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Trudeau government slapped down by federal court on clinical data secrecy

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Trudeau government slapped down by federal court on clinical data secrecy

July 13, 2018, OAKVILLE - In its first test in court Vanessa’s Law: The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act passed with flying colours on July 9th.

Yet it was not a big pharma company in federal court arguing against the transparency provisions in a law all parties supported without dissent in both houses of parliament, but our own federal government.

Dr. Peter Doshi, an Assistant Professor at Maryland University applied under Vanessa’s Law to obtain unpublished clinical trial data held by Health Canada in order to investigate the safety and efficacy of certain drugs including Tamiflu and Relenza, drugs sold to treat or help prevent the flu.

Health Canada, operating under their discretionary powers outlined in a Guidance Document, refused to accede to his request unless he signed a “confidentiality agreement that would prevent him from disseminating or publishing the information disclosed,” which he refused to do, and sought judicial review in federal court.

Mr. Justice Grammond rejected the government’s arguments and allowed his application, saying “Health Canada exercised its discretionary power set forth in section 21.1 (3) in a manner that contradicts the purpose of Vanessa’s Law, which is to improve clinical transparency.”

The court also decided that Health Canada fettered its own discretion, and failed to assess “the effects of its decision on Mr. Doshi’s freedom of expression” in sec 2(b) of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“This is wonderful for Canadian patients, but a major embarrassment for the Liberal government and the people who are supposed to enforce the law – Health Canada officials,” says Terence Young Chair of Drug Safety Canada, father of Vanessa, who as MP conceived the law and carried it through parliament.

“It is very revealing, and disturbing that the Liberals would vote for Vanessa’s Law in both houses without dissent in 2014, yet refuse to pass key regulations for over 3 ½ years, and take the industry position against transparency today in federal court. This while 10,000 Canadians die yearly due to adverse drug reactions. This confirms we need an independent drug agency for Canada immune from political interference.”


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A couple of great segments with Healthy Crunch on The Morning Show on Global this week

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

It was a great media week for ON Q Communications client Julie Bednarski, founder of The Healthy Crunch Company. Two segments on The Morning Show on Global Television. This was a wonderful way for Julie to reach a national audience with her expertise as a registered dietitian and also showcase her Healthy Crunch products.

Check out the segments here and here


OakvilleNews.org Covers Stephen Crawford Nomination

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A great artice in OakvilleNews.org on the nomination of Stephen Crawford as the Ontario PC candidate for Oakville.

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Stephen Crawford Wins Oakville Ontario PC Nomination

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

June was an exciting and eventful month. I had a lot of fun working with a great team to get Stephen Crawford nominated as the Oakville Ontario PC candidate for the 2018 election. Here are a few pics from the journey. Looking forward to growing the team and turning Oakville blue again in 2018.

Last week was a busy one...

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It was good that the Easter long weekend provided a chance to relax and recharge. The week coming out of the long weekend was a busy one. Lots of media relations activities for the On Q Communications client, The Healthy Crunch Company, that I"m working with. We started out the week with showing Rogers Daytime york Region viewers how to make the perfect kale chip at home. Then there was a healthy snacking segment on Rogers Talk Local in Mississauga. And the week ended with interviews about healthy snacking on AM800 Windsor and Newstalk 1290 in London.

CycleBar Leaside interviewed by 24 hrs Toronto

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Turkington PR recently worked with Qn Q Communications to secure coverage for their client, CycleBar Leaside. CycleBar Leaside is the first CycleBar franchise in Canada and just opened up in March. This interview was secured for the Canadian franchisee, Doug Lennox. http://bit.ly/2n3OOna

Mayura by Chef Ranveer Brar covered in MyMississauga.ca

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Mayura by Chef Ranveer Brar, celebrity chef and judge on Master Chef India, is now open for its soft-launch. See this artice detailing the launch on MyMississauga.ca - http://bit.ly/2mbhGsp.

CycleBar Leaside interviewed by Leaside Town Crier

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A great article in the Leaside Town Crier based on an interview I  arranged for On Q Communications client CycleBar Leaside co-owner Doug Lennox. http://bit.ly/2kmuCut

Mayura Fine Indian Dining by Chef Ranveer Brar covered in Canadian Restaurant News

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out this great interview with Canadian Restaurant News, arranged in advance of the opening of Chef Ranveer Brar's first Canadian restaurant. Chef Brar is a world renowned chef from India and is also a celebrity judge on Master Chef India.