International Quinism Awareness Day, September 19th, 2019

Call to action in cities across the globe.

On September 19th, 2019, the third Veterans Mefloquine Rally will take place in Ottawa. One of its primary goals is to increase awareness about mefloquine within the veteran community in Canada, in order to educate them and hopefully, save some of their lives.

Sadly, Canadian veterans and their families aren’t the only ones whose lives have been destroyed by this toxic drug. In the United States and several other countries around the world other military veterans along with their families are experiencing the same thing.

Another anti-malarial drug, tafenoquine (Krintafel), was tested on a group of Australian troops, and the results indicate that this drug is even more dangerous than mefloquine. Some of those test subjects had taken BOTH mefloquine and tafenoquine.

Civilians also welcome

An overwhelming number of those effected by mefloquine were in the military, however a great many civilians have also had their lives forever changed because of it. These are people who volunteered to do humanitarian work, or were required to travel to a malaria zone for business, or vacationers who wanted to see exotic locations. They have been without a voice and deserve the opportunity to ask for justice.

So the time has come to spread the message of the Ottawa rally around the world. On September 19th, I’m hoping that around the world people will rally in their national capitals. If they can’t make it to their national capital then a protest at the federal building in their town or city would do just fine.

A global effort.

In Ireland, there is a large and determined group of veterans who have been working hard for years to spread awareness and seek justice for what has happened to them. I’m calling on them to rally in Dublin on September 19th, or at their nearest federal government building if they are unable to make the trip.

Veterans in Australia also have a very strong voice, and I am hoping that some will be able to get together in Canberra and/or the provincial capitals.

Whether you are in Washington D.C. , Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, or any other city or town. Make a sign and take a stand. Demand to be heard and let the world know what happened to you. Let those in power know that you are out there and you will not be going away.

Together, we can be loud enough for the whole world to hear our message.

#inthistogether

Attention All Somalia Veterans

Dr. Remington Nevin wants to speak to you if you took mefloquine.

Last week was big for Dr. Remington Nevin and the Quinism Foundation. On Monday he was in Kanata, Ontario, where he accepted a $25,000 grant from the Royal Canadian Legion. It didn’t come via an oversized novelty cheque, but Dr. Nevin is flashing an oversized smile.

What the money will do is allow Dr. Nevin to conduct a review of a LIMITED number of veteran’s records. The reviews have a number of purposes. First, they will allow for an assessment to determine whether or not mefloquine is the cause of any current disabilities.

Second, they will also allow for reports to be made that will be primarily for the information of the veteran, but could also be used when applying for disability benefits.

The criteria

Reviews of this type are very detailed and as such, the funding only allows for a limited number of them. In order to make the most of the reviews, there are a number of criteria that must be met in order to participate.

  • Must be a Somalia-era veteran, preferably with objective neurological findings (diagnosed seizure or paresthesia disorder, or diagnosed vestibular or visual problems, such as vertigo, eye-teaming, or accommodative disorders). 
  • Must have complete Canadian Forces medical documentation including documentation of receipt of mefloquine.
  • Must have complete medical documentation following separation from service.

Contact Dr. Nevin

If you are a Somalia-era veteran with COMPLETE medical documentation, you can contact Dr. Nevin. After an initial email review, he may ask you to submit your medical records to him electronically for screening, at which time he will provide you with further details via email.

If you meet the criteria your information will provide Dr. Nevin with valuable data that will assist in gaining a better understanding of quinism, with the ultimate long-term goal of finding a treatment or cure. Your contribution will forever be a part of scientific history.

Dr. Remingtin Nevin

Phone: 1-802-291-3651

email: rnevin@quinism.org

Website: quinism.org

September 19th, 2019 International Mefloquine/Tafenoquine Veterans Rally

On Sept. 19th, hold a rally in front of your country’s legislature to raise awareness and demand justice.

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Link to Mefloquine Veterans Rally 2019 Facebook Page

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2nd Annual Mefloquine Awareness Veterans Rally Courtesy Marj Matchee, Facebook

On September 19th, Marj Matchee along with a dedicated group of veterans and their advocates, will for the third year in a row hold a rally in front of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

Marj has been a tireless advocate for mefloquine awareness for over two decades. Her husband, Clayton Matchee, was a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1992 and deployed to Somalia. While there, he was involved in an incident that would forever change his life, an incident that without a doubt was attributable to mefloquine toxicity.

https://onecalgaryvoter.com/2019/02/26/stolen-honour/

Read the story of Clayton Matchee’s mission in Somalia here.

