2018-01-11 We’ve lost a hero — Dr. Shiv Chopra, a Health Canada Whistleblower

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1)    The mysterious health problems that were experienced by Americans in Cuba have been reported to have affected Canadians as well, and are being investigated. Many of the symptoms, as described, are similar to those experienced by people exposed to microwave radiation:  e.g. nosebleeds, headaches, short-term memory loss and, according to the video in the article, traumatic brain injuries.

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“Rubio then raised what has become known as a Cold War medical mystery involving the aiming of low-level microwave beams by Russia at the U.S. embassy in Moscow during the 1960s.

The investigation into the effect of those beams was called Project Pandora and sent American scientists with the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) on a hunt to try and uncover whether it was possible for microwaves to cause the reports of fatigue and confusion among staff at the embassy and whether the beams could facilitate mind control.

That bombardment ended in 1979.”


& https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1031871043722/  (2 minutes)

2)    More info on the Wi-Fi in hospital that I had in last night’s update.  This from a member:

Some clarity on #3…it’s not the Patient Voices Network that initiated this project. They were approached by Providence Health Care’s Information Management and Information Systems (IMIS) department to advertise the request for participants to engage in the discussion of bringing Wi-Fi to their facilities.  Our public hospitals already have Wi-Fi as we sadly know.  Patient Voices Network has advertised the request through their network of patient volunteers.

Providence Health Care is the private hospitals (Catholic I think) equivalent of our public health authorities.  I would assume that the Providence Health Care authority has been approached by the public for this service and now their IMIS department is exploring how to bring this about.

I agree that this is another great opportunity for educating.  Perhaps our letters should be going directly to Providence Health Care <communications@providencehealth.bc.ca> rather than PVN who are facilitating the position search but from what I understand, any correspondence to PVN will be forwarded on. We could dust off our letters to the public health authorities and re-address them to Providence Health Care.  The more factual the information we can provide will obviously have the greatest effect; particularly anything from health professionals.

Another great opportunity would be if anyone in the group was interested in applying for one of these positions. It would certainly be an opportunity to bring a voice to the table!

Many people cannot risk going to the hospital for fear of suffering consequences from exposure to the many radiation-emitting devices on and in hospitals already. Those who are sensitive, have medical devices/implants, or those with conditions that make them more vulnerable, often do not go to hospital because they can’t.  Here is info on implants from Katie Singer:


3)    A true Canadian hero, Dr. Shiv Chopra, author of  “Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower”, has died.  Sadly, there seems to be no one willing or able to replace him.

“Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower” (2010) by Dr. Shiv Chopra

In Memoriam: Dr. Shiv Chopra, Public Servant

“I was speaking out, but it was my duty to speak out.”
– Dr Shiv Chopra, September 2017

We mourn the death and celebrate the life and lasting contributions of Dr. Shiv Chopra, a strong and vibrant champion of science in the service of the public good. He has left behind a loving family and a legacy of committed, courageous campaigning for justice and accountability. Dr. Chopra was a dedicated public servant who shed light on how our food is regulated in Canada and the dangerous influence that corporate power can have on government decision-making, if public servants are not willing to speak up.

Dr. Shiv Chopra was a veterinary scientist with a Ph.D in microbiology. He was a senior scientist at Health Canada (Canada’s food safety regulator) where he worked from 1969 until 2004. Dr. Chopra was one of three Health Canada veterinary scientists who spoke out in the 1990s about pressure to approve animal drugs despite their concerns about animal health and food safety. They questioned carbadox, a drug used in pigs, and Baytril, which was used to promote growth in cows and chickens. Most prominent were their concerns over Monsanto’s genetically engineered veterinary drug Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH). Their public criticisms of BGH were met with gag orders from their employers at Health Canada but finally led to Senate hearings and a 1999 decision not to approve the drug.

Dr. Chopra defied instructions from his employers not to speak publicly about his concerns, and about the pressure he was under at Health Canada. In 1998, Dr. Chopra and his colleague Dr. Margaret Haydon were interviewed on national television and asked why they thought they were under pressure to approve drugs quickly. Dr. Chopra replied, “Well, what do you think? Money. For multinational companies that produce those things.”

Dr. Chopra and his colleagues Dr. Margaret Haydon and Dr. Gérard Lambert were eventually fired in 2004 for insubordination. Dr. Chopra challenged his dismissal in court http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/whistleblower-scientists-to-fight-government-firing-1.497874 and continued to fight in the courts for thirteen years, until the latest verdict in September 2017. He concluded, “If today I had won, I would get compensated for my loss of salary. But the issue of public food safety would still remain.”

“These three scientists are perfect examples of public service professionals putting the interests of the public first, ahead of their own interests. They are leading the way in the protection of the public good and they are pioneers in whistleblowing,”
– Gary Corbett, former president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, 2011

He continued to speak out on the wider issues of food and public health safety, including at the invitation of many communities in Canada and internationally, and he set up an organization called the Canadian Council on Food Safety & Health.

