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A mom in Delta, B.C., has filed a grievance with the province’s School of Pharmacists over what she calls “horrifying and heartbreaking” therapy her daughter obtained final week when she had a extreme allergic response at a London Medicine pharmacy.

Caroline Brennan’s daughter Lily, 16, has nut allergy symptoms and bumped into the pharmacy in downtown Vancouver at about 7 p.m. PT on July four, looking for assist as a result of she might really feel the beginning of an anaphylactic response — which may be life threatening — and did not have an EpiPen or different allergy remedy together with her.

“I used to be already crying as a result of I used to be so scared,” mentioned Lily.

Lily, who has extreme allergy symptoms to sure nuts, holds an EpiPen, which is used to deal with an anaphylactic response by letting a affected person self-inject epinephrine, also called adrenaline. (Don Marce/CBC)

She says she and her buddies twice requested on the pharmacy for an EpiPen, which injects a dose of epinephrine to deal with the signs of anaphylaxis, however weren’t given one till her mom acquired on the cellphone and threatened a retailer supervisor with authorized motion.

London Medicine is reviewing coaching with its employees and says the scenario ought to have been dealt with otherwise, however says an EpiPen wasn’t instantly given as a result of the teenager might communicate and did not present extreme indicators of anaphylaxis.

Her mom hopes others study from Lily’s horrifying expertise.

“For a kid to go in to [a] protected place and be refused correct therapy as a result of the pharmacist [said] that she wasn’t anaphylactic — that terrifies me,” she mentioned.

“Not all kids with anaphylaxis current the identical approach.”

Lily mentioned she plans to be ‘way more persistent’ if she ever once more experiences anaphylaxis for her nut allergy and wishes emergency assist. (Don Marce/CBC)

‘I might really feel my throat closing up’

Lily says her lips began burning and swelling and her throat grew tight after consuming what she thought was a protected scoop of gelato, after a day on the seashore with three buddies.

And though anaphylaxis does current otherwise in numerous folks, these are traditional signs, in accordance with Dr. Donald Stark, a Vancouver allergist and professor at UBC Medication.  Anaphylaxis can require therapy inside minutes, together with an injection of epinephrine, also called adrenaline, mentioned Stark.

With out her EpiPen and an extended transit journey from house, Lily turned to the pharmacy on Robson Avenue.

“I defined to the person behind the counter what had occurred, and that I might really feel my throat closing up,” she mentioned. “I knew I wanted an EpiPen.”

In accordance with London Medicine, the pharmacist determined that since she might reply his questions coherently, she wasn’t in anaphylaxis. He gave her two tablets of the antihistamine Benadryl.

“He informed me to attend and see if that helped and if issues acquired worse he would name 911,” mentioned Lily.

However together with her throat rising tighter by the minute, she says she did not have time.

Lily sought assist at a London Medicine pharmacy on Robson Avenue in downtown Vancouver. (Don Marce/CBC)

Differing accounts

There are differing accounts of what occurred subsequent, and the way the teenager ultimately acquired the injection that will have saved her life.

In accordance with London Medicine, Lily got here again to the counter about 5 minutes after taking the Benadryl and mentioned it was getting worse, so the pharmacist known as a “code purple” which summoned a supervisor to assist.

The supervisor discovered her on the ground, requested the pharmacist for an EpiPen, who acquired one off the shelf for Brennan to inject herself with.

“It isn’t that we did not give an EpiPen, we did give the EpiPen when the scenario turned shortly,” mentioned common supervisor of pharmacy Chris Chiew.

The corporate has reviewed safety video of the incident, however declined to point out it to CBC Information citing privateness coverage.

In accordance with Lily, when she returned to the counter, she requested for an EpiPen however was informed the pharmacist could not discover one.

Chris Chiew, common supervisor of pharmacy for London Medicine, mentioned the corporate is reviewing coaching with its employees on how one can deal with emergency anaphylactic conditions. (CBC)

She known as her mother in tears, who instructed one good friend to name 911 and one other to discover a retailer supervisor for her to speak to.

“I truly needed to roar on the supervisor … I needed to threaten them with authorized motion,” mentioned Caroline. “I used to be horrified.

“And that is once I heard scrambling and shouting, ‘Seize an EpiPen, seize one off the shelf!'”

Shortly after the injection, paramedics arrived and took Lily to hospital for therapy.

Caroline was relieved her daughter’s allergic response may very well be efficiently handled however calls the encounter ‘horrifying and heartbreaking.’ (Don Marce/CBC)

‘Far more persistent’

The School of Pharmacists of B.C. says it investigates each grievance it receives, however is not commenting now on the specifics of this case.

