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Patients are waiting longer for operations according to sworn statements

Patients are waiting longer for operations according to sworn statements

Apr 30 2019

Our healthcare freedom case for patient rights resumed again this Monday. As revealed by sworn statements by surgeons working in BC, the lack of operating time being rationed has not been able to keep up with what is needed for suffering patients. As Pamela Fayerman reports: …He used to tell patients they’d

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Making the democratic case against Quebec’s Bill 21

Making the democratic case against Quebec’s Bill 21

Apr 11 2019

The Quebec government’s renewed attempt to legislate state secularism in Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State, is hostile to religious minorities. It rests on a conception of secularism that is neither tenable nor desirable in what has become a vibrantly multicultural province. Still, the way forward

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Update: CCF case against compelled speech for Ontario lawyers

Update: CCF case against compelled speech for Ontario lawyers

Feb 06 2019

We have filed our affidavits and expert report in the case against the Law Society of Ontario’s requirement that licensees draft a personal statement demonstrating their personal valuing of inclusivity, diversity, and equality. Now we are waiting for the Law Society to respond with its evidence. In the coming weeks,

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Good news for Charter challenge for patient choice!

Good news for Charter challenge for patient choice!

Jan 24 2019

The Attorney General of British Columbia’s application for leave to appeal the interim order of a Supreme Court judge in chambers enjoining enforcement of sections 17-8 and 45 of the Medicare Protection Act is dismissed. This means the clinics that have been operating in BC for more than 20 years

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All Canadians should have an equal right to seek healthcare

All Canadians should have an equal right to seek healthcare

Dec 20 2018

Quebecers who are facing lengthy waits for medical procedures can opt to go to private clinics. Don’t the rest of Canadians deserve that option? Check out this great article in the National Post by CCF board member and MD, Will Johnston. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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BC Government backs down … for now, and won’t penalize doctors helping suffering patients

BC Government backs down … for now, and won’t penalize doctors helping suffering patients

Oct 05 2018

Under pressure, the Government of BC has agreed not to impose stiff new penalties on doctors and private clinics helping thousands of BC patients receive timely care until after the court has ruled on our application for an injunction against these penalties. This means hundreds of procedures will not have

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Guess how much the BC government has spent fighting against healthcare choice!

Guess how much the BC government has spent fighting against healthcare choice!

Oct 05 2018

No really, you’ll have to guess, because the Government won’t tell us! And now they are going to court to fight an order from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner requiring the Government to tell us. For almost two years, the CCF has been trying to find out

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Update: Cambie Surgeries Injunction Hearing

Update: Cambie Surgeries Injunction Hearing

Sep 26 2018

In case you missed it, this story by Ian Mulgrew in the Vancouver Sun is a good account of the first day of hearings on the application for an injunction against the enforcement of draconian new financial penalties on doctors and clinics providing vital private services after October 1. There

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2019 Law & Freedom Conference

2019 Law & Freedom Conference

Sep 21 2018

We invite you to attend the 2019 Law and Freedom conference, presented by the Runnymede Society. Join us for some lively debate and discussion about the most important issues in Canadian constitutional law today — and how they impact freedom, policy, and society. You can register here. The conference will

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