Mary Jane is a Partner with DDO Health Law, advising on a broad range of health law matters, including:

  • Risk management, strategic and reputational advice. Mary Jane assists clients on issues that create significant clinical or enterprise risk. She is often behind the scenes, providing strategic counsel, conducting investigations, preparing media responses and supporting senior teams to preserve institutional reputation. She routinely advises on the most difficult issues, including disruptive situations involving staff, patients/residents/clients and family members.
  • Health information, privacy and new technologies. Mary Jane provides practical privacy and information management advice. She has extensive experience responding to privacy breaches, advising on the creation of complex shared health information systems, and training the health sector on legislative requirements and key developments. She routinely conducts privacy impact assessments and provides advice on data sharing within large health sector initiatives. She also works extensively on specialized issues in health research and data use, as well as advising on patient portals, discussion boards, website content and assisting mobile app developers in the health care space.
  • Advance care planning, long-term care and end of life. Mary Jane’s deep understanding of health system coordination for seniors, advance care planning and requirements of long-term care homes enables her to provide key compliance and thoughtful advice to her clients. With the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, she recently co-authored a Law Commission of Ontario paper, “Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning in Ontario”. She sits on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
  • Mental health, consent, capacity and substitute decision-making. Mary Jane co-teaches the Mental Health Law course in Osgoode Professional Development’s Health Law LL.M. program. She previously developed and led Osgoode’s Mental Health Certificate Program and chairs Osgoode’s Children’s Mental Health program with Michele Warner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Professional Development’s Health Law LL.M. program. She previously developed and led Osgoode’s Mental Health Certificate Program and chairs Osgoode’s Children’s Mental Health program with Michele Warner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Mary Jane graduated from Mount Allison University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989, specializing in bioethics. She received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. Mary Jane summered and articled at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Legal Services Branch, then immediately started her own law health law practice. She has acted as in-house legal counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals and has sat for the past decade on the Research Ethics Board of Canadian Blood Services. – See more at: http://ddohealthlaw.com/lawyers/mary-jane-dykeman/#sthash.qCl6lrOJ.dpuf

Recent Media

Texas defamation suit picture of an online nightmare: Dykeman

A social media campaign by former clients that destroyed a Texas photographer’s business is a “cautionary tale” of how quickly reputations and businesses can be… Read more

Dykeman receives OBA health law award

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) has recognized Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman as the 2017 recipient of the Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in… Read more

Tragic long-term care home deaths may lead to systemic change

WOODSTOCK, Ont. – A former Ontario nurse admitted Thursday to using insulin to kill eight seniors and hurt six others while the vulnerable individuals were in her care, in… Read more

Dykeman joins forces with marketing gurus for UltimateAttorney.com launch

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman is part of a unique collaboration that has launched UltimateAttorney.com, as online coaching and e-learning… Read more

Rosen, Dykeman to co-chair health-care privacy, information management program

Toronto health lawyers Lonny Rosen and Mary Jane Dykement will co-chair and share their insights at the ‘2017 Legal Guide to Privacy & Information Management in Healthcare’… Read more

Bill 84 proposes legislative changes to support medical assistance in dying

Ontario’s Bill 84, introduced Dec. 7, is a step towards the creation of a responsive framework for those who choose to provide or receive medical assistance in dying,… Read more

Ontario passes amendments to protect patient privacy, improve transparency

Reforms to health privacy legislation that passed third reading in the Ontario legislature this week to enhance patient privacy, bringing the province into line with several… Read more

Medical aid in dying law narrows scope set by SCC

OTTAWA – The federal government has introduced a long-awaited and controversial new law spelling out the conditions in which seriously ill or dying Canadians may seek… Read more

Health sector privacy officer training offered this spring

Back by popular demand, Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training, featuring 20 hours… Read more

Dykeman, Rosen to co-chair Osgoode healthcare privacy program

Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and Lonny Rosen will chair the upcoming 2016 Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management in Healthcare program, run by… Read more

Decision in Ontario’s first physician-assisted death case ‘not surprising’

TORONTO – An elderly man who won court approval Thursday to have a doctor help him die – likely this weekend – pleaded with the government to change the law… Read more

The Huddle™: Unique on-demand health system videos launch today

The Huddle™ – a one-of-a-kind, on-demand video series that answers everyday questions about how to navigate the health-care system… Read more

