dose of public pressure will force Infinito to drop its lawsuit for good. Sign our petition now to Infinito Gold: Drop your billion dollar suit against Costa Rica! CEO John Morgan expected the mine would be fully operational by 2009, but on three separate occasions, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica has firmly said “no” to Infinito, denying permission to proceed with its project.[3,6] But instead of accepting the law and respecting the popular will of Costa Ricans, Infinito’s lawyers are seeking over $1-billion from Costa Rica through investor-state arbitration under the Canada-Costa Rica Bilateral Investment Treaty. Infinito has caused $10 million in damages to 300 hectares of pristine rainforest because it proceeded to clear-cut forests to build its mine without proper authorization. Costa Ricans want reparations from Infinito for unlawful environmental damages.[4] Infinito is a bully, plain and simple. And the behavior of Canadian companies abroad reflects on us. Costa Ricans are protesting a Canadian company for failing to respect them, their efforts at environmental protection and their courts. That’s why we are calling on Canadians to come together, ahead of Infinito’s shareholder meeting, to tell this Canadian company to do the right thing and back down. Sign our petition now demanding Infinito Gold respect the will of the vast majority of Costa Ricans, stop its legal intimidation of the people and government of Costa Rica, abide by consecutive Supreme Court rulings against the Crucitas mine and immediately drop its lawsuit. Over 100,000 members of the Leadnow.ca community have already come together to oppose the Canada-China FIPPA deal, which would allow China's companies to sue our government, just like Infinito is now suing Costa Rica. We are capable of amazing things when we come together. Join us in telling Infinito to drop its outrageous suit now. Sources: 1. Canadian mining company Infinito seeks to extort $1 billion from Costa Rica. Mining Watch. October 10, 2013. http://www.miningwatch.ca/news/canadian-mining-company-infinito-gold-seeks-extort-1-billion-costa-rica Calgary-based mining company suing Costa Rica for more than $1 billion. Global News, October 4, 2013. http://globalnews.ca/news/883756/calgary-based-mining-company-suing-costa-rica-for-more-than-1-billion/ 2. Canadian mining company Infinito seeks to extort $1 billion from Costa Rica. Mining Watch. October 10, 2013. http://www.miningwatch.ca/news/canadian-mining-company-infinito-gold-seeks-extort-1-billion-costa-rica 3. Groups warn Infinito Gold re: continued threats against Costa Rica over Crucitas gold project. Mining Watch. April 16, 2013. http://www.miningwatch.ca/news/groups-warn-infinito-gold-re-continued-threats-against-costa-rica-over-crucitas-gold-project 4. Letter to Infinito re: arbitration against Costa Rica. April 16, 2013. http://www.miningwatch.ca/sites/www.miningwatch.ca/files/letter_to_infinito_re_arbitration_threat_against_cr_2013-04-16.pdf 5. All that Glitters. Corporate Knights. October 3, 2013. http://www.corporateknights.com/article/all-glitters?page=5 6. Infinite Possibilities in Costa Rica. Metals News. October 16, 2008. http://www.metalsnews.com/Metals+News/MetalsNews/Dr.+Allen+Alper+and+Jill+Cueni-Cohen/FEATURED48296/John+R+Morgan+President+CEO++Director+Infinito+Gold.htm
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  • Fully decriminalize sex work in Canada
    “There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation” ... Quote by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. No politician or government official should have the right to interfere in the private sexual lives of consenting adults who choose to participate in and partake in sex work.
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