First Step Methadone Clinic Announces It Has Served a Notice of Libel on Oshawa Councillor Louise Parkes for Defamation

    OSHAWA, ON, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - First Step Methadone Clinic announced today
that it has served a Notice of Libel on City of Oshawa Councillor Louise
Parkes for comments made by her on radio station KX 96 FM on Tuesday,
February 26, 2008.
    "We respect Councillor Parkes' right to her opinion regarding the
location of our clinic," said Komal Khosla, Consulting Pharmacist, First Step
Methadone Clinic, "We have always been open to relocating our clinic provided
the alternative allows us to deliver the same level of service and
accessibility for our patients. Councillor Parkes' statements however were
untrue and damaging to the reputation of the clinic and those associated with
it and have caused undue stress to our physicians and patients. "
    "We took this step after great reflection," continued Mr. Khosla, "but
ultimately Councillor Parkes left us with no alternative other than to take
this action. It is very disappointing and we would prefer not to be distracted
from our commitment to helping Oshawa citizens who struggle daily with

    Opened in 1997, the First Step Methadone Clinic provides addiction
support services to Oshawans from all walks of life and is centrally located
in the city's downtown to provide maximum accessibility for its patients. As
all doctors' offices in Ontario, the physicians are provincially funded by the
Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP). All First Step physicians are
licenced and are in full compliance with the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Peter Jacobsen, Bersenas, Jacobsen, Chouest,
Thomson, Blackburn LLP, (416) 982-3803

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