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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:00 am 

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MLA’s bill targets allergies

Apr 08 2007
NDP education critic David Cubberley has introduced a private members’ bill that would require all B.C. school boards to take precautions with students affected by severe allergies.

The bill targets anaphylaxis, a severe reaction to foods such as nuts, seafood, eggs or milk products that affects between one and two per cent of the population. The bill would require boards to have a common policy, including staff training and an individual plan for each anaphylactic student. Cubberley said the B.C. government was lobbied after Ontario adopted a similar system in 2005, and should have followed suit by now.

Education Minister Shirley Bond said her ministry has been working on the issue since January, and is putting together a policy advisory group including parents and health experts to look at what steps B.C. should take.

“Legislation is always an option, but we think there’s a way to do this through policy work, and in fact other provinces are doing the same kind of work,” Bond said. “The issue is whether or not there is a consistent approach to this across the province, and I think that’s what concerns parents.”

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