Human rights complaint launched to ban eggs and dairy from Ontario elementary school


SLM
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Human rights complaint launched to ban eggs and dairy from Ontario elementary school

They came for our peanuts and we were silent. Because who really needs peanuts, anyway? But the idea of banning eggs and dairy from an Ontario elementary school, from the milk in the cafeteria, to cheese in the sandwiches, to the pudding in the pudding packs? That seems to be one bridge too far.
The National Post reports that a Hamilton, Ont., mother has launched a human rights complaint against her six-year-old daughter's school for failing to remove eggs and dairy from campus to accommodate the child's allergies.
Im not looking for a guaranteed allergy-free environment because I know its not possible," said the woman fighting to have eggs and dairy removed from the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School. "But reasonable accommodations that fall in line with our doctors diagnosis is just plain common sense."
On one hand, it is hard to imagine an elementary school being forbidden from serving children eggs and dairy. On the other, the mother makes it seem like the school is a bacchanal of cheese and milk.
With their milk and snack program pushing puddings and yogurts on children, their bake sales and pizza days, students munching on cheese sandwiches at lunch and drinking their demon juices at all hours of the day, not to mention Valentine's Day chocolates, it's hard to imagine how any learning takes place at all.
Of course, this could be seen as another case of society facing extreme demands for the benefit of the few. Another battle in the war on stuff. The war on stuff is vast and ever-expanding. Peanuts were an early victim did you know you can buy peanut-free peanut butter nowadays?
Citrus fruit has been banned in some places.Balls were almost annexed from a Toronto school playground which, while not an allergy concern, surely falls within the purview of the safety debate.
In 2012, an Ontario mother launched a bid to have several mature oak trees removed from outside her nut-allergic daughter's school. After some mockery and much protest, she relented.
Imagine, a neighbourhood losing its fully-grown trees for no other reason than to allow one mother to drop one daughter off at school without having to dodge fallen acorns. Elsewhere in the country, communities are running tree-planting campaigns. Surely there is a parent out there somewhere furious that their child does not have better access to oak trees.
In many ways, that battle plays out again in this case. Milk and eggs are significant cornerstones of a balanced, healthy diet. Health Canada spends much effort urging children to consume more of them.

There is, however, already a well-established system on how to handle dietary allergies in Ontario schools. Sabrina's Law, passed in 2005 and named after a teen who died after accidentally eating dairy in an Ontario school, mandates:
  • That employees and teachers be trained to deal with life-threatening allergies
  • That parents and guardians be asked to supply information about life-threatening allergies
  • That principals maintain records for each anaphylactic student, and
  • That schools remain prepared and equipped to help students who have strong allergic reactions.
The argument in this case could be that the school failed to live up to those obligations, but there seems to be some history of trying. As recently as December, the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School announced that students could only eat in designated areas, banned food from communal play areas, requested that only non-food items were shared on special occasions like birthdays and sought to established a team to address the issue of food allergies on school grounds.
That's not to discount those affected by food allergies. Health Canada estimates there are 1.8 million Canadians affected by food allergies milk and egg allergies rank among the 10 most common types. Heath Canada also says the number of allergic citizens is increasing, especially among children.
But the only way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid the allergen. And that means learning how to avoid them early. That can be accomplished safely without a all-out ban on eggs and dairy.

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mentalfloss
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Mothers
 
taxslave
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So why doesn't she just send her kid to a school that has banned food?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Milk and eggs are significant cornerstones of a balanced, healthy diet. Health Canada spends much effort urging children to consume more of them.

Not according to vegans
 
lone wolf
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Humans don't lay eggs or produce milk in marketable quantity. If you don't like 'em ... don't eat 'em. These idiots will have people living in caves and eating moss (if the moss doesn't complain)
 
Spade
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First they came for the peanut butter and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a vegan.

Then they came for the eggs, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a poultry farmer.

Then they came for the milk, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a dairy farmer.

Then they came for my meat--and there was no one left to speak for meat.

-Nimoeller
Last edited by Spade; Jan 15th, 2014 at 01:14 AM..
 
Dexter Sinister
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If your child is so hyper allergic that exposure to eggs and dairy products in the hands of others nearby could prove fatal... well, sorry mom, but your kid isn't going to make it.
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter SinisterView Post

If your child is so hyper allergic that exposure to eggs and dairy products in the hands of others nearby could prove fatal... well, sorry mom, but your kid isn't going to make it.


