Health Law Update

Bills

No new bills of interest.

The House will resume on February 16, 2021.

Regulations

No new and approved regulations of interest.

Government News

Ontario Expands Case and Contact Management Workforce

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between North Wellington Health Care Corporation and Caressant Care Arthur Nursing Home

Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between Unity Health Toronto and Copernicus Lodge

Ontario Supports the Redevelopment of the Bowmanville Hospital

Ontario Continues to Support Employers and Workers during COVID-19

Articles of Interest

COVID-19

With new stay-at-home order, Ontario admits previous COVID-19 lockdown was too weak

1,500 flights and rising as Canadians seek sunny escapes despite surging COVID-19 crisis

2,000 more Canadians could die from COVID-19 in the next 10 days: PHAC

Ford ousts MPP from caucus over open letter pushing for end to COVID-19 lockdown

Stay-at-home order doesn’t give police power to enter homes, pull over drivers, stop pedestrians

COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer to temporarily reduce vaccine deliveries to Canada, minister says

Canada to receive 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a week starting in April: general

A shot in the arm: pharmacies say they can speed up Canada’s vaccination efforts

As Canada falls behind other countries on vaccinations, Trudeau promises to ‘scale up’ deliveries

Health

Quebec College of Physicians calls for cosmetic surgeries to stop during lockdown

How art reflects children’s struggles during pandemic

Indigenous Communities

Surrey’s rejection of Indigenous land acknowledgement enforces systemic racism, BCAFN says

Yellowknives Dene First Nation to meet with federal minister about Giant Mine

Fort McMurray Indigenous homelessness housing project gets $1.1M from council

Data, Privacy and AI

Global AI projects, local privacy laws embracing privacy by design

Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, acknowledges dangerous precedent

Political Unrest in the US

U.S. federal officials say more than 100 people in custody so far in Capitol riot investigation

Canadian internet sleuths, anti-hate group helping to identify Capitol rioters

Things to do this Weekend

Things to do in Toronto (while practicing physical distancing)

Updated Emergency Orders Chart

The updated Emergency Orders chart can be found here:

https://ddohealthlaw.com/app/uploads/2021/01/ROA-and-related-Regs.INQDDO.Jan_.11.20.docx

In summary, the changes to the Stage 1 (Grey zone) lockdown rules include:

  • Work from home where possible
  • Businesses and shopping malls are limited to the hours of 7 AM – 8 PM, or businesses can open by appointment only
  • Schools in: Hamilton, Toronto, Peel, Windsor-Essex, and York are not allowed to provide in-person teaching
  • Gatherings now limited to 5 people

The new stay-at-home order requires all individuals remain in their residences, unless they’re attending to an activity under one the following categories:

  • Work, school and child care
  • Obtaining goods and services
  • Assisting others
  • For Health, safety and legal purposes
  • To move residences
  • For travel outside the province
  • Gatherings
  • Taking care of animals

Disclaimer: This chart is provided for information purposes only and is not legal advice.  The links provided to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/ will contain the text of the regulations in this document; however, the statutes accessible at that site might not reflect these regulatory amendments.  Please consult www.ola.org for the full text of proposed legislation. This chart is current only to the date and time indicated.

Updated Emergency Orders Chart

The updated Emergency Orders chart can be found here:

https://ddohealthlaw.com/app/uploads/2021/01/ROA-and-related-Regs.INQDDO.Jan_.11.20.docx

Disclaimer: This chart is provided for information purposes only and is not legal advice.  The links provided to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/ will contain the text of the regulations in this document; however, the statutes accessible at that site might not reflect these regulatory amendments.  Please consult www.ola.org for the full text of proposed legislation. This chart is current only to the date and time indicated.

Health Law Update

Bills

No new bills of interest.

The House will resume on February 16, 2021.

Regulations

1. Potential Permanent Changes to Enable Digital and Virtual Processes under the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Business Law and Condominium Statutes.

On October 1, 2020, new regulations made under the CA, OBCA, CCA and Condo Act came into force extending the application of the temporary legislative amendments permitting corporations to call and hold meetings through electronic and telephonic means, as applicable, notwithstanding certain requirements, until May 31, 2021, subject to further extension.

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the Ministry) is now seeking public and stakeholder input on whether potential permanent changes or further temporary changes should be proposed to the various business law statutes and to the Condo Act, in relation to virtual processes to help corporations adapt to new ways of doing business that are more digital/virtual allowing for broader participation.

Comment Due Date: February 8, 2021

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=35827&language=en

Government News

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility to Make an Announcement

Ontario Accelerates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Long-Term Care Homes in Priority Regions

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between University Health Network and St. George Care Community

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between Niagara Health System and Oakwood Park Lodge

Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Shalom Village Nursing Home

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between North York General Hospital and Tendercare Living Centre

Articles of Interest

COVID-19

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Friday

Ford promises more restrictions as Ontario reports record 4,249 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario preparing to transfer hospital patients out of regions worst-hit by COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine

Back of the line: Vaccines and the brawl over who goes first

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in new coronavirus variants, study suggests

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Health Canada says 9 adverse reactions after COVID-19 vaccinations are in line with clinical trials

Ontario will now allow pregnant, breastfeeding people to access COVID-19 vaccine

Health

Baby to receive stem cell transplant from mom after no mixed-ethnicity match found

Health Canada postpones overhaul of drug pricing for 6 months

Indigenous Communities

Indigenous-led non-profits say they are better equipped to deliver cultural services than Siloam Mission

Work with communities to address vaccine hesitancy, say Indigenous leaders

Data, Privacy and AI

Facial recognition: Now algorithms can see through face masks

Political Unrest in the US

Insurrection fueled by conspiracy groups, extremists and fringe movements

Twitter permanently suspends Trump from platform

Facebook, Instagram Will Block Trump From Their Platforms Indefinitely

Things to do this Weekend

Things to do in Toronto (while practicing physical distancing)