DDO Health Law – COVID-19

COVID-19 has the potential to affect all of us in many ways. At DDO Health Law, and our sister firm, INQ Data Law, we are gathering the lessons already learned in operating in this new environment, and will post them here. This includes on clinical matters, health services delivery (including virtual care); privacy and information management; corporate and commercial matters; governance; regulated health professions; procurement; risk management (including reputational risk); public policy and more.

The health and safety of our staff and clients is of paramount importance. In light of the pandemic, we have closed our offices in Toronto and Ottawa but continue to deliver uninterrupted services.

We are proud to have taken measures in 2019 to operate a seamless legal services experience for lawyers and clients working virtually. Last year, we moved to an agile office space that supports remote working, purchased technical tools to support a completely paperless office, and we have equipped our lawyers with resources to easily work remotely, including using video tools to stay connected. Our continued goal is to provide exceptional service.

In the meantime, here is the full text of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which applies when an emergency has been declared as is the case with COVID-19 today, March 17: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e09#BK13.

This Act creates broad authority for emergency orders to be issued, including to compel the collection, use and disclosure of information where necessary to prevent, respond to or alleviate the effects of the emergency. Orders are in place for as long as necessary; and with limitations on intrusiveness. See s. 7.0.2(4) for a list of emergency orders that may be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (or if delegated, by a provincial Minister or the Commissioner of Emergency Management). See also paragraph 13 of section 7.02(4) for authority to make emergency orders compelling the collection, use or disclosure of information during a declared emergency. See sections 7.02(7)-(9) for the limits on intrusiveness of such orders – including special rules for research if information is de-identified or consent of the person is obtained.

We wish you and your families continued health and safety in these unprecedented times as we work collectively to contain COVID-19’s impact.

Kathy O’Brien: Annual General Meetings (AGMs) Tips

Kathy O'Brien

The Huddle Podcast: Episode 9

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Kathy O’Brien, founding partner of DDO Health Law, talks about Annual General Meetings (AGMs) in the health care sector.

Kathy offers practical tips about:

  • When to hold an AGM
  • What happens if someone wants to ask questions from the floor
  • What rules apply

Click here for more information about Kathy O’Brien.


Updated April 2016 – Proposed Changes to Ontario’s Health Privacy Legislation – Bill 119

Bill 119 proposes to amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).  DDO Health Law has prepared a blacklined version of PHIPA so it is easy to see the proposed changes:

Proposed Changes to PHIPA through Bill 119 Blacklined Not Official Version 2016


Caution: This is for general information purposes only and is not an official version.  These changes are not yet law and there may be further future amendments.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Mary Jane Dykeman       mjdykeman@ddohealthlaw.com

Kathy O’Brien                    kobrien@ddohealthlaw.com

What is Health Law? Interview with Lonny Rosen, Co-Founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP

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The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, DDO interviews Lonny Rosen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Lonny is co-founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP. He advises individual, corporate and institutional clients with respect to health care legislation and policies, and represents clients in a wide range of civil and administrative proceedings. He regularly represents health professionals in complaint and discipline matters, investigations, audits and peer reviews, hospital privileges disputes and in hearings before various health tribunals. Lonny is also certified as a Health Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Lonny talks about:

  • What he loves about working with health sector clients
  • What is “advocacy” and the difference between a solicitor’s practice and a litigator’s practice
  • Opportunities and challenges in using social media in a legal practice

For more information about Lonny: http://rosensunshine.com/health-lawyers/lonny-rosen/

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.

What is Health Law? Interview with Sarah Cohen, Founder of Fertility Law Canada and D2Law LLP Lawyer


The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Mary Jane Dykeman interviews Sarah Cohen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Sarah is founder of Fertility Law Canada and a lawyer with D2Law LLP. She. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, but with clients throughout Canada and beyond.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Sarah talks about:

  • How she came to practice and specialize in fertility law
  • What fertility law is and the kinds of supports her clients need
  • Why she loves her work

For more information about Sarah: http://www.fertilitylawcanada.com/sara-r-cohen.html

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.