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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.
If you do not know the background to this battle or would like a recap, please click on the following link, Keri-Anne's Facebook notes, which will take you to a Facebook page that has the original preamble. You can also get more in depth information from Dave's Facebook notes and up-to-date information from Charterhouse Fields Facebook page and our You Tube channel:
Latest from the Charterhouse Residents' Association Leaflet
You may have heard or read reports about the result of the campaign to Save Charterhouse Fields. We thought we should keep you informed.
The Council have granted the lease of part of the fields to Blue Coat school.
Does this mean we have lost?
- No! *They had to add in to the lease the rights of residents to use and access the land.
Our rights are clearly stated.
- *Also, all the northern half of the fields will now be registered as 'Public Open Space'.
- *The school and council have declared there is no intention to fence off any fields.
So, the lease talks of our rights and the council say they agree with dual use of the fields by both the school and the community.
BUT ... Those concessions we won from the Council are not legally guaranteed, indeed parts of the lease contradict our rights. It is helpful to Coventry citizens that our rights are stated, but we cannot be confident that in the longer run those rights will be legally protected.
That's why at a recent packed meeting the residents' group unanimously agreed to continue to support Councillor Dave Nellist's application for the fields to be made a Village Green. That way, public rights to the land would be established in law.
In summary, Charterhouse Fields was public land left to and bought for the citizens of Coventry. We have not yet won full legal rights to the land because of the resistance of Coventry council, a council that is supposed to be there to represent us! But we are much further ahead in terms of our rights of use than we were in April when the council decided to give the land to the school.
WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US AND THE SCHOOL?
The school say if we win Village Green status, they won't be able to use the fields. But this is not so.
We residents have never disagreed with dual use by both ourselves and the school.
Currently we believe we should refrain from using areas in use by pupils for lessons. If Village Green status is won, we will give the same agreement to the school as applies currently, organising restraint of our use, certainly until the school's future use of the old allotments is determined, and beyond if agreed.
All a Village Green would mean is our long term legal rights to the area are established.
So we continue to urge residents to use common sense and not use areas pupils are using for lessons and keep the fields clean. We should continue to show responsibility and coexist with the school.
Thank you! Can we thank you deeply for all the brilliant support from the neighbourhood for the campaign to keep the fields public. If we and Councillor Nellist hadn't reacted so quickly in March/April it could have been very different. The council told us there was nothing we could do, that if we resisted we may lose more of the fields. The marvellous campaign proved all their arguments wrong.
We forced a U-turn on the council. But it was through gritted teeth that they conceded points to us.
They refused to even consider our hard earned evidence at the recent council meeting. That is why the campaign must go on. We cannot let down our guard.
Best wishes, Charterhouse Residents' Association.
So, if you live in Coventry or have lived in Coventry and have used the fields at some point, then we may like to speak to you about using your comments in order to support our legal campaign. Also, if there is any support you would like to give the campaign, then please drop us an email on Charterhouse.Fields@gmail.com and we will be in touch.
To reiterate the last preamble:
"Now is the time for us to unite against the powerful few in order to protect what is ours. Today, it's the Charterhouse Fields the Council are willing to sign away, but tomorrow it could be YOUR Open Space.
Together, we can win!"
Child abusers get such small sentences in the UK and their victims along with their parents/carers get no or minimal support. This needs to change.
Please help us make a stand and change the law so that abusers get longer sentences and victims get more help along with their families on how to cope post abuse.
No Secrets currently provide peer-support to those affected by self-injury. We are a voluntary group and non of our volunteers are paid for their time.
We provide training to local professionals around self-injury however it seems that accident and emergency and other medical staff think that this is not relevant to them.
ANYBODY can be affected by self-injury, and if you are working in healthcare of any kind you should be appropriately trained to deal with self-injury.
I love Tupac and his work he provided the world thru music and on the big-screen, so my aim is to get enough signatures for Hollywood to at least acknowledge his work by giving him an Hollywood star.
Currently health care costs make up the majority of the budget. Recently statistics say that 43% of these costs are avoidable. We believe that the number 1 reason is because Government continues to put their money into paying this ever rising bill instead of providing programs and education necessary for people to learn how to become healthy!
The age group 20-39 is currently the most in active in history. Child obesity has tripled in the past 20 years. The life expectancy of our children is not as long as our own, again another first! This only stops if government gives the people the tools!
Private medical plans cover certain costs however they limit this coverage to an amount that does not give the long term support that some people need. Also they do not cover many programs that will offer that support and education.
Government should offer a tax credit or deduction to approved programs so more Canadians can access quality help and education!
