DDO Health Law Update

May 25, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Parliament has been dissolved due to a general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died, and cannot be carried over between Parliaments.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Health Care

Hospital crowding: Why all 3 major Ontario parties are promising more LTC beds

Ontario election: The health care decoy

10% of Ontarians don’t have a family doctor, making ‘hallway medicine’ worse: which party do you trust to fix it?

 

Marijuana

Vote Compass: Should only government-run stores sell weed?

 

Professional Misconduct

Toronto paralegal who ran parking ticket scheme found guilty of professional misconduct

Toronto lawyer disciplined for website that ‘trivialized’ sexual offences

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

 

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

May 18, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

The Ontario Legislature has been dissolved due to a general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Health Care

This 12 year-old Leukemia survivor is fighting for equal access to medicine for all Canadians

N.L. close to announcing funding plan on abortion pill, health minister says

Canadian medical school grads unable to get residency may get a spot under new program funded by military

 

Marijuana

Attention Drivers: If high, don’t get behind the wheel, Ontario police organization says

Ontario police sound alarm over perceived lack of funding for impending marijuana legalization

 

Professional Misconduct

Ottawa doctor suspended after taking $10K loan from elderly patient

 

Mental Health

Celebrities bring awareness to mental health issues

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Where to watch the Royal Wedding in Toronto

 

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

May 11, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

Parliament has been dissolved due to a general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died, and cannot be carried over between Parliaments.

 

Status of Previously Reported Bills

 

Bill Status
Bill 31 – Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018 Royal Assent on May 8 2018.  

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

MOHLTC News Room

Ontario expanding storage and distribution system for tissue transplants

Increasing Access to Health Care in Thorncliff Park

 

Articles of Interest

Health Care

Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts

 

MAID

In 2000, Walkerton’s poisoned water ruined his life. He decided it was time to end it.

 

Professional Misconduct

People have a right to ‘as much transparency as possible’ when it comes to doctors’ pasts, health minister says

This doctor was jailed for child porn. Then Quebec gave him a license.

This Windsor doctor lied, pleaded guilty to fraud and was punished for improper prescribing

Medical Disorder, Part 3 – Regulators expect doctors to tell the truth about their past. Here’s what happens when they don’t.

 

Mental Health

Veterans finding that the next battle is with huge gaps in mental health services

This mental health facility is so crowded, patients sleep in meeting rooms

 

Pharmaceuticals

How the investigation into the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman turned from murder-suicide to double homicide

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

High Park Cherry Blossoms expected to be in full bloom early this week

The best spots to see the cherry blossoms in and around Toronto, besides High Park

 

DDO Health Law Update

May 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 31 – Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018

Ordered for Third Reading on May 3, 2018.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

Regulation 522 – Expanding Inter-provincial Health Care Coverage to Include Home Care Services

 

Regulation 522 would be amended to provide immediate OHIP coverage for individuals moving to Ontario from another province or territory where they were insured under a publicly funded health insurance plan and require access to home care services.

Comments Deadline: June 18, 2018

Info: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=27508&language=en

 

Approved Regulations

 

Proposed Amendments to Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (“HPPA”)

 

The proposed changes to the regulations to HPPA related to Schedule 3 of the Strengthening Quality Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 has been approved. A new authority has been established to permit the regulation of certain recreational water facilities and public service settings

Info: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=25946&language=en

 

MOHLTC News Room

Nearly 500 more long term care beds for seniors in indigenous communities

 

Articles of Interest

 

Health Care

NDP promises OHIP coverage for take-home cancer drugs

Medical malpractice cases take too long and cost taxpayers too much report finds

 

Professional Misconduct

Medical Disorder Part 1: Bad Doctors Who Cross The Border Can Hide their Dirty Secrets. We Dug Them Up.

