DDO Health Law Update

March 29, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

Bill PR79 – Kingston Health Sciences Centre Act, 2018

 

Introduced by Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Kingston and the Islands), Government, the Private Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills on March 27, 2018.

 

On March 31, 2017, Kingston General Hospital (“KGH”) and Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of Hotel Dieu of Kingston (“Hotel Dieu Hospital”) voluntarily integrated to become Kingston Health Sciences Centre (“KHSC”). KHSC has applied for special legislation to provide that all gifts, trusts, bequest, devices and grants of property to KGH or Hotel Dieu Hospital, or to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation for the benefit of either of them, shall be used for KHSC for the purposes for which they would have been used had the two hospital not integrated.

 

If passed, this Bill would grant the application.

 

For more information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5655

 

Previously Report Bills

 

No updates to previously reported bills.

 

Approved Regulations

 

REG. 4/01: Approved Acts of Executors and Trustees

 

O.REG. 4/01 of the Charities Account Act will be amended on April 1, 2018 to allows directors of charities and “persons connected to a director” to receive payment for goods, services or facilities rendered under certain circumstances. This is a departure from existing charitable common law that prohibits directors of charities from receiving financial benefit, unless permitted by a court order.

 

The amended regulation sets out what a charity has to do in order to make a payment to a director or “person connected to a director”:

  • what payments or remunerations to directors do not apply;
  • how payments are to be made; and
  • what boards must consider before authorizing payment.

 

For more information: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/010004

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new proposed regulations

 

News Room

Delivering a Plan for Care and Opportunity – Ontario continuing to invest in health care, child care and mental health

Major new investment will transform health care in Ottawa

Stronger hospitals, better care for York region

Ontario expands world-class cardiac care in Ottawa

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Barry Sherman was helping to develop pot pill for medical marijuana users

 

Opioid Addiction

My Broken Heart: To the outside world, I was a happy Toronto mom. Privately, I was fighting a serious heroin addiction. I recovered, but my heart didn’t.

 

Privacy

Privacy controls must be placed back into the hands of the individual

Federal privacy commissioner launches investigation into Loblaw gift card policy

 

Professional Misconduct

Only Ontario doctor disciplined for over-prescribing opioids calls investigation a witch hunt

 

Health Care

Doctors have no idea how much drugs cost – a Toronto physician wants to change that

Liberals put health money into hospitals, focus on seniors

The hospital CEO who created the continent’s ‘first digital hospital’ is now behind Doug Ford’s health policy

 

Self-care

Where fat goes when you lose weight

One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why

Your guide to surviving allergy season

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

March 23, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

Bill 14 – Personal Information Protection Act, 2018

Introduced by Harinder S. Takhar, MPP (Mississauga – Erindale), Government, the Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on March 22, 2018.

This Bill enacts the Personal Information Protection Act, 2018 (“PIPA”):

  • The Act would apply to every “organization”, which is defined as including persons, unincorporated associations, a trade union, a trust or a not-for-profit organization, but does not include individuals, public bodies and Ontario courts.
  • The Act also does not apply to Personal Information that is already subject to certain information protection statutes such as:
    • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
    • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
    • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Act;  and
    • Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.
  • Personal Information” means information about an identifiable person and includes employee personal information, but does not include contact information or work product information.

 

This Bill sets out general rules for the protection of Personal Information by organizations such as consent, collection, use, disclosure, access to, and correction of Personal Information. The Information and Privacy Commissioner would be responsible for monitoring the Act and ensuring that its purposes are achieved.

More Information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5817

 

Bill 18 – Careers in Medicine Advisory Committee Act, 2018

Introduced by Gil Martow (MPP, Thornhill), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on March 22, 2018.

This Bill enacts the Career in Medicine Advisory Committee Act, 2018 requiring the MOHLTC to establish an advisory committee to consult with organizations and persons to develop recommendations for ensuring graduates of Ontario medical schools are matched with residency programs, and to develop a Canadian-wide strategy to do so.

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5821

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new proposed regulations

 

News Room

Ontario making historic investment in mental health care

Stronger Hospitals, Better Care

Dr. Kevin Smith appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of UHN

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Health Canada proposes strict limits on marijuana packaging, production

Treat marijuana like any other farm crop, group tells city

Sorry, you might not be allowed to smoke pot in your condo

Plain packaging proposed for legal marijuana

 

Privacy

Patient details in the recycling? Hospitals should cut down on paper to protect privacy: study

Delete Facebook? Social media users weigh options amid data scandal

 

MAID

What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

Toronto group hopes to open home for patients seeking assisted death

Nurse practitioners not always compensated for providing MAID

 

Health Care

Wynne’s throne speech promises new spending on health care, home care and child care in Ontario

Health care experts hopes for long-term reform, ‘shift in philosophy’ for Ontario’s system

