Scheduled Hearings

Acting in the public interest, the College holds Ontario’s regulated Naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice. The College takes all possible breaches of conduct or practice seriously.  The Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence, and the Fitness to Practice Committee hears allegations of incapacity. The College publishes the Discipline Committee’s decisions or summaries of decisions on the website, in its annual report and may publish decisions in the College’s Newsletter.  

Attending a Hearing

Hearings of the Discipline Committee are open to the public (unless otherwise determined), and are held at:

College of Naturopaths of Ontario
150 John Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON

Please book your attendance at a disciplinary hearing by emailing the College at info@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca

Dates of hearings are subject to change at any time. Those scheduled to attend a hearing should confirm whether dates have changed by checking the current hearing schedule before coming to the College.  ​Visitors are prohibited from carrying into or using while inside the Discipline Hearing Room, any audio/visual equipment (including video cameras, still photography equipment, laptop computers and tape recorders) without prior written permission.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

As a part of its transparency initiatives, the College ensures that the public is aware of the status of each matter being brought before the Discipline Committee.
To review a general outline of the stages of a disciplinary matter involving a Member of the College, click here.  
To review a complete copy of all current Notices of Hearing and Specified Allegations against a Member of the College, click here. 

Referral Date
Member Name / Status 
Summary of Allegations*

Hearing Date(s) 
June 1, 2017 Kanji, Rahim

STATUS: Stage 3

The Member

1. Dr. Rahim Kanji, ND (“Dr. Kanji, ND”) was a registrant of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (the “Board”) from November 1, 2011 until June 30, 2015.
2. Dr. Kanji, ND has been a member of the College since July 1, 2015.
3. As of June 1, 2017, Dr. Kanji, ND has not met the Therapeutic Prescribing Standard of Practice.

Conduct as Registrant of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy

It is alleged that Dr. Kanji, ND engaged in misconduct pursuant to subsection of 30(1) of Ontario Regulation 278, R.R.O. 1990, as defined in Professional Misconduct/Incompetence established by the Board:
Paragraph 1 - Contravention of any provision of the Drugless Practitioners Act and its regulations, of the Food and Drug Act and its regulations, or any other act regulating the practice of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy;
Paragraph 2(e) - Providing inappropriate, deleterious, unnecessary or incompetent treatment or false or misleading information to the patient;
Paragraph 2(r) - Conduct or an act relevant to the practice of naturopathic medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by naturopathic doctors as unprofessional or incompetent; 
Paragraph 2(u) - Failure to obtain informed consent for diagnostic or treatment procedures; and/or
Paragraph 2(w) -Contravening standards of practice or guidelines of practice set by the Board, specifically:
BDDT-N’s Standards of Practice:
2.1 – Each naturopathic doctor shall have knowledge of and comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of naturopathic medicine in the jurisdiction of practice;
2.6 - Each naturopathic doctor shall deal honestly with all patients, colleagues… and refrain from giving any false, incomplete or misleading information; and/or
2.11 - Each naturopathic doctor shall advise the patient regarding significant side effects from the treatment plan.
2.12 - Each naturopathic doctor shall monitor each patient at a level consistent with the degree of management being exercised.

Conduct as Member of the College

It is alleged that the conduct or actions of Dr. Kanji, ND constitute professional misconduct pursuant to the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:
Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, specifically:
i. subsection 3(1) para 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the General Regulation;
ii. subsection 9(1), 9(2) paras 3, 4, and 5, 9(3), 9(4) and s. 9(5) of the General Regulation;
iii. failing to identify the symptoms of Chronic and/or Acute Vitamin A toxicity in June, July, and/or November 2015, and/or February 2016; 
iv. failing to cease or decrease the dosage of the First Treatment from September to November 2015;
v. prescribing the Second Treatment to Patient A after she has been on the First Treatment for approximately 8 months; and/or
vi. failing to recommend a pregnancy test every month and a cholesterol test every three months for Patient A while on the First Treatment or the Second Treatment; 
Paragraph 3 - Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except with the informed consent of the patient;
Paragraph 8 - Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment that the member knows or ought to know to be beyond the member’s knowledge, skill or judgment; 
Paragraph 10 - Performing a controlled act that the member is not authorized to perform;
Paragraph 23 - Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;
Paragraph 24 - Signing or issuing, in his or her professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement; 
Paragraph 46 - Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional; and/or
Paragraph 47 - Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession.

