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 Post subject: National Child Day
PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:16 pm 
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My question to the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Today is National Child Day.
According to the following website, Canada is committed to ensureing that all children are treated with dignity and respect.
Why then do we have parents in this forum who can't send their children to school or even the library out of fear for their lives?
Who speaks for the child when we are told the right to eat peanut butter over rides the right to life?
Why is Ontario the only province with legislation protecting children with anaphylaxis (life threatening food allergies)?
What is being do about this?
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/dca-dea/ncd- ... tml#what_b
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What are Children's Rights?
National Child Day marks the day of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. By ratifying this Convention in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes that they be given the opportunity to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is based on four cross-cutting principles:

that the best interests of the child should be the first consideration for actions that affect him or her;
that all children have the right to life, survival and development;
that all children have the right to participate;
and that all rights belong to all children without discrimination or exception.
Some examples of rights are:

the right to have a voice in matters that affect children;
the right to special education and care;
the right to play and rest;
the right to health; and
the right to special protection.
The Convention also acknowledges the key role of parents and families in the lives of children and young people.



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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:50 am 
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Yes indeed, that convention should be shown to some parents and school principals, with the relevant points highlighted.

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15 year old - asthmatic, allergic to cats, dogs, horses, waiting to be "officially" diagnosed for anaphylaxis
12 year old - asthmatic, allergic to tree pollen and mold, OAS
Husband - Allergic to amoxycillin
Self - Allergic to housework only


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:21 pm 
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Dear Susan,

Thank you for celebrating National Child Day, and for your interest in
children's rights.

We have forwarded your concerns to the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food
Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch at Health Canada for
follow-up. Life-threatening food allergies are a major concern and need
to
be treated with sensitivity. The Division of Childhood and Adolescence
does not deal specifically with issues such as anaphylaxis, but we can
send you more information on children's rights and well-being, if you
are
interested. In the meantime, the Bureau of Chemical Safety will respond
to
your request.

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us, and please be assured that
they have been heard.


Division of Childhood & Adolescence
Tunney's Pasture, Jeanne Mance Building
Address Locator: 1909C2
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:29 pm 
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WOW! That is a great response. I need to be on their mailing list as well -- I could use /would be so happy to see their support any way they can give it!!
Caroline

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:05 pm 
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Great Job Susan. I will definitely write a letter too and I encourage everyone else to as well. Hopefully they might be able to get involved in this.

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DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:58 am 
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I know it's a long way off November 20th, but can we tie BC private members bill in with the rights of the child?
Also...
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At the September 2004 First Ministers Meeting, Canada's First Ministers committed to the development of "goals and targets for improving the health status of Canadians through a collaborative process". In October 2005, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health agreed on a set of goals for improving the health of Canadians. This became known as the Health Goals for Canada.


http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hgc-osc/home.html

See below -doesn't it sound like they'd be on board to support a national policy sor protecting students with anaphylaxis?
I will work at developing a letter this evening.
Quote:
Overarching Goal
As a nation, we aspire to a Canada in which every person is as healthy as they can be – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.


Health Goals for Canada
Canada is a country where:

Basic Needs
(Social and Physical Environments)

Our children reach their full potential, growing up happy, healthy, confident and secure.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places we live, work and play are safe and healthy - now and for generations to come.



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Belonging and Engagement

Each and every person has dignity, a sense of belonging, and contributes to supportive families, friendships and diverse communities.

We keep learning throughout our lives through formal and informal education, relationships with others, and the land.

We participate in and influence the decisions that affect our personal and collective health and well-being.

We work to make the world a healthy place for all people, through leadership, collaboration and knowledge.


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Healthy Living

Every person receives the support and information they need to make healthy choices.



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A System for Health

We work to prevent and are prepared to respond to threats to our health and safety through coordinated efforts across the country and around the world.

A strong system for health and social well-being responds to disparities in health status and offers timely, appropriate care.


http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hgc-osc/new-1-eng.html

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Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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