“Brown to Molot pleading not to sabotage again”. 1988.,
Molot was friendly, but did not understand the difference between promoting an approach in medicine and protecting the rights of patients and betrayed the latter for the former.
“Brown writes George M Thomson concerning basic reverse onus, lack of normal protections, didn't know history yet”. 1988.,
First letter to Thomson describes most serious issue, the ongoing preventable harm being caused to persons with sensitivities as a result of statements of Ministry of Health and Welfare officials.
“Canadian Medical Association brief to Parliament on Canadian Environmental Protection Act”. 1988.
Section 32(2)(b) This provision is contrary to the traditional medical dictum of Ilfirst do no harm". The most likely cause of delay on the part of the department will be administrative inefficiency or extra concern regarding the substance in q~estion. It would therefore be much more appropriate to create a system that would keep the potentially-offending substance out until a decision was actually made. As physicians, we shudder at the thought that such a system could prevail for the marketing of pharmaceutical products: that is, the manufacturer would be allowed to sell a product unless the Health Protection Branch objected within a stated period of time following application.
“Canadian Society for Clinical Ecology and Environmental Medicine pledged support, but didn't get the point”. 1988.,
Canadian clinical ecologists, who later changed their names to "doctors of environmental medicine," seemed not to understand how their imposition of secondary medical decisions was interfering with patient advocate efforts to secure basic protections due as a result of existing human rights.
“CBC's Barbara Frum didn't see the other concerns behind "20th Century Disease" debate”. 1988.,
Frum and others with CBC Toronto thought they knew stories if they had heard a version of them. Trying to talk to journalists in Toronto is like swimming upstream against a tirade of dangerous mythology. Journalists who generally supported human beings against the health effects of modern pollution did not understand that there was another story about people who had always been around, who were suddenly being caused harm by having their history and place in society swept away in a new discussion framed by supporters of environmental medicine. I am sure that journalists did the same thing when allergists were the ones to impose their arbitrarily exclusionary disease description to the group!
“CBC's Barbara Frum responds”. 1988.,
Frum, you'd think, had one of the busiest work days on the planet. She responded, while many journalists who did harmful work did not.
“CBC's Barbara Frum sends thanks for explanatory backgrounder”. 1988.,
When attempts were made to explain the extent of the damages, their eyes would glaze over after point number two. You could see them glaze over, even over those old telephones. Meanwhile, people were being caused preventable harm in several known high risk groups. Bearing witness was like watching a train wreck, with dozens of trains ending up in the carnage because engineers received yet ignored repeated, clear and legally-obligating signals.
“CBC's James Cullingham says "different strokes."”. 1988.,
CBC journalists, including those with As it Happens, continued to eclipse the history of persons with sensitivities behind a legtimate but separate debate about doctors of environmental medicine. CBC journalists and management continue to entertain as reasonable the practise of subjecting persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus, making a sport out of their security and their rights. Most important, journalists continue to hide the existence of publicly insured methods of diagnosis which provide a legally obligating method of identifying people and protecting them from disabling or lethal acts of commission.
“CBC's John Kerr about potential meeting”. 1988.,
Eventually the meeting was with Bill Morgan, CBC Ombdusman, who met with me in my apartment.
“Charles Caccia makes Member's Statement in House of Commons”. Hansard, Ottawa, 1988.,
“Chaviva Hosek provides lethally misleading misrepresentation of Thomson report”. 1988.,
The fact that Thomson's panel of physicians identified a (legally obligating) publicly insured method of diagnosis raises questions about how this lethally misleading letter could have been written. For a time, the Ontario Ministry of Housing misled Ontario about the findings of the Thomson report. In 1993, Hosek was to become head of policy in Chretien's PMO. Once there, she and a flock of Ontario Liberals were to undo the good work Health and Welfare had done under health ministers Beatty and Bouchard.
“Chemical Soup in the Classroom”, Toronto Star, 1988.,
Much work was done by a few Ontario school boards to accommodate persons with sensitivities.
“CHRC documents Health Canada hurtfully confusing clinical ecology and sensitivities.”. 1988.,
CHRC Policy Analyst documents HWC confusing medical scepticism about the methods of clinical ecology with the reality of sensitivities as they have been known to medicine for centuries. The long history and broad awareness is eclipsed behind a pretence, by doctors of environmental medicine, that they discovered the whole field in the 1950's.
“CHRC Max Yalden writes Health Minister Jake Epp encouraging action”. 1988.,
"It is my understanding that environmental hypersensitivity is a true medical problem, and that we owe it to people who have the misfortune to suffer from this syndrome to be more public and more positive in acknowledging that fact. Aa you know, Mr. Brown recently brought his concerns to the Standing Committee on National Health and Welfare, where he received a sympathetic hearing (HC Issue No. 48, May 26, 1988). On that occasion, he expressed the hope that the Health Minister would state publicly that he is sympathetic to the plight of those who suffer from environmental hypersensitivity and considers their concerns legitimate. My purpose in writing to you is simply to let your know that we consider this request a reasonable· one and that anything your department can do to increase public awareness of the legitimate concerns of people like Mr. Brown would, in our view, be most useful."
