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Lawyers blast Alberta’s medical regulators for doctor’s office raid

“The College has no respect for the doctor-patient relationship, or for the right of doctors to exercise their professional judgment in how best to treat their own patients,” said JCCF lawyer and President John Carpay.

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A day after a Calgary doctor’s office was raided by inspectors with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), Calgary constitutional lawyers are speaking out.

“The rule of law has broken down, and due process has failed,” said staff lawyer Eva Chipiuk,, of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

On Thursday, Dr. Daniel Botha, a family physician who’s been in practice in Calgary for more than 25 years, saw his office raided by CPSA inspectors claiming they were there to make sure Botha was in compliance with any medical or mask exemptions he’d administered to his patients.

The inspectors requested to access Botha’s patient files beyond the two patients he had granted exemptions to and ended up reviewing the files of 28 patients, including the medical records of lawyer Jeffrey Rath who is in active litigation against the CPSA on behalf of a number of medical clients.

“Agents of governing bodies have taken the law into their own hands and have now become the police, the judge, jury and executioner,” said Chipiuk.

The Western Standard contacted the CPSA for comment and was provided with a blanket statement alluding to part 3.1 of the Health Professions Act (HPA) that says the “CPSA has the authority to conduct unannounced on-site clinic inspections to confirm that physicians adhere to our Standards of Practice.”

When pressed further to comment on the “apparent conflict of interest” with the targeting of Rath’s medical information who is a “lawyer and officer of the court engaged in litigation with the CPSA on behalf of his clients,” there was no response.

Botha said the inspectors were also looking to see if he had been prescribing Ivermectin to his patients.

“I did prescribe Ivermectin with success for COVID-19 treatment with maybe 20 or so patients,” Botha confirmed, but added he stopped prescribing it when it was banned for use in treating COVID-19.

“It was so strange to not be allowed to use a medicine that is cheap, safe and very effective. Other countries like Japan have been using it with great success.”

Calgary lawyer and JCCF president John Carpay believes the CPSA shouldn’t be interfering with a doctor’s relationship with his patients.

“The college has no respect for the doctor-patient relationship, or for the right of doctors to exercise their professional judgment in how best to treat their own patients,” said Carpay.

“The college has rejected science in favour of ideology.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Rath said he was “appalled” by the CPSA’s actions and indicated one of the patients whose medical information was accessed during the raid has contacted his office and is contemplating legal action against the CPSA.

“Medical professionals ought to be praised for protecting their ethical oath and duty to patients, particularly in light of the threatening tactics and coercive measuring being taken by governing and licensing bodies,” said Chipiuk.

“These doctors, standing up for their patients, risking everything, are the real heroes in this pandemic.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Bruce

    November 28, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Left Coast: Nailed it

  2. Frank Jack

    November 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Imagine if you’re in a car accident and go to the ER bleeding out and the doctor says “sorry, I need to consult with an AHS bureaucrat first to confirm what I’m allowed to treat you with”.

  3. Ben Wilson

    November 27, 2021 at 10:04 am

    The CPS and all Doctors groups are Corrupt. AHS is corrupt, All MSM is corrupt. Most Police forces have corrupted Chiefs. Calgary sure does.

    However, 80% of the population don’t see this. Until people wake up, nothing will change.

  4. Peter No

    November 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Handfull of honest lawyers and doctors will not solve our problem for us. People need to take their bottoms for mthe couches and start a mass disobedience wave. Not Saturday 1pm antilockdown meetings singing Kumbaya-O-Canada, but 24/7/365 protests.

  5. j n

    November 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    LEFT COAST should start writing for WS
    WS has gone soft AF

  6. berta baby

    November 26, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Thes lawyers are literally standing up against the giants … in Canada it’s just them and a hand full of dick kissing politicians who are just talk. I sure hope these lawyers battle it out and get a win for them and for us or it’s over

  7. Leslie Solar

    November 26, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Looking at The United Nations orgs tells you the story. The BS that was/is global warming/climate change–the IPCC “reports” had, at its head, a guy named Pauchuri (sp.?) who was an Engineer. As in: Railroad engineer. The guy that runs the engine. They baldfaced claimed all of their stuff was “peer reviewed”. Our own Canadian Donna Laframboise published a couple of books in the 1990’s showing the blatant lie that was.

    The WHO–World Health Organization you might think would have a medical doctor or published medical researcher. You would be wrong. Tedros was basically a terrorist out of Ethiopia who sucked up to the Chinese leader and got appointed to the position.

    Among other corollaries, the UN needs to be “defunded” and put into the dustbin of history.

  8. Barbara

    November 26, 2021 at 11:35 am

    This is our Future if we don’t Stop Complying Now, All of Us!
    Stop wearing masks, stop going anywhere that demands showing vaccine ID. Protect your kids. Because our total loss of freedom is in the works Evan For the Vaccinated. Just Watch this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TFKkbj01NQ

  9. Dennis

    November 26, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Unbelievable, the audacity of CPSA Inspectors to seize this Dr’s files. What a Gulag we live in. I hope Dr. Botha and others whose files were seized sue this bunch to the nth degree.
    The Citizens of Canada have become “sheeples” who question nothing. I fear that “bury your head in the sand” attitude will come home to roost sooner than later, and not in a good way. Makes me glad I’m old.

  10. Left Coast

    November 26, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Tale of 3 nations: Austria, Japan and India – guess which is not using Ivermectin… (Chart)
    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/tale-of-3-nations-austria-japan-and-india-guess-which-is-not-using-ivermectin-chart/

    Why don’t Canadian Doctors have a record like this guy?

    “Dr. John Sutton is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Woodward, Oklahoma, and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He served three nursing homes in Woodward and Dewey county that experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. And Dr. Jayne works in Edmond, OK, and specializes in Family Medicine and Preventive Care.

    The government’s intervention in treating COVID-19 patients greatly concerns the two doctors.

    “The government is trying to overreach their authority… Doctors have been pretty autonomous ever since there was the first doctor. The doctor could think for himself and do what he thought was right for a patient. And I don’t think the government ought to be telling doctors how to practice medicine.” — Dr. John Sutton

    All three nursing homes served by Sutton have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks. The first home experienced an outbreak before vaccines were widely available and before “ivermectin was even in the discussion,” Sutton said.

    That nursing home experienced a 30-percent mortality rate among those who contracted the virus, he said.
    By the time an outbreak occurred at the second nursing home, both Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies were known treatments and were provided to residents. Sutton also ordered that all residents be provided Ivermectin “whether they had the disease or not.”

    Of 56 residents in that home, only one died from COVID.

    “The thing that was different from the first nursing home was the monoclonal antibodies and the ivermectin,” Sutton said.

    When the third nursing home had an outbreak, a similar course of treatment was pursued. Out of 75 residents, only one died.”

    Instead Canada has killed 1000s because of incompetence & following WHO nonsense.
    When you factor in the 100s of thousands of missed Surgeries, Treatments & Diagnoses missed because of the Insane Govt rules . . . Canada’s Cuba Style HC System is a huge FAIL ! ! !

    Canada is run by Morons, WHO Doctors like Tam, Henshaw, Henry and the numerous other Civil Servant Drs. in all provinces most who have not treated a Patient in decades.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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