This Sudbury start-up will make medical house calls

Quebec town bans smoking on sidewalks and streets

CBC Toronto Interview with Health Minister Helena Jaczek

 

Mental Health

Ontario government pledges $2.1 billion to rebuild mental health system

 

Indigenous Mental Health

International experts talk Indigenous mental health approaches at Toronto symposium

 

Pharmacare

Ontario government expands Pharmacare program to seniors

 

Self-care

When is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to know about the Equinox

10 affordable ways to make spring break all about self-care

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Best Toronto Restaurants 2018

Things to do in Toronto

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

March 16, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

 

Bills

The 2nd Session of the 41st Parliament of Ontario was prorogued on March 15, 2018.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new proposed regulations

 

MOHLTC News Room

One stop health care access for children in eastern Ontario

Ontario opening six long-term care beds in Barry’s-Bay

Ontario opening 19 new long-term care beds in Midland

Ontario opening 4 new long-term care beds in Sault Ste. Marie

Ontario opening 20 new long-term care beds in Huntsville

Ontario opening 12 new long-term care beds in North-Bay

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Province’s marijuana monopoly will be known as the ‘Ontario Cannabis Store’

Ontario promises to give municipalities $40M for marijuana enforcement

Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario

 

MAID

‘The solution is assisted life’: Offered death, terminally ill Ont. man files lawsuit

Formal network of docs offering medical assistance in dying is in the works for northeastern Ontario

 

Health Care

Ontario falling behind on health care spending: fiscal watchdog

Protestors call on Liberal government to save Cardiac Fitness Institute

 

Organ Transplant

University Health Network is continent’s top organ transplant program

 

Pharmaceuticals

Costco under investigation by Ontario forensic team over drug company payments

 

Professional Misconduct

Psychiatrist who treated patients for their homosexuality had sex with male patients in his office

 

DDO Health Law Update

March 9, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

No new bills of interest.

 

Status of Previously Reported Bills

 

Bill Status
Bill 194 – Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018
Bill 193 – Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018
Royal Assent received on March 8, 2018

Royal Assent received on March 7, 2018

 

 

Proposed Regulation

Proposed Regulations under the Proposed Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 (Bill 194)

Bill 194 permits the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to make regulations governing procurement practices of Ontario government and/or broader public sector entities. The government  intends to bring forward two new proposed regulations to respond to the Buy American legislation enacted by the states of New York and Texas and to impose certain measures on government entities entering into procurement contracts with suppliers from the state of New York and the state of Texas.

Comment Due: March 9, 2018

For more information: Click here

 

MOHLTC News Room

Ontario moving quickly to expand life-saving overdoes prevention programs

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ban pot smoking in condos, apartments, on balconies: OPH

 

Opioid Crisis

Health Quality Ontario: New standards help both health care professionals and patients manage opioid use

 

Health Care

Canadian injured in New York hospital shooting files lawsuit against hospital gun shop

Special Report: Health system neglects northern patients by design: Doctor

 

Professional Misconduct

Golnaz Vakili: Lawyer in hiding accused in stealing millions swear she’s innocent

Fertility clinic doctor in London, Ont. banned from practice for two years

 

Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Ontario Appoints Diana Miles as CEO

 

International Women’s Day

Thousands mark International Women’s Day across the globe with marches and rallies

How the world celebrated International Women’s Day

10 Powerful Quotes from Female Leaders on International Women’s Day

 

Self-care

Every new title coming to Netflix Canada in March

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend

 

DDO Health Law Update

March 2, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

Removing Barriers in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act

This Bill amends the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991  to modify the scope of practice of audiology and speech-language pathology. The Bill expands the acts that may be performed by a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologist in the course of engaging in the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology.

Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff (MPP – Niagara West-Glanbrook), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on February 28, 2018.

For more information: click here

 

Status of Previously Reported Bills

 

Bill Status
Bill 194 – Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 Second Reading carried on Feb 28, 2018.

 

 

Proposed Regulation

Ontario Regulation 79/10 – Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (“LTCHA”)

The MOHLTC is proposing to amend O. REG 79/10 to introduce an administrative monetary penalty which will be levied against a licensee for non-compliance with a requirement under the LTCHA, and to re-introduce re-inspection fee which would be issued for a second, and subsequent follow up inspections of an order(s).

If approved, the proposed amendments would come into effect July 1, 2018.

Comment Due: March 29, 2018

For more information: click here

 

MOHLTC News Room

Ontario Opening 128 New Long-Term Care Beds in Hamilton

 

Articles of Interest

Health Care

Eric Hoskins resigns as Ontario Health Minister to lead national pharmacare project

New Ontario health minister hammered with questions on home care provider lawsuit

Ontario chief medical officer of health urges unity to tackle health inequities

Uber starts offering rides to the doctor, health care providers

 

Professional Misconduct

Witness says Toronto doctor exposed himself in the front of his car