Nevertheless, it’s a part of a pharmacist’s job to assist sufferers, together with these needing emergency care, mentioned school registrar Bob Nakagawa.

“My expectation is that they might assess what they see in entrance of them and supply recommendation… to satisfy their wants,” he mentioned. “If it was a dire emergency they could select to name 911.”

Chiew, of London Medicine, mentioned the pharmacist might have began searching for an EpiPen when the teenager first arrived, and will have known as 911 straight away when the code purple was known as.

Stark advises sufferers to name an ambulance and get assist from both paramedics or a hospital ER, and says some pharmacies will not have EpiPens because of an ongoing scarcity.

“The earlier you get adrenaline the higher the response shall be,” mentioned Stark.

Oral antihistamines like Benadryl act slowly — and should not be used as a result of they do not deal with anaphylaxis, they solely masks some signs of the response, mentioned Toronto allergist Dr. Jason Lee.

“This results in a false sense of safety … This can be a widespread fallacy within the medical area [that] antihistamines are thought to deal with anaphylaxis however don’t.”

Anybody experiencing a extreme allergic response ought to search medical consideration, even when they’ve self-administered remedy.

For Lily, she hopes by no means to neglect her EpiPen once more, however plans to be “way more persistent” if she ever must persuade somebody her allergic response is critical and pressing.

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Scott Thomas says he knew when he noticed the wreckage of the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos that his 18-year-old son Evan had died.

Thomas performed hockey as a teen for the Moose Jaw Warriors and is aware of the pecking order on a hockey bus: rookies within the entrance, vets within the again.

Evan, who was a proper winger, had solely began taking part in for the Broncos this season.

I kissed him, stored telling him I beloved him.– Scott Thomas, father

“Once we pulled up and noticed the entrance of the bus was gone, my head knew, proper there,” he stated in an interview.

Thomas says that he is stopped making an attempt to make sense of the crash.

“There was no cause for this. Generally you suppose the universe is getting again at you for one thing you probably did in a earlier life, or one thing he did in a earlier life, or one way or the other I harmed any person in order that’s the rationale for this,” he stated.

“And possibly if it was simply Evan. But it surely was 15 different households. There is not any cause there. You possibly can’t rationalize that.”

The collision killed 15 individuals who had been on the bus and injured one other 14.

Evan was in his rookie season because the Broncos’ right-winger. (Thomas household)

The Humboldt Broncos had been down Three-1 of their sequence in opposition to the Nipawin Hawks on Friday and it did not look good for the Broncos.

Thomas says that the Hawks had been nothing however hassle over the previous couple of years and he figured he’d watch his son’s last recreation of the season that evening.

It says one thing in regards to the tight-knit hockey group in Saskatchewan that he caught a experience from Saskatoon to Nipawin with the household of Declan Hobbs, the beginning goaltender for the Hawks. The 2 boys had performed hockey collectively and their dad and mom turned mates.

The journey north was uneventful till they reached Melfort, about 70 kilometres southwest of Nipawin. Declan phoned his dad and mom and was placed on speakerphone, not understanding that Thomas was within the automotive.

“He stated, ‘Mother, Dad, you would possibly as effectively flip round and go residence, there’s been a foul bus accident and the sport’s been cancelled. The Humboldt bus has been hit by a semi, and it is dangerous,'” he stated.

“So we take off and as we’re driving, one ambulance comes flying by, a second ambulance comes flying by, a 3rd ambulance comes flying by. So we knew it was dangerous.”

The RCMP stopped all visitors a long way from the crash scene.

The Humboldt Broncos had been down Three-1 of their sequence in opposition to the Nipawin Hawks going into the sport on Friday. (Humboldt Broncos web site) 

“We go working up and so they cease us, the police officer is saying you possibly can’t go any additional there’s been casualties,” he stated. 

“We stood there so long as we might, as shut as we might.”

The officer ultimately pointed them towards the church in Nipawin.

Thomas arrived on the church together with different households.

“You are on the church and many of the households are there. All of the veterans’ dad and mom begin getting telephone calls, we bought your boy, come to the hospital. You get a bit deeper and on the finish of the evening it is largely the rookies’ dad and mom there,” he stated.

“After which in fact the police had the dialog with us.”

The coroner met with the households on Saturday on the native funeral residence, briefing them on what was recognized at the moment.

“The coroner stated ‘Be ready, a few of your sons aren’t going to appear to be what they used to appear to be,'” Thomas stated.

He stated they recognized Evan by a small birthmark on his proper cheek.

“I kissed him, stored telling him I beloved him. That is most likely all I stated to him.”

Scott Thomas talks about his son’s deadly accidents in Humboldt Bronco bus crash zero:59

On Monday there might be a memorial for Evan at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The doorways open at midday with the remembrance starting at 1 p.m. CST.

