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Sweeney J. MCSS Sweeney describes claims adjudication. Toronto: Ministry of Community and Social Services; 1986.
Minister is being told that claims are being adjudicated. In reality, consumers are being dealt with very differently in the field. Some benefits are granted. Other claimants are subjected to continuing, sometimes life-threatening, abuses that can only be described as hazing over periods of several years. Some are suiciding.
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Sweeney J. Ontario Minister of Housing John Sweeney blames his failure to provide reasonable accommodation on Ministry of Health.; 1990.
Politicians and public servants are adept at blaming others for their own failure to follow the Ontario Human Rights Code. Sweeney had declared, in 1986, as Minister of Social Services, that he provided services to persons with sensitivities. Here he is, in 1990, saying it can't be done until the Ministry of Health adopted a supportive position. Meanwhile, no-one in the Ontario government was responding to concerns that the Ministry of Health was lying about the findings of the 1985 Thomson report, lying about the availability of a publicly insured method of diagnosis, contributing to the preventable deaths of thousands of children and other vulnerable persons by subjecting people with sensitivities to a reverse onus and by encouraging physicians to do the same thing in their practices, contrary to medical ethics and human rights. There is a big difference between lying about existing knowledge and not knowing what to do, especially when it results in preventable harm to children and other persons to whom these politicians have a legal duty of care.
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