Tired of unsuccsessfully lobbying the government for answers, Marj decided that the time had come to take things to the next level, and so three years ago she organized the very first Veterans Mefloquine Rally. It would be held in Ottawa on September 19th, marking the day in 2016 that Canadian veteran Claude Lalancette began his first of two hunger strikes on Parliament Hill.

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Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Claude Lalancette, Facebook

The purpose for the rally

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For Marj Matchee, the purpose of holding these rallies is to accomplish a number of things.

Mefloquine Awareness

The primary objective at the moment is to raise awareness of this drug first among veterans, current CF members, and those who are or will be planning a trip to a malaria zone, followed in turn by the general public.

Government Accountability

Reopening the Somalia Commission of Inquiry

The Canadian Government ordered a commission of inquiry into the Somalia affair, however it was shut down before evidence could be heard pertaining to mefloquine and the effect it had on the soldiers deployed to Somalia. Marj and an ever growing number of Canadians want the inquiry reopened.

Doing so would go a long way toward exonerating her husband and another soldier, Kyle Brown. These men had their lives and reputations ruined by mefloquine and it is my intention to have both of their names cleared in the historical record.

Admission Of Wrongdoing On The Part Of Government

Somehow, I just don’t see Justin Trudeau offering up platitudes and crocodile tears over this issue, nice as that would be. For years, the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defense have done all they could to keep things hidden or otherwise out of public view. While I don’t see such an admission coming in the near future, I still plan on holding them to account by reminding them, and the Canadian public, of what they did to a large number of our soldiers.

Government Funding For Research Leading To A Treatment Or Cure

Since they bear the responsibility for poisoning thousands of their own troops, it is incumbent upon them to find a way of treating them medically and if possible developing a cure. Whether or not this has even been conceived of yet remains unknown.

Make awareness the top priority

I wouldn’t expect people in Germany to rally at the Reichstag for Clayton Matchee, although they are certainly more than welcome to. The priority in every country right now has to be on awareness and education, because the more people who hear the message, the more lives can be saved. This has to be number one.

Demand answers of your governments, demand that your voices be heard, and sound out an alarm that will be heard by all. Veterans, humanitarian volunteers, and the travelling public all need to be made aware of the dangers posed by mefloquine and tafenoquine. Your efforts could help save the lives of many thousands around the world.

Mark September 19th on your calendar.

Whether you are in Rome, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, Madrid, Canberra, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., London, or Dublin, you can make a difference on September 19th. Even if you stand in front of the seat of your government by yourself, you will be making a difference, and standing in solidarity with the people who started it. On September 19th, stand with Marj Matchee, and help carry her message around the world.

D.B.

Setting Up The International Mefloquine/Tafenoquine Advocates Network Will Take A Lot Of Work

And I will be in need of some assistance to make it happen.

This past Thursday and Friday were very busy days for me and I went for over 48 hours without sleep, so I made up for it yesterday, and today I’m refreshed, recharged, and reinvigourated. I’ll have to be because I have a LOT of work to do.

Under ideal conditions, I would have dealt with these issues before I rolled out this idea. But these are not ideal conditions. People’s lives are literally at stake, which means that I can’t wait. If even one person learns something today that could save their life, then ready or not, I’m going to get it out there for people to see.

So, I am asking for your patience while things get set up, and if you are able to, I’m asking for a little bit of help.

International Mefloquine/Tafenoquine Advocates Network (IMTAN)

Facebook

A Facebook group as been set up, and I have set up pages in six languages, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, and Dutch.

As much as I would like to speak these languages fluently I do not, and rely on Google Translate to do this for me. This of course takes time, and so if anyone would be willing to lend me a hand with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, if you happen to notice issues with the translations of anything I post, please notify me immediately so that I can deal with it as quickly as possible.

In Need Of Administrators and Moderators For Facebook Group

I’m going to need a hand with this so I will be contacting people to see if they might be interested. Please message me if this is something you would be interested in.

I would also like to hear from the admins and mods from other Facebook pages for any advice you may have, and so that I can start to establish a list of advocacy contacts from across the globe.

