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Halifax law firm preps for potential class-action against dentist accused of misconduct

A Halifax law firm is preparing to potentially file a class-action lawsuit against a prominent Halifax-area dentist whose licence was suspended this week after several allegations of misconduct.



a man smiling for the camera: The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia has announced that they have suspended Dr. Errol Gaum's dental license indefinitely, effective immediately.


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The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia has announced that they have suspended Dr. Errol Gaum’s dental license indefinitely, effective immediately.

Halifax law firm preps for potential class-action against dentist accused of misconduct

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MacGillivary Law is accepting stories from former or current patients of Dr. Errol Gaum, a dentist at the Granville Dental clinic in Bedford, N.S.

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“We’re here to listen to what people have to say and we’re here to help assess any potential claims that they may have,” said Angeli Swinamer, a partner at the firm, in an interview.

More than 150 people have expressed interest in being part of the potential lawsuit to date, she added.

Read more: Bedford, N.S. dentist’s licence suspended following numerous misconduct allegations

The news comes the same day as a number of Gaum’s former patients held a protest in Bedford, outside his most recent place of employment.

“I thought I was going crazy because at the time, no one was listening to me,” said Mary MacDonald, who was treated by Gaum for 13 years, and attended the rally Saturday .

“It’s because of him I’m scared to go to a dentist today. I haven’t been to a dentist since I left him in 1988.”

MacDonald alleged Gaum did not wait for freezing to kick in before beginning an operation on her gums and told her if she kept crying, the freezing “wouldn’t work” and he would have to start over.

She said she would consider joining a class action lawsuit “not for the money,” but to ensure no one else suffers similar treatment.

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At the protest, many told Global News they suffered in silence for years, believing they were alone.

“I didn’t tell (my mother) until years later, because I thought I was bad, and I got a slap for being a bad girl for not opening,” said Christine Shupe, who was treated by Gaum at the age of five.

“It left me with a lot of anxiety over the years and trust issues towards men.”

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Marcia Olsen, another former patient, said Gaum’s rough treatment left bruising on her face and neck as a child.

He or his staff, she added, then threatened to blame it on her mother’s daycare business if she complained to the provincial dental board.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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The youngest protester on Saturday was just seven years old.

“He told me to shut up and he put his hand on my mouth,” said Azaryiah

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Halifax law firm preps for potential class-action against dentist accused of misconduct – Halifax

A Halifax law firm is preparing to potentially file a class-action lawsuit against a prominent Halifax-area dentist who has had his licence suspended after several allegations of misconduct.

McGillivary Law has begun to accept stories from former or current patients of Dr. Errol Gaum, a dentist at Granville Dental in Bedford, N.S.

“If you are inquiring about our pending class action in relation to Dr. Errol Gaum please complete this form and submit. We will be in touch within 48 hours,” a form on the law firm’s website reads.

The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The news of a potential lawsuit comes the same day as a planned protest at the Granville Dental clinic on Saturday.

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The goal, according to a Facebook event for the Broken Trust Protest, is to raise awareness for the “victims of Dr.Errold Gaum.”

Several patients and former patients came forward to accuse Gaum of professional malpractice by using excessive force on children in his dentist chair.

One account was from Ryan Binder, a parent from Glace Bay, N.S., whose six-year-old daughter was referred to Granville Dental to get a tooth removed.

Binder claimed Gaum “wasn’t letting his daughter breathe” because he was holding her nose during the treatment. He also claimed Gaum told his daughter to “shut up” during the appointment.


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Gaum’s licence to practice dentistry in Nova Scotia was suspended indefinitely this week by the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.

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Dr. Curtis Gregoire, the deputy registrar of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, told Global News in a statement on Thursday that the decision came after the board’s complaints committee held an emergency meeting to consider a number of complaints against Guam.

After reviewing the complaints, Gaum’s license was suspended.

On Saturday, Dr. Don Moors, speaking on behalf of the dental board, said the investigation remains ongoing but that they could not provide specific details on the investigation in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Halifax Regional Police have also confirmed to Global News that they’ve received at least four complaints about a man who was working as a dentist at 1083 Bedford Hwy. in Bedford.

They are investigating the complaints, Const. John MacLeod, a spokesperson for the police force said. No charges have been laid.

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Dr. Gaum’s attorney Joel Pink has declined repeated attempts for an interview, only saying Dr. Gaum will not be commenting until the Provincial Dental Board of

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

SYDNEY, N.S. —

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. 

EARLY 1990s COMPLAINT

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

SYDNEY, N.S. —

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. 

EARLY 1990s COMPLAINT

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

SYDNEY, N.S. —

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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