“CHRC Policy Advisor John Dwyer describes potential complainant's situation”. 1988.,
This public servant was one of many who had to take their cases to their unions, to human rights, to the political level, due to attitudes in Health and Welfare and (consequently?) the public service.
“Correction - reason Brown resigns from Social Planning Council”, 1988.
I resigned because I could not be part of a process of forwarding other concerns to a government that was lying outright about sensitivities.
“Denise Ommanney outlines issues for Chief Commissioner CHRC Max Yalden”. 1988.,
Ommanney passes on a CHRC manager's misrepresentation of the reasons previously given for dismissing a complaint against AgCan, supports CHRC making an expression of support considering bad journalism about sensitivities. Later, a CHRC official will be attacked by Canadian Press when he tries to explain how press framing of the issues goes against the principles of human rights, and is damaging.
“Ed Lowans on Environmental Construction Issues”. THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRUCTION NETWORK, 1988.,
Tips for housing construction for persons with sensitivities.
“Faulty ventilation systems lead to learning setbacks”, Toronto Star, 1988.,
Much work has existed for centuries on kids, education and sensitive or "delicate" children. Some educators seem to have forgotten the Fresh Air or Open Air School Movements, and seem oblivious to centuries of clinical and institutional literature and experience.
“Federal Environment Minister's office refers inquiry to HWC Mark Richardson”. 1988.,
Richardson says he had little to do with the issue, but he does provide evidence that Health and Welfare was still lying, at least internally, about the position of the Canadian Medical Association in 1988.
“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."
“Gowanlock played goal in Epp's office, later in Mental Health Branch she sabotaged concerns, was inexplicably hostile”. 1988.,
“Health and Welfare responds to Almaguin North Action Group (ANAG)”. HWC Health Protection branch, 1988.
HWC Health Protection Branch Environmental Health Centre relates more positive reports to citizens group, even popular book, The Brown Plague. Author of book continues to provide references at http://www.earthtym.net/00-pgs-by-topic.htm
“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”, presented at the 10/1988, 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.
“Health Minister's Chief of Staff acknowledges letter from CHRC Chief Commissioner”. 1988.,
Russ Wunker was Jake Epp's Chief of Staff. We had to get the CHRC Chief Commissioner on his case to remedy very basic rights violations! Interesting bio, from The Official Newsletter of the General John A. Logan Camp #4 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil Warm who "Oppose every tendency or movement that would weaken loyalty to, or make for the destruction or impairment of, our constitutional Union......." This month’s speaker will be our own Brother Russ Wunker who was born in Toronto, Ontario on February 28, 1947. As you all can observe he has been an energetic and busy individual who has accomplished great things, not the least of which is his 30 plus years as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans. We are indeed honored to hear from Russ but all the more important he is one of us. Bio of Russ Wunker Haliburton County District High School Grade XIII 1965 – History Award BA: Nyack College, Nyack, NY – 1969 (History), Class President, Honor Society MA: University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. - 1971 (Canadian – American Relations) Taught History, Clearwater Christian College, Fla. 1969-1971 Assistant to Wm. C. Scott, M. P. – House of Commons, Ottawa - 1972 – 1979 Spec. Ast to Hon Jake Epp, Min of Indian and Northern Affairs – 1979 – 1980 Tour Director for Maureen McTeer (wife of the Prime Minister) 1980 election National Headquarters: Progressive Conservative Party of Canada – 1980 – 1984 Director of Personnel Director of Operations and Organization (Youth Bureau, Womens Bureau, Multiculteralism Bureau, Field Organizers etc.) Co-ordinator of 1981 National Convention Co -ordinator of 1983 National Policy Conference Liason with Reagan-Bush White House and Republican National Committee Co-ordinator of 1984 Leadership Convention Co-ordinator, Candidate Training College Ministerial Staff Training Committee, Assistant to (Senator) Norman K. Atkins, National Campaign Chairman 1984 Chief of Staff to Hon. Jake Epp, Minister of National Health and Welfare 1984-1988 Cabinet Committee of Priorities and Planning Chief of Staff Planning Committee Member, National Campaign Team 1988 election Chief of Staff to Hon. Jake Epp, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources 1988 Owner, Manager, Miners’ Bay Lodge Ltd. – summer resort accommodating 300+ guests Married, Dorothy A. Wunker Daughter, Erin E. Wunker 30 + year member Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 25 + year member, The Albany Club of Toronto Formerly Chairman of the Board, currently Member of the Executive Committee, OMS International Canada Member, Preservation Warrenton, Warren County, N.C. Formerly President, currently Member of Executive, Vance County Historical Society. Curator, Vance County Museum Designer, curator of historical displays – Satterwhite Point State Park Designer, curator of displays, Norlina Museum
“HEF Ottawa President notes Brown's work, encourages more.”. 1988.
