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Chatelaine Rebuttal

I’m a longtime reader of Chatelaine magazine, and always liked that its name, in French, means a trusted female charged with keeping all in her care safe and protected. She’s the so-called “keeper of the keys.” But in its December issue, Chatelaine turned her back on a small but important group of her youngest citizens. In an […]

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Sabrina’s Law Turns Five

  I am very proud, honoured and humbled by the success of Sabrina’s Law at the 5th anniversary of its passage in Ontario. We live in a good world where something like Sabrina’s Law comes out of such tragedy. It is truly remarkable. I feel Sabrina is proud of the law that’s named after her […]

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Airlines: The Great Snack Debate

No one should have to go through what my two kids and I have just gone through. We’re the people you may have heard about in the news. On February 15, we got tossed off a Mexicana Airlines flight simply because I’d asked that the attendants not serve peanuts. I’m at risk of anaphylaxis to […]

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Reader’s Story: The Family Vacation

By Kimberly Burger Capozzi My mother always used to say that the best thing about going on vacation was coming home, but I never understood that until my family took our first trip since learning of our son’s severe allergy to peanut. Never have I been so happy to see my own kitchen floor. It’s […]

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Dairy is a Life Changer

(The following column first appeared in the Barrhaven Independent, an online publication based in the suburb of Barrhaven in Ottawa, Ontario. Karen Eck wrote it as a response to an editorial the Independent published criticizing strategies used by one particular local school for dealing with severe dairy allergies.) I am the leader of the Ottawa […]

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Reader’s Story: I’m the Girl with Multiple Food Allergies

I’m only 11 years old, but already I’ve dealt with a lot. I am allergic to nuts, fish, shellfish, all legumes, bananas and spinach. I’m also allergic to many antibiotics, and have environmental allergies, asthma, eczema, and exercise- and heat-induced reactions. Life hasn’t been easy, and I’ve ridden twice in an ambulance. But I’ve also […]

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