Please make an ANONYMOUS online donation if you think too many people “blindly trust” doctors, but are concerned about being associated with Canadians for Vanessa’s Law.

Vanessa’s Law is the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, which, in many ways, was passed in November 2014 to help protect Canadians from the pharmaceutical industry; a powerful government lobbyist, major funder of clinical trials in hospitals and universities, and a significant influence on doctors.

As a result, our charitable organization is often considered controversial and difficult to be associated with, particularly among healthcare professionals who are concerned, for example, about having employment issues if they talk publicly about how pharmaceutical companies have fraudulently concealed negative clinical trial data from government regulators to get drugs approved.

Highly controversial is David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, who experienced psychosis in July 2004 shortly after starting the antidepressant Paxil, and took the life of his 11-year-old son, Ian. David was then charged with first-degree murder, judged not criminally responsible, and institutionalized at Brockville Mental Health Centre. He received an absolute discharge from the Ontario Review Board in December 2009. His personal tragedy provided the basis for the CTV W5 episode The Problem with Pills, which aired on October 9, 2021.

David shares his tragic story and talks about how his 2022 Know Your Drugs cross-Canada tour, which started on April 19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and ended on June 23 in Victoria, British Columbia, would help “Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use,” which is the vision of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, in this interview for the November 12, 2021 episode of “Real Life,” a current affairs show produced by Channel 7 News in Australia.

David also appeared with his daughter in the 2015 documentary Letters from Generation Rx, the 2017 BBC Panorama film A Prescription for Murder? about Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes, and on The Dr. Oz Show in 2018. In this 2018 Mad in America blog post, David explains how his calm, organized, homicidal behaviour is connected to school shooters.

Because our charity is often considered controversial, we are encouraging people who do not want to provide contact information to Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, but recognize that the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence on healthcare, to make anonymous donations.

If you would like to donate anonymously, select the “Anonymity Preference” option when making your online donation, and we will not receive your name, email address and mailing address. All of the donations are processed in Canadian dollars. If you are Canadian, you will immediately receive a charitable tax receipt from CanadaHelps.