Sept. 9, 2014 – City of Vaughan News Release
Beginning this month, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service will be providing enhanced emergency medical care, including administering EpiPens for adults and children suffering from a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Vaughan firefighters will be trained to recognize and treat life-threatening medical situations. In addition to administering EpiPens, this includes assisting asthma patients with their inhalers during an attack and providing aspirin to those suffering from cardiac chest pain.
On May 8, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) announced that all fire trucks operating in Mississauga will carry EpiPens and firefighters are authorized to provide assistance to anyone that requires it. Since that announcement, MFES staff have saved two lives by properly administering the EpiPen.
The first emergency call came on August 20, 2013 when a Read more
EpiPens Available on all Mississauga Fire Trucks – May 08, 2013
Today during City Council, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services announced that all fire trucks operating in Mississauga will carry EpiPens and firefighters are authorized to provide assistance to anyone that requires it. Read more
Peanut/Nut Controlled Section Available for 6 Games
(from Blue Jays press release)
The Blue Jays are doubling the number of games with peanut/nut-controlled seating this year, up to six from three a year ago.
At these games, fans with peanut/nut allergies can purchase tickets to a special section in the 200-level outfield, dubbed the Peanut Controlled Zone, where nuts will be restricted. Read more
February 21, 2013
TORONTO – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) is working with the Canadian distributor of EpiPen auto-injectors to better serve the estimated 1.3 million Canadians with food allergies when they dine at restaurants. Read more
Cindy Paskey was honoured to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The medal recognizes her contributions as a long-time advocate for anaphylaxis awareness and safety, as well as for her leadership in the development of child advocacy centres, focused on a holistic approach to helping children, youth and families cope with child abuse investigations, and the process of healing and strengthening lives afterward. December 2012.
Families of the CAI were very pleased to learn of the multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment the federal government recently announced for Canadian research on allergies. This is fantastic and speaks to the CAI’s call for long-term government support of anaphylaxis research.
REPOST – (from Feb 14, 2011) Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of for the Regions of Quebec), along with Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Niagara West-Glanbrook Member of Parliament Dean Allison, announced regulations to strengthen Canada’s labelling of food allergens and gluten sources. Read more
A recent survey was released in September by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) a nonprofit and the trusted source in food allergies, and Galaxy Nutritional Foods, a leading producer of cheese alternatives. The study examined parents’ perspectives on the emotional impact that food allergies have on their children.
Nearly 70% of the parents of children with food allergies surveyed said having a food allergy has impacted their child’s quality of life. 40% indicated their child’s life was impacted “somewhat,” and 29% “a great deal.” Some of the survey findings include:
(This is an excerpt of an article in Allergic Living by the publication’s editor Gwen Smith. The direct link is here:
A new study, funded by the Food Allergy Initiative, finds that 8 percent of American children under the age of 18 have one or more food allergies. That means 5.9 million kids are at risk food-allergic reactions.