Canadian Health Coalition

Health Protection and Drug Safety

The Issue:

Be it pharmaceutical drugs, products of genetic engineering, livestock hormones and antibiotics, the blood supply or asbestos, there’s no longer a clear line between government regulators and industry. Government regulators should be implementing and enforcing regulations and industry should be left to promote itself. Societies must keep promotion and regulation of industry under different roofs or they get disasters like bad blood and Mad Cow disease. If the Krever Commission into the blood disater taught us anything, it’s that we have to regulate in the interest of the public, not in the interest of the regulated. Unfortunately, we have no such regulatory system in Canada.



Topic: ‘Smart’ Regulation and the new book Ill-Health Canada

Source: Ken Rockburn Show
Guest: Michael McBane of the Canadian Health Coalition



Ill-Health Canada  Putting Food and Drug Company Profits Ahead of Safety, 2005 (Order your copy today!)

Risk First, Safety Last! A Citizen’s Guide to Health Canada’s Health & Safety First ! A Proposal to Renew
Federal Health Protection Legislation
, Canadian Health Coalition, 2004

Big Pharma Archive

Open Letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin  Canadian Health Coalition, 2004


New Drugs and Safety: What Happened to New Active Substances Approved in Canada Between 1995 and 2010?  Archives of Internal Medicine, October 2012

Since when is food safety up to the public? Globe and Mail, October 23, 2012

Walkom: The link between drug fast-tracking and Canada’s XL meat scare  Toronto Star, October 10, 2012

XL Foods workers feared raising food safety concerns  Globe and Mail, October 9, 2012

Massive Alberta meat recall is Harper’s Walkerton moment  Toronto Star, October 3, 2012

Are we medicating a disorder or treating boyhood as a disease?  Globe and Mail, October 19, 2010

Federal scientists go public in face of restrictive media rules (Public  Globe and Mail, October 18, 2010

Shifting to food industry self-monitoring may be hazardous  CMAJ, September 16, 2008

Conservatives’ pro-industry approach compromises food safety, Dion says  Globe and Mail, 2008

Medical journal demands listeriosis inquiry  Canwest News, 2008

Listeriosis moved to the back burner, access to info requests withheld   Globe and Mail, 2008

Cost to label genetic food is overblown  Montreal Gazette, 2007

Processed meat linked to stomach cancer  CBC News, 2006

Frankensteer  CBC’s Passionate Eye, August 2005

Health law may protect Ottawa  The Globe and Mail, November 10, 2003

The fox is in the hen house  Winnipeg Free Press, 2003

GM Food: Good PR is Growing  THIS Magazine, May/June 2002

GM Food Labelling: A Growing Debate  CBC Marketplace, March 6, 2002

The Real Dope of Beef Hormones  Calgary Herald / Montreal Gazette, 2001

Mad Cow in Canada: Backgrounder  Canadian Health Coalition, 2001

Health Protection Branch – A Very Nasty Business  Ottawa Citizen, November 21, 1998