DDO Health Law Update

August 30, 2019: 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 adjourned until October 28, 2019.

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

DDO News and Training

 

DDO Health Law Privacy Officer Training – Early Bird Special!

 

Articles of Interest

Digital Health

Big Data and Health

Epic to Gather Records of 20 Million Patients for Medical Research

Most Patients Say They Would Share Records for Medical Research

Ontario Health Teams: Digital Health Playbook

 

Health Care

Calgary Clinic Using New Device for Neural Therapy

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Seeking to Settle 2,000 Lawsuits for Up To $12B

P.E.I. Woman Spending Life Savings Waiting for Lung Transplant in Toronto

 

Public Health

New Analysis Finds Link Between Vaping and Cannabis Use in Teens, Young Adults

Is This the End of Ebola, ‘King’ of All Diseases?

CEO of Vape Company Juul Says Non-Smokers Shouldn’t Use Their Product

World Health Organization Applauds Pinterest’s ‘Leadership’ in Fighting Vaccine Misinformation

DDO Health Law Update

July 26, 2019: 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 adjourned until October 28, 2019.

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Ontario Newsroom

Ontario investing in new long-term care beds in Mississauga

Ontario investing in new long-term care beds in Brampton

Supporting seniors and their families through consultations across Ontario

 

Articles of Interest

Ontario Health Teams

Barrie healthcare group given green light to submit an application to form an Ontario Health Team

Southlake, partners get thumbs up to continue Ontario Health Team application

Province approves new Ontario Health Team for Windsor-Essex

Focus of Ontario health care restructuring shifts to the community

 

Health Care

The public inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system: Inquiry update

BHATIA: The future of health care is digital

Hospital ‘black boxes’ begin providing data that will help reduce distractions, errors in operating room

 

Cannabis

Ontario First Nation divided over fate of legal cannabis grow-op on its land

Flavonoids are the next big thing in marijuana research

 

Public Health

The vaping epidemic is a major public health threat to our kids

How exactly does fat cause cancer?

 

Things to do

30 things to do in Toronto this weekend

Why Use a Fairness Commissioner?

To enhance the integrity of the procurement process, some organizations consider using a fairness commissioner. This blog post provides a brief description of the role and responsibilities of such an individual, along with the potential benefits of implementing this role.

Description

The role of a fairness commissioner was first envisioned in the Bellamy Report (the “Report”), which was released in 2005 following an inquiry commissioned by Justice Denise Bellamy. It was based on the City of Toronto’s Request for Quotation for new computer acquisition needs. The Report highlighted various findings and recommendations pertaining to the procurement process, both specifically related to the inquiry in question and more generally to apply to all types of procurements.

A copy of the Report can be found at:

https://www.toronto.ca/ext/digital_comm/inquiry/inquiry_site/report/index.html

Fairness commissioners tend to be independent third parties, usually acting as consultants, engaged especially used during complex projects. The role of a fairness commissioner should not be limited to a particular time period of the procurement process – they are to be engaged at the beginning and not just merely at the evaluation stage. The Report noted that having the fairness commissioner involved in the development of the evaluation criteria used to assess submissions is just as important as ensuring adherence to the evaluation criteria.

Advantages of a Fairness Commissioner

There are benefits to including a fairness commissioner throughout the procurement process. For example, the Report noted that having a fairness commissioner involved might make it less likely for the private sector to challenge a particular procurement, thereby saving the organization time and resources. Having a fairness commissioner as part of the procurement process also signals that the process will be more fairly managed and could encourage prospective bidders to participate.

Although not very common, procuring entities should consider whether the advantages provided by a fairness commissioner would be of interest. Consideration should be given especially in cases where:

  • the procurement process could be complex or sensitive, or
  • the goods or services procured are of high value.

DDO is available to provide guidance and best practice strategies on all aspects of broader public sector procurement.

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

 

 

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