DDO Health Law Update

June 7, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

Bill 74, the People’s Health Care Act, 2019

Schedule A to Bill 74, the Connecting Care Act, 2019, was proclaimed into force on June 6.

 

Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019

 

I reported on this Bill before, but it received royal assent on May 29, 2019. See below for summary as a refresher.

 

This Bill was introduced by Hon. Victor Fedeli, Minister of Finance.

 

The Bill includes 61 schedules, each relating to amendments to a different existing statute. The following schedules might be of interest to the health care community:

Schedule 31 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Amendments include data integration, provision for the designation of units within ministries that may collect personal information in order to compile information for among other things the planning for the delivery of programs and services provided, provides for rules governing the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information and the Information and Privacy Commissioner is given the authority to conduct reviews of the units’ practices and procedures.

The grounds on which personal information can be disclosed under Part III of the Act are also amended.
Schedule 53 Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997 Section 8 of the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997 is repealed and replaced. The new section 8 provides that the Act applies when two or more health service providers are amalgamated or when all, or substantially all, of the assets of one health service provider are transferred to another health service provider. Rules respecting the application of the Act in those circumstances are also set out. The Lieutenant Governor in Council is given the power to make regulations that provide for transitional matters in connection with the implementation of these amendments, and complementary and consequential amendments are also made.
Schedule 61 Vital Statistics Act The Schedule amends the Vital Statistics Act. Instead of tabling in the Assembly the annual report of registrations under the Act that subsection 3 (5) requires the Registrar General to prepare, the Registrar General is required to publish it in a manner that the Registrar General considers appropriate.
In deciding under subsection 34 (1) to correct an error made in a registration, the Registrar General no longer requires a statutory declaration to supplement evidence of the error. The Schedule adds powers for the Registrar General to make regulations governing the correction of errors in a registration. It also transfers some of the present regulation-making powers of the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Registrar General.

More Information: Bill 100

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Ontario Newsroom

 

Ontario Government Protecting What Matters Most

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Ontario’s Government for the People Marks One-Year Anniversary

Ontario government taking a flexible, fair and reasonable approach to managing public sector compensation

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

How do you sell cannabis vape devices you’re not allowed to show the customer? Turns out it’s hard

Ontario signs new deals to ease cannabis supply crunch

 

Ontario Health Teams 

Updated Timelines for Ontario Health Teams

 

Health Care 

Families of patients with SMA meet with Ontario health minister, hope ‘miracle drug’ will get funded

Unions push back after Ontario moves to cap public-sector wage increases

Ontario government moves to cap pay increases for public service workers

 

Privacy

P.E.I: 1041 dental patients identified in privacy breach

Exclusive: Privacy commissioner suspends consultation following Equifax data breach, says lawyer

 

Professionalism

Disgraced former fertility doctor’s actions now subject to disciplinary hearing

 

Things to do this Weekend

40 things to do in Toronto this weekend

 

 

 

 

Ontario Health Teams – Update on Timelines

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced updated timelines for the process by which it will identify the first cohort of Ontario Health Teams. The Ministry has extended the time period for its review of submitted self-assessments. Rather than issuing invitations to submit full applications in early June, as previously expected, the Ministry now anticipates beginning to issue such invitations in early July. The deadline for submitting full applications is correspondingly extended until September of this year.

The Ministry update describing the revised timelines for Ontario Health Teams can be found at the following website: https://mailchi.mp/ontario/june-06-update?e=ca30a798b1.

DDO Health Law Update

June 3, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

 

This Bill introduced by Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was carried on First Reading. The Bill enacts two Schedules:

  • Schedule 1 – Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence Act, 2019
    • Ontario Health shall establish and maintain within Ontario Health, a Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence.
  • Schedule 2 – Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2019
    • This Schedule enacts the Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2019 and makes a complementary amendment to the Limitations Act, 2002
    • The Act give Ontario a direct and distinct action against manufacturers and wholesalers of opioid products to recover costs of health care benefits caused or contributed by an opioid-related wrong.
    • Ontario can recover the cost of health care benefits with respect to particular individual insured persons or on an aggregate basis, with respect to a population of insured persons.
    • The Act also changes the rules with respect to the limitation periods. Section 6 of the Act permits an action for damages or for recovery of the cost of of health care benefits, alleged to have been caused or contributed by an opioid-related wrong, to be commenced by Ontario before, or within 15 years after, that section comes into force.

