North Vancouver Town Hall Meeting to Address Brain Injury Prevention



    GATINEAU, QC, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 (7-9pm
Pacific/10pm-Midnight Eastern), the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC)
partners with the District of North Vancouver, the North Shore Safety Council,
Think First, and the Alzheimer Society, Legacies 2010 for a public meeting to
discuss brain injury prevention. The event - in the Council Chambers of
Municipal Hall (355 West Queen's Rd., District of North Vancouver) - will
begin with a screening of the documentary Wipe Out followed by a public
discussion.
    The evening is aimed at community leaders and parents who can influence
decision making both at home, in the boardroom and government. The post-film
discussion panel will include:

    
    - Dr. Bill Mackie, President of the BC Medical Association
    - Dr. Brian Hunt, Surgeon
    - Richard Kinar, Director, Brain Injury Association of Canada
    - Tom Walker, Director, Participation, Sport and Recreation 2010
      Legacies Now
    - The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, MP-Vancouver Centre
    - Representatives from Think First and the Alzheimer Society
    

    The audience will include BIAC president Shirley Johnson, who points out
that "Canada has no national recreational helmet safety standards other than
for ice hockey helmets which must meet Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
standards. This is why BIAC strongly supports the passage of Bill
C-289-legislation that would force manufacturers of ski and snowboard helmets
to follow the highest standards as developed by the CSA-and encourage all
Canadians to support standard CSA Z.263.1, Alpine and Recreational Snowboard
Helmets."
    Treating preventable injuries, such as acquired brain injury, costs
Canadians $15 billion per year. This sum further compromises Canadian business
in these economic times, lowers our standard of living, and strains our
publicly funded health care system.

    For more about the Brain Injury Association of Canada, Bill C-239, and
CSA Z.263.1, Alpine and Recreational Snowboard Helmets, please visit
www.biac-aclc.ca.

    For more on Wipe Out, visit http://wipeout.knowledgenetwork.ca/index.html
for trailer and complete video.

    Contributions to the Brain Injury Association can be made directly to the
Brain Injury Association of Canada (http://biac-aclc.ca/en/donate/), or
through CanadaHelps (www.canadahelps.org). BIAC is funded by the generosity of
donors, as well as sponsors of its national Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey events.




For further information:

For further information: Harry Zarins, Executive Director, Brain Injury
Association of Canada, 1-866-977-2493, harry.zarins@biac-aclc.ca; Tom Walker,
Director, Participation, Sport and Recreation, 2010 Legacies Now & North Shore
Safety Council, (778) 327-5147, twalker@2010legaciesnow.com

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