Certain Policy directives in the Ontario Disability Support program and Certain Legislation under the ODSP act actually do not support people as the program title suggests, but in fact punishes people and keeps them in poverty.
It also discriminates against single benefit units with no dependants.
Workers, Managers and Offices across the province of Ontario, all have different interpretations of the directives and act.
Workers' mistakes cause undue financial and emotional hardship on clients.
Their is also no accountability.
Classroom Assistants and Clerical Staff were called to a meeting today with their Head teachers today (9th February 2011) and we were advised that we should be aware of the next set of job cuts to come from Fife Council. We were told to expect cuts in our hours, and a possibility of redundancies.
So once again education is being hit hard. First the playground supervisors, now lollipop men/women, classroom assistants and clerical staff but, who is it that is going to suffer? Not the powers that be at Fife Council who are making all these decisions but the children. Do the people who make these decisions have any idea how a school is run and just how much support staff are required to run the school effectively? Have they come in and shadowed a classroom assistant to see what their role entails?
Gone are the days of cleaning out paint pots. I personally feel we make a huge difference in schools. Why not ask the Head teachers and the teachers to see how they would feel if they lost the support of their classroom assistant. I also urge parents to question this decision because it's their children who will not be getting the extra support that some of them may require to keep them on task. We don't want to go back years ago when children just slipped through the net because there was not enough staff to support the needs of the school.
We work with children of all abilities including the same children that a Pupil Support 2 works with (who are on a higher grade) but I do it because that is what the needs of my school are and at the end of the day we are there to support the teacher and the pupils.
Just got back from a Partnership Board meeting with Jim Dickson, Cabinet Minister for Health and Well Being and councillor in Lambeth to discuss the cuts. The council's budget has been cut by 10% yet they have cut People First, Lambeths only advocacy service for people with Learning Difficulties by 90% meaning they have to close down. They will basically confined to becoming prisoners in their own home, with fear of mockery on the streets and no access to training, to advocacy or most importantly to them, no social life.
Dickson had no excuse for cutting them other than "someone had to go" and avoided all questions about what will happen to people with learning difficulties once it is abolished in March. An organisation costing around only 70k a year to run, which pays for itself thousands of times over every year.
Please sign this petition to keep 'People First' going and let's save an organisation which is a saviour to others. Without it, we are condemning these people to a life of solitary confinement! Don't let the council do this!
For more info, view a few short films here to understand why this cause is so important, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign the petition:
Thank you for your time.
Gary and Mark
Blackburn Darwen and District Womens Aid supports people who have experienced domestic abuse through a range of specialist services; refuge, safety planning, risk management, outreach, group programmes, counselling, training, therapeutic interventions to name but a few.
We have recently found out we have lost funding for the services, this will mean thousands of women and children will no longer have this vital support following the devastating experience of domestic abuse.
Our Goal is to demand for a change in Child Support Laws, Guidelines, and create a Child Support Law that will ensure that children are not raised by a drug addicted or drug abusing parent.
Child Support Laws and Guidelines currently vary from state to state with each state having different branches of the Government establishing the child support guidelines. We would like to establish a law that will pertain to every state and mandate that both parents are drug tested to ensure neither parent is using or abusing drugs.
Devon County Council receives a government grant (called Supporting People) to support vulnerable people. This includes helping to prevent homelessness, as well as helping homeless people get off the streets and have a better future.
This grant has only been cut by around 12%, but DCC intends to cut services supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (mostly run by local charities) by up to 40%! This is extraordinary disproportionate and against instructions by government Ministers.
Vulnerable people WILL lose their homes as a result of these cuts, which take effect in April 2011. Young people WILL be forced to stay in abusive and unsafe situations because there will be nowhere else to go. Supported housing projects helping people get back on their feet WILL be closed or dramatically cut back their services.
This will create untold human misery to people whose lives are already difficult enough.
But even if you have no heart, these cuts make no economic sense. If homeless people are deprived of housing and support, their lives will become more chaotic. Crime will go up. Antisocial behaviour will go up. Drug and alcohol misuse will go up. Mental health problems and hospitalisations will go up. A&E admissions will go up. More people will be in prison.
The list of consequences of these badly thought out plans goes on, and every one creates problems for the wider community and extra costs to the taxpayer. These cuts will COST money, lots of money, not save it.
All this will happen unless we, the voting public, make our views known. So join this cause, and let's tell DCC councillors what their voters think.
