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For over 25 years Lori has acted for patients, a broad range of health care providers, advocacy organizations and decision-makers across the Canadian health care delivery system. Lori brings a broad perspective to her work, careful attention to the needs of her clients and a passion for pursuing legal issues and cases that help to make access to health care safer, more accessible and more accountable.
Lori’s diverse engagements on health-related matters have included:
- Acting for patients and their families in medical negligence claims against physicians and other health care providers. Lori’s experience includes injuries arising from: delayed diagnosis of cancer and other serious conditions; emergency care; failures relating to HIV testing and counselling; gynecological surgery and other reproductive health issues; labour and delivery; medication errors; orthopedic surgery; and post-operative infection.
- Career-long engagement on public health matters, including as co-author of Public Health Law and Practice in Ontario: The Health Protection and Promotion Act (J. Speakman, L. Stoltz and R. Blake). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lori advised public health authorities across Ontario and others including Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.
- Assisting patients and health system advocates, health care providers and government agencies navigate the complex legislative framework that governs health care delivery, the public health system and clinical research
- Acting for clinical researchers, research organizations and others to protect the safety of research subjects
- Advising the Honourable A. Anne McLellan, former federal Minister of Health, as her Senior Policy Advisor on Medicare reform and other matters
- Advising UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) on the legal and human rights issues presented by HIV testing of UN peacekeeping forces
- Serving as Chair of the Health Protection Appeal Board (now part of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board)
- Early involvement in litigation arising from contamination of the Canadian blood supply with HIV and Hepatitis C, and representing patients and their families before the federal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada
Lori has experience before administrative tribunals (including the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, Health Services Appeal and Review Board and Consent and Capacity Board), all levels of Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, and with class proceedings. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and of the Advocates’ Circle of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
Past community engagement includes serving as a director for Hassle Free Clinic and COTA (Community Occupational Therapists and Associates), and as a director and President of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.