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MPP Gila Martow Speaks about EDS Awareness Month

May 18, 2016

Ontario Legislature (VIDEO)

Progressive Conservative MPP Gila Martow speaks about the importance of EDS Awareness Month

Liberals Lack Action for Rare Disease Working Group

April 20, 2016

MPP Harris questions Health Minister Hoskins about the progress of the “Rare Disease Working Group” which was used as the […]

Harris’s plan deserved support

March 7, 2016

Waterloo Region Record Editorial

What a shame that the ruling Liberal party at Queen’s Park used their majority to shut down a call for an all-party discussion of the problems faced by people with rare diseases.

Minister Hoskins, Don’t Turn Your Back On Rare Disease Sufferers

March 4, 2016

Ontario Legislature (VIDEO)

MPP Harris questions Health Minister Hoskins on whether or not he will support the #TreatRareDisease motion for an all-party Select Committee on Rare Disease Treatments in Ontario

Patrick Brown Urges Liberals to Support #TreatRareDisease

March 4, 2016

Ontario Legislature (VIDEO)

PC Leader Patrick Brown questions Health Minister Eric Hoskins in the Ontario Legislature on whether or not the Liberal Government will support the #TreatRareDisease motion.

Liberals reject push for hearings into how patients with rare diseases are cared for

March 3, 2016

Toronto Star

The Liberal government is trying to muzzle people suffering from rare diseases by defeating a push for public hearings into improving their medical treatment, says a Progressive Conservative MPP.

“That’s a letdown,” Michael Harris (Kitchener-Conestoga) said Thursday as Liberals outvoted Tories and New Democrats supporting his motion to establish a non-partisan, all-party committee to recommend solutions.

Liberals vote against creating Ont. rare disease strategy

March 3, 2016

The Canadian Press

An attempt to get an all-party committee to develop a rare disease strategy in Ontario failed Thursday as the governing Liberals disagreed with the Opposition on how best to help people with so-called orphan diseases.

The majority Liberals voted against the Progressive Conservative motion to strike a committee to hear from rare disease sufferers and make recommendations on how to help them get diagnosis and treatment.

Ontario to open clinic for rare Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

February 29, 2016

The Toronto Star

On the rarest day of the calendar, Ontario is taking action on a rare disease. Health Minister Eric Hoskins on Monday announced a new clinic for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).

Progressive Conservative MPP Michael Harris (Kitchener-Conestoga), who long advocated for the families with rare diseases, is introducing legislation for the last day of February to be recognized as Rare Disease Day.

Ontario to create clinic to help people with EDS, other rare diseases

February 29, 2016

680 News

Ontario will set up a new clinic to help diagnose and treat people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, and it could expand to help patients with other rare diseases…Progressive Conservative MPP Michael Harris, who has a private member’s bill to get more help for people with rare diseases, says too often they [rare disease patients] suffer in isolation without the resources available to people with more commonly diagnosed diseases.

MPP pushes for better care for those afflicted with rare diseases

February 25, 2016

Woolwich Observer

Can you imagine having to travel across the country just to have surgery? What about having to take out thousands of dollars in loans to pay for medication and medical equipment?

This is the reality of hundreds of Ontarians with rare diseases. Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris wants it to stop.



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