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Protester Janet Conners in Ottawa accuses the government and Canadian blood supply managers of silence and coverups during the tainted blood scandal of the 1970s and '80s. The woman's husband died from AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion. (Andrew Wallace/Canadian Press)

Canada’s blood supply
10 years after Krever, is it safe?
Last Updated April 27, 2007
CBC News

Blood is probably the most precious liquid on Earth. It nourishes and restores life and is shared widely within communities, countries and around the world.

Bad or tainted blood is a human disaster on a similarly vast scale, as scandals in Canada, France, Australia and Britain have shown. A decade ago, this country finally began to come to terms with the criminal tragedy of blood infected with HIV and hepatitis C, and the thousands upon thousands of innocent Canadians who contracted the diseases through blood transfusions.

In November 1997, a royal commission headed by Justice Horace Krever of the Ontario Court of Appeal roundly vilified governments and blood collection agencies for their roles in that dark episode. Criminal charges were laid and the country belatedly took extensive steps to protect the blood supply.

Independent public agencies were set up to collect and protect blood donations in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Extensive testing was introduced at every stage of the process. Politicians and victims of the scandal squared off across a minefield of compensation and liability issues, and slowly but surely the crucial central issue of ensuring a safe blood supply began.

So where do we stand now? Is Canada’s blood supply safe? Is it being adequately protected from existing threats and those that might come along in future? And will we have enough blood to serve an aging population when demographics show that most blood donors are themselves aging, with younger people yet to pick up the demographic slack?

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Remember they said Lyme doest kill. When the truth is forest from that.
Not only does it kill, but has. The media just started in the last few years coving stories about Lyme’s. Why wait till now, I mean hello it’s been here since we known early 1970′s, and they are just now picking up on it. Get real. The fact is just this they chose to ignore it, only to have people blind sided when struck down with this illness. Now that many live daily suffering they chose to treat people like it’s in there heads. Well yeah it is, But it’s not our imaginations as they wish it was. It’s called Lyme Disease. But keep in mind we the survivors are told by many in the medical field Lyme disease doesn’t kill. When we question to why we feel so ill, or our bodies are giving out do to this illness ; It’s in our heads, only make us feel even more confused, and alone. This video may seem cold, it’s far from it. It gives a voice to those that have past on, giving only more meaning to their lives. No more BS about it, for far to long we sat praying for a cure. WE trusted in the medical field. After all we never ask to get sick in the first place. We don’t ask for a cure, we demand it. Time to face the reality of facts.
In memory of those who lost their battle with this horrific disease, and lives where cut short.

Talk about how Lyme’s has been ignored for many years. Signs ,side effects,and validates the death of former Lyme’s patients. The most important is a doctor go’s on the recorded stating more needs to be done


Ticks can attack moose in droves, draining their blood and possibly killing them.


August 18, 2010

Dr. Teresa Royer MacKnight, 57, Andover, Maine

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ANDOVER, Maine — Dr. Teresa “Terri” Royer MacKnight, 57, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, peacefully at her home in Andover.

She was born March 25, 1953, in Lewisburg, Pa., a daughter of Russell and Louise Royer, of New Columbia, Pa.

She graduated from Lewisburg High School, Class of 1971 and received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University in Iowa in 1979.

Dr. MacKnight practiced medicine in Hollywood, Fla., Seattle, Wash., Negley, Ohio, and Beaver, Pa., before moving to Maine in 1990. She practiced medicine in Rumford until being disabled by Neurologic Lyme Disease. She was one of the founders of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and the society’s first president in 1999.

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