Canadian government recognizes Anaphylaxis and passes Motion 230!

Victory! After all of the hard work and advocacy, Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative announces the passing of Motion M-230 with a UNANIMOUS decision in support of the Anaphylaxis Motion!

Here is the press release from CAI:

Members of Parliament pass Anaphylaxis Awareness Motion – May 22, 2013

Parliament_buildingMembers of Parliament pass Anaphylaxis Awareness Motion
Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative pleased with “step in right direction”
May 23, 2013 – OTTAWA – 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 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.
“By bringing more attention and awareness to the Canadian public, our debate in Parliament has helped Canadians understand the signs, dangers and consequences of an anaphylactic reaction,” said MP Dean Allison. “With the passing of this motion, Canadians living with anaphylaxis receive much needed recognition from our government. We stand with them in their efforts to promote awareness of the condition.”
“We thank Dean, and MP Rick Dykstra before him, for raising our concerns for a more focused approach to the issues of anaphylaxis in successive Parliaments,” says Ms. Paskey, a CAI founder present in the House of Commons gallery for the vote. “We are so pleased to have such overwhelming support for greater awareness. It’s a step in the right direction and we hope MPs and officials in Ottawa will follow through with some important actions which can provide greater safety for a growing number of Canadians coping with anaphylaxis.”
The CAI has identified 5 policy areas that Ottawa can review that include:
  • Federal Coordination – of programs and services dealing with anaphylaxis and food allergy information
  • Coordinated Awareness Campaigns – of national, general public information initiatives and accurate and targeted information to specific professional groups
  • Long Term Commitment to Research – supporting a strategic response and more dollars for research
  • Improved Allergen Labeling – for foods, drugs, cosmetic and personal care products
  • Improved Transportation Safeguards– relating to airline and public transportation policies that reduce risks for food allergic passengers
“Our group of families would like to see the increased awareness of the condition spur progress on the 5 policy areas, all which are in line with Motion 230.” Ms. Paskey adds, “There is a constituency of thousands of families across Canada who will support MPs who wish to pursue activities, whether it is with Health Canada, or in the MPs’ health committee, or a more accommodating allergy policy for airlines.”

My hopes:

I am so hopeful that the passing of this motion will translate into action on the goals that CAI has outlined above.
  • I really hope to see awareness and education of the general (non-allergic) public to help create understanding and empathy for the reality and severity of life-threatening allergy and anaphylaxis.  
  • Obviously research is HUGE.... there is NO CURE for anaphylaxis and AVOIDANCE is the only proactive strategy we currently have for preventing reactions.  It will be great to have funding allocated to research!
  • With regards to CAI's suggestions for airline travel, this is something I would really like to see as I sit here typing in my hotel room in Austria -visiting friends and family with my son but having left my severely allergic daughter at home (she is very sad to be missing this trip) because I did not feel that it would be safe for her to fly overseas with her life-threatening dairy and nut allergies. 
  • Federal programs and services -I am hoping to be involved in some capacity to offer my knowledge and expertise as an allergy advocate and educator to support the development and implementation of new policies for anaphylaxis safety in public venues and programs.  I am the founder of and offer education and training for allergy and anaphylaxis safety. 
I just want to take an opportunity to thank Debbie Bruce, Cindy Paskey and of course all of the MPs who made this possible.

From the bottom of my heart,



Melissa Scheichl
(aka The Allergy Mom!)

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