Local Lyme disease researcher John Scott strongly supports federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s private member’s bill calling for a national strategy to fight the spreading ailment, which is as close to Guelph and Waterloo Region as Turkey Point on the north shore of Lake Erie.
“I’m all in favour of what she’s trying to do,” said Scott, the Fergus-based research scientist for the Lyme Disease Association of Ontario. At the University of Guelph, he’s involved in genetic “bar coding” of disease ticks he’s collected over many years.
May is pushing for a federal conference of health officials to create a Canada-wide means of preventing, quickly diagnosing and treating the emerging ailment, spread by black-legged ticks carrying Borrelia bacteria.
Among the more notable things the numbers show, Graves said, is the jump in support nationally for the Green party.
Since the May 2011 federal election, EKOS numbers show the Green party has gone from 3.9 per cent support up to 9.5 per cent.
Graves said that could be a reflection of a general “wariness with all the traditional parties,” and that the Greens don’t “carry the same baggage on that.” But, he said, much of it could be due to sole Green MP, Elizabeth May.
“May has been doing a pretty good job, punching above her weight, a single MP and she seems to be getting a fair bit of air time,” Graves said. “That looks to me that it’s being favourably for the public.”
Despite drizzly weather on Saturday, the lineup for Sidney’s community barbecue stretched around the block — and at least $2,000 was raised for the local food bank, organizers say.
“It’s bringing tears to my eyes,” said Robyn DoSouto, head manager of Thrifty Foods in Sidney. The store sponsored the event for the first time, donating all the food. A minimum $5 donation was made by each person, but people often donated more to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, Dosouto said.
Elizabeth May, Green party MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, was on hand as a volunteer, dishing out food. She said this year had an unprecedented turnout.
“It’s an inter-generational event, and everyone is enjoying themselves,” she said.
As a member of a country that has roughly a one-third majority party leading the federal government, I would expect that roughly one-third of the actions they take would be supported by Canadians.
As recently as last week, and many times before, our federal government has given me reason to believe they do not care about Canadians' concerns outside of fiscal management.
As a result of the strong economy we emerged from the recession with, we Canadians would have expected proper conduct regarding our commitments. Instead, we get Bill C-38, a budget implementation bill that will, "attempt to hide changes to over 70 laws under the guise of an omnibus budget bill," says Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
John Robson seems to think my private member’s bill for a Genuine Progress Index is something I invented. In fact, the growing call for more meaningful indices of progress has been championed by Nobel Prize winners in economics Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.
Their report, originally commissioned by the former Conservative government of France, has now been supported by the OECD.
Contrary to the impression created by your columnist, the idea is not fanciful, nor designed to measure happiness. It is designed to avoid the mistake of failing to measure natural capital, such that the last cod harvested off Newfoundland and Labrador in 1993 registered as positive to the GDP — even as 30,000 people were thrown out of work and the fishery was shut down.
Goldhawk Fights Back: Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, answers questions about her private member’s bill that would help develop a national strategy for fight back against Lyme Disease.
Elizabeth May, Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP, returned from budget bill discussions in Ottawa to a supportive crowd at the Victoria International Airport on Friday. June 22.
Green Party supporter and North Saanich resident Jack Thornburgh said the group gathered at the airport to commend May on her actions in Ottawa during the Bill C-38 budget discussions.
“Her courageous opposition to the C-38 bill was amazing, so we wanted to appreciate her strong showing,” Thornburgh said. “She put so much effort into it, she was one of the only five people who stayed for all the votes, so we just think her commitment and her stamina is stunning. So we came here today to say thank you, welcome home and we support you.”
Green Party leader Elizabeth May introduced a Private Members Bill to create a National Lyme Disease Strategy, June 21 .
May presented the bill in response to the growing threat of the disease in Canada. She is calling for a national conference of public health officials, researchers, and patient advocates as the first step to developing a comprehensive strategy for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
“Scientific studies have been warning us that with climate change the number of vector-borne – birds, insects – diseases is on the rise,” May stated in a news release. “Lyme disease, spread by certain types of ticks, is one of them. I have many friends and constituents who are living with this terrible disease. We need to make absolutely sure that all Canadian doctors are equipped with the tools and knowledge to effectively diagnose and treat patients suffering from Lyme. ”
The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) expressed strong support for a private member's bill mandating a new national strategy on Lyme disease, to be introduced today by MP Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands).
"This bill responds to the failure of existing guidelines to reliably detect and treat Lyme disease,' said CanLyme President Jim Wilson. "Current policies make access to treatment subject to confirmation by a flawed test, resulting in refusal of diagnosis to many people with Lyme."
Lyme disease remains a clinical diagnosis, as stated on the Public Health Agency of Canada's website and in medical literature, as there are no accurate confirmatory tests available for all types and strains of Borrelia.
Green party leader Elizabeth May is calling on the government to develop a national strategy for improved treatment of Lyme disease, saying Canada's standards for diagnosis are outdated and lag far behind those in the United States.
The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP tabled a private member's bill on Thursday calling for a national conference of public health officials, researchers and patient advocates as a first step toward developing a national strategy for diagnosing and treating the disease.
Lyme disease is caused by three species of bacteria transmitted to humans via ticks. Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic circular rash, shaped like a bull's eye, around the bite.
The opposition parties, calling the government's omnibus Budget Implementation Bill, "an abuse of power," gave notice last week that they will table more than 1,200 amendments to the bill which was returned from the House Finance Committee at report stage. In the end, there will likely be more than 700 amendments, setting off possibly hundreds of hours of consecutive hours of roll call House voting. The New Democrats tabled 503 amendments, the Liberals 506 amendments and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tabled 200 amendments. The Budget Implementation Act is 425 pages long and will amend some 70 Canadian laws. The opposition parties say the bill should have been split up, which is why they will fight it. The federal Conservatives may not like it, but this is down-in-the-trenches democracy at work.