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Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 7:07am
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pCindy, I listed the contacts at the end of the Today's Parent article above, in my post. The other contact was the Calgary Allergy Network, [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] which I have already seen posted several times./p

Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 7:19am
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pCayley's Mom, I was mostly interested in getting the name of the mother of a PA child who was running her own website. That isn't the Calgary site, is it? She was very easy going in her response to her child's PA, very different from the other parents in the article and had her own website. If it is [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] then I've already been in contact with her by e-mail, but I don't think it is the same person. Anyway, if you do find the article and it does have any additional information, that would be great to have added to this thread and others. Thanks./p
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Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 1:46pm
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pCindy, the person's name in the Today's Parent article is Nancy Wiebe who is indeed the co-founder of the Calgary Allergy Network. This is a direct quote from the article:/p
p"It's natural to want to protect your children," she (Nancy) says, "But for me it's a training issue - my daughter needs to learn to live in a world with peanuts. By the time she gets into junior high, she'll need those living skills. My goal is to get her completely comfortable with the precautions she has to take so that she can handle her allergy at an older age. Banning doesn't address that at all."/p
pThe article balances her view with one which supports a ban in schools:/p
pStewart Black, a Montreal father says, "I do believe that we should make elementary schools peanut-free. I'm aware that it might not be 100 percent, but we're talking about kids. As much as you drum it into them, accidents happen. When they're in the lower grades, they need help."/p
pWe must all keep in mind that we are in a position to constantly educate people about PA. This article was excellent because it was aimed at parents who do not have PA kids. Quotes from the article like, "Banning peanuts may sound rash..." are balanced with "but for a severely anaphylactic child... even tiny amounts can kill."./p
pThere are also 3 theories put forth as to why PA is so prevalent now. I am trying to find out from Today's Parent if there is a way to reprint this article on their website, [url="http://www.todaysparent.com"]www.todaysparent.com[/url] instead of me rewriting it piece by piece. I will definitely post any response on the media thread./p
pChris - is quoting from a magazine copyright infringement? I'm completely new at this internet stuff - please let me know. Thanks.br /
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Answer from [email]Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email]/p
pYou should always request from the media if you can have permission etc. We often ask for permission to use and sometimes if they will not let us print it, we ask if they would post the info on the web on their web site so we can link to it. It is better to get permission to use if they will because sometimes they change what is on the web and we have to go through all the work of finding and requesting again etc./p
p[This message has been edited by Chris (edited August 21, 2000).]/p

Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 2:06pm
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pCayley's Mom, thanks so much from all readers for how much work you put into finding out all the information you could about this particular article and posting parts thereof. Okay, so I have been in touch with Nancy by e-mail so I don't have to worry if Today's Parent responds to my request for the contacts or not. And it is true, she does have her own website. You really spent a lot of time and energy working on this one thing in follow-up to an original post and that's really great! There was also the other child mentioned in there that took their own computer keyboard to school, etc. I remember the article well. It's not like I'm the person to thank people for posting or anything, but I know that when I've posted something and then got back to try to get more answers and posted them and gone back and got MORE answers and posted them, I've really appreciated it when someone has acknowledged what work I went to to do this.br /
Thanks again. Also, good links you posted, from the article, for Canadians, as well as others. I haven't checked, did you put the information anywhere else? Under Media, you could simply put something about check out my post under Canadians thread, instead of having to re-do the whole thing. That's what I've been doing lately. I know I really appreciated the information and I'm sure a great many others did, especially those who didn't see the article. Kudos!/p
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pHi folks:br /
When reading these articles in magazines, I hope you will remember that they are heavily edited, with a goal of putting the "spin" they want on the topic. I talked with the author for over an hour and only a few quotes got in the article. My views on managing severe food allergies cannot be summed up in a few sentences. Identifying and ranking the risks, managing the risks, teaching life skills, letting your child "have a life", raising awareness, are not small topics. Even the author was ticked at the title, as was I, which was put on by the editors. Dealing with the media can be positive, but after talking with them, the end result is totally out of your hands. Makes it scary.br /
RE: "Anaphylaxis in Childcare and Other Settings" article. Couldn't find it on the OMA site. Looks like they have reorganized. I have a copy on my site with updated contacts.br /
Cheers, N Wiebe/p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2000 - 5:18am
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pNancy, I know you probably don't have time, but I think it would be wonderful if you could post some of your "information" in the Comfort Zones thread. I remember very distinctly that your way of dealing with PA seemed drastically different than the other parents in the article, which is okay, andbr /
what makes different "comfort zones". I think people, especially with perhaps a more relaxed attitude should post in there so the rest of us can learn and maybe lighten up a little (I don't mean become lax). I know that MKRuby's post in that thread is very different from most other PA parents' but it's a very enlightening, empowering comfort zone. Just a thought. And by the way, I have been recommending your site to absolutely everyone who asks because I truly because your site is the one to go to first when searching out Canadian information. Even a M.P.P. for Ontario who is interested in a province wide policy re PA in schools has been referred there. I got the Prince Edward Island information by going through your site. It's wonderful work you're doing.br /
Best wishes./p
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Posted on: Sat, 07/22/2000 - 5:58am
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pI just re-checked the Ontario Medical Association site and it still has the information re peanut allergy and anaphylaxis under it's Health Policies click-on. These are the two information packages that I findbr /
really good for handing out to school people, etc. I'm sure they're not the only ones but they're the first ones that I really found and I've felt comfortable with them, so why change. Anyway, they can be found at [url="http://www.oma.org"]www.oma.org[/url] /p
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Posted on: Sat, 07/22/2000 - 6:07am
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pOntario, Canada - there is an opposition M.P.P. interested in Ontario Ministry of Education's policy (or lack thereof) re PA. If anyone can obtain their school board's policy re PA, he would have a look at it. If anyone is interested in this, please post here and I'll get back to you with his name and e-mail and address. I know I've just sent my school board's policy to him and have referred other Ontario people to do the same./p
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Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 12:42am
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pNewfoundland Labrador - Department of Education - see their policy re PA in schools under the Schools heading in a separate thread./p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 2:43am
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pI have a friend who just moved here from Canada. She was a teacher there. She told me that in her school it was totally peanut free and everyones lunches were checked every morning. Plus the teachers were instructed on epipen use every year and at around the age of 11 all pa kids were assigned a "Buddy" which is another student who learns how to administer an epipen if a teacher was not right there.And they were required to wear their epipens in a fanny pack. The school my son is supposed to attend is trying to say no needles/drugs except for the school nurse. They say her office is next to the lunch room and that is good enough but I know that if the nurse calls in sick there is no replacement and teachers are not trained in epipen use due to liability. Why can Canada get it right but not the us?/p

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 4:49am
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pStine, please don't think that we all have it right in Canada. Your friend was very fortunate to have had a peanut free school for their child. Each school board and school in my province, Ontario (and also Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia - I haven't been in contact with other provinces and territories Ministries of Education yet)br /
determine their own peanut allergy policy. My son is the first PA student in his school ever so it is a bit more difficult for us but he does have a "peanut free" classroom. From reading a lot of the posts, I did think that perhaps Canadians were a bit more progressive in their knowledge or whatever, but I'm not sure. I think our labeling may be better. Chris from Peanutallergy.com has posted somewhere in here about the carrying of meds. I didn't realize it, but apparently, it can be a problem in Canada also. It just depends. I do think that your problem with your child's ability to have their medication closer (not next door, that is not okay) is worse than ours. Then, there's Prince Edward Island, a very small island province that has a school peanut allergy policy province wide that is extremely progressive. They even supply the epipens! I do know that my son's teacher had had no training on epipen use. As I say, it really depends on where you are and what school board you're dealing with, but somehow, despite the differences, I still get the sense that things are a little bit better here for PA sufferers. It just depends. Best wishes. /p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 6:28am
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pQuote:Originally posted by Cindy Spowart Cook:br /
[b]Stine, please don't think that we all have it right in Canada. Your friend was very fortunate to have had a peanut free school for their child. Each school board and school in my province, Ontario (and also Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia - I haven't been in contact with other provinces and territories Ministries of Education yet)br /
determine their own peanut allergy policy. My son is the first PA student in his school ever so it is a bit more difficult for us but he does have a "peanut free" classroom. From reading a lot of the posts, I did think that perhaps Canadians were a bit more progressive in their knowledge or whatever, but I'm not sure. I think our labeling may be better. Chris from Peanutallergy.com has posted somewhere in here about the carrying of meds. I didn't realize it, but apparently, it can be a problem in Canada also. It just depends. I do think that your problem with your child's ability to have their medication closer (not next door, that is not okay) is worse than ours. Then, there's Prince Edward Island, a very small island province that has a school peanut allergy policy province wide that is extremely progressive. They even supply the epipens! I do know that my son's teacher had had no training on epipen use. As I say, it really depends on where you are and what school board you're dealing with, but somehow, despite the differences, I still get the sense that things are a little bit better here for PA sufferers. It just depends. Best wishes. /p
p[/b]br /
thank you cindy for your insight. I will be meeting with my sons school in three weeks. I need as much info as I can get on peanut free schools. Today is my first day on this sight and I have appriciated all your comments on the other boards as well. You seem very informed!I feel relieved to have found you and the many other parents of PA children. thank you! Don't mind my bad typing - I never learned and have only just gotten on the web recently./p