Assisted death cases highlight larger questions around the issue

It’s not clear how many Canadians have applied to the courts for physician-assisted deaths, but some experts say the first case involving a terminally ill Alberta woman has set an… Read more

Substitute decision-makers and the health care system

It’s a good idea to have a conversation about who will make health-care decisions on your behalf – and what those decisions should be – if you’re ever not… Read more

Quebec’s assisted dying law enacted as legal questions remain

Quebec is at a crossroads on end-of-life legal issues, with its medical-aid-in-dying law (formerly Bill 52) now in force after many years of public consultation, says… Read more

Dykeman to host health privacy webinar in Osgoode elder law series

On Jan. 14, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present the first session in a seven-part webinar series on elder law, hosted by Osgoode Professional… Read more

Mental health law evolving for patients, lawyers

Although mental health has been sheltered from public discourse for many years, this area of law has been changing significantly, creating many opportunities for advocacy, Toronto… Read more

Dykeman to provide insight into key issues in long-term care homes

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present a primer on key issues in long-term care homes at the upcoming 2015 Guide to Advising the Elderly Client program… Read more

Significant decision in hospital privacy breach case

The Supreme Court of Canada will not grant leave to appeal in a landmark privacy breach case at an Ontario hospital, say Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and… Read more

Three day program to focus on health-sector privacy officer training

Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP (DDO Health Law) is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training this fall, featuring… Read more

Required reporting, doubling fines may stem privacy breaches

The progression from paper files to shared electronic records is a likely reason why Ontario’s provincial government is aiming to put more teeth into the legislation… Read more

Significant amendments to Ontario’s health privacy legislation announced

It’s a significant step forward that Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced today amendments to its health privacy legislation, under the Health… Read more

New series to focus on employment law issues for health care organizations

Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP will be hosting a new monthly call-in program dedicated to employment law issues for health care organizations, led by… Read more

Ottawa launches consultation on assisted dying: Dykeman

OTTAWA – The Harper government is finally set to announce its long-promised public consultation process on the contentious issue of doctor-assisted dying. As part of… Read more

Webinar to explain impact of Carter v. Canada on health care providers

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will co-present an upcoming webinar on physician-assisted dying, a term used in the recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)… Read more

Course to focus on legal risk management for nurses

Toronto health lawyers, Mary Jane Dykeman and Elyse Sunshine are set to co-chair an upcoming program on legal risk management for nurses, hosted by Osgoode Professional… Read more

Ontario to strengthen health privacy legislation

Toronto health lawyer, Mary Jane Dykeman says proposed amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), if enacted, will deter those… Read more

Prescribing anti-psychotics in long-term care homes; report

A recently released Health Quality Ontario (HQO) report prompts a welcome discourse about the circumstances in which anti-psychotic medications are administered in long-term care… Read more

A need for sexuality policies in long-term care homes?

A recent case in Iowa that focused on questions about when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex highlights important legal issues that are becoming… Read more

Webinar to provide insight on physician-assisted suicide laws

On April 24, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will be part of an expert panel to provide an update on the law around physician-assisted suicide following the Supreme… Read more

Dykeman to chair Osgoode healthcare privacy program 

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will chair the upcoming 2015 Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management in Healthcare program, run by Osgoode Professional… Read more

Supreme Court reverses ban on doctor assisted death; unconstitutional

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and “irremediable”… Read more

Draft policy reshapes how end-of-life care is decided

A draft policy from Ontario’s College of Physicians & Surgeons that directs doctors to obtain the consent of patients or their families before deciding… Read more

Dykeman speaks at Advocates’ Society Fall Convention

Health-care issues, including mental-health issues, affect everyone – whether it’s a family member, co-worker, client, someone appearing before a judge or… Read more

SCC case on assisted suicide ‘timely and important’

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman says a Supreme Court case that’s looking at whether this country’s ban on assisted suicide protects or violates the fundamental rights of… Read more

Quebec’s end-of-life bill puts Canada at a ‘crossroads’

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman says Quebec’s new end-of-life-care bill puts Canada at a “crossroads” in the long-standing public debate about physician-assisted suicide… Read more

Dykeman on impact of landmark SCC case

It doesn’t appear as if a landmark Supreme Court case – Cuthbertson v. Rasouli – has specifically led to a “marked” increase in end-of-life cases at the… Read more

 

Mary Jane Dykeman has been recognized by Best Lawyers®  Canada 2014-2018 in the field of Health Care Law.

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