Current Status, Nova Scotia
January 16, 2017
Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.
Update December 21st, 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.
Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.
Minister Glavine initially indicated he didn’t have a problem with private for-profit plasma clinics setting up in Nova Scotia. BloodWatch.org paid the Nova Scotia legislature a visit in April of this year and Minister Glavine rescinded his support, citing the fact that he endorses the WHO recommendations of all blood and plasma collection being voluntary by 2020.
We have reached out to all parties in Nova Scotia to let them know why it is so important to protect our public blood system and implement legislation. NDP Health Critic, Dave Wilson, has introduced a private members bill of the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, but so far, Minister Glavine hasn’t supported it.
We are hopeful that Minister Glavine will take a clearer position on our public blood system and pass legislation in Nova Scotia. We’ve spoken to the opposition parties and we are confident they will support efforts to protect our public blood system.
The Nova Scotia Health Coalition has an active campaign to stop paid plasma in the province.
*CPR alert – Lobbyists for CPR met with Minister Glavine’s office / staff in 2014.
Nova Scotia has a very unique place in our country’s blood history. Former Health Minister, George Moody, broke ranks with the provinces during the tainted blood era and helped get compensation for families who were impacted. Some of the bravest and most effective blood advocates came from Nova Scotia.
News and Media, Nova Scotia
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 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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, […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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 […]
August 12th, 2016 | 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, […]