CHRC Beaty forwards Brown's concerns to HWC J. Hauser.; 1989.
"Mr. Brown makes four specific suggestions for dealing with certain problems he believes are experienced by some individuals with environmental sensitivites. Mr. Brown's concerns are already familiar to your department so you know that Mr. Brown, and others, believe Health and Welfare could do more to inform the public about the facts of environmental hypersensitivity and thereby dispel suggestions that their disease is largely imaginary. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what the department has done and is further prepared to do in this matter, in particular with respect to Mr. Brown's suggestions on pages 5-6."
CHRC Stuart Beaty on reverse onus issue.; 1989.
For the life of me, I do not understand why CHRC officials did not understand that it is wrong to subject persons to a reverse onus about their experience of repeatable, controllable circumstances. However, they did understand that people were being hurt, and being blamed for their own predicament, and so they were helpful. Still, it would have been good if more human rights officials had understood the reverse onus concern, instead of forwarding a position that said, in effect, that physicians should also subject people to the same reverse onus, contrary to the ethics of clinical practise. In fact, we were coming to the CHRC because many physicians were subjecting people to a reverse onus. To have to explain to human rights officials that that was wrong was too often repeated. It was a point that was explained to me by Catherine Frazee when she was Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and which was easily understood by Panos Patrides when he was EA to the OHRC Chief Commissioner, but it was not understood by many with human rights responsibilities.
CHRC Stuart Beaty writes HWC Health Services and Health Promotions Branch.; 1989.
Senior officials in the CHRC, unlike intake and complaints staff, understood the basic reverse onus issues and supported persons with sensitivities by encouraging action by various departments, especially Health and Welfare Canada, as the health department was then called.
CHRC Stuart Beaty to Brown about promoting rights of persons with sensitivities.; 1991.
Stuart Beaty, John Dwyer, Denise Ommanney, and a few others joined CHRC Chief Commissioner Max Yalden in promoting the rights of persons with sensitivities to Health and Welfare, other departments and the provinces. Unfortunately, bigotry abounded in middle management at CHRC. Complaints were dismissed unethically. Once Yalden left and Falardeau-Ramsey took over, there was a crisis of confidence in senior managers and ALL of them left the CHRC. People who had previously been in lower positions rose to the top and began invisibilizing work done prior to 1993, even as Canadians with sensitivities were being unnecessarily killed in health care every day. Deceit continues in senior managers at the CHRC today, who pretend that their involvement in promoting the protection of persons with sensitivities began with the commissioning of essays in 2007.