Lawsuit claims video shows Bishop’s Falls guards assaulting unconscious inmate in dentist’s chair | Canada | News

An inmate at a central Newfoundland prison is filing multiple lawsuits, including against corrections officers and a Gander oral surgeon, following an incident that reportedly happened at the surgeon’s office.

The Telegram has learned the man — an inmate at Bishops Falls Corrections Centre whose name is not being made public yet — alleges he was medically sedated at the oral surgeon’s office last month, when a corrections officer was video-recorded performing a dental procedure on him.

The video is believed to have been taken by another corrections officer, while two dental assistants were in the room at one point of the procedure.

The two corrections officers, who took the inmate to the oral surgeon’s office for an undisclosed procedure, were recently escorted out of the Bishop’s Falls facility by RCMP officers, a source told The Telegram earlier this week.

On Tuesday, both the RCMP and the Justice Department turned down requests for comment.

“My first reaction was shock and disbelief. With all due respect to my client. I thought it was incomprehensible and thought maybe he misapprehended what had happened.”

However, when contacted by The Telegram Wednesday, St. John’s lawyer Bob Buckingham confirmed he has been retained to represent the inmate and will file the lawsuit “fairly quickly” on his behalf.

“I haven’t heard of this happening in recent times in Newfoundland,” Buckingham said.

He said the lawsuits will claim battery, assault and breach of trust against the corrections officers; professional negligence and a breach of contract against the oral surgeon and the oral surgeon’s office; breach of trust by the corrections services and the provincial government, as well as vicarious liability against the provincial government, as it is alleged to have happened while corrections officers were on duty.

Buckingham said his client was unconscious at the time of the alleged incident, having been medically sedated, and had no knowledge of what happened when he left the dentist’s office a short time later. He said he learned about it and the video later from corrections administration.

“He understands one of the corrections officers took a video of this, which made the rounds within corrections services,” said Buckingham, adding that both the corrections administration and the RCMP are in possession of the video.

Buckingham said he was appalled to hear what the inmate says happened to him.

“My first reaction was shock and disbelief,” he said. “With all due respect to my client, I thought it was incomprehensible and thought maybe he misapprehended what had happened.

“It’s a very difficult set of circumstances to believe, given a professional involving a dentist and corrections officers who were there for his protection, and the inmate being under medically induced sedation.

“But types of egregious breaches of trust do happen in our province,” added Buckingham, who also represents the family of Jonathan Henoche, an inmate who was killed in segregation at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in November 2019, in lawsuits against the corrections officers, the prison and the provincial government.

He said

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UPDATED: Halifax dentist has licence suspended due to recent complaints | Canada | News


A Cape Breton father cried tears of joy when he heard the Bedford-based doctor who he believes hurt his six-year-old daughter has had his licenced suspended. 

But Ryan Binder said it’s “only the start” and they won’t stop until Dr. Errol Gaum’s licence is revoked and his actions are criminally investigated. 

“I’m very happy that the dental board is actually listening to us and suspending his licence even though it should have been suspended long ago. I called my parents crying after because I was so happy about it,” Binder said while his daughter was doing a formal interview with Cape Breton Regional Police on behalf of Halifax Regional Police. 

“I’m so proud of everybody coming out and standing together (through the Victims of Errol Gaum Facebook group) on this. I’m a small voice but with everyone else’s voice we become a large voice and a voice that can’t be stopped.”

Ryan Binder and his daughter Peyton on her birthday. CONTRIBUTED
Ryan Binder and his daughter Peyton on her birthday. CONTRIBUTED


According to a statement sent on Thursday from Dr. Curtis Gregoire, deputy registrar for the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, an emergency meeting was called Wednesday night to discuss numerous complaints about Gaum. There it was decided to suspend the dentist’s licence indefinitely. 

Halifax Regional Police appear to also be investigating Gaum. Through email, a spokesperson confirmed they are now investigating “numerous reports that a man who was working as a dentist assaulted patients at numerous locations over a period of time from the 1970s to this year.”

Binder filed his complaint with the dental board last week after his daughter Peyton’s appointment with Gaum on Nov. 10. Binder’s mother took Peyton to the appointment and told her son, as well as police, she could hear her granddaughter screaming from the waiting room. After the appointment, Peyton was extremely upset and told her grandmother Gaum had held her down forcefully, put his hand over her mouth and nose and yelled at her to shut up. 