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 6:39am
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pStine, welcome to the board! The Prince Edward Island province wide policy for schools re PA is available for you to download. You could then go through it and see if it is possible for your child's school to implement any of what is in it. I know that I just sent a copy of it to a woman from this site, in Texas, that was unable to download it herself. However, if you go to [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] and click on Links and then scroll down 'til you find PEI policy, you'll be able to download Adobe Reader which you need to open the file and the actual paperwork (27 pages) itself. It is extremely progressive. My school board does have a policy and I received another copy of it at the end of the school year. What I'm going to do is go through and highlight where my son's school fell short in different areas. My son is 4-1/2. He had his 1st year of school last year and when I went to the school for the 1st meeting I was told that he would be sitting beside other kids eating pb. I completely freaked. I got my wits together enough to know to call the school board and see if they had a policy which thankfully they did. Then, the school was able to implement a "peanut free" classroom for him which worked great. He had to start a couple of days late. But, I didn't really know anything about having to educate the school and stuff so last year, I just went over what to look for in a reaction and what emergency procedures to follow (he is anaphylactic). This year, I have been asked to come in before school starts to speak with the principal and his teacher (I'm very fortunate he has the same teacher again this year who was simply wonderful). Then, the principal has also asked me to speak with The School Council and I would like to speak with The Fundraising Committee. So, for me, I'm trying to find out what information to give them without overwhelming them or getting them angry with me. It's a very fine line. Anyway, welcome and best wishes!/p
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Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 5:40am
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pThe Minister of Education for Ontario is quite pleased with what are considered reforms to the education system in our province. Based on information she sent me regarding the reforms, I decided to write her a letter regarding a province wide policy re PA in the schools like the one PEI has rather than having it from school board to school board across the province. I explained that I thought since they were putting other reforms in place it might be a good time to implement this also. If anyone would like a copy of this letter as something to base a letter to her yourself on, please let me know by posting below. Best wishes. I will try to post the actual letter if I can and also I will definitely post a reply if I get one from her./p
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Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 8:55am
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pI was just wondering if anyone knows where Cindy has gone? She is usually such a frequent poster and I haven't seen anything for awhile. I hope she is on vacation or just having too much fun to post on the boards. Let me know if anyone knows, please./p
pLinda/p

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pHey, I was wondering the same thing...CINDY where are you??? tkiaml/p

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2000 - 11:34am
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pI think what happens (i know it happens to me) is that you go thru cycles where for a week or two youre reading and responding on the boards two or three times a day...and then you sorta get tired of it after a few weeks, and hardly read anything for a week or two...then you come back! Thats my two cents anyway.br /
But its good to see the "Canadian" board still alive and thriving!br /
As school is just around the corner, we'll all be back into the swing of things. I know i have to prepare a list of safe snacks for my school...anyone's suggestions are welcome!/p

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pDoes anyone have Cindy's email address? Perhaps if you do you could send a note asking how she's doing?/p

Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2000 - 1:57am
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pHi fellow Canadians - I've got Cindy's email address. It was under another thread. I haven't really "talked" to her yet, but if anyone wants to email her and let us know how she's doing, post it here please!/p
pEmail at [email]ron.cook@sympatico.ca[/email]/p

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pI e-mailed Cindy at that address and it was returned as user unknown! The mystery continues......./p

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pI emailed Cindy! The mail was returned! Looks like she's offline for the time being./p