More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-116

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Ontario Newsroom

https://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2019/05/ontario-takes-action-to-protect-privacy-and-personal-data.html

https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/05/improving-quality-mental-health-and-addictions-services-across-ontario.html

https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/05/members-of-the-ontario-autism-program-advisory-panel.html

 

Articles of Interest

 

Ontario Health Teams 

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2019/05/30/what-is-needed-for-ontario-health-teams-to-succeed.html

 

Health Care 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-couple-pledges-100m-for-endowment-one-of-canada-s-biggest-ever-1.4442747

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-clark-monday-announcement-1.5150991

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/smoking-leave-the-pack-behind-doug-ford-1.5156620

 

Mental Health

https://globalnews.ca/news/5320551/ontario-government-mental-health-addictions-agency/

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/05/31/ontarios-mental-health-courts-help-keep-people-from-jail-but-many-racialized-defendants-dont-know-they-exist-report-says.html

 

#WetheNorth

https://globalnews.ca/video/5334875/artist-behind-mural-of-raptors-kawhi-leonard-says-torontos-energy-after-previous-finals-inspired-design

https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-prove-theyre-unfazed-unfamiliar-spotlight-historic-win/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-real-meaning-of-the-toronto-raptors-run-to-the-nba-finals/

 

 

 

DDO Health Law Update

May 24, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

No new bills of interest.

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

DDO Training, Blogs and Articles

 

Venue seating sold out for the Privacy Officer training May 30, 2019.   Webcast spaces still available.

Sign up for Privacy Officer Training!

 

Articles of Interest

 

Ontario Health Teams and Partnerships

Haliburton Highlands Ontario Health Team proposed

Orillia group makes pitch to form an Ontario Health Team

Eastern Ontario rural health units say merging with Ottawa doesn’t make sense

 

Health Care and Not-for-Profit Sector

10 ex-Ontario health ministers issue joint letter decrying ‘attack on public health’

Opinion: Ontario health minister’s modernization plan: cut now, figure out the details later

‘Death by donation’: Why some doctors say organs should be removed from some patients before they die

Children’s aid societies facing $28M cut in provincial funding

Opinion: Defence of public health care has begun in a B.C. courtroom

 

Artificial Intelligence

Ontario government cuts $24 million in funding to two artificial intelligence research institutes

Doug Ford met with chorus of boos at Collision conference amid string of tech funding cuts

 

Privacy

Toronto plastic surgeon told to remove security cameras from consult rooms

Nova Scotia: More than 2,500 privacy breaches at N.S. Health authority in recent years, report says

New ‘digital charter’ to emphasize Canadians’ control over personal data

Opinion: Five reasons Canada’s Digital Charter will be a bust before it even gets going

Part X of the CYFSA: A Guide to Access and Privacy for Service Providers

 

Things to do this Weekend

35 things to do this weekend

DDO Health Law Update

May 16, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

  1. Bill 114, Nancy Rose Act (Paediatric Hospice Palliative Care Strategy), 2019

 

Introduced by Sandy Shaw (MPP – Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas), NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading.

This Bill enacts the Nancy Rose Act (Paediatric Hospice Palliative Care Strategy), 2019. The Act requires the MOHLTC to develop and implement a paediatric hospice palliative care strategy for Ontario.

More Information: Bill 114

 

  1. Bill 102, Closing Oversight Loopholes for Home Care Clinics Act, 2019

 This Bill is still before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

 More Information: Bill 102

 

  1. Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019

This Bill is in Third Reading.

