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Province vows not to give paid-plasma donor clinic a license
Health minister says she wants to keep donations voluntary
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The province is pledging to shut down any private clinics that pay people to donate blood plasma.

The ministry of health checked a downtown Toronto Canadian Plasma Resources clinic that is setting up shop, which was petitioning for a license to pay donors $25.  It also wants to open up another Toronto clinic and one in Hamilton.

The minister's office says as of Tuesday, the clinic on Adelaide St. by Jarvis St. is not up and running.

Health Minister Deb Matthews vows to monitor the sites to make sure Ontario's laws are followed.

Matthews says she doesn't want paid plasma clinics in the province. While Health Canada issued the Toronto clinic a license, it still has to get a provincial one to operate.

She says that's not going to happen. If they try to operate a paid donor clinic, Matthews says the province will shut them down.

Matthews underlines there's a risk associated with putting blood that was paid for into a voluntary donor supply. She is accusing the company of targeting the poor by setting up shop in low income neighbourhoods.

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The province is pledging to shut down any private clinics that pay people to donate blood plasma.

The ministry of health checked a downtown Toronto Canadian Plasma Resources clinic that is setting up shop, which was petitioning for a license to pay donors $25.  It also wants to open up another Toronto clinic and one in Hamilton.

The minister's office says as of Tuesday, the clinic on Adelaide St. by Jarvis St. is not up and running.

Health Minister Deb Matthews vows to monitor the sites to make sure Ontario's laws are followed.

Matthews says she doesn't want paid plasma clinics in the province. While Health Canada issued the Toronto clinic a license, it still has to get a provincial one to operate.

She says that's not going to happen. If they try to operate a paid donor clinic, Matthews says the province will shut them down.

Matthews underlines there's a risk associated with putting blood that was paid for into a voluntary donor supply. She is accusing the company of targeting the poor by setting up shop in low income neighbourhoods.

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