As embattled Senators break for summer, one hopes they are searching for ways to demonstrate a willingness to act independently and in our best interests. An opportunity ripe for sunny summer reflection is a Conservative science-based safety bill, dead on the Order Paper, Bill C-386, An Act to amend the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (tanning equipment) and to warn Canadians of the cancer risks of using tanning equipment. This bill would have begun to meet an urgent ethical need while bolstering a rising tide of provincial and municipal regulations. Health Canada’s existing warnings are aspirational in nature; the 2014 Radiation Emitting Devices amendments applied only to tanning equipment sold, resold, leased or imported, as did the 2005 changes: “It is anticipated that all equipment will eventually comply with updated warning label requirements as salons replace and update existing equipment.” Meanwhile, three Canadians perish daily from melanoma, and many more continue to roast their skin on beaches and tanning beds, oblivious to risk. When it comes to skin cancer prevention, Senators have the power to deliver transformative change. The question is, will they consult with concerned medical experts, the CPS, CMA, melanoma survivors and others, and put Canadians (not votes) first? Linda Jeaurond, melanoma survivor Victoria, B.C.