Kids Brain Health has engaged with parliamentarians and submitted a letter in support of Bill C-235 an Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act - fetal alcohol disorder that was debated Dec. 6 and will be subject to a free vote scheduled for Dec. 13.
In the meantime, MPs are reflecting on the legal and charter implications of Bill C-235. A previous effort by former Yukon MP Ryan Leef to enshrine consideration of the impairments in judgement and impulsivity that can affect people with prenatal exposure to alcohol was tabled and failed to proceed. Leef's successor, the Hon. Larry Bagnell (L-Yukon), has picked up the cause and rallied national support for a new version of the bill, with similar objectives.
In recognition of her extraordinary contributions towards improving quality of life for children with autism and their families through research and teaching, Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, has been appointed as the inaugural Dr. Stuart D. Sims Chair in Autism.
Dr. Anagnostou is a senior clinician scientist and co-lead of the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a founding member of Kids Brain Health's autism research group.