Petition to the Government of Canada
Wildfires are a growing concern across Canada;
Municipalties and provinces are unable to control the sales of fireworks;
Firefighters in Ottawa were called to put out eight fires caused by fireworks on Victoria Day;
Health infobase Canada reports that the most common type of injuries related to fireworks are burns (71 cases);
The BC SPCA considers fireworks to be a serious animal welfare issue for pets, farm animals and wildlife in our communities;
The animals that remain unharmed can also be disturbed by fireworks, leading to a reduction in their natural feeding and breeding behaviours, as well as abandonment of their young in nests; and
The Victoria Police stated that between October 1 and November 5, 2020, they received at least 60 reports from the public that relates to the actual or suspected use of fireworks and that they are actively looking for ways to reduce the number of calls for service so that their officers can focus on the most serious public safety priorities.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to support the exploration of legislative changes around the use of fireworks that would result in improved community safety and well being.