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Take Action Event 2014

Next link will open in a new window2014 EpiPen® TAKE ACTION Events
Supporting Education and Research

invites people of all ages to walk (or walk/run in some cities) in support of allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis research and education.

The fundraising events will take place in several cities across Canada during the months of May and June.

Sign up today to participate, donate and/or volunteer at an event near you!


Open letter to Prime Minister Harper

Urgent Message about Food Labelling Regulations

Please keep advocating for passage of the proposed federal food labelling regulations.

There have been media reports that the beer industry is strongly opposed and there is concern that theatens to derail final approval of the proposed changes. Allergy associations and Allergic Living are urging their members and the public to take the following steps:

  1. Call Prime Minister Stephen Harper office at (613) 992-4211 to express your concern.
  2. Please join Next link will open in a new windowAllergic Living's write-in campaign.
  3. Contact your Member of Parliament. Next link will open in a new windowClick here to find your local MP by postal code.

Please tell the Prime Minister and your MP that people with food allergies and their families need and want clearer food labeling on all food packages and beverage labels. We have waited too long as it is for these important updates to the regulations.

See also the initial campaign from Allergic Living magazine.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergies) Awareness - in the news

Next link will open in a new windowCanadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) is a network of Canadian families formed to raise greater awareness of the realities Canadians with severe allergies face every day. Their primary goal is to urge Parliamentarians and federal officials to respond to allergy concerns involving public awareness and education, food safety, transportation, and research; with an ultimate goal to reduce the risks of preventable anaphylactic attacks throughout Canada.

The CAI has made progress by working closely with MP Dean Allison in raising awareness with his Parliamentary colleagues. The Niagara West - Glanbrook MP has Motion M-230 in the House of Commons which reads: 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.

See the Press Release Next link will open in a new window“Families discuss with MP next steps on Anaphylaxis Motion M-230”

Take Action

Does your MP support Motion M-230? Call, and ask. Seek support on behalf of all Canadian families living with severe allergies.

How you can help...

Our Members of Parliament are there to help and they want to know what issues are important to us.

Next link will open in a new window Click here for your local MP’s address

You can mail your letter to Ottawa addressed to: NAME, M.P., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6. Postage is not required if mailed in a standard #10 letter envelope.

MPs are often in their office on Fridays and for various weeks throughout the year. Their office will be happy to let you know what those days are.

When you contact your MP, please let us know at . We are keeping a record of MPs who have been contacted.

Triple A Run/Walk 2010Triple A Run/Walk 2010 (PDF version will open in a new window)

In 2010 we hosted Triple A Run/Walk events in 5 locations:

Click here for stories and pictures.

The 2010 Run/Walk events support your cause — allergy, anaphylaxis and asthma! Please register and ask friends, family, employers, and neighbours to come along. The more the merrier and the more sucessful we will be.

Those who cannot attend in person can still participate by Next link will open in a new windowpledgingPledge Form (PDF version will open in a new window) their financial support and asking others to do the same.

Research and education are the key to living well with allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis... allowing Canadians to have safe, productive and enjoyable lives. This is your chance to make a difference. Join us!

Also click here to learn how you could become a Corporate Sponsor.

Walk to Axe Anaphylaxis

Join the second annual Walk to Axe Anaphylaxis taking place on October 17, 2010 in Toronto's Cedarvale Ravine beginning at 11:00 a.m. Funds raised will be donated to the Next link will open in a new windowCanadian Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Foundation to fund the research of allergic diseases. To partipate or for more information visit Next link will open in a new windowwww.walktoaxe.ca.

Food Allergy Summer Camp (2012 dates: July 23-27)

The Allergy/Asthma Information Association's Prairies Region hosts an annual Food Allergy Summer Camp for children aged 6 to 15 years of age. [read more...]

Triple A Run/Walk 2009

In 2009 we hosted Triple A Run/Walk events in 4 locations:

Click here for stories and pictures.

AAIA 2009 Family Conference in St. Catharines, OntarioAAIA 2009 Family Conference brochure (PDF version will open in a new window)

"Knowledge For Living with Anaphylaxis, Asthma and Allergies" Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. offers a full day of events and activities for the whole family. [read more...]

AAIA Whitby Run/Walk 2008

For the past five years, AAIA Ontario has hosted the Triple “A” Run/Walk to raise funds for allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis research and education. This year's event raised $15,000, which will be presented to Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF) at the CSACI Annual Meeting in Hamilton this fall. [read more...]

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Research

Prevention of Allergy in 2008

The purpose of this editorial by Sicherer and Burks is to describe how the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed its recommendations for prevention of allergy in infants at high risk of developing allergies, based on updated evidence. [read more...]

SCAAALAR Study

Researchers from AllerGen NCE Inc., the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, in partnership with Health Canada, have launched a national study to determine how prevalent food allergies are among the Canadian population and how effective allergen warnings are on food labels. [read more...]

Participate in an Alberta Research ProjectParticipate in an Alberta Research Project (PDF version will open in a new window)

Innovative online support programs for children, youth, and parents facing asthma and/or allergies. [read more...]

Participate in a Canadian Sesame Registry

Participate in a Canadian Peanut Registry

$60,000 Donated by AAIA to CAAIF for Food Allergy Research

We are very pleased that the AAIA is able to contribute such a substantial sum to food allergy research... [read more...]

Ring Toss Tournament - Peanut Allergy Research Fundraiser

On June 17th, 2006, Deb and Jim LeVangie, AAIA volunteers from Afton, Nova Scotia, spearheaded a 'Washer Toss Tournament' to raise funds for peanut allergy research. [read more...]

