Petition to WestJet
From the food allergy community to WestJet: prioritize safety over snacks
Food allergies are a terrifying reality for 1 in 13 North Americans. That's 7.5% of Canadians (approximately 2.7 million of us). To put things in perspective: 300,000 Canadians have Type 1 Diabetes 1 in 133 must follow a gluten-free diet 1 in 68 Canadian children live with autism For those with food allergies, accidental ingestion of everyday foods like milk or eggs or peanuts or nuts, including almonds and cashews, can result in a life-or-death reaction, called anaphylaxis. For some, these allergies are airborne. For others, a drop or a crumb is enough to put their lives in very grave danger. Food-allergic individuals live in fear of foods that the rest of the population eats without a second thought. So we avoid restaurants that can't accommodate and opt out of social outings we deem unsafe. We put up with eye rolls and exasperated sighs. We cringe each time a comedian makes us the butt of their joke. And we are disheartened when we are viewed as an inconvenience—when really, we represent a huge business opportunity—but we also kind of get it. See, we live with this inconvenience every single day of our lives. This is why it hurts our hearts when those without food allergies grumble when asked to temporarily refrain from eating our allergen. And it's why those who demonstrate understanding and compassion are sort of like our heroes. WestJet used to be one of the good guys. In fact, they were the number one choice for many Canadian allergy families due to their wonderfully accommodating allergy policies. They made us feel safe and welcome aboard their flights. That is, until April 4, 2018.Things are changing at WestJet... and not for the better. First, they decided to get rid of their onboard EpiPens in 2016. The community was surprised and disappointed. But we also understood that carrying an EpiPen is first and foremost our responsibility. So we remained loyal. (Although this isn't helpful for previously non-allergic individuals who have their first anaphylactic reaction on a plane. Yes, this actually happened.) But now that they've decided to introduce almonds onto their onboard menu, many of us can't help but wonder where their priorities lie. Are the wants of their Plus guests really more important than the safety of passengers with food allergies? Because, the sad truth is: These guests can live without almonds for a few hours. Those with allergies to tree nuts on the other hand? They CAN'T live WITH them. How is this good business? The food allergy community might just have been WestJet's most loyal group of customers. And now we're being made to feel like we're no longer welcome, like our safety is not valued. This seems to go against everything WestJet stands for. And if we're talking inconvenience, an anaphylactic reaction that results in an emergency landing halfway through a flight would be way more inconvenient than replacing a bag of nuts with a box of raisins. Food allergies are not a sensitivity, nor are they a lifestyle preference—they are a life-threatening disability. Ontario Human Rights Commission states: "Human rights case law has recognized that anaphylaxis is a disability under the Code. Therefore, employers, housing providers and service providers (including education providers, daycares, etc.) have a legal responsibility to accommodate people with potentially life threatening allergies, as they would any other person with a disability, to the point of undue hardship." Join us in urging WestJet to reconsider the addition of nuts to their menu. Please sign the petition and help us spread the word.
Petition to Gaétan Barrette, Fabrice Brunet
Traitement pour les allergies alimentaires / Food allergy treatments
ByeByeAllergies.ca / Fondation CHU Sainte-Justinewww.ByeByeAllergies.cawww.facebook.com/ByeByeAllergies.cawww.twitter.com/ByeByeAllergies ----(scroll down for English) IMMUNOTHÉRAPIE ORALE: ESPOIR DE GUÉRISON Le traitement d'immunothérapie orale permet de réintégrer des aliments autrefois allergènes dans la diète. Il est déjà offert aux États-Unis en clinique privée et dans le cadre d'essais cliniques. La collecte de fonds ByeByeAllergies vise l'ouverture de la première clinique entièrement dédiée à l'immunothérapie orale au CHU Sainte-Justine qui pourrait, ensuite, chapeauter l'implantation de cliniques périphériques ailleurs au Québec pouvant offrir le traitement avec l'aide de l'équipe d'allergologues de Sainte-Justine. Propriétaires du projet: Dr. Philippe Bégin et Dr. Anne Des Roches, allergologues au CHU Sainte-Justine. QUI-SOMMES NOUS? Cette collecte de fonds est une initiative d'un groupe de parents bénévoles visant à appuyer les allergologues du CHU Sainte-Justine dans leur recherche de financement. Le but est d'amasser les fonds nécessaires afin de d'ouvrir une clinique de désensibilisation et de soigner les enfants. PASSEZ À L'ACTION! Nous avons besoin du soutien de tous les parents d'enfants allergiques! Ajoutez votre nom à la liste pour démontrer le besoin urgent d'ouvrir une clinique de désensibilisation aux allergies alimentaires. --------- ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY: HOPE FOR A CURE The ByeByeAllergies fundraising initiative’s aim is to open the first oral immunotherapy dedicated clinic at CHU Sainte-Justine. The hospital could, in turn, oversee the implementation, all over Quebec, of several other desensitization clinics that could provide treatment with help from Sainte-Justine’s allergists. For kids with food allergies, this treatment could be life changing. Professionals leading the project: Dr. Philippe Bégin & Dr. Anne Des Roches, allergists at CHU Sainte-Justine. WHO ARE WE? This fundraising campaign is the initiative of a group of parents in an effort to support the allergists of Sainte-Justine and their project to open this clinic. The goal is to collect enough funds to open the desensitization clinic and offer the treatment to our kids. TAKE ACTION We need support from all parents of kids with food allergies! Add your name to the list to show your support and the urgency to open a clinic that offers a real and proven food allergy treatment.
Petition to John Betts President & CEO of McDonald's Canada
McDonald's Canada: Reaffirm your commitment to the food allergy community. #NotLovinIt
On January 17th, McDonald’s Canada introduced a new allergy statement that indicates all products on their menu “may contain or come into contact with peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens”. The new allergy statement essentially means that all products in McDonald’s restaurants may contain or have come in contact with any allergen. They also launched the SKOR McFlurry (which contains almonds) and noted that the SKOR pieces will not be in a contained package like other nut products currently available at McDonald’s. This is one of several new products to be added to their menu. We need a strong and collective response to McDonald’s on these new changes to let them know how this impacts the more than 2.5 million Canadians with food allergies, and to the millions more who support them. Please sign our petition asking McDonald’s Canada to meet with Food Allergy Canada and reaffirm their commitment to their guests with food allergies. Read our letter to John Betts, President & CEO. And please help further this cause by sharing this petition with your family, friends and others. #NotLovinIt Thank you! P.S. To keep updated on this very important issue and to receive other allergy-related news, sign-up to get our emails.