Judge to review 25 years of flawed tests from Motherisk lab

TORONTO -- The Ontario cabinet has finalized details on an independent commission that will help families affected by flawed testing by the Motherisk Drug Laboratory run by the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

See Full Article

The program that used hair analysis to test for drug and alcohol use in thousands of child protection and criminal cases was deemed "inadequate and unreliable" in a government-commissioned report released last month.

Commissioner Susan Lang found Motherisk fell short of international forensic standards for use in child protection and criminal proceedings, and said the lab "frequently misinterpreted" the test results.

Provincial court judge Judith Beaman will lead a two-year review that will start by trying to identify people involved in child protection matters who were impacted by a flawed Motherisk test.

Lang's report found more than 9,000 people tested positive through Motherisk between 2005 and 2015, but Beaman's review will look back 25 years, to 1990.

Beaman will also head a resource centre that will provide legal counselling and other supports to families, and says she hopes her work will help those affected understand what happened and to move forward.

Ontario Children's Aid Societies were directed to stop ordering hair strand tests in April 2015, and Sick Kids Hospital shut down the Motherisk program last year after apologizing for the problems.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Giuliani associate convicted of campaign finance crimes

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- A New York jury convicted a former associate of Rudy Giuliani on Friday of charges that he made illegal campaign contributions to influence U.S. politicians and advance his business interests. The verdict was returned in Manhattan federal court, where Lev Parnas was on trial for more than two weeks as prosecutors accused him of using other people's money to pose as a powerful political broker and cozy up to some of the nation's star Republican political figures. Source
  • Chief of Manitoba First Nation charged with sexual assault, child luring

    Canada News CTV News
    WINNIPEG - The chief of a Manitoba First Nation has been charged with sexual assault and child luring, RCMP announced on Friday. The RCMP said on social media that Little Grand Rapids First Nation Chief Raymond Keeper, 65, was arrested on Thursday. Source
  • Royal Caribbean announces nine-month world cruise

    World News CTV News
    It would've been unthinkable 12 months ago as the cruise industry reeled from the effects of COVID, but one operator is now offering an epic new voyage that will last nine months and take travelers to more than 150 destinations. Source
  • EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

    World News CTV News
    BRUSSELS -- Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into line. Source
  • Crown contemplating charges in toppling of statues at Manitoba legislature

    Canada News CTV News
    Winnipeg - The Winnipeg Police Service has sent the findings of its investigation into the toppling of two statues on the Manitoba legislative grounds on Canada Day to the Crown attorney’s office to determine if charges will be laid. Source
  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenge to Texas ban on most abortions, but law remains in effect

    World News CBC News
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge by President Joe Biden's administration and abortion providers to a restrictive Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, and set the date for arguments in the case for Nov. Source
  • Luxembourg to become first country in Europe to legalize cannabis

    World News CTV News
    Luxembourg is set to become the first European nation to legalize the growing and use of cannabis, the government announced in a statement on Friday. Under the new legislation, adults over 18 in Luxembourg will be allowed to use cannabis, and to grow up to four plants per household, which would make it the first country in Europe to fully legalize the production and consumption of the drug. Source
  • Appeal for B.C. woman convicted in 8-year-old daughter's death dismissed

    Canada News CTV News
    Warning: Disturbing content. VANCOUVER -- The appeal of a B.C. mother convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an eight-year-old girl has been dismissed. Lisa Batstone learned the decision Friday relating to the suffocating death of her daughter, Teagan. Source
  • What are prop guns and how are they dangerous? Alec Baldwin incident raises concerns

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Firearms experts say it is rare for someone to be killed from a prop gun while filming a movie or TV show as a weapons master or armourer is mandated to be on set to ensure everyone's safety, in addition to providing rigorous training and gun handling to actors beforehand. Source
  • Not the time to 'freely go wherever,' says Tam as non-essential travel advisory lifts

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Canadians should carefully weigh any future decisions on taking foreign trips even though the federal government has lifted a global advisory asking them to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said the government would be providing more specific information about the severity of COVID-19 in various countries to help Canadians decide where they should consider travelling. Source