News & Discipline Hearings

 

Upcoming Discipline Hearings


Hearings are held at the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, 10th floor, 150 John Street, Toronto. This schedule is subject to change. If you wish to attend, or for more information, please email our Professional Conduct department at regulatory.guidance @collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca, or phone them at 416 583-5994.
 
Member Name: Dr. Leslie Yan Wan Ee, ND
Registration no.: 0844
Referral Date: February 7, 2019
Hearing Date: March 30 & 31, 2020 and April 1, 7, 8 & 9, 2020
 

View the Notices of Hearing and allegations to learn more about each matter.

Access Decisions & Reasons of previous hearings.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

At the end of January, the College sent an e-mail to all its Members about the need for mandatory reporting of the coronavirus. On January 22, 2020, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) was added as a designated disease reportable under the Ontario’s public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the virus.
 
Naturopaths have a responsibility to report suspected cases of the Novel Coronavirus to their local public health unit.
 
In addition to information for the public, the Ministry of Health has created a web page for use by health care workers on the 2019-nCoV. This web page will be updated regularly and Members are encouraged to review the information. The Ministry has also developed an initial guidance document for primary care providers.
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Notice of Registration Fee Change


The College by-laws (Section 18.04) state that Member registration fees are adjusted annually by an amount equivalent to the change in the provincial Consumer Price Index. They also state that Members must be notified about the change in fees that occurs as a result of this automatic increase.

Registration fees for the coming year will be increased by 1.9%, the inflationary rate published in the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Accordingly, fees for the registration year beginning April 1, 2020 will be as follow (not including 13% HST):

Annual Registration Fee - General Class - $1,609
Annual Registration Fee - Inactive Class - $807
Late Renewal Fee - All Classes - $285
Reinstatement Fee - All Classes - $247

To renew their registration, Members must pay the annual registration fee and complete the Information Return form by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020. All Members for whom the College has a preferred email address will be sent a link in February to complete their renewal online. Members are encouraged to ensure their preferred email address is listed on their account page (accessible through our website).

Questions about the fee schedule for 2020 should be directed to members@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca.

Injunction granted against unlicensed practitioner


Only people registered with the College can practise naturopathy in Ontario. People who are not registered and pretend to be naturopaths are practising illegally. When the College learns about these cases, we investigate each one and post the names of these individuals on the Unauthorized Practitioners Register, including any injunctions against them. 

On November 29, 2019 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted the College a permanent injunction restraining Mr. Denys Gagnon from offering or providing services that may only be provided by a Member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Specifically, Mr. Gagnon must not:
use the protected titles, including “doctor”, “naturopath”, Naturopathic Doctor”, and any variation or abbreviation, or equivalent in another language;
hold himself out as being permitted to engage in the practice of naturopathy in Ontario; and
engage in the practice of naturopathy in Ontario, including performing any controlled acts listed in section 4 of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

On November 1, 2017 the College served Mr. Gagnon with a Cease & Desist notice to immediately cease all activities contrary to the legislation that regulates naturopathy in Ontario. These activities included advertising and/or practising as a “naturopath” and using the protected titles including “doctor”, “naturopathy”, and “Naturopathic Doctor”.  Mr. Gagnon subsequently signed a confirmation that he had read and understood the notice and had ceased all restricted activities.  

On February 15, 2019, the College received information from an anonymous source suggesting that Mr. Gagnon was continuing to hold out and practise as a naturopath in Hawkesbury, Ontario.  Based on the information, a College investigator attended Mr. Gagnon’s clinic posing as a patient to obtain more information, whereby Mr. Gagnon repeatedly used the protected titles, engaged in the practice of naturopathy, and held himself out as someone permitted to practice in Ontario. The College then applied to the Ontario Superior Court for an injunction, which was granted on November 29, 2019.

Receiving health services from an unlicensed or unregistered practitioner is risky and has the potential for complications. There are no assurances that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that any materials or equipment used are safe. Anyone seeking care from a naturopath in Ontario is encouraged to visit the College’s Public Register. This online directory lists naturopaths who are registered with the College and thus authorized to provide naturopathic care to patients. The Register is an important resource for the public to check a naturopath’s background and credentials.