DDO Health Law Update

August 31, 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.

 

Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Professional Developments

 

Northern Supply Chain continues to expand to the benefit of patients and families

Ron Gagnon leaves SAH for position as president and CEO at Grand River Hospital

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Liberals approve first saliva screening roadside test for cannabis

 

Opioid Crisis

Prescriptions led to 1 in 3 opioid deaths in Ontario in 2016, study says

Making sure patients know the risks of opioids

 

OHIP

Gravely ill teen battling cancer and bureaucracy

 

Professional Misconduct

Lawyer ordered to pay $500 for swearing at judge in Toronto court

Law society triggers hearing into Diamond & Diamond’s marketing client referrals

Ottawa doctor, 44, facing sexual assault charge

 

Overdose Prevention Sites

Health group appeal to Ontario government to support overdose-prevention sites

 

Sex-Education

Ontario’s dated sex-ed plan is a lesson in homophobia

GTA teacher refuses to teach new sex-ed curriculum despite Doug Ford’s new tip line

Doug Ford turns down heat over sex-ed ‘snitch line’

 

Mental Health

Supporting the mental health of first responders

OPP commissioner announces internal review of officer suicides

 

Privacy

Is Sidewalk Labs doing enough to protect privacy? Yes

Class action suit certified

 

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DDO Health Law Update

August 24, 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.

 

Approved Regulations

 

REG. 406/18: Compensation Framework – Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014

 

O.REG 304/16: Executive Compensation Framework is revoked with this new regulation.  This new compensation framework for designated employers and designated executives is effective as of August 13, 2018. The framework outlines what are the requirements for determining salary cap, performance-related pay, and other elements of compensation.

Similar to O.REG 304/16, the new regulation prohibits elements of compensation such as payments or other benefits provided in lieu of perquisites, signing bonuses, retention bonuses and cash housing allowances.

Came into force: August 13, 2018

For More Information: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180406

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario’s new retail pot plan ‘puts profits over public health’ says former Obama drug adviser

Ontario says cities will have ‘short window’ to opt out of cannabis shops- but can’t say how short

Ontario Cannabis Stores says 26 licensed producers will supply online retail platform

Female cannabis users come out of the shadows as legalization looms

 

Professional Misconduct

Inside the case files of an opioid doctor

Manitoba doctors’ college not asking police to investigate allegations against suspended doctor

 

Overdose Prevention Sites

Health officials concerned over Ontario’s plans review overdose prevention sites

 

Sex-Education

The differences between Ontario’s interim sex-ed curriculum and 2015’s

Educators slam Ford’s ‘snitch line’ for teachers who defy sex and rollback

 

Privacy

Experts urge close monitoring of privacy issues when Ontario makes marijuana sales online-only this fall

Rights to privacy shouldn’t depend on property, say Winnipeg anti-poverty group

 

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DDO Health Law Update

August 17, 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.

 

Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Opioid Crisis

Her son took a pill that was laced with fentanyl. He died in his sleep.

 

Marijuana

Marijuana advocates eager for cannabis tourism in Canada, but uncertainty looms over how it’ll look

Second Cup says it may convert Ontario coffee shops to cannabis stores

Ontario’s pot plan an ‘extremely disappointing strategy’ Waterloo economist says

 

Professional Misconduct

Judge slashes elderly client’s legal bill, says lawyer ‘was obviously making it all up as he went along’

Toronto neurologist’s groin exams left female patients ‘deeply disturbed’

 

Overdose Prevention Sites

Advocates voice concern over Ontario government’s freeze on overdose-prevention sites

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot puts 3 overdose prevention sites on hold

Do supervised injection sites bring crime and disorder? Advocates and residents disagree

 

Privacy

Victim ‘furious’ over health-record snooping wants changes to Alberta’s prosecution limit

 

Physicians

Ford government fires lead Ontario Medical Association negotiator

 

Insightful Reads

How a Transplanted Face Transformed a Young Woman’s Life (Warning: Graphic photos)

I graduated high school with honours, found a job and got into university – all while living on the street

 

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A $100 burger coated in gold, giant Chinese lanterns among highlights at 2018 CNE

The 10 most outrageous food coming to the CNE

DDO Health Law Update

August 10, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

None of interest (unless zebra mussels are of interest to you – then lots).

 

Approved Regulations

 

No regulatory proposals and no new approved regulations.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Ontario has a psychiatrist shortage and needs to solve it to stop a mental health crisis: report

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The Saudi-Canada crisis will damage people’s health

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Organizations have a duty to keep personal health information secure

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The patient experience in Ontario 2020: What is possible?

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LGBTQ seniors fear renewed discrimination in long-term care

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Appeal court ends secrecy of payments to Ontario’s top-billing doctors

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Tory staffers continue to use applause to drown out reporters’ questions

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“We are going to celebrate life”: Taste of the Danforth marks 25th year in wake of deadly shooting

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DDO Health Law Update

August 3, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 8, Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018

This Bill enacts the Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018. The Act requires major health sector organizations that receive at least $1 million in public funds from the MOHLTC to comply with Part II.1 (Compensation Arrangements) of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 and the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The same requirements would apply respect to publicly-funded suppliers that receives directly or indirectly at least $1 million in public fund in a year from major health care sector organizations.

Introduced by Frances Gelinas, MPP (Nickel Belt) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-8

 

Bill 13, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018

This Act amendments the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 to provide residences with at least 4 hours of day of nursing and personal support services, averaged across the residents. The minimum hour will be increased by regulations.

Introduced by Teresa J. Armstrong, MPP (London-Fanshawe) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-13

 

Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018

This Bill enacts and amends various Acts, including the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, 2018 (Schedule 2 of the Bill), providing for the termination of the White Pines Wind Project with compensation of the wind down payable subject to various limitations and contingencies (see section 6 of the Act). The Act extinguishes any existing proceedings, and prevents future proceedings against the Crown and other named entities. It requires White Pines Wind Incorporated to decommission the project in accordance with regulations made under the Act or under the Environmental Protection Act.

Introduced by Greg Rickford, MPP (Kenora-Rainy River), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Minister of Energy, Northern Developments and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. The Bill received Royal Assent on July 25, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-2

 

Approved Regulations

 

Alignment of ODB Program Days Supply for Ontario Works Recipients 25 years of age and older

This amendment allows Ontario Work (“OW”) recipients 25 years of age and older to maximize the benefit from receiving greater quantities of certain Ontario Drug Benefit-funded drugs per pharmacy visit, which is more convenient and reduces the number of their co-payments.

It will also ensure that pharmacy claim payment submitted in respect of OW recipients are subject to 5-dispensing-fees-per-year rule for certain chronic medication to reflect the 100 maximum day supply for OW recipients.

Effective Date: August 1, 2018

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26346&language=en

 

Articles of Interest

 

MAID

Chronically ill man releases audio of hospital staff offering assisted death

 

Marijuana

Is Ontario planning a mix of public and private retail cannabis stores?

Brock professor says private pot shops have their advantages

 

Health Care

Health Canada issues medical device license for ivWatch

EpiPen shortage may drag into the next year: Health Canada

 

Privacy

Pharmacist ‘snooped’ on dozens of patients, NS privacy commissioner

NWT needs to improve protection of health data before another breach

When crossing the border, encryption is no guarantee, says new handbook

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Nursing home inspections branch understaffed, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

Serial killer nurse gave police the first name of murder victims, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

 

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