Update In The Case Of David And Collet Stephan

If you have been following David and Collet Stephan’s case, you likely know of the decision made in late June 2021. If not, here’s a brief refresher to bring you up-to-date:

David and Collet Stephan have been through every parent’s worst nightmare – the death of a child. They have also been through nearly a decade of criminal court proceedings as a result.

David and Collet’s son, Ezekiel, died at 19 months of age in 2012. At the time of his death, the Stephan’s had sought the advice of a nurse-midwife and were treating their son with natural remedies for what they believed was croup.

The Stephans were convicted by an Alberta court in 2016 of “failing to provide the necessaries of life” after prosecutors successfully argued that the Stephans should have brought Ezekiel to a hospital or sought emergency medical treatment sooner than they did. It was clear there was bias present against families who tend to choose natural remedies to treat their family’s health conditions.


We’re In The Fourth Turning For Now: Crisis

When will this be over? In this fascinating (and artful) production (10 minute watch), Van Neistat, creates a visual representation of 80 year history cycles, as discussed in the 1997 book The Fourth Turning. The book posits that history truly does repeat itself, in predictable sets of four 20 year blocks called “turnings” before restarting the cycle again. You’ll see through the video’s illustrations, we’re clearly in a crisis now.


Shawn Buckley April 2021 Interview Now On Odyssee

On April 10, 2021, ThatChannel’s Hugh Reilly and Ivy Reiss interviewed Shawn Buckley (35 minute watch) regarding the history of Health Canada’s drug approval process, the persecution of natural health products and traditional medicines, and upcoming changes to the Self-Care Framework. However, in late April of this year, while attempting to share this interview, it came to NHPPA’s attention that Hugh Reilly’s YouTube channel had been removed from the platform.

Hugh Reilly is the founder of the alternative media studio ThatChannel, and has been a supporter of NHPPA, interviewing Shawn Buckley nearly every year since 2008 to help amplify our work. We were troubled that the rampant censorship exercised by social media giants was affecting Hugh, but not entirely surprised. Censoring alternative opinions in mainstream media has become all too common.


Discussion Paper Release: Expensive Proposed Changes To Export-Import

“We will lose jobs and investment in Canada with no benefit to any Canadian.” Shawn Buckley states in his most recent Discussion Paper on expensive, recently-proposed changes to exporting and importing in Canada. Mr. Buckley concludes the proposed changes to export and import, which will be enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency, “are yet another move to eliminate small and medium sized businesses.” He deciphers the impacts of these proposed changes on the Canadian Natural Health Product (NHP) industry and Canadians’ access to NHPs. He illuminates Health Canada’s double-talk regarding licensing, importing, and other regulatory fees.


Thank You Philip and Mary Jane!

“Signatures were collected” and a “Thank you for all your help” with a hand-drawn heart no less! Reflection. Inspiration. Perspective. We’re looking back, before moving forward. These little notes are from two years ago at the height of the successful “Do You Want My Vote” national postcard campaign. During recent weeks, to output a few updates, the NHPPA team reassembled into our virtual “office”. A significant piece of material will be released early next week that small and mid sized producers of NHPs will want to read.


Update: Health Canada’s Self-Care Framework, A Signal To Act


Years ago, after Health Canada first proposed the Self-Care Framework, Shawn Buckley’s analyses began helping Canadians understand its far-reaching anticipated impacts on both cost and availability of natural health products (NHPs). In short, the Self-Care Framework is a set of planned changes to the regulation of NHPs in Canada, intended to harmonize natural health products (NHPs), non-prescription chemical drugs and cosmetics under a single set of regulations. In a brief summary, recently compiled by Mr. Buckley, he abridges the revised time line Health Canada published for the full implementation of the Self-Care Framework. NHPPA urges everyone who values the accessibility of NHPs and freedom of choice in healthcare to educate yourselves on the upcoming changes and prepare to take action to contest them!


A Message: Time To Show Resilience

“Censorship is not consistent with a liberal democracy. Censorship does not help citizens make informed choices. Censorship makes some of us suspicious of our institutions, which may or may not be warranted. Censorship can make us suspicious of each other”, Shawn Buckley writes in a concise and convincing discussion paper written April 12, 2021. In the paper, he distills his observations from the unprecedented year that 2020 was – with themes ranging from censorship and government to fear and resilience. If you are following NHPPA, it is safe to assume that freedom of choice is an important value you hold. We believe that extends to freedom of thought. Although we are currently being bombarded with a seemingly unending stream of alarmist media stories and government policies, Mr. Buckley urges us to focus on our own resilience and “refrain from being part of a mob.”