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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:21 pm 
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BC is still organizing!

I posted this on our Protect Allergic Children Today website -- we have revamped a few things now that the spring legislative session is over and M 210 failed to pass its second reading.

Please help us keep up the pressure for legislation. We want the BC government to have legislation to protect our kids with allergies -- as I say below, it is simply the right thing to do.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us! We are getting somewhere with all of our efforts.

Caroline
PACT
www.PactBC.org

June 1, 2007 — As the Spring Session of the B.C. Legislature is now over, it is official that Bill M 210 Anaphylactic Student Protect Act has not passed its second reading and has died on the Order Papers.

While this is hugely disappointing, our parent group of Protect Allergic Children Today remains hopeful with what Liberal MLA Joan McIntyre said in the Legislature on May 28th.

"I'd like to reassure those listening to this debate today that this government is committed to having a provincial framework in place by this September at the start of school to support all schools across the province in ensuring that they have the best possible safety practices."

This promise for a provincially organized effort to unify the district policies is very positive, and one that we have not heard before Bill M 210 was presented. The decisions on how this will be determined will happen through an Anaphylactic Advisory Committee, which McIntyre refers to in the following:

"Let me reassure you — all listening today and all in this House — that the Ministry of Education takes this issue very seriously. It has established an anaphylaxis advisory committee to review the current practices and explore mechanisms to ensure a consistent approach across all districts and schools within the district.

"This committee is comprised of a wide variety of education partners. Let me name them. On the committee will be individual parents; parent advisory council reps; medical health officers; ministry officials; health authority officials; reps from associations such as the B.C. Medical Association, the Allergy/Asthma Information Association, Anaphylaxis Canada; and all the related education partners such as the B.C. school superintendents, the school trustees, the principals and vice-principals and of course the B.C. Teachers Federation."

PACT strongly believes that these stakeholders will recommend that the Liberal government should have legislation to protect students with life-threatening allergies.

Our parent group is determined to see that this legislation be presented and passed this fall session. By continuing to advocate through letters, phone calls, and petitions to our MLAs, the government will know this is an issue that won't go away. This need for legislation has support from parents, teachers, administrators, front-office staff, and health professionals and organizations because there is a clear need for concise and consistent anaphylaxis preparedness for the staff in our schools. Legislation to protect anaphylactic children is the way to get this message to everyone; it is simply the right thing to do.

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