That Eric Alper
The Toronto Star
by Carla Gillis
October 7, 2015
DOING IT FOR RONNIE
Friends of controller.controller bassist Ronnie Morris step in to help him post-stroke after OHIP foots him with a $200,000 bill
Who knew that if you have a stroke when you’re between 20 and 64, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan won’t cover your long-term, full-time rehab costs?
In April, controller.controller bassist Ronnie Morris suffered two strokes, a double vertebral arterial dissection and two brain bleeds that required two major surgeries. He spent four and a half weeks in intensive care and seven and a half weeks total in the hospital. He lost his ability to speak, has memory problems, loss of balance and coordination and other issues.
Now he’s facing rehabilitation that will cost him up to $200,000. He’s 38, and as a musician, PhD student and part-time teacher at York University, without extended health care coverage.
Letters To The Editor: Ronnie Morris On The Road To Recovery
May 28, 2015.
I would like to thank Kevin Ritchie for writing about my brother Ronnie Morris and sharing his story (NOW, May 21). Our family hopes that by increasing awareness about strokes, their signs, symptoms and related illnesses, we might help other people and families facing this terrifying ordeal.
RONNIE MORRIS RECOVERY: Controller.controller bassist is fighting to recover from two major strokes
By Kevin Ritchie
May 21, 2015
Five months after controller.controller announced a reunion, the post-punk group is grappling with a devastating setback.
In April, the band’s 37-year-old bassist, Ronnie Morris – who also plays in experimental orchestra Flowers of Hell – suffered two massive strokes that involved a double arterial dissection and brain bleed. He underwent two life-saving operations and his family and friends are now attempting to raise funds to pay for his lengthy recovery, which could cost in the hundreds of thousands.
CBC Metro Morning
Broadcast October 7, 2015
Interview with Matt Galloway
This spring, Toronto bass player Ronnie Morris suffered not one, but two, strokes which almost took his life. Matt Galloway spoke with his brother Scott Morris. Tomorrow night, a benefit concert will be held at Lee’s Palace.
Ronnie Morris, Toronto musician, may not get OHIP help with rehab after 2 strokes: 37-year-old bass player and PhD student may not qualify for full rehabilitation coverage due to age
A Toronto musician who is in hospital struggling to regain his speech and mobility following two devastating strokes is facing another hurdle: the province may not pay for some of his rehabilitation.
Ronnie Morris, 37, who played bass for local bands controller.controller and Lioness, recently suffered two separate, consecutive strokes at the base of his brain which required life-saving surgeries…
By Sarah Murphy
Published May 29, 2015
Controller.Controller’s Ronnie Morris Facing Limited OHIP Funding for Stroke Recovery
Ronnie Morris may be known to Toronto indie music fans as the bassist in bands like Controller.Controller and Lioness, but the Canadian musician is now gaining attention for his recent medical woes — and the Ontario healthcare policies that may not cover his rehabilitation.
Last month, 37-year-old Morris suffered two consecutive strokes, which required two life-saving surgeries and has resulted in ongoing paralysis, pain and an inability to speak…
By Tannara Yelland
Published May 29, 2015
Newsstand: May 29, 2015: In the news this morning: foreign military personnel get half off at the LCBO, Mark Saunders defends carding, a new Iron Chef-related restaurant will open in Toronto, and a local musician suffered a stroke
Ronnie Morris, a 37-year-old Toronto musician for bands like Controller Controller and Lioness and PhD student teaching part-time at York, recently suffered two strokes that have left him paralyzed on his right side and in need of rehabilitation. The province, however, says OHIP may not cover rehab for him because it restricts funding for those services for people between 20 and 64 years old.
By Serge Milville
Published May 30, 2015
Chronique: Les Oubliés De L’assurance-Maladie
Ronnie Morris, doctorant en histoire à l’Université York et fils d’immigré écossais est présentement partiellement paralysé. Sa vision est floue et il a de la difficulté à parler. Sa réhabilitation est, d’ailleurs, fort compliquée. Il devra passer des mois, voire des années, avant de pouvoir retrouver une partie de sa forme physique et mentale qu’il avait avant son accident.
That Eric Alper
Published Jun 1, 2015
controller.controller Bassist Ronnie Morris’ Stroke Recovery Fund Is A Go. Let’s Do Our Part
On Friday, April 24, Ronnie Morris, best known in the Canadian music scene as the bass player for controller.controller and Lioness, suffered two massive strokes, in his brain stem and his cerebellum, as well as a double vertebral artery dissection.
