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February 20th 2014

The Saskatchewan College of Opticians vs Costume Emporium

 The Legislative Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Opticians, and its legal counsel, appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Sask on February 20th., 2014 to argue charges that were filed by the SCO on July 11, 2012, against Costume Emporium, for the illegal dispensing of contact lenses. At the end of the trial, the Judge ruled that Costume Emporium was guilty of illegally dispensing contact lenses and levied a substantial fine in order to send a message to others illegally dispensing that the courts view this as a serious matter. 

 The judge in his ruling supported the provisions of the Opticians Act and noted that the  eyeglass provisions set out in subparagraph 23(1)(b) of the Act, speaks to the issue of corrective lenses while subparagraph (c) the contact lens provisions of the Act speaks to contact lenses only without any reference to corrective lenses and as such, the legislation covers all contact lenses corrective or not. 




The Saskatchewan College of Opticians is an important part of the Saskatchewan Health Care circle of organizations. Being a College gives our members the professional respect they deserve. These changes will give us a much stronger and respected voice when dealing with government, and other organizations. As a College, our main focus will continue to be protecting the public interest. We will do this by ensuring that our membership abides by the Act, Bylaws and Standards of Practice and by continuing to ensure that our membership is properly educated.  

Our Act is available on line at 

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/English/Statutes/Statutes/O5-1.pdf

Our Bylaws are available at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2011/G1201120.pdf

Amendments to our Bylaws can be found at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2013/G1201336.pdf

 

Announcements

Illegal Dispensing of Contact Lenses View Full Story Minimize
August 19, 2014 |
This morning the Saskatchewan College of Opticians will continue its fight against the illegal dispensing of contact lenses by filing charges against another illegal dispenser which, will be followed shortly by other charges being filed throughout the province. This morning the Saskatchewan College of Opticians will continue its fight against the illegal dispensing of contact lenses by filing charges against another illegal dispenser which, will be followed shortly by other charges being filed throughout the province. The possibility of injury through improper fitting and hygiene is high, as was evidenced by a study undertaken by our optometry colleagues not long ago. As a result, the SCO is doing everything it can to put a stop to the illegal dispensing of contacts. To assist the college in this endeavour, the college would appreciate it if anyone that comes across someone illegal dispensing would advise the college. We thank those that have assisted us and notified us in the past. If you need any further information or clarification, please call the SCO office at 306-652-0769.


New Registrations View Full Story Minimize
August 13, 2014 |
‎In keeping with our mandate of ensuring the public safety and interest are being met, beginning on September 1st, 2014 new members applying to the college for licensing will be required to submit a criminal record check as part of their application.


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