1.These are difficult times. But, as DCC's leader has said, we have to protect the most vulnerable at this time. This includes those at risk of homelessness
2.£1 spent on housing support saves over £2 in the long run through reduced crime and antisocial behaviour and improved physical and mental health
3.Central Government has only cut Devon's funding by 12%. It is grossly unfair to target homeless people with cuts of up to 40%
Islamia Primary School is hoping to build a new two-storey school on part of its existing site, to provide 21st century education and learning opportunities for its pupils. The current school was built over one hundred years ago and the buildings no longer meet pupil or teacher needs. Islamia Primary is also an extremely popular and over-subscribed school, on average receiving ten applications for every place available, and it urgently needs to expand to cater for the current pupils on roll and to meet the growing demand for places across the borough.
Islamia Primary School’s site has always been used for educational purposes. The school itself was founded in 1983 by Dr Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). In 1989, it moved to its present site at 129 Salusbury Road. Nine years later, it became the first Muslim school in England to be awarded grant maintained status, which meant that the vast majority of the school's funding came from central government. The following year it opted to become a voluntary aided school, in 2007 the school took on an additional 138 pupils, following the closure of The Avenue School in Brondesbury Park. The main site at Salusbury Road is also shared with an independent Muslim girl's secondary school, which occupies the entire first and second floor of the buildings, and parts of the ground floor. This school is not part of the re-development proposal. The rebuild is needed as the existing buildings are leaky, not energy efficient, not compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and are spread out on many different levels, with stepped access and no lift. The proposed new building will provide easy access for all pupils and adults, including those with visual and hearing impairments and those with special educational needs (SEN), including speech, language and communication difficulties, and severe learning disabilities. The proposed new school will provide these pupils with a dedicated room and space for educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and school nurses to come in and offer support. In general all the facilities at the site are inadequate for a modern school.
The new school plan is to build a new, modern and inspirational school, which will meet the needs of current and future generations of pupils. The building will reflect the school's faith and its ethos and will allow improved links with the local community, by opening its facilities at set times out of school hours. For example, by providing space for adult education, health and fitness and a canteen, which can be used by parents.
There will also be:
Fourteen new classrooms, a dedicated children's library, a specialist teaching room for SEN, an enlarged roof-top play area, a dedicated prayer area, landscaped areas and additional outdoor learning spaces for all children , a children's gym.
From September 2011 new pupils attending Islamia Primary School will have to live within the catchment area of the school, which will mean significantly less pupils travelling in from outside the borough. Currently 40 per cent of pupils come in from neighbouring boroughs.
The school is urgently fundraising for this development.
Contact for questions and queries
For all questions on the proposed scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is quintessential that Canada have a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. According to the US Department of State’s 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report, Canada is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking.
The RCMP estimates that 600-800 persons are trafficked into Canada annually, predominantly for sexual purposes, and that an additional 1,500-2,200 persons are trafficked through Canada into the United States.
Women, children, and men have been identified as victims of trafficking in Canada according to the US Department of State’s 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report.
While there is no reliable data on the number of persons trafficked within Canada, Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected according to the 2007 Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Girls as young as 12 are trafficked in Canada for sexual purposes according to Criminal Intelligence Service Canada’s 2008 Strategic Intelligence Brief, Organized Crime and Domestic Trafficking in Persons in Canada.
As stated by a leading anti-human trafficking voice, MP Joy Smith:
"The complex and clandestine nature of trafficking in persons and the rapidly increasing occurrence of this crime demands a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that draws together the existing frameworks, stakeholders, and agencies. I am convinced a Canadian National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking would address the challenges raised by implementing an integrated, targeted response to human trafficking. Such an approach would include benchmarks and measurable targets to ensure that continued progress is made."
Please sign the petition to ensure that Canada takes a comprehensive and national stance to combat human trafficking!
The planned HS2 rail link aims to bring high speed rail to the North of the UK which will usher in a new era of rail travel by slashing journey times from the North to London and by increasing capacity on the UK's crowded transport corridors.
There is however a growing coalition of protesters against the route mainly from areas that may be effected. The aim of this petition is to redress the balance and show the UK government that there is support for the project from across the country.
A high speed rail network will help to boost the economy of the North and Midlands of the UK and as a result will have lasting benefits throughout the country for decades to come.
An added benefit of the quicker journey times from the North to the South will mean that people will have more of a desire to switch from air and road transport to rail which will reduce the amount of CO2 produced by the travelling public. HS2 will also free up rail freight paths from the WCML meaning that heavily polluting lorries can be taken off of the road further reducing the UK's transport CO2 emissions.
