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Thomson G, McCourtie DR, Woodward WD, Day JH, Evers SE, Gerrard JW. REPORT OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL HYPERSENSITIVITY DISORDERS W/APPENDICES. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Health; 1985. (Thomson Report).
The Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Hypersensitivity Disorders (note plural) was commissioned by former Ontario health minister Keith Norton. The report's authors included Judge George M. Thomson, two teaching hospital physicians, and an epidemiologist. They pointed out that there was an existing, publicly-insured method of diagnosis, and a method of patient management long known to physicians. The Thomson report is often misrepresented by Ministry of Health officials, perhaps because it points out (p266) that key (and lethal) Ministry assumptions about sensitivities were "clearly untenable." Years later, retired NDP MPP Elie Martel expressed the opinion that ministry officials had simply lied to Liberal Murray Elston, who received, and promptly buried, the report in 1985. The same crowd of Liberals, elected to the House of Commons in 1993, buried work done under the Mulroney government to stop the injury and killing of persons with sensitivities in health care. People who were to be protected have been injured or killed, instead. The appendices include a list of symptoms reported by persons with sensitivities. Many of the conditions are included in the diseases treated at the National Jewish Hospital, in Denver, Colorado, which was built on Fresh Air Hospital guidelines more than a century ago.
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Thomson G. Thomson et al comment on the debate. Toronto: Ministry of Health; 1985.
The authors comment on the "clearly untenable" nature of the position held by the Ontario Ministry of Health, i.e. the patients are emotionally ill. They also decried journalism that put forward polarized stories based on clearly untenable positions. They related the fact that meanwhile people are being caused preventable harm.
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Thomson G. Thomson lists CNS symptoms. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Health; 1985.
Thomson's panel listed symptoms for every system of the body, mentioning that the central nervous system (CNS) was usually affected. These are the CNS symptoms.
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Thomson G. Thomson recommendations - 7 and 11. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Health; 1985.
Thomson and his panel of physicians identified an existing (legally obligating) publicly insured means of diagnosis, and recommended avoidance as treatment.
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Thomson G. George Thomson's first letter to Chris Brown regretting lack of progress.; 1988.
"I have been and remain very disappointed with the response to the report on environmental hypersensitivity. I have been as vocal as I can be about the need to implement the report, including being available for any public discussions of the issue and meeting with the Minister of Health, the Deputy Minister and other people within the Health Ministry. I remain convinced that our recommendations make sense and would do much to diffuse the adversarial atmosphere that makes things worse rather than better for patients. The fact that I am now part of a second report for government in no way diminishes my concern in this area."
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Thomson G. Ontario Deputy Minister of Citizenship George Thomson regrets lack of progress, admires Brown's advocacy.; 1989.
The Ontario Deputy Minister of Citizenship knew that persons with sensitivities were being caused preventable harm due to an illogical debate.
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Thomson G. As DM of Labour, Thomson acknowledges that he is more concerned about his family than about the unnecessary killing of persons to whom we all have a legal duty of care..; 1990.
When asked, in a phone call, why he was not speaking out publicly about deceit at the Ministry of Health concerning the availability of a publicly insured method of diagnosis, the unnecessary killing of vulnerable persons in health care, even George Thomson acknowledged that he was more concerned about his family's well being than about the well being of people to whom the province has a legal duty of care.
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Thomson G. Ontario DM of Labour George Thomson indicates positive things his Ministry is doing, indicates need for more action.; 1991.
Thomson, when a judge, had been the main author of the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Hypersensitivity Disorders (note plural). He told Brown, in an elevator at the Ministry of Labour offices in Ottawa, that DM's of Health were continuing to go against the findings of the report, which included the statement that the position "all the identified patients are emotionally ill" was "clearly untenable." As he did later as Deputy Attorney General of Canada, Thomson tried to forward the issue from within his area of responsibility, but he was reluctant to point out, during his entire period of involvement, specifically how others were contributing to preventable harm, including deaths. Doubtless this stemmed from a commitment to "taking the high road," but it left children and other vulnerable persons vulnerable to exclusion, injury and unnecessary death.
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Thomson G. Ontario Deputy Attorney General promises Ottawa Crown and Police will address sensitivities issues seriously.; 1993.
Ottawa Police retain abusive attitudes concerning the protection of persons with sensitivities, discriminating in the provision of service, defaming and assaulting at least one community representative while children and other vulnerable persons are denied protections normally available to the public. The DAG had been approached because Ottawa Police and the local crown had turned away concerns about the assault of children with sensitivities in schools. Unwilling to face abusive attitudes in police, parents refused to report ongoing child abuse. Ottawa Police have spurned complaints about other crimes against persons with sensitivities.
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Thomson G. Thomson introduces Accommodation Guide, comments on officialdom backsliding on protections. Ottawa; 2001.
Thomson reiterates findings of 1985 Ontario Ministry of Health report, comments on how progress had been made, but that things have slipped back to where they were before his committee's report was written. He forwards the idea that protection issues are hidden behind a legitimate but separate debate.
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