Posted on: Fri, 09/08/2000 - 1:18am
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pWas able to use a friend's computer to-day and checked out this thread and saw how much concern had been posted re me. I feel like crying. Unfortunately, I lost my computer late on Friday August 4th. If anyone would like to get in touch with me via snail mail I'm at ( ).I really miss posting so much especially with the return to school etc. and I really miss the computer period. I hope everyone is well and thanks again for the concern, I do feel like crying. Best wishes./p
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Posted on: Fri, 09/08/2000 - 1:24am
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pI was just able to check out the site with a friend's computer and found the wonderful concerned posts. I lost my computer on Friday August 4th rather unexpectedly. If anyone would like to contact me via snail mail I'm at( ) I have missed the board so much it's unreal, especially with school starting and so many concerns. I have missed everyone on the board. It has left such a deep hole in my life. However, seeing the posts, I simply feel like crying. Thanks so much and I hope someone will be in touch. I'd love to hear from someone as life is very different without the computer:. Best wishes. October 1st - looks like I'm losing the computer again (I hear huge sighs of relief somewhere out there, all over America and Canada [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]. However, I will have an e-mail address that I will be able to check from another computer so that is ________________ if anyone would like to contact me. Also, I know I posted my address and telephone number above and someone had mentioned to me tonight that perhaps I should remove it, but until something negative happens, which I hope it doesn't, I'm going to leave it there for now in case anyone would like to contact me via snail mail. Best wishes./p
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pCindy, good to hear from you, I hope you can check in once in a while. I have been wanting to send you our school board policy it is awesome, so now will do./p
pAlso, is everyone aware of the following document : ANAPHYLAXIS: a Handbook for School Boards prepared by the Canadian School Boards' Association./p
pOur policy was developed from this handbook, I haven't actually seen the handbook but our policy is incredible. I have to say there is absolutely nothing that I would change in it./p
pIf you are looking for your school to embrace a good policy I would try the Canadian School Boards' Association. /p
pOur policy covers everything from ,peanut free classrooms or safe classrooms to field trips and substitute teachers./p
pI have completed my school plan which asks for controlled food in the school and safe eating practices throughout the school rather than a ban. I had rave reviews from my allergist on Tuesday, now to convince the school!! I meet with principal and teacher on Monday./p

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pCindy- Sorry to hear you've been having a difficult time...but glad to see your post.br /
Hope things get better and hope you can check in every now and then. tkiaml/p

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pCindy- Sorry to hear you've been having a difficult time...but glad to see your post.br /
Hope things get better and hope you can check in every now and then. tkiaml/p

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pThere were 2 things I wanted to add to this thread. At [url="http://www.canadianparents.com"]www.canadianparents.com[/url] there is an online article re Living with PA. If you go to the site click on School Age Children and you'll find it. They're updating the survey based on the article and also there are two discussion groups going. Also, Trebor-Allan Pre-Made Loot Bags for children's parties which had always been previously "SAFE" in the past are no longer so. This week when we went to buy them they now have the "may contain" warning on them. Very sad./p

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 5:21pm
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pRedtruck, did you ever get a draft letter for the M.P. done?br /
Also, is anyone in Ontario interested in contacting the M.P.P. who is interested in our various school boards' policies re PA? I still have that information?br /
For the concerned, caring, people that posted above and for whom I was able to give a post when I borrowed a computer, I do have the computer back in my home for an undetermined space of time and I'm sure that in no time at all people from this board will be calling him and asking him to remove it from me again! I hope all is well with everyone with their kids safely back at school (for those who go to school). I cannot tell you how much I missed this board. Then, when I saw that people actually did care about me when I was going through a really difficult time, it really helped. I felt that sometimes I ticked people off by my # of postings on the board, I also had some wonderful caring "friends" out there and I really needed to feel that I had something. Thank-you so much for giving me that. Best wishes./p
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pGreat to see you back Cindy! Now, I'm not sure I'm getting this MPP thing. There is a Canadian wide school board association who has addressed this issue of developing a school policy. Here's how to get this info., Anaphylaxis: A Handbook for School Boards can be ordered from the Canadian School Boards Association in Ottawa at 613-235-3724. Now, I'm not sure what this handbook says but I have seen our school boards policy that was developed from this handbook and it is awesome! I wouldn't ask for any other changes./p
pI have presented my plan to the school, I decided to not ask for a ban but to ask for control of food within entire school because my daughter has multiple allergies. They have not only accepted my entire plan but have taken it upon themselves to ban peanuts from the entire school. So far so good, now if my daughter could cope with being at school all day and not crying all the time we might actually be able to do this school thing./p

