DDO Health Law Update

June 29, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

New bills will be added after the new Parliament begins.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

MAID

Assisted dying was supposed to be an option. To some patients, it looks like the only one

 

Long-Term Care and Palliative Care

Opinion: It took two years to close a cruel loophole in palliative care, even with legislative consensus. Why?

 

Opioids Crisis

More than half a million prescription drugs are stolen each year – and most are opioids

Drug Resistance: The climate change of human health. Is Canada ready?

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Systemic problems still exist in long-term care, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

 

Court Proceedings

Ontario judge refuses family’s pleas to keep brain dead woman on life-support

Supreme Court won’t hear Motherrisk Case

 

Marijuana

‘Deeply concerned.’: Marijuana legalization moving too fast for most Canadians, poll suggests

Feds unveil cannabis regulations, say past pot conviction may not prevent participation

Ottawa isn’t putting a cap on the potency of many cannabis products

 

Professional Misconduct

Ontario doctors disciplined for sending profane emails to medical association lead

Obstetrician with privileges at North York hospital induced labour in patients without their consent for more than a decade

 

Mental Health

U of T approves policy that could place students with mental health issues on leave

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Heat warning issued for Toronto as temperature nears 30c

Canada Day in Toronto & GTA 2018

Things to do in this weekend

DDO Health Law Update

June 22, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Parliament has been dissolved due to the general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died, and cannot be carried over between Parliaments.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Long-Term Care

Nursing home puts the care in healthcare

The Fix: Dementia Program

Watch the transformation of Malton Village’s dementia unit

 

Marijuana

Doug Ford wants consultations on marijuana sales in Ontario

Legal recreational marijuana: what you need to know

Trudeau says pot will be legal as of Oct 17, 2018

 

Physicians

OMA accepts premier-desigante Ford’s ‘olive branch,’ returns to bargaining table

 

Indigenous People

Everyday racism hinders indigenous women with HIV from accessing care

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Pride event, other festivals to close roads

Here’s what’s happening at Pride weekend in Toronto

DDO Health Law Update

June 15, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Parliament has been dissolved due to the general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died, and cannot be carried over between Parliaments.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Healthcare

Rural healthcare advocates say new rules will hurt attracting doctors to small Ontario towns

 

Election

7 bold actionable ways Doug Ford can actually get Ontario working again

 

Marijuana

Quebec passes long-awaited cannabis law

The marijuana nightmare: Trudeau is legalizing weed, but it hasn’t been pretty

Marijuana won’t be legal on July 1, and here’s why

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Nursing home didn’t follow reporting rules, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

Wettlaufer called ‘angel of death’ by colleague, public inquiry hears

Ex-boss was told Wettlaufer was on a ‘do not hire’ list under maiden name, inquiry hears

 

Privacy

OHIP billings should not be public because ‘doctors are different’ court told

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Now Underway – Consultation on a Future Framework for Palliative Care in Canada

The federal government passed a private member’s bill (C-277), the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act, on December 12, 2017. As required by the Act, the federal government is consulting on the future of palliative care in Canada – specifically, in the context of the availability of physician-assisted death. The goal is to develop a framework for access to high quality palliative care in hospitals, home care, long-term care facilities and residential hospices.

According to is website, the federal government is now seeking input from health care professionals across Canada, health system experts, caregivers, people living with life-threatening illnesses, and interested Canadians about their long-term vision for palliative care in Canada, including access, education, support and training for caregivers. The consultation seeks ideas and experiences on the following topics:

  • Definition of palliative care
  • Advance care planning
  • Person and family-centred care
  • Challenges facing people living with life-threatening illness
  • Consistent access to palliative care
  • Special populations (i.e., Indigenous, infants, children and youth, homeless, rural and remote communities, LGBTQ2, people living with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and others)
  • Health care provider education, training and supports
  • Caregiver training and supports
  • Community engagement
  • Bereavement

This is a great opportunity to have your organization’s voice heard and to give your administrators and health care staff a chance to contribute to the development of public policy.  The voices of health care providers, caregivers and their families are also an integral part of these consultations about the future of palliative care in Canada.

Submissions are due by July 13, 2018 and may be made in writing or on-line.  For help making a submission, please get in touch with me: spalter@ddohealthlaw.com. If you are interested in reading the Act, it is available here: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-277/royal-assent

By December 11, 2018, the report of the federal Minister of Health that sets out the framework for palliative care must be presented to the House of Parliament and 10 days after that the report must be posted on Health Canada’s website.  Watch this blog to stay informed.

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

June 8, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Parliament has been dissolved due to the general election being called.  Please note any bill that did not reach Royal Assent is deemed to have died, and cannot be carried over between Parliaments.

 

Proposed Regulations

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Healthcare

Woman seeks doctor. Must be willing to prescribe opioids.

Wait list for family doctors reaches 50,000 in Nova Scotia

 

Election

Doug Ford is Ontario’s next premier

Doug Ford is Ontario’s next premier: Here’s what he promised to do for the province

Voter turnout in Ontario election strongest in this millennium

Ontario election results 2018: poll-by-poll riding vote map

 

Marijuana

Senate approves marijuana legalization bill with dozens of amendments

Marijuana industry seek ‘creative ways’ to brand product

 

Professional Misconduct

Vaughan nurse ran unlicensed cosmetic clinic linked to woman’s death, police say

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Wettlaufer  inquiry: a health-care system failure

Care home’s medication rooms not covered by cameras, Wettlaufer public inquiry hears

Union’s defence of Elizabeth Wettlaufer was ‘grossly disappointing’ says employment lawyer

Globe editorial: A horror story exposes poor management in nursing homes

Nurses union under scrutiny at Elizabeth Wettlaufer inquiry

 

Privacy

Health, credit card data left unsecured at Ontario-based fitness app PumpUp

 

Mental Health

Anthony Bourdain – a life in pictures

Remembering Kate Spade’s Stylish life in Photos

In the wake of Kate Spade’s death, taking a different view on suicide

Kate Spade death compels writer to share powerful story of loss

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Crisis Centres

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Netflix Canada in June 2018: What’s coming (and going) this month