YouTube Channel

A YouTube channel has been created and I am going to be working on translations of videos. I’m new to YouTube in this capacity, so please be patient with me. That being said, if anyone can lend me a hand in doing this and/or by showing me how to do it, please message or email me.

Twitter Account

I will also be setting up a Twitter account for IMTAN shortly.

A Need For Hindi Translators

हिंदी अनुवादकों की आवश्यकता

I could use Google Translate to translate into Hindi, however there are certain technical and medical words and concepts that will absolutely require the need for a person to do the translation.

The importance for a proper Hindi translation is especially crucial because of the introduction to the market of tafenoquine, the next generation of quinoline anti-malarial. It has been called “mefloquine 2.0” and “mefloquine on steroids”. Hundreds of millions of Hindi speaking people will be at risk, and they must be given some vitally crucial information before they take the drug.

Ideally, I am looking for a medical student(s) from India, preferrably at the University of Calgary. They would also need to understand that they will not be paid for their services, I simply can’t afford it, and I’m hoping this will appeal to those looking to contribute to a humanitarian cause. It will save the lives of an untold number in India.

Your Donations Would Help Immensely

I’ll start off by saying that I am not asking for donations on behalf of anyone else, and that these donations would be for my benefit.

I have spent a great deal of time getting to this point, and there is a great deal more work that needs to be done. This has essentially been a full-time commitment for me, and I’m hoping to make it so into the future.

That being said, I have expenses to pay like everyone else. Rent, utilities, internet,phone, food, transportation, all cost money. My expenses run from $1500-$2000 per month depending on the season. I have been getting by on student loans up until now, but I’m putting my education on hold for the time being in order to dedicate my full attention to this.

I am going to be researching any and all avenues of funding that are available in order to make sure that this is successful, but in the meantime, any amount you could give, $2, $5, anything would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made in Canadian funds through PayPal on this page.

Soon, the world is going to hear us.

All around the world people from all walks of life are suffering because of meloquine and tafenoquine and aren’t aware of it. They are feeling alone because they think nobody else knows what they are going through.

But they aren’t alone, and they need to hear that. Together, with the combined efforts of people and groups around the world, we will be heard with a voice loud enough to make everyone listen.

D.B.

International Mefloquine Advocates Network

https://it.insideover.com/guerra/soldati-italiani-vittime-della-sindrome-vietnam.html

Italian soldiers victims of the “Vietnam syndrome”

About a week or so ago, I noticed one of my posts being shared on Facebook. There’s nothing unusual about that, it happens often, but what was unusual is that when this post was shared, the person sharing it spoke Spanish, and commented on the post in it.

It suddenly struck me that mefloquine has effected people in countries across the globe who speak languages other than my native tongue. So, I thought the best thing to do would be to start translating my posts into spanish. It also occurred to me that there were a lot of veterans here in Canada that might live in Quebec and only speak french.

So, I figured it would be a good idea to translate them into french while I was at it (thank God for Google Translate is all I have to say). WordPress provides me with a number of statistics about my posts including which countries my posts are being read in. In Europe France, Italy, and Germany have the most clicks, so I thought I might check into this.

Once again utilizing Google Translate, I took a look at what the situation was like in Italy, and it didn’t take me long to become very alarmed at what I was seeing. Italian troops had been taking mefloquine since the first Gulf War in 1991 and from what I can tell, it is still being given to them.

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/esteri/follia-i-soldati-colpa-pillola-954029.html

Madness among soldiers blamed on pill

Rates of suicide among Italian veterans is high as is the number of veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Although there has been some media coverage of the issue in Italy it doesn’t appear as though anything is being done about it, and I could find no sign of any kind of advocacy activity whatsoever.

This has prompted me to take some action that I hope will begin to marshal all of the available resources into one place, and have a wide reach globally. To begin with I sent an email to Marco Marcolin, a deputy in the Italian parliament who had been looking into the high number of suicides among veterans.

I gave him as much information as I could while still trying to be brief. I sent numerous attachments to him, academic articles, etc. that would tell him what he needed to know. I also told him I needed to find a way to get in touch with as many Italian veterans as possible, and fast.

The International Mefloquine Advocates Network

Obviously an Italian translation would now need to be done and I thought I might as well make a German one while I was at it. Next someplace to start posting things in a manner such that there wouldn’t be 5 different translations of an article going on a page at a time.

