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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 1:34 pm 
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PACT (Protect Allergic Children Today) issued a press release yesterday and it made page 2 of the local Victoria newspaper. Congrats to Team PACT for getting great exposure for the Bill M 210 cause.

Here's the beginning of the article. (Currently, no working link):

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Parents urge province to pass lethal-allergy bill
Times Colonist
Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A group of B.C. parents has mobilized to urge Education Minister
Shirley Bond to take "immediate, legislative action" to protect
children with life-threatening food allergies.

Protect Allergic Children Today (PACT) is asking Bond, Premier Gordon
Campbell and the Liberals to help pass Bill M210, the Anaphylactic
Student Protection Act. The bill was introduced by NDP critic David
Cubberley as private member's legislation on March 28.

"This law will support 13,000 kids in B.C. schools who are at risk of
anaphylaxis, the potentially lethal form of allergic reaction,"
spokeswoman Caroline Posynick said in a media release.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 3:45 pm 
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Let's try this one for a link!
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolo ... dee10f649f

So exciting!

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Here is our press release. They made me sound real smart. :D
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Parents Unite to Urge for
Anaphylaxis Law in BC Schools

Victoria, B.C. – A group of parents of children with life-threatening food allergies is calling for B.C. Education Minister Shirley Bond to take immediate, legislative action to protect children like theirs in British Columbia’s public schools.

Parents from across the province have formed a group – Protect Allergic Children Today (PACT) – specifically to press Bond and Premier Gordon Campbell to pass Bill M210, the Anaphylactic Student Protection Act. “This law will support 13,000 kids in B.C. schools who are at risk of anaphylaxis, the potentially lethal form of allergic reaction,” explained Caroline Posynick, spokesperson for PACT. Posynick notes the lack of consistent, province-wide standards on preventing and handling anaphylactic emergencies.

The NDP education critic David Cubberley introduced Bill M210 as non-partisan legislation on March 28. The proposed law would require every school board to establish an anaphylaxis policy, and for public schools to implement individual anaphylaxis plans with strategies to reduce exposure to allergy triggers. It would also require school staff to have training on using a life-saving epinephrine auto-injector and recognizing the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

“This is a law about preventing tragedy,” said Posynick, noting that similar legislation in Ontario, called Sabrina’s Law, adopted after 13-year-old Sabrina Shannon died at school from inadvertently consuming fries that were likely contaminated with a dairy protein, to which she was highly allergic.

Sabrina’s parents, Sara Shannon and Mike Shannon, will be guests in the British Columbia Legislature on Monday May 7th. Sara will travel from Ontario specifically to show support of this Bill and to tell the Government of BC the relevance this law will play in so many lives.

There is a groundswell of support building for Bill M210; the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, individual school PAC’s and the regional Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, as well as the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Associations are also backing it. A second reading is expected on May 28th.

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