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Notice Regarding Attendance and Reporting at the Resumption of the Hearing Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley – August 26 & 27, 2020

The hearing respecting Dr. Moodley commenced on February 24, 2020, and continued until February 28, 2020.  The hearing was scheduled to resume at various times since then, but the resumption was postponed due to limitations arising from COVID-19. The hearing is now scheduled to resume on August 26, 2020, at 9:30 am at the offices of McInnes Cooper, Purdy’s Wharf Tower II, and to continue if needed on August 27. 

In accordance with current Public Health recommendations, the in-person attendance will be limited to those parties and their counsel directly involved in the hearing proceedings, and individuals identified by those parties where physical distancing requirements can be met. The media is invited to attend online as set out in the instructions below.  

The following directions govern this proceeding:

1.  In accordance with a publication ban granted on October 24, 2019, the names and all information that may identify the complainants in this matter are banned from any form of publication or disclosure.

2.  In accordance with a motion heard by the Hearing Panel on February 14, 2020, individuals apart from those identified above are not permitted to attend the hearing but will have full access to any decisions of the Hearing Panel, subject to the publication ban.

3.  For those permitted to attend the hearing either in-person or online the following will apply:

  1. Subject to the publication ban, no video images or photography may be taken while evidence is being presented.
  2. Audio recording by the media is permitted for note-taking purposes, but not for broadcast purposes.
  3. In order to uphold the publication ban, no live transmission of the evidence is permitted, through live tweeting, blogging, or any other simultaneous source of reporting. Media are otherwise permitted to report information about the hearing, but only after the parties have had an opportunity to consider whether any evidence presented may be subject to the publication ban. During the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, and prior to the lunch break and end of the day, the Hearing Panel will canvass the parties to determine if there is evidence that may be subject to the publication ban and will provide direction to the media in this regard prior to the media reporting on the preceding evidence.

4.  Those attending the hearing virtually or in-person will be required to sign in and acknowledge agreement with these directions.

5. For members of the media who wish to attend the hearing virtually, they must contact Pattie LaCroix, Director, Communications & Policy, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia at no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 24 to register to attend.  They must provide their full name, media outlet, email address, and signed acknowledgment of the publication ban and conditions of attendance (media sign-in form). 

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, those persons who are confirmed as members of the media will be issued an email to enable them to access the hearing commencing at 9:30 am on Wednesday, August 26 at 9:30 am through the GoTo Webinar platform being used for the hearing. The email will enable access only for the individual who has been registered in accordance with these instructions and is not to be shared with others.

6. Any further Inquiries about the hearing should be directed to:
Pattie LaCroix, Director, Communications & Policy
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia