January 10, 2020: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.



  1. Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019 received royal assent on December 10, 2019.


  1. Bill 153, Long Term Cares Home Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019


This Bill was introduced by Catherine Fife (Waterloo), NDP. It was referred to the Standing Committee on December 12, 2019.


The Bill amends the Residents’ Bill of Rights set out in section 3 of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 by adding the right of residents not to be separated from their spouses upon admission but to have accommodation made available for both spouses so that they may continue to live together.


More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-153


Proposed and Approved Regulations


  1. REG 191/18 (Personal Information), Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA)


The proposed regulatory provisions that fall under O. REG 191/18 are now in force as of January 1, 2020:


Ontario Newsroom

Government of Ontario Protecting the Health Care System from Fraud

Ontario Supporting St. Joseph’s Health Centre Redevelopment in Toronto


Articles of Interest


Ontario Health

Anderson reflects on tenure at Lakeridge Health



Wait for a ‘high’ before gobbling more cannabis edibles, doctors say



Ontario sets July 1 as official end date for red-and-white health cards

‘A deeper love’: CTV News’ Marcia MacMillan shares her mother’s journey with dementia 2

Editorial Board: Ontario should end religious exemption for vaccination

Ontarians urged to get travel insurance as out-of-country OHIP coverage officially ends

How to avoid a massive holiday health care bill when OHIP out-of-country coverage ends

First confirmed case of severe vaping-related illness reported in Alberta

Dementia prevention vaccine ready for human trials, researchers say


First Nations

Dr. Nadine Caron named as First Nations Health Authority chair at UBC



eHealth Saskatchewan hit by ransomware attack but personal health data is secure, says CEO.

Patient desperately needs his health records, but disgraced doctor won’t give them up

Are LifeLabs hack victims risking their privacy to get free credit monitoring?

3 Healthcare Cybersecurity Trends to Watch in 2020



A.I. Comes to the Operating Room

AI can now outperform doctors at detecting breast cancer. Here’s why it won’t replace them.



Calgary neurologist pleads guilty to dozens of assaults dating back to 1980s

Disgraced fertility doctor’s clinic broke federal rules as far back as 1999, inspection reports reveal


New Years

Five simple healthy eating goals for January and beyond

A survival guide to Eataly

Things to do this weekend