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- Direct services or unauthorized practice?
Internet-based or mail-order medical products are testing out their jurisdiction in Canada. Most recently, Nashville-based SmileDirectClub recently filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA), on August 14, 2019. According to various news reports, SmileDirectClub, LLC, and its Cana … Read more »
- Forcing patients subjected to sexual misconduct to testify in regulatory proceedings
The public interest in health regulators eliminating sexual abuse by registrants may in some cases outweigh the individual interests of sexual abuse victims who refuse to voluntarily participate in investigations or discipline hearings. The Ontario Divisional Court applied that rationale as part of … Read more »
- Medically-assisted dying and the role of professional regulators
As described in a recent Globe and Mail article (here), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (the “College”) recently dismissed a complaint against a physician, Dr. Wiebe, who provided medically-assisted dying (“MAiD”) to an elderly patient and resident of a care home and hospital (the “Home … Read more »
- Defamation and Interlocutory Injunctions: when a registrant’s speech goes too far
A Manitoba court recently granted the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (the “College”) an interim injunction restraining a non-practising member, Mr. Jorgenson, from publishing defamatory statements about staff, council members and committee members of the College. The court enjoined Mr. Jorgenson … Read more »
- BC Supreme Court Emphasizes Need for ‘Near Certainty’ of Evidence in Contempt Applications
The B.C. College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) unsuccessfully sought a finding of contempt on the basis of unauthorized practice, in a case where a College investigation yielded a large amount of circumstantial evidence, but no direct evidence of TCM practice: College of Traditional Chines … Read more »