Green leader in Langford for Lyme event

Elizabeth May spearheading Lyme protocol federally

Lyme disease is gaining recognition as a misidentified problem in Canada, but it’s not there yet.

Leading the charge is federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who will give a talk on Lyme disease during an awareness-heightening and fundraising dinner hosted by Evedar’s Bistro in Langford next Tuesday (Sept. 9).

“I have many friends and constituents who are living with this terrible disease,” said May in an email. “We need to make absolutely sure that all Canadian doctors are equipped with the tools and knowledge to effectively diagnose and treat patients suffering from Lyme.”

May has been working on developing a national framework to address Lyme disease in Canada for the past three years. Her private members bill, unanimously supported, has been referred to the Senate and will be taken up this autumn.

Fran Jinnouchi, co-owner of Evedar’s with her husband, Marc, heard about what May had been doing for the Lyme cause. Upon inviting her to speak at the event, Fran said, May quickly agreed.

Jinnouchi says the event was initially developed to financially support a close friend, a Langford woman who was diagnosed with Lyme disease after a year of unexplained severe symptoms and lost time at work. Sarah C., who shuns the spotlight, had to go south of the border both for a positive diagnosis and for the treatment her own government can’t provide.

“I care very deeply about my friend,” Jinnouchi says. “It’s difficult to see there isn’t the support or awareness out there.”

She set up the evening as a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to help Sarah cover treatment costs, but it quickly grew into a community event as well.

“As it started to unfold, I realized there is interest out there,” Jinnouchi says. “It raises this social consciousness that we all have a role to play.

“For me, what I’ve come to learn in the last year and a half (about Lyme), it’s alarming. It could happen to anyone. And yet, we all can bring about change.”

As well as the talk from May, the evening includes a two-course dinner donated by the Jinnouchis and live flamenco and Latin music by guitarist Brad Prevedoros, who’s also donating his time to the cause. Scia’new Chief Russell Chipps and T’Sou-Ke Chief Gordon Planes will give a traditional welcome to the territory before dinner.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at 2829 Peatt Rd. on Sept. 9. The cost is $50 per person and there will be a cash bar.  Reservations are required and payment is by cash only. To reserve, call 250-391-8636 or email Fran Jinnouchi at franhj16@hotmail.com.

Did you know?

Lyme is one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in Canada. Evidence suggests 10,000 new cases will be reported annually by 2020.

People cannot spread the disease to each other. Lyme results from being bitten by an infected black-legged tick, which are common in rural areas, but can be found in urban areas as well, as they can travel on migratory birds throughout Canada.

Lyme only became a reportable disease in Canada in 2009.

There is no universally accepted test for Lyme disease in Canada.

– Government of Canada, Canadian Lyme Foundation, Canadian Medical Association, Medscape

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Skygazers spot mysterious flaming object during Sunday’s lunar eclipse

University of Victoria astronomer explains the “glowing object”

Evicted UVic student questions Saanich’s housing bylaw

Emma Edmonds had been living with six roommates, while the bylaw states you cannot exceed four

Sooke trade show targets local business

Sookrama planned for April

Plecas report: Thousands spent on trips, booze, magazines and a wood splitter

Two suspended B.C. legislature officers have been accused of ‘flagrant overspending’

Ousted legislature officials say report released to further blacken their reputations

James and Lenz say release was ‘Contrary to all principles of fairness and decent treatment’

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Canadian navy plans to extend life of submarines

The fleet has turned a corner after a troubled start

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Canadian talent abound on newly revamped Vancouver Whitecaps squad

Lineup is full of new faces after the organization parted ways with 18 players over the off-season

B.C. Green leader calls for long-term legislature financial audit

Andrew Weaver says trust in clerk and sergeant at arms is gone

No charges in fatal police Taser incident in B.C.

RCMP watchdog concludes no evidence of excessive or disproportionate force was used by officers

Most Read