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PRESS RELEASE, May 26, 2016

BIG NEWS: Ontario announces Task Force on Environmental Health.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced a major new initiative: the forming of a Task Force for Environmental Health. Quote from the announcement: “The Task Force will raise awareness of the illnesses and recommend measures to improve the care available to patients. The Task Force will also work to address existing major gaps in knowledge and engage the community broadly.”

Download: RIE_Media_Release_May26_2016_MEAOAwarenessDay2

PRESS RELEASE, March 5, 2015

A MILESTONE MOMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: OCEEH goes on-line; health minister announces recognition and action on previously excluded health conditions of ES/MCS, ME/CFS AND FM


  • Ontario will recognize the three conditions and “bring them out of the shadows:” Quotes from John Fraser, MPP’s statement Nov. 5, 2014, on behalf of Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
  • A brief history of the OCEEH project


OCEEH in a Nutshell a three-page summary of challenges facing those with these conditions, and the features, functions and model of the proposed network of service delivery for the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH).


Recognition, Inclusion, Equity – Solutions for People in Ontario Living with ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM: The Business Case

Download: The OCEEH Business Case – Executive Summary 

Functional Impairment in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity M. Ruth Lavergne MSc; Donald C. Cole, MD, MSC, FRCPC; Kathleen Kerr, MD, Dip Env Health; Lynn Marshall, MD, FAAEM, FRSM. Canadian Family Physician Feb. 2010.

Download Functional Impairment in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Recognition, inclusion and equity – The time is now: Perspectives of Ontarians living with ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM Varda Burstyn and MEAO, 2013. Research report addressing current state (survey of patients, experience, needs, gaps in services); special analysis of women’s, children’s, stigmatization issues; in-depth exploration of model of care and delivery; in-depth discussion of issues in barrier removal across government and the public sector.

Download (6.6mb): Complete Report / Download (4 MB): Highlights

The Quantitative Data Erika Halapy, Epidemiologist, with Margaret Parlor, Statistical Analyst and President, ME/FM National Action Network, 2013. A first-ever compilation and analysis of statistical findings in Canada and Ontario with respect to the three groups, based primarily on Statistics Canada’s 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey. Submitted to support this business case.

Download: Quantitative Data Report

Early Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals/Pollution and Associations with Chronic Disease: A Scoping Review. A report from the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Environmental Health Institute of Canada. Cooper K, Marshall L, Vanderlinden L, and Ursitti F (2011)

Download: Early Exposures

National Public Radio: “People With ‘Invisible Disabilities’ Fight For Understanding”

Read, or listen to, the story here.