Posted on: Sat, 09/23/2000 - 6:42am
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pMorgansmom, thanks for the caring, 1st of all and then the info you posted. The M.P.P.br /
is interested in obtaining different school boards' policies within Ontario to see if he could present them in order to have a province wide policy re PA like P.E.I. does. Does that make sense? When I spoke with Jesse's principal at the end of last year's school year, I told her clearly that I did not expect a "peanut free" school (mostly because this is not included in our school board's policy) but I did expect a "peanut free" classroom (which he has the "right" to) and that I also expected him to be able to participate in all school and after school activities in a relatively safe environment. I do have a copy of the Anaphalyxis Handbook for Schools which Simcoe County provided to me along with their PA policy. I still continue to be absolutely blown away by the P.E.I. policy and provided a copy of that to Jesse's principal. Does Morgan go to school each day, like for half a day? Jesse goes two full days one week and three the next. I was very fortunate in that he had no problem leaving me whatsoever. There is a woman there with her child this year and the little one is still crying each morning and her mother is leaving crying and it's really heartbreaking. But, Jesse's teacher sent a note home saying that even if we leave them crying she has them smiling within 10 minutes so hopefully that's the case. I'm sure Morgan will be okay! Also, I was really pleased, Jesse's teacher showed Alexander the Elephant and read No Nuts for Me and another PA book and had Jesse show his MedicAlert bracelet and Epi-pen when she was reading No Nuts for Me, just like Noah. So, so far, school has been working out really well. Anyway, best wishes and let us all know how Morgan fares in school - my girlfriend is always telling me, "This too shall pass". /p
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pWelcome back Cindy~yeah you're long-winded but so what! you make up for the short winded ones or the ones who read post after post and sometimes don't have the time or take the time to answer. Glad to hear that school is going well with Jesse./p

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pOk as some of you know I am having trouble pulling up this board to read it, so thought that if I maybe sent something some magic would happen and I would be able to read this thread...if not I will start a new thread!!...Carolyn/p

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2000 - 6:58am
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pCare, your message did get through okay but then if you're still having the same difficulty that you were, then you won't even know this! Also, at this time, I wanted to post something re MedicAlert. There are a few threads running about this on the board. In the Main Discussion under MedicAlert it mentions the membership fees. Well, there seems to be a difference between the fees in Canada and The States. I went to [url="http://www.medicalert.ca"]www.medicalert.ca[/url] to check out the Canadian membership and it is a $50.00 one time lifetime membership. Then, if you go to the American website [url="http://www.medicalert.com"]www.medicalert.com[/url] you can get information about their initial fee and then the annual fee. Just another slight difference between our two countries and one I thought perhaps worth noting in this thread. Best wishes./p
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pI made it to this thread. My browser does not show page #2 and 3 but when I clicked on the area where the number should be I was transferred to this page! Halelujah!br /
I wanted to get on this thread so that we as Canadians can discuss what we have found out regarding products that are either safe or unsafe. I have been told that Canada has better labelling than the US, is this true.br /
Also how many of you use Betty Crocker cake mix thinking that it is safe? My sister called the company yesterday and after many questions has found out that is not safe as they do have nuts in the plant. I was told by somebody that Betty Crocker is safe--I guess too that this all depends on your "comfort Zones".br /
We live in Brampton Ontario. I have 3 daughters (11, 9 7) and my son is 4(PA)/p

