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  • Bill O'Neill and the CCRG
    99 Fifth Ave - Ottawa, Ontario
    99 Fifth Ave
    We dedicate this site to those who have been defrauded by cancer quacks everywhere. If you stumbled across our version of CCRG, then you've come to the right place. We don't have the world's largest database of cancer information, but we do have just about the best collection of cancer misinformation, cancer quacks and criminals that prey on innocent patients and their families.

    CCRG - Canadian Cancer Research Group

    Operating Above The Law

    February 2005

    I would like you to consider a complaint against one of Canada's most notorious cancer quacks. He has been doing business in Ottawa for the better part of the last decade.

    The complaint involves what I believe to be an unlicensed and unregulated facility known as the CCRG (Canadian Cancer Research Group). They advertise, promote and claim to treat cancer patients in Ottawa with unsubstantiated methodologies and claim to provide laboratory services to patients?

    The CCRG is the brainchild of William P O'Neill.

    Canadian Cancer Research Group
    Suite 22, 99 Fifth Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    K1S 5K4
    Voice: (613)239-0220
    Facsimile: (613)239-0222
    The claims made on this site are outrageous and unsupported by any medical or scientific evidence.

    Mr. O'Neill uses the term Immune System Management to describe what he does at the facility.

    "The ISM Program involves understanding your ISM Profile, building your ISM Therapeutic Compound, and monitoring the results."

    ISM Profile, ISM Diagnostics, ISM Therapeutic Compound, ISM Blood Collection Kit

    "The Canadian Cancer Research Group (CCRG) is a clinical biotechnology company with research, development and application expertise in diagnostics and therapeutics focused upon immunological disorders. The group is staffed with experts in medicine, laboratory sciences, chemistry, pharmacology, immunology and biotechnology in its clinic and laboratory settings located in Ottawa, Canada."

    It is clear to me that the use of the terms "our laboratory", "your ISM Manager", and claims that the group is "staffed with experts in medicine, laboratory sciences", etc. has no actual facts to back it up.

    Their latest web site fails to provide the reader with any information about the ownership or staffing of the clinic, or what the qualifications of any of its staff might be.

    His latest flashy web site gives Mr. O'Neill a distinct advantage. He clouds the site in mystery and yet uses legitimate sounding words and pictures to convince the visitors to his web site that he provides meaningful services.

    If he has employed or rents his facility to medical doctors or medical researchers, and if he is utilizing medical devices in his operation he must have a medical practice license or laboratory license to operate. If he is not licensed, then he is probably violating the law.

    If he makes bogus claims for his therapies and laboratory methods then he is clearly violating consumer laws.

    If unqualified health providers are actually seeing patients at the facility then they could be considered to be practicing a health profession without certification. If there are unlicensed medical doctors in the facility they can be charged with practicing medicine without CPSO registration.

    The web site fails to disclose the procedures and actual costs involved.

    If blood is drawn at the facility, who licenses the office? Is the CCRG certified by the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLT)?

    Does the CCRG adhere to the CMLT Code of Ethics? Under what government Act, if any, do they operate their laboratory?

    • Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act (LSCCLA) This is one of the key pieces of laboratory legislation in Ontario. It ensures a government run department called The Laboratory Licensing and Inspection Service exists. It gives them the authority to performs many key functions to ensure Ontario's laboratories are operating effectively such as: issuing licenses to specimen collection centres and laboratories and inspecting facilities. They also handle any complaints from the public concerning the service they receive from specimen collection centres and laboratories.

    • Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act - Actual Statute
    • 9. (1) No person shall establish, operate or maintain a laboratory except under the authority of a licence issued by the Director under this Act and the Director may issue a licence for a laboratory to perform such classes of tests or such tests within a class or classes of tests and subject to such conditions as the Director may specify in the licence.

      Issuance of licence

      (2) Subject to subsection (8), any person who applies in accordance with this Act and the regulations for a licence to establish, operate or maintain a laboratory and who meets the requirements of this Act and the regulations and who pays the prescribed fee is entitled to be issued the licence.

      Licence required for specimen collection centre

      (3) No person shall establish, operate or maintain a specimen collection centre except under the authority of a licence issued by the Director under this Act and the Director may issue a licence for a specimen collection centre to take or collect such specimens or class or classes of specimens and subject to such conditions as the Director may specify in the licence.

    CCRG office forms

    Bill O'Neill doesn't understand the truth

    The reality is that it is the absence of the truth that now places Mr. O'Neill in front of the prying eyes of the government and regulatory bodies in Ontario, and indeed all of Canada. Fortunately since 1999, the media has been quite critical of his operations, but since 2002 there have been no further mentions of his name. In addition his web site was actually down for much of that time. So, what was O'Neill doing for the last three years or so?