The West Coast Main Line which is the busiest mixed use line in Europe is already close to capacity and commuters already face standing for long periods on packed trains. HS2 will ease overcrowding and secure rail capacity for decades to come.
The British public should be in no doubt that High Speed 2 is needed, an overcrowded and inefficient rail system would have massive negative impacts on the economy of the UK for decades to come. We can not afford not to build HS2.
By signing the petition you are proving to the government that there is indeed support for the project and that people understand it's national importance for the future.
If you are undecided or simply want to find out more about hs2 you can find out much more by visiting the Yes To HS2 web site
Facebook "Yes To HS2: People in support of high speed rail to the north".
Contact YesToHS2 for further details by e-mailing
You can also follow the Yes To HS2 campaign on twitter. Twitter.com
The Support the Library Bond Referendum Coalition was formed by private citizens and members of the libraries' Friends groups to garner support for the upcoming referendum vote on Nov. 2 (and in early voting prior to that date). We believe that the Central Library and Clemmons and Kernersville branches are in disrepair and overcrowded, and need to be replaced or substantially renovated.
We also believe that there are a number of additional branches in the Forsyth County Library system (that are also included in the referendum) that need repairs and renovations as well.
I believe if you hit a cat whilst driving you should at the very least call the police, local council animal control or local vet and stay until they arrive if the cat is injured or even dead.
It would help us pet owners to know for certain what has happened to our beloved pets instead of wondering and worrying for years.
Cats are not feral if they live among a family who love them very much.
Most responsible owners have their cat micro chipped, which allows whoever has been informed about the injured/dead cat to notify the owners, also many cats have collars on with name, phone number or address .
On September 11th 2001; America was under-attack, countless lives were lost, and many hero's, are now mentally challenged from the mental graphics of that day.
Not to mention families of these hero's and civilians that were killed and/or injured that day, all have to face 9/11 alone; they have done it by themselves long enough: It's time that we as people, spring into action, and show them: that we do care!
Let's make it a holiday! A national recognized holiday!
Please sign our petition and help us reach our goal of securing a permanent home for Bray Cancer Support Centre.
We urgently need to secure funding for a new home as we are finding it increasingly difficult to cater for the 5,500 people who use our centre on an annual basis.
WHO ARE WE?
The Bray Cancer Support Centre is a registered charity based in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (number 12589). We were the first and are now the largest community based cancer support centre in Ireland.
In 2009, the Centre provided over 13,800 free client support services to people throughout the Bray, Wicklow & South Dublin areas, availing of emotional support, practical help, counselling, complimentary therapies as well as other classes. Bereavement counselling and support groups are also an integrated part of our centres services.
We are to the forefront in providing cancer support services and facilities free of charge to people affected by cancer in the greater Bray, Wicklow, South Dublin and Leinster areas.
Honeylands Children's Centre Exeter is a centre of excellence for special needs children with various levels of disabilities. It provides respite care to the families of such children. The respite wing is under threat of closure.
This petition is in support of retaining this vital resource to the parents of these children and must not be closed as it will have a huge knock on effect to the children of other not only Honeylands but Meadow Park and other care establishments across the city.
Parents of children with special needs desire to have not only a voice that is heard, but a participatory role in the decision making process of how our children are educated especially involving the allocation of funds and staff.
Central Texas school districts are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a school year on attorney fees that do nothing short of denying parents their due process rights. While the attorney firms are getting richer, the services for our children are decreasing and almost non-existent or dismal in quality.
We the parents and especially military parents plan to bridge the gap and be the support that our school systems need to bring about change that is qualitative as well as quantitative that results in measurable academic results for our children including better services all around.
Reasons are as outlined in the petition.
ACTA is a controversial international treaty that impacts digital rights and is being negotiated in secret meetings. PublicACTA has been organised by InternetNZ so that the public can critique the known and likely content of ACTA proposals ahead of the next round in Wellington.
The signatures on this petition as at midday NZ time on 13 April were attached to the copy of the Declaration provided to the ACTA negotiators that day.
You are still encouraged to sign the petition, in show of your support for the Wellington Declaration, and the petition will be kept open indefinitely.
Stockwell Studios has just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and are continuing to provide: 25 studios for artists, musicians and crafts people, a public community space for local groups, a community arts teaching facility with an ongoing, award winning educational programme and a beautiful community wildlife garden with walled herb and vegetable garden.
We work in collaboration with, among others, the London Bee Keepers Association and community food growing groups. Since developing the garden with a pond and wildlife habitats, the number of species in the garden has greatly increased. As well as being a wildlife haven, the garden is an invaluable educational resource and oasis for local residents of all ages.