Thomas stated the occasion might be to honour his son, and convey collectively everybody who knew him and their household.

They’re going to collect and inform tales in regards to the boy he was, and the person he might have been. Evan excelled at science at school and was contemplating a future as an orthopedic surgeon.

“He was my finest good friend. I am by no means going to have the ability to sit beside him on a golf cart and share a beer and have fun,” he stated.

“It is unfair to us; unfair to the hockey world; unfair to oldsters in every single place. It is simply unfair.”

The daddy of Evan Thomas, one of many 15 folks to die within the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, opened as much as CBC Information about his household’s loss. 5:35

Four women filed civil lawsuits Wednesday against Albert Schultz, accusing the Canadian actor and artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company of sexual battery and harassment of a sexual nature over a 13-year period.

Toronto-based Soulpepper has also been named in the statements of claim of each lawsuit, which detail allegations of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace from 2000 to 2013.

“Albert is a serial sexual predator who…had well-developed methods for targeting actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” the lawsuits allege, adding that the methods were “facilitated by Soulpepper.”

Sexual battery is a term used in civil lawsuits to describe unwanted touching of a sexual nature.

In all, the women in the four statements of claim allege 30 separate incidents, many of them with specific locations and dates.

None of the allegations have been proven in court. Schultz and the Soulpepper board were served notice of the claim, but they have not yet issued a response or made a statement to the media.

For some of the allegations, there were no witnesses and the women didn’t tell anyone. In other instances, CBC News spoke with friends and family members who said they’d been told about the incidents at the time.

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Soulpepper director Albert Schultz, centre, speaks to cast members during rehearsals for the production of Spoon River in Toronto in March 2017. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

CBC News has also spoken with some of Schultz’s colleagues at Soulpepper, who said they had never witnessed the director behave inappropriately. They said he is passionate and a maverick who “experiments” with actors to get the best performances out of them.

However, two of the theatre company’s founding members, Ted Dykstra and Stuart Hughes, along with actor Michelle Monteith, released a statement saying they believe the plaintiffs and hope their support will send “a message to organizations everywhere: sexual harassment in the workplace cannot be tolerated. By anyone.”

CBC has learned that four actors at Soulpepper intend to resign Thursday if Schultz does not leave his role as the company’s artistic director. A fifth person, a director, plans to do the same.

In addition to the four women who have launched the civil suit, as part of a joint investigation by The National and The Fifth Estate, CBC journalists have spoken with four other women who said they were disturbed by interactions of a sexualized nature with him.

Schultz, 54, is a member of the Order of Canada and may be best known to television audiences for his work on the CBC drama Street Legal, which aired between 1987 and 1994.

He’s a founding member of Soulpepper, one of Canada’s most successful theatre companies, which recently completed a critically acclaimed run off-Broadway in New York.

‘I felt him push his penis against me.’ – Patricia Fagan

Schultz is also an executive producer on Kim’s Convenience, the play-turned-hit TV show that airs on CBC. The show is independently produced by Thunderbird Productions.

“In light of the serious allegations made public today, we expect Thunderbird will take the necessary actions to ensure a safe and respectful workplace and we have conveyed that to them,” said Emma Bedard, a spokeswoman for CBC.

The four women are individually asking for damages of up to $ 1.25 million from Schultz, as well as separate damages from the theatre company, to compensate for what they claim has been mental suffering, lost wages and injury to dignity and self-respect.   

They only agreed to speak on record with the CBC once they had the protection that comes from filing a lawsuit in court.

These are women [who] have been harassed at work,” said Alexi Wood, the lawyer who filed the claim.

“There’s a power imbalance that exists. Albert was their boss,” she said. “He wields a huge amount of power, not just in Soulpepper, but in the theatre world in general.”

Allegations of bullying, lewd comments

The four women who filed lawsuits alleging they were harassed by Schultz are actors Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley, Hannah Miller and Patricia Fagan.

In her lawsuit’s statement of claim, Fagan alleges Schultz fostered a climate of “mocking, belittling and bullying” at Soulpepper, often leaving her feeling “vulnerable and hunted.”

During rehearsals for a Soulpepper production of Twelfth Night in 2000, when Fagan was 23, she claims Schultz, as director, inserted himself into a scene to demonstrate what he wanted his lead actor to do.

Patricia Fagan

Actor Patricia Fagan joined Soulpepper at the age of 23. Now 41, she stopped working with Soulpepper in 2013. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

It was at that point, Fagan alleges, that “I felt him push his penis against me.” She says she didn’t react, assuming the contact was called for in the scene, although she felt “violated” by the “gratuitous demonstration.”

