Anaphylactic Students Protection Act, 2002 ONTARIO Make your voice heard!

Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2002 - 11:02pm
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pIt amazes me that things go on and I don't always hear about them right away but here goes. Christina Blizzard of The Ottawa Sun, wrote an article called "A good reaction to allergies" which appeared today. July 20th, 2002. The following is what the article was about./p
pDave Levac, MPP for Brant, put forward a piece of legislation aimed at protecting Ontario anaphylactic students in school. First reading was Thursday June 27th, 2002.The bill is a private members bill, and we all know what usually happens to those but I am hoping we can change that./p
pI urge all parents in Ontario to contact their MPP's in support of this vital piece of legislation. Contacting local media would also be a great idea./p
pIt is appaling to discover that there is NO province wide policy protecting anaphylactic students and that further, educators and staff are NOT required to administer epinepherine in the event of an emergency. This acording to the Ministry of Education. We need a province wide policy so that ALL students are afforded the same rights no matter where they live in Ontario. I have included a link to the Act and I hope we can see this through./p
p [url="http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/bills/167373.htm"]http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/bills/167373.htm[/url] /p
pThanks!/p
pKatiee/p

Posted on: Sat, 07/20/2002 - 2:58pm
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Katiee, thank-you for posting this. What I was really hoping was that you had shared the letter you had written to your M.P.P. so I could copy it directly! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Seriously! LOL!
However, I do know who my M.P.P. is and his office is almost around the corner from my home. I will also group e-mail this out and see if I can get further response from other
people that aren't posting on PA.com right now.
I'm also wondering if the government heard from people in places other than Ontario whether that would help or not.
From what I understand, through reading different school board policies from different parts of Ontario, all of our PA children do have the *right* to a *peanut free* classroom.
However, what I have found disconcerting is the little clause in the form you fill out about the Epi-pen that either says you relieve the school of liability for not administering it (which I contested and won in my case) or the fine print that says that they do it of their own free will kinda thing, not that they HAVE to do it.
Thanks, Katiee. I'll definitely follow-up.
When I do write the M.P.P. letter, I will post it here as well in case anyone else is feeling as lazy/overwhelmed/stressed as I am right now.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 07/21/2002 - 1:16pm
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Katiee, I did group e-mail out the link for Bill 167 along with another e-mail about how to find out who your M.P.P. is (I believe it's in the link you provided above regardless) and also a link to this thread.
I have just written my e-mail to my M.P.P. and despite much disruption in the background, I hope it sounds okay. Here it is. If anyone would like to use it word for word, I really don't mind, as I hate thinking up letters myself. (I'm not saying that my letter is that *great*, but just if you're feeling lazy, it would be better than nothing).
So, here it is. I will post any response from my M.P.P. that I get.
I also have to follow-up to see if Gerard Kennedy is still an M.P.P. and if he is still the Liberal Education Critic. Two years ago he was very interested in the PA *issue* and even had me send him a copy of the Prince Edward Island province wide school policy re anaphylaxis. I would like to contact him if he's still available as well.
Another good idea is to contact the leaders of the three parties - Ernie Eves, Dalton McGuinty and Howard Hampton.
Just keep copying and pasting your e-mail and you might even be able to get it to all M.P.P.'s as Katiee suggested above.
Again, here goes:-
Dear Mr. Parsons:
Hello! I would like to address Bill 167 - Anaphylactic Students Protection
Act 2002, a private member's bill before the Legislative Assembly.
Here is an explanatory exerpt from the Bill:-
Explanatory Note
Extracted from text of bill.
The Bill requires that every school principal establish a
school anaphylactic
plan. The plan would, among other things, develop and
maintain strategies to
reduce the risk of exposure that could result in
anaphylactic shock at the
school, communicate information about life threatening
allergies, arrange for
training, develop emergency procedure plans for each
anaphylactic student
and maintain current information on file. With consent,
school staff could
administer or supervise the administration of medication
that is required to be
taken during the school day. In the event of an emergency
involving an
anaphylactic student, school staff would be permitted to
administer
medication without consent. No action for damages
resulting from
administering medication would be permitted unless the
damages were the
result of gross negligence.
I am the Mother of a 6 year old son who has a deadly allergy to peanuts and
peanut products.
In Ontario, we do have the *right* for a *peanut free* classroom for my son,
but that is the extent of it. Precautions put into place for anaphylactic
children vary from school to school within the same school district.
I have signed consent forms with both of the schools my son has been with.
The first consent form, in very small writing, said that the school
personnel would only voluntarily administer the Epi-pen medication my son
would require should he have an anaphylactic reaction.
When I moved to Belleville, I was asked to sign a liability waiver with the
school to absolve them of any responsibility should they either administer
or NOT administer the life saving medication my son would require should he
have an anaphylactic reaction. I was advised by my lawyer that I did not
have to sign this form, made the amendments that I wanted to have made and
had my son enrolled in the school.
I would ask that you please support this bill for the peace of mind of
anaphylactic students' parents throughout Ontario and also for the peace of
mind of the children themselves. I strongly believe that our children have
the *right* to feel relatively safe at school and knowing their medication
will be administered should they have an anaphylactic reaction would greatly
ease their (sometimes young) minds and the minds of their parents.
I do live almost right around the corner from your office and I would be
very pleased to come into your office and answer any questions or comments
you may have regarding anaphylaxis or my son's allergy in particular.
Thank-you for your time and consideration.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Cindy Spowart Cook
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 12:53am
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That's great Cindy, thank you!
I wrote to our local CTV affiliate over the weekend, they were the ones that interviewed my family when Nestle was going to pull the safe chocolate and it ended up running nationally on CTV.
I just heard back, via email, from the assignment editor of CJOH and he wants me to contact him because he wants to persue the story. I'll let you know what's going on after I have spoken to him.
Cindy, do you think you could email me the link to the P.E.I. province wide policy?
I know I have it somewhere but am a little frazzled at the moment (home renovating...a whole other thread [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]). I wanted to show it to the assignment editor when I meet with him.
Thanks again!
Katiee

Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 5:13am
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Katiee, I've always gotten to that link through the [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] website. I haven't even checked that website recently to see if it's still there.
Also, in saying this, I'm not even clear that the policy is as comprehensive as this Bill would make our province's. I do know, however, at the time (two years ago), it was a pretty awesome document and it covered the whole province. It's time for me to re-look at it well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Excellent that you're getting television coverage! We had been meaning to contact the local newspaper re the situation with Jesse and the educational program but when it worked out fairly okay (I still have issues), we didn't follow-up. I had wanted to contact them closer to the beginning of school to see if we could have an article done. This would probably be the perfect time. Another thing to add to my to-do list, but a very important one!
Let us know how the interview goes. I have also had response from one PA parent in Ontario (Hamilton) who has written to his/her M.P.P. and also a Toronto newspaper. I'm sure that there are many others doing the same, just not posting and letting us know (hopefully).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 5:17am
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Katiee, well, I checked and that website has changed to [url="http://www.calgaryallergy.ca"]www.calgaryallergy.ca[/url] and it does still provide wonderful links. However, unless it's just me, I can't find the one to the Prince Edward Island policy. I'm going to check my downloaded documents and see if I can find it there and I'll e-mail it to you.
I just wanted to come back in, let you know that, and also up-date the link as well. They do have wonderful links for allergies, asthma, etc.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 5:24am
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Katiee, no, it's not in my downloaded files either. I'll try to find it later to-day (when are you being interviewed?) after I get this sweaty body showered! LOL!
My apologies and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 6:34am
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Emailed my MPP!

Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 7:42am
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Katiee, I did a search with the MSN search tool I have for School Board Policy re Anaphylaxis (I had done one previously for Prince Edward Island specifically) and after going through the first 80 finds, I couldn't find a link to the P.E.I. policy. I'll try again later.
However, what I did want to say though, is that out of all of the links that the search did find, there were some pretty amazing ones to different articles re PA and food allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc. It looked like you could spend all day simply checking out the links provided in this search.
I'll try again later. I am so upset [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] with myself for not having kept the document.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 10:30am
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Katiee, did another search, simply of Prince Edward Island, came up with no link that would help so I used their provincial home page to contact them to see if they could either provide me with the link to, or the actual document on-line for their province wide policy re anaphylactic children in their schools. So, hopefully, I'll hear back from them tomorrow.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/22/2002 - 10:35am
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Here is the link and some information re Gerard Kennedy, who is still Liberal Education Critic. I strongly urge people to write to him as well. I haven't yet, just found this information, but I'll post my letter when I do.
[url="http://www.ontla.on.ca/members/liberals/kennedy.htm"]http://www.ontla.on.ca/members/liberals/kennedy.htm[/url]
Oh, okay, it gave me the link, but didn't give me the information I had also copied re him. I guess that's okay. Please check out the link to read about a man who I believe is still untainted enough to deal with us!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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