Jake Epp tells Paul Dick he has referred issues brief idea elsewhere. Dick P, editor. Health and Welfare; 1985.
Jake Epp was very loyal to his staff who were unwilling to acknowledge the thousands of deaths their policies were causing, despite the fact that medical ethics, human rights legislation, and an official Ontario committee described their lethally damaging position as "clearly untenable."
Health Minister Epp to Brown claiming CMA is sceptical.; 1986.
Last page only. The CMA eventually made it clear that they were not sceptical about sensitivities but health officials continued to confuse scepticism about proposed disease descriptions and treatments, not about the existence and experience of environmental sensitivities.
HWC Jake Epp declines to advertise Fresh Air Brick. Ottawa; 1986.
Epp did nothing to protect persons with sensitivities from exclusion, injury or unnecessary death. Worse, he declined to provide publicity for the Fresh Air Brick!
HWC Jake Epp writes HEF Lynda Brooks expressing sympathy, acknowledging responsibilities, declining meeting,. Ottawa; 1986.
Epp avoids issue of abuse of patients due to attitudes (that his department was encouraging). This was the first issue that Health and Welfare addressed once they acknowledged their duty of care. Letter provides useful summary of Thomson report, as seen officially by Health and Welfare.
Jake Epp ignores the issues. Ottawa: Health Canada; 1986.
Epp responds to letters while ignoring concerns about his officials' contribution to the ongoing injury and killing of Canadians with sensitivities in health care.
Jake Epp in Parliamentary Guide. Ottawa; 1986.
Jake Epp's bio, as provided to Parliamentary Guide.
Epp to Brown (REGISTERED). Ottawa: Health and Welfare; 1987.
In the Canadian political system, decent people can be made to say the most destructive and dishonourable things. This letter subjects people with sensitivities to a reverse onus, ignores our history, summarizes the Thomson report as saying what is, in context, the precise opposite of what it said. The Thomson report found an existing, publicly insured method of diagnosis, and recommended it's continued support by OHIP. It is a method encouraged, today, in extension courses offerred by the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Whatever provincial issues exist, Health and Welfare has responsibilities. When children are being killed unnecessarily because of misconceptions the department is fostering, the department has a legal duty of care. Zimmerman recommended moving forward on socio-economic issues, which included attitudes Zimmerman himself decried in medicine. Unfortunately, the same attitudes, based on positions Thomson and his panel had found "clearly untenable," permeate Epp's reply. Epp does not mention what internal HWC memos had already discussed, departmental responsibilities concerning pharmaceuticals. he does not mention his department's role in health care for aboriginals, armed forces or responsibilities concerning public health of public servants. In any event, when officials with the department are making hateful statments that are contributing to harm, the department has created its own responsibility.
HWC Jake Epp to MP Geoff Scott. Ottawa; 1987.
Health Minister Epp tells MP Sheila Copps of his department's efforts to help persons with sensitivities.; 1988.
Health Minister Epp and Deputy Minister Maureen Law did make an effort to stop damaging statements by health officials. By indicating the things he was doing for the well being of persons with sensitivities, Epp was showing his officials which way the wind was blowing, and that direction had changed, dramatically. For the first time, there is no backpaddling. Although much more serious concerns existed about the consequences in health care, in society, the fact that he moved to a point of demonstrating his willingness to act on the needs of persons with sensitivities was appreciated by many hundreds of Ottawa locals, and thousands more across Canada. In reviewing these documents, it's reassuring to see that Epp and Law had moved before the 1988 federal election. The work (and patience) of Gord Douglas, in Sheila Copps office, should be mentioned.
Health Minister Epp to MP Michael Cassidy, sliming Brown instead of acknowledging issues.; 1988.
What Epp refers to as my "reactions" were expressions of outrage about the issues that Epp was not acknowledging, the ongoing contribution of officials in his department to the exclusion, injury and killing of persons with sensitivities in Canadian health care, the consequent abuse of persons, including persons to whom Epp had a legal duty of care, i.e. children, in other venues. One of these protests, when three years of written and oral presentation had not resulted in an end to the promotion of abuse by departmental officials, was to tie up the ministerial phone line for 15 minutes on two occasions, after which point the Minister decided to take advantage of the opportunity I perhaps mistakenly gave him to simply label me. Whatever Jake Epp thought of Chris Brown, kids were being unnecessarily injured and killed, and people Epp was responsible for were helping to make it happen. Whatever he thought of me, he had a responsibility to Canadians. This documents his attitude at the beginning of 1988. It was to change, drastically by the end of the year. The conversation he refused with me was invited before the Parliamentary health committee. Perhaps his response to my tying up his phone a couple of times helped us get to the committee.
Health Minister Epp's officials defend a betrayal of Canadians by sliming their critic.; 1988.
After tying up Epp's ministerial switchboard for a planned 15 minutes on two days, to protest his continued trivialization of the issues around sensitivities, people in other cabinet ministers' offices were telling me Epp's people had tried to make them afraid of me. This is a draft of a letter that was obtained using ATIP.
Health Minister Jake Epp addresses AIA. Health and Welfare Canada; 1988.
No such comfort was demonstrated to persons whose sensitivities did not result from IgE mediated reactions, or to people who had the misfortune of being described by clinical ecologists and doctors of environmental medicine.
Health Minister Jake Epp replies to MP Pauline Browes.; 1988.
Cover letter, letter to Browes constituent attached.
HWC Jake Epp misrepresents, invisibilizes Brown's main points to MP Winegard.; 1988.
Brown did not want a single disease entity recognized. He wanted education on attitudes, reverse onus, clinical ethics, existing, publicly insured methods of diagnosis.
HWC Minister Jake Epp replies to CHRC Max Yalden .; 1988.
Epp ignores lethal issues, eclipses long mainstream history behind debate about concepts of environmental medicine, ignores significance of existing, publicly insured method of diagnosis, confuses debate about cause of onset with legitimacy of reactions, ignores CMA having said they are not sceptical, etc etc