“MP Sheila Copps suggests four actions”. 1988.,
1) Will you make a clear public statement in the House of Commons or to the national media recognizing environmental sensitivity as a very real illness which afflicts thousands of Canadians? 2) Upon making this public statement, will you ensure that your department and other federal departments acknowledge the illness's existence and act appropriately when responding to public enquiries? 3) will you initiate a survey of the attitudes of health professionals and the general public regarding environmental sensitivity, study its results and initiate an information campaign to address any misconceptions? 4) Will you direct your officials to request submissions- from the environmentally sensitive and their umbrella groups on hdw programs and policies in federal areas of jurisdiction can be improved to reflect the legitimate concerns of the environmentally sensitive?
“MP WIlliam Winegard reassures constituent”. 1988.,
Many MP's were being approached by constituents.
“MP Winegard's constituent writes Health Minister Jake Epp”. 1988.,
All across the country, persons with sensitivities had to appeal to the political level to address very basic issues.
“NDP Leader Bob Rae refers to health critic MPP David Reville, says Shelley Martel helped one person”. 1988.,
Many NDPers did not understand the difference between the actual history, of sensitivities as distinct from the revisionist version provided by doctors of environmental medicine. They would pitch in with enthusiasm and courage, but created log jams made of misconceptions.
“News Release, 1988 election”. 1988.,
I was dreaming in Technicolor to think that journalists would include the smothering of a disabled group in an election campaign. Journalists were not open to looking at their own stereotypes and misconceptions, and so they remained blind to those in other institutions.
“News Release - Finance Canada gives tax deductions”. 1988.,
included certain items required by environmentally hypersensitive persons;
“News release - Health and Welfare Canada officials called before Parliamentary health committee”. 1988.,
When I appeared before the health committee, I had expressed concern about equivocation by health department officials. At that time, the committee decided to hear from related HWC officials. A few consumers attended their testimony.
Office worker wins workers compensation. 1988.
As energy concerns encroached on health and safety, inside workers were once again becoming disabled because of indoor pollution.
“Ommaney says CHRC Max Yalden has written HWC Jake Epp on "the legitimate concerns you have expressed."”. 1988.,
CHRC Chief Commissioner Max Yalden encourages Health Minister Jake Epp "to encourage the Minister and his department to 'increase public awareness of the legitimate concerns' you have expressed." This was the first action from the human rights realm to the health realm, and happened at the top level possible. It was hard not to hope.
“Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley relates support, action, refers health issues to Caplan”. Ottawa, 1988.,
Bradley was supporting persons with sensitivities even as the Ministry of Health was lying about the existence of a publicly insured method of diagnosis. He undertook to reduce pesticide use, and writes: The Ministries of the Environment and Health are aware of the problem of the environmentally hypersensitive person. Human hypersensitivity to chemicals is a complex problem requiring a better understanding of the issue than has been demonstrated in the past. Clearly, we must reduce environmental exposure where possible, and my Ministry is committed to that end. Indeed our pollution control policies are aimed at the virtually elimination of toxic contaminants in our environment.
“Ontario Labour Minister Greg Sorbara suggests human rights approach to ensuring worker protection.”. 1988.,
Good guideline for human rights approach, but why is Ministry of Labour not providing protections normally available to the public? Sorbara invisibilizes workplace issues.
“Ontario Medical Association offers help to Premier Peterson's Office (at consumers' request)”. 1988.,
Krauser points out that the position forwarded by OMA committee supporting consumers' experience and consequent needs as well as calling for more research was adopted by the OMA. I had complained to Peterson's office that Elston's office and, more particularly, Ministry of Health officials, were misrepresenting the position of "organized medicine." Again and again, concern about the approaches of doctors of environmental medicine were misrepresented as reason to question the patient's experience and rights.
“Ontario Minister for Disabled Persons Remo Mancini misrepresents Thomson, ignores human rights issues”. 1988.,
Jon Boynton, of the Ontario Office for Disability Issues, had been supportive and understood the reasons for demedicalizing disability. The Ontario Minister Responsible for Disabled Persons says sensitivities result from a variety of disorders, that various Ministries and federal agencies are addressing the needs of persons with sensitivities, acknowledges the relevance of indoor mould infestations, but then says no official recognition can be made. While sensitivities have been known to medicine for centuries, Mancini states that some "recognition" of a disease entity is necessary before the issues he is not responding to can be addressed. Remo Mancini also misrepresents the Thomson report, which identified an existing, publicly insured method of diagnosis, one that is still, today, encouraged by the College of Family Physicians of Ontario.
