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Appointment of hospital supervisor brings major local impact: O'Brien

Two Ontario communities — Brockville and Chatham — have temporarily lost local control of the operation of their hospitals after the province stepped in to appoint a supervisor in each location to address “organizational challenges” and "loss of public confidence," says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien .  Read more

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Bill 41 Patients First Act – what has changed from Bill 210?

By Kathy O'Brien Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins introduced Bill 41, the  Patients First Act , on October 6. Bill 41 replaces June’s Bill 210, which died when the Premier prorogued the Legislature on September 12. Read more

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Expert panel on health-care procurement a move toward consolidation

It is prudent that Ontario is looking at further consolidating the procurement process of goods and services for health care through the Health-care Sector Supply Chain Strategy Expert Panel, says Toronto health lawyer  Michael Gleeson . Read more

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Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd: a pioneer in health law in Ontario

A pioneer in her practice area, Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd founded the health law section of the Ontario Bar Association in 1987 after recognizing a changing legal landscape and an increased oversight and accountability in health-care delivery. Read more

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Wrong for physicians to have business relationship with patients

The suspension of an Ontario doctor for soliciting more than $700,000 in loans from his patients underscores how wrong it is for physicians to enter into any sort of business relationship with people in their care, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine .  Read more

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Kathy O'Brien: a passionate advocate for health-sector clients

Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien is passionate about governance, as well as facilitating restructuring and integration within the health-care sector. Read more

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Can a release apply to college complaints?

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Sara Levine: a leader in the law around privacy and information

Vancouver privacy and information lawyer  Sara Levine  likes to know how things work. Read more

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Compliance with new harassment laws under the OHSA

By Maria McDonald On Sept. 8, 2016, significant amendments to the harassment provisions of the  Occupational Health and Safety Act  (OHSA) came into effect. See my previous blog . Read more

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The essentials of a privacy breach management protocol

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Massive hospital privacy breach highlights self-reporting requirements

A “massive criminal scheme” that violated the privacy of thousands of patients in the Rouge Valley Health System serves as an important reminder to health professionals — nurses in particular — not only to comply with privacy obligations but also about mandatory professional requirements to self-report criminal and other charges, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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Important changes coming to Ontario's OHSA in September

Amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) are coming into effect Sept. 8 and health-care organizations need to pay particular attention to how workplace investigations will become mandatory for all harassment complaints, human resources lawyer Maria McDonald says. Read more

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Volunteers and protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code

By Maria McDonald Employers know employees are: Read more

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Business arrangements may attract college scrutiny

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Doctors must be sensitive to ‘growing’ trend

A recent study published in  The Journal of the American Medical Association   (JAMA) on women’s pubic hair grooming highlights a health issue that physicians may want to raise with patients, but it is important they are culturally sensitive when broaching it, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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Guidance for health professionals: how (not) to delegate

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Maria McDonald demystifies employment issues in health-care sector

DDO Health Law ’s senior human resources lawyer  Maria McDonald  helps demystify the latest developments in employment and labour law for health-care organizations so they are positioned to create the best workplaces possible. Read more

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Education and the need to protect patient privacy

The persistent problem of medical record snooping in Ontario highlights how a sense of propriety around patient records hasn’t sufficiently trickled down from the regulators to the front-line health workers, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine  tells the Toronto Star . Read more

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Bernstein judicial review highlights important legal issues

A little-known section of the  Medicine Act  that sets out rules for physician conduct will now be considered as one of Canada’s major players in the weight-loss industry goes to court to try to prevent regulators from reviewing a complaint against him, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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Seek support from colleagues to manage articling stress

Articling can be a stressful time, as students are in a new environment and often hoping to be hired back by the firm after their year is up — making it important for students to seek encouragement and guidance from trusted mentors and friends, Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  tells  Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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