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




Bill 182, Compassionate Care Act, 2017


This Bill enacts the Compassionate Care Act, 2017, which requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop a provincial framework to support improved access to hospice palliative care. The Act requires the Minister to set out the provincial framework one year after the Bill comes into force, and within 5 years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state of hospice palliative care, which should be published on a Government of Ontario website.


Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP (Niagara West – Glanbrook), the Bill was carried on First Reading on November 27, 2017


More information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5415


Status of Previously Reported Bills


Bill 160 – Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 Before the Standing Committee (General Government). Last consideration before the Committee was on November 29, 2017.

Bill 174 – Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statue Law Amendment Act, 2017


Consideration of a Bill on November 30, 2017 before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.  



Proposed and Approved Regulations


No new regulations of interest.

Health Newsroom


Humber River Hospital breaking new ground with the opening of Canada’s First Hospital Command Centre

New CEO of North East LHIN – Jeremy Stevenson

Ontario improving wound care for patients with diabetes

  • Province funding casts to treat diabetic foot ulcers

Ontario reducing carbon footprint boosting are at hospitals

  • November 27, 2017 – Energy savings to be reinvested in patient care

New patient navigators to assist every person diagnosed with dementia to access the right care

  • November 28, 2017 – Ontario expanding proven dementia program to every community across the Province

Ontario launches new tool to check if prescriptions are covered with OHIP+

  • November 30, 2017 – One month until 4,400 drugs will be free for anyone age 24 and under


Articles of Interest


Is Quebec missing out on the marijuana boom?

Durham College offers class on cannabis business as legalization looms

Joint Agreement: Delta 9 to grow pot for Canada’s largest marijuana producer


Professional Misconduct

Ontario’s medical regulator cracking down on doctors over ‘offensive’ cyberbullying


Health Care

The radical ex-hippie who infiltrated Ontario’s health-care establishment

Man who inspired Ice Bucket Challenge dies after ALS battle

1 in 5 Canadians infected with HIV doesn’t know it

Patients needing admission to hospital stuck in ER longer, report says

Sunnybrook introduces program to prevent preterm and stillbirths in Ontario


First Nations

Trudeau government withdraws court case on health care for First Nations children



Food you probably don’t need to refrigerate (and ones you do)

Every new title coming to Netflix Canada in December


Interesting Reads

The big shifts about to hit the Supreme Court of Canada

Coffee Taste Test: Tim Hortons vs. McDonald’s

As a doctor, I often use the phrase ‘a good death’ – but I’m rethinking it after losing my grandma