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Join us at Queen's Park on May 6th to push the Minister of Health the final step forward to develop a provincial Lyme strategy!

Calling all Lyme disease patients, caregivers, and advocates! You can help bring about real change in the way that Lyme disease is tested, treated, and diagnosed in Ontario by coming to Queen's Park on May 6th to show you support and want to see a provincial strategy for Lyme developed and implemented.

You may have joined us at Queen's Park last November when MPP Mike Mantha's motion - that asked the Minister of Health to develop a Lyme strategy - was tabled, debated, and then passed unanimously. It was really an amazing thing to watch, and we impressed upon the MPPs just how much public support there is in Ontario for this strategy by simply being in the gallery in force.

However, five months later, the Minister of Health has still not officially announced that he intends to follow through with the government's commitment to create and implement a Lyme strategy. He also has not yet stated that stakeholders like CanLyme, international researchers, veterinary associations, outdoor worker and patient groups will be at the table during the development process.

We are therefore heading back to Queen's Park on the morning of May 6th to push the government to fulfill their commitment to the promised strategy!

MPP Mike Mantha will be officially asking the Minister of Health during Question Period that morning what the Minister has done so far to develop a Lyme strategy. The Minister has been notified of this in advance. It is critical that the Minister and the other members of the House see once again that Ontarians are still very concerned about Lyme and that we are demanding change in the province.

This is where you come in. We need to absolutely fill the visitors' galleries with supporters to show the government that Ontarians consider this strategy a priority. All you need to do is to come to Queen's Park and bring some friends and family.

We will meet at Queen's Park at 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 6th, and the whole event should be over by 12:30 pm. This includes our gathering after the Question Period, when we will be tying green ribbons on the posts and trees outside the Legislature. Mike Mantha has also promised to join us on the front lawn and take part in the "Lyme Sucks Challenge"!

If you are able to join us, please send us an email at info@ontariolymealliance.ca with your name and address so that you can be put on the list of attendees for Queen's Park security. We will also need the same information for any guests you will be bringing. You must RSVP before May 1st in order to be able to enter the House the morning of May 6th. We'll send you more details when we receive your RSVP! Hope you can be there!