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ME/CFS Protester Interrupts Canadian Health Minister's Event

Monday 16 January 2017


From Canadian newspaper the Markham Economist & Sun (via


Scott Simpson (left) Jeffrey Smith (centre with hat), and Jane Philpott (right)
Philpott Protesters for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Health minister Jane Philpott, right, held a meet-and-greet
at the Markham District Veterans Association building
on Jan. 14. Scott Simpson (left) and Jeffery Smith
(centre with hat) are part of a planned protest.
Protesters want more funding and a change of
thinking towards the neurological illness.
(Photo: Steve Somerville/Metroland)

Protester interrupts Health Minister Jane Philpott's event in Markham

Advocates want more funding, awareness for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

By Simone Joseph
January 14, 2017
© Copyright 2017 Metroland Media Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Local protesters crashed health minister Jane Philpott's meet-and-greet event in Markham Saturday.

Scott Simpson, one of the protesters, suffers from ME (Myalgic Encephaloigmyelitis), otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

He and fellow protesters wanted Philpott to commit to making an announcement declaring ME a biological disease, not psychosomatic as some people describe it. He was also hoping Philpott would declare a national strategy on dealing with the disease.

But when Simpson and Philpott spoke, the minister pointed out people like Simpson approach her every week about different diseases and she can’t make announcements about them all.

“Almost every week, I have a different group of advocates that come to me speaking about specific syndromes, or disease conditions or health issues asking for a national strategy,” Philpott told Simpson, adding she is not convinced that a national strategy for every specific medical condition is helpful.


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