Purple Day receives Royal Assent!

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Great news everyone! Bill C-278, the Purple Day Act, received Royal Assent on June 28, 2012! This means that March 26th of every year is now legally recognized by the Canadian government as Purple Day, a day of epilepsy awareness, a day where Canadians should wear purple to promote a greater awareness of epilepsy and to support the 300,000 Canadians living with epilepsy!

The following is an official news story from Canadian Newswire about the passing of Purple Day into law: Purple Day now legally recognized in Canada

Congratulations to Cassidy Megan and everyone else behind the Purple Day campaign! Cassidy, your dream is one step closer to reality! We at SECA fully support you and will continue to celebrate Purple Day every March 26th on the University of Toronto St. George Campus!

To everyone else in the world who celebrates Purple Day, keep up the great work! Together, we can make sure the world celebrates Purple Day and everyone is made aware of the impact of epilepsy!











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The Standing Committee on Health Approves the Purple Day Act!

February 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Excellent news from the Purple Day for Epilepsy Facebook page:

“Canada: Standing committe on Health ( HESA) approved all amendments for Bill C-278 the Purple Day Act indentifying March 26 as a day for Epilepsy Awareness. A new copy of the bill will be printed and it will be presented in the House of Commons for the third round of debate soon. If it passes it will move forward to the Senate for final approval. Thanks to all you you who wrote the committee to share your story of what’s it like for you and/or a family member living with epilepsy. Stay tuned for the next update!”

This is fantastic! Purple Day is that much closer to being officially recognized by the Canadian Federal government! Keep up the great work everybody! Keep contacting your officials and maintain the Act’s momentum!


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Major Update from Purple Day Initiative!!!

February 10th, 2012 · No Comments

What follows is the update from Purple Day’s Facebook page:

“Canada: Please help !!! All written Submissions to the Standing committee on Health in Ottawa need to be in by Tuesday, Feb. 14th. Please write them and ask them to support Bill C-278 The Purple Day Act so it moves on to the next step.
Committees Directorate
Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Tel.: 613-992-3150
Fax: 613-947-3089
E-mail: cmteweb@parl.gc.ca

Bill C-278 once it passes all steps will mean March 26th will be officially recognized as a day for epilepsy awareness but you won’t get a day off work. As a bill it is recognized but once it goes through all steps it will eventually moves on to the Senate for final approval to make it law. It’s a big deal in Canada. We encourage Canadians who have epilepsy and also those who have family member living with epilepsy to share your stories of why endorsement of this act is important for persons with epilepsy. Feel free to include some of the stories you encoutered first hand that demonstrate the need for increased awareness of epilepsy so the public understands and learns more about epilepsy and seizures.

Everyone email the Standing Committee on Health now! We only have a few days! Support Purple Day and Cassidy Megan!


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Purple Day Passes Its Third Reading!

February 5th, 2012 · No Comments

A further update from our friends at the Facebook page for the Purple Day Campaign:

“Bill c-278 – Purple Day Act will now go back to the standing committee for changes as the title of the bill in French needs to be changed to Journee Lavande. All Members Of the House of Commons were in favour of this bill today. We are not sure when the final reading will take place in the House of Commons yet. When we know the date , we post it so you can once again ask Federal Polticians in Canada for their support. The Purple Day team would like to thank people for sharing and contacting Federal Canadian Political representatives to support this bill. The work we do together is what helps bring awareness on behalf of those living with epilepsy world wide.”

This is excellent news and should give us all in the epilepsy community cause for celebration! Purple Day is very close to be recognized as an official awareness day by federal law! I want to thank everyone out there who helped make this happen by contacting your Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) and getting their support. Keep up the good work!


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Purple Day Act’s Third Reading in the House of Commons!

January 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Our friends at the Purple Day Campaign have released the following update via their Facebook page:

“Canada: Bill C-278 the Purple Day Act will be debated in the House of Commons again on Feb. 3, 2012. Please contact your Canadian Federal Member of Parliament and ask them to vote in favour of this bill on Feb 3rd. If this is passed it will mean that March 26th will be officially recognized as a day for Epilepsy Awareness in Canada.
Thanks the Purple Day Team”

Get out there and contact your federal Member of Parliament (MP)! Call, write, email, do whatever you can to solicit their support for the Purple Day Act! Feb. 3, 2012 is not far away!

We here at SECA have even created a nice letter you can use to contact your MP or use as a script (located here). Together lets make Cassidy’s dream of Purple Day a reality in Canada!


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