The Statement below was made by Heather Fraser on April 12, 2017 to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly considering the amendment to the Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act in Bill 87. To read the April 12, 2017 Hansard, including Q & A with committee please click here.
Also below is Vaccine Choice Canada – Summary of our Concerns Bill 87
My name is Heather Fraser and I am speaking on behalf of Vaccine Choice Canada and myself about the proposed amendment to the Immunization of School Pupils Act in Bill 87.
Most MPPs do not seem to understand why parents are questioning the safety of vaccination. I did not understand the associated risks either until I took my infant son for his first shots. He received the PENTA vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. After each injection, he screamed in pain for hours. This pain persisted through his first year of life during which he also developed eczema, asthma, environmental and food allergies. At age one, he reacted violently to peanut.
Because of our experience, I took the time to understand vaccine injury and vaccine induced allergy and anaphylaxis. I have written a book The Peanut Allergy Epidemic in which I explain that vaccination is the precipitating cause of this pediatric epidemic. The book’s foreword is written by another peanut allergy parent, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Toronto allergist Peter Vadas, at St. Michael’s Hospital, commented in 2001 on early childhood vaccination and antibiotics. “One of the spin offs” he stated “is that there is a certain proportion of the population that are going to be prone to developing allergies as a consequence…” Yes, there is ample medical literature that explains how vaccine ingredients such as aluminum augment sensitization to non-target substances – in other words, vaccination can and does create allergies not only to what is in the vaccine but also to bystander proteins, to anything in and around the body at the time of the procedure. And once a child’s immune system has tipped into allergy, there is increased risk of developing more allergies.
My son and thousands of other Canadian children received the PENTA vaccine between 1994 and 1997. I suspected we were not the only ones injured by it so I requested and received from the Public Health Agency of Canada all of the Adverse Events Following Immunization reports (AEFI reports) for this vaccine. There were over 11,000 reports that describe what the children experienced following the injections. These included: head banging, ear infections, furious blinking, anorexia, asthma attacks, lethargy, shaking, rapid eye movements, vomiting, somnolence, ‘ice cold hands and feet while with fever’, hypokinesia (an inability to move), inconsolable screaming and an ‘abnormal gait following vaccination’ where the ‘child hobbled with a deformity of the left leg’. Yet another child experienced ‘myoclonic seizures with a recommendation to defer immunization’. One child ‘looked doped up’ and another was red and swollen from head to toe. There were raised rashes, involuntary muscle contractions, a crisis of rotating eyeballs, tremors, limpness and numerous seizures. There were hospitalizations and 15 deaths reported. It was determined that one child died from cerebral infarction following immunization and another suffered brain and spinal cord inflammation (meningoencephalomyelitis).
Anyone reading these reports would wonder about the long term health of the surviving 11,000 children. But because there was no case by case follow up, government does not know. As well, we can be sure that there were far more than 11,000 adverse events.
The under-reporting of adverse events is an enormous problem for our passive vaccine surveillance system. According to the PHAC there were over 115,000 adverse events between 1987 and 2011. 85% of them were children. But this represents just 10% of all events. In other words, as many as 980,000 adverse events may have occurred in children in those years – that no doubt include life threatening allergy — about which we have no data.
To be blunt, we have limited data on injuries in the AEFI reports, do not know the full scope or nature of adverse events that are massively underreported and take no action to acknowledge or support those injured. And in this vacuous state, government has seen fit to increase the number and complexity of the vaccines anyway.
Between 1988 and 1994, the pediatric schedule increased significantly. In this same period, neurological injuries and life threatening allergies in children also increased. The sudden start of this allergy epidemic is confirmed by ER records, cohort studies and eyewitness accounts of teachers confronted with a surge of allergic children in the early 1990s. Today, 8% of children under 3 have life threatening food allergies.
The schedule has continued to expand and has never been tested for safety as a whole. In 1983, up to age 4, children received 22 doses of 7 vaccines. This has doubled. Today, children receive prenatal vaccines via the mother, are injected at birth and receive a total of 49 doses of 14 vaccines.
It is the law in Ontario that vaccine recipients must be informed of the risks, give their consent voluntarily (which is also a Charter right) and be reminded to watch for adverse events. Government is prepared, however, to erode informed consent through mandatory education sessions and continue to remain passive on adverse events – actual follow up on each AEFI report would yield crucial data from which we could identify trends and make a safer schedule. But there is no incentive to do this. It is cost effective for government not to collect meaningful data and to download the cost of vaccine injury to children and their families.
The Ontario government’s response to parents of vaccine injured children like myself and other worried parents today is not to seek better consumer protections, not to investigate, but rather to bully mothers into accepting one-size-fits-all injections they do not want – and for which the government accepts zero responsibility in the event of an adverse outcome. MPPs stated in the house that mothers are uninformed. On the contrary, the MPPs (except one) who spoke in the house on vaccination are unaware of what is taking place in their own province.
The amendment to the ISPA proposed in Bill 87 will deepen the crisis of chronic health problems in our children by attempting to indoctrinate mothers into believing vaccines are safe when they are not. By law and in fact, vaccination is a medical procedure for which there are documented risks and obvious injuries more extensive than government is prepared to investigate. We ask that this amendment be withdrawn.
 Peter Vadas appeared on a Discovery Health show called “Health on the Line” Episode 1014 “Allergic Disease” (Nov., 2001) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_o5z_Gq-BU http://www.petervadasmd.com/mediaappearances.html
 “How aluminum adjuvants could promote and enhance non-target IgE synthesis in a genetically-vulnerable sub-population,” J Immunotoxicol. 2013 Apr-Jun;10(2):210-22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22967010/
“Aluminium phosphate but not calcium phosphate stimulates the specific IgE response in guinea pigs to tetanus toxoid,” Allergy 1978 Jun:33(3):155-9 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/707792?dopt=Abstract
“Immunoglobulin E and G responses to pertussis toxin after booster immunization in relation to atopy, local reactions and aluminium content of the vaccines,” Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 1994 May;5(2):118-23.
Aluminum as an adjuvant in vaccines and post-vaccine reactions
Immunoglobulin E and G responses to pertussis toxin after booster immunization in relation to atopy, local reactions and aluminium content of the vaccines Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 1994 May;5(2):118-23.
Kosecka, et al., “Pertussis adjuvant prolongs intestinal hypersensitivity,” The Int Arch Allergy Immunol1999 Jul; 119(3):205-11 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10436392?dopt=Abstract
 “Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in Ontario, 2014,”Public Health Ontario. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/2014_Annual_report_on_vaccine_safety.pdf p. 2
 Dr. B. Law, Chief Vaccine Safety, PHAC, Western Canadian Immunization Forum 2011, Vancouver. Slide presentation http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Training%20and%20Events/Immunization/Promotion/WCIF2011_BarbLaw.pdf slides 54-55.
 The cost of vaccines for one child up to 4 years of age is about $1,200. [USA CDC, no Canadian figures available] In 2015/16, there were 147,244 new births in Ontario and 392,902 overall in Canada. That is $177 Million for those children in Ontario and $471 Million across the country.
The document below will be presented to the Committee by a VCC member, if chosen, at a future Bill 87 committee date.
Vaccine Choice Canada – Summary of our Concerns – April 12, 2017
Re: Bill 87, Schedule 1 (formerly Bill 198, an Act to amend the Immunization of School Pupils Act of Ontario). Bill 87 passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature on December 8, 2016. As expected, Bill 87 2nd reading (including “education session” amendments to the ISPA) has passed in the Ontario legislature 52 yes 44 no. A legislative committee has been convened to hear both oral and written submissions from the public. Four days have been set aside to hear submissions – they are April 12 & 26 and May 3 & 10.
Who We Are
Vaccine Choice Canada is a federally registered not-for-profit society. Our main goal is to uphold the right of all Canadians to give informed consent to medical treatments with vaccine products. Since informed consent necessarily implies access to information, Vaccine Choice Canada serves as a public information and resource group. Our energies are concentrated on the collection and dissemination of vaccine-related information.
The roots of our organization lie in the passage of the July 7, 1982 Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) and the group of concerned parents who formed the Committee Against Compulsory Vaccination in response to that Act.
Our Charter Rights
The citizen group, Committee Against Compulsory Vaccination formed to lobby for inclusion of a conscience-based exemption to the Act based on fundamental protections guaranteed to all citizens in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which had been patriated earlier that same year, on April 17, 1982.
In the spring of 1982 the fundamental human rights of Canadians were secured by the patriated Constitution Act, proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth ll in Ottawa on April 17, 1982. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms forms a major part of the Act, and is intended to protect the civil rights of Canadians from the policies and actions of all levels of government. Bringing the rights of Canadians into closer alignment with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 was a historic achievement by Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government.
On July 7, 1982, less than 3 months after Canada celebrated its new Charter protections of freedom of conscience and religion and security of the person, the Ontario government passed the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). Strangely, the new law excluded parents’ right to conscience-based vaccine exemptions, but allowed for medical and religious exemptions, which begs the question whether exclusion of conscience exemptions from ISPA was an oversight or intentional.
Following the determined efforts of this group of concerned parents, the government was compelled to amend ISPA to reflect our Charter guarantee of the individual’s right to freedom of conscience. The conscience clause amendment to ISPA on December 14, 1984 secured parents’ right to exempt their children from vaccination for reasons of conscience or sincerely held belief.
Monitoring the implementation of ISPA
Since 1984, our group has continued the work of our original Committee, has monitored the implementation of the ISPA in Ontario and has informed parents of their legal right to vaccine exemptions, has provided ease of access to vaccine exemption forms and has encouraged citizens to inform themselves on the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
Over the decades, we have watched the Ontario Ministry of Health continue to sanction words and actions that subvert information about the availability of legal exemptions from vaccines, state that vaccination is mandatory for school-age children, and that coerce consent from students and parents with suspension threats without clearly informing them of their legal right to refuse vaccines. And most shockingly, we have received reports from distressed parents that children as young as 11 have been coerced into submitting to vaccination in the school setting without parental knowledge or consent.
Repeated efforts to communicate our concerns to the Ministry of Health have been ignored as evidenced by our subsequent and current complaints filed with the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman1.
Bill 87 Violates Constitutional Rights
Vaccine Choice Canada is very concerned that the proposed amendment (Bill 87) to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) forcing parents to attend “vaccine education” sessions against their will, in order to obtain a legal vaccine exemption, imposes an unacceptable restriction on our Constitutional Rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Furthermore, Bill 87 places an unacceptable burden on busy families who will be forced under duress to submit to pro-vaccine messaging they already reject.
Bill 87 adds insult to injury to the government’s decades long campaign to foil parents’ access to vaccine exemptions. By placing yet another layer of restrictions on our civil rights, the provincial government sends a chilling message to all Canadians that it is willing to trample citizens’ most fundamental Constitutional rights in order to achieve maximum compliance with its vaccination goals.
The provincial government needs to be reminded once again that it does NOT have the right to impose legislative restrictions on civil and legal rights we are already granted by the Canadian Charter.
Violation of Privacy Laws
Another aspect of the ISPA amendment that raises serious concerns is that doctors, nurses and other vaccine providers will be required to provide the medical officer of health (public health official) with the vaccine records of every child they have vaccinated. Disclosure of patients’ medical records without the patient’s knowledge or consent is a serious breech of medical records privacy laws and must be contested. In Ontario PHIPA, the Personal Health Information Protection Act13 is the legal instrument that protects people’s right to privacy of their medical records. The Privacy Commissioner of Ontario explains that patients have the right to “refuse or give consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal health information”, except in certain circumstances such as emergencies14
Requiring parents to reveal their children’s medical (vaccine) histories conflicts with Ontario privacy laws as this legal opinion on the Personal Health Information Protection Act explains:
Consent is a cornerstone of this legislation.” And, “Fundamental to the concept of consent, PHIPA recognizes the right of the individual to withhold or withdraw his or her consent for the collection, use or disclosure of PHI, including for health care purposes. Further, section 20(2) of PHIPA provides that an individual can withhold or withdraw his or her consent to the collection, use or disclosure of his or her PHI by a HIC for the purpose of providing or assisting in providing health care.” 2
No infectious disease emergency
Since vaccine compliance among Ontario families is already high, and since there is no infectious disease public health emergency, Vaccine Choice Canada questions why this government is intent on violating citizens’ most fundamental civil rights in its misguided goal of imposing another level of constraint on the small percentage of families who refuse some or all vaccines for their children? It is important to reiterate that the dramatic decline in mortality from infectious diseases occurred well before mass vaccination programs. The occasional outbreak of ‘vaccine preventable’ diseases has much more to do with vaccine failure than with vaccine refusal. 3,4,5
Wasting scarce healthcare dollars while trampling Informed Consent Rights
Vaccine Choice Canada maintains that mandatory vaccine education sessions are a colossal waste of limited health care dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.
It is well known that the majority of parents who refuse vaccines for their children or who vaccinate selectively, are well educated and have already thoroughly researched the benefit/risk equation of injecting their children with the myriad complex biochemical substances that comprise vaccines, which like all drugs carry a risk of injury and death for some. Forcing parents to submit to mandatory vaccine education sessions in an attempt to influence their personal beliefs about medical risk taking will not sway them, will create more resentment, anger and polarization, and will be taken as an infringement of our Charter rights.
Bill 87 is blatantly coercive and violates the essential parameters of Informed Consent as articulated by Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act, Canadian Medical Law, and physician guidelines in obtaining consent to medical treatment(s):
“Patients must always be free to consent to or refuse treatment, and be free of any suggestion of duress or coercion. Consent obtained under any suggestion of compulsion either by the actions or words of the physician or others may be no consent at all and therefore may be successfully repudiated.” 6
No Compensation for Vaccine Injury Victims
Neither the Province of Ontario, nor the Government of Canada take any responsibility whatsoever for the vaccine injuries and deaths that occur every year. Canada is the only G7 country without a vaccine injury compensation program (except for Quebec).
Vaccine Adverse Events Reports Inaccessible to the Public
Canada operates a dual reporting system that is confusing, lacks transparency and is mostly inaccessible to the public. Between 1987-2011, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada received 115,837 reports of adverse events following immunization(AEFI).7 Of these, 6,180 were reports of Serious Adverse Events (SAE) which resulted in a life threatening event defined as: hospitalization, congenital deformity, disability or death.
The Vaccine Safety Report 2 8 provides evidence from periodic vaccine adverse events reports published by the Canadian government, that the vast majority of adverse events and injuries following immunizations occur in children and continues to rise. In 2014 children of all ages experienced 80% of SAEs. In 2015 this had risen to 84%. In 2014 babies and infants under the age of 2 experienced 60% of SAEs. In 2015 this had risen to 63%. 8 It is an accepted fact that only between 1-10% of vaccine reactions and injuries are reported to government agencies.
The data on vaccine adverse events held by the CAEFISS system and the Canada Vigilance (CV) system is largely unavailable for public scrutiny. Additionally, the data tracking and collection of adverse reactions/ events following vaccinations in Canada is seriously flawed in both quality and quantity. In spite of claims that Canada has a publicly accessible adverse reaction reporting system, the CV system is functionally inaccessible for the public and therefore useless as a tool to assist in determining vaccine safety or making informed health decisions.9,10
“The state has no business telling us what we must think, believe, read, eat or what medicines we and our children must take. Such imposed conformity is antithetical to the ideals of a free society. The state acts completely illegitimately when, for instance, it compels us all to accept the tenets of a particular religion. And the government acts with equal illegitimacy when it decides what particular medical point of view all individuals in society must accept and adopt. Such a question is in the realm of culture and there are, understandably, a great variety of opinions about which methods are best as there are varieties of opinions on other cultural matters. There is no room in a free society for a state-mandated medical dogma which we all must accept.” 11
“Individuals, for themselves and their minor children, should have the right to accept or refuse these preventive medical interventions based on adequate information and without coercion, such as the threat of loss of economic or educational benefits. Informed consent must be the default position because compulsion, on its face, not only undermines trust, but limits the fundamental rights to life, liberty, bodily integrity, informed consent, privacy and to parental decision making.” 12
- Ombudsman Complaint – Ministry of Health Deceiving Canadian Parents: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/in-the-news/ombudsman-complaint-ontario-ministry-of-health-deceiving-canadian-parents/
- Consent and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004: Creating the right Balance:http://www.millerthomson.com/assets/files/article_attachments/Consent_and_PHIPA.pdf
- Gregory Poland et.al: the Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905323/
- Pertussis Microbe Outsmarts the Vaccine: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/March-2016/pertussis-microbe-outsmarts-the-vaccines.aspx
- Whooping Cough Vaccine Does Not Stop Spread of Disease: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/11/whooping-cough-vaccine-does-not-stop-spread-disease-lab-animals
- Consent: A Guide for Canadian Physicians:https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/-/consent-a-guide-for-canadian-physicians#intro
- Western Canadian Immunization Forum 2011 – Vancouver. Immunizations for the Modern Family – presentation by Barbara Law MD, Chief of Vaccine Safety, Public Health Agency of Canada: re: slides # 54 & 55: http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Training%20and%20Events/Immunization/Promotion/WCIF2011_BarbLaw.pdf
- Vaccine Safety Report 2: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/wp-content/uploads/Vaccine-Safety-Report-2-20B29E.pdf
- Report on the Canada Vigilance Database, April 2015: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/in-the-news/report-on-the-canadian-vigilance-database/
- Vaccine Safety Report, March 2016: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/wp-content/uploads/Vaccine-Safety-Report-March-2016.pdf
- A Brief To the Ministry of Health Government of Ontario – The Committee Against Compulsory Vaccination May 8, 1984: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/about/history-of-vran/
- Vaccination Policies and Human Rights, 25th International Health and Environment Conference United Nations, presenter Mary Holland Research Scholar, NYU School of Law: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/wp-content/uploads/Mary-Holland-Speech-to-U.N.-April-26-2016.pdf
- Personal Health Information Protection Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/04p03
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