More Information: Bill 100

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

DDO Training, Blogs and Articles

Sign up for Privacy Officer Training!

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

New cannabis license rules could make Canada’s supply shortage even worse

 

Ontario Health Teams and Partnerships

Province’s plan to redraw health unit boundary raises concerns

Northumberland County health care stakeholders propose Ontario Health Team model

Kawartha Lakes groups discuss forming Ontario Health Team

Area health-care providers take first step for system overhaul

Huron Perth Healthcare wants to establish an Ontario Health Team

 

MAID

Answering the call for an assisted death has ‘taught me more about living my life than dying’: MAID Manager

Ontario’s highest court rules doctors must give referrals for services they oppose

Ontario’s top court rules religious doctors must offer patients an ‘effective referral’ for assisted dying, abortion

 

Health Care

Ontario public health cuts will endanger the public

Regulator rejects complaints against Toronto doctor who called for gun ban after Danforth shooting

Proposed $1.1 billion class-action suit targeting opioid drug makers filed in Ontario

Stem cell research institute latest victim of Ford government cost cutting

US generic drug companies hit by price-fixing claims

 

Abortion

Could Alabama’s abortion ban embolden supporters in Canada?

Opinion: Anti-abortion activists are wrong – but so is Canadian law

Trudeau says U.S. state abortion bans are ‘backsliding on women’s rights’

Doug Ford says abortion issue won’t be reopened

 

Artificial Intelligence

Canada’s artificial intelligence boom: How it will change our lives

 

Things to do this Weekend

Things to do on Victoria Day long weekend in Toronto

DDO Health Law Update

May 10, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

  1. Bill 102, Closing Oversight Loopholes for Home Care Clinics Act, 2019

 

This Bill is still before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

More Information: Bill 102

 

  1. Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019

 

This Bill is still before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

More Information: Bill 100

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

DDO Training, Blogs and Articles

 

Sign up for Privacy Officer Training Launch Day May 30th!

New rules should spark procurement practice review – Michael Gleeson

 

Government Newsroom

 

Ontario investing in mental health to improve community safety and support frontline workers

Ontario adding more mental health and addiction services in communities across the province

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

In the wake of alarming stories, Canadians are less open to marijuana edibles: poll

Health Canada changes cannabis licensing process in bid to cut wait times

 

Ontario Health Teams and Partnerships

No rush for local health team proposal

Elgin-St. Thomas groups looking to form Ontario Health Team

Health Providers hope OHT will encompass Grey Bruce

Health units in northern Ontario brace for big change

Become an Ontario Health Team

Local hospital corporations ponder amalgamation in response to reforms

Two mental health organizations in Whitby join forces

Wellington Health Care Alliance meets to discuss new Ontario health reforms

 

Health Care

‘It’s about coming together’: mental health funding announced same day advocate speaks in Windsor

Ontario to expand use of mobile crisis teams to help first responders

Midwives mark 25 years in Ontario’s health-care system

Ontario Telemedicine Network lays off 44 staff

Ontario cut eHealth and research budgets, spending documents show

25 years after phase-out began, Ontario is cancelling remaining red-and-white health cards

Health minister maintains more ‘virtual care’ coming despite layoffs

‘People are in despair’: MP delivers farewell speech with plea for palliative care improvements

 

Professionalism and Compliance

Ontario doctor wins cyber libel case against malicious web critic

Ontario doctor who sexually abuses four patients during exams loses licence

Former NOSM resident has license suspended by Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons

 

Artificial Intelligence

AI in health care is not about replacing humans

How conversational AI could remake health care

Aging seniors to reap long-term health benefits from Edmonton-based artificial intelligence project

How Canadian AI is kick-starting new discoveries in health and science

Edmonton doctors, AI scientists team up with drug giant in health software project

 

Insightful Reads

How I survived a psychotic break

For people with dementia, a fight for the right to die

 

Things to do this Weekend

Things to do this weekend in Toronto