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Proposed Changes to PHIPA through Bill 119 Blacklined – Not Official Copy


This week the Ontario government introduced Bill 119, which proposes to amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).  DDO Health Law has prepared a blacklined version of PHIPA so it is easy to see the proposed changes. Please click the title “Proposed Changes to PHIPA through Bill 119 Blacklined” above for a PDF version that you can download.

Caution: This is for general information purposes only and is not an official version.  These changes are not yet law and there may be further future amendments.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Mary Jane Dykeman

Kate Dewhirst   

Kathy O’Brien   

Employment Law Call-In Program for Health Care Organizations

DDO Health Law is proud to announce a new monthly call-in program dedicated to employment law issues for health care organizations.

This teleconference offers a cost-effective and convenient way for managers and human resources personnel for health care organizations to stay current on legal issues. You will learn how to save your organization money by avoiding the most common and costly mistakes in managing employees.

Topics for 2015/2016

  • September 29 – New developments in the enforceability of employment contracts
  • October 27 – Accommodating mental illness in the health care workplace
  • November 24 – New developments in 2015 on overtime and hours of work
  • December – NO CALL
  • January 26 – Termination of employment – pitfalls and solutions
  • February 23 – FAQs and practical answers on accommodating family responsibilities
  • March 29 – The Employment Standards Act – most common mistakes
  • April 26 – How to conduct a proper workplace investigation
  • May 3 – Recent cases on “just cause terminations”
  • June 28 – How to avoid age discrimination in the workplace

Monthly calls are scheduled over the lunch hour from 12pm – 1pm on the last Tuesday of the month.


  • For one price, you get 9 calls on the latest legal topics and trends
  • You can have as many people from your organization on each call as you wish, the flat fee is per employer
  • The calls are exclusively for health care employers; the topics discussed come from our firsthand experience advising hospitals, long-term care homes, family health teams, community agencies, health charities and other health care organizations on their most common and costly human resources problems
  • The calls are designed for adult learners and use storytelling and scenarios to keep you interested
  • You will have a chance to ask questions and share stories with your colleagues
  • You can be added to our email list to receive legal updates as they happenThe teleconference is offered as a flat rate subscription per employer. The cost is $600 plus HST.


The teleconference is offered as a flat rate subscription per employer. The cost is $600 plus HST. Please contact Franca Latino at or 416-967-7100 x 242 for details about this program, fees and how to sign up.

Emergency Preparedness Program for Health Care Organizations

September 2015

At DDO Health Law, we understand your organization’s need to put in place a robust emergency management plan (including for some organizations, by September 30, 2015). We have developed a 12-step program to help you meet that deadline and then continue to prepare your organization in case of emergency such as fire, flood, or pandemic.  Our program reflects current best practices, including materials provided by at least one local health integration network to its health services providers. We have read all of these materials and pulled from them and other resources to determine current best practices — so that you do not need to.

DDO Health Law’s Emergency Preparedness Program offers your organization the comfort and assurance of:

  • Understanding the pillars of emergency management, including Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery
  • Creating organization-specific emergency management plans to establish simultaneous response to fires and other emergencies
  • Effectively participating in system level preparedness and coordinating emergency response with other health service providers
  • Properly training team members in case of emergency
  • Identifying key gaps, including hazard identification and risk analysis
  • How to best communicate with your clients, their families, the public and the media

The DDO Health Law Emergency Preparedness Program provides you with:

  •  Dial-in series. You will be invited to take part in 5 phone sessions, scheduled in September 2015. We will provide you ahead of the calls a template plan, the 12 steps you need to take to be ready, and other templates and materials. Noon sessions are:
    • Thursday, September 3
    • Friday, September 11
    • Thursday, September 17
    • Thursday, September 24
    • Final session with open Q&A on Monday, September 28
  • Training materials. You will be provided template training materials for team members, including a training slide deck you can circulate before your Board signs off, even before you schedule an in-person session to walk your team through the training.
  • Admin on call workbook. DDO Health Law previously wrote an administrator on call workbook to help health care staff deal with various kinds of crises. It is the bedrock of emergency management. We will provide you a copy of this workbook, and a draft chapter specifically on emergency preparedness. We will also provide you a copy of the updated workbook once available, for your future reference.
  • Mutual aid/assistance agreement. This template agreement is ready to be used in the event that an emergency strikes your organization, and you need to quickly put into place legal arrangements to backfill services.
  • Briefing note for your senior leadership and Board. Written by DDO Health Law, it will state that you have signed up for and participated in the DDO Health Law program, have been provided with the materials described here, and that you have undertaken that you have “filled in the blanks” and taken the steps we’ll discuss in the dial-ins. As long you have done this, we are prepared to say that your organization is compliant and that your Board should feel assured that it can sign the M-SAA by September 30, 2015 as requested by at least one LHIN. For others who do not need a September 30 signoff, the materials and briefing note still serves as a baseline for your Board and shows a measure of your due diligence.
  • Board resolution. Template Board resolutions will be provided, both for those organizations that must meet the September 30 deadline, and a more generic one for those that do not.
  • Feel free to include whomever you wish on the dial-in. The flat fee covers any team members you want to have at your table to listen in and ask questions as you work through and finalize your plan and program.