'Maybe try not naming them'
 
Dexter Sinister
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That's been tried, hasn't it?
 
karrie
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I would imagine.
 
damngrumpy
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This is yet again a retreat from the freedoms we have been used to.
Reminds me of an old song by Bobby Bare called food blues and if
you go on youtube you'll find it kinda says it all
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Humans don't lay eggs or produce milk in marketable quantity. If you don't like 'em ... don't eat 'em. These idiots will have people living in caves and eating moss (if the moss doesn't complain)

May I remind you of the company in New York that is marketing Mother's Milk Ice Cream? I wouldn't mind being a mother's milk farmer.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

May I remind you of the company in New York that is marketing Mother's Milk Ice Cream? I wouldn't mind being a mother's milk farmer.

Servicing a big herd might pose a problem........
 
Walter
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With all these food allergies they should just ban food from the schools; eat at home.
 
captain morgan
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This mother should build on this Human Rights complaint by factoring-in that eggs and dairy are in conflict with her religious beliefs.

Damn near worked for that clown at York University
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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The school accomodated. Mother didn't like accomodation. Wants all kids to suffer because hers does. She chose to home school. Sounds like a wonderful solution for her issues.
 
Kreskin
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Bring a lunch .. tofu and water.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Human rights complaint launched to ban eggs and dairy from Ontario elementary school
They came for our peanuts and we were silent. Because who really needs peanuts, anyway? But the idea of banning eggs and dairy from an Ontario elementary school, from the milk in the cafeteria, to cheese in the sandwiches, to the pudding in the pudding packs? That seems to be one bridge too far.
The National Post reports that a Hamilton, Ont., mother has launched a human rights complaint against her six-year-old daughter's school for failing to remove eggs and dairy from campus to accommodate the child's allergies.
“I’m not looking for a guaranteed allergy-free environment because I know it’s not possible," said the woman fighting to have eggs and dairy removed from the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School. "But reasonable accommodations that fall in line with our doctor’s diagnosis is just plain common sense."
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I guess I haven't been paying attention but when was it that the idiots starting making the decisions? Getting off track a little, I heard a doctor commenting on C.B.C. a few months back, that the reason for all the allergies these days is too MUCH sanitation and we are no longer building up a resistance to any impurities. Peanut butter is an excellent food, but if you can't handle it don't touch it. -
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

This mother should build on this Human Rights complaint by factoring-in that eggs and dairy are in conflict with her religious beliefs.

Damn near worked for that clown at York University


Yeah, the comparison would be if the guy at York tried to have women removed from the school. Which isn't what happened.
 
captain morgan
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All I'm saying is that there is a better opportunity to have one of the kangaroo courts enforce on your behalf if you whine about some religious infringement.
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

All I'm saying is that there is a better opportunity to have one of the kangaroo courts enforce on your behalf if you whine about some religious infringement.

I don't think you're right. The human rights code covers medical issues like her as disabilities, and they are WAY more active in enforcing human rights in terms of disabilities than they are in terms of religion.
 
captain morgan
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Maybe this lady should march into a Humpty's restaurant and demand that all eggs and dairy be eliminated as per her human rights
 
petros
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This mother has allergies to oxygen. Allegies go away the more your exposed to the allergen.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

Bring a lunch .. tofu and water.

In some schools they would fine you for not following the prescribed lunch menue. And Tufu is not on the list.
 
Nuggler
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What happened to the good old days when a lot of kids didn't bring a lunch because there was no food at home ??


FF sake. sad whining twit.
 
karrie
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My kids have been in classrooms where they were expected to not bring foods besides nuts, due to allergies.

In one particular class my daughter was in, I could not send anything nut, coconut, flax, or sesame seed. It was expected that when dealing with anaphylactic issues, we honoured other people's health and safety. But, on a classroom level. You simply can't factor in an entire school's worth of kids' allergies.

The teacher even went so far as to make kids eat anything minty in the hallway, as the smell for some reason makes my daughter ill (not an accommodation we requested).

Elementary school is a challenging environment in terms of contamination from allergens, but even so, no one ever expected the entire school drop all allergens. They didn't even ban nuts from the school, just from the group foods, and if you ate nuts, you had to do it in the office.
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

May I remind you of the company in New York that is marketing Mother's Milk Ice Cream? I wouldn't mind being a mother's milk farmer.

Wonder if they squeeze or use a milking machine
 
petros
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I have a chalk dust allergy. I want all chalk banned from classrooms.
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I have a chalk dust allergy. I want all chalk banned from classrooms.


Done and done!
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I have a chalk dust allergy. I want all chalk banned from classrooms.


Could happen.............a bunch of us were allergic to the strap and that finally got removed! -
 

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