Canadian Hemophilia Society

Canadian Hemophilia Society
Commemoration of the Tainted Blood Tragedy

Commemoration of the Tainted Blood Tragedy
Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services

November 22, 2007 14:25 ET

Media Advisory: The Tainted Blood Tragedy

Remembering the past... vigilant for the future

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2007) - Attention News/Assignment Editors

The Canadian Hemophilia Society and Canadian Blood Services are pleased to invite the media to the launch of the Commemoration of the Tainted Blood Tragedy, on November 26, 2007. This date marks the tenth anniversary since the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada led by Justice Horace Krever was tabled in Parliament.

On this date, Canadian Blood Services will plant the first Tree of Life in the Canadian Hemophilia Society initiative. The tree will serve to mark Canadian Blood Services' commitment to a safe and secure blood system today and in the future, while never forgetting the past and those affected by the tainted blood tragedy.

This will be the first of what the Canadian Hemophilia Society hopes will become a small memorial forest across the country to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of this tragedy and to honour those who are living with the consequences of HIV and hepatitis C infection.

On this day, the Canadian Hemophilia Society will also be releasing its 2005-2007 Report Card on Canada's Blood System. Copies will be made available to the media on site.

WHAT First Tree of Life Commemoration

WHEN November 26, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE Head Office of Canadian Blood Services
1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

Contact Information

  • For general information about the Commemoration
    of the Tainted Blood Tragedy or the Canadian Hemophilia
    Society Report Card on Canada's Blood System
    Chantal Raymond
    514-577-9004 or 1-800-668-2686
    For information about the November 26
    ceremony at Canadian Blood Services
    Anne Trueman
    613-739-2538 or 613-295-5622 (cell.)