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:
This Petition to the Government of Canada reads:
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 and the government should take the appropriate measures necessary to ensure these Canadians are able to maintain a high quality of life.”;
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening medical condition now affecting 2.5 million Canadians for which there is no treatment or cure;
Those with anaphylaxis are especially vulnerable while traveling on airlines at 35,000 feet in the air – far from emergency medical care; and
Improved Transportation Safeguards – relating to airline and public transportation policies that reduce risks for food allergic passengers is a primary goal of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative’s 5-Point Action Policy as it relates to Anaphylaxis Motion M-230.
We, the undersigned, members of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative and citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the above and , call upon the Government of Canada to enact a “Policy to Reduce the Risk for Anaphylactic Passengers” applicable to all forms of passenger transportation falling within its jurisdiction.
For clarification, the stated policy is a two-step approach to air safety for those with anaphylaxis or severe allergies. It puts a procedure in place that, when a passenger identifies him/herself as having a severe peanut or nut allergy, an airline would be required to:
- suspend the selling of peanuts/nuts/sesame snaps
- make an announcement about refraining from eating these products
- allow persons to carry epi-pens
- allow pre-boarding so that persons can wipe down seats
- require flight crew to be trained to administer an epi-pen in emergency situation
- add “allergy notification” to passenger information list
Please take 2 minutes and click onto the on-line form and sign this e-petition.
The e-petition is open for 120 days and closes for signature : July 20, 2016, at 8:44 a.m. (EDT). All persons 14 years of age and older can sign.
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