UPDATE — Hyer's 'personal health-related matter'


Bruce Hyer, the independent MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, has called a media conference for 1 p.m. today, where it’s expected he will make an announcement on “a personal health-related matter.”
No other details are available at this time.
Hyer battled cancer three years ago.
“I am fortunate to be a cancer survivor myself, and I had quite a battle three years ago with cancer. It was not fun, it was not easy,” he told The Chronicle-Journal in an interview Nov. 19.
“I had both chemo and radiation for eight weeks, and it worked,” he said. “I lost a lot of weight, and I won’t say I was at my prime during it, but I never missed a day of work. Every day in Ottawa, I had chemo at 8 a.m., I had radiation at nine (in the morning), and I was in the House of Commons at 10.”
Hyer was reacting to news from Michael Gravelle, who pledged to continue his roles as MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Natural Resources as he undergoes treatment for aggressive lymphoma.
The long-serving provincial politician was beginning his chemotherapy treatment for the disease that day.
Gravelle, 63, said he learned in October that he had lymphoma.
The decision to say something about the matter publicly, said the veteran MPP, was difficult, but he felt he couldn’t keep it quiet.
“I feel that I have a very close, personal relationship with my constituents,” Gravelle said. “I’ve been at this long enough, and people are seeing me every single day.
“I’m not seeking the attention so much as I want my constituents and others to know about this.”