Current Status, British Columbia
Update, October 2017
Minister Dix has suggested he will not allow private paid-plasma clinics to open. The NDP government has not taken any steps to implement a legislative ban. Canadian Plasma Resources has said they expect to open a private clinic in BC in 2017. Please see CPR’s business plan here.
BloodWatch is very encouraged to see that steps are being taken in BC to protect the blood system. We have made two trips out to the BC legislature and toured the province last year to raise awareness on this issue. We will make sure Minister Dix holds the promise the BC NDP made and follows through with banning paid-plasma. Come on BC! We believe in you.
Read more about the BC Ministry of Health.
January 16, 2017
Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.
Update December 21, 2016 – BREAKING –
Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations
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.
BC Health Minister Terry Lake is allowing private paid-plasma clinics into his province. Private Blood Broker announced in the Telegraph Journal that a clinic will be open in BC in 2017. This despite Canadian Blood Services asking the Health Ministers to put a “pause” on the clinics as they are introducing their new plasma strategy January 20th of 2017 and moving ahead to build a stand alone plasma collection site and open beds to collect plasma in existing clinics.
Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.
Minister Terry Lake met with lobbyists for the private blood broker on October 21st, 2014. Ms. Michele Caderio, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier’s office, met with lobbyists for CPR on October 31, 2014. – Source BC Lobby Registry.
Minister Lake supports private paid plasma clinics coming to British Columbia. Patient groups in BC, such as the British Columbia Hemophilia Society, have said no to paid-plasma as well as public health advocacy groups and residents throughout the province.
Minister Lake has received thousands of letters from residents who are saying no to paid plasma. The BC Health Coalition has an active campaign urging the BC Government to join Ontario & Quebec in banning private for-profit blood clinics.
NDP Health critic Judy Darcy introduced a version of the Voluntary Blood Donations Act in the BC legislature but it has not yet moved to a second reading.
Minister Lake kindly welcomed BloodWatch.org for a meeting in May. We are hopeful Minister Lake will reconsider his position.
News and Media, British Columbia
CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday
August 29th, 2017 | ‘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
August 25th, 2017 | 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
August 25th, 2017 | 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, […]
April 24th, 2017 | 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.
March 13th, 2017 | 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.
March 13th, 2017 | 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 […]
February 1st, 2017 | 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
January 17th, 2017 | 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 […]
December 30th, 2016 | 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.
September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video.
August 16th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 16th, 2016 | After hearing that a private company plans to set up paid plasma clinics in B.C., we teamed up with the BC Chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and BloodWatch.org to bring the call for a BC ban on pay-for-blood and plasma directly to government and BC communities. We went to the Legislature with families who […]
August 16th, 2016 | Advocates for ‘safe blood’ have launched a provincial tour in support of a B.C. ban on pay-for-blood and plasma. The “safe blood advocates” from BloodWatch.org, the B.C. Health Coalition and the B.C. Hemophilia Society kicked off the weeklong tour yesterday. They are calling on the province to follow Ontario and Quebec’s lead and implement the […]
August 16th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 16th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 16th, 2016 | 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. […]