Disciplinary Hearing for BC Nurse Supporting Gender-Based Rights Raises Concerns of ‘Policing Speech’: JCCF

A BC nurse faces a disciplinary hearing after state regulators for nurses and midwives in BC allege her statements about “gender-based rights” were “discriminatory” against transgender people. facing meeting

The hearings, which began on Sept. 21, have raised concerns that Canadian regulators are “cracking down on the speech” of professionals, legal advocacy groups say.

In November 2020, the University of British Columbia Nurse Midwife launched an investigation into Amy Hamm, a registered nurse in Vancouver. Regulators referred Hamm to a disciplinary committee. Quote Between July 2018 and March 2021, Ham made “discriminatory and derogatory remarks about transgender people” on various online platforms.

The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) said the indictment against Hamm was based in Vancouver on “I [love] J.K. Rowling, UK’s best-selling author stands for gender-based rights.

“The Center for Justice is concerned that regulators across Canada are cracking down on professional statements that carry the threat of disciplinary action,” the group said. news release September 21st.

Lisa Bildy, Ham’s attorney and co-lawyer, said the regulator’s mandate was not to “give social justice activists the tools to ‘cancel’ people who are with them, but to ‘keep patients safe, to regulate the profession in the public interest.” A person who disagrees or holds an opinion outside narrow orthodoxy. ”

“Professional governing bodies are created by law and are therefore subject to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Bildy said in a release. “Freedom of speech, thought, belief, opinion and expression are charter rights that belong to all people, including medical professionals.”

“As virtually everything seems to be in this day and age, this lawsuit will set an important precedent for regulated professionals to enter the public arena in potentially contentious policy debates. ”

on April 8th blog postham, co-founder Canadian Women’s Gender-Based RightsAn advocacy group for women and girls.

“Depending on the outcome of the disciplinary hearing, which could include revocation of my nursing license, I will appeal the decision through the Canadian court system if I feel my constitutional rights have been violated. Instead, the process itself is a kind of punishment,” she wrote.

But if she wins, she said, “precedents will help us to assert the ideology of gender identity without fear of retribution or loss of livelihood.”

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“Women’s rights are not transphobic”

Ham said in her blog post The University of British Columbia Nursing Midwife (BCCNM) said two individuals filed a public complaint with the organization to the effect that “I am transphobic and therefore may not be able to provide.” I let her know what I did.[ing] Provide safe, non-stigmatizing care for transgender and gender-diverse patients. ”

“I am not transphobic by any reasonable or justifiable definition of the word. increase.

She said she never identified as a feminist activist, but has grown increasingly anxious and has struggled with “the harm that gender identity ideology has been doing to women and children.”

“Women’s rights are not transphobic,” writes Hamm social media posts April 8th.

Claims of ‘medical inaccuracy’ dropped

A citation to an earlier version of BCCNM provided on April 1 stated that some of Hamm’s online statements on gender-based rights contained “medically inaccurate information,” and that this The allegations have been removed from the updated citation on June 28.

Hamm’s attorney previously said in an email to The Epoch Times that he was “surprised to learn that the university intended to discuss whether Mr. Hamm’s statement constitutes medically inaccurate information.” .

“It seems they’ve given it a lot of thought since then,” Bildy said.

When asked to comment on Hamm’s case, BCCNM spokesperson Johanna Ward told the Epoch Times that nurses’ behavior outside of work “has a negative impact on both public perception of nurses and trust in the profession.” ,” and said the behavior would be considered “unprofessional.” Actions under the Health Professionals Act” falls under the jurisdiction of BCCNM.

“BCCNM recognizes that it is not appropriate to regulate and discipline all behavior that occurs when nurses are off duty,” Ward said in an earlier email to The Epoch Times. . “But if there is a link between a nurse’s off-duty behavior and an occupation that is sufficiently detrimental to that profession and the public interest, we can and will take action. will wake you up.”

“BCCNM, which regulates in the public interest, recognizes that all British Columbians should feel safe when interacting with college enrollees. or take all allegations of conduct seriously.”

When asked what criteria would be used to determine whether a nurse’s off-duty behavior would have a “sufficient adverse effect” on their work and image, BCCNM said this was because disciplinary hearings were underway. He said he would not comment further.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.