DDO Health Law Update

March 22, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 74 has been ordered to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Toronto cannabis retail stores struggle to open by April 1 deadline

 

Wettlaufer

Wettlaufer inquiry won’t be expanded, judge rules

 

Health Care System

Ontario Health Minister announces 1157 new long term care beds

Shot in the dark: On vaccinations for measles and other diseases, data gaps leave Canadians guessing

DDO Health Law Update

March 15, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 74 is currently being debated at Second Reading.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Province unlikely to meet promise of 25 cannabis shops by April 1, analysis shows

 

Health Care System

A cautionary tale for new Ontario health board

Ontario premier says management-level jobs will be axed amid health-care system overhaul

Questions raised about transparency as board of new health super agency meets in secret

Health-care improvement starts with sharing records and data

Ontario begins dismantling local health integration system

Will the Ford government’s health plan harm organ donation?

Three senior members of the council that regulates Ontario chiropractors have made anti-vaccination statements

 

Autism Program

Big changes are coming to Ontario’s autism program – here’s what you should know

Layoffs starting at autism clinics in Ontario as new autism funding changes loom

Ontario to look into school exclusions of children with autism

Autism changes should be delayed, experts urge Ford government

 

Physicians and Nurses

Toronto surgeons seeking handgun ban accuses firearms rights group of trying to intimidate her

Man arrested after alleged attack leaves Moncton nurse with head trauma, broken nose

Lawyers demand police hand over evidence of more alleged crimes by Elizabeth Wettlaufer

 

Professionalism and Compliance

Doctors, nurses prepare for new Alberta bill to protect patients from sexual abuse

Dr. Schwarz suspended by Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons

New Nova Scotia regulatory body on the way for nurses, but union say it doesn’t address health-care ‘crisis’

 

Things to do this Weekend

Things to do this Weekend

Weekend fun includes St. Patrick’s Day and March break events

DDO Health Law Update

March 8, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 74 is currently being debated at Second Reading.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Government News

News Release: Ontario’s Government for the People Affirms Patient Values and Health Care Expectations

Patient Declaration of Values for Ontario

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Ontario could be a cannabis tourism hotspot, market researcher suggests

First Ontario cannabis retail store license issued by AGCO

Police issue warning after seizing $1.7M of cannabis edibles that look like candy

 

Health Care System

Opinion: Integrated health care teams will improve service delivery in Ontario

Windsor Essex County Health Unit programs cancelled amid looming nurse strike

Re-centralizing? Re-organizing? What exactly is Ontario doing to its health-care system?

Ontario health teams are useful incremental change

Measles case confirmed in Ontario, public health groups urge immunization

 

Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence Matures, Healthcare Eyes Data Aggregation

UofT News: Effect of AI on health care will be all-encompassing, U of T graduate students say in study

How artificial intelligence will change healthcare

For AI to become the great equalize we must address the inequality

Laws should monitor bias in AI, experts say

 

Physicians

Ontario doctors’ contract to increase health spending by $1.5B: watchdog

 

Professionalism and Compliance

Savic’s office open for records retrieval

Controversial N.S. chiropractor surrenders license, admits to ‘professional incompetence’

 

Self-Care

You need to watch these hidden gem shows on Netflix Canada if you need something to binge watch

DDO Health Law Update

March 1, 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

This Bill was introduced by Hon. Christine Elliot, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.  It was carried on First Reading.

Bill 74 enacts the Connecting Care Act, 2019. If passed, the legislation will significantly change the Ontario’s health care system.  This Act would consolidate multiple health care agencies and organizations within a single agency, Ontario Health, to oversee health care delivery, and provide clinical guidance and support to enable better quality care.  Ontario Health would be created by dissolving and amalgamating the following organizations:

  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • eHealth Ontario
  • HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
  • Health Shared Services Ontario
  • Ontario Health Quality Council
  • Trillium Gift of Life Network
  • Any LHINs
  • Any other prescribed organization that receives funding from the Ministry or Ontario Health, and that provides programs/services that are consistent with the objects of Ontario Health.

The Minister will be given very broad powers to integrate the health system through integration orders; dissolve organizations; and transfer assets, liabilities, rights, obligations and employees of certain organizations to Ontario Health.

The Bill amends the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act to provide for an Indigenous health council and a French language health services advisory council to advise the Minister.

A number of other Acts and regulations will be amended or repealed:

  • Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010
  • Excellent Care for All Act, 2010
  • Health Protection and Promotion Act
  • Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994
  • Local Health System Integration Act, 2006
  • Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
  • Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004
  • Public Hospitals Act
  • Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017
  • Substitute Decisions Act, 1992
  • Trillium Gift of Life Network Act
  • Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010
  • Patients First Act, 2016
  • Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017.

 

Please note the above list is not exhaustive.

 

More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-74

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Police wrong to shut down medical pot shops, says lawyer

 

Health Care System

Ontario urged to look at health-care super agency pitfalls that other provinces faced

What you need to know about Ontario’s new model for health care

Grand River Hospital cuts 25 full-time an 15 part-time nurses: ONA

 

Professionalism

Getting away with pharmacy fraud is no problem in Ontario

New doctors facing a medical residency in Canada face ‘match day’ with few available spots

Ontario’s Law Society benchers split over new proposals for disciplining lawyers

 

Self-Care

Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes

 

DDO Health Law Update

February 22, 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.

 

Status of Previously Reported Bills

 

Bill Status Link
Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 Second Reading https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-66
Bill 64, Noah and Gregory’s Law (Transition to Adult Developmental Services and Supports), 2019 Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-64

 

Bill 63, Right to Timely Mental Health and Addiction Care for Children and Youth Act, 2019-02-22 Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-63

 

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Like Smart Serve, but for cannabis: Ontario unveils mandatory retail pot training certificate

Canada’s largest cannabis company has its eye on new London store

 

Health Care System

Ontario legislature returns after winter break, policing legislation expected

Developmentally disabled more likely to encounter issues with health-care system: study

Nurses press to end hallway health care during visit to Queen’s Park

 

Privacy

Privacy commissioner to investigate sale of health data

Medical-record software companies are selling your health data

 

Professionalism

Ontario’s top court to get unisex change room following petition

Former head of Sick Kids’ Motherrisk lab gives up medical license amid investigation

 

Things to do this Weekend

18 things to do in Toronto this weekend

 

DDO Health Law Update

February 19, 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.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Autism Funding

3 rallies planned Friday to protest changes to Ontario autism program

 

Health Care

Why privatization is not the biggest issue with Ontario’s health reforms

Ontario’s looming health care reforms are being rushed through to limit public scrutiny critics say

 

Privacy

Supreme Court rules girls deserve privacy at school, criminalizes voyeuristic filming by teacher

Opinion: The Supreme Court’s Jarvis ruling delivers a win for privacy, but it’s a missed opportunity for equality

Not all privacy breaches of Humboldt Bronco’s records by doctors are ‘snooping,’ says college