Along with calling Halifax Regional Police, the family filed a complaint with the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia and Binder posted about the ordeal on Facebook. 

Along with going viral, the post inspired the creation of the group Victims of Errol Gaum, which by publication time had over 1,600 members. Through this group and his post, Binder realized his daughter wasn’t the only one allegedly victimized by Gaum. And likewise, former patients of Gaum realized their complaints didn’t stop the dentist, who was licenced in 1971, from allegedly hurting others. 


When Martha read Binder’s post when it came across her Facebook feed she felt “nauseous.” 

It was as if she were reading some of what had happened to her daughter in the early 1990s which prompted her to file a complaint with the Nova Scotia dental board. 

Martha spoke to the Cape Breton Post on the condition only her first name be used and her daughter’s identity protected. This is because her now-adult daughter, who

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Halifax dentist has licence suspended due to recent complaints | Canada | News


A Bedford-based dentist has had his licence to practice dentistry suspended indefinitely starting immediately after an emergency meeting of the provincial dental board.

A statement from Dr. Curtis Gregoire, deputy registrar for the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, states the decision to suspend Dr. Errol Gaum’s licence was made Wednesday night and is directly related to recent complaints.

“On the evening of Wednesday, November 18, 2020, pursuant to Section 34 of the Dental Act, an emergency meeting of the Complaints Committee of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia was convened to consider recent complaints made against Dr. Errol Gaum, a Registered Dentist practicing in Bedford, Nova Scotia,” said the statement.

“After reviewing the complaints, the committee ordered that Dr. Gaum’s license to practice dentistry in the Province of Nova Scotia be suspended indefinitely, effective immediately.”

One of the complainants is a Cape Breton family who alleges Gaum told their six-year-old daughter to shut up while holding his hand over her mouth and nose. The girl’s father, Ryan Bender, also posted about the incident on Facebook on Nov. 10.

Since the post started being shared, a Facebook group has been started called The Victims of Dr. Errol Gaum. Comprising of alleged victims, family and supporters, the group currently has more than 1,600 members.

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Canada keeps schools open amid coronavirus second wave

“They’re super excited, but now that the numbers go up, then I start to question my own decisions,” said McGivery. It can be hard to make sense of the local coronavirus data, never mind the broader torrent of sometimes conflicting information on children, schools and covid-19.

“It’s so stressful … I have to be a mom, an epidemiologist, a teacher — everything.”

It’s been an uncertainty-ridden time for parents across the country. As cases in Canada surge again, provinces are closing businesses, reimposing restrictions on public spaces and urging people to curb private gatherings.

Still, as in European countries that are also tightening their rules, Canada is prioritizing keeping its schools open. All 13 provinces and territories are holding classes in person; in only some are hybrid or remote learning even options.

In the United States, in contrast, nine states and territories have ordered some or all schools to hybrid or remote learning only, according to a tally kept by Education Week. Individual districts in other states are limiting or banning in-person classes.

The incidence rate of covid-19 in people under 20 has increased since schools reopened, a trend the Public Health Agency of Canada says could be tied both to a growing number of school outbreaks and an increase in testing for that age group.

Officials are responding by isolating sick pupils, quarantining classes hit by the virus and, in some cases, closing schools temporarily. But they’re resisting the blanket closures and wholesale shift to e-learning of the spring.

“On balance, it’s been as expected,” said James Kellner, head of the pediatrics department at the University of Calgary. “And how that’s been has been concerning, but not terrible so far.”

Officials say reopening schools is key to restarting the economy, and the longer they’re closed, the greater the effects on students’ education and mental health.

“I think we need to do everything we can to maintain our schools in terms of keeping them open,” Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief medical officer of health, told reporters last week.

But guidance on when to keep sick pupils home and when to send them to class has created confusion. Testing protocols have changed. Schools have closed with little notice, creating new challenges for parents, students and educators.

Some officials are revamping plans and giving parents options to change theirs. The Toronto District School Board, Ontario’s largest, said 7,500 elementary school students switched from in-person to e-learning during Thanksgiving week here, the first chance to do so. Some 3,000 went the other way.

Infectious-disease specialists consider schools a mirror of their communities. The key to safeguarding them, they say, is to control the spread of the novel coronavirus outside them. So the surge in cases here — recent daily counts are eclipsing records set in the spring — could pose a risk.

