A reminder for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that climate change is real when Canada is likely to face a surge in the number of case of Lyme disease (which can’t be downplayed or ignore).

As if we needed another reason to deplore the impacts of climate change, its warming effects are encouraging the northward spread of Lyme disease, carried by the black-legged tick which rides on deer, rodents and dogs, the Daily Climate reports. While common in the U.S., it was rare in Canada until recently. Because of that, Canadians eventually diagnosed with the disease were delayed in getting appropriate treatment.

But with more attention comes more action. This summer legislation to promote Lyme prevention and timely diagnosis and treatment passed the House of Commons by unanimous consent.

“So many members of Parliament have been hearing these stories that are heartbreaking,” said Green Party sponsor Elizabeth May.

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