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Other Activities of Interest

Next link will open in a new window"Food for Thought", an on-line course

A new and innovative course conceived by Drs. David Harpp, Joe Schwarcz & Ariel Fenster. Designed to provoke some thought, separate fact from fiction and of course, digest everything there is to know about food. It was run from Friday January 24 to Friday April 18, 2014 and looks like if will be run again.
While the focus of the course it not food allergy, it does offer a scientific framework for understanding food and its impact on health and society from past to present. Drs Joe Schwarcz and Ariel Fenster have done excellent presentations at AAIA conferences in the past, so we highly recommend this course.
To register, go to : Next link will open in a new windowedX Courses

Next link will open in a new windowCAAM (Clinique d'allergie et d'asthme de Montréal): new Montreal allergy clinic

Drs. Assia Hassaine, Karine Issa-El-Khoury, Nha Uyen Nguyen Luu, et Marie-Noël Primeau, all specialists in allergy and immunology, and Dr Justine Dassa, a pediatrician who specializes in asthma, have opened the Clinique d'allergie et d'asthme de de Montréal. it is located at 1240 Beaumont, Suite 120, TMR, H3P3E5.

Next link will open in a new windowCSACI Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, October 23-26 in Ottawa

Next link will open in a new windowCNRC (Canadian Network for Respiratory Care) conference 2015, tbd

Next link will open in a new windowAir Quality Health Index (AQHI): What are you breathing today?

An information tool is now available to help Quebeckers in the urban areas of Montréal Island, Gatineau and Québec City be aware of the relative health risk associated with air pollution levels. If you have breathing problems or heart disease, this information tool will help you stay aware of the health risk based on air pollution levels. Next link will open in a new windowVisit the Quebec AQHI website or call this toll-free number (1 866 688-3810) to learn the current AQHI. You can sign up for free to be alerted by phone when the poor air quality has the potential to affect your health.

How Air Pollution Affects Your HealthAQHI Fact Sheet (PDF version will open in a new window)

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. To know more about what Health Canada has to say about the AQHI, please click hereAQHI Fact Sheet (PDF version will open in a new window).

EpiPen® Auto-Injector: new format

EpiPen(R)

The EpiPen® auto-injector is now available in a new format as a result of some design changes. The new format has the same medication and is administered in the same way as the original. To find out about the design improvements please go to Next link will open in a new windowwww.EpiPen.ca

Next link will open in a new windowNiagara families and MP Dean Allison raise awareness for anaphylaxis

June 7, 2010 – Niagara West- Glanbrook Member of Parliament Dean Allison gave notice for a motion in the House of Commons today: 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. For more info go to Next link will open in a new windowhttp://nask.ca/events.html

Media Planet's supplement to the National Post on Asthma and AllergiesMedia Planet?s supplement to the National Post on Asthma and Allergies (PDF version will open in a new window)

This publication features an asthmatic Kevin Martin who overcame his asthma to become an Olympic Champion, a mother and daughter duo who face food allergies on a daily basis and great articles and advice taken from Canada's leading allergists and doctors in the field.

Sabrina's Story — A Preventable Tragedy

Letter from Sara ShannonLetter from Sara Shannon (PDF version will open in a new window)
To read the original Chatelaine article: Next link will open in a new windowen.chatelaine.com/english/food/article.jsp?content=20091001_150000_0023
To contact the Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine:

The AAIA welcomes Guardian Angel, our new corporate sponsor

Guardian Angel produces a wide variety of baked goods that are free of peanut, nut, dairy, and egg. These delicious products are now available in the freezer section of grocery stores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. [read more...]

AllerGen: Fifth Annual Research ConferenceAllerGen: Fifth Annual Research Conference (PDF version will open in a new window)

Quebec City, February 7 - 9, 2010. AllerGen's nationally networked research showcase. Keynote addresses by internationally renowned experts. [read more...]

Adverse Reaction Advisory - Montelukast (Singulair)

Go to Next link will open in a new windowwww.healthcanada.gc.ca/carn to read an advisory about Singulair published in the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter, Volume 19, No. 3

Air Canada decision allows pets in cabinAir Canada decision allows pets in cabin (PDF version will open in a new window)

The above link leads to a letter sent to Air Canada by the president of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Dr. Richard Warrington, in reaction to the recent decision to allow pets to travel in the cabin on Air Canada. If you are allergic to animals and would like to add your voice, we encourage you to write a personal letter to Air Canada's president, explaining how this impacts you or your family. [read more...]

Next link will open in a new windowAllergic Living magazine poll about pets on airplanes

Toronto Blue Jays Games - Peanut/Nut Reduced Zone

Thanks to a tremendous response to games in 2008, the Toronto Blue Jays are pleased to once again offer families dealing with life threatening allergies a dedicated, comfortable and safe seating zone from which to enjoy the game. [read more...]

Good news from Health Canada for food allergic Canadians

The Government of Canada Announces Proposed New Labelling Requirements to Protect Health of Canadians. To see the press release go to Next link will open in a new windowwww.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/allergen/index-eng.php. Thank you to Health Canada and thank you to all who wrote to the government in support of these new regulations!

AAIA 2007 Family Conference in Ottawa

The AAIA Ontario conference held October 21 in Ottawa featured many exciting medical speakers and interactive workshops. [read more...]

Highlights from the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) Annual Meeting October 26-29, 2006 Montreal

Dr. Eric Leith, Chair, Canadian Allergy Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF)

After attending the recent CSACI annual meeting it is now time to reflect upon the knowledge transfer and how I may incorporate this in my practice. These are some of the outlines of the featured sessions. [read more...]

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