A Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s news release alerts us to the stalling of Bill S-228, The Child Health Protection Act, an Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children) in the Senate due to industry lobbying. “This is exactly why we need legislation to replace the voluntary industry measures currently in place – it is time to put our kids’ health before profits,” said Senator Nancy Greene Rainer, who first introduced the bill in the Senate.
The Canadian lobbyist registry documents 79 industry representatives have lobbied around Bill S-228 and 233 industry meetings with government officials.
Write BC’s Senators to tell them to vote to pass this bill now to protect children’s health:
- Senator Bev Busson: Busson@sen.parl.gc.ca
- Senator Larry Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer: email@example.com
- Senator Richard Neufield: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Yonah Martin: email@example.com
- Senator Yuen Pau Woo: Woo@sen.parl.gc.ca
Read this post from BC mom and BC Alliance for Healthy Living Manager Rita Koutsodimos about the insidious power of advertising sugary drinks to kids: https://stopmarketingtokids.ca/teens-drinking-kilo-of-sugar-per-month/
The Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition created a list of advocacy tools on how to take action to restrict food and beverage marketing to kids.