Bills

  1. Bill 237, Fostering Privacy Fairness Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by Robert Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton), Government. It was carried on first reading on December 3, 2020.

Highlights: This Bill would amend the Child Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 to provide that

·        No reports that are required to be provided by service providers and lead agencies will contain personal information about an individual who received services under the Act age 21 or older

·        After an individual turns 21, such information must be removed from the possession of the Ministry, service providers, lead agencies and Child Protection Information Network and stored according to regulations

  1. Bill 236, Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by the Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction (Brampton South), Government. It was introduced on November 26, 2020 and received Royal Assent on December 2, 2020.

Highlights: This Bill enacts the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, the provisions of which include

·        Limits food delivery fees charged to restaurants

·        Food delivery services prohibited from reducing compensation/salary paid to employees or contractors as a result of this Act

·        Complaints can be made to the Ministry regarding contraventions of the Act

·        Offences and penalties set out under the Act

Regulations

  1. General Regulation under the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020

This regulation provides clarification on the prescribed elements indicated in the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020 (the “Act”). It defines Food Delivery Service Provider and prescribes a fee cap.

Comment Due Date: December 6, 2020

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=35347&language=en

  1. Consumer Protection Act, 2002 Review Consultation Paper

The Ontario government is considering how to improve the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). This consultation paper explains proposals for a new CPA. Responses to consultation questions and additional comments are welcomed.

Comment Due Date: February 1, 2021

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=35347&language=en

Government News

Ontario Supports Management Agreements at Two Long-Term Care Homes

Ontario Launches Virtual Business Mission to India

Ontario Providing Additional Financial Support for Young Learners

Ontario Supports Local Manufacturers Producing Masks for Adults and Children

Ontario Collaborates with Industry Experts to Plan the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Ontario Supports Steel Pipe Manufacturer in the North

Ontario Expanding Innovative Home and Community Care Services

Ontario Selects Organization to Create Francophone Business Network

Investing in Ontario’s Tourism Industry During COVID-19

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between Southlake Regional Health Centre and King City Lodge Nursing Home

Ontario Supports the Expansion of the Agri-Food Sector in the North

Ontario Supports Management Agreement Between Lakeridge Health and Sunnycrest Nursing Home

Ontario Appoints Members of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

Ontario Supporting the Niagara Parks Commission During COVID-19

Ontario Adopts New Law to Protect Public Safety and Food Supply

Ontario Helping Employers Train and Hire More Apprentices

Ontario Moving Three Regions to New Levels in COVID-19 Response Framework

Articles of Interest

COVID-19

Nunavut family of 11 goes without hot water for duration of COVID-19 outbreak

1976 U.S. swine flu vaccination program may offer lessons for COVID-19 pandemic

CDC shortens quarantine recommendation for U.S., raising questions in Canada

Pandemic has created serious risks for migrant workers

COVID-19 Vaccine

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton volunteer to get coronavirus vaccine publicly to prove it’s safe

Seniors, long-term care workers should be first in line for COVID-19 vaccine, committee says

Why children in Canada won’t receive a coronavirus vaccine immediately

Cyberattacks target COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

What transporting ice cream across Canada tells us about vaccine logistics

Healthcare

This London, Ont. teen wants a national, three-digit suicide help line and politicians are taking action

32 salmonella cases in 6 provinces tied to pet hedgehogs

Indigenous Communities

First Nations leaders call for probe into gender-based discrimination within AFN 

N.B. ‘working group’ not a substitute for inquiry into systemic racism, Tobique chief says

Data, Privacy and AI

AI system detects covid-19 in lungs faster than radiologists study finds

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