CASLPA Applauds Re-introduction of Private Member's Bill on Noisy Toys

    OTTAWA, April 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) praised Member of
Parliament, Judy Wasylycia-Leis today for her proactive steps to help ensure
the health of our children's hearing.
    The current Hazardous Products Act bans toys emitting noise levels
exceeding 100 decibels. Audiologists feel that this level is too high. Ms.
Wasylycia-Leis' Private Member's Bill would see this piece of legislation
revised to allow only 75 decibels as the maximum level.
    "CASLPA has worked hard over the past few years, informing the public and
Members of Parliament of the dangers of noisy toys," commented CASLPA
Executive Director Ondina Love. "Ms. Wasylycia-Leis is a proven champion for
this issue. She first announced last May that she would be taking proactive
steps to ensure the health of our children's hearing through her tabling of a
Private Member's Bill."
    On April 2nd, Ms. Wasylycia-Leis introduced Bill C-357, An Act to amend
the Hazardous Products Act (noise limit for children's products). "This is
thrilling news for CASLPA," continued Love. "The re-introduction of this Bill
will lead to the protection of the hearing health of Canadian children."
    The announcement will come just as health and education professionals
prepare to celebrate Speech and Hearing Awareness Month, which begins May 1st.
During the month, thousands of professionals involved with the treatment of
speech, language and hearing disorders such as audiologists, speech-language
pathologists and supportive personnel come together to participate in public
awareness campaigns that encourage early detection and prevention of
communication disorders.
    "CASLPA continues to appreciate Ms. Wasylycia-Leis' dedication to the
hearing health of Canadian children and we are excited to support her as she
moves forward with this very necessary Bill," concluded Love.

    CASLPA, with more than 5,400 members, is the only national body that
supports and represents the professional needs of speech-language
pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel inclusively within one
organization. Through this support, CASLPA champions the needs of people with
communications disorders. Visit CASLPA at

For further information:

For further information: Angie D'Aoust, CASLPA, Director of
Communications, 1-800-259-8519,

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