Tagged anaphylaxis

E-petition on Airline Allergy Policy

This being allergy awareness month, By George features an electronic motion now in Canada’s Parliament on the serious condition of anaphylaxis and safer airline allergy policies.   e-106 (Anaphylaxis) is sponsored by Dr. Hedy Fry, M.P. for Vancouver Centre and it is on-line on the Parliamentary website:   https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-106     This Petition to the Government of Canada reads:   Whereas: On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Members of Parliament voted unanimously in support of Anaphylaxis Motion M-230 proposed by M.P. Dean Allison “That in the opinion of the House, anaphylaxis is a serious concern for an increasing number of Canadians…

Anaphylaxis Motion M-230 (one year later)

It was a year ago today that MPs in our federal Parliament passed a motion to raise greater awareness for anaphylaxis, a potentially, deadly medical condition for those with severe allergies. Below are my reflections of my family’s experience being on Parliament Hill to see this important vote.     I wish to wrap up the events of last week with a few personal observations. It was very gratifying last Wednesday night to see the anaphylaxis awareness motion receive MPs’ unanimous consent in the House of Commons. Our group of families, who have been volunteering our efforts over the past…

Re: Anaphylaxis and the unanimous Motion 230 vote

I wish to wrap up the events of last week with a few personal observations. It was very gratifying last Wednesday night to see the anaphylaxis awareness motion receive MPs’ unanimous consent in the House of Commons. Our group of families, who have been volunteering our efforts over the past five years, connected with many MPs over three different Parliaments. It was wonderful for us to see our work with MPs, to raise awareness and understanding of severe allergies, result in an overwhelming endorsement. To our group of families that comprised the core of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative, thank you…

Members of Parliament pass Anaphylaxis Awareness Motion

MPs’ votes in the House of Commons last night included the passing of Motion 230, a motion to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening medical condition brought on by severe allergies. This is welcomed news for family members of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI), a volunteer network of concerned families who have been working with MPs to raise awareness of severe allergies in Ottawa.   The anaphylaxis motion passed with unanimous, all-Party support. Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison initiated the debate in the House of Commons, moving: That in the opinion of the House, anaphylaxis is a serious concern for…

Raising Awareness for Anaphylaxis

The families of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI – cia-allergies.ca) thank MP Dean Allison (photo taken at Mr. Allison’s Beamsville office).   Anaphylaxis was debated again in Parliament yesterday.  MP Dean Allison, who is sponsoring a motion to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, spoke about the motives behind his Motion-230.        On the first day of discussion in the House, I referred to the stories of Lucas, Liam and David. Their daily struggles with anaphylaxis and the fear of reaction can be reduced. Motion No. 230 aims for this goal. By bringing more attention and awareness to the Canadian public, this…

MPs support Anaphylaxis Awareness Motion

Members of Parliament unanimously agreed with the motion to raise awareness of anaphylaxis when they debated MP Dean Allison’s M-230 on Friday (read full debate here.)   Families of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) are very excited by the fact that there was all Party agreement and look forward to the next time M-230 is in Parliament later this Spring. CAI is looking for tangible steps to be taken in the weeks and months ahead. Watch for news of our efforts on the website cai-allergies.ca   If you are concerned about severe allergies and want to help, we are asking…

Anaphylaxis to be debated in House of Commons

This Friday, Members of Parliament will be speaking in the House of Commons on a motion dealing with anaphylaxis, a medical condition related to severe allergies.  Readers of By George will know that we have been part of a Canadian group that has been raising awareness in Ottawa to this growing concern. The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI – www.cai.allergies.ca) is working with MPs to explore tangible ways the federal government can help reduce the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. Over the last five years, MPs Dean Allison and Rick Dykstra have been speaking with their colleagues and Dean Allison has sponsored…

Anaphylaxis & Ottawa & MPs

Last week By George Journal marked the first anniversary of a special House of Commons debate on anaphylaxis with a series of posts about severe allergies and what Ottawa is and can do to help reduce the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. Here is an index of those articles. Anaphylaxis Issue:  Allergen Food Labelling        Federal Government’s new labelling regulations Anaphylaxis Issue:  Research (great news last week!)        Federal Government’s $36.5 million commitment to allergy research   MPs Receptive to Acting on Anaphylaxis Issues        Activities in Parliament through 2011-12 The CAI and Anaphylaxis Awareness in Ottawa        The Genesis of Canadian…

Families seeking a responsible response to anaphylaxis

Earlier this year, a 7-year old child attending a Virginia school died after suffering an anaphylactic reaction to a peanut product. Teachers and school staff failed to respond to save Amaria’s life (see TV report).    Elizabeth Goldenberg, one of Canada’s leading allergy safety experts, wrote in her blog One Spot Allergy some of the troubling questions we all ask as parents of children with severe allergies:        Case after case of catastrophic injury and death involve teachers or school nurses who failed to recognize an allergic or asthmatic emergency. Once they did realize what was happening, they responded…

CAI’s Spring Activities in Ottawa

Last month, anaphylaxis advocate Cindy Paskey visited with MP Dean Allison in Ottawa to discuss the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative group’s activities through the Spring Session of Parliament.  Here is the meat of the press release issued as a result of the discussions.      CAI is working with a core group of MPs to raise greater understanding of the daily challenges anaphylaxis presents to affected Canadians, their families and the general public. MP Dean Allison, a leading champion of this campaign, comments, “I understand the stressful challenges of staying safe through the many e-mails and messages of support I receive- not…