Some academics quite openly ridicule vulnerable persons by subjecting them to a reverse onus and then forwarding arbitrary hypotheses. This abusiveness is defended by people who confuse hatefulness and academic freedom. Abusers like Barry Beyerstein of SFU are often otherwise the most affable and caring amongst their peers.
For every 100 professionals who offer to help, 98 will want to use you as needs substantiation for flaky theories, dangerous clinical practices or the unethical sale of treatments and medicine. The Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine has replaced the actual history with a self-aggrandizing revisionist version that invisibilizes patients' right to protection.
Institutions charged with addressing attitudes betray their constituencies by remaining silent while their funder promulgates lethal misconceptions. At Women's College Hospital, for instance, long-known mainstream knowledge is obscured behind revisionist models. Persons with sensitivities are robbed of their history. Separate health issues are arbitrarily confused.
Public service unions like CUPE might fight to protect their members from getting headaches from perfume, but they do so in a way that manufactures consent for ploughing under and killing patients with undiagnosed sensitivities in health facilities where their members work.
When approached, a couple of Councillors with the City of Ottawa asked for a summary of municipal concerns. The result is the attached PowerPoint, addressed to the City of Ottawa. It applies to most cities in Ontario and, to a lesser extent, to cities across Canada. The presentation is also available in pdf format.
One of the greatest concerns is that municipal public health officials contribute to damages by eclipsing the history of persons with sensitivities behind controversy about the recent additional theories of so-called "doctors of environmental medicine."
[Editor's note: This submission was made in 2005, at which point the Liberal-controlled Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health disappeared it.]
The Public Service Integrity Officer, Dr. Ed Keyserlingk, says public servants are afraid to speak out about abuse. Certainly several are remaining silent about this unethical and damaging eclipse, quoting retribution as their reason.
In 1990, as Health and Welfare Canada began addressing attitudes about sensitivities in the federal realm, Dr. Bruce Halliday, MP, invited testimony before the Parliamentary human rights committee. The minutes are attached.