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Petition to Ontario Ministry of Labour

Get the ministry to look at impact on safety for compressed scheduled jobs

version française a la suite de la version anglaise   Hi supporters,   Just to give you guys an update on the progress of my petition. We are at a standstill with 133 signatures and no action for the last 4 months. My business agent has presented my petition to the MOL in January but I haven’t had any feedback from them. I’ve also been trying to read my letter at our monthly meetings but I can’t until the president approves it and he has been too busy or forgot so I will direct my efforts on the floor ``for the good of the union`` and if all the brothers could do the same at their meeting it would be helpful. Just direct them to, go in browse, and then type my name and sign up. I have also posted a sheet with statistics on occupational disease. Look at the cancer related deaths and check out the MSDS sheets; Coincidence…I don’t think so!     The goal of this petition is to get the ministry to look at the impact on safety for those compressed scheduled jobs. Also bring a rule in the Health and Safety Act to have exhaust or mandatory inspected/certified smoke eaters when welding in a building with 3 walls and a roof. The construction industry has changed in the last 20 years or I have developed a new sense of observation. With the new technologies that are suppose to facilitate communication and improve the sharing of information, people seem to think that everything happens when you press the “send” button. The administrative tools and the tools used on site have changed quite a bit also. Everybody uses battery drills nowadays; we call that progress. In the last 3 years, I have worked a little more on the administrative side of construction and I realized you have to press the “send” button a few times before the physical action actually starts. The architect’s conception,as well as the electrical and mechanical systems that have to be integrated into that building requires a great deal of coordination between the general contractors and the sub-trades. All this coordination requires time and with the schedules that keep getting compressed, it forces the contractors in being more efficient, boost their manpower, tools and material in order to meet the deadlines. When you add the new laws and safety policies that are to be enforced by the GC it’s obvious that everybody must work in a manner that will not endanger anyone. On most construction sites, the GC has workers go through an orientation showing the safety policies and the sanctions given if a worker doesn’t follow them. According to MOL it is the GC’s responsibility to enforce those policies, but when the schedule falls behind the GC turns a blind eye on safety to avoid delaying the job because working safely requires more time and coordination on his part. Increasing the number of workers to speed up the job usually leads to friction between sub-trades. When more workers are brought in, the risk of accidents also increases. If no serious accident occurs then it’s not an issue “No harm, no foul” as they say. But all this friction and arguments about who should go first causes stress and stress can affect people in different ways. For some it’s muscle stiffness,while others have difficulty sleeping. Basically, stress affects everyone differently. I consider myself to be someone who gets to the bottom of things. In the different courses I have taken on supervision, it taught us to find the source of the accidents not just the causes that led to the accident. Would it not be easier if manufacturers built cars so they can’t go faster than 100 Km instead of having all these laws and equipment to control speeding? Speeding on our roads and the speed which our construction sites are being built is very similar. When you take a curve at a higher speed you merge on the oncoming lane in order to gain speed and have a better line coming out so the quality of your driving isn’t as safe in order to gain time to get to your destination. If no cars are at that curve as you merge on the oncoming lane there is no harm done other than your heart pumping faster from that adrenaline rush. But if a car is in that lane at the same time as you are…the consequences can be fatal even for the other car that’s driving within the speed limit in his lane. In my opinion, the only one who benefits from those shorter schedules is the GC since he has to supply and maintain the site facilities (washrooms, heat, electricity). So the shorter the duration of the project, the cheaper his expenses are. I don’t know how the GC convinces the client that he’s saving money by having a tighter schedule