DDO Health Law Update

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

Bills

 

Bill 55 – Safeguarding our Information Act, 2018

 

This Bill amends the Consumer Protection Act, 2002  to provide that if a government institution makes a request to a lender to obtain consumer personal information that the lender has entered into a credit agreement with, the lender may only disclose the PI if the consumer consents to such disclosure.

Introduced by Stephen Crawford (Oakville), Chair of Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Government, the Bill was carried on First Reading on Nov 14, 2018.

More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-55

 

Regulations

 

O.REG. 468/18 – Cannabis License Act, 2018

 

The Ontario government has released the new regulation on the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores, which will begin on April 1, 2018 under the oversight of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“ACGO”). O.REG 468/18 is in force as of November 14, 2018.

 

The regulation set out:

  • Zero-tolerance approach: Retailers are not permitted to allow anyone under age of 19 to enter their stores
  • Illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after Oct 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales license
  • Circumstances as to when applicants will be denied a license
  • Prohibition on the issuance of a license of any individual or organization who has an association with organized crime
  • Individual or entities applying for an operator license must demonstrate tax compliance status
  • Private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only
  • Individuals with store authorization, cannabis retail managers, and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure individuals who work in the cannabis market is trained for responsible sales

 

The Ontario Government news release states:

  • ACGO will begin accepting applications on Dec 17, 2018 and private retailing of cannabis will begin on April 1, 2019
  • Cannabis stores can only be open from 9 am – 11 pm

 

Newsroom Release: https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2018/11/ontario-establishes-strict-regulations-for-the-licensing-and-operation-of-private-cannabis-stores.html

 

E-Laws: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18468?_ga=2.69917716.561989177.1542399434-1098435314.1475610937

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario cannabis rules place restrictions on retail ownership of licensed producers

 

Health Care

CMA slams Ontario’s move to allow employers to require doctor’s note for minor illness

Ontario health minister examining lack of oversight at private IV infusion clinics

Antibiotic resistance costing Canadians 1 billion per year: IPAC

Watchdog says Ontario’s healthcare system is sick

 

Child and Youth

‘We’re talking about children’s lives here” – Ontario cuts child and youth advocate

 

Professional Misconduct

Former Manitoba bar president for misconduct, suspended for a year

Doctor found guilty of professional misconduct of ‘inappropriate comments’

 

Privacy

Google’s acquisition of health care app has Canadian privacy experts concerned

Administrators won’t remove camera pointed at school bathrooms

DDO Health Law Update

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

Bills

 

Bill 51, Long-Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2018

 

This Bill amends the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 by enacting a definition of veteran and it requires that preference in admission to long-term care homes is given to veterans.

 

Introduced by Jennifer Stevens, MPP (St. Catherines), opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on October 30, 2018.

 

More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-51

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario Cannabis Store blames growers’ label snafu for new delivery delays

 

Physicians

Ontario should stop stalling on making payments to doctors public

 

Health Care

More recruits needed for cancer screening pilot program in Sudbury

Peterborough Public Health nurses hold information picket

 

Professional Misconduct

The Bridle Path mansion, the missing millions, and the investigation that blew open a massive mortgage scam

 

Privacy

Canada Post admits privacy breach involving 4,500 Ontario Cannabis Store customers

 

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City of Toronto Events: Remembrance Day

 

DDO Health Law Update

November 2, 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.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

DDO in the News and Training

 

DDO’s Risk Management for Health Care Charities: https://healthcarecharities.ca/ (Early Bird Special Extended)

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

This is what happens when you order marijuana from the Ontario government

Ford’s decision to delay pot stores contributing to ‘rocky’ cannabis rollout

Ombudsman reviewing over 1000 complaints about Ontario cannabis store

Ontarians fed up with cannabis delivery

 

Professional Misconduct

College to hold misconduct hearing for controversial Halifax chiropractor

 

Mental Health

Growing mental health needs of students require creative solutions

 

Privacy

Trudeau defends statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500 000 Canadians

Failure to report Canadian privacy breaches could mean big fines after Nov 1 2018

After a series of privacy breaches, City of Yellowknife ignored commissioner’s offer of help

Inside the mind of a voyeur

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Gardiner Expressway closed weekend fall maintenance

Daylight saving time 2018 end

 

DDO Health Law Update

October 19, 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 36 – Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 Royal Assent received on October 17, 2018.  

