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. 


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 […]


Fighting against for-profit blood collection in Nova Scotia

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

In November of 2012, Expharma/Canadian Plasma Resources applied for licenses for two plasma collection facilities to be opened in Toronto. At this time, only Quebec had legislation banning payment of donors for blood. With the threat of paid plasma clinics imminent, the Ontario legislature unanimously passed The Voluntary Blood Donations Act in December 2014. This […]


The Council of Canadians: Nova Scotia, Keep Our Voluntary Plasma System Safe!

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

This past week the co-founder of BloodWatch.org, Kat Lanteigne, was in Halifax as part of a cross-country educational tour. Lanteigne’s trip included a public event co-sponsored by the NS Health Network and Council of Canadians as well a press conference with the NS-NDP Health Critic, Dave Wilson. Lanteigne and Wilson urged the Premier Stephen McNeil […]


CBC News: Canadian Blood Services won’t rule out paying plasma donors

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Canadian Blood Services, the agency that oversees the national supply of blood and blood products, says it wants to collect more plasma from Canadians, and CEO Graham Sher won’t rule out the contentious possibility of paying donors. Although Sher said he would prefer to expand plasma collection using voluntary donors, he said it’s not clear […]


The Coast: For-profit plasma clinics exploit blood for profit say NDP

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Blood is becoming big business in Canada and Nova Scotian veins could be tapped next. The privately-owned Canadian Plasma Resources has met with provincial government officials in Nova Scotia about opening pay-for-plasma clinics in this province. Canadian Plasma Resources’ CEO confirmed to the NDP that the Liberal government is supportive of the idea. Dave Wilson, […]


NovaNewsNow: For-profit blood collection a slippery slope

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

There are times we think health care should be taken out of the hands of politicians, and placed in the hands of…well, that’s a problem, isn’t it. We could suggest doctors as the proper shepherds for our health system, but there aren’t enough of them and they should all be too busy. We could offer […]


CBC News: Canadian Plasma Resources pays for donations, eyes Maritime expansion

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

A company that pays for plasma donations in Saskatchewan is hoping to open locations in the Maritimes, but some organizations argue Canada shouldn’t allow people to be compensated for donating blood products. Canadian Plasma Resources, which uses plasma in the production of pharmaceuticals, opened in Saskatoon in February. Its practice of giving people a $25 […]


Localxpress: Glavine: No need to proclaim act targeting for-profit health services

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The Liberal government is unlikely to proclaim a bill passed in 2012 by the NDP intended to guard against for-profit health-care services, despite pledging to do so during the last election campaign. Health Minister Leo Glavine said Bill 144, the Insured Health Services Act, designed to prevent public money from going to medical services provided […]


CTV News: Paying for plasma: Concerns raised about clinics that pay for blood products

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The Nova Scotia NDP and an advocacy group for blood safety are pressing for a vote on the new Voluntary Blood Donations Act, or Bill 43. The proposed legislation would ban private, for-profit, pay-for-plasma clinics from opening in Nova Scotia. The national advocacy group BloodWatch says it’s important legislation. Bill 43 received a second reading, […]