Posted on: Thu, 09/28/2000 - 5:10am
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pCare, I think it would be really good if you went into the Comfort Zones thread in Living with Peanut Allergy and posting your comfort zone there as you're relatively new to the board. Yes, all of us have different comfort zones. Even though my son is anaphylactic with peanut products, I do feel comfortable purchasing products that have been manufactured in a plant that does have peanuts in it. I NEVER buy any "may contain" products, but I have only had to call a couple of manufacturers out of concern. For example, one of my favourite suppliers is Christie's and I know that they have peanut products in their plant. But, until I'm given reason (i.e., him having a reaction) to do otherwise, I'm comfortable buying stuff that is manufactured in a plant that has peanuts in it. But, that's my comfort zone and it certainly doesn't mean it has to be everyone's. I was also interested in seeing The Daddy post in that thread because he had posted that they have a zero tolerance policy towards peanut products. Then, there are other people that I know that still buy the "may contain" products for their PA child. We're all different people with different comfort zones. I had always believed that we labeled "better" in Canada, but, as Redtruck has pointed out, manufacturers are not legally required to put the label on although most of the bigger ones do. He was going to draft a letter we could send to our M.P.'s re this very issue. I'm glad that you managed to get into this thread okay and it would be wonderful to have all of your input, especially for those of us who have comfort zones like you knowing about the Betty Crocker cake mixes. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, so that means your magic dust does work! Best wishes!/p
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pCare, actually I just had an idea. Why don't you start a Canadians thread under the Manufacturers (Safe and Unsafe) heading? That why it will have all the information you're interested in in one thread rather than throughout the whole Canadians thread that you have to sift through. What I've found is that I usually post Canadian specific information in the Canadians thread and then if it has something to do with School or something I'll post it there too or vice versa. But you have a really great idea that does deserve it's own thread because we are different from The States re our labeling and stuff and even the food we have, so why not start one there and then if you feel like it come back and post your info on this thread too? Does that make sense? I know that I started this thread off by saying that I didn't mean to offend any Americans or people from other countries that were on the board, which was not my intention. The whole thing is, Smarties, for example in The States are a totally different candy (in some part of The States anyway) than Smarties we have here. I really think you have a good thread starter there and then you'll have all the information you want in one place rather than having to go through this whole thread all the time. Also, have you checked out [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] that is supposed to keep up-to-date on safe and unsafe food? They do seem to be really good although someone on the board did find a mistake they had made and had to contact them. Just thinking..... Best wishes!/p
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Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2000 - 6:58am
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pTrebor Allan pre-packaged loot bags are "safe" again. I will write down and then type out here their very detailed, informative response later./p
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Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2000 - 7:01am
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pThere is another thread on the board under Manufacturers re Oreos and there is some difficulty again with that thread with American and Canadian information. I was only able to check the large Oreo cookies to-day in the store, not the mini-packs, but the only "may contain" warning on the regular size Oreos is on the Rainbow coloured chips instead of the regular brown coloured chips. The Rainbow ones have a "may contain" warning. I wasn't able to check, as I said, the mini packages, but I'm fairly sure, as Cayley's Mom has posted in that thread, that they are not "safe". Best wishes!/p
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pPlease see my posting under Manufacturers re Trebor Allan for the e-mail I received to-day from Cadbury. The Super Surprise Bags are now considered "safe" again. It's a pretty long response and I don't want to post it twice. Thanks./p

Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2000 - 8:52am
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pI have just contacted Kraft Foods by e-mail re Post Cereals who they own. I purchased Honeycomb and Shreddies to-day. But, I didn't find their labeling as clear as Kellogg's or General Mills, so I wanted to confirm if the cereals were, in fact, "safe". I will let you know what response I get from them as soon as I do. Best wishes!/p
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pMy doctor is actively involved with plans to develop Canadian wide school policy. A grant has been applied for, and is waiting for response back from grant review people. I'll let you know more info. as I receive it./p

Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2000 - 1:41pm
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pPlease see thread started by Cayley's Mom in Main Discussion Board re not requiring a prescription for Epi-pens in Canada! Best wishes!/p
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pHi Everyone - For more info on the Epi-Pens, see Kathryn's post on the thread started by Arachide - Doc won't give me Rx for more Epi-pens - a lot of good information there! Take care./p

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pMorgansmom, I would love to hear about the grant proposal and whether or not it is approved. Are you aware that Health Canada, the Allergy and Asthma Information Association, various school related associations including the Canadian School Boards Association and others with an interest in this area are currently working to revise the Canada wide policy guidelines that already exist. There is a document called Anaphylaxis: a handbook for school boards published by Health Canada and the Canadian School Boards Association. It was created a few years ago to meet this need and was distributed to all school boards and education agencies in Canada. Perhaps your doctor may want to participate in this project and apply for funding for something that is not already in place, perhaps for publicity iniatives to increase awareness of this wonderful document by parents, doctors and others with a need to know about it. Take care./p

