Bill 27 - Lyme Disease and Other Vector-Borne Illnesses

Lyme Disease is a chronic illness prevalent across much of Southern Ontario. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care does not cover far superior diagnostic and treatment methods used in Europe and the United States. As a consequence, many people across the Province travel abroad at their own expense to receive treatment for this disease. The MOHLTC should recognize this problem and introduce modern diagnostics and treatment for Lyme Disease and bring more awareness to the ailement. 

A Petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

WHEREAS, the tick-borne illness known as Chronic Lyme Disease, which mimics many catastrophic illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, arthritic diabetes, depression, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia is increasingly endemic in Canada, but scientifically validated diagnostic tests and treatment choices are currently not available in Ontario, forcing patients to seek these in the U.S.A. and Europe; and

WHEREAS, the Canadian Medical Association informed the public, governments, and the medical profession in the May 30, 2000 edition of their professional journal that Lyme Disease is endemic throughout Canada, particularly in Southern Ontario; and

WHEREAS, the Ontario Public Health system and the Ontario Health Insurance Plan currently do not fund those specific tests that accurately serve the process for establishing a clinical diagnosis, but only recognize testing procedures known in the medical literature to provide false negatives 45 to 95% of the time;

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass Bill 27 An act to enhance the surveillance, prevention, identification, awareness, research, diagnosis, treatment, management and other best practices with respect to various vector-borne diseases including West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.


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  • Jason Cohen
    signed 2013-11-19 17:37:55 -0500
  • Revi Zimmer
    signed 2013-11-19 17:29:33 -0500
  • Graeme Thomson
    signed 2013-11-19 13:36:47 -0500
    Very important for the Federal Gov’t to get this message too.
  • Christina Marcucci
    signed 2013-11-17 20:46:15 -0500
  • Mary Maragna
    signed 2013-11-14 20:15:45 -0500
  • Carmen Talesnik
    signed 2013-11-14 18:49:11 -0500
  • Joan Matchett
    signed 2013-11-14 17:14:58 -0500
    I know several people with this disease and see how detrimentally it affects their daily lives. Since early diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment that will stave off the disease, we must ensure that doctors, clinics and hospitals are equipped with or have speedy access to the latest and best diagnostic equipment.
  • Suzanne Venasse
    signed 2013-11-14 12:15:49 -0500
  • Tara Squires
    signed 2013-11-14 10:55:40 -0500
  • Barry O'Neill
    signed 2013-11-13 17:32:19 -0500
  • S. Clode
    signed 2013-11-13 17:26:11 -0500
  • Harry Klassen
    signed 2013-11-13 11:16:30 -0500
  • Elizabeth Bowie Richardson
    signed 2013-11-13 10:22:19 -0500
  • Lois Ann Darrach
    signed 2013-11-13 00:23:24 -0500
  • Janell Bemister
    signed 2013-11-12 22:01:56 -0500
  • Arlene Cleland
    signed 2013-11-12 19:56:44 -0500
  • Denise Piech
    signed 2013-11-12 18:26:31 -0500
  • Joe Piech
    signed 2013-11-12 18:25:02 -0500
  • Sandy Cuddihey
    signed 2013-11-12 17:38:08 -0500
  • Kevin Boyd
    signed 2013-11-12 17:33:09 -0500
  • Paula Del Degan
    signed 2013-11-12 15:37:29 -0500
  • Nadia Karim
    signed 2013-11-12 14:25:38 -0500
  • Anne Viljoen
    signed 2013-11-12 13:17:58 -0500
  • Karen Prytula
    signed 2013-11-12 13:01:07 -0500
    I have pulled at least 3 ticks off me this year, after they had bit me. Now that I know the mark they make I believe that I have actually been bit 10 times, only 3 times finding the tick. I am only gardening in the country, not rolling around with deer.
  • Rosalie Williams
    signed 2013-11-12 10:01:34 -0500
  • Lisa Zehr
    signed 2013-11-12 09:13:05 -0500
    My uncle has been sick for years & was finally diagnosed in the States. Will he ever recover 100%? I doubt it but if they would have diagnosed earlier & treated earlier than maybe he would have.
  • Kim Neill
    signed 2013-11-12 09:03:22 -0500
  • Ryan Robillard
    signed 2013-11-12 07:30:58 -0500
  • Lesley Smith
    signed 2013-11-12 07:17:34 -0500
  • Julie Dalal
    signed 2013-11-11 21:00:13 -0500