Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Private Member’s Bill C-583

Nov 17, 2014

Yukon MP Ryan Leef has a second reading of his Private Member’s Bill C-583 on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, and he needs some help. His bill has three main objectives:

  • To define FASD under the Criminal Code
  • It allows the Courts to accept evidence or direct an assessment order be conducted for the purpose of determining the existence of FASD, to determine the severity or range of FASD and to determine its contribution, if any, to the offence
  • It allows the court, to the extent FASD contributed to the offence, to consider it to be a mitigating factor.

There will be a vote called to put his bill through to committee, so every vote counts! He is asking supporters to reach out to their networks to let their local MPs know why this bill is important.

To contact Ryan Leef, MP, you can email ( or phone (613-995-9368).  As well, you can sign up for his newsletter at .

Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs

Nov 17, 2014

This newly released film takes an intimate and eye-opening journey into the lives of those affected by FASDs, their families and friends. The film, produced by a small crew from Chicago, looks at young people with unique needs growing up and entering into a social system that is not prepared to provide the services that are necessary for a successful future.

To view the trailer or for more information, go to .

Special Olympian With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Named A Finalist For ‘Runner’s World’ Cover Contest

Nov 17, 2014

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Andrew Peterson, a 21 year old Special Olympian born with FAS, ran his first 3K at nine years old.  Since then he has gone on to win three gold medals at the USA Games in the Special Olympics.  He was just announced as one of the 10 finalists (chosen from a pool of over 2,300 entries for the ‘Runner’s World’ cover contest.


FASD Research: More Kids Damaged By Women Drinking During Pregnancy Than Previously Expected

Nov 4, 2014

This article, published by Inquisitr, highlights the various published studies related to prenatal alcohol damage in various parts of the world including newly published research where it was found that the actual numbers of children affected by prenatal alcohol consumption are much higher than previously thought.

To read, go to

Fetal Alcohol and the Law - Part 2

Oct 29, 2014

This is the second of two short animated films related to FASD and the Law. It looks at how people with FASD run into problems with the law.

Fetal Alcohol and the Law - Part 1

Oct 29, 2014

This short animated film gives a quick yet thorough introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Law.

Moderate weekly alcohol intake linked to poorer sperm quality in healthy young men

Oct 29, 2014

Is alcohol compromising male fertility? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that poorer sperm quality in healthy young men is linked to drinking.  There are effects noted with a few as 5 drinks per week and the impact worsens as drinking increases.

The study was carried out in Denmark using 1221 men (military recruits) between the ages of 18 and 28.  The research concludes:  "It remains to be seen whether semen quality is restored if alcohol intake is reduced, but young men should be advised that high habitual alcohol intake may affect not only their general health, but also their reproductive health."

Red wine is NOT good for pregnant woman, according to new study

Oct 8, 2014

Although the healthy benefits of drinking red wine have been publicized in the news, recent research is suggesting otherwise.  In a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, the compound resveratrol (found in some fruits, chocolate, nuts and red wine) may lead to developmental abnormalities in the fetal pancreas.

To read more on this subject, go to… .

New FASD program builds bridges between children and police

Oct 8, 2014

"Boys Unplugged" is a new recreational program in the region of Waterloo, Ontario, aimed at helping to increase understanding between police officers and boys with FASD.  In the program, police officers are paired youth and then together they carry out various activities like building race cars out of cardboard and participating in scavenger hunts.

To read the CBC news article highlighting this program, go to

Dog Treat Company Supports People with FASD

Oct 8, 2014

Melissa Clark was one of the first people in her state to receive a diagnosis of FASD but after high school, she struggled to hold a regular 9 to 5 job.  The answer for her was to create her own business; Lissie's Luv Yums is an organic dog treat company.  Her sister helps to manage the business which currently donates a part of their profits to the construction and opening of an FASD home.

To read more, go to… .

To visit the website for Lissie's Luv Yums, go to .