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Proposed amendments to Ontario's charity laws welcome: O'Brien

Proposed changes to Ontario's charity laws offer needed clarity when it comes to paying directors for any goods or services they provide, says Toronto health and ... Read more

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Nurse fails to accept full responsibility for past misconduct

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine A nurse applied to the College of Nurses of Ontario (the College) for his revoked registration to be reinstated. Unfortunately, his ... Read more

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The meaning of health law: Dewhirst

Practising health law is more than just acquiring a set of legal skills, it means immersing yourself in a discipline that goes to the heart of people’s lives, says Toronto ... Read more

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Managing everyday complaints in health care

By Kate Dewhirst I recently surveyed administrative and clinical team members at a family health team and discovered the top five issues that lead patients or families ... Read more

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Report on health-care procurement 'forward-looking, ambitious'

Many of the recommendations in a new report on how to optimize the quality and efficiency of Ontario’s health-care procurement strategy are “appropriate and ... Read more

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Doctor advised against acquiescing to improper demands of patient

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board)  reviewed a decision  of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports ... Read more

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Dykeman receives OBA health law award

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) has recognized Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman as the 2017 recipient of the Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in ... Read more

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CASL – important developments and enforcement updates

By Kathy O'Brien Big news last week about CASL (Canada’s anti-spam legislation) – the right of private action, which was scheduled to come into effect on July 1, ... Read more

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Talking conflict on an FHT board

By Kate Dewhirst Family health teams are interesting creations. What are they? Multi-disciplinary teams providing primary care services to communities across Ontario. A ... Read more

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Communication, conflict concerns for independent health assessors

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine A  recent matter  before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) exemplifies the importance of open ... Read more

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Tragic long-term care home deaths may lead to systemic change

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A former Ontario nurse admitted Thursday to using insulin to kill eight seniors and hurt six others while the vulnerable individuals were in her care, in ... Read more

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Rosen to discuss privilege, insights for mid-career lawyers

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen will be speaking at a pair of programs for litigators in June, presented by The Advocates’ Society. On June 2 from noon – 4 ... Read more

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‘Belligerent’ patient not an excuse for unprofessional behaviour

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario required a ... Read more

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‘Best efforts’ in a contract means what?

By Kathy O'Brien Have you ever signed a contract that imposed an obligation on you to make “best efforts” to achieve something (like obtain a landlord’s ... Read more

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Avoiding the pitfalls of a problematic AGM

With health-care organizations holding their annual general meetings (AGM) typically between May and July, it’s important they consider how to present it ... Read more

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Hospital boards and professional staff credentialing

By Kate Dewhirst As you may know, the Auditor General released a report criticizing the  Public Hospitals Act  professional staff appointment appeals process for ... Read more

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Health professionals should take own notes with challenging patients

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine This matter  before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) provides guidance on when a health ... Read more

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Hospital obligations around a physician's fitness to practise

Hospitals can avoid serious legal repercussions by establishing clear policies to deal with physicians whose fitness to practise is compromised by mental or physical ... Read more

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Failure to complete remediation program results in discipline

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Health professionals should be mindful that if the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of their College orders ... Read more

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Three legal questions every clinician should know how to answer

By Kate Dewhirst If you are a practicing clinician (nurse, doctor, dentist, midwife, psychologist, OT, PT, social worker etc.) there are three legal questions you should ... Read more

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