Infectious-disease specialists say that most cases detected in Canada’s schools appear to have been acquired outside them and that massive outbreaks in schools have been relatively infrequent, though they note that

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Canada says stronger response needed to fight coronavirus, PM hopes to avoid major shutdown

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians need to do more to tackle a second wave of the coronavirus by slashing the number of personal contacts they have with others, health authorities said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: People walk in the Eaton Centre shopping mall, as the provincial phase 2 of reopening from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions begins in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said more targeted measures could help avert another major national shutdown of the kind that hammered the economy earlier in the year.

Released modeling updates show the cumulative death toll in the country could range between 10,285 and 10,400 by Nov 8. Cumulative cases could be between 251,800 and 262,200 by the same date.

“(The) long-range forecast indicates that a stronger response is needed now to slow the spread of COVID-19,” chief public health officer Theresa Tam told a briefing.

“If we decrease our current rate of contacts by 25% the epidemic is forecast to come under control in most locations,” she said.

Canada has recorded 10,074 deaths and 228,542 cases so far and is breaking daily records for the number of new cases.

Suncor Energy SU.TO, Canada’s second-biggest oil producer, confirmed 19 infections among workers at its Firebag oil sands site in Alberta, dating back to Oct. 18. All of those affected are in isolation at home or other locations, spokeswoman Erin Rees said.

Suncor shut down part of the site where 17 of the employees worked, but the outbreak has not affected oil production, she said.

Some provinces are reintroducing bans on indoor dining and limiting the size of gatherings.

Manitoba, which has the highest rate of active cases per capita among provinces, said it would tighten restrictions starting on Monday. In Winnipeg, where most cases are located, all restaurants and bars will close to in-person dining.

Trudeau said authorities know more now about the pandemic than they did six months ago.

“There are things we can do to help to control the pandemic, the second wave, without – we hope – having to impose a nationwide shutdown,” he told the briefing.

Additional reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Aurora Ellis and Sonya Hepinstall

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Innovative Medicines Canada Responds to Release of Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s (PMPRB) Final Guidelines

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OTTAWA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / October 23, 2020 / Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) issued the following statement today in response to the release of PMPRB’s final Guidelines:

“For the last five years we have raised concerns about the negative impact PMPRB’s amendments to the Patented Medicines Guidelines and Regulations will have on Canadian patients. The final Guidelines released today do nothing to relieve those concerns.

“If implemented, they will have a negative impact on Canadian patients. Specifically, innovative new medicines will not launch in Canada, depriving patients of potentially life-changing new treatments; we will see further reductions in the number of clinical trials in this country; and our life sciences sector will lose out on critical investments.

“The height of a global public health crisis is the worst possible time to implement regulatory changes that will have such a direct and negative impact on Canadian patients. This is made even worse because the Guidelines released today are the result of an inadequate consultation process that largely ignored the significant concerns raised by industry, patients, researchers and others.

“Fortunately, there is still time to find a better path. Our members remain committed to their offer to work with government on a solution that meets their important public policy objectives, without undermining Canadians’ access to new medicines, or driving away investment.

“In the meantime, we will continue to ask that Health Canada delay the January 01, 2021 implementation of the final PMPRB Guidelines until after the COVID-19 crisis is passed. At this time our collective focus should only be on the discovery, development and delivery of COVID-19 medicines to treat those infected by the virus, and vaccines to halt its spread.”

About Innovative Medicines Canada

Innovative Medicines Canada is the national voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We advocate for policies that enable the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our members’ commitment to being valued partners in the Canadian healthcare system.

For further information:

Samantha Thompson

Media Relations

Telephone: 613-790-4555


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Primo Nutraceuticals Inc. signs a Memorandum of Understanding for Exclusive Rights to Sell Rapid (Colloidal Gold Method) COVID-19 Test Kits in Canada

COVID-19 Test Kits

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COVID-19 Test Kits

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRIMO NUTRACEUTICALS INC. (CSE: PRMO) (OTC: BUGVF ) (FSE: 8BV) (DEU: 8BV) (MUN: 8BV) (STU: 8BV) (” PRIMO ” or the “Company”) announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Neo-Nostics (Suzhou) Bioengineering Co. Ltd. Of Su Zhou City, China (“Neo-Nostics”) as the official trade representative for Neo-Nostics ™ with the exclusive rights to apply for licensing and to market and sell the following COVID-19 production Canada: Neo-Nostics 2019-nCoV IgG/IgM Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold Method) (Test Kit).

