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) 
October 6, 2016
Barnes, Karen Elizabeth

STATUS:  Stage 6  
1. At all relevant times, Dr. Karen Barnes, ND (“Dr. Barnes, ND”) has been a member of the College.

Failure to comply with order of a panel of the ICRC
2. On or about November 5, 2015, a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) ordered Dr. Barnes, ND, to successfully complete a Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (“SCERP”) no later than May 5, 2016 (the “Order”).
3. It is alleged that as of October 5, 2016, Dr. Barnes, ND has failed to register for, or successfully complete, the SCERP.
4. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:
  1. 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)
  2. Paragraph 41 (failing to comply with an order of a panel of the College)
  3. 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
  4. Paragraph 47 (engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).
Failure to co-operate with investigator
5. On or about May 10, 2016, the ICRC approved the appointment of an investigator to determine if Dr. Barnes, ND had committed an act of professional misconduct by failing to comply with an order of the panel of the ICRC.
6. On or about May 17, May 20 and June 1, 2016, the investigator left voicemail, and sent e-mail, messages for Dr. Barnes, ND asking her to contact the investigator to arrange a meeting. It is alleged that Dr. Barnes, ND failed to respond to any of the messages.
7. On or about June 15, 2016, the investigator attended at Dr. Barnes’, ND clinic. The investigator had made an appointment under a false name in order to secure a time to see Dr. Barnes, ND. It is alleged that Dr. Barnes, ND told the investigator that she did not respond to the numerous messages as she did not believe that the investigator legitimately represented the College. The investigator asked Dr. Barnes, ND why she had not completed the SCERP and if she was intending to complete the SCERP. It is alleged that Dr. Barnes, ND declined to answer the investigator.
8. Later that day, Dr. Barnes, ND sent an email to the investigator, stating, “I have not taken the [SCERP] as I have done nothing wrong. In a similar situation I would act in exactly the same way. I do not condone murder. I will never condone murder.”
9. On or about June 27, 2016 the investigator contacted Dr. Barnes, ND requesting a time and date for an interview. It is alleged that Dr. Barnes, ND replied the same day and declined to be interviewed. It is alleged that Dr. Barnes, ND asked the investigator to not return to the clinic “uninvited” and not to “pose as a patient as you did last time.”
10. By not responding promptly to the investigator and refusing to meet for an interview, Dr. Barnes, ND failed to co-operate fully with the investigator contrary to subsection 76(3.1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code.
11. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:
  1. 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)
  2. Paragraph 36 (Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts)
  3. 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
  4. Paragraph 47 (engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).
June 21, 2017
June 1, 2017 Kanji, Rahim

STATUS:  Stage 2  

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

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