“Ontario NDP Leader Bob Rae alerts health and environment critics, invites continued input, but misses the point”. 1988.,
Although they did not have the experience on the issue had by Elie Martel, Rae's New Democrats acted to help people who were claiming their health problems resulted from pollution. However, in the process, they eclipsed the history of persons with sensitivities, they refused to call Elston and subsequent Liberal health ministers on their misrepresentation of the findings of the Thomson committee, and their perversion of its messages by constantly referring to a compendium of disorders, with centuries of clinical experience, as the single new disease concept described by doctors of environmental medicine. The Ontario government is still invisibilizing its liability for daily unnecessary deaths and other abuses by imposing a legitimate but separate debate about environmental medicine.
“Ontario NDP Leader Bob Rae invites input after receiving input that is not acted on”. 1988.,
Bob Rae's people could not acknowledge their own confusion about sensitivities, about there being a compendium of disorders, about there being an existing, publicly insured method of diagnosis. They'd make repeated expressions of support, but ignore huge contradictions in Peterson's ministers.
“Ontario Revenue Minister Bernard Grandmaitre acknowledges tax boycott”. 1988.,
Grandmaitre ignores concerns about how his cabinet colleague was causing preventable harm to people in health care by misrepresenting the findings of the Thomson report (and the OHIP schedule of fees).
“POSITION PAPER OF THE CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE”, CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 1988.,
Clinical ecologists were the millstone around the necks, the donkey's tail hung on the nose, of persons with sensitivities. Once I had escaped the cult-like devotion to their flaky, unethical practises, once I learned the history they had eclipsed with their self aggrandizing revisionist version, it was a horror to see them arrive on the federal scene, delighting abusers with their crackpot ideas, providing a distraction from patient concerns.
“Presentation to House of Commons Standing Committee on Health”. House of Commons, Ottawa, 1988.,
“Quotes (1988)”. 1988.
A few quotes from people.
“Stan Hovdebo”. 1988.,
"My assistants in Prince Albert were successful in having a denial of benefits to a constituent suffering from hypersensitivity to the environment reversed by Health and Welfare some months ago." Across Canada, people with sensitivities had to take things to the political level to address arbitrary barriers.
“Supply and Services launches Environmentally Friendly Products program”. Supply and Services Canada, Environment Canada, 1988.,
The federal government will develop a new purchasing initiative to encourage the procurement of products classified and labelled as environmentally friendly. The announcement, by Supply and Services Minister Otto Jelinek and Environment Minister Tom McMillan, will put the federal government's massive purchasing clout behind the new EnvironmentallyFriendly Products Program.
“University of Toronto's Donna Stewart resends offensive article in response to complaint”. 1988.,
The problems with Stewart's 1985 CMAJ article are argued elsewhere in this bibliography. Her work was found in the social services rejection decisions of suicide victims. When her article was criticized, she apparently felt that re reading the article would do other than reinforce her offensiveness.
“Valentines message for Elizabeth May (1988)”. 1988.,
Unable to think how to force any part of the federal government to address issues related to widespread patient injury that was a logical consequence of what they had already acknowledged, I raised the spectre of establishing a class of international refugee.
“World in Crisis, but worst problem is disbelief, Royal Society”, Globe and Mail, 1988.,
Same old story.
Kaplan was responding to expression of concern about CHRC's failure to protect human rights of persons with sensitivities.
“The 80's have been rough on Chris Brown”, Southam, 1989.,
This is from the time when Health and Welfare was beginning to address the issue. Losos is quoted as saying ""In my view there's a lot of expertise out there that could very easily, if it is facilitated, measure the problem." It is embarrassing to see how much of my world view, as reported, is still from the viewpoint of the cult of environmental medicine. I had learned, by this time, that we were not dealing with the bizarre disease entity then being described by doctors of environmental medicine, and I knew that our history predated their version of events, but I had not yet learned about how long the mainstream clinical and scientific history actually was.
“Air circulation varies in planes”, Ottawa Citizen, 1989.
Aircraft are often inaccessible to persons with sensitivities.
“Air circulation varies in planes”, 1989.
Transportation is not accessible to persons with sensitivities. The Canadian Transportation Agency has caused costs by not following the law. (Justice delayed is justice denied.)
“Air quality addressed at V. K. Greer School”, Bracebridge, 1989.,
“Brother of suicide victim sends thanks”. 1989.,
When authorities tell a family that their son is a malinger, some family members become impatient with that person. This young man's brother shot himself after being rejected for workplace accommodation, after his family was not supportive, and after being turned down for social assistance benefits on the basis of scurrilous work by Donna Stewart and Joel Raskin. (A copy of their hateful 1985 CMAJ article was found in his MCSS file.) This was one thank you I wish there was no reason for! It is ironic that the family was first connected with me by Alex Saunders, of the CPA. He was helpful until a "Scientific Committee" of the CPA decided there was no reason to protect persons whose CNS dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by sensitivities. These "science" oriented charlatans forwarded two negative articles, ignoring hundreds of supportive articles, and set the CPA on a course of ploughing under persons with CNS reactions. Mapping prevalence against suicide rates suggests that one or two people they plough under suicides every day.
“Brown asks CBC what measures will be undertaken to accommodate persons with sensitivities in new CBC building”. 1989.,
CHRC and Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Rights and Disabled Persons also inquired, before the building was built and so many people got sick.
“Brown asks CHRC Max Yalden to nudge the Canadian Medical Association”. 1989.,
Yalden had pressed the health minister concerning the human rights of persons with sensitivities. Perhaps he would confront the abusers directly?
“Brown asks MoH Anna Rose Spina "Who gets off telling us we not allowed to be rude when we are being screwed?"”. 1989.,
The Ontario Ministry of Health was lying about the findings of the Thomson report, about the history of persons with sensitivities, about the availability of a publicly insured method of diagnosis. Their response to citizen representation was simply to lie some more. While children and others to whom they had a legal duty of care are being killed, health officials had the audacity to suggest that telling them that they were contributing to deaths was a form of abuse!
“Brown asks UN Under-Secretary General for Public Information,for ideas”. 1989.,
It seemed that no institution in Canada was going to address the ongoing abuse and killing of persons with undiagnosed sensitivities in health care, nor seriously address their inru and exclusion elsewhere.
“Brown drops CHRC complaint against CBC, says wants to complain about CHRC instead.”. 1989.,
It seemed pointless to complain about the CBC to the CHRC when CHRC complaints officers were still equivocating about whether persons with sensitivities should be subjected to a reverse onus, as had been done by Chief Commissioner Gordon Fairweather before Yalden was appointed. Fairweather set the CHRC staff on an abusive path and when Max Yalden changed direction staff and senior managers (not in the Chief Commissioner's office) continued to violated complainants.
“Brown merge to CBC cover letter for brief about portrayal issues.”. 1989.,
Cover letter introducing brief about CBC's portrayal of sensitivities as being the invention of doctors of environmental medicine, encouraging the practise of subjecting persons who experience repeatable controllable circumstances to a reverse onus.
“Brown merge to UofT Board after suicide Stewart contributed to”. 1989.,
Merge to Governing Council...victim suicided after being rejected for welfare on basis of article by Donna Stewart.
“Brown outlines basic catch 22 to UN”. 1989.,
Canadian health officials continue to kill persons with sensitivities because they cannot admit that they are killing them. To take action to stop killing persons with sensitivities requires an acknowledgement, explicitly or implicitly, that you are killing them. This is how and why health officials kill children to cover up their mistakes.
“Brown pitches basic abuse issue to media.”. 1989.,
Basic abuse issue was not approachable by journalists who were still in the allergy-psychosomatic argument, eclipsing the history of sensitivities behind the legitimate but separate debate about clinical ecology.
“Brown to CBC Portrayal of Persons about journalists' violation of persons with sensitivities”. 1989.,
Outlines concerns about hate literature published by CBC about persons with sensitivities.
“Brown to CHRC concerning CBC”. 1989.,
This led to a complaint being drafted, but I never signed the final complaint as I had lost confidence in the CHRC. Yalden, Dwyer, Ommanney and Beaty were helpful, but complaints staff were rife with misconceptions and hatefulness.
“Brown to CHRC Dwyer asking him to help CBC's Portrayal of Persons person address bigotry in CBC journalists”. 1989.,
My impression of Savoie was that she was too much of a lightweight to have any influence on belligerent journalists.
“Brown to CHRC Yalden about suicide”. 1989.,
People get killed while public servants equivocate.
“Brown to CHRC Yalden complaining CHRC staff missing basic issues, thwarting legitimate complaints”. 1989.,
“Brown to CMHA Ottawa about attitudes in health care (first page only)”. 1989.,
For a period, CMHA Ottawa expressed concern about the ploughing under of psych patients whose problems are caused or exacerbated by environmental sensitivities. However, provincial and national organization, despite a recommendation from the Ottawa Branch, have yet to give up their lethally abusive position. Instead of helping such persons, the Canadian Mental Health Association is enabling their abuse by maintaining abusive attitudes within and encouraging them in the community.
“Brown to CPA Quentin Rae-Grant about lethally abusive attitudes amongst psychiatrists”. 1989.,
The CPA was at first interested, then slammed the door on concerns about their members' lethal abuse of persons whose central nervous system dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by sensitivities.
“Brown to HWC DM Catley-Carlson on debt left by HWC legacy”. 1989.,
An organization that has contributed to ongoing damages has an obligation to reduce the incidence of those ongoing damages.