Dr. Chopra detailed his saga in his book, “Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower” (2010) and some of his work and history is documented on his website:

A summary of what happened in Canada over Bovine Growth Hormone and the role that Dr. Chopra played is posted at:


“The tragic experience of Shiv Chopra as a whistleblower should be required reading, not just in institutions of higher learning but at every level of government in Canada.  His chilling story centres on Monsanto’s flagship genetically engineered product rBST, commercialized as Posilac, but more broadly, profiles the ongoing conflict between corporate influence and government policy in Canada.  Canada joined most of the rest of the world in declining to approve Posilac for injecting into Canadian dairy cows to increase milk production.  For this, Canadians can thank the integrity of Shiv Chopra, and his colleagues Margaret Hayden and Gerard Lambert at Health Canada, despite terrible costs to themselves.  It is difficult to see how the public good has been served by the decades-long government effort to stifle the well-founded concerns of these courageous whistleblowers.  We must remember, and celebrate, these true Canadian heroes.”
– Ann Clark, associate professor (ret.), University of Guelph, Canada

“One of the first public events on genetic engineering that I ever organized was with Dr. Chopra almost two decades ago. We invited him to speak about how genetically engineered foods were regulated but on the day of the event he got a fax, email and registered letter from his employer telling him he could lose his job at Health Canada if he spoke at our event. He spoke anyway – and started a wave of influential events that continue to challenge corporate power to this day. He was astonishingly courageous, committed and persistent. His dedication to his public duty continues to be an inspiration.”
– Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

“Whistleblower Shiv Chopra Remembered for ‘Speaking Truth to Power'” Ottawa Citizen, January 11, 2017:

“NFU Remembers Shiv Chopra” National Farmers Union, Press Release, January 10, 2017:

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From: Irina Apostu <iapostu@bcpsqc.ca>
Date: 11 Jan 2018 20:53:47
To: norm

Subject: RE: Public Wi-Fi Focus

Good afternoon Norm,

Thank you for sharing your concerns about this issue.

Our role is to support our health care partners in engaging patients on their initiatives. While PVN connects the parties, the initiatives are led by the organization listed in the invite. We would be happy to pass along your thoughts to the Providence staff leading this initiative.

Thanks again for your feedback and we welcome you to continue to reach out with questions and suggestions.

Have a great day!

Warm regards,
Irina Apostu
Program Assistant BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

604.668.8240 | iapostu@bcpsqc.ca  https://patientvoicesbc.ca/

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From: Norm Ryder  (name given with permission)
Sent: January 11, 2018 @ 9:45 AM
To: Patient Voices Network

Subject: Public Wi-Fi Focus

Promoting more Wi-Fi and other sources of Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is not in the interests of good patient care.  Over the years there have been thousands of scientific papers published identifying health concerns at radiation levels far less than Health Canada’s Safety Code 6.  Recently a summary of the documents published since 2010 was released. The summary at


contains in the order of 1,000 peer reviewed papers.  Yes, many of the papers conclude by noting more research is needed but, it must be recognised that they are not saying more research is needed to identify the risks but, rather, more research is needed to understand the mechanism beyond the well noted and established harmful biological effects caused by EMR.

Several years ago while recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumour caused by radiation, I was in the Victoria General Hospital in a room essentially in line with the cell towers radiation pattern.  I began to develop intense headaches.  Maximum doses of Tylenol 3 were not sufficient to reduce the pain enough to function.  After several months in the hospital dealing with the rest of the rehabilitation, I was forcibly ejected from the hospital with essentially “tough you are having headaches – you will just have to learn to cope and consume maximum doses of Tylenol for the rest of your life”.

After I was released from the hospital, I bounced around from place to place while I recovered my life.  The headaches (and skin irritations) came and went, finally I was able to associate the headaches with EMR exposures.  Now I do everything possible to avoid EMR and spend as little time as possible in EMR saturated environments (I can spend no more than ½ an hour visiting friends and family at the Royal Jubilee in Victoria because of the radiation levels or the headaches will return).

One of my biggest fears now is I may be injured or acquire an illness that will require incarceration in a hospital.  Whatever the ailment could be will be bad enough but having to deal with pain and suffering inflicted by the hospital will be unacceptable.

By my estimate I spent at least a month longer in the hospital (in a premium cost bed) than was necessary – far from providing a source of revenue for the hospital, it will add to hospital costs.  After I left the hospital I spoke with some staff, they too are aware of the high levels of radiation on the floor and feel it results in more sick days and lower productivity among the staff.

If you still feel that inflicting pain and suffering on people serves a greater good as it allows you to provide Wi-Fi, then limit the EMR polluted areas of the hospital and leave the rest of the facility as a place of healing, peace and comfort.

Norm Ryder



Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Cell phones will probably increase many neurological diseases and brain tumors over the next 10 to 20 years.”
~ Dr. Neil Cherry – Professor of Environmental Health Lincoln University, New Zealand