DDO Health Law Update

December 21, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



No new bills of interest.




No new and approved regulations of interest.

Articles of Interest



Health Canada release draft regulation for edible cannabis products

Use cash to buy legal cannabis if you’re worried about privacy, watchdog says


Health Care

Jury examining opioid overdose calls on Ontario to declare public health emergency

Ontario health-care providers explore social prescriptions to help patient heal without drugs

Government delivers confusion to Ontario midwives

Coerced sterilization reports sparking concern in Canada’s medical community

Scrubbed: Ontario emergency room chief faces questions about failing to hire any female doctors in 16 years


Professional Regulation and Misconduct

Ontario judge’s advocacy work does not rise to the level of misconduct, panel rules

Ontario’s dental watchdog bares sharp teeth against critics



Doctors back at the table with province as arbitration resumes



“It’s creepy’: Security cameras spotted in plastic surgeon’s consult room


DDO Health Law Update

December 7, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



Bill 66–Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018


This Bill was introduced by Hon. Todd Smith (Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade), Government. It was carried on First Reading on Dec 6, 2018.

This Bill amends and repeals several Acts.

Schedule 8 (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) of the Bill amends the following sections in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 :

  • Subsection 44(10)  –  Remove the Director from the list of persons who must be provided a written notice if the licensee withholds approval for admission.
  • Section 106 – The Director is allowed to determine how public consultations will be conducted
  • Section 112 – The Director is allowed to issue non-renewable temporary emergency licenses for a term of not more than 1 year to accommodate persons affected by a temporary emergency
  • Section 113 – Repealed but any short term authorizations given by the Director before the day of repeal continue to be valid until their authorization period expires

 More Information: Bill 66




No new and approved regulations.



Ontario’s government for the people continues fight to make life easier for Ontarians in busy fall


Articles of Interest



Ont. elementary school students sent to hospital after eating cannabis cookies

Marijuana is now legal in Michigan, but you still can’t take it across the border in Sault Ste. Marie

Two new walk-in clinics in Barrie will prescribe medical marijuana

Nothing hazy about results from Sudbury’s online cannabis survey


Health Care

Is Ontario’s patient ombudsman next on the Ford government chopping block


Mental Health

New free online mental health supports


Professional Misconduct

Sarnia doctor charged with sexual assault, history of convictions, investigation



Sidewalk Labs’s vision and your data privacy: A guide to the saga on Toronto’s waterfront


What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto