Category Archives: Inquiry and Investigations

Judicial reviews of decisions that matters go to discipline hearing

In theory, any administrative decision may be analyzed for reasonableness. For example, a professional may assert that a regulatory authority’s decision to issue a citation is unreasonable, e.g., because it considered irrelevant matters (as asserted, for example, in Default v. B.C.…

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Inquiry committees and procedural fairness

When a regulatory authority withdraws a proposed consent agreement and refers a complaint matter for a discipline hearing, the registrant may attempt to challenge the decision on procedural fairness grounds. But as recently reviewed by the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s…

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Consultation on revising BC’s Health Professions Act

In November 2019, the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation released its consultation paper, “Modernizing the provincial health profession regulatory framework: A paper for consultation” (here). Here is a summary of the proposed changes on which the Steering…

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Medically-assisted dying and the role of professional regulators

As described in a recent Globe and Mail article (here), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (the “College”) recently dismissed a complaint against a physician, Dr. Wiebe, who provided medically-assisted dying (“MAiD”) to an elderly patient and resident…

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