Canadian thalidomide survivor, pen & ink artist, wife to Rae, animal lover, and friend to many.
Canadian thalidomide survivor, pen and ink artist, married to my beautiful wife Rae, have two dogs and one cat.We live in Ottawa, Ontario.
I am an advocate for Canadian thalidomide survivors, I will do anything needed to get us the compensation, and the dignity that comes from that.
The Canadian government promised to fully support us and I want them to live up to that promise.
On December 1, I arrived at Parliament Hill after receiving an invitation from then NDP Health Critic Libby Davies. Ms. Davies had tabled the motion for the government to give the 95 Canadian thalidomide victims full support. The motion was adopted and passed. Then, the moment I will never forget as long as I live. Every MP stood, raised their eyes to the balcony where we were standing, and gave us a three minute ovation. Three months later, Friday, March 6, 2015, Hon. Rona Ambrose read a press release. The government would be giving us half of what we had asked for. What?
In 1962 a doctor in Perth, Ontario gave my mother a sample pack of two tablets of the drug thalidomide. She took one pill for her morning sickness, but that one tiny pill made her feel even worse. That one pill stunted the growth of my arms. There are only 95 of us left out of 125, we are dying prematurely due to thalidomide-related injuries. On December 1, 2014, the Canadian parliament stood and voted unanimously 256-0 to support a motion that was tabled by MP Libby Davies to fully support us. We need to get this compensation now.