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CMRC Board Meeting October 2023

CMRC members met in Vancouver, BC in October 2023 for a 2-day meeting. Much progress was made in relation to CMRC’s operational plan and members shared their provincial/territorial reports. Participants are shown here.

Protected Title: Midwife (2020)

The B.C. Appeal Court has overturned a lower court ruling that had granted a woman the right to use the term “death midwife” when she argued that preventing her from using it violated her charter rights. A three-member Appeal Court panel unanimously overturned the decision and granted an injunction to the College of Midwives of BC (now the BC College of Nurses and Midwives) preventing her from using the title, saying the issue is mostly commercial and the argument that her rights were violated was tenuous. The Court quoted the following rationale for title protection provisions: “Reserved titles afford a means for consumers to identify the different types of health care providers, to distinguish the qualified from the unqualified, and to differentiate those practitioners who are regulated from those who are not.” Midwives and midwifery regulatory colleges across Canada are pleased with this decision, which reaffirms that reserved titles are for the exclusive use of registrants of regulatory colleges and are central to public protection.