Bill C-404: How Will It Change Surrogacy in Canada?

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May 30, 2018
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What is Bill C-404 and what changes does it propose to surrogacy in Canada? In our latest Family Law blog post, Erin Lepine looks at the Bill and the repercusions for the governance of reproduction.

The Barwin Babies: A CTV W5 Investigation

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April 5, 2018
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In 2016, Nelligan O’Brien Payne commenced a class action law suit against Dr. Norman Barwin who allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate up to 11 patients seeking fertility treatments at his clinic, the Broadview Fertility Clinic. CTV’s W5 investigated this story, and it will air on Saturday, April 7th at 7pm.

Co-Mommas: A Historic Declaration of Parentage

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February 23, 2017
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What happens when two people who are not in a romantic relationship want to raise a child together? Does the law recognize these kinds of parents? In a Canadian first, our very own Marta Siemiarczuk assisted Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins in asking the court to declare them as co-mothers of Natasha’s son, Elaan.

Class Action For The Fertility Doctor Who Used His Own Sperm

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November 23, 2016
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The case of fertility doctor Norman Barwin has made headlines not just in Canada, but internationally as well. In a Statement of Claim our firm has filed, we have alleged that in the late 1980s he used his own sperm to impregnate at least two women during artificial fertility treatments at his fertility clinic, the Broadview Fertility Clinic.