“The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective”, 2010.
In addition to modifications to make the physical environment more accessible, there is a need to consider the overall built environment, given the growing number of people affected by environmental exposures—a physical condition that is triggered by the environment. Symptoms include neurological, respiratory, muscular, cardiovascular, and/or gastrointestinal problems. Known triggers include the following: ● Pesticides: weed killers, bug sprays, treated wood products ● Solvents: paints, glues, gasoline, nail polish/remover ● Indoor air Volatile Organic Compounds: new carpet, formaldehyde, plasticizers, chlorine, fragrances and fragranced products ● Cleaners: bleach, ammonia, phenolic disinfectants, air fresheners ● Combustion-related: auto and diesel exhaust, tobacco smoke, natural gas, tar/asphalt ● Drugs/medical devices: anesthetics, antibiotics, implants, vaccines ● Electrical devices: microwaves, transformers, high-tension wires, fluorescent lighting, cell towers, cell phones These triggers can be in the housing unit, elsewhere in the building if a multifamily unit, and/or outside it in the immediate community as well as in locations the person needs to or would like to visit in daily life. While some of these products are used in development of housing (and buildings in general), many are introduced by people through the care and maintenance of buildings as well as by people being in the building (e.g., someone wearing perfume). Current estimates suggest that 11 percent of the population has some sort of chemical sensitivity. For people with environmental sensitivities, accessible housing must be free of these environmental triggers. However, unless the housing is universally designed to accommodate all the different sensitivities, for some it is better to live in segregated housing that assures control over potential exposures.
“Provincial Issues”. Ottawa, 2008.,
List of questions which, if asked, will reveal where provinces and territories are violating or not enforcing laws related to persons with environmental sensitivities. These questions were first developed for the people in the federal government who claim to encourage conformity, within Canada, to international commitments Canada has made.
“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.
“SolGen Any Scott refers negligence and endangerment concerns to RCMP”. 1998.,
Health officials were making statements they knew or ought to have known were contributing to injuries and deaths, directly in contravention of direction from the DM of health in 1987, not to mention various studies, reports and consumer representations.
“Brown - Memo to self concerning Mac Harb's confusion”. 1997.
Mac Harb has been said to have sensitivities. If he does, he is identifying with a subgroup, ignoring the actual history of sensitivities, putting forward revisionist information from the cult of environmental medicine. Certainly his understanding is less than that demonstrated by fellow MP Paul McCrossan.
“AEHA Newsletter Editor warns Ottawa Branch about Rose Featherstone”. 1996.,
A very wise warning from Nova Scotia. Rose Featherstone sabotaged the position taken by AEHA's official representatives with federal political parties, sabotaged the constitutional operation of AEHA's national board and was, almost as much as doctors of environmental medicine, responsible for the demise and fragmentation of the national organization of persons with sensitivities in Canada.
“AEHA Ottawa points out that consumer protections are more important than supporting "enviromental medicine"”. 1996.,
Joe Krop's supporters helped turn the media against us. They told the media that CPSO did not believe sensitivities were real, which was false. They were parroting the lie that was often told by doctors of environmental medicine, who told their patients that any criticism of their methods was done only because the CPSO did not believe the health complaint was real. The damage that was done by the berserk mob that was supporting doctor Krop is incalculable. Journalists believed what they were told by Toronto area consumers, despite the fact that the CPSO had written to every Ontario MPP to tell them that their concerns about Dr. Krop did not reflect a lack of concern about persons with sensitivities, but merely concern about the methods used by doctors of environmental medicine. It would be hard to calculate the damage that has been done to persons with sensitivities by the cult of environmental medicine.
“AEHA Pamphlet on students with sensitivities”. 1996.
Between 1991 and 1998, the Ottawa Branch of AEHA had several professionals on the board who had experience with other issues and organizations. A lot of educational materials were produced and distributed, many of them picked up by other branches across Canada.
“AEHA Pamphlet on workplace accommodation”. 1996.
In the mid 1990's, AEHA Ottawa produced some excellent educational materials. This one was designed to encourage the accommodation of workers.
“Brown complains to health minister David Dingwall about involvement of bigot Arthur Leznoff in Gage Institute research concerning persons with sensitivities”. 1996.,
Leznof was well known for subjecting persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus in clinical settings, i.e. placing the presumption on the wrong side with respect to their experience of repeatable, controllable circumstances.
“Brown sends mail merge into Health Canada concerning innappropriateness of involving Gage Institute's Arthur Leznoff in related research”. 1996.,
Arthur Leznoff had made a significant contribution to the exclusion, injury and unnecessary killing of persons with sensitivities. His arbitrary dismissal of environmental sensitivities had no place in publicly funded research. On the other hand, Health Canada had contributed to the unnecessary killing of thousands of Canadians with sensitivities. For bigots who had reasserted control of the issue in the federal health department, Leznoff's involvement was welcome.
“MPP John Baird ignores existing, publicly insured means of diagnosis, lists positive things being done to help persons with sensitivities”. 1996.,
Baird confuses fact of sensitivities not being caused by one disease with fact that sensitivities have been known to medicine for centuries, and with existence of publicly insured method of diagnosis. Then, after getting the basics wrong, he lists a number of positive things that are being done by government to help persons with sensitivities.
“AEHA Branches 1995”. 1995.
In 1995, AEHA was a national organization, and had branches across Canada. After everyone who had a consumer perspective left the organization in the late 1990's, the organization fractured into fragments across the country.
“AEHA National Board 1995”. 1995.
In 1995, AEHA had representation from across Canada.
“AEHA National forms committee to look into abuse”. 1995.
It is almost unbelievable that, 15 years ago, the attached committee was formed, and the attached motion was passed by AEHA National at AGM Board meeting. Neither were acted on, as Featherstone, Maclennan, Molot, Marshall, Krop, Armstrong crap, pulled the group back to being only a fan club for doctors of environmental medicine. It was a good committee, and a good motion, but absolutely no follow through. ALL of the speakers at the AGM were physicians, except one guy at the end of the day who talked about housing renovations. Jerry Ross actually said that the critics of environmental medicine were all saying that it was all in peoples' heads, which was not my experience at all. The function of Ross's comments were to unethically scare consumers into the environmental medicine fold. It is the meeting where I met Joffres, by demanding an apology from him for saying that sensitivities were not accepted, and that we needed research before they could be accepted. I was so incredibly offended to see that everything that had moved forward before 1993 was being sabotaged, not by the enemy, but by a chapter in NS and others who, in 1995, were where the Ottawa Branch had been in 1983. Nothing invisibilizes history like fanaticism. There was an incredibly goofy naturopath who had everyone under his spell, convincing them that what they needed, first and foremost, was an acceptance of naturopathy. I sat across from him at lunch and, just before we left, when finished, I asked him to get out of our faces, that he was using us for needs substantiation and setting us back in the process. I think he could tell the level of rage that was behind my quiet but very terse dressing down of him. Eventually he was out of the picture. At one point, a doctor in the audience whose wife had sensitivities got up and gave me a dressing down for criticising Joffres. He said that "the way things work" was that we needed research, just like we needed Lister before we dealt with infection. I wish I'd known then that the words "infective" and "pestilential" predated Lister by centuries.
“AEHA National VP writes Ontario MPP about abuse of children with consequent learning and behavioural disabilities”. 1995.,
Many school boards still think it is appropriate to horrifically abuse children by only dealing with the results of their reactions, not preventing them.
“AEHA President Greg Booth to HC Diane Marleau about using currently available information to protect people”. 1995.,
Diane Marleau ignored this appeal and dozens of others, and she threw out the work that Health and Welfare had done before 1993, so the people who were supposed to be protected are being injured or killed, instead. Tens of thousands of Canadians with sensitivities have been unnecessarily killed in health care since.
“AEHA Rotor to CHRC John Dwyer emphasising extent of abuse”. 1995.,
Let it be known that many people with sensitivities have suffered serious damages as a result of abuse by persons in positions of authority, including, but certainly not limited to people within the Canadian and provincial Human Rights Commissions. When even Chris Brown who has devoted his life to trying to get justice done is unable to be heard, you can be quite sure that desperate people are going to focus on survival methods which are more practical than spending years persisting in a process in which they are further discredited and emotionally abused.
“AEHA Update - Premiere Edition”. 1995.
AEHA had professional editor for national publication for a while before the national board and organization imploded. This was the first issue.