Registration is $1,000.00 plus HST ($1,130). We accept Visa or cheques.

Fax to Franca Latino at (416) 967-7120; or call her at (416) 967.7100 ext. 242 to say you will register and how you will pay.


Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst are partners at DDO Health Law, a boutique health law firm in Toronto. They frequently advise on risk management issues relating to health care organizations premises, reputational risk, staff issues and other crises. Mary Jane was recently part of a fire safety emergency preparedness panel at the 2015 OANHSS annual convention. Mary Jane and Kate work extensively with community providers, large and small hospitals, community support services providers, disease associations, long-term care homes, family health teams, community health centres, retirement homes and other housing and health service providers.

Feel free to email or call Mary Jane Dykeman at (416) 967-7100 ext. 225 with any questions

Health Sector Privacy Officer Training

Fall 2015  – 3 Full Days

October 14, November 10 & December 8

The privacy practices of health care organizations are under increasing scrutiny from patients (and their families), the courts, the media and the regulator, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC/O). As Privacy Officer, it is your job to ensure your organization is compliant with privacy laws and IPC/O guidelines. Whether you are new to the Privacy Officer role or are a seasoned privacy professional, you may wonder whether you have the latest information to do your job properly.  You may have already discovered that it is not enough to know the technicalities of the law; it is also important that you understand the spirit of the legislation and how to apply the law to specific and sometimes difficult situations.

This is the only course of its kind in Canada.

This course will give you confidence in your role by giving you the information and skills you need to succeed as a Privacy Officer.

You receive:

  • 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field
    • 3 full day sessions each available in person in downtown Toronto or via webcast
  • Reassurance that you have the most current information on privacy practices and expectations for health care organizations
  • Practical and dynamic skills training for adult learners using scenarios, stories, quizzes and assignments
  • Sample tools to adapt to your organization for your everyday use, including (and many more):
    • Privacy program checklist
    • Privacy policies
    • Privacy breach checklist
    • Privacy breach notification
  • A privacy library
    • The primary Ontario privacy resource – “Guide to the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act: A Practical Guide for Health Care Providers” (H. Perun, M. Orr, F. Dimitriadis, Irwin Law, 2005)
    • Online resources are compiled for you in a few downloadable PDFs so you do not have to find the resources yourself and print them individually
  • A reading list to prepare you before each session
  • Homework to assist you to work through your own organization’s documents
  • A report card you complete yourself at the end of the course to share with your Board or supervisor to demonstrate your organization’s privacy compliance status and remaining privacy gaps, if any
  • A letter outlining the training you have received, for your organization’s due diligence

While we focus on Ontario legislation – this course is of value to any health sector Privacy Officer.

For more information – click on the title “Health Sector Privacy Officer Training” above. And for even more information, contact Franca Latino by phone at: 416-967-7100 x 242  or by email at:

Legal Issues for Family Health Teams – Monthly Teleconference 2015

DDO Health Law runs a monthly call-in program to discuss legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). These calls are for Executive Directors, Lead Physicians and human resources personnel for FHTs and family health organizations (FHOs)/family health networks (FHNs).

What are the topics for 2015?  (Note: If the date has passed, a recording of the session is available)

  • January 8th – Managing sick leave
  • February 5th – Tips for FHTs when a physician leaves the FHO (retirement/leave of absence/sick leave/other
  • March 5th – Procurement 101
  • April 2nd – Human rights law 101
  • May 7th – Governance tips and trends
  • June 4th – Real estate and leasing law
  • July – no call
  • August – no call
  • September 10th – Contracts 101
  • October 8th – Privacy Updates
  • November 5th – Overtime and Hours of Work
  • December 3rd – Consent to treatment 101 

    Monthly calls are scheduled over the lunch hour from 12pm – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month. There are no calls scheduled for July or August.

Why join?

  • You will hear from legal experts who understand FHTs (and your relationship with your FHOs/FHNs)
  • You get 10 monthly calls on  the latest legal topics and trends affecting FHTs
  • You will have a chance to ask questions and share stories with your FHT colleagues
  • Your FHT will receive a 10% discount on all in-service training by DDO Health Law in 2015
  • You can be added to our email list to receive legal updates as they happen
  • The calls are exclusively for FHTs – so you know you are getting information relevant to your day-to-day work
  • You can have as many people from your FHT and affiliated FHOs/FHNs (physicians) on each call – the flat fee is per FHT

What is the cost? and how do I sign up?

There is a flat fee for an annual subscription. Fees are per FHT. Please contact Franca Latino at for details about this program, fees and how to sign up or if you are having technical difficulties on the day of a session.