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Grassroots BC doctors launch petition for BCMA to stop further punitive legal action against Dr Caroline Wang
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Grassroots BC doctors launched a petition for the BCMA to stop further punitive legal actions against Dr. Caroline Wang available online at http://bcdoctors.org and in one week over 180 doctors have signed the petition.

Doctors are being urged to sign the petition, to speak out at the BCMA AGM on May 31, to share the information with their colleagues to stop this injustice.

Some doctors have also added comments to the petition, "Given the context of the Wang story, the chilling effect is absolute".

What are the fiduciary duties of directors of the BC Medical Association?
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Vancouver, BC - Z. Essak, April 22,  2014

The BC Medical Association (BCMA), now rebranding itself as the DoctorsOfBC, is a non-profit Society in BC. It is a voluntary professional association of physicians that purports to represent all BC physicians in negotiations regardless of whether or not physicians choose to be a member.

The 2014 BCMA elections are now underway. Which way are the winds blowing? Are they winds of change? Are they strong enough? Will we see openness, transparency and accountability emerge or continued substitution with opaque communications and marketing?

BC Appeal Court to rule on Qualified Privilege
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Vancouver, BC – Z. Essak, March 5, 2014.

Vancouver Courts skylineNext week on March 11th and 12th the BC Appeal Court in Vancouver will be hearing the matter in Wang v BC Medical Association and named Defendants.

Why might this Appeal Court hearing be important to people in all walks of life in BC especially those involved as board directors and members of any non-profit Society, Association, Health Authority, Union and even corporations?

When can members of a Board claim qualified privilege as a defense for what they do?

Qualified privilege is a special privilege for those in positions of authority or trust. When does qualified privilege apply and when are actions simply an abuse of privilege, position, or power?

Wang v BC Medical Association Judgment Released March 8, 2013
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2013-04-05 Vancouver, BC – Z. Essak,

Almost a month has passed since the Judgment Wang v BC Medical Association was released on March 8, 2013. The day the Judgment was released the BCMA Board was in session. The BCMA Board will be meeting again on Saturday April 6, 2013.

The Judgment comes a little more than a year after the 24 days at Trial from January 23 to February 24, 2012 and five years have elapsed since the President’s Letter of February 2, 2008.

Some doctors are saying maybe the Judgment could have been more even-handed in it’s delivery. Some doctors are saying “Dr Wang won but she doesn’t get any relief”. Some doctors are saying “it’s a partial victory” and some doctors are saying “it’s a huge win”.

What has emerged from the Judgment?

Court Reserves Judgment in Wang v. BC Medical Association and Individuals
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Vancouver, BC - June 4, 2012 - Z. Essak

Four years after the controversy arose from the BC Medical Association Board meeting of February 2008 and communications of the BCMA President alleged to be defamatory the matter was heard at Trial in the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver.

The Trial began on January 23, 2012 and though originally scheduled for twenty days was extended for an additional week with a total of twenty-four days of hearings. The Trial hearings ended on February 24, 2012 and the Court reserved Judgment. The Court decision may be released anytime in the next several months.

The Court is to consider not only whether the actions were defamatory but also if there was malice and breach of contract.

Trial begins in Wang v BC Medical Association and named individuals
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BC Courts, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver BC - January 29, 2012.
Z. Essak, MD

Almost four years after a dispute erupted between Dr Caroline Wang and other directors of the BC Medical Association at the Board meeting of February 1 and 2, 2008 the matter is now being heard at Trial in the BC Supreme Court.

The Trial, which is a civil matter not a criminal one, began on Monday January 23, 2012. It is scheduled to proceed for twenty days until February 17, 2012. The location is room 43 of the BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC. The Honourable Mr. Justice Grauer presiding.

Now the Trial has begun it is a time to see and learn. How will the Court resolve this matter involving legal expenses likely to exceed $2 million? Will the outcome of the Trial affect the workings of the BC Medical Association? Will it more broadly affect the workings of other Societies incorporated in BC?

Audio podcast: How many lawsuits?
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Audio podcast: Who's in control?
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BCMA Lawsuit in the News Again
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BCMA Lawsuit in the News AgainThe BC Medical Association lawsuit with former director and member of the Executive Dr Caroline Wang is back in the news again.

Dr Wang's lawsuit for libel and breach of contract will not be heard in court until January 2012. 

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the BCMA and defendants has filed an application in the Supreme Court of BC seeking an order that Caroline Wang post a security for court costs of $115,752.80 based on estimates of future court costs and the presumption they will win. 

The application acknowledges court costs to date are only $34,860.19.  These court costs are in addition to the legal costs incurred by each party.

The BCMA application also states, "this is an extraordinary ... case for the court to exercise its discretion" and "Wang's only significant eligible asset in BC appears to be a joint interest in a home in which ... she currently resides", suggesting she be required to further mortgage her home.

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