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Elizabeth May's Lyme Disease Bill Needs Science, Not Emotion

I hope that on Monday a majority of MPs vote in favour of Elizabeth's May lyme disease bill, but I want to clarify a point that she ignored in my last blog: we should trumpet science over emotions in this debate. I hope that Monday a majority of MPs vote in favour of passing this bill. We need to identify the scope of the problem, and disease like this need a national strategy. I just hope that we can put the emotions aside and turn toward the science, otherwise we are doomed to be victims of ideology, and we have a responsibility to do better than that: paramedics and politicians alike.
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How Destroying the Environment Destroys our Health

According to an article in the New York Times, "emerging diseases have quadrupled in the last half-century." The increase is mainly due to human encroachment into and destruction of wildlife habitat. For example, one study concluded that a four per cent increase in Amazon deforestation led to a 50 per cent increase in malaria because mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, thrive in the cleared areas.