“AEHA VP Elizabeth Stutt writes AEHA President Greg Booth indicating that need for research is not excuse not to end abuse”. 1995.,
At one time, AEHA was not afraid to speak out about the ongoing abuse of persons with sensitivities in health care.
“Backgrounder on sensitivities from Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre”. 1995.
NS Environmental Health Centre focuses on one manifestation of sensitivities, perhaps doing a disservice by giving the impression that all persons with sensitivities have the same problem, cause, mechanism.
“Brown to Canadian Senators after Health Minister Diane Marleau fumbled the ball”. 1995.,
After a half decade of acting to protect persons with sensitivities from being killed in the health care system, and excluded or injured there and elsewhere, Diane Marleau fumbled the ball. Abusive attitudes returned to the federal health department.
“Brown to District Health Council Denise Albrecht about DHC's failure to keep commitments made in an OHRC settlement”. 1995.,
In a 1990 OHRC settlement, the Ottawa Carleton District Health Council promised to keep sensitivities in mind in health planning. They did not do so. Hundreds of local persons with sensitivities have been unnecessarily killed in local health care since. This note was written in 1995, with the hope that the DHC would start keeping its commitment. Even in its subsequent manifestation as the Champlain District Health Council, it never did.
“Brown to OMA John Krauser about attitude of OMA rep to Ministry of Education Special Education Advisory Committee”. 1995.,
It is extremely important to note that Dr. Mahoney became an advocate for children with learning and behavioural disabilities resulting from sensitivities, and spoke at the 1996 National Conference of Children with Sensitivities in 1996. He is an example of a physician, medical leader, who was able to learn and help protect children.
“Can't you care enough to stop the poisoning?”, 1995.,
When preventable harm occurs because of attitudes, it is usually a result of misconceptions. In 1995, Health Canada officials were lying about work they had done prior to the 1993 election and, more importantly, they were lying about possessing the information on which that work was based.
“Correspondence with Assembly of First Nations about children with sensitivities”. 1995.,
AFN has lots of issues to deal with. Meanwhile, there can be no doubt that, with housing and nutrition conditions, sensitivities are affecting the health of First Nations people across Canada, including a contribution to suicides.
“HRDC Minister Lloyd Axworthy refers concern to Health Minister, ignores responsibilities in his own department”. 1995.,
HRDC has several responsibilities concerning human rights and disabled persons, but it is easier to pass the buck.
“MP Beryl Gaffney raises issues with HWC Marleau, while invisibilizing previous work done by the federal health department”. 1995.,
Gaffney had invited input to a Liberal committee task force on disabilities, she had discussed the issues, she was familiar with the fact that Health and Welfare had been encouraging the protection of persons with sensitivities until 1993. Why did she not mention any of this when raising the issue with a Liberal health minister who was invisibilizing this previous work?
“MP Mauril Belanger recommends Brown to Parliamentary health committee”. 1995.,
Belanger was helpful, but there was little he could do as Liberal cabinet ministers covered up lethal mistakes made by former health minister Diane Marleau.
“Ontario AG Ministry dodges abuse issues, refers concern to lawyer for abusers in Ministry of Health”. 1995.,
The Attorney General of Ontario and public servants in his ministry turned a blind eye on criminal endangerment of children and other vulnerable persons with sensitivities in Ontario.
“AEHA brief to Ottawa area Liberal MPP's”. 1994.,
Forwards some social and health concerns of persons with sensitivities, asks for help in ending abuse by physicians.
“Brown asks Ontario Deputy Attorney General George Thomson pointed questions about continuing abuse of persons with sensitivities”. 1994.,
George Thomson is a good example of someone who is so committed to "taking the high road" that he is willing, even when he has mandated responsibilities, to overlook ongoing serious, even criminal, abuse.
“Brown asks Prime Minister Chretien for dismissal of Health Minister Marleau”. 1994.,
Marleau abandoned the protection of persons with sensitivities from preventable harm in health care. More than 90,000 Canadians with sensitivities have been unnecessarily killed in health care since.
“Brown to CHRC Commissioner Max Yalden about Health and Welfare Gwen Gowanlock's contribution to the ongoing abuse of CNS reactors”. 1994.,
Gowanlock stymied efforts made by Bruce Halliday, MP, and John Davies, a chronic disease epidemiologist in Health and Welfare.
