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Safe Kids Canada Executive Director and Injury Prevention News and Notes correspondent Allyson Hewitt has moved to MaRS Discovery District to become Director, Social Entrepreneurship. Allyson has been at Safe Kids Canada for 5 years, during which time the organization achieved a world first in not only banning but upholding a ban on baby walkers. Allyson’s new position will see her leading the development of social innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a convergence innovation center in Toronto. This takes Allyson back to her commitment to advance the social sector in Canada and globally. Pamela Fuselli, Director, Programs and Services, Safe Kids Canada, will assume the position of Interim Executive Director until a competition for the successful candidate on a permanent basis is completed.

EU MEMBER STATES SUPPORT RIP CIGARETTES

On 29 November 2007, the EU Member States overwhelmingly endorsed the European Commission plans to draw up proposals for a standard to combat the leading cause of home fire fatalities each year. The standard will require tobacco companies to only sell reduced-ignition propensity (RIP) cigarettes, ie, self-extinguishing cigarettes. The decision by Member States in the General Safety Product Safety Committee will start the process of bringing the EU into line with many other countries such as Canada and 22 US states. The European Commission will take a formal decision on the mandate for a standard in spring 2008. The adoption of the decision (which will only become formal in the spring of 2008) is a huge success, but there is more work to be done. There is a need to continue to monitor the situation and ensure that CEN, the European standardization body, gives appropriate consideration to the US standard ASTM E2187-04 in its most recent …

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