Provincial and Territorial Issues

According to the U.S. National Council on Disabilities, eleven percent of people are adversely affected by sensitivities to the extent that they need reasonable accommodation in the provision of housing. Is this prevalence reflected in the actions of Canadian authorities when it comes to housing or other concerns?

Public Works/Municipalities

  1. How are persons with sensitivities provided with drinking, bathing water in your jurisdiction?

Police and Justice

  1. How many charges have been prosecuted in your jurisdiction under s. 216 and s. 217.1 of the Criminal Code?
  2. How many of these charges relate to the injury or killing of persons with undiagnosed sensitivities?
  3. How many of these charges relate to the injury or killing of persons with diagnosed sensitivities?
  4. How many charges have been laid involving criminal negligence causing injury or death to persons with diagnosed sensitivities?

Transportation

  1. How are persons disabled by sensitivities provided reasonable accommodation in public or commercial transport?

Education

  1. How are children with special needs such as peanut allergy identified and protected from harm in schools?
  2. How are children with emotional, cognitive, learning and behavioral disabilities resulting from sensitivities identified and their special needs accommodated in education?
  3. How many schoolrooms in your province/territory accommodate the needs of children with sensitivities?
  4. What protocols are in place to protect children with sensitivities from cleaning or other products, building materials and furnishings in schools?

Health

  1. What is the injuries/deaths ratio from adverse drug reactions (ADR's), i.e. what percentage of ADR's in health facilities in your province/territory result in injuries, and what percentage result in deaths?
  2. How many ADR's result in permanent disability?
  3. How are persons with sensitivities identified, accommodated in the delivery of care, and protected from being injured or killed in health facilities in your province/territory?
  4. How are persons with health problems--including central nervous system sequelae, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities--resulting from sensitivities identified and treated?
  5. Are patients with symptoms similar to those persons who have already been diagnosed with sensitivities considered to be in groups at higher risk for having sensitivities?
  6. In ambiguous cases, where a health problem may be caused by sensitivities or by other factors, are sensitivities ruled out before embarking on treatments that are potentially harmful to persons with sensitivities?
  7. How are people in your province/territory educated about the health effects of sensitivities?
  8. Are provincial officials aware that the federal health department sent the provinces and territories educational materials about these problems in the early 1990's to address attitudes that are harmful to persons with sensitivities?
  9. What did your province/territory do on receipt of those materials to reduce harm being caused by people who are variously employed, paid, funded, regulated or influenced by your province/territory?
  10. How are persons disabled by sensitivities accommodated in nursing homes?
  11. How are persons disabled by sensitivities accommodated in the delivery of home care?

Seniors

  1. How many seniors residences in your province/territory accommodate persons with sensitivities, and how?
  2. How are the special needs of seniors with sensitivities accommodated in the provision of home care?
  3. How are the special needs of seniors with sensitivities accommodated in nursing homes?

Child Welfare and Social Services

  1. Where there are interventions, how are the psychological sequelae of sensitivities assessed and dealt with in dysfunctional families, including parental dysfunction, and emotional, cognitive, learning or behavioral sequelae in children?
  2. Where there are interventions, how is abuse in the home, including inappropriate responses to the needs of children with sensitivities, identified and dealt with?
  3. How does your province/territory monitor and ensure that children with special needs arising from psychological sequelae or other aspects of sensitivities are met, in families and by other institutions?
  4. How are juvenile offenders assessed for learning and behavioural sequelae?

Income Support

  1. How many people in your province receive disability benefits or welfare as a result of being disabled by environmental sensitivities?
  2. How many persons disabled by sensitivities receive diet supplements or other monies to meet consequent special needs?
  3. How many persons on income support have been able to return to work after sensitivities were identified and accomodated?

Disability Issues Offices (or equivalents)

  1. How has your office kept itself aware of the nature and prevalence of sensitivities, the scientific, clinical, institutional history and consumer experience of persons with sensitivities?
  2. Is your province/territory eclipsing the long mainstream history of sensitivities behind a consideration of the “new” ideas of “environmental medicine?”
  3. How do those who promote action on disability issues encourage ministries or agencies to avoid subjecting persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus concerning their experience of repeatable, controllable exposures--in general and in clinical settings?
  4. How do you ensure that provincial or territorial ministries or other agencies are not subjecting populations to a reverse onus, i.e. how do you encourage provincial/territorial ministries and agencies to assume that any population includes persons with sensitivities, that any activity, facility, law, policy or regulation must accommodate persons with sensitivities?
  5. How do you encourage agencies to avoid harming persons with sensitivities, such as health care recipients, including infants, babies, 15% of adults, persons with eating disorders, undiagnosed drug sensitivities, and psych patients with undiagnosed CNS reactions?
  6. How do you ensure that your ministries and agencies avoid harming persons with sensitivities when applying products in schools, other public facilities, indoor and outdoor?
  7. How do you monitor and prevent the your ministries and agencies from causing s. 217.1 injuries and s.216 homicides in the provision of health care or other services?
  8. How do you ensure that your ministries or other agencies are providing protections to persons with sensitivities that are normally available to the public, including public health protection, crime prevention and investigation and protection under human rights legislation?
  9. How do you ensure that provincial facilities and services are accessible to persons with sensitivities?
  10. How do you ensure that services and facilities in your province/territory are accessible, where issues are under provincial/territorial operations, influence or control, in connection with
    1. building materials
    2. ventilation
    3. cleaning products
    4. painting
    5. pesticide use
    6. crematoria exhaust
    7. dry cleaners
    8. perfume
    9. roofing
    10. idling
    11. diesel
    12. heating
  11. How do you ensure that employment is accessible to persons with sensitivities?
  12. In what ways do you encourage your province/territory to provide an equitable level of special needs services to persons with sensitivities?
  13. How do the provincial/territorial personnel promoting action on issues affecting persons with disabilities set a good example of corporate citizenship with respect to persons with sensitivities, and how do they encourage the rest of your provincial/territorial government to do the same?
  14. How do you support and facilitate the work of advocates for persons with sensitivities?

Housing

  1. What percentage of housing stock in your province/territory accommodates persons with sensitivities?
  2. What percentage of assisted housing accommodates special needs of persons with sensitivities?
  3. How are applicants for assisted housing assessed for the need to accommodate sensitivities?
  4. If assisted housing involves subsidies in privately owned housing, how does your province/territory ensure there is adequate stock to accommodate the needs of persons with sensitivities?

Labour

  1. What work is done in workplace health and safety promotion concerning workers with pre-existing sensitivities and allergies?
  2. What work is done in workplace health and safety promotion concerning the risk of developing disabling sensitivities or allergies as a result of workplace exposures?

Workers Compensation

  1. Injuries resulting from susceptibility: How many claims have been made/granted that relate to workplace aggravation of allergies or sensitivities, to the extent of requiring time off work?
  2. Injuries causing development of sensitivities/allergies (“chemical injury” or chronic low level exposure): How many claims have been made/granted concerning the workplace provocation of previously non-existent allergies or sensitivities?