Saturday, March 28, 2015

Liberals turn their back on Lyme Disease

If anyone is still reading this blog, I'll just quote two pieces of correspondence here and leave you to make your own assumptions, draw your own conclusions, and realize that the fight of Lyme Disease Patients in Canada is far from over.

In 2013, shortly after Kathleen Wynne became the new premier of Ontario, I wrote to her to implore her to take the unfair treatment (or non-treatment) of Lyme Disease patients into consideration.

In April 2013 I received the following email, and I quote without ANY changes other than adding the date:

4/4/13:  Thank you for taking the time to send your online message regarding Lyme disease. I appreciate hearing about your experience and have noted your concerns.
The happiness and health of Ontario residents must be enshrined. That is why our government will continue to build the strongest and most innovative health care system in the world, so that hospitals and research institutions keep setting international standards and saving innumerable lives.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please accept my best wishes.

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario  
Kathleen Wynne

Yet, this morning, this message appeared in my Inbox:

 wrote on March 28, 2015:

As many of you will know, I, along with many members of both the PC and NDP parties, have been attempting to address the serious health concerns in our system, especially with regards to Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment. One of these attempts is Bill 27, Toby Barrett's private members bill, which was passed by all parties during Second Reading on November 20 2014. 
It saddens me to inform you that our attempts have been dealt a grave blow this week in Committee. 
Toby Barrett's Bill 27 was scheduled to have public hearings and consideration beginning April 28th and be completed in May. All committee members agreed to this on February 18, and it was also agreed that after these hearings the bill would then proceed for Third Reading. You can read the text of the agreement at the bottom of this email. 
On March 24th the Liberal members of the Committee, under the direction of  Premier Wynne and her House Leader, Yasir Naqvi, ordered the Liberal members of the committee to strike down the Feb 18 agreement. 
As it now stands, Bill 27 will probably never be called for Third and Final Reading without a significant change in the Liberal's hearts. 
I encourage you, your family, and your friends to help change these Liberal hearts by emailing and phoning the following people and expressing your views on how the Liberals are frustrating and obstructing all members of the Legislative Assembly. 
The Premier Kathleen Wynne can be reached at 416-325-1941or

Hon. Yasir Naqvi,  Government House Leader can be reached at 613-722-6414or
Minster of Health Eric Hoskins can be reached at 416-656-0943or
Best regards,

Randy Hillier

P.S. As always, you can keep up to date with me on Facebook and Twitter.
Full Text of the Agreement:

That, prior to commencing consideration of Bills 12, 27 and 42, the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, for a three-week period initially, to be reviewed after two weeks, conduct a review of the petition procedures currently in use at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the use of e-petitions in other jurisdictions; and
That the committee produce a report on the advantages and disadvantages of integrating e-petitions into the assembly’s existing petition procedures and recommend whether e-petitions should be implemented and, if so, which would be the best practical model; and
That, in order to assist the committee’s review, the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario be invited to appear before the committee, the table research office be instructed to provide background information on e-petitions and the committee hear from any other witnesses it deems relevant.
Following that, the committee will be looking at two weeks of Bill 12, three weeks of Bill 27 and two weeks of Bill 42.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NO Brampton Lyme Awareness day planned for 2015

Today, March 21, was the first time anyone had asked about a possible Lyme Awareness Day in Brampton for 2015. It seems everyone is either busy with their own events, or dealing with other issues in their own lives.

My apologies. We are dealing with several health and business issues and there just is no energy left to arrange a formal Awareness Day this year.

I was thinking of maybe just doing a drop-in picnic or get-together informally in the park. I have T-shirts left from last year if that works for anyone. Possible dates available at this point to work with or arrange something low-key: May 2, May 9 or May 30, 2015.

Please check with your local town or city about any Lyme events, or arrange something yourself! All I did was go to the city to ask about a possible park, or you could ask a school or sports club for a venue. And then use friends, church members or family members with their own ideas to put together something that works for YOU.

From the onset, my personal mission has been to bring awareness and to get doctors to think about the human behind suffering patients. So much awareness was raised in the last years, and the law passed in Canada is proof of that!

THANK YOU, to all my friends and family who stood behind me and worked so hard to bring that dream to fruition. Now the lawmakers are on the bandwagon - let's hope and pray we get a Canadian Lyme Disease Act in place very soon! LINK

Blessings on your journey to health.

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