Ronnie had actually suffered an initial stroke a week earlier but had not displayed the usual symptoms; he thought he had the flu. After the double dissection and a second stroke, Ronnie collapsed while on the phone with his bandmate. He was transported by ambulance to Brampton Civic Hospital where an emergency CT Scan confirmed that there was a dissection. Ronnie stopped breathing and was put on life support and transported to Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, where he required immediate emergency neural surgery. Unfortunately, five days later, after making some progress, Ronnie then suffered a further brain stem bleed and needed a second life saving surgery. For three weeks, he fought for his life in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
eBitz News Sports & Entertainment
Published by Greg Longley
June 4, 2015
‘controller.controller’ bassist Ronnie Morris not qualified for OHIP as stroke recovery turns to public funding
On Friday, April 24, the 38-year-old musician and York University teaching assistant suffered two massive strokes in his brain stem and his cerebellum, as well as a double vertebral artery dissection.
Posted by Shazia Khan
The top concerts in Toronto for October 2015: Do it for Ronnie, a Benefit Concert (October 8, Lee’s Palace)
The story of Ronnie Morris – the controller.controller bassist who recently suffered from two major strokes and needed emergency surgeries not adequately covered by OHIP brought into sharp relief the shortcomings of the health care system. This benefit gig brings together a bunch of Toronto music-scene power players from Metz, Fresh Snow, Tokyo Police Club and others to help aid his recovery.
By Richard Trapunski
Sept 16, 2015
Toronto musicians band together to support Controller.Controller bassist Ronnie Morris’s stroke recovery:
METZ, Fresh Snow, Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, The Flowers of Hell and more will play benefit shows to support the recovering Canadian musician.
This past May, just months after reuniting for Wavelength’s anniversary festival, Controller.Controller bassist Ronnie Morris suffered two consecutive strokes that left him briefly on life support. His story became something of a political lightning rod as the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) would only cover a small part of his rehab costs due to funding restrictions between the ages of 20 and 64 (Morris is 37), and as a PhD student/part time teacher at York University he didn’t have health insurance.
The Toronto Star
By Chris Young
Thursday Oct 8, 2015
Concert Sampler Oct 8 to 14: Stevie Wonder and Oddisee. Also Flowers of Hell, Ezra Furman, Protomartyr and others.
Flowers of Hell “Atmosphere”
This Joy Division cover excerpt showcases the Toronto-London amalgam’s bass player Ronnie Morris, recovering from a serious stroke suffered last May and the focus of this fundraising show that’s attracted a number of his many friends and bandmates from the Toronto music community.
York University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program in History
June 25, 2015
Ronnie Morris, PhD candidate in History, faces extensive road to recovery
On Friday, April 24, Ronnie Morris, a PhD candidate in History, suffered two major strokes, in his cerebellum and brain stem, as well as a double vertebral artery dissection. Ronnie had actually suffered an initial stroke a week earlier but had not displayed the usual symptoms; he thought he had the flu. After the double dissection and a second stroke, Ronnie collapsed while on the phone. After two life-saving surgeries and almost a month in intensive care, Ronnie is finally stable and has very recently returned home to Brampton.
At York, Ronnie’s skills as a teaching assistant were quickly recognized in courses on the social and labour histories of modern Europe and Britain. Having completed coursework and comprehensive exams, Ronnie crafted a dissertation topic on the phenomenon of child welfare and ideas about juvenile delinquency in eighteenth-century England. Focused especially on London during a period when the health of young people and the regulation of their behaviour became a subject of increasing public concern, Ronnie’s research seeks to illuminate the lives of the children of the poor.
YFile, York University’s Daily News
Chair, Graduate program in History
June 25, 2015
Popular history grad student and teaching assistant Ronnie Morris suffers two major strokes
On Friday, April 24, Ronnie Morris, a PhD candidate in History, suffered two major strokes, in his cerebellum and brain stem, as well as a double vertebral artery dissection. Morris had actually suffered an initial stroke a week earlier but had not displayed the usual symptoms; he thought he had the flu.
His achievements are more than academic. He is also an accomplished musician, playing bass guitar and touring with well-known Toronto-area groups such as controller.controller, Lioness and Flowers of Hell.
At York, his skills as a teaching assistant were quickly recognized in courses on the social and labour histories of modern Europe and Britain. Having completed coursework and comprehensive exams, Morris crafted a dissertation topic on the phenomenon of child welfare and ideas about juvenile delinquency in 18th-century England. Focused on London during a period when the health of young people and the regulation of their behaviour became a subject of increasing public concern, his research seeks to illuminate the lives of the children of the poor.