Candlelight walk and vigil – Dec 13th

candlePlease join Coalition for Physician and Surgeon Oversight in our …

Candlelight walk and vigil : 

in memory of the children who will never again be coming home for Christmas

We will gather at

NW corner of Dundas Square on

Thurs Dec 13th at 6 pm

and walk to

the headquarters of the

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

at 80 College St.

The CPSO is the self-regulating body for the medical profession.  Its mandate is to “serve and protect the public interest.”

We feel our children died because of medical negligence involving toxic/lethal pharmaceutical effects.  We complained to the CPSO.  Our complaints were dismissed.  We feel the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario did not take adequate disciplinary action.   We feel the CPSO protected their own.

We feel the CPSO is no longer committed to patient safety and is no longer capable of serving the public interest.  We want the CPSO investigated and replaced by an independent organization not controlled by physician members.

We are the Coalition for Physician and Surgeon Oversight.  

Read our horror stories at  Share your own story. Take action.

This vigil is our first public event.  If you want to help change the way the College of Physicians and Surgeons conducts itself, join our walk and vigil.

Dundas Square is at the SE corner of the intersection of Yonge St. and Dundas St. E. in downtown Toronto.  We’ll gather near the Holiday Tree.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is at 80 College St., 4 blocks north of Dundas Square and 2 blocks east of Yonge St.

Please bring a (battery-powered) candle, a flashlight or a lantern.  Some of us will carry signs.


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One Response to Candlelight walk and vigil – Dec 13th

  1. by Maie
    “The blood of these children is on your hands. To continue to blame the victim rather than the drug is wrong.”

    This was the introduction to Dr. David Healy’s Facebook post this morning. The words were familiar. They belong to Mathy Downing whose 12-year-old daughter Candace died by hanging four days after being put on Zoloft for ‘school anxiety.’ I met Mathy and several other bereaved parents at a conference in the States 18 months ago.

    Tonight I think of that evening at Julie Wood’s home when we first met, shared our stories of pharmaceutical malfeasance, created the Coalition for Physician and Surgeon Oversight; and made plans for a candlelight walk through downtown Toronto and a vigil in memory of the children who will never again be coming home for Christmas.

    For me there was a childhood memory of a ‘Lucia’ parade in Sweden — held on the 13th of December, the longest night of the year. The procession is led by a young woman in a long white robe tied with a red sash. She wears a crown of lingonberrry leaves and seven lighted candles. She is accompanied by children also dressed in white, tinsel in their hair, holding candles and singing, ushering in the Christmas season and dispelling the darkness. The origins of the tradition are not in Sweden, but in Sicily and no one knows how they came to Scandinavia.

    I remember watching the Lucia procession in the university town of Uppsala as a three-year-old sitting on my father’s shoulders. He died on the 25th of December that year. A doctor made a mistake.

    Tomorrow night as we walk by candlelight through the streets of Toronto, the Scriptwriter in the Sky, the Creator, the Great Spirit, that which many of us call God; will smile on us. We will hold vigil in front of the headquarters of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and remember those taken from us by those who once took an oath to do no harm. We will call out names and the Great Spirit will weep with us.

    Here’s a Swedish Lucia procession:

    And here’s one from Norway:

    see minutes 2:30 to 3:08

    See you tomorrow. And sorry for the address error – the College is at 80 College St. which is WEST of Yonge and not east. College becomes Carlton east of Yonge.



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