The Memorandum of Understanding between Primo and Neo-Nostics ™, is effective as of October 13, 2020. Upon successfully receiving product license and approval by Health Canada, Neo-Nostics ™ will grant Primo with “Official Dealer/Distributor Status” in Canada.

The Neo-Nostics 2019-nCoV IgG/IgM Rapid Testing Kit is currently registered with the FDA. Primo will be submitting the application for approval to Health Canada immediately. Neo-Nostics ™ has committed to supporting Primo’s efforts to obtain and maintain all necessary certifications and approvals for the sale and marketing of the Test Kits in Canada by granting access to all necessary documentation and clinical studies concerning the Test Kits.

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About the Neo-NosticsRapid Test Kits

The Neo-Nostics 2019-nCoV Antibody Detection Reagent Kit (Colloidal Gold Method) has the advantage of rapidity, convenience, high accuracy, and can make up for the shortcomings of professional requirements, time consumption and low positive detection rate of PCR nucleic acid detection, and can be used as an important supplementary detection method for the diagnosis of coronal pneumonia.

Through detection and calculation, it is found that the comprehensive accuracy rate of the Neo-Nostics2019-nCoV IgM Detection Reagent is higher than 95%.

During the worst period of the epidemic in China, the reagent kit was donated to hospitals and the CDC in the most severely infected areas of Hubei for clinical auxiliary diagnosis. At present, the verification reports made by three clinical units prove that the positive detection rate of clinically confirmed cases has reached 92%, which has exceeded the general detection effect. Not only negative or positive results can be detected, but also the early, middle and or recovery period of virus infection can be distinguished by the positive strength of IgM or IgG.
Source: Clinical study report conducted by the Institute of Virology, in the capital city of Hubei, China and The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China.

DISCLAIMER: “The Company is not making any express or implied claims that it has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the Covid-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus) at this time”.

Clinical Applications of Reagents

This reagent has been used by professionals in China since February 2020 in an area that was the hardest hit and impacted most severely by COVID-19, in the form of clinical auxiliary diagnosis.

The reagent kit was clinically verified by several professionals, hospitals, and universities respectively, and

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A Spinco Cycling Studio Is at the Center of a 72-Person Coronavirus Outbreak in Canada

Despite following COVID-19 protocols, indoor cycling classes at a Spinco fitness studio have triggered a coronavirus outbreak of at least 72 people in Ontario, Canada, public health officials say. As many as 100 staff, clients, and family members may have been exposed, CNN reported.

The Spinco studio had just reopened in Hamilton, Ontario, in July, and was adhering to coronavirus safety rules, said Elizabeth Richardson, MD, Hamilton’s medical officer of health, in a statement to CNN. These included screening staff and attendees, tracking attendees, masking before and after classes, laundering towels, and cleaning rooms within 30 minutes after the conclusion of a class. According to city officials, Spinco was also operating at half-capacity and maintained a six-foot radius of space around each bike.

“We took all the measures public health offered, even added a few, and still the pandemic struck us again,” the studio wrote on Instagram. The outbreak appears to be linked to classes held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, and Spinco Hamilton has been closed since the outbreak was identified. Of the confirmed positive cases associated with the studio, 47 are primary cases (45 patrons and two staff members) and 25 are secondary cases, indicating “household spread” to family, friends, or other contacts.

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There has been concern about indoor workout classes potentially aiding coronavirus transmission, but this appears to be one of the largest related outbreaks yet. Officials are particularly concerned because the facility was closely following health protocols. “We continue to look at what does it mean, what do we need to understand about exercise classes,” Dr. Richardson said in a media briefing on Oct. 13, according to CNN.

Linsey Marr, PhD, an expert on airborne transmission and a professor of engineering at Virginia Tech, noted on Twitter that the protocol did not appear to require effective ventilation at the studio – an increasingly critical factor considering the potential for airborne spread of the virus. “Six feet is not enough,” she wrote. “The gym did health screening, cleaning, masks before and after class, 50% capacity, and 6′ around each bike. NOTHING ABOUT VENTILATION.”

According to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a public health spokesperson said that the size of the outbreak, in spite of adherence to protocol, “will likely contribute to a change in guidelines and practices moving forward.”

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