Epilepsy in the News

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We may have a long way to go before everyone knows the facts about epilepsy, but progress is underway! Epilepsy and seizure disorders are slowly making their way into the media. Peruse the links below for some excellent articles that shed light on this often misunderstood brain condition.


February 10

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Health Minister announced mandatory reporting requirements for manufacturers who will experience drug shortages. The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance has advocated for several years.  It is a significant step in the right direction.  Click below for media coverage:




December 13

Brain Health – The National Post featured a special insert on brain health, including articles on epilepsy. .

June 25

Canada AM: Drugs shortages in Canada – Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, highlights the serious implications and effects on people’s lives when epilepsy medications are not available.

June 19

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Calls for Changes to Address Drug Shortages - News Release

 June 10

How I learned to Confront My Epilepsy – The Huffington Post

 June 4

Epilepsy Ontario – Letter to Editor re: SIU Report on Police Killing of Michael MacIsaac

SIU clears officer who shot Michael MacIsaac to death  – Toronto Star


May 29

Epilepsy Ontario Receives Imagine Canada Accreditation – News Release


May 22

Busting Myths About Epilepsy – The Huffington Post


April 13

Epilepsy Ottawa: Through the Eye of a Volunteer – The Huffington Post


Mar 17

Why I Speak Up About Living With Epilepsy – The Huffington Post


Feb 20

5 Things You Need To Know About Epilepsy – The Huffington Post


Jan 24

Undiagnosed Epilepsy Made People Think I Was Acting Out – The Huffington Post


Jan 21

Family of man with epilepsy shot by police want justice, training for officers

Jan 12           

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Releases Statement on Shooting Death of Michael MacIsaac         

Epilepsy Ontario Releases Statement on Shooting Death of Michael MacIsaac Supporting Call for Increased Public Education and Training   



Dec 16 Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Releases Statement on Bloc Leader’s Resignation 
Jul 12 Toronto Family Hopes for Access to Controversial Treatment
to Cure Baby’s Rare Epilepsy

- Global News 
Jun 01 Worries Disappear at Camp Summerfest for Kids with Epilepsy
- Toronto Star 

Global TV news reporter, Mark McAllister, experienced a seizure during a live news broadcast in 2011.  After receiving his disagnosis and thanks to a supportive employer, Global TV and the support he received from Epilepsy Toronto, Mark has taken the courageous step in speaking publicly about his epilepsy in an effort to create greater awareness and understanding.  Whitney Ghoustone, a young mom who has had epilepsy surgery and become seizure free is also featured and tells her story too.   Check out the links below:

Apr 16 Mark McAllister Tells His Story of Living with Epilepsy
- Global News 
Mar 08 Global Reporter Mark McAllister Opens up About His Epilepsy
- Toronto Star 
Mar 07 Global News’ Five-Part Series: Inside Epilepsy
- Global News 




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