Raising Awareness in Ottawa for Anaphylaxis

Our efforts for greater awareness of anaphylaxis have resumed…

The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) issued a press release yesterday and our favourite local, on-line news source Niagara At Large published the news.  Visit:  

http://niagaraatlarge.com/2011/05/31/anaphylaxis-awareness-effort-resumes-with-return-of-federal-parliament/

     Lead:  This week when Members of Parliament return to the House of Commons, Niagara West – Glanbrook MP Dean Allison will be picking up where he left off before the election, assisting Canadian families in raising greater awareness of the health and quality of life challenges posed by living with severe, life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis).

     Quote:  “We are prepared to push the re-start button this week. Our families are very appreciative of Dean’s commitment to get the Motion back in Parliament and to make sure the Health Minister and her officials, and others, are kept focused on the positive steps they can take to improve quality of life for Canadian families living with anaphylaxis.”

CAI is looking for a number of steps to be taken in the months ahead. With the focus being Dean Allison’s motion, we will pursue the following policy points:

1. Federal Coordination – of programs and services dealing with anaphylaxis and food allergy information
2. Coordinated Awareness Campaigns – both targeted and general public information initiatives
3. Long Term Commitment to Research – a strategic response and more dollars for research  
4. Improved Allergen Labelling – for foods, drugs, cosmetic and personal care products
5. Improved Transportation Safeguards – airline and public transportation policies that reduce risk for food allergic passengers

We ask all Canadian families to make their points of view known on the serious matter of reducing the risks for individuals with severe, life-threatening allergies.  You can help:

  • Spread the word of this great news.  Encourage other families to get involved.
  • Contact your MP – ask for his/her support.  Visit.  Phone.  Email.  Write.
  • Post to your Facebook page – click ‘like’ to show support.  Go to Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative Facebook page.
  • Blog. Tweat. Join on-line dialogues. Participate in dialogue on Allergic Living’s forum.  Go to Allergic Living Forum – Advocacy and Accommodations.

Go to the NASK website for updates on how the organization is advancing these issues in Ottawa. Visit:  http://www.nask.ca/events.html

Allergic Living website is here:  http://allergicliving.com

On Facebook, visit the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative.

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