The trial will officially be resuming on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the BC Supreme Court (800 Smithe Street, Vancouver). At 10:00am, there will be a Judicial Management Meeting followed by the resumption of the trial. The first several weeks, however, will mostly be a continuation of the applications that the various parties have been bringing forward since the trial was halted in March 2017. There will only be a smattering of witnesses for the plaintiffs (Cambie) called during the first three weeks. The trial will continue on a schedule of three weeks on, one week off until the summer break in July, and again when it starts up in September. The trial is expected to continue until the end of 2018.
Today at the Judicial Management Conference, Judge Steeves stated his preference, that regardless of where the outstanding applications stand between the Plaintiffs and Defendants, he wants the trial to start on Monday, April 9th. All parties were in agreement that that would be the start date, and any outstanding issues would be dealt with as they move forward from there.Read more
April 16, 2018!
Apparently, the start date will be confirmed in mid-February, and the trial is expected to last for the remainder of the year.
We will keep you posted on any developments. And, in the meantime, here's hoping you all have a healthy and happy holiday season. We'll be in touch in the new year.
It has been awhile since there has been an update on the trial. That is because there has been no final date set, or rather the date keeps moving forward as the main parties in the case (Cambie and the B.C. Government) continue to argue various applications about court procedure and admissibility of witnesses, among other issues. The next suggested date for the trial to resume is January 22, 2018. We will keep you posted.
At a Case Management Meeting, the judge gave the consent to move the start date of the trial to October 30th (baring a major development, this is a hard date). The Plaintiff's case will continue in court for 6 weeks in 2017, plus a few weeks in the new year.Read more
As the lawyers are working through their applications and trial planning over the summer, they realized that more time was needed before the trial could re-start. The new trial start date is October 16, 2017. With more case management meetings to come, it's possible it could be pushed back further - we'll see.
New report shows patients subject to thousands in illegal extra user-fees in private clinics.
Canada's health coalitions released a new report, “Private Clinics and the Threat to Public Medicare in Canada”.
Surveys of hundreds of private health clinics and patients across Canada reveal that extra user-fees amounting to hundreds or thousands of dollars are threatening access to health care and hurting patients.
The cross-Canada study includes survey results of 136 private hospital, diagnostic and “boutique” physician clinics across Canada and almost 400 individual Ontario patients. Clinics and patients were asked about extra user-charges for needed health care services.
On April 10th the judge agreed to an adjournment of the trial until at least September 5, 2017. Over the next four months all the parties will be working to ensure their documentation (witness lists and statements, expert reports and counter-reports, agreement on common book of documents etc.) is finalized and any outstanding applications are handled.Read more
March 17th marked Day 78 of the Cambie Corp vs B.C. Charter Challenge, which officially got underway in BC Supreme Court on September 6, 2016. It is estimated that the trial could go until as late as mid-December 2017 (including various breaks), so we could be almost, maybe, be about half way through the trial, at least at the Provincial Supreme Court level. It felt like a good time to give a summary of the action in the courtroom to date.Read more
This week, court will NOT be in session. For the following two weeks, starting March 6, the court will be dealing with various applications from both the plaintiffs (Cambie) and the defendants (BC). Witnesses for the plaintiffs will once again take the stand the week of March 27 and this will continue at least through mid-May. This is all subject to change, as always.