To solve this problem, I set up a Facebook group called the International Mefloquine Advocates Network. I have also created a page for it, as well as pages for translations in french, italian, spanish, and german. My posts to these pages will be translated prior to me posting on them obviously.

It is my hope that through this group advocacy and education efforts can be made uniform, in order to begin organizing efforts globally. It is also my hope that experts in the field will also utilize it to provide the most up to date medical and legal news and views.

Mounting a co-ordinated effort

By coming together in this way our voice will only get louder, until the message has been heard and understood by all. We’re a long, long way from that just yet, but things have to start somewhere.

This is also a group for any and all who have an interest in this including advocates, veterans, Peace Corps volunteers, vacationers, as well as their caregivers, friends and/or family, and certainly medical professionals as well.

No matter where you are in the world, you can be a part of the same world-wide battle, and add your voice to the many others that have now begun to rise up.

The coming threat: tafenoquine

The next generation of quinoline anti-malarial has hit the market in Australia, and by all accounts it is mefloquine on steroids. Going by the brand name Krintafel, tafenoquine was tested on members of the Australian Defense Force. Judging by reports, yet another monster is being set loose among an unsuspecting public.

#inthistogether

There are moments when things happen in life that cross the barriers of location, language, and culture, and one of those things unfortunately is chronic quinoline encephalopathy, or, quinism. Masses of people around the world have suffered and there are many more out there who don’t know what is happening to them right now.

Statistically speaking, the total number of people in any single country who is currently suffering from quinoline toxicity will be extremely low, and as such it is hard for their voices to be heard. But when those voices from all around the world rise as one, their message is heard by all.

We’re all stronger because we’re #inthistogether.

Now if you’ll all excuse me, I have some translating to do.

D.B.

Facebook Groups

  • International Mefloquine Advocates Network (EN)
  • Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina (SP)
  • La mefloquina internazionale difende la rete (IT)
  • Réseau international des défenseurs de la méfloquine (FR)
  • Internationales Mefloquine Advocates Netzwerk (DE)
  • Internationaal Mefloquine pleit voor netwerk (NL)

La délivrance de Dave Bona

Un vétéran de la Somalie qui souffre de quinisme depuis plus de 25 ans, Dave Bona partage ses idées sur la maladie et l’importance de la nutrition.

Le terme «quinisme» peut sembler nouveau, mais les symptômes d’empoisonnement causés par la méfloquine (auparavant commercialisée sous le nom de Lariam®), la tafénoquine (commercialisée sous les noms Krintafel® et Arakoda ™) et les médicaments à base de quinoléine apparentés sont bien connus: acouphènes. Vertiges. Vertige. Paresthésies. Perturbations visuelles. Problèmes gastro-oesophagiens et intestinaux. Cauchemars. Insomnie. Apnée du sommeil. Anxiété. Agoraphobie. Paranoïa. Dysfonctionnement cognitif. Dépression. Changement de personnalité. Pensées suicidaires.
Ces symptômes ne sont pas des “effets secondaires”. Ce sont des symptômes d’empoisonnement causés par une classe de médicaments neurotoxiques qui endommagent le cerveau et le tronc cérébral. Cet empoisonnement provoque une maladie, et cette maladie a un nom: encéphalopathie chronique à la quinoléine, également appelée quinisme.

https://quinism.org/
Dave Bona, ancien combattant de la mission en Somalie et avocat du quinisme

Lorsque j’ai commencé mes recherches sur la méfloquine et le rôle qu’elle devait jouer dans «l’affaire Somalie», la toute première personne avec laquelle j’ai eu une conversation était Dave Bona. C’est au cours de cette conversation téléphonique que j’entendais de première main les dégâts causés par cette drogue sur la vie de nos anciens combattants.

J’avais pris le temps de découvrir tout ce que je pouvais sur Dave avant de lui parler et de consulter le grand nombre d’articles et d’interviews dans lesquels il figure en ligne. J’ai découvert un homme qui vivait dans un cauchemar depuis plus d’un quart de siècle à cause du médicament neurotoxique qu’il avait reçu l’ordre de prendre en 1992/93 dans le cadre de l’opération Deliverance.

