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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GOAL: 6,500 signatures

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  • David Murray
    signed 2013-06-15 09:24:04 -0400
  • Cortney Brewer
    signed 2013-06-10 23:06:15 -0400
  • Peter Couturier
    signed 2013-06-05 18:14:40 -0400
  • Danielle Baroni
    signed 2013-06-04 18:45:57 -0400
  • John Mein
    signed 2013-06-03 20:47:54 -0400
  • Linaire Armstrong
    signed via 2013-06-03 18:22:08 -0400
  • Jackie Harrison
    signed 2013-06-03 07:17:07 -0400
  • Terry Mitchell
    signed 2013-05-30 09:37:35 -0400
    My Brother suffered for 2 years. Was tested here in Canada … came back negative. Finally, the test was done in the US and he tested positive for Lyme Disease. He is now been treated, which is great, but is getting little or no support from OHIP or the Ontario Government. This disease devastates lives, and needs to be caught early …. Lyme Disease sufferers need to be able to get these tests and treatments here in Canada, with full support from OHIP.
  • Jeremy Dobbie
    signed 2013-05-30 09:02:01 -0400
  • Heather Hurwitz
    signed 2013-05-29 18:26:16 -0400
    I hope this finally gets done!
  • Chad Clifford
    signed 2013-05-29 18:06:12 -0400
    Good! Let us also petition at the national level too. I believe Elizabeth May’s site has a petition for that.
  • Julie Burke
    signed 2013-05-28 20:13:28 -0400
  • Bryan Reingold
    signed 2013-05-28 17:06:13 -0400
  • Ted Hurdis
    signed 2013-05-28 16:37:42 -0400
  • Laura Stronghill
    signed 2013-05-26 22:05:52 -0400
  • Nicole McCann
    signed 2013-05-25 18:37:44 -0400
  • Dan Angell
    signed 2013-05-24 08:39:45 -0400
  • Kim Angell
    signed 2013-05-23 14:16:34 -0400
  • Lindsay Latham
    signed 2013-05-23 10:02:25 -0400
  • Chris Angell
    signed 2013-05-23 09:55:56 -0400
  • Marc Valiquette
    signed 2013-05-20 06:24:49 -0400
  • Peter Staniszewski
    signed 2013-05-17 22:08:17 -0400
  • Matthew Potts
    signed 2013-05-15 14:45:20 -0400
  • Donna Carter
    signed 2013-05-09 09:31:26 -0400
  • Fabian Boone
    signed 2013-05-09 09:17:16 -0400
    I, too, have been bitten by a tick and suffered various problems for a few months. Luckily I happened to be at the doctor’s office the day after being bitten.
  • Kim Vaters
    signed 2013-05-07 12:18:00 -0400
  • Susan Storie
    signed 2013-05-07 10:37:41 -0400
    much needed!
  • paul frizell
    signed 2013-05-07 07:08:53 -0400
  • Ryan Murphy
    signed 2013-05-06 11:20:44 -0400
  • Claudia Hancock
    signed 2013-05-02 10:24:42 -0400