    Mr. O'Neill, in my opinion, instead of publishing his "research", and calling into talk shows pretending to be a cancer researcher, has spent most of his public and private times viciously attacking people like Terry Polevoy, and Peter Bowditch.

    Remember the good old days when Mr. O'Neill appeared in the medical press and on CBC's Cross Country Checkup trying to pretend that his operation was legitimate, and that his treatments and therapies worked? Those days are gone forever.

    Bill O'Neill has a vendetta against the medical establishment and has made wild an unsubstantiated accusations over the years about people who he considers to be his enemies. He does this by using several anonymous alter-egos on the internet. A complete record of these statements, and the web sites that were established by Bill have been archived and many of them are visible today.

    Most people who have read these statements and seen these web sites would consider them to be the work of seriously disturbed individual. Over the years, numerous threats have been made on the internet against the lives of several people around the world by anonymous posters. We feel that Mr. O'Neill knows who did the dirty work.

    Putting all the vile and vicious postings and personal e-mail attacks by O'Neill aside, the CCRG site, in my opinion, should be closed down because it is dangerous to the public's health. Mr. O'Neill over the years has been involved in promoting his quackery to a wide audience and has involved some very high-profile individuals in this pursuit. One of these individuals was champion curler Sandra Schmirler and the other was the tragic 13 year-old boy from Saskatchewan Tyrell Dueck.

    The illustrious career of Bill O'Neill and the CCRG detailed on several web sites.

  • - CCRG
  • - CCRG
  • Bill O'Neill on Christine McPhee's Touch of Health - June 24, 2000
  • Tyrell Dueck tragedy
  • CCRG - archived web site August 17, 2000 - News items - These articles from the Ottawa Citizen in July 1998 demonstrate the poor journalistic quality of newspaper writers today. O'Neill claims in a nutshell that he has a psychiatrist and a pathologist involved in research, and yet there is no site license, no research approval for any of it.
  • CBC's Cross Country Checkup March 21, 1999 - Bill self-promotes You can listen to the entire show if you want.
     An early caller in today's programme was Bill O'Neill, who described himself as a
     professional associate of the "Canadian Cancer Research Group." This organization has 
     a website in Ottawa ( which makes a number of things 
        -- O'Neill has no medical or other professional credentials in science. 
    	(He formerly worked in computers.) 
        -- O'Neill founded the CCRG after a child was diagnosed with cancer and 
    	he was dissatisfied with medical treatment. The child appears to have been cured. 
        -- He is (or was, when the Ottawa Citizen last covered the matter) suing t
    	he Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in connection with his son's therapy. 
        -- The CCRG is a fee-charging organization ($750 minimum) and not a public 
    	charity. It appears to be promoting vaccine therapies that orthodox medicine 
    	says are unproven.
    Listeners to Mr. O'Neill on CBC Radio may have got the impression he was medically 
    qualified and had no personal interest in either supporting or attacking orthodox 
    medicine. It appears such an impression would be unfactual.
    Donald Phillipson 
     Dear Rex,
    Your last Cross Country Checkup show about Tyrell Dueck has prompted me 
    to write in a few comments.
    You afforded Mr. Bill O'Neill of Ottawa a considerable amount of air-time. 
    He described himself several times as a 'professional' with an international 
    organization, the Canadian Cancer Research Group. He went on about being able 
    to provide the Dueck family with alternative cancer therapy information 
    because of his international contacts. I suspect, Mr. Murphy, that you have 
    been had. What I know about him is from the local newspaper. He has been 
    featured in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper twice (see below). I believe he 
    runs a for-profit business that sells useless therapy to desperate people. 
    Specifically, he sells time in a hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of 
    brain cancer and other diseases for which there is no proven benefit. 
    He charges people $750 for a package of cancer information that is available 
    on the net, at the local Cancer Centre library, and from the Canadian Cancer 
    Society. I was disappointed you were unable to pin him down as to his 
    credentials and how and why he was in contact with the Dueck family.
    For your information, a recent newspaper article on him can be found at: 
    I am a basic cancer researcher at a provincially funded cancer treatment centre. 
    The most disturbing aspect of your program was the degree of attention and 
    credibility given to so-called alternative therapies. Cancer is a very 
    frequently occurring disease and I too have been touched by it, in the form 
    of the recent loss of a close family member. I know the anguish and feeling 
    of helplessness. It saddens me deeply to hear the distrust of so many callers 
    of evidence-based medicine, in favor of unproven 'miracle cures'. Like democracy, 
    medicine is far from perfect but there is nothing better.
    Chaim Birnboim 
  • Ratbags - Peter Bowditch's opinion of Bill O'Neill's web site
  • The man who owns this site has a son who was diagnosed with cancer. The son had surgery for one tumour and radiation and chemotherapy for another and now appears to be cured. His parents are suing the doctors who saved his life. Here are a few comments made in e-mails to Peter from Bill that are not indicative of a long-distance love affair:
    • Please be advised that in the event reference, link, or mention of the above website, group, or related individuals is not removed from your website by the close of business Friday, February 18, 2000, a libel action will be filed with the World Court seeking exemplary and punitive damages.