J’avais une idée de ce que je pouvais m’attendre lors de notre conversation, mais entendre ces choses de première main me choquait toujours. Il me donnait une perspective que rien de ce que j’avais lu jusque-là ne pouvait vraiment rendre justice. Je parlais maintenant avec quelqu’un qui vivait un cauchemar et lorsque je l’ai écouté, il m’a raconté comment était sa vie pendant tout ce temps, une gamme d’émotions a commencé à s’accumuler en moi.

La première chose qui me frappe lorsque je parle avec Dave est un sentiment de choc, d’horreur et d’incrédulité chez 1) les symptômes que cet homme me raconte et, 2) la colère mêlée de colère à la pensée que cet homme et beaucoup d’autres comme lui ont été empoisonnés à la demande de leur gouvernement. Cela a rapidement ajouté à ma motivation lorsque je me suis mis à faire quelque chose pour ces anciens combattants qui ont payé un prix très élevé pour avoir servi leur pays, un pays dont le gouvernement continue de les nier à tout le monde.

Le parrain du Canada pour la méfloquine
 

L’ancien parachutiste participe activement à la sensibilisation à la méfloquine et au plaidoyer depuis trois ans. Bien que les efforts de sensibilisation à la méfloquine aient commencé au Canada plusieurs années avant son implication, ses contributions ont été énormes. Grâce à ses efforts, un nombre important et de plus en plus grand d’anciens combattants a été informé du quinisme, ce qui a permis de sauver un nombre incalculable de vies.

Il fait également partie du groupe de Canadiens qui souffrent depuis le plus longtemps de ses symptômes débilitants, des symptômes qui durent depuis 26 ans. À ce moment-là, il a accumulé une expérience inépuisable dans la vie avec la maladie et partage ses idées et ses connaissances avec tout le monde dans des vidéos qu’il publie sur Facebook.

L’importance de la nutrition.

Pour Dave, la nutrition est une arme essentielle dans son combat contre le quinisme. Par ses propres recherches et par essais et erreurs, Dave apprend le rôle important que joue la nutrition dans la guérison des lésions cérébrales traumatiques. Contrairement au SSPT, le quinisme est une autre forme de TBI, bien qu’il ait été provoqué par un médicament, par opposition à la force cinétique.

Dave est une figure centrale en matière de quinisme au Canada et sa page Facebook est un référentiel d’informations sur la méfloquine et un lieu de rencontre pour les défenseurs des anciens combattants de la méfloquine.

Dave a également fait l’objet de nombreuses histoires dans les médias au fil des ans. Certains racontent comment la méfloquine a détruit sa vie, mais beaucoup d’autres racontent comment il se bat maintenant, pas seulement pour lui-même, mais pour les milliers d’autres comme lui.

Ce que Dave Bona expérimente n’est pas simplement un phénomène canadien. Des milliers d’anciens combattants du monde entier ont eu les mêmes symptômes, les mêmes pensées, les mêmes sentiments que Dave. Ce sont les sentiments partagés par les anciens combattants américains endurcis par la guerre et par les touristes suédois.

Il est devenu un phare dans l’obscurité, aidant à éloigner les autres du danger et à les emmener dans un port sûr. Si vous ou une de vos connaissances souffrez des symptômes du quinisme et que vous ne savez pas quoi faire, Dave serait une excellente ressource pour vous.

Vous devriez également visiter The Quinism Foundation sur www, quinism.org pour obtenir les informations les plus précises et les plus à jour du Dr. Remington Nevin, éminent chercheur dans le domaine du quinisme. La mission de la fondation est décrite dans la section «À propos de nous» de leur page Web.

La fondation a un énorme travail devant elle. Nous devons préparer les organismes de santé à identifier les personnes exposées aux quinoléines et à dépister les expositions symptomatiques à la quinoléine. Nous devons éduquer les cliniciens pour qu’ils diagnostiquent l’encéphalopathie chronique à la quinoléine et d’autres conditions médicales causées par un empoisonnement à la quinoléine. Nous devons former les chercheurs à distinguer les effets du quinisme de ceux d’autres troubles, notamment le trouble de stress post-traumatique (TSPT) et la lésion cérébrale traumatique. Nous devons aider les organismes gouvernementaux à reconnaître les personnes handicapées souffrant de quinisme. Nous devons identifier les facteurs de risque de la maladie. Nous devons essayer de compter tous ceux qui sont touchés. Et nous devons soutenir la recherche de traitements efficaces.