In 2010 the London Borough of Lambeth offered Stockwell Studios a lease for the former Annie McCall Hospital building on the condition that we brought the building up to legal Health and Safety standard.
Stockwell Studios members invested £52,000 and the equivalent in man-hours successfully achieving this, yet Lambeth withdrew the lease offer and put the building out to tender to private developers.
Stockwell Studios found a patron with a track record of developing arts schemes, affordable housing and who is currently working on a large hospital project in North London. He has proposed a 'Not For Profit' Charitable Finance Initiative, which would retain the Grade II Listed landmark architecture of the hospital building and provide affordable artists studios, community spaces, plus social housing on the adjoining house sites and original plots in the yard whilst retaining the community wildlife garden.
This sensitive development would give Lambeth Council a capital receipt of approximately 3 million pounds. However, Lambeth refuse to consider this proposal and are currently selling to Henley Homes who, as well as some new build, propose converting the building into high cost apartments and building a limited number of studios on the community wildlife garden, a scheme that would ultimately and effectively, restrict the use, benefits and development of the garden, destroy wildlife habitat and limit our provision of access to arts and education and training for the local community.
There are no support groups for people or loved ones with Borderline Personality Disorder. I feel a support group is a necessary tool for Lifeways as many suffer from this condition and attend the wrong support groups.
Many people wonder through this illness with out any education of it. As well as family members are left with less resources to help their loved one cope with this illness.
Little Billy Caldwell was born on the 26th July 2005 and at only 4 months of age little Billy awoke from his sleep stared wide-eyed for thirty second and then seemed to doze off. He repeated this two more times that night at thirty minute intervals.
Billy was eventually taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for further care under a specialist Neurological Paediatrician. Billy remained in the RBHSC for the next fourteen weeks as Charlotte watched as the doctor experienced the full range of seizures Billy was now taken. Eventually Charlotte was told their was no more they could do for her son and prescribed to Charlotte that sh would be shown how to administrate Morphine to Billy To Make his last few months on Mother Earth a little bit comfortable.
But Charlotte Caldwell Did not want her son to die so she researched and found a hospital in Chicago and today thanks to Charlotte Caldwell her son is alive but he needs special treatment which the Northern Ireland Government is now Refusing to give Billy.
Amongst our Port management team we have 300 years of McDonald’s experience. Our people are at the heart of our business and as a nationally accredited training organisation we strive to provide all of our people with the flexibility they require at different life stages, as well as training and skills that will serve them well wherever their future decisions take them.
We do, however, take the issue seriously. Since the early 2000s McDonald’s has not only looked to provide choice - including healthier options - but to improve the nutritional value of all menu items. Examples include a change to low sugar (less than 5%) buns in 2004 and the change to a vegetable oil blend in 2004 which removed 9000 tonnes of saturated fat from the food industry. The subsequent move to a next generation canola oil blend removed more than 415 tonnes of trans fat from the Australian food supply.
Stripping away the misconceptions, we are a family restaurant that provides food and non-alcoholic beverages in a safe and comfortable environment.
As part of our development application to council planning experts, we have included independent traffic and acoustic reports which we encourage those in the community who have concerns about these issues to view.
A litter free environment is something we’re passionate about and we take every opportunity to remind our customers of the need to dispose of their litter thoughtfully. We also have a Litter Patrol Program in place which is a structured, regular task for our crew, and involves them picking up all litter from the restaurant grounds and its vicinity.
We fully intend to remain an engaged and proactive neighbour, and hope to receive your continued support moving forward.
58. Legalize It
Legalization of marijuana should take place in the state of Florida reasons for this are many profits generated could help support education, roads and highways, and even help public funds for food stamps.
Statistics show 20% of all Americans smoke weed this shows there is money to be made the product could be taxed and sold where cigarettes are sold.
Facts show the following:
1. It is not addictive
2. It does not cause over dose
3. It is natural
4. Is much less harmful than ciggarettes
5.Has strong support
6. Many powerful and influential people in the U.S. have used it
7. It stave's off Alzheimer’s
8. Marijuana helps with: Stress Relief, Pain Relief, Meditation, Eating Disorders
9. Marijuana has been around since ancient times
10. Marijuana does NOT cause violent behavior
This should be plenty enough reasons to support my thoughts and I think many will agree.
We would like to show the Board of Education that they have our support for a referendum to be placed on the ballot in November 2010.
Support "Moments Sports Pub" in its Application for a Liquor/Other Licence. No reasons have been given to justify the rejection of this Application.