Castle is an policy wonk who understood the difference between forwarding the concerns of doctors of environmental medicine and those of consumers. They made their submission to the Parliamentary Health Committee after I encouraged the committee to invite them and others.
“HEF President Ed Lowans asks to know HWC Epp's position on issues raised by Brown”. 1988.,
There was a large community of input to Jake Epp on the issues as they had emerged from the involvement of many parties. Lowans supported the community of people who were asking Jake Epp to address those issues and wanted to know, for HEF members, of the health minister's opinion and or action.
“HEF President Ed Lowans to Brown asking for specifics about abuse”. 1988.,
The executive members of non government organizations tend to be comparatively well off, and focused issues such as workplace accommodation, or having extensive testing paid for by OHIP. Lowans was not blind to the abuse issues, but chose a path of "next best step" instead of insisting that authorities address the most serious abuses immediately.
“HEF Quarterly March 1988”. Human Ecology Foundation, 1988.,
Various articles forward the ideas of doctors of environmental medicine in a way that eclipses other medical knowledge.
“Human Ecology Foundation brief to House of Commons Health Committee”, Human Ecology Foundation, 1988.,
Consumer group invited to health committee at suggestion of Margaret Mitchell and others.
“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
“International Trade Minister John Crosbie supports concern to Health Minister”. Minister for International Trade, 1988.,
Cabinet ministers suggested action, passed on supportive references, took action themselves, all in a deliberate horizontal policy influence effort on Health and Welfare.
“List of relevant orgs (AGES 1988)”. 1988.,
Most of the organizations except AGES medicalized the issues until the proposed theories of physicians became more important than the well being of patients.
“List of relevant orgs (AGES 1988)”. 1988.,
Most of the organizations except AGES medicalized the issues until the proposed theories of physicians became more important than the well being of patients.
Formally notes advances in wide variety of issue areas and specific federal and Ontario provincial government departments. Suggests direction. Cost: $1000.00
“MINISTRY ENCOURAGES RISEARCHERS TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL HYPERSERSENSITIVITY”. 1988.,
This release, in itself, promulgates many of the misconceptions that contribute to the injury, exclusion and killing of persons with sensitivities.
“MP Alan Redway asks for medical tax deductions ”. House of Commons, 1988.,
Alan Redway, MP, was extremely helpful during the Mulroney government. He successfully asked Finance Minister Michael Wilson for tax deductions for medical expenses related to environmental sensitivities. As Minister of State for Housing he had Canada Mortgage and Housing implement research and demonstration projects about residential construction design, materials and methods to accommodate persons with sensitivities.
“MP Alan Redway writes Brown to mention Health Minister Jake Epp's letter, constituent concerns”. 1988.,
Redway helped forward the issues to Epp, increasingly as Max Yalden and others pitched in. He and the constituents he mentioned won tax breaks for related medical expenses by the end of the year.
“MP Cassidy writes Epp supporting Brown”. 1988.,
Like many NDPers, Cassidy was mystified about the issues. He could not see the actual, long existing patient group for all the stereotypes and misconceptions in the media and public discussion generally. He was uncomfortable with implications concerning psychiatric medication. Sometimes the hardest people to reach are progressives who are on missions about related but different (and sometimes encroaching) concerns, in cases of the left hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.
“MP David Dingwall invites further sharing of concerns”. 1988.,
David Dingwall was, for a time, the Liberal health critic. While he was health critic, I met with his assistant, Dan Donovan, who was launching a career in stand-up comedy. Donovan wanted me to agree with him that his friend's room mate was out of limne for telling Donovan that his after shave was causing him a problem.
“MP Margaret Mitchell asks question in House of Commons”. hansard, Ottawa, 1988.,
“MP Margaret Mitchell notes that health minister Jake Epp has moved forward, suggests awareness funding as possible next option”. 1988.,
Mitchell had been helpful in bringing the concern to the Standing Committee on Health. Now, just five months later, she could see the change in how Epp was addressing the issue.
“MP Pauline Browse to Health Minister Jake Epp for constituent”. 1988.,
Persons with sensitivities were constantly experiencing problems that required an intervention from the political level.
“MP Redway supports human rights issues expressed to HWC Jake Epp”. 1988.,
The Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission had suggested that Epp give greater consideration to the issues I had raised. MP Alan Redway, who was helpful throughout his mandate, wrote a second letter to Epp asking him for his response to this.