… La fondation est fière d’être répertoriée comme organisme de bienfaisance enregistré dans le fonds de dons PayPal, sur Amazon Smile et dans le fonds conseillé par les donateurs de Network for Good. Vous pouvez également en savoir plus sur les activités de bienfaisance de la fondation en consultant notre liste sur Guidestar.
  

https://quinism.org/about-us/

S’il vous plaît visitez le site Web pour obtenir des informations sur la façon de faire un don.

D.B.
 

Internet Exclusive. Causes of Action: The Facts of the Case Against The Government

The shocking and incredible elements of the case against the government.

Lawyers filed statements of claim in federal court in Toronto yesterday on behalf of eight Canadian veterans who are suing the federal government. Details of the suit were made available Wednesday night and,in an internet exclusive, I am publishing the details of the suit as described in the statements of claim.

The plaintiffs have presented a number of factual elements which they intend to prove in court, that will show that the government committed the following:

  1. Negligence
  2. Negligent Misrepresentation
  3. Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  4. Breach of the plaintiffs Section 7 Charter rights
  5. Battery
  6. Wilful Concealment
  7. Affected defendants mental and psychological state
  8. Misdiagnosis

Were the defendant in this case an individual or a corporation, it’s highly likely that they would also be facing criminal charges in Court of Queen’s Bench. But this is the government, and the only punishment available to them comes in the financial form. This means that the taxpayer is ultimately on the hook to serve the sentence whenever the government commits a crime.

What this is meant to do is to teach the government a lesson, that flouting the law comes at a price. It will then be up to voters to decide if the government deserves clemency or the death penalty, metaphorically of course.

Some of what is contained here could be upsetting. It is unfathomable that any government would treat its soldiers the way these defendants were treated, but yet it happened. It must be held accountable for these actions so that it never happens again.

CAUSES OF ACTION

65. Pursuant to s. 3 of the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-50, the Defendant is directly and vicariously liable for any wrongs committed by DND, CAF or any of its employees and agents.

Negligence

The Government owed a duty of care to CAF Members. The Government knew or ought to have known that if it carried out its duties negligently, it could reasonably cause the kind of harm that was in fact suffered by the Plaintiffs.

The Government was required to:

a. use reasonable care to ensure the safety and well-being of the Plaintiffs;

b. obtain the införmed consent of the Plaintiffs before requiring them to take Mefloquine; and

c. use reasonable care in the operation, administration, prescribing, dispensing, managing, supervising, and monitoring of the use of Mefloquine.

The Government breached that duty of care by:

ordering the Plaintiffs, on pain of court martial, to take a drug that it knew or ought to have known was not safe and could have serious and long term adverse health effects;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine without conducting a proper medical screening for contraindications;

failing to provide a medication guide or other information to the Plaintiffs regarding the proper use of Mefloquine;

failing to adequately warn the Plaintiffs of the risks associated with taking Mefloquine;

failing to warn the Plaintiffs not to consume alcohol while taking Mefloquine because of the risk of adverse interactions with alcohol, including the greatly increased risk of experiencing mental problems;

failing to tell the Plaintiffs to immediately stop taking Mefloquine if they experienced any of the following symptoms: mental problems, including anxiety, depression, paranoia, hallucinations, feeling restless, confused or disoriented, unusual behavior or changes to mood; nervous system changes, including dizziness, spinning, ringing in the ears, loss of balance, seizures or convulsions; or issues with nerves, including prickling or tingling sensations, numbness and loss of an ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, a burning or sharp pain, loss of balance or co-ordination, feeling pain from a very light touch, or muscle weakness or paralysis;

ordering the Plaintiffs to continue taking Mefloquine after the above symptoms were reported;

failing to monitor or record adverse reactions and complications experienced by the Plaintiffs and other CAF Members as a result of taking Mefloquine

failing to properly investigate the side effects, adverse reactions and complications experienced by the Plaintiffs and other CAF Members as a result oftaking Mefloquine;

failing to consider and account for the risk of interaction of Mefloquine with other psychological conditions and injuries commonly experienced by CAF Members including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury;

failing to provide and/or consider suitable alternative anti-malarial drugs to mefloquine;

requiring that the Plaintiffs take an anti-malarial drug that was unsuitable for use in a military or combat setting;

failing to provide necessary medical treatment to the Plaintiffs in a timely manner;

failing to refer the Plaintiffs to appropriate medical specialists in a timely manner, or at all;

failing to administer Mefloquine to the Plaintiffs in a safe and competent manner;

putting its own interests ahead ofthe interest of the Plaintiffs by ignoring and remaining wilfully blind to the risks of Mefloquine to individual CAF Members; and

such further and other particulars as may become apparent and counsel may advise.

