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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:30 am 
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Here is the latest news on our quest for greater allergy awareness in BC's schools.


1. We are now a group - there are 62 of us now! - called Protect Allergic Children Today (PACT). We created this name so we could be an 'entity' that could help other parents find us as well as be an identifiable group to the media.


2. Speaking of the media, we have two press releases (attached) going out on Monday to BC and national news organizations. We have one announcing our group and support for Bill M 210 Anaphylaxis Student Protection Act, and another with background information on the Bill. We are going to try to co-ordinate our efforts to make sure there is a personal 'touch' to the story -- and we want you to call the editor of your local paper to let them know this is an important issue and you would like to make sure the new release is noticed. Please send me an email for more details on how to accomplish this.


3. Brian Kowalski, assistant to NDP David Cubberley (the MLA who introduced this bill), told us late on Friday that there is a very good chance that Bill M 210 will go to second reading on MONDAY, MAY 28th. This is very exciting news. We will want to get a lot of support together for this reading, and details will follow with how we will organize to watch the debate from the gallery in the Legislature.


4. Another important date is May 7th when Sara Shannon, mother of Sabrina, will be reading a statement in the Legislative session after David Cubberley introduces her to all MLAs. It is hoped there will be media coverage of this statement.


5. Many supporters of the bill continue to meet and discuss Bill M 210 on our forum at http://www.m210.org/forum/index.php . Please join if you haven't already done so -- and be sure to mention your location and, if appropriate, you school district, in your profile so we can make sure we are able to cover the province on getting the word out on this important issue. You have to sign up to read the discussions, but there is a lot of information there that describes the work that has been done thus far.


Thank you to everyone for their continued support. Please feel free to send me an email if you have questions/concerns or you if you would like assistance with how to use the forum.


All the best,
Caroline


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