May 15, 2015

"Dr. John O'Connor is a liar": Leaked document reveals real reason Fort Chip's anti-oil "whistleblower" was fired

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta doctor John O'Connor became a progressive "green" hero after he claimed that a high number of cancer cases in his community were tied to the oil sands.

After he was fired recently, the media tried to link his dismissal to his role as a "whistleblower."

But I've got evidence, including a leaked document from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, that tells a very different story.

The fact is:

Dr. O'Connor hadn't shown up to work in the aboriginal community he claimed to care so much about for years.

He invoiced them $5000 a month to be "on call" but spent much of his time at anti-oil sands activities.

But what about the bigger picture?

Was he right about his claims that cancer was rampant in Fort Chip and was connected to the oil sands?

Well, O'Connor didn't want people to read a report the College Physicians and Surgeons put out after a two-year investigation into his claims -- but The Rebel got a copy of it.

According to this report, Dr. O'Connor lied about that alleged cancer cluster outbreak.

Most of the media is still pushing their "whistleblower” narrative. The Rebel shows you this damning report by Dr. O'Connor's professional governing body.

Read it for yourself here:

PLUS: Don't miss what happened when I called Dr. O'Connor for comment:

(PHOTO: YouTube/Greenpeace)


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commented 2015-05-18 08:42:27 -0400
I wonder why the Alberta College of Physicians did not cancel Dr OConner’s license. He is still free to practice his deceptive brand of medicine.. Ethics and morals be damned..
commented 2015-05-18 01:37:09 -0400
What a poor excuse for a doctor. The lame stream media were quick to print his lies but where are they now with a retraction? I too wonder why this guy has not lost his licence to practice medicine. How can any patient have faith in his diagnosis. Ezra, thanks for the truth, but how could this man love his community when he was purposely lying about their health so he could continue his war on the oil sands.
commented 2015-05-17 01:11:55 -0400
He admitted he was just a GP, had no real authority as such to diagnose cancer. His declarations were propaganda. “O’Connor admits that early on he was mistaken in saying he had “diagnosed” the cancer cases and said he made every effort afterwards to correct that statement, by saying he “strongly clinically suspected” them.” Also, “Simply, family physicians do not diagnose cancer, and that’s something I’ve repeated endlessly since then,” he said, adding he referred the patients to specialists. He left Fort Chip after the report came out in 2009, and started up in Nova Scotia. I guess he was still doing phone consults from Nova Scotia for fort Chip, which he charged large for and was recently fired. The guy is a greenpeace hack mouthpiece. Cleared of what, waiting so long to give over information to the cancer institute on patients he supposedly referred to specialists that couldn’t be proven? I don’t know how he still practices today.

Vice is left wing slanted crap propaganda.
commented 2015-05-16 22:59:19 -0400
Who will do reporting like this? Reporting the truth! Of course The Rebel! Continue telling the truth so that many will be informed of those lies. Many are with you…
commented 2015-05-16 21:29:36 -0400
Really good point Robert, most people have no idea what the reality is up there, That natural seeping into the river has been happening for centuries. The Indians used it to coat and waterproof their river boats. The sheeple followers need to be educated. Start with Neil Young. The snake oil salesmen will find it more difficult to do business in the light.
commented 2015-05-16 19:52:45 -0400
Rebel needs to send a camera crew down the Athabasca river to document and expose the many natural oil seeps that run out of the banks of the river and into the river its self. Some of them so large that they blacken the entire bank from top to bottom and are roughly a couple of hundred feet wide. Others down at the rivers edge are smaller, but flow continuously into the river. Yet all we hear about is all the oil that the oil companies are putting in the river.
commented 2015-05-16 19:18:35 -0400
Where’s Terry? Usually by now he’s posted at least 2 comments about Ezra’s “lies”. Even on stories that don’t have anything to do with Ezra, or lies!
commented 2015-05-16 12:53:32 -0400
Blockbuster investigative reporting Rebelers!! We need more of this type of truth telling to break the leftist big lie which forms the MSM narrative. Social Justice Warrior or self-interested racketeer? only the Rebel knows ;-)
commented 2015-05-16 00:13:52 -0400
Great work, Ezra!
commented 2015-05-15 23:46:20 -0400
Great journalism as always Ezra, but could you please steady your camera. Watching this segment felt like I was having a bad acid trip.
commented 2015-05-15 23:05:02 -0400
It looks to me from this article
that he left Alberta and started practising in Nova Scotia, after that report came out.

Also from the same article, "O’Connor admits that early on he was mistaken in saying he had “diagnosed” the cancer cases and said he made every effort afterwards to correct that statement, by saying he “strongly clinically suspected” them."