“Brown to CPA Alex Saunders concerning failure of CPA to address abuse by psychiatrists.”. 1994.,
The CPA has actively encouraged psychiatrists to think of sensitivities as being caused by mental illness, obscuring centuries of literature, consumer experience, recommendations by various authorities. Mapping prevalence against suicide rates suggests that there are more than 400 unnecessary Canadian suicides annually, of persons with central nervous system dysfunction that is caused or exacerbated by sensitivities who have been ploughed under by abusive attitudes encouraged by the CPA.
“Brown to CPSO concerning abuse of CNS reactors by physicians”. 1994.,
The CPSO has not protected the public or guided the profession, as the history, rights, needs and well being of persons with sensitivities have been eclipsed behind consideration of the flaky ideas of so-called "doctors of environmental medicine."
“Brown to OHRC Chief Commissioner Rosemary Brown about failure of OHRC to address human rights violations against persons with sensitivies”. 1994.,
Under Rosemary Brown, the OHRC was preoccupied with racism, ignored the exclusion, injury and killing of persons disabled by environmental sensitivities. OHRC staff were encouraging physicians to subject persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus concerning their experience of repeatable, controllable circumstances.
“Brown to OMA John Krauser about failure of OMA to address abusive attitudes in physicians, Ontario Medical Review”. 1994.,
Krauser was helpful, but others at the OMA advocated astonishingly irresponsible and abusive positions, with the exception of Carole Guzman and, in 1996, William Mahoney, the OMA's representative on the Ministry of Education's advisory panel on special needs.
“Brown to Ontario Health Minister Ruth Grier concerning her Strategic Priorities”. 1994.,
Grier focused on a legitimate but separate debate about environmental medicine instead of protecting persons with sensitivities from being unnecessarily injured or killed in health care.
“Brown to Ontario Health Minister Ruth Grier concerning staff's refusal to address abuse by physicians”. 1994.,
Grier did not address abuse issues, focused instead on legitimate but separate debate about doctors of environmental medicine.
“Brown to Ontario Ministry of Health DM Margaret Mottershead concerning negligence concerning abuse by physicians”. 1994.,
Mottershead did not address the contribution being made by Ontario public servants to the ongoing exclusion, injury and unnecessary killing of persons with sensitivities.
“Brown to Ontario Ombudsman Jamieson about ignoring abuse of persons with sensitivities”. 1994.,
Jamieson was an apologist for, or at least an invisibilizer of, lethally abusive attitudes at the Ontario Ministry of Health.
“Brown to Premier Bob Rae reminding him of his government's ongoing contribution to lethal abuse”. 1994.,
Bob Rae turned his back on concerns about how his officials were contributing to the exclusion, injury and unnecessary killing of persons with sensitivities in Ontario.
“Bruce Small describes accommodation at Whitby Mental Health Centre ”, 1994.,
Bruce acted as consulting engineer concerning the accommodation of sensitivities in the new Whitby Mental Health Centre. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health compromised these measures immediately on taking possession of the new building.
“Canadians for Alternatives to Pesticides”, 1994.,
People with sensitivities are often the first to show the adverse effects of pollution.
“CBC Producer James Murray refuses to address contribution of Nature of Things program to abuse, especially in schools”. 1994.,
The program equivocated on the reality of chemically induced sensitivities, ignoring hundreds of years of science while forwarding debate about the more recent (and questionable) ideas of so-called "doctors of environmental medicine." It is not unusual for environmentalists to invisibilize the long history of sensitivities as they instrumentalize persons with sensitivities to indicate a worsening environment. Unfortunately, this show is for sale to schools across Canada.
“CMHA Ottawa - People who fumbled the ball concerning CNS reactors”. 1994.
Despite encouragement and a commitment from previous CMHA Ottawa leaders, the CMHA fumbled the ball on the protection of persons whose central nervous system dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by sensitivities. Abusive attitudes continue in the current national CMHA, despite the fact that previous Ottawa Branch leaders who were familiar with the issues encouraged CMHA National to address the subject. The organization is now invisibilizing the daily suicides of Canadians whose central nervous system dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by environmental sensitivities.