Fagan claims that Schultz once slid his hand under her skirt and rubbed the underside of her thigh during a rehearsal. She also alleges Schultz flashed his penis at her seconds before she was getting ready to make her entrance on stage for a live performance. CBC spoke with that play’s director, who said while he doesn’t recall the incident, he believes Fagan’s account, adding that Schultz was a joker who sometimes crossed the line.

In a rehearsal of a flirtatious scene in another play, Fagan alleges Schultz congratulated her performance by pretending to have an orgasm.

‘I was so humiliated. I didn’t have a name for it at the time, but I did fall into a depression. I can see that now.’ – Patricia Fagan

“He…starts ripping Kleenex out of the box to show that he was having an orgasm, with the Kleenex being his ejaculate,” she told CBC News. “That was to say, like, ‘Well done, you were sexy in that scene.'”  

Fagan started with Soulpepper fresh out of theatre school at 23, and worked on and off with the company until 2013. Now 41, she called her early days at the theatre company “devastating.”

“I was so humiliated,” Fagan said. “I didn’t have a name for it at the time, but I did fall into a depression. I can see that now.”

‘I could feel his genitals against my body’

Award-winning actor Kristin Booth, 43, alleges she endured similar conduct in her work with Soulpepper. She said it started when she was 25 and, like Fagan, performing in the production of Twelfth Night in 2000.

During rehearsals for that play and another directed by Schultz five years later, Booth claims she endured unwanted hugs, kisses and touching, as well as sexually suggestive language.

Albert’s hugs were different,” Booth said in an interview. “There were times in some of the hugs where I could feel his genitals against my body.”

Kristin Booth

Kristin Booth started at Soulpepper in 2000. Her breakthrough was a performance in a production of Twelfth Night. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

She claims he would also kiss her on the lips and talk about enjoying “how soft and full they were,” as well as comment on her “milky white breasts in front of the other cast members.”

During a 2005 production of Olympia, Booth alleges Schultz took advantage of his position as director to touch her inappropriately as she and the lead actor rehearsed an intimate scene. She claims Schultz pushed the actor aside and the director “proceeded to run his hands up my body.”

Booth added that no other director has done that to her, not even on the set of the highly sexualized 2007 film Young People F–king, a performance for which she won a Genie Award.

Soulpepper turns to outside experts

The lawsuits filed in Ontario Superior Court allege Soulpepper either knew or was “willfully blind to the fact Albert was a sexual predator” and created a “poisonous work environment by not acting to curb the alleged behaviour.”

There have been allegations in the past. Soulpepper revealed in October 2017 that it had severed ties with longtime guest artist and director Laszlo Marton over allegations of sexual harassment reported to the theatre company two years ago.

The company said at the time it was “dedicated to creating a safe place of belonging for artists, audiences, and aspirants.”

In the wake of Marton’s dismissal, Soulpepper sent an internal email to staff obtained by CBC, which vowed to “improve on the workplace dynamics” and promised that management’s “doors continue to be open” to anyone wishing to speak with them.

In the memo, Soulpepper said an outside expert hired to review the company’s anti-harassment policies had submitted her report and that she “did not have any significant concerns.” The email also said managers were “not aware of any allegations of sexual harassment at Soulpepper” aside from those against Marton.

Soulpepper Albert Schultz

Schultz presided over the celebrations of Soulpepper’s 20th season at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre in New York City on Canada Day 2017. (Henry McGee/Soulpepper)

The email was co-signed by the theatre company’s head of human resources, Sarah Farrell, and executive director Leslie Lester, who is also married to Schultz.

The statements of claim allege Soulpepper’s harassment policy, instituted in March 2016, is flawed since it requires allegations of harassment be reported to the head of HR and/or Lester, “to whom cast members could not expect to report harassment, particularly sexual harassment” about her husband.

‘He was the boss’

For years, the four women said that they did not speak out about the alleged harassment out of fear of reprisals or losing work since, as one of the statements said, Schultz had “such power and reach in the Canadian theatre world.”

“There are so many actors and so few jobs. And so we just put up with it,” Fagan said, a worry echoed by her colleague.

“You didn’t want to displease Albert. You didn’t want to get in his line of sight because you would pay for it,” Booth told CBC. “I knew it was wrong. But I also wanted to keep my job.”

‘I’ve had a few people say, “You’re so brave,” and I don’t see it that way, because I’m terrified.’ – Kristin Booth

Booth said it was a difficult decision for her to move forward with a lawsuit against Schultz, even though she hasn’t worked with Soulpepper in 12 years and now concentrates on film and TV.

“I’ve had a few people say, ‘You’re so brave,’ and I don’t see it that way, because I’m terrified,” Booth told CBC.

“For me, it’s a necessity,” she added. “I don’t have a choice anymore.”

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