April 6, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.
- Bill 32 – Peter Kormos Memorial Act (Trillium Gift of Life Network Amendment), 2018
This Bill is reintroduced to establish a presumed consent regime in Ontario. This Bill amends the Trillium Gift of Life Network Act to no longer require consent to be obtained before tissue can be removed from a human body. However, a person may object to the removal of the tissue prior to his or her death or a substitute decision maker may object after the death has occurred. If an objection is made, no tissue shall be removed from the body. TGLN will establish and maintain a registry of such objections.
Introduced by France Gelinas, MPP (Nickel Belt), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on March 29, 2018.
For more information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5862
- Bill 182, Compassionate Care Act, 2017
This Bill is reintroduced to establish a provincial framework to support improved access to hospice palliative care. This Bill enacts the Compassionate Care Act, 2017, which requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop the provincial framework. The Act requires the Minister to set out the provincial framework one year after the Bill comes into force, and within 5 years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state of hospice palliative care, which should be published on a Government of Ontario website.
Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP (Niagara West – Glanbrook), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on March 29, 2018.
More information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5863
- Bill 35 – Removing Barriers in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act
This Bill is reintroduced. This Bill amends the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991 to modify the scope of practice of audiology and speech-language pathology. The Bill expands the acts that may be performed by a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologist in the course of engaging in the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology.
Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff (MPP – Niagara West-Glanbrook), Opposition, the Bill was carried on First Reading on March 29, 2018.
More information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5865
- Consultations – Potential Regulations for Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018
Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 was passed on March 6, 2018. This new legislation will protect amateur athletes by improving concussion safety on the field and at school. It establishes mandatory requirements for annual review of concussion awareness resources that athletes, coaches, educators and parents are required to review before registering in a sport; removal from sport and return to sport protocol to ensure athletes are immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained concussion; and a concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sports.
The Act is not into effect yet, except for Rowan’s Law Day, which will take place on September 28, 2018.
The government is interested in seeking input from multiple sector partners and the general public through consultation to develop the regulations to support the legislation. Once the feedback is received, the Government will draft regulations which will be posted for additional input.
Comments Due: May 7, 2018
More Information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=27186&language=en
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Articles of Interest
The high cost of accessing public records is a barrier to democracy, experts say
Companies will now have to tell Canadian consumers when their privacy is breached – and do it quickly
Facebook users taking closer look at privacy settings after data news
Ontario doctors say ‘government mismanagement’ to blame for broken health-care system
Kicked, bit and hit, Ontario nurses want people to know about the violence they face
Confused and very alone: Concussion survivor calls for change to N.W.T healthcare
BC cracks down on doctors’ illegal billing with stiff penalties
‘I will never be back to normal.’ Ontario doctor’s license suspended after more than 30 patients filed complaints
Newboro doctor with ‘special interest in pain management’ suspended for misconduct
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