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pKathryn: I'm struggling with your response. ....and not sure how to take it. So considering these factors, I will chose to believe you were just trying to be helpful. Yes, my doctor is very aware of the Canadian school Board Association and the handbook Anaphylaxis: a handbook for school boards. In fact he has some connection to both. And as I stated above I don't know a whole lot about the grant proposal perhaps he is part of this group working together to revise, I just don't know at this time. It seems you are always on the defensive when anyone new is trying to accomplish something to help increase services for people with anaphylaxis here in Hamilton or elsewhere which is a real shame because it would be great if we all worked together. I'm not trying to work against your wonderful group, Anaphylaxis Action Network, the Canadian school board association, the AAIA or anyone else, and I didn't say that my doctor was either. I just don't know the details. It's a shame that we can't become more friendly when we are so close and could be helping one another. It was simply something I heard, and has been a concern for people here on this board. The present handbook obviously isn't ensuring that we are all working with the same policy. It just gives you guidelines to develop a policy. This is why we have different policies within every school board. Thought I was being helpful, forgive me, I'll hold back next time, I certainly don't want to be stepping on anyone else's turf! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Wed, 10/04/2000 - 11:07am
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pMorgansmom, since you're posting information in this thread that is relative to ALL Canadians, I would continue to post it. Why deprive the rest of us of the wonderful information you've posted? Please don't stop! Best wishes!/p
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pMorgansmum, I meant no harm, I'm sorry. Sometimes when I am on these boards I am rushing to read everything and to respond where I can perhaps be helpful. I was excited to hear about your doctor's plans and his interest in getting involved with helping patients with the everyday day to day stuff rather than just the medical and theoretical allergy stuff is really great. I guess face to face communication is my stronger suit because these short written responses are obviously open to misinterpretation. Please understand that I was only offering information about the Anaphylaxis Handbook and speculating about an idea for inclusion in this or another grant application. Take care. I am very sorry for upsetting you. It was not my intention./p

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pKathryn: Thanks for the clarification, I was hoping that I was misreading the situation and apologize for my part. Have a good day!/p

Posted on: Thu, 10/05/2000 - 12:36pm
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pHi all, haven't been around in awhile, but i'm glad to see the "Canadians" board is still alive and kicking. Welcome back Cindy, its good to hear from you again. Sorry about your personal problems, but hope you can keep in touch here (I know many have emailed me asking about you over the past few months)./p
pRegarding your question about the letter to our MPs, I think the timing may not be the best right now since we're probably heading into an election soon. This might be best addressed after the election, since it will get more attention then./p
pHope everyone else is doing ok.br /
Whats the scoop on Betty Crocker...we use it exclusively, since Duncan Hines wasn't as cooperative and uses same equipment with nuts./p
pLarge Oreo cookies are ok, but minis are imported from the USA which are clearly labelled "may contain"./p
pSchool has started, and soon we'll be entering one of our danger periods...Halloween! So far so good, have to make a new list to remind parents at our school to check labels and not bring any nut candy to school on 31st and the days following it!br /
Stay safe./p

Posted on: Thu, 10/05/2000 - 3:07pm
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pRedtruck, great post! I know that we've needed your input on quite a few things. You're right on about the letter to M.P.'s.br /
Something strange is happening this year at my son's school re Hallowe'en so I don't even know if I have to worry about a party and checking treats and stuff. It has been clearly marked on the calendar that the school issues that from Kindergarten to Grade 8 it will be Wear Orange or Black Day. Last year, it clearly stated when the kids would be having their Hallowe'en parties. Apparently, this has something to do with a religious group. The school has also sent out in their bulletin a "Reduce the Risk" posting to make other parents in the school aware of a PA student in the midst but I think, for the most part, unless the kids are in Jesse's "peanut free" classroom the other parents don't really pay any heed to it. I do know that last year with his Hallowe'en party, I had absolutely NO problem whatsoever and by year end parents were actually proudly marking "NO PEANUTS" on the various baked goods, etc. that they sent in for parties, even the ones that are in the alternate class but still have to be "peanut free". Anyway, glad to see you posting again, thanks for the welcome back and best wishes!/p
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