Medical Disorder Part 2: Canada’s Medical Watchdogs Know More About Bad Doctors Than They Are Telling you

Newboro doctor with ‘special interest’ in pain management suspended for misconduct

This Alberta doctor’s drinking cost him his U.S medical license twice

 

Indigenous Community

OMA apologizes for offending Indigenous peoples

 

Fertility

Paying for surrogacy, sperm and human eggs should not be a crime

Argument of paying for surrogacy, sperm and eggs based on misinformation

 

What’s happening in our city:

50 Things to do this Spring

DDO Health Law Update

April 27, 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 14 – Personal Information Protection Act, 2018 Before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
Bill 31 – Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018 Consideration of  a Bill on April 26, 2018.
Bill 52 – Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Act, 2018 Before the Standing Committee on Social Policy.
Bill PR79 – Kingston Health Sciences Centre Act, 2018 Ordered for Second Reading on April 11, 2018.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

Prescribed Therapies Regulation under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007

 

The College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (“CRPO”) is proposing under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 a regulation that would allow Council to make regulations prescribing therapies involving the practice of psychotherapy, governing the use of prescribed therapies, and prohibiting the use of therapies other than the prescribed therapies in the course of the practice of psychotherapy. This new regulation would apply to all Registered Psychotherapists, both in the provision of the controlled act, as part of the practice of psychotherapy and in the broader scope of practice.

Comments due: June  15, 2018

For more information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=27366&language=en

 

MOHLTC News Room

More than 500 New Long-Term Care Beds for Francophone Seniors

Markham Stouffville Hospital to get 24 hour Midwifery Care Unit

More Hospital Beds, Faster Care for Families in East Toronto

66 More Long-Term Care Beds for Francophone Seniors in Welland
Ontario Funding Additional Residency Positions for Medical Graduates

Ontario Improving Health Care Facilities for Chatham-Kent Area Patients

2018 Budget Boosts Access to Health Care for Kingston Families

 

Articles of Interest

 

Health Care

Hallway Health Care

 

Long-Term Care Homes

Thunder Bay long-term care homes respond to inspections

Province says 232 long term care beds set aside for Northeastern Ontario

 

Professional Misconduct

Sask. Nurse fined $26K for critical online post has appeal dismissed

 

Indigenous Community

Friends to the end: How the suicides of seven Indigenous girls revealed a community undone

 

Consent and Sexual Assault

What do you call it when you don’t consent to sex, but don’t not consent?

DDO Health Law Update

April 20, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

BILLS

 

Bill 31 – Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018

Introduced by Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.  The Bill is in Second Reading debate.

The Bill amends several Acts.  Most relevant to our clients is the amendment to the Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act which would deem Canadian Blood Services as a “hospital” for the purposes of that Act.  The changes acknowledge the integral services that Canadian Blood Services deliver in Ontario affecting patients, and therefore, it is in the public interest that employee strikes and lockouts be replaced with an arbitration process when resolving employee disputes.

For more information:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5838

 

Bill 52 – Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Act, 2018

Introduced by Teresa M. Armstrong, MPP (London–Fanshawe) – Critic, Anti-Racism Directorate; Critic, Home and Long-Term Care; Deputy Third Party Whip; Critic, Seniors’ Affairs; New Democratic Party of Ontario. The second reading of the Bill was carried on April 19, 2018, and it was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

The Bill establishes the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. The Bill sets out the functions and duties of the Minister (see s. 4).

For more information:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5916

 

Bill 48 – Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2018

 

Introduced by Cindy Forster, MPP (Welland) – Caucus Chair; Critic, Labour, Fairness and Work; New Democratic Party of Ontario. The first reading of the Bill was carried on April 16, 2018.

The Bill requires operators of a supportive living accommodation to hold a licence issued by the Minister and fulfill certain obligations under the Act. Supportive living accommodation is defined under s. 2(1) as residential premises where four or more persons, who are not related to the operator, reside and receive assistance with the activities of daily living from, or as arranged by, the operator. Supportive living accommodation requirements to hold a license under this Act do not include the operation of various premises, including long-term care homes, private and public hospitals, retirement homes, etc.

For more information:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5907

 

REGULATIONS

No new proposed regulations.

 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST