Dear Members and Friends,
In this issue:
- Remembering Joshua Kuntz
- Vaccine Exemption Rights Threatened – Amendment of the Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act
- Vaccine Choice Canada at the Total Health Show – April 21-23, Toronto Convention Centre
Remembering Joshua Kuntz
It is with great sadness that we let you know about the passing of Joshua Kuntz, the son of our Vice-President, Ted.
Joshua Anthony Kuntz July 25, 1984 – February 16, 2017
Joshua Kuntz was a gentle soul that touched many hearts during his thirty-two years. In his soft and quiet way he engaged people with the sparkle in his eyes, his radiant smile, and his invitation to hold hands. Josh lived with significant challenges due to an uncontrolled seizure disorder that began with his vaccine shot at five months of age. In spite of his health challenges and physical limitations, Josh enriched the lives of many with his courageous way of being in the world.
The Age of Autism published Ted’s letter in memory of Joshua, Tell This Grieving Dad Vaccine Injury Isn’t Real.
Ted spoke at a recent Partners for Planning event at The Art of Belonging in Toronto. His talk, “How Disability Saved the World”, is a wonderful tribute to Josh. You can view the 18 minute video here.
In case you missed Ted’s article published in the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics titled, First Do No Harm, about Joshua, you can read it here.
In honour of Josh Kuntz, The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK) has announced the creation of the ‘Integrity in Vaccine Science and Medicine Fellowship’. This is an award to encourage and reward integrity in vaccine science and medicine. The Vaccine Safety Science and Science Integrity Conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA June 15-17, 2017 To apply for the award or to donate please visit the IPAK website.
Ted and family, we are all so very sorry for your loss.
Vaccine Exemption Rights Threatened
As many of you already know, the Ontario government is in the process of amending the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) for the specific purpose of targeting non-vaccinating families and to narrow parents’ access to vaccine exemptions. The amendment will also require medical personnel to submit children’s vaccine records to public health officials, a violation of medical privacy rights. The ISPA amendment is listed as Schedule 1 of Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act 2016, an omnibus bill which also contains four other legislative amendments unrelated to vaccine exemptions.
As expected, the 2nd reading of Bill 87 (including “education session” amendments to the ISPA) has passed in the Ontario legislature 52 yes 44 no, and has now gone to a legislative committee that will hear submissions from the public. Members of Vaccine Choice Canada plan on making both oral and written submissions voicing our opposition to the proposed changes to ISPA which we have articulated in our Summary of Concerns document. These submissions will become part of the legislative and historic record of growing public alarm over government abuse of our informed consent rights and medical privacy laws. Heather Fraser’s submission to the Committee on April 12, 2017 can be read here.
Since 1984, ISPA has provided parents in Ontario with the legal right to exempt their school age children from any or all vaccines for reasons of conscience or religion. Once Bill 87 passes 3rd reading and the amendments to ISPA become law, no matter how well educated parents already are on the pros and cons of vaccination, they will be forced to complete an “immunization education session”, prior to being allowed to file a conscience or religious based vaccine exemption for their children. At this point in time, no one knows the content of these “education sessions” or how they will be conducted or the kind of coercion parents will face.The second 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 Act is the legal instrument that protects people’s right to privacy of their medical records. As explained in this summary document 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 emergencies.
You have the right to make a voluntary and informed decision about medical treatments that carry a risk of injury or death. This includes vaccination. Your right to decide is protected by Canadian Medical Law and Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act, which uphold the right to Informed Consent. The supreme law of the land is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects your right to “freedom of conscience and religion” and your right to “security of the person”. Your body. Your health. Your Right!
Now is the time to speak up for our most basic human right – the right to say NO to unwanted medical treatments like vaccination. Now is the time to take a stand to protect the right to make voluntary and informed vaccine choices for you and your children. Now is the time to reject this overt move toward mandatory vaccination laws. We urge you to make your voices heard!
We encourage you to present an oral or written submission to the legislative committee. Information on how to register to present your statement is provided at this link.
Total Health Show – April 21-23 – Toronto Convention Centre
Vaccine Choice Canada will be at the Total Health Show again this year at booth # 334. We’ll have books and DVDs and other reprinted information to share with you. We invite you to come and chat with our volunteers who look forward to meeting you and sharing with you the latest news in “vax world”. Vaccine Choice Canada is proud to announce that Heather Fraser, author of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic will be a speaker at the Show this year. Heather will be speaking at 5pm on Sunday, April 23 about the link between vaccines and life-threatening allergies and how the Ontario legislative amendment to ISPA threatens our health freedom and informed consent rights.
A reminder to our subscribers – we post the top vaccine related news items from at home and abroad daily on our Facebook page. It is the best place to go for up to the minute breaking news at: www.facebook.com/VaccineChoiceCanada/
In the News
The Truth About Vaccines – Free access to new 7-part documentary miniseries starts April 12
TVOntario: Science or Scientism? by Ted Kuntz
The Health Impact of Today’s Most Prevalent Environmental Toxin – Troubling Research Revealed at 12th Keele Conference on Aluminum by Celeste McGovern
Vaccine Papers – The science behind aluminum vaccine adjuvant toxicity: (excellent site – cutting edge analysis of published science)
The Vaccine Safety Debate by Judy Wilyman
Mark Blaxil on Africa study re DPT increases mortality from other causes: “all currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis”
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