November 16, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 55 – Safeguarding our Information Act, 2018

 

This Bill amends the Consumer Protection Act, 2002  to provide that if a government institution makes a request to a lender to obtain consumer personal information that the lender has entered into a credit agreement with, the lender may only disclose the PI if the consumer consents to such disclosure.

Introduced by Stephen Crawford (Oakville), Chair of Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Government, the Bill was carried on First Reading on Nov 14, 2018.

More Information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-55

 

Regulations

 

O.REG. 468/18 – Cannabis License Act, 2018

 

The Ontario government has released the new regulation on the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores, which will begin on April 1, 2018 under the oversight of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“ACGO”). O.REG 468/18 is in force as of November 14, 2018.

 

The regulation set out:

  • Zero-tolerance approach: Retailers are not permitted to allow anyone under age of 19 to enter their stores
  • Illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after Oct 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales license
  • Circumstances as to when applicants will be denied a license
  • Prohibition on the issuance of a license of any individual or organization who has an association with organized crime
  • Individual or entities applying for an operator license must demonstrate tax compliance status
  • Private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only
  • Individuals with store authorization, cannabis retail managers, and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure individuals who work in the cannabis market is trained for responsible sales

 

The Ontario Government news release states:

  • ACGO will begin accepting applications on Dec 17, 2018 and private retailing of cannabis will begin on April 1, 2019
  • Cannabis stores can only be open from 9 am – 11 pm

 

Newsroom Release: https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2018/11/ontario-establishes-strict-regulations-for-the-licensing-and-operation-of-private-cannabis-stores.html

 

E-Laws: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18468?_ga=2.69917716.561989177.1542399434-1098435314.1475610937

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario cannabis rules place restrictions on retail ownership of licensed producers

 

Health Care

CMA slams Ontario’s move to allow employers to require doctor’s note for minor illness

Ontario health minister examining lack of oversight at private IV infusion clinics

Antibiotic resistance costing Canadians 1 billion per year: IPAC

Watchdog says Ontario’s healthcare system is sick

 

Child and Youth

‘We’re talking about children’s lives here” – Ontario cuts child and youth advocate

 

Professional Misconduct

Former Manitoba bar president for misconduct, suspended for a year

Doctor found guilty of professional misconduct of ‘inappropriate comments’

 

Privacy

Google’s acquisition of health care app has Canadian privacy experts concerned

Administrators won’t remove camera pointed at school bathrooms