As a result of the Government’s breach of its duty of care, the Plaintiffs suffered damages as set out below.

Negligent Misrepresentation

The Plaintiffs were highly dependent on information provided by the Government regarding the risks posed by Mefloquine. The Government knew that the Plaintiffs would rely on information provided by DND and CAF to the Plaintiffs in order to make decisions regarding risks to their health and safety.

DND and CAF repeatedly represented to the Plaintiffs and CAF Members as a whole that Mefloquine was safe. These representations specifically downplayed or denied the risks associated with Mefloquine and were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading.

Canada knew or ought to have known that the representations made by CAF and DND regarding the safety of Mefloquine were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading.

The Plaintiffs state that Canada owed a duty of care to the Plaintiffs and is liable in deceit and/or negligent misrepresentation for the Representations that were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading and as a result of which the Plaintiffs’ suffered damages as set out below.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

The Government owed the Plaintiffs a fiduciary duty. The relationship between the Plaintiffs and the Defendant is one of complete trust, reliance and dependency. While in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Government had extraordinary and unilateral powers over the lives of CAF Members. Because of the hierarchical and authoritarian command structure of the CAF, the binding nature of enrolment in the CAF, the oaths and declarations required by CAF Members, and the strict requirement to follow all orders of superiors, the Plaintiffs were in a position of complete vulnerability and dependence on the CAF and DND. In particular, the Plaintiffs were at the Government’ s mercy regarding what drugs they were ordered to take prior to and during deployment. Prior to and while deployed, the Government was solely responsible for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of the Plaintiffs.

The Government breached its fiduciary duties to the Plaintiffs. The particulars of the breach include:

putting its own interests ahead of the interest of the Plaintiffs by ignoring and remaining wilfully blind to the risks of Mefloquine to individual CAF Members;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine without conducting a proper medical screening for contraindications;

ordering the Plaintiffs to continue taking Mefloquine after adverse symptoms were reported; and

failing to safeguard the physical and psychological health of the CAF Members.

Charter claim (breach of s.7)

I’m just going to note here that Omar Khadr claimed that the government violated his section 7 charter rights. Should the plaintiffs win this case, they could get the $5,000,000 they are asking just for this cause alone. It’s still less than half of what was paid to a confessed murderer.

The Government’ s action in forcing the Plaintiffs to take a drug that seriously impaired the Plaintiffs mental and physical health and caused severe psychological harm is an infringement of the Plaintiffs right to security of the person as enshrined in s. 7 of the Canadian Charter ofRights and Freedoms. This infringement is not justified in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

The breaches of the Plaintiffs’ Charter rights are not demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

The Plaintiffs are entitled to a declaration that their Charter rights were infringed.

The Plaintiffs are also entitled to a monetary remedy pursuant to section 24(1) of the Charter in order to:

compensate the Plaintiffs for pain and suffering;

vindicate the Plaintiffs’ fundamental human rights; and

deter systematic violations of a similar nature by the Government in future.

Battery

The Plaintiffs assert that the forced ingestion of Mefloquine without their informed consent, in the circumstances pleaded above, amounts to battery.

Wilful Concealment

The Government has and continues to willfully conceal the fact that the injuries suffered by the Plaintiffs were caused by the fact that the Government ordered the Plaintiffs to take mefloquine.

Mental and psychological state

The Plaintiffs have suffered severe and debilitating mental and psychological conditions as described above as a result of taking Mefloquine and otherwise. As a result of these severe and debilitating mental and psychological conditions, the Plaintiffs were previously incapable of commencing a claim against the Defendant.

Misdiagnosis

The Plaintiffs have been misdiagnosed by doctors, including doctors employed by the government, as suffering only PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries, when in fact, the PlaintifTs were suffering from neurological and psychological injuries caused by mefloquine.

Stay tuned, there will be a lot more to follow.

D.B.