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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  • Ken Wilkinson
    signed 2013-10-08 19:33:37 -0400
  • Judy Chui
    signed 2013-10-08 11:39:55 -0400
  • Josephine Quesnel
    signed 2013-10-08 11:31:26 -0400
  • Bernie Duffen
    signed 2013-10-08 10:46:06 -0400
  • Christopher Laffin
    signed 2013-10-08 10:43:30 -0400
    I have a friend whose life is severely diminished by Lyme’s Disease, because she wasn’t diagnosed. Another friend who got a negative diagnosis in Canada, only to go to the states to find he had it, and must get treatment there because he is unable to get effective treatment in Ontario. This seems more than a little wrong to me.
  • Ann Adams
    signed 2013-10-08 10:02:12 -0400
    This is a serious disease, once again the Minister/ry of Health is failing in its responsibility and mandate to protect the health of Ontarians
  • Kary Long
    signed 2013-10-08 07:57:57 -0400
  • Ethan Snyder
    signed 2013-10-08 03:43:02 -0400
  • Terry Dolbear
    signed 2013-10-07 17:44:52 -0400
  • Kevin Cook
    signed 2013-10-07 12:58:32 -0400
  • Kevin Cook
    signed 2013-10-07 12:54:35 -0400
  • Joyce Coutts
    signed 2013-10-01 20:22:57 -0400
  • Theresa Mastronardi
    signed 2013-09-29 19:02:52 -0400
  • George DaSilva
    signed 2013-09-29 12:00:31 -0400
  • Sheri Erwin
    signed 2013-09-29 07:17:17 -0400
  • Debra Janzen
    signed 2013-09-28 14:52:29 -0400
  • Patricia Cole
    signed 2013-09-28 08:43:46 -0400
  • Katy Koepke
    signed 2013-09-27 06:01:34 -0400
  • Lisa Hunt
    signed 2013-09-26 13:41:43 -0400
  • Sebastian Toncu
    signed 2013-09-10 11:28:56 -0400
  • Laura Wells
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  • Peter Penfold
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  • Geoff Lemay
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  • Shirley Anne Brousseau
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  • Greg McParlan
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  • Mary Cook
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  • Sue Alder
    signed 2013-09-06 13:55:43 -0400
    I have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease after sending my blood to California for testing.No one has treated me yet except a naturopath who is very costly.I can’t go down to the states because my husband is quite sick and we are on a fixed income.I need help because I am getting worse.
  • Krista St-Jean
    signed 2013-09-04 11:26:22 -0400
  • Friederike Matscheg
    signed 2013-09-04 02:05:47 -0400