Nurse Amy Hamm fights for sex-based freedom of expression today in Court

BRITISH COLUMBIA: The Justice Centre announces that the hearing for Vancouver area nurse Amy Hamm began today at the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). An investigation was launched by the BCCNM in November, 2020, in response to public complaints about Ms. Hamm’s ‘gender critical’ opinions and comments. This followed her involvement with an “I ♥ JK Rowling” billboard display in Vancouver, endorsing Ms. Rowling’s support for sex-based rights.

In Ms. Hamm’s case, the BCCNM Inquiry Committee referred the matter to a Disciplinary Panel. A hearing was originally set for spring of 2022, but was adjourned to today’s date. The charge against Ms. Hamm reads: “Between approximately July 2018 and March 2021, you made discriminatory and derogatory statements regarding transgender people, while identifying yourself as a nurse or nurse educator. These statements were made across various online platforms, including but not limited to, podcasts, videos, published writings and social media.”

The hearing is being conducted by videoconference, from September 21 to 23 and October 24 to 27, 2022.

The Justice Centre is concerned that regulatory bodies across Canada are increasingly policing the speech of professionals with threats of disciplinary action. “The College is tasked with keeping patients safe and regulating the profession in the public interest. Their job is not to give social justice activists a tool for ‘cancelling’ people with whom they do not agree or who have opinions outside of a narrow orthodoxy,” says lawyer Lisa Bildy, co-counsel for Ms. Hamm.

“Professional governing bodies are created by statute and are therefore subject to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom of speech, thought, belief, opinion and expression are Charter rights belonging to all people, even health professionals,” Ms. Bildy adds.

“This case will set an important precedent for regulated professionals who engage in the public square in policy debates which may be contentious, as it seems virtually everything is in these times,” concludes Ms. Bildy.

Bio Terrorist China operating extrajudicial police stations in Canada

The Chinese government has set up unofficial police “service stations” connected to the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau (PSB) throughout Canada.

At least three of the stations are located in the Greater Toronto Area, according to the Globe and Mail. 

Through these extrajudicial entities located across the world, China claims they have been able to crack down on international crimes. 

The police stations are set up to help Chinese citizens living abroad file local police reports and aid in other bureaucratic processes. According to Chinese state media, the “service stations” have also been involved in forcing alleged criminals to be sent back to China.

The organization Safeguard Defenders claims that over 230,000 people have been sent to China through these unofficial negotiations. 

Chinese government officials have used tactics like recruiting family relatives, denying children a right to an education and other unscrupulous tactics to have alleged criminals return to the country.

Head of the PSB told state media outlet Xinhua that the department was involved in “efficient, high-quality and convenient services to overseas Chinese” and “cracking down on crimes and illegal activities involving this group.”

“It leaves legal Chinese residents abroad fully exposed to extra-legal targeting by the Chinese police, with little to none of the protection theoretically ensured under both national and international law,” said Safeguard Defenders. 

Australian Strategic Policy Institute researcher Daria Impiombato has also raised concerns about the influence of Chinese police abroad. 

“Overseas Chinese citizens are already very much aware that information can be fed back home and there can be repercussions for their safety or their relatives,” said Impiombato. 

The report raises further concerns about the extent of communist Chinese foreign influence in Canada. 

Research from June found that the Chinese government intervened in the 2021 Canadian federal election to influence Canadians not to vote for the Conservatives. 

Hero veteran James Topp sues legacy media journalist for slander

Canadian hero and veteran James Topp has sent Global News a libel notice for calling him a white supremacist in an article published in August. 

The notice mentions journalist Rachel Gilmore, Global News and Corus Entertainment Inc. as defendants. 

“The defamatory article, inclusive of the URL tag, referred to Mr. Topp as a white supremacist, among other things,” wrote lawyer David Elmaleh. 

“(It was published) without providing any evidence supporting their statements.” 

Topp marched across Canada beginning in Vancouver to protest government vaccine mandates. On his journey he met with several prominent politicians including Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre. 

“We conduct ourselves with dignity, strength, and endurance at all times,” said Topp at a stop in Ontario.

“[If] you’re having issues, get a hold of somebody. Make sure you have water and food, mind the traffic, [and] be safe. Keep your head up, don’t block intersections, and, at all times, look out for each other.”

When first published, the Aug. 18 piece titled “Good PR’: Why anti-hate experts are urging politicians to step up vetting practices” had the words “white supremacist far right” beside Topp’s name in the URL. 

“(Defendants) also included various ‘tags’ on the defamatory article, further implying that Mr. Topp is a white supremacist, extremist and member of the far right,” wrote Elmaleh. 

“Take notice that Mr. Topp intends to plead that the defamatory words were made deliberately, irresponsibly and with malice.” 

“The intended defendants knew that the defamatory words, and the innuendo arising from them, were false, yet expressed them in any event in order to generate headlines, expand the reach of the defamatory article and garner interest from as many members of the public as possible.”