 

 TBA
October 12, 2017 Rodak, Taras

STATUS: Stage 1
1. At all relevant times, Dr. Taras Rodak (“Dr. Rodak, ND”) has been a member of the College. 


First Appointment - Standards

2. On or about May 11, 2016 the Patient attended for her first appointment with Dr. Rodak, ND. During the course of the treatment, Dr. Rodak, ND asked the Patient to turn over to the supine position. It is alleged that Dr. Rodak, ND did not sufficiently or appropriately avert his eyes from the Patient while she had a towel on her buttocks and/or upper back.

3. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

First Appointment – Informed Consent

4. On or about May 11, 2016 Dr. Rodak, ND performed the Bowen Technique on the Patient’s chest. Dr. Rodak, ND did one or more of the following to the Patient:

a. Failed to inform the Patient that both of her breasts would be exposed during the Bowen Technique;

b. Failed to inform the Patient that the Bowen Technique could be performed while she was clothed;

c. Failed to explain the nature of the Bowen Technique, namely that both of her breasts would be exposed; and/or

d. Failed to advise the Patient that her consent could be withdrawn at any time.

5. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 3 (Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except, i. with the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s authorized representative, or ii. as required or authorized by law); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

First Appointment –Sexual Abuse

6. On or about May 11, 2016, Dr. Rodak, ND did one or more of the following:

a. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by asking the Patient to turn over to the supine position and did not sufficiently or appropriately avert his eyes away from the Patient while she had a towel on her buttocks and/or upper back; and/or

b. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by removing a towel and exposing the breasts of the Patient while performing the Bowen Technique.

7. The behaviour and/or remarks as set out in paragraph 6 were not of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided.

8. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(b.1) of the Code as Dr. Rodak, ND sexually abused the Patient.

Third Appointment-Informed Consent

9. On or about June 1, 2016 the Patient attended for her third appointment with Dr. Rodak, ND. Dr. Rodak, ND did the following:

a. During the course of providing a lymphatic massage, Dr. Rodak, ND did one or more of the following:

i. Failed to explain to the Patient the nature of the lymphatic massage, namely that both of her breasts would be massaged and/or exposed;

ii. Failed to advise the Patient that her consent could be withdrawn at any time;

b. During the course of providing an elevated rib treatment, Dr. Rodak, ND did one or more of the following:

i. Failed to explain to the Patient the nature of the elevated rib treatment and what would be required of her during the elevated rib treatment, namely:

1. Sit on the edge of a treatment table while holding a small towel to her chest;

2. Rest her right arm on the right thigh of Dr. Rodak, ND as Dr. Rodak, ND stood behind her; and/or

3. Be pulled back by Dr. Rodak, ND towards his groin.

10. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 3 (Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except, i. with the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s authorized representative, or ii. as required or authorized by law); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional)

Third Appointment – Sexual Abuse

11. On or about June 1, 2016, Dr. Rodak, ND did one or more of the following:

a. Touched the Patient in a sexual nature by massaging both of her breasts with both of his hands and touching a nipple;

b. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature in response to the Patient saying that the massage and/or exposure of her breasts was “very awkward”, specifically stating that:

i. He does this all the time and he did three internals today;

ii. He found it strange that people are reluctant to get their breasts massaged; and/or

iii. The Patient didn’t have anyone to “do it” for her as she was single; and/or

c. Engaged in behaviour of a sexual nature and/or touching of a sexual nature when he performed a treatment on the Patient which required her to:

i. Sit on the edge of a treatment table while holding a small towel to her chest;

ii. Rest her right arm on the right thigh of Dr. Rodak, ND as Dr. Rodak, ND stood behind her; and/or

iii. Be pulled back by Dr. Rodak, ND towards his groin.

12. The touching, behaviour or remarks as set out in paragraph 11 were not of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided.

13. It is alleged that the conduct described above constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(b.1) of the Code as Dr. Rodak, ND sexually abused the Patient. 

TBA

*To review the Notice of Hearing and the Specified Allegations against the Member, click here.