but from what I have witnessed when a job is pushed it's the quality of workmanship that takes the back seat. The second thing that takes the back seat are all those safety policies that the workers don’t follow (not tying off in an EWP, not using sweeping compound or not locking off a circuit breaker, etc.) Then the GC just enforces the rules that suits him or the ones that don’t have much impact on his schedule and turns a blind eye on safety concerns brought up at safety meetings. For example, a general contractor in particular, requires that all workers have to wear safety glasses at all times. But when it’s 40˚C with the humidex and your glasses fog up you have to take them off. At an Algonquin College site, I wasn’t wearing my glasses so when the safety officer asked me why, I told him because they were fogging up and wearing them would be the same as walking with my eyes closed. He replied: “The other workers are wearing them”. I said:” if their glasses aren’t fogging up it’s great for them but since mine are fogging up even with anti-fog spray, I’m not going to wear them when I’m just walking around``. He then told me he was going to write me up and I would have to be off site for a day. So I showed him 2 openings on a platform that I was asking to get closed for 2 weeks because they were creating a risk of injury due to the poor lighting and their depths of 18 an 25 inches I also told him that I had been asking their foreman to stop the welders from welding in a closed building without using smoke eaters or flash screens. They were also using a 2 stroke shop saw that apparently the foreman had told them to remove it from the site after I told him twice that they were using it and still no safety violations were written for the welders. He said he wasn’t aware of these incidents. So i asked him if he was reading our safety talk sheets that we have to give a copy to them, he was speechless. I then told him to write my name down for the violation on me not wearing my glasses and he said since I was a foreman I was suppose to lead by example. I replied:”That’s exactly what I’m doing by not being the blind man leading the blinds and I spelled my name to him. He then came up to my face and said “don’t fuck with me” and walked away. I wasn’t written up and my superiors didn’t hear anything about that argument. I guess I won that argument. This kind of incident also happened at a hospital expansion site. This time the pipe fitters were not using flash guards or smoke eaters in a hallway where my crew had to walk by to get to their work area. Every day I was telling the GC’s safety officer of that situation and every time he kept giving verbal warning to the same workers even though their own safety policy booklet stipulated that flash guards and smoke eaters had to be used and that anybody not following these procedure would get a 1st verbal warning 2nd a written warning and 3rd would be kicked off site for 3 days. After I told my GF that my crew couldn’t work in that area because of the poor air quality and that the plumber was harassing and threatening me. We held a meeting between myself, the fitter, our respective GF and the GC’s safety officer. When the safety officer told the fitter he had to follow the procedures, the fitter pushed me and said: “are you happy now you cry baby”. In the GC’s booklet there was also the rule that any physical violence would lead to the worker being kicked off site permanently. So later, my GF asked me if the fitter could stay on site. I accepted on the conditions he would stop harassing me. It lasted a week and he started harassing me again and calling me names like “faggot, pussy…” so I told my GF that I was about to beat this guy up if he didn’t stop. So a little later the fitter’s GF stormed in our trailer and told me to let his man work and I replied that if he couldn’t force his man to work in a safely manner in order to give my men a safe environment to work in I would do his due diligence for him. A week later that same fitter had his acetylene and oxygen tanks catch fire and forced a general evacuation of the site with my men having to exit through studded walls with electrical roughing done because the fire was in the hallway they had to exit from. If the wall had been drywalled they could have died asphyxiated because a tarp for negative pressure enclosure caught fire. When you look at the chronology of events you realize that if that worker would have been reprimanded for his offences the other worker’s safety would haven’t been jeopardized. These events prove that the IRS gives too much power to the GCs and that penalties should be given to GCs and contractors that don’t enforce their own policies. I am now working on a mining