Abby News: Groups urge B.C. to follow Ontario, Quebec by banning pay-for-plasma clinics

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

VICTORIA — A group that fought to ban pay-for-plasma clinics in Ontario has taken its fight to British Columbia, joining the New Democrat Opposition in its call against allowing such facilities in the province. Members of BloodWatch.org were in the legislature when health critic Judy Darcy introduced a private member’s bill that would ban companies […]


Capital News: Advocates say no blood for money in B.C.

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

Members of BloodWatch.org, the BC Health Coalition and the BC Hemophilia Society kick off a week-long tour Sunday, May 8 in Abbotsford to push for a ban in B.C. on paying people for their blood and plasma donations. They will host a meeting in Kelowna on Thursday, May 12. The advocates are calling on the […]


Abby News: Privatized blood collection should be banned, says group

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

Playwright Kat Lanteigne courted controversy in 1993 when her high school play “If Men Had Periods” was banned from a scholarship competition while she was attending Abbotsford Senior Secondary. Twenty-three years later, she is coming home amidst another national controversy as part of a countrywide protest to stop private plasma clinics from opening in B.C. […]


CBC News: Advocate for tainted blood victims says private blood services would make Canadians less safe

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Is it in you to sell? After B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake wrote an editorial saying the province is open to allowing private blood plasma companies to set up shop, a group representing victims of the tainted blood scandal are urging a rethink. Kat Lanteigne, co-founder of bloodwatch.org, says opening up Canada’s blood system to […]


Vancouver 24hrs: Cities asked to ban pay-for-plasma

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Getting paid to donate blood may sound like a great way to give something useful and earn a little cash, but advocates against private clinics are urging B.C. civic leaders to ban the practice. Kat Lanteigne, who runs the group BloodWatch, spoke to Burnaby council Monday — urging legal reforms. The origins of many of […]


Chek News: Blood activists ask B.C. government to ban paying for blood plasma

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

A Duncan family suffered greatly during the tainted blood scandal in the 1980’s. Darlene Taylor’s two sons received blood tainted with hepatitis and HIV. “So the next few years were kind of like hell because our older son died, quite slowly and painfully,” she said. Thousands of families were affected. Afterwards, one of the recommendations […]


Global News: B.C. considers pay-for-plasma clinic

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Health Minister Terry Lake is open to allowing a pay-for-plasma clinic in British Columbia, saying the province already gets about 85 per cent of its supply from the United States, where donors are paid for blood products. Read the full article and watch how a debate is growing in BC over whether we should allow paid […]


CTV News: Groups urge B.C. to follow Ontario, Quebec by banning pay-for-plasma clinics

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

A group that fought to ban pay-for-plasma clinics in Ontario has taken its fight to British Columbia, joining the NDP Opposition in its call against allowing such facilities in the province. Members of BloodWatch.org were in the legislature Tuesday, when health critic Judy Darcy introduced a private member’s bill in hopes of banning companies from […]


CBC News: Pay-for-plasma system looming in B.C.

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

B.C. could soon have a clinic that would pay clients to donate their plasma. Canada is one of the world’s top users of processed plasma products from other countries and Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a private company that just opened its doors in Saskatoon, wants to further develop plasma production in this country, even though […]


Times Colonist Editorial: Pay for plasma has moral risks

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Health Minister Terry Lake has opened the door for a private company to collect blood plasma in B.C. The firm, Canadian Plasma Resources, has only one outlet so far, in Saskatchewan. After being shown the door in Ontario, it is looking for other locations to expand. Plasma is a straw-coloured liquid in which blood cells […]


250 News: Would Pay-for-Plasma Open the Door to Another Blood Clinic in PG?

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Was the closure of the Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic in Prince George last year premature? That’s the question being asked this week after B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake admitted he is open to allowing a pay-for-plasma clinic in this province. Lake tells 250News that a company (Canadian Plasma Resources) has made some inquiries […]


Vancouver Sun: Selling blood just as unethical as selling body parts

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Lake said the province hasn’t taken an “ideological position” on people selling blood to private companies to help supplement the blood products supply chain. The utilitarian argument is that we already get plasma products from the U.S. where people do sell blood. Pardon me, but is this about ideology — a system of principles which […]


Local MP begins fight against for-profit blood donor clinic

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

The federal NDP’s health critic is calling on the Liberals to adopt a national ban of for-profit and paid-donor blood clinics in Canada. Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies says a private, for-profit blood donor company has recently been going province to province looking to set up shop. Davies referenced the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s […]


BC Health Minister won’t ban pay-for-plasma blood donation

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

BC’s Health Minister is rebuffing a call for the province to ban the use of paying people for donating blood. “We have no plan to legislate against the use of paid donors for plasma products in B.C.” Terry Lake says some people seem to think the practice is immoral but they don’t understand that the […]


Global News: Protesters rally for ban on paid blood and plasma donations in Victoria

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

A protest calling for a ban on paid blood and plasma donations in B.C. took place on the steps of the B.C. Legislature this afternoon. Survivors of the tainted blood tragedy were in Victoria with the BC Health Coalition to meet with provincial leaders. They want to make sure the B.C. government doesn’t allow a […]


Vancouver Sun: Selling blood just as unethical as selling body parts

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Sure, we have a law that prohibits organ sales, but in truth, selling blood and selling body parts are at the same end of that economic ideological spectrum. After the supply was found contaminated in the 1980s and ’90s, the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada opposed people selling their blood. […]