  • CCRG Correspondence File - The Statistics - The 24 tribute web sites - and there are many more to come. This is just the first four years of O'Neill's defamation and libel. Stay tuned for more.

  • CCRG Correspondence File - Mr William P O'Neill of the Canadian Cancer Research Group does not like me. He is perfectly entitled to hold any opinion about me that he wishes and there is nothing I either want to or can do about that. As I have a web site devoted to my opinions about things and people that I do not like I can hardly object if others wish to exercise their rights to freedom of speech.

  • Bill O'Neill as Annie McNaughton, PhD, Medical Sciences - May 2002 Defamatory remarks are those that are untrue. What's untrue here? Your postings give the impression you're a complete fucking asshole and that there is something seriously wrong with you. Now that's true and not defamatory!
  • Cures of last resort - Eye Magazine - April 20, 2000 - Nate Henley
    Alternative cancer therapies bring high-priced hope and deadly disappointment Last December, as she neared the end of her fight with cancer, curler Sandra Schmirler travelled to Ottawa for a last-ditch attempt at treatment. There, the former Olympian sought out the services of the Canadian Cancer Research Group (CCRG), a controversial medical centre that practises alternative cancer therapies. At news conferences, Schmirler told skeptical journalists that she had full faith in the CCRG's treatment regime. Schmirler died on March 2, two years after she led Canada's women's curling team to a gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. In spite of Schmirler's unsuccessful treatment, William O'Neill, CEO of CCRG, says his centre is at the forefront of cancer research.

    Positive Spin in Canadian Medical Association Journal

  • Private company offers hope to cancer patients - for a price by Barbara Sibbald - CMAJ 1999;160:1619-21. Adobe .pdf file of Sibbald's article
  • Controversial cancer care - George Tolnai, MD CMAJ letter in response to the Sibbald piece I have to hand it to Bill O'Neill, a real entrepreneur (or good samaritan?), for finding a hiatus in the delivery of health care and taking advantage of it.1

    Some time ago, he managed to convince a reporter of the Ottawa Citizen to report extensively on his activities, but that he was able to induce Barbara Sibbald, an editor of CMAJ, to write a 3-page commercial about the so-called Canadian Cancer Research Group is highly disturbing. Interviews with oncologists as quoted by Sibbald would lead the reader to believe that O'Neill's activities are accepted by at least some physicians.

    I express shame and indignation that my own medical journal is willing to sacrifice space to publish such an insult to our beloved profession.

  • Controversial cancer care John Hoey, MD CMAJ [The editor-in-chief responds:] We believe the report was balanced. Interviews with Robert Buckman, an oncologist, Mike McBurney, a research scientist with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, and Robert Phillips of the National Cancer Institute of Canada provide testimony that counters the claims made by O'Neill. Some of our patients with cancer do visit this and similar clinics. Knowing more about what these clinics are doing - and think they are doing - should help physicians manage the clinical care of their patients with cancer.


    Cancer patients in Ontario need to have the protection of the government. Since O'Neill cannot be prosecuted for pretending to be a medical doctor, the CPSO has no jurisdiction. They pass the buck.

    The Minister of Health ignores complaints about cancer quackery because there are no laws against it. Any mom and pop can set up shop and duplicate exactly what O'Neill has done in Ottawa, and there is nothing to stop them.

    The Advertising Standards council may be able to take action, but there is no enforcement of any decisions made by that body.

    We need the Legislature at Queen's Park to muster up their forces and pass Provincial legislation that protects our citizens from cancer quacks who pretend to be miracle workers, and who surround themselves with questionable machines, devices, and who perform procedures that are not recognized by Health Canada.

    The fact that the CMAJ's editor and a senior writer, the Ottawa Citizen the CBC and other media played a role in the promotion of Mr. O'Neill over the years by failing to place critical reviews of his claims is appauling.

    The standards of journalism must rise to the occasion, and demand that when stories about cancer quacks are presented that their reporters do a better job.

    We ask that the CCRG receive the attention from the government and the press that they deserve and that the Advertising Standards Council review their claims. If the Competition Bureau would examine the operations and claims of the facility and discover that their claims are indeed fraudulent, then they should take action to stop their operations. If Health Canada's Protection Branch would wake up, we may see some action, too.

    The way it stands now, O'Neill and his cronies have been operating above the law for about eight years despite the fact that complaints about his operation have been sitting on the desks of health bureaucrats for years. Let's see them get off their duffs and take meaningful action.

    Terry Polevoy, MD



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