Also, “Simply, family physicians do not diagnose cancer, and that’s something I’ve repeated endlessly since then,” he said, adding he referred the patients to specialists.

So the actual cases would be confirmed by specialists and lab results, you would think. He was just a GP spouting off about unconfirmed cases, what he felt fit the narrative he wanted to project, was getting paid for? MSM was more than happy to pick up what he was putting down.
commented 2015-05-15 22:21:53 -0400
Dr. O’Connor is not alone, he is not an anomaly or a unique individual in the anti oil sands, man made global warming crowd. His actions and tactics are the mainstay of that group. They feel that the ends, justify the means. This is big news! This is groundbreaking in what it reveals. This should be the lead story on all the mainstream media outlets, but it isn’t. Why? ( I know why, the question is rhetorical)
commented 2015-05-15 21:03:18 -0400
Good job Ezra.
commented 2015-05-15 19:04:59 -0400
Vlad, I’ve come across several of your comments on the rebel and I’m now convinced that you are a left wing liberal troll.
commented 2015-05-15 16:25:37 -0400
Global warming is a socialist engineered euro-fraud designed to create carbon taxes to make rich goobermints and rich ewnions MOAR rich!!!
commented 2015-05-15 16:22:34 -0400
Hmm – not sure you have “got him” – and despite this (long ago) leaked College of Physicians Report – there remain a number of concerns in this story. Now I do believe that in acting with GreenPeace, O’Connor has showed a remarkable lack of responsibility to the community he claims to love so fervently as it raises serious questions about a conflict of interest by being a mouthpiece for a radical environmental group.

1) Some kind of independent Corroboration of your points. Confirmation of your interpretations by any of the persons named in the reports or parties with knowledge/responsibilities for events at that time. O’Connor billed $5000/mth? Do you have proof? And for what – Telemedicine? That seems legit in a remote community. Was O’Connor in constant contact with resident Mikasue Band Doctor or LPN on the reserve during that time? Is it possible resident travelled down to see him at his practice in Ft Mac? (If he was indeed active) Did he get paid for the invoices submitted? Why if he has not been up there for “years” according to Ed Journal could he provide services that allowed him to bill? 2) If this was a serious breech – why was O’Connor not sanctioned or refused a licences to provide medical service in some way. As I understand it – he is still a GP in Ft Mac. How would that be permitted given his disreputable/possibly fraudulent conduct?

3) These very serious issues remain unresolved IMHO as there has been no “debunking” of these long ago (2006?) allegations. Surely by now – given the magnitude of publicity and outrage over such serious charges – a responsible health authority would have conducted some kind of investigation to sooth or quell concerns – or recommend a course of action? If not then I would almost side with O’Connor in that all communities need to feel that their public health fears are addressed. What else has occurred in trying to discover if these very serious allegations are true or false as they have received WORLD-WIDE attention. Given it was developing on an Aboriginal Reserve I am goind to assume that this was under Federal responsibility – but considering the impact on our Provincial reputation – I would have expected some strong pressure to resolve this issue. The fact Edmonton MP Rona Ambrose has been Health Minister for 2 years should have improved the probability of a resolution.

Your charges have a strong ring of truth – but on the other hand – it seems that no-one (Dr. O’Connor, Media, involved Health Authorities, Aboriginal Government and Federal /Provincial representatives) have conspired to obscure and blame-shift about this case. If Dr. O’Connnor is a fraud – stop him practicing. If the community is complicit in fabricating this lie – arrest & prosecute the malfeasers. If there are high Cancer risks – tell everyone why and what can/is being done about it.

Right now we just have the lingering stench of something unknown – and the local aboriginals, Albertans and Canadians deserve much better than that considering all of the resource development and economic wealth being created – and still to come from this part of the country.
commented 2015-05-15 15:41:59 -0400
Socialist Media in cahoots with the enviro-nuts. Busted!
commented 2015-05-15 14:30:39 -0400
Good one, Ezra. We will not see this story on the big media “news”.
commented 2015-05-15 14:21:40 -0400
Ezra, I am glad you are doing real journalism and presenting your evidence.

The main stream media cannot be trusted to present the truth. I wonder how those journalists live with themselves?
commented 2015-05-15 14:14:55 -0400
This is disappointing. But I had womdered why the good doctor was still alive and working so long after he made the allegations and not dead from reprisal. Now it makes perfect sense. No one cares enough to silence a lie.
commented 2015-05-15 14:02:19 -0400
Thank you once again Ezra. You prove over and over again that MSM can no longer be trusted to give unbiased reporting to the people. My question now is, who will reimburse the Alberta tax payers for all the time and money spent on this investigation. It is obvious enough that not only is the doctor complicit but also the Edmonton journal, Huff post and others. Law suits are the only way to bring accountability to people and organizations.