site where I heard that safety on big jobs was top notch. I realized that there are more safety procedures to go buy but the “job hazard analysis” make the job impossible to do without cutting out half the steps of the JHA and the foreman still wants the worker to sign and accept the responsibility with half the procedures followed. The biggest thing all jobs have in common seems to be the fact that welders don’t care about air quality inside a building. And I think it’s because of an attitude of carelessness for others. We keep getting jerked around about enforcing them to use smoke eaters because it’s not in most GCs policies. I asked at least ten times for the MSDS sheets for the welding rods that are used on site to the HSSE from my company over a period of seven days. I finally had to ask my shop steward for them because I think the HSSE rep. didn’t want to give them to me because on that job, the electrical contractor also looks after the iron workers and pipefitters which do most of the welding, so it’s not in their interests to give me the MSDS sheets. On the 8th day of my turnaround, we were having our safety meeting. When I asked why I didn’t have my MSDS sheets after 10 tries over 7 days, the head HSSE officer told me he had only received the note from the steward the day before. He told me he could give me the ones our company were using but he could not get me the ones from the other contractors on site. I then told him that it was the base of our WHIMIS training to be able to get the MSDS and all he had to do was send an email to the other contractors saying he needed them and this could be done in half an hour and if they could not supply them they had to be shut down. I got ours 30 minutes after that meeting and one MSDS sheet from the other contractor the following morning. Oddly enough, all MSDS strongly advise direct exhaust at the arc and are all suspected of causing cancer! I’m a non-smoker and I take every precaution to breath good air. Even if I chose a construction trade it doesn’t mean I have to inhale fumes from welding. It’s the law not to smoke in a place that has 3 walls and a roof and yet we allow workers to inhale fumes from welding rods… have you read the MSDS sheets on those and compared them to a pack of cigarettes? It’s obvious to me we need a law to improve the air we breathe on construction sites! Luc Morin  Electrician local 586 Ottawa MSDS Lincoln Electric-CAN M282 Select Arc-001SS Linde CE001  Occupational disease   La vitesse tue…en construction aussi L’industrie de la construction a changée au cours des dernières années où, j’ai développé de nouveaux sens d’observations. Avec les nouvelles technologies qui sont sensées rendre le partage d’information plus rapide on s’attend à ce que tout se fasse en appuyant sur « send ». Les outils de bureau et de chantier ont changés. Tout le monde utilise des perceuses à batteries de nos jours. On appelle ça le progrès. Au cours des 3 dernières années j’ai expérimenté le côté administratif de la construction et j’ai remarqué qu’il faut peser sur le bouton ``send`` à plusieurs reprises avant que le processus d’exécution physique du travail se mette en branle. La conception de l’architecte, l’incorporation des systèmes mécaniques et électriques demande une coopération et une coordination de l’entrepreneur générale et des sous-traitants. Toute cette coordination demande du temps et au cours des dernières années les dates butoirs des projets ne cessent de raccourcir ce qui force les entrepreneurs à être plus efficaces et à augmenter leurs mains-d’œuvre, leurs outils, et leurs matériels afin d’exécuter le travail plus rapidement. Avec toutes les nouvelles lois sur la sécurité sur les chantiers qui s’ajoutent et auxquelles l’entrepreneur général est responsable de renforcir, il est évident que tous doivent faire leur travail avec le soin de ne mettre personne en danger. Sur la majorité des chantiers on nous fait visionner une vidéo nous montrant les politiques de sécurité sur les chantiers et les différentes sanctions qui suivent si on ne les respecte pas. D’après le Ministère du Travail, il en revient à l’entrepreneur général de faire respecter ces politiques. Mais lorsque les travaux sont en retard sur l’échéancier, l’entrepreneur général ferme les yeux sur la sécurité pour ne pas ralentir les travaux. Parce que travailler sécuritairement demande plus de temps et plus de coordination. L’augmentation de la main d’œuvre pour accélérer les travaux fait en sorte que les frictions entre les sous-traitants augmentent et en augmentant le nombre de travailleurs la circulation est plus dense sur le chantier, le risque d’accident est également augmenter. Naturellement si aucun accident grave ne se produit on ne s’en occupe pas. Mais toute cette friction et les guerres entre les sous-traitants pour déterminer qui passe en premier créent un stress, et ce stress se fait ressentir de toutes sortes de façon. Pour certains ce sont des tensions musculaires pour d’autres des problèmes de sommeil. Bref les symptômes de stress sont différents pour chacun. Je suis une personne qui tente d’éliminer les problèmes à la source comme les différentes formations que j’ai suivi qui démontrent qu’on doit trouver la source de l’accident, pas seulement les causes immédiates. Ne serais-ce pas plus facile de fabriquer les autos pour qu’elles ne puissent aller plus vite que 100KM à la manufacture au lieu d’avoir plein d’équipements et de loi pour contraindre la vitesse? Le lien avec la vitesse sur nos routes est très similaire avec celui d’un chantier. Aller de plus en plus vite mène tôt ou tard à un accident. Lorsqu’on prend une courbe à haute vitesse on prend la ligne en sens inverse pour avoir une meilleure ligne en sortant du virage, donc la qualité de notre conduite est réduite afin d’arriver à destination plus rapidement. S’il n’y a pas de voiture en sens inverse dans cette courbe il n’y a pas de conséquences autre que le rythme cardiaque qui accélère afin d’augmenter l’adrénaline du conducteur. Mais si une auto arrive les conséquences sont souvent fatale pour les 2 voitures, même celle qui circule tout bonnement en sens inverse en suivant la limite. A mon avis les courts échéanciers ne bénéficient que l’entrepreneur général qui a la responsabilité d’assumer les coûts d’opération pour la période de construction (chauffage, électricité, salle de bain etc.). Alors plus la durée de la construction est courte moins son coût d’opération sera élevé. Je ne sais pas comment l’entrepreneur général arrive à convaincre le client qu’il bénéficie d’une économie avec un échéancier plus court, mais je peux garantir que la qualité de l’ouvrage laisse à désirer lorsque des délais arrivent et qu’il faut accélérer la cadence. La deuxième chose que l’on laisse de côté sont les règles de sécurité qui ne sont pas respectées afin d’exécuter le travail par exemple: ne pas s’attacher à l’intérieur d’une plateforme élévatrice, ne pas utiliser de DUSTBANE en balayant, ne pas cadenasser un panneau électrique pour travailler sur un circuit etc. Au lieu de renforcir toutes les règles de sécurité l’entrepreneur général ne fait que renforcir ce qui l’avantage lui-même en ne ciblant que ce qui lui convient pour en tirer avantage. Par exemple sur un chantier du collège Algonquin, l’entrepreneur général exigeait le port de lunettes en tout temps, mais lorsque des chaleurs accablantes font embuer nos lunettes on doit les enlever. Alors je ne portais pas mes lunettes à cause de la chaleur et le représentant de la santé et sécurité m’a demandé pourquoi. Je lui ai dit qu’à cause de la bué ma vision était réduite et que j’étais aussi bien de marcher les yeux fermés parce que je ne voyais rien. Il m’a dit que les autres travailleurs les portaient. Je lui ai répondu que si leurs lunettes ne s’embuaient pas c’était tant mieux pour eux mais que moi je ne mettrais pas mes lunettes si elles m’obstruaient la vue. C’est à ce moment qu’il m’a dit qu’il me donnerait une infraction et que je devrais rester hors du chantier pour une journée. Je lui ai donc montré deux trous au plancher que je demandais d’être fermer depuis deux semaines parce qu’ils causaient un risque dû à leur profondeur de 18 et 25 pouces. De plus l’éclairage inadéquat à cet endroit augmentait le risque de tomber dans ces trous. Je lui ai aussi dit que cela faisait 3 semaines que je demandais à leur contremaître de dire aux soudeurs d’utiliser des ``smoke eaters``et des écrans pour souder ainsi que d’arrêter d’utiliser une scie à gaz deux temps à l’intérieur d’un édifice fermer et qu’aucune sanction n’a été donnée de leur part. Il m’a dit qu’il n’était pas au courant de ces problèmes. Alors je lui ai demandé s’il lisait nos feuilles de `Safety Talk`que l’on doit leur fournir une copie. Il était bouche-bé. Je lui ai alors dit qu’il prenne mon nom en note, je lui ai même épelé et il m’a répondu; ``Don’t fuck with me``. Je n’ai pas eu d’écho d’aucune répercussion suite à cet affrontement. Faut croire que j’avais gagné mon argument Ce genre d’incident s’est également produit sur un chantier d’expansion d’hôpital. Cette fois des soudeurs pour tuyauterie n’utilisaient pas d’écrans ni de ``smoke eaters`` dans un corridor ou mes hommes devaient passer. Je le mentionnais à toutes les fois au représentant de la santé et sécurité qui donnaient des avertissements verbaux à toutes les fois. Pourtant dans leur propre livre de procédures il y était stipulé que toutes soudures intérieurs requéraient l’utilisation de ``flashgard`` et ``smoke eater`` et que toutes personnes ne respectant pas ces procédures se verraient donner un avertissement verbal suivi d’un avertissement écrit et qu’ensuite on était expulsé du chantier pour trois jours. Lorsque j’ai dit à mon supérieur qu’on ne pouvait travailler dans cet endroit et que le plombier me faisait des menaces et me harcelait, on a tenu une réunion avec le plombier, le soudeur et leur contremaitre ainsi que le représentant de la santé et sécurité. A ce moment le plombier m’a poussé parce qu’il était frustré des procédures à suivre. Les procédures dans le livre de l’entrepreneur général stipulaient que toute violence physique menait à l’expulsion du chantier. Mon surintendant m’a demandé si le plombier pouvait demeurer sur le chantier. J’ai accepté sous condition qu’il cesse de me harceler. Le harcèlement à cesser pour une semaine et ensuite il me traitait de pissou, peureux, tapette etc. Je l’ai dit à mon surintendant et par la suite le contremaître des plombiers est venu dans notre roulotte pour me dire de laisser son homme faire son travail et je lui ai répondu que si il ne pouvait obliger son employé à faire son travail de façon sécuritaire que j’allais me charger de sa responsabilité civile pour lui afin que mes hommes puissent bénéficier d’un environnement sécuritaire. Une semaine plus tard ce même plombier et soudeur ont mis feu à des bonbonnes d’oxygène et d’acétylène parce qu’il n’avait pas fermé leur chalumeaux correctement. Une évacuation générale a dû être faite et mes hommes ont dû sortir à travers les montants. Si les murs avaient été fermés ils auraient pu être asphyxiés ou brulés parce que le feu était dans le seul corridor où ils pouvaient sortir. En analysant la chronologie de ces évènements on voit que les actions des travailleurs impliqués dans cet incident auraient dû être expulsés lors de leur première offense afin de protéger les autres travailleurs. Le système d’IRS (internal responsibility system) fonctionnerait si les entrepreneurs générales imposeraient les sanctions prescrites dans leurs orientations (livres). Le Ministère du travail devrait sévir contre les entrepreneurs généraux qui ne font pas respecter leurs procédures. Je travail maintenant sur un site minier ou on disait que la sécurité sur ce genre de chantier était très sévère. J’ai réalisé qu’il y a avait plus de procédures à suivre et que l’on devait remplirent des feuilles de tâches pour chaque tâches à faire. Lorsqu’une tâche est plus complexe, il y a des feuilles où il est écrit les démarches à suivre pour effectuer cette tâche. Mais pour accomplir ces tâches il fallait ignorer parfois la moitié des directives à suivre afin de pouvoir réaliser le travail et le contremaitre voulait que l’on signe ces feuilles qui lèguent la responsabilité au travailleur dans l’éventualité d’un accident. Le problème que tous les chantiers ont en commun semble être le fait que les soudeurs ne se préoccupent pas de la qualité de l’air qu’ils respirent. Et lorsqu’on tente de discuter avec eux on remarque que la majorité d’entre eux se fout carrément de la sécurité des autres travailleurs autours d’eux. Lorsqu’on demande aux entrepreneurs générales de sévir envers les fautifs ils répondent qu’ils ne peuvent rien faire parce qu’il n’est pas écrit noir sur blanc dans la loi sur la santé et la sécurité au travail. A cette mine, j’ai due demander à dix reprises pour les fiches techniques sur la sécurité des substances (FTSS) pour les tiges à souder qui étaient utilisé sur le chantier à notre représentant de la santé et sécurité sur une période d’une semaine, il ne faisait que tourner autour du pot et dire qu’il oubliait à chaque fois. Je crois qu’il ne voulait pas me les donner parce que sur ce chantier, l’entrepreneur électrique avait aussi le contrat pour la plomberie ainsi que du travail en structure d’acier alors il n’était pas en son intérêt de me les fournir étant donné que ces deux corps de métiers sont ceux qui soudent le plus sur ce site. J’ai finalement demandé a mon délégué syndicale de me les procurer. A la huitième journée nous tenions notre réunion hebdomadaire sur la sécurité et lorsque j’ai demandé au patron des représentants sur la santé et sécurité pour quelle raison je n’avais toujours pas les FTSS après dix tentatives en sept jours. Il m’a répondu qu’il n’avait reçu la note du délégué que la veille. Il m’a alors dit qu’il pouvait me donner celles que notre compagnie utilisait mais pas celles des autres entrepreneurs. J’ai alors répliqué, que c’était la base du Système d’information sur les matières dangereuses utilisées au travail (SIMDUT) d’être en mesure d’obtenir immédiatement ces FTSS à la demande d’un employé et que si un entrepreneur ne peut les fournir, un arrêt de travail doit être donné à l’entrepreneur jusqu'à ce qu’il puisse les fournir. J’ai finalement eu celles de notre compagnie une demi-heure après notre réunion et celle d’un autre entrepreneur le lendemain matin. Un fait assez inusité; c’est que toutes les FTSS conseil fortement une évacuation à l’extérieur de la fumé de soudure directement au dessus de l’arc et qu’ils sont tous soupçonnés de causer le cancer. Je suis non fumeur et je prends toutes les précautions nécessaires afin de respirer de l’air de qualité. Même si j’ai choisi de travailler en construction, je ne devrais pas avoir à respirer des émanations toxiques causer par des gens qui ne ce soucis pas de leurs propre santé. C’est la loi de ne pas pouvoir fumé dans un endroit avec trois murs et un toit et pourtant on laisse les travailleurs respirer ces émanations. Avez-vous lu les FTSS de ces produits et comparer aux produits que l’on retrouve dans les cigarettes? Il est évident pour moi qu’une loi doit être adopté afin d’améliorer l’air que l’on respire sur nos chantier ! Luc Morin Électricien FIOE section local 586 MSDS Lincoln Electric-CAN M282 Select Arc-001SS Linde CE001  Occupational_disease  

Luc Morin
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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Health Minister Jane Philpott, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Health Agency of Canada, Lyme Letters Campaign, CanLyme

Ticking Lyme Bomb in Canada. YOU are at RISK. Sign now!

Lyme disease is one of the fastest spreading infectious diseases in the world. Please sign this petition asking the Canadian Government to reject the current draft Action Plan (Framework) for Lyme disease and FIX IT.   The Framework must recognize the seriousness of this disease for all of us.  Time is ticking. Canada has NO Plan.  You could be the next BITE. Lyme Disease is carried by ticks, which are migrating all across Canada at an alarming speed.  Canadian scientists predict that by the year 2020, 80% of the population in Eastern Canada (including Manitoba) will be living in a tick-populated area. [1]  The Lyme bacteria can also be passed from pregnant mother to her child in the womb[2] and there are concerns this infection may be sexually transmitted.[3]  Babesia, a Lyme Co-Infection, has been found to be in the U.S. blood supply.[4] According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), there are 300,000 NEW cases of Lyme in the US every year most of which occur within 400 miles of the Canadian border.  The numbers in Canada are also growing FAST.[1] In 2014 Bill 442 was passed, requiring the Canadian Government to create a Lyme Action Plan (Framework).  The draft Framework was released on February 7, 2017 for public comment.  This draft Framework fails to take real action, has no funding, and fails to protect Canadians from Lyme.   We need you to sign this petition to demand this draft Framework be rejected in its current form. All Canadians are at risk.  All it takes is a walk in the grass, a hike on a trail, a day of gardening or golf and for our kids - playing outside in the schoolyard or in a park.  Your pets can bring ticks into your house. Who would think that a tick the size of a poppy seed you may never notice, has the impact of a bomb going off in your body and your life? In this video, you will meet Nicole Bottles, a 24 year old from Victoria B.C., who explains her 9-year battle with Lyme disease from her wheelchair.  She was just 15 years old in Grade 10, when her life as she knew it changed forever. Nicole highlights the problem we are all going to face.  A tick explosion is underway.  Canada is currently NOT equipped to prevent, educate, diagnose or treat people who get infected.  Nicole saw countless specialists and endured endless testing including the flawed Canadian test for Lyme.  She was forced to leave the country to receive proper diagnosis, testing and treatment. Canadian families are currently paying out of pocket for treatment.  Lyme patients report spending tens of thousands of dollars on necessary care, placing families in financial jeopardy. Nicole’s family and friends all pitched in tens of thousands of dollars to cover some of her costs.   Who will pay for your care if you need it? Nicole’s hope for ALL Canadians is that the Action Plan for Lyme will be the “catalyst for change”.  Nicole and thousands of other Lyme sufferers across Canada are devastated to see that this Framework has NO ACTION at all. The draft Framework is a violation of Public Health’s mandate, Bill 442 and possibly the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (s. 7) granting all Canadians the right to life, liberty and security of the person. On March 7, 2017 the window will close for public feedback. [APRIL 29th UPDATE: Minister Philpott, despite numerous requests, has not agreed to talk to or meet with us despite almost 40,000 signatures and over 10,400 comments.  