Against the Grain: Thoughts from Vancouver: Stigma’s role in discrimination

In a little more than an hour, I will be participating in a consultation with Canadian Blood Services. They drew my ire after a stunt earlier this year in which their media correspondent made a number of stigmatizing and regrettable remarks about gay men and trans women. Without going into specifics–I’m not sure what boundaries ...

Alberta Politics: Guest Post: Is the Wildrose Party seriously suggesting Alberta permit private blood brokers?

PHOTOS: Mr. Justice Horace Krever, who led the Canadian Royal Commission into Canada’s tainted blood scandal. Below: Guest poster Trevor Zimmerman (Ray Domeij photo), Wildrose Health Critic Drew Barnes, Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, and Kat Lanteigne, co-founder of Guest post by Trevor Zimmerman Last spring, Wildrose Health Critic Drew Barnes stood up in ...

OPSEU Diablogue: CBS CEO backpedals on paying Canadians for their plasma

The Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services is doing some damage control by backtracking on the agency’s position on plasma collection. In an internal blog post last week, Dr. Graham Sher told employees at CBS that he’d like to set the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: calls out minister over for-profit paid-donor plasma clinics

A lobby group fighting to ban paid-donor blood clinics is accusing the federal government of misleading the public. is taking on the Health Minister Jane Philpott, for allowing a private clinic to open in Saskatoon and pay people for … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Why are we risking Canada’s blood supply – again?

The tainted blood scandal was the worst public health disaster in Canadian history. In the 1980s and 1990s, more than 30,000 Canadians became infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. This was due to government and bureaucratic failure to protect the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Tories unlikely to stop Bill prohibiting paid plasma, but why are they even trying?

The Ontario Tories recently have appeared to be distancing themselves from some of the more unpopular positions adopted by the party under Tim Hudak. Voting for second reading of an Act intended to close the door on paid collection of … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Blood services staff fuming over blame for low inventory

Canadian Blood Services is telling staff that national blood inventory levels are at their lowest since 2008. In a memo sent out September 30, Chief Supply Chain Officer Ian Mumford calls it “a serious performance gap,” leaving an already demoralized … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Tainted reminds us why we should never forget Canada’s greatest public health disaster

It’s been more than two years since we said goodbye to the staff and donors of Canadian Blood Services’ Thunder Bay plasma collection centre. October 30 we will be returning there again as part of a unique cross-province campaign to … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Paid Plasma Debate: The Atlantic describes how desperate donors deceive plasma screeners

When it comes to collection of plasma for pharmaceutical purposes, Canada appears to be on the verge of becoming more like the United States. That may not be a good thing. The private for-profit Canadian Plasma Resources has a plan … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Big-pharma backed patient groups attack bill banning paid blood and plasma collection

The current debate over paid plasma donation has brought out a number of patient groups – including those funded by big-pharma – that are suggesting Canada has no choice but to pay for plasma donation owing to a world-wide shortage. … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Will Act banning paid blood and plasma collection die in committee?

All the election talk raises the question of whether the opposition parties will pull the plug on the present minority government before passage of a bill that will ban paid plasma collection in the province. The Voluntary Blood Donations Act … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Take Action: Swift passage of Act needed to stop paid plasma donation in Ontario

It’s been almost two years since we stumbled upon a plan by a private for-profit company to open a series of clinics that would pay Canadian donors for plasma. The last voluntary dedicated plasma collection center operated by Canadian Blood … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Bob Rae asks why Health Canada is taking so long to say no to paid plasma donations

In 2013 Health Canada held a by-invitation-only roundtable on the issue of paid plasma donations following our efforts to raise concerns over the application by the private Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) to go into competition with the public Canadian Blood Services. CPR … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 2nd recall in 10 months raises concerns at blood agency

The message was sent out at 4:06 pm on a Friday to staff at Canadian Blood Services. Described as a “developing situation,” Chief Operating Officer Ian Mumford told workers that the previous night the agency issued a recall of 1,500 … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Significant blood shortage occurring before rival competes for arms

Back in April Dr. Graham Sher appeared unconcerned about having to compete for donors against a rival organization willing to pay for what his Canadian Blood Services receives for free. The Canadian Blood Services CEO had earlier estimated that should … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Deb Matthews enters paid blood donation debate

Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews has asked Health Canada to delay licensing of three new clinics that would pay donors for blood plasma. This new clinics represent a fundamental change in how we treat blood donations in Canada and is … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: A major change in how we donate plasma

It was supposed to take place last fall. Now two private for-profit plasma collection centres are to open shortly in Toronto. With approval from Health Canada it represents a major shift in how we deal with biological donations – the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The best of Diablogue in 2012

It’s time for us to take our seasonal break and wish the best of the season to all our readers and posters. Next year will be challenging for health care activists as hospitals continue to shed services to balance their … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: CBS warns of coming job losses in national meeting with labour

Canadian Blood Services says the organization of the future is going to require fewer people. Caught in a funding squeeze by their provincial funders, CBS says they have to compete with other health priorities and money is getting tighter and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: CBS: Deb Matthews’ indifference costing quality jobs in northern Ontario

Health Minister Deb Matthews is often regarded by the media as one of the front runners to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario Premier – a surprise given the intense scrutiny the Minister has been under for her role in the ORNGE air … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Saturday Diablogue story pile-up

In sports they call it plays of the week. For us, it’s just our way to address the pile up of issues surrounding health care this week. Labour issues are very important to us given OPSEU presents more than 41,000 members … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Former Thunder Bay CBS clinic staff thanks donors

The rain didn’t dampen last week’s gathering of former donors and staff from the Thunder Bay Plasma Donor clinic. Canadian Blood Services closed the clinic April 12 after two weeks’ notice, claiming they had a Canada-wide surplus of plasma for … Continue reading →