CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by webmaster

‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday, says she will draw on her social work experience […]


The Globe and Mail: Ottawa approved for-profit plasma clinic despite warning from Canadian Blood Services

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by webmaster

The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Published Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 9:26PM EDT Canadian Blood Services told the federal government in January that the voluntary blood-donation system could be at risk if for-profit plasma collection is allowed to proliferate – six months before Health Canada gave a green light to the country’s third paid plasma […]


The Globe and Mail: Blood agency seeking $855-million in funding to boost plasma supply, document reveals

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by webmaster

The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT Canadian Blood Services is seeking $855-million over seven years to significantly boost the amount of plasma it collects from unpaid donors to make medications, according to a confidential document that summarizes the full cost of the effort. The national blood authority sent the provincial, […]


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 […]


CBC News: Shut down Saskatoon pay-for-plasma blood clinic, NDP urges health minister

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

NDP health critic Don Davies is calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to close the country’s first paid-donor blood clinic in Saskatoon. “Blood must always be considered a public resource, not a private one for exploitation and profit,” Davies told reporters in Ottawa Monday. Canadian Plasma Resources opened its doors on Feb. 18 and plans […]


CBC News: Plan to pay plasma donors $25 worries Saskatchewan doctor

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a company that pays for plasma donations, is hoping to set up a shop in Saskatoon. It’s controversial, and has some people raising concerns. The plasma is used for manufacturing drugs known as plasma protein products. The most controversial part is that CPR pays people who donate. The practice was banned […]


Global News: Controversial plasma collection clinic now open in Saskatoon

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

A controversial new plasma collecting facility in Saskatoon has officially opened its doors. The state-of-the-art facility is being met with both criticism regarding safety and kudos from patient groups. Tens of thousands of patients across the country are estimated to rely on medicines manufactured from human plasma, one of the major components of blood. Read […]


Global News: CUPE: Ban private, paid-for plasma donations in Sask.

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

A union representing more than 13,000 Saskatchewan health care workers says human tissue should not be “turned into a commodity to be bought and sold.” The Canadian Union of Public Employees says private, for-profit blood donor clinics should be banned in Saskatchewan. CUPE Saskatchewan president Tom Graham says government should promote and expand the voluntary […]


I Politics: Tainted blood survivors slam minister over private clinic

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Tainted blood survivors and activists joined NDP MPs in Ottawa Monday in demanding that federal Health Minister Jane Philpott close down Canada’s first private blood clinic and refrain from allowing more to open. At a press conference on Parliament Hill, Mike McCarthy, a former vice president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and a tainted blood […]