The parents of six children who suffer from severe allergies have filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission because the Woodbridge school their children attend has stopped the practice of checking lunches for contraband foods.
The families say failing to screen lunches for eggs, peanuts and other allergens to which their children suffer severe reactions is a form of discrimination.Even if those in charge of lunchbox inspections have a culinary degree, it's unlikely their judgment is going to be much more accurate than a child's. Apart from obvious instances of violation - such as a bag of peanuts or a hard boiled egg - it's often not clear if something contains nuts or "unpure" levels of egg. Lunch bag inspections are also not going to prevent some kid from smuggling in a bag of peanuts in his pocket. Are full body inspections next? Perhaps transfats should be added to the list of contraband substances because transfats, and not the actions of "the victim" choosing to consume potentially harmful foods, cause childhood obesity.
McGuinty's government will introduce legislation today that will outlaw trans fats from all school menus for kids from junior kindergarten up to Grade 12.cp: The Broom