Brain Injury Association Of Canada Asks Legislators And Leaders, "Where Is Canada's Injury Prevention Strategy?"

    GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Brain Injury Association of
Canada (BIAC) is asking Canadians to speak with political candidates and
elected members of Parliament about the lack of development of a national
injury prevention strategy. The 2008 federal election period is a most
opportune stage to bring this need forward for discussion.
    Treating preventable injuries costs Canadians $14.7 billion per year.
This price is putting Canadian business at an economic disadvantage, lowering
our standard of living, and putting the publicly funded health care system at
risk. BIAC asks Canadians to ask our politicians whether they believe
supporting a national injury development strategy is worth the lives that
could be saved.
    BIAC competes for limited public and private funds, working to develop
initiatives aimed at saving Canadians from preventable injuries - specifically
brain injuries. Efforts include:

       - Wipe Out, a documentary highlighting the consequences of brain
         injuries through the eyes of extreme sport accident victims
       - Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada (June)
       - Bursary program to assist survivors in pursuing post-secondary
         education opportunities
       - Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey fundraisers help fund prevention and
         awareness programs, promote research, and provide education and
         networking for brain injury survivors
       - A national conference for brain injury survivors, their families,
         and caregivers to attend presentations and workshops offered by
         health professionals
       - A website and newsletter dedicated to brain injury issues

    As for changing the law to save Canadians, Bill C-412, as submitted by
Doctor Hedy Fry, MLA for Vancouver Center, is presently before Parliament. The
new law would amend the Hazardous Products Act, and prohibit the sale of
winter sport helmets in Canada which do not meet the latest Canadian Standards
Association criteria. To further this effort BIAC has established - a website designed to inform the public about Bill
C-412. The website also serves as a direct way to contact those politicians
who can make Bill C-412 a reality.
    Canada's federal election campaign provides Canadians a vital opportunity
to speak to legislators and candidates; and while telling our leaders what we
want from them, ask if they support Bill C-412, and explain how important
brain injury prevention is to everyone.
    For more information about the Brain Injury Association of Canada, visit

For further information:

For further information: Richard Kinar, Chair, Helmet Safety Committee, 
Brain Injury Association of Canada, Cell: (604) 910-2435,

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