Solutions for people living with Environmental Illness are sorely needed. Currently, there is no accomodative housing for these disabling conditions in Ontario despite years of advocacy and our wonderful Canadian attitude of support for basic human rights. This leaves people homeless and broken.

To that end, Woodfinch Ecovillage is creating stories by people with Environmental Illness to end our invisibility, and proposing a practical plan for real change. It’s amazing what can happen when people listen and hear stories of resilience and courage, and gather together to make the world a better place!

Problem

Although Environmental Illness is not rare, estimated to critically affect at least 50,000 Canadians, there is no accommodative housing for this disability in all of Ontario – in fact, in almost all of Canada!

Due to fragrance use in hospitals and clinics, we have extreme difficulty accessing the basic medical and dental care that Canadians rely on – or even to be diagnosed effectively.

The result is lost productivity and lost lives.

Challenges

  • Untrained medical professionals
  • Abandonment from family and friends: “but you don’t look sick”
  • Government officials are apathetic about providing us aid
  • Most of us are in dire poverty after years or decades of untreated, unaccommodated disability
  • High rates of homelessness
  • Higher than 60% suicide rate among the critically ill

Solution

We “canaries” know what we need to cope and to thrive. With the proper accommodations and special dietary restrictions, people who suffer from Environmental Illness can begin to reclaim our lives and contribute to society.

For that, we need to create individualized non-toxic environments for ourselves: safe housing, safe workplaces, and organic food. Since we can’t rely on the government, we must build our own solution – our own accessible, healing haven.

Next Steps

Create a roadmap for advocacy, community-building, crowdfunding, and construction in Ontario.

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About Us

This project is founded by people from a support group in Toronto, Canada for those struggling to live with disabilities that prevent normal lives and normal work through reactions to environmental toxins and triggers. Conditions include Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Electrical Hypersensitivity, Toxic Encephalopathy, Myalgic Encephalitis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and various autoimmune conditions. Some of the conditions have different names in different areas of the world, as such we will lump them together as “Environmental Illness” unless speaking of a specific person’s specific diagnosis.

Despite that these conditions are not even considered to be rare by the medical establishment, they still face ignorance from medical personnel, hospital staff, caseworkers, and from helping agencies that haven’t had time or occasion to study. The stigma against mental illness is so strong that many of these people would rather believe it is mental rather than physical, because the symptoms can be so variable on a day-to-day basis depending on exposures and tolerance levels (prior inflammation in the body).

The only true solution for our marginalization and housing crisis is to create an innovative ecological village of Tiny Homes and gather support from individual investors and sponsors to implement it. The government can then implement our proven solution elsewhere and relieve the suffering of approximately 50,000 Canadians who are currently unable to be contributing members of society due to the lack of specific disability accommodations in normal housing.

Throughout this website, you will find information on the problem, the proposed solution for Ontario, and stories of the lives affected.

 

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