 

Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

DDO in the News and Training

 

DDO’s Risk Management for Health Care Charities: https://healthcarecharities.ca/ (Hurry! Sign up before October 25th for Early Bird Special)

 

MOHLTC News Room

Statement from Christine Elliot, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

2018 Minister’s Medal Awards Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario pot consumption bill passes, cannabis available through online store

Ontario Cannabis Store opens for online sales, government passes marijuana bill

Ontario First Nations fight for cannabis rights

Ontario schools prepare for legalization of recreational cannabis

Winnipeg, Ontario police hand out tickets for cannabis in vehicles

Priced too high? Shoppers balk at marijuana price tag

Pot is now legal in Ontario. Here’s what you need to know

 

Health Care

Government memo indicates major restructuring plan for Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Ontario couple of 53 years separate by lack of long-term care beds

 

Privacy

AHS failed to protect health information, privacy commissioner finds

Eastern Health privacy breach names patient who suffered pregnancy and infant loss

$400K settlement reached in Capital Health patient privacy breach

DDO Health Law Update

October 12, 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 36 – Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 Consideration of a Bill before the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

 

Regulations

No new regulations of interest.

 

DDO in the News and Training

 

DDO’s Risk Management for Health Care Charities: https://healthcarecharities.ca/ (Sign up before October 25th for Early Bird Special)

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Pot plans may have ‘unforeseen’ consequences for youth, boards of health say

Ontario Human Rights Commission releases updated policy ahead of cannabis legalization

Ontarians don’t have absolute right to be stoned at work: human rights commission

 

Health Care

Why Doug Ford’s hospital funding will not end hallway medicine

 

Professional Misconduct

Ont. transgender care doctor no longer allowed to practice medicine

Law society proceeding for suspended Thunder Bay lawyer to resume in November

 

Mental Health

Mental health first aid

 

DDO Health Law Update

October 5, 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 36 – Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

 

Regulations

No new regulations of interest.

 

DDO in the News and Training

 

Dialogue RFPs can provide for more innovative solutions by Michael Gleeson

https://www.advocatedaily.com/michael-gleeson-dialogue-rfps-can-provide-for-more-innovative-solutions.html

Boards should brainstorm, consult when faced with reduced funding by Kathy O’Brien

https://www.advocatedaily.com/profile/kathy-obrien-boards-should-brainstorm-consult-when-faced-with-reduced-funding.html

 

DDO Course Offerings

 

*NEW* DDO’s Risk Management for Health Care Charities: https://healthcarecharities.ca/ (Sign up now for Early Bird Special by October 25th)

 

MOHLTC Newsroom

 

Ontario’s Government for the People Taking Immediate Action to end Hallway Health

Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine Member Biographies

 

Articles of Interest

 

Opioid Crisis

1265 crosses planted at Queen’s Park to push province to end freeze on ‘life saving’ overdose prevention sites

 

Marijuana

Can Ontario cops smoke pot? Police association unhappy with policy talks.

US authorities seize nearly 750kg of marijuana at Ontario border crossing

Nearly 2 million drivers have driven high on pot in Ontario: CAA

Does cannabis affect your memory?

 

Health Care

Ontario government announces $90 million to address hospital overcrowding

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Public phase of Wettlaufer inquiry wraps up, victims told ‘your grief is not in vain’

 

Mental Health

Ontario government-funded program offers mental health support 24/7

‘Our mental health system is flawed Canadian app offers online video counselling for patients in need