Sue Faber and Jennifer Kravis are headed to Ottawa on May 2nd for the second time to raise these Canadian voices to Members of Parliament.  Follow their journey here: MARCH 9TH UPDATE: Yesterday (March 8, 2017) Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stopped accepting public feedback.  PHAC received notice of over 36,000 signatures before their cut-off date.  This Petition will continue until the original goal, to have Minister Philpott reject the draft Framework, is met.] Please sign this petition asking the Canadian Government to reject the current draft Federal Framework for Lyme disease and FIX IT.   The Plan must recognize the seriousness of this disease for all of us.  Time is ticking. Canada has NO Plan.  You could be the next BITE.   #TickingLymeBomb   SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE WIDELY    Please ALSO send an email to your local MP – it will only take 2 clicks and a letter will be automatically sent to your MP asking him or her to attend an all-party MP round table meeting to learn about Lyme Disease on Monday March 6, 2017.  Go to enter your name, email and postal code, and click "send".  Simple. [MARCH 9TH UPDATE: The MP Round Table was held in Ottawa on Monday March 6th.  We continue to suggest that concerned Canadians write their MPs via the MP Letter link on to ask him or her to encourage Minister Philpott to reject the draft Framework. ] Have you or someone you know been personally affected by Lyme?  Write a personal “Lyme Letter” (or use our template).  Instructions are on This petition will go to:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott Public Health Agency of Canada   A copy of the petition will be sent to: Lyme Letters Campaign CanLyme, Canada’s National Lyme Advocacy Group   For More Information: On Lyme Disease & Co-Infections: and On the Lyme Letters Campaign: Public Health Agency of Canada draft Framework:   References:  [1] Patrick A. Leighton, Jules K. Koffi, Yann Pelcat, L. Robbin Lindsay, Nicholas H. Ogden. Predicting the speed of tick invasion: an empirical model of range expansion for the Lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis in Canada.Journal of Applied Ecology, 2012;;jsessionid=BDF9CD369FD70D6E8CA8FF16A4AA5015.f04t01 [2] Annals of Internal Medicine: PubMed: [3] [4]  

Canadians Concerned About Lyme Disease
40,138 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Jagat Prakash Nadda

Offer Health Insurance for Children in Adoption

Children legally available for adoption invariably come from orphanages, child care institutions and adoption agencies where their care, especially in prenatal and post natal stage is far below from what each child deserves. Some children spend several years in an institution before finding a family. Medical and social research has confirmed the ill effects on the health, developmental milestones and psychological well being of children under long term institutional care. Through this petition we wish to draw attention and seek remedy for the plight of thousands of children languishing in institutions for want of timely and suitable health care. Even those who get placed into adoption, suffer from lack of support that is required to mitigate the long terms effects of institutional care, especially if it goes beyond the capacity of the adoptive family. Take the case of Maya*. She required a cochlear implant which got delayed because of lack of resources. The funds raised by the social workers were not sufficient to provide the required remedy. She now wears a substandard equipment - which often runs out of battery. Her implant keeps hanging from her ear like an appendage - allowing her to hear for a week, and off hearing for following weeks. Inability to hear has affected her speech. A cute bubbly girl, Maya finds herself listed in the Special Needs category shutting off virtually all options of finding a home in India. A simple timely medical intervention could have offered her abilities to hear and speak - not to mention a home. She now languishes in an institution. Amar* was found on railway tracks without a history of past medical care. He was placed in adoption after a few months. His medical examination reported a healthy normal child at the time of placement. But an year into adoption, his development milestones were delayed, his speech impaired and cognitive ability challenged. His parents put him on basic therapy that they could afford. His situation improved but he still requires support at school and gets discriminated as a "special child" ! An insurance cover could have helped Amar far earlier and better - had it been available. Many side effects of institutional care get manifested over a long period of time, often after several years. Children from homes have been diagnosed with learning challenges, delayed developmental milestones, ADHD and mood swings as they grow into teenagers and even adults. Physiological and Psychological intervention of many of these children starts as early as one year - for which there is no institutional help or support. Even if adoptive parents were to take health insurance, many of these conditions would be excluded from common health insurance products. Parents have to resort to expensive counselling, therapies, assessments and medical intervention specific to adoption. Counter effects of long term institutional care is a systemic challenge and requires an institutionalized mechanism to address the same. Currently, all children other than those in perfect health are categorized as "children with special needs" severely limiting their opportunities for adoption. Many of these only require a specific medical intervention. Offering medical cover to such children will help us discover parents who can adopt these children with institutional support to take care of the medical needs of the child, like a surgical procedure or a therapy. Through this petition, we request Smt Maneka Gandhi, Hon'ble Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of India and Shri JP Nadda, Hon'ble Minister of Health, Government of India to offer "Adoption Health Insurance" for each child awaiting or completed adoption, till the age of 18 years. Such an insurance will offer seamless protection to children against child abuse, malnutrition or contagious diseases during their stay at the institution and into the families. It will also assure the adopting families that any surprises arising out of adoption or missing genetic record is also taken care of. Not to mention, it will lend a huge boost to legal adoptions, urgently required in our country, especially for children with remediable medical condition. * Note: Some names have been changed to lend privacy to individuals concerned.

Families of Joy Foundation
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Petition to Gaétan Barrette, Fabrice Brunet

Traitement pour les allergies alimentaires / Food allergy treatments / Fondation CHU ----(scroll down for English) IMMUNOTHÉRAPIE ORALE: ESPOIR DE GUÉRISON Le traitement d'immunothérapie orale permet de réintégrer des aliments autrefois allergènes dans la diète. Il est déjà offert aux États-Unis en clinique privée et dans le cadre d'essais cliniques. La collecte de fonds ByeByeAllergies vise l'ouverture de la première clinique entièrement dédiée à l'immunothérapie orale au CHU Sainte-Justine qui pourrait, ensuite, chapeauter l'implantation de cliniques périphériques ailleurs au Québec pouvant offrir le traitement avec l'aide de l'équipe d'allergologues de Sainte-Justine. Propriétaires du projet: Dr. Philippe Bégin et Dr. Anne Des Roches, allergologues au CHU Sainte-Justine. QUI-SOMMES NOUS? Cette collecte de fonds est une initiative d'un groupe de parents bénévoles visant à appuyer les allergologues du CHU Sainte-Justine dans leur recherche de financement. Le but est d'amasser les fonds nécessaires afin de d'ouvrir une clinique de désensibilisation et de soigner les enfants. PASSEZ À L'ACTION! Nous avons besoin du soutien de tous les parents d'enfants allergiques! Ajoutez votre nom à la liste pour démontrer le besoin urgent d'ouvrir une clinique de désensibilisation aux allergies alimentaires. --------- ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY: HOPE FOR A CURE The ByeByeAllergies fundraising initiative’s aim is to open the first oral immunotherapy dedicated clinic at CHU Sainte-Justine. The hospital could, in turn, oversee the implementation, all over Quebec, of several other desensitization clinics that could provide treatment with help from Sainte-Justine’s allergists. For kids with food allergies, this treatment could be life changing. Professionals leading the project: Dr. Philippe Bégin & Dr. Anne Des Roches, allergists at CHU Sainte-Justine. WHO ARE WE? This fundraising campaign is the initiative of a group of parents in an effort to support the allergists of Sainte-Justine and their project to open this clinic. The goal is to collect enough funds to open the desensitization clinic and offer the treatment to our kids. TAKE ACTION We need support from all parents of kids with food allergies! Add your name to the list to show your support and the urgency to open a clinic that offers a real and proven food allergy treatment.
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