Amy Hamm, a B.C. nurse, women's rights advocate, and mother of two, continues to face scrutiny from her regulatory board after placing an 'I heart JK Rowling' billboard in Vancouver in 2020.
Two members of the public, who had never been patients of the accused, lodged a complaint with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) last year. They claimed Hamm disseminated "medically inaccurate information" by standing in solidarity with Rowling, also an advocate for women and children.
The professional body subsequently launched an investigation into the matter, rescinding the initial charge in June 2022.
Now, they allege the nurse "[…] made discriminatory and derogatory statements regarding transgender people [between approximately July 2018 and March 2021] as a nurse or nurse educator" across various online platforms, including but not limited to, podcasts, videos, published writings and social media.
Hamm told Rebel News that following the complaint, she received tens of thousands of messages that threatened her with hate and abuse. "I think that has the effect of showing people how toxic this debate actually is," she said, referring to the hearing against her as a 'witch hunt.'
"Funny how I’m allowed to work despite their accusations that my off-duty conduct makes me unsafe," she posted on her X feed October 4. "This is a show trial. A witch trial."
"They want me to quit," said Hamm before publicly declaring the BCCNM is "stuck with me."
Lisa Bildy, one of Hamm's legal counsels, started Tuesday's proceedings with an objection to the "shenanigans" the day prior that caused considerable delays, including interruptions from a member of the public.
Bildy also formally objected to Dr. Ayden Sheim being a witness for the college as Sheim observed the virtual qualification hearing for Dr. Cantor, a sexologist and clinical psychologist.
The panel later qualified him that afternoon, where he will serve as an expert witness for Hamm.
Follow along with updates from Drea Humphrey below: