BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by webmaster

BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement. 


BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by webmaster

Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.


BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by webmaster

The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]


The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by webmaster

Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]


Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by webmaster

January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]


BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

Posted on: December 30th, 2016 by webmaster

CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


STOP PLASMA FOR PROFIT

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by webmaster

Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video. 


Globe Editorial: Paying for blood has too high a cost

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

The Globe recently came out against paid plasma in this editorial from April 27th. “Earlier this week, the CEO of Canadian Blood Services, an organization born in the aftermath of the tainted blood scandal that claimed thousands of lives and cost billions in financial settlements, mused about increasing the country’s plasma supply by, just maybe, […]


SIGN THE PETITION! Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada on SumOfUs.org

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

We’re happy to announce that SumOfUs.org, the amazing online campaign platform, is profiling BloodWatch on their site. Check it out and SIGN THE PETITION: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada. SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy. Here’s what they stand for: Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations Fair […]


Ottawa Citizen: Blood must remain a public resource

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

Kat Lanteigne’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen: The debate over whether to pay people for their plasma is not a scientific one. It is about whether or not the people of B.C. want to allow private blood brokers to take over the role of Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Paid is private, meaning that the […]


CBC News: Paid plasma in Canada: 10 things to know about the business of blood

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

While blood looks red, its largest component is a clear, liquid gold known as plasma — what’s left after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other components are removed. And it’s worth a lot of money. Here are 10 things to know about the pay-for-plasma landscape in Canada (…) This is a business […]


MACLEAN’S Article: Should we pay for blood?

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

The question of blood-system safety remains a flashpoint in Canada, two decades after the “tainted blood” scandal of the late ’80s and early ’90s. More than 20,000 Canadians became infected with HIV and hepatitis C due to improperly screened blood and plasma from paid donors in Haiti and American skid rows. The tragedy led to […]


CBC News: Paying for blood plasma raises new questions

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Health Canada says private clinics may pay donors for plasma, but critics wonder what is behind the push for a major change in policy. (…) Was this the promised public consultation about whether Canadians are okay with the idea that a human blood fluid can be bought and sold? “It wasn’t public, it was a closed […]


The Globe and Mail: Why we shouldn’t pay Canadians to donate blood

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

In the early 1980s, more than 2,000 Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV and as many as 30,000 contracted Hepatitis C. This tragic scandal, and the Krever Inquiry that followed, resulted in the overhaul of our blood donation system to ensure the safety of any blood products. This made Canada one of […]


The Star Editorial: Ontario is right to ban paid donations of blood plasma

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Blood is a sensitive topic in Canada, and rightly so. About 30,000 Canadians were unknowingly infected with HIV and hepatitis C during the 1980s from tainted blood and plasma they had been assured was safe. Thousands of lives were cut short. Infected blood, purchased from disreputable sources, including derelicts on U.S. skid rows, was at […]


CBC News: Hold approval on paid blood plasma clinics, Ottawa urged

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Impact on Canada’s voluntary blood system unclear. Health Canada should hold off on approving blood clinics that pay people for their plasma, Ontario’s health minister says. (…) Blood experts raised concerns about the “slippery slope” that could divert volunteer blood donors to the paid system. You can read the full article on the CBC News […]