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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 Vancouver Hearing On Qualified Privilege
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When
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Tue, 2014-03-11 09:00 - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:00
Where
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BC Appeal Court
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5
Canada

BC Appeal Court to rule on qualified privilege. The hearing will take place in Vancouver on March 11 and 12, 2014. This may be important to all non-profit Societies, Professional Associations, Health Authorities, Unions and even corporations. When can members of a Board claim qualified privilege as a defense for what they do? When does qualified privilege apply and when are actions simply an abuse of privilege, position, or power?

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?

Bill Good CKNW interview with Dr Essak on why the 2012 PMA should be rejected
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For those who would like to hear the Bill Good CKNW interview with Dr Z. Essak on why the 2012 PMA should be rejected, broadcast on July  4, 2012. Here it is.

Audio podcast: How many lawsuits?
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Search BC Court Services OnlineTo listen to this audio podcast if you see the “Read more” link click on it and then click on the play icon. You may have to click the play icon a second time.

Audio podcast: Is the 2011 BCMA Election valid?
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To listen to this audio podcast if you see the “Read more” link click on it and then click on the play icon. You may have to click the play icon a second time.’

Audio podcast: Following the rules?
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To listen to this audio podcast if you see the “Read more” link click on it and then click on the play icon. You may have to click the play icon a second time.

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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