Fear of Liability

"An important point is the fear of liability (at the legal and moral level) which perpetrates attitudes and actions. The protective psychological mechanism that comes into action when one knows deeply other people have been harmed, because of their negligence, or because they have been hiding behind the presumed lack of science, because they have minimized, belittled the issues, this mechanism which hides behind denial, camouflage, or aggression needs to be uncovered. Consequences need to be brought to the conscious level, for healing to take place, and prevention to take its role.


The Advocacy Gateway for Environmental Sensitivities was created to document a long history and the contribution of various parties to the exclusion, injury and unnecessary killing of Canadians with sensitivities. Concerns long known to medicine—some involving legal liability—are being obscured behind a legitimate but separate debate about whether the modern environment is making people sick. Even as the latter concerns are addressed, the former are invisibilized.

Politicians Betray

Some politicians will quite casually lie in ways that cause thousands of deaths. Most will turn a blind eye to damaging statements from their party if doing otherwise means acknowledging previous liability. When told of harm caused by their colleagues, politicians such as Paul Dewar launch into an ad hominem defence, diverting attention while vulnerable persons continue to be needlessly killed.

We have Seen the Enemy and They are Us!

When human beings gather in groups such as the Environmental Health Associations in various provinces, they adopt ideas that violate people within and outside the group. Such violations are nearly always disguised as statements of concern that invisibilize the people who are being violated. The most seriously affected are betrayed by people with disposable time and income. The dead are betrayed by the living. By subjecting themselves to a reverse onus, by eclipsing their own history, the "cult of environmental medicine" does the same to all persons with sensitivities.


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