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.  

 

Referral Date
Member Name / Status 
Summary of Allegations 
Hearing Date(s) 
October 6, 2016
Barnes, Karen Elizabeth

STATUS:  Stage 5  
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