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Senate Hearings - Support Health Canada Whistle Blowers

From: Richard Wolfson <rwolfson@concentric.net>
Subject: Senate Hearings - Support Health Canada Whistle Blowers

Senate Committee Hearings

Tuesday Feb 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  *   Wed Feb 23, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Health Canada may be in Contempt of Parliament

In 1998 and 1999, several Health Canada Scientists testifed before the
Canadian Senate that they were being pressured by senior administration to
approve drugs of questionable safety.  One of the scientists, Dr. Shiv
Chopra, was then suspended for five days without pay from Health Canada.

The Senate Committee on Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders, Dr. Chopra
is now investigating claims that the suspension was a retaliatory action
against Dr. Chopra for providing incriminating testimony against Health

Witnesses before Parliamentary Committees are protected by law. Therefore,
if Health Canada is found guilty of retaliation, it could be in Contempt of

Several Health Canada scientists are testifying before Senate hearings on
whether they are aware of retaliatory actions:

Senate Hearings (Committee on Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders)

Tuesday Feb 22, 2000,   Feb 6-8 pm, Centre Block  256S

Wed Feb 23, 2000 12:00 - 1:30 pm,   Centre Block  160S

Witnesses to be heard on Tuesday, Feb 22:
Dr. Margaret Haydon, Dr. Gerard Lambert, Dr. Rajinder Sharma

Witnesses to be heard on Wednesday, Feb 23
Dr. Dr. Arnost Vilim, Dr. Cris Basudde, Dr. S Malik

Hearings Open to the Public - Everyone Invited

Support Health Canada Whistle-Blowers, whose efforts to protect the public
have put the scientists at odds with industry pressure to get their drugs
and other commercial products on the market as quickly as possible.

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