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Physician-assisted death: A status report

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Physician-assisted death (PAD) has occupied the headlines for much of the past several years, and that promises to be the case for 2016 as well, as federal and provincial governments and regulators determine how – not whether – PAD will be permitted and operationalized in jurisdictions across Canada. Read more

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CPSO amends policy on sharing information with the police

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Quebec's assisted dying law enacted as legal questions remain

Quebec is at a crossroads on end-of-life legal issues, with its medical-aid-in-dying law (formerly Bill 52) now in force after many years of public consultation, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman . Read more

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Physicians must use caution when drafting patient fee letters

Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine  says it’s nothing new for doctors to charge annual fees to cover uninsured services but it’s important for doctors to carefully word any requests for said fees to ensure patients understand what they cover. Read more

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Dykeman to host health privacy webinar in Osgoode elder law series

On Jan. 14, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present the first session in a seven-part webinar series on elder law, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development and chaired by Laura Tamblyn Watts. Read more

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Mental health law evolving for patients, lawyers

Although mental health has been sheltered from public discourse for many years, this area of law has been changing significantly, creating many opportunities for advocacy, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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Update on CPSO’s sexual abuse initiative

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Health-care transparency must have reasoned approach

In the push for more health-care transparency, Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine  says there still needs to be a reasoned and practical approach about the information provided and the manner in which it is disclosed.  Read more

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Nurses’ college makes more information publicly available

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Withholding treatment in end-of-life cases

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Rosen to discuss health law at Advocates' Society Fall Conference

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  will be speaking at this year’s Advocates’ Society Fall Convention, set to take place in Mexico later this month. Read more

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Dykeman to provide insight into key issues in long-term care homes

Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman will present a primer on key issues in long-term care homes at the upcoming 2015 Guide to Advising the Elderly Client program, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

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Significant decision in hospital privacy breach case

The Supreme Court of Canada will not grant leave to appeal in a landmark privacy breach case at an Ontario hospital, say Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman  and Kate Dewhirst  of DDO Health Law . Financial Post Read more

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Three-day program to focus on health-sector privacy officer training

Toronto health law firm  Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP  (DDO Health Law) is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training this fall, featuring 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field, DDO partners Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst . Read more

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Required reporting, doubling fines may stem privacy breaches

The progression from paper files to shared electronic records is a likely reason why Ontario’s provincial government is aiming to put more teeth into legislation to protect patients’ privacy and keep their personal health information confidential, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  tells  The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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Social media presence builds reputation as a reliable source

When it comes to social media, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen says the platforms can be used to share interesting content and present facts about his practice area.  Read more

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Arbitrator's decision on vaccine, mask policy key for hospitals

A new decision from an arbitrator — who says a “vaccine or mask” policy for nurses is unreasonable and therefore contrary to the Ontario Nurses’ Association collective agreement — has important implications that hospitals across the province will have to heed, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine .  Read more

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Significant amendments to Ontario’s health privacy legislation announced

It’s a significant step forward that Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced today amendments to its health privacy legislation, under the Health Information Protection Act , says Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman . Legal Feeds Read more

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CPSO’s new Marijuana for Medical Purposes policy

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Read more

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New series to focus on employment law issues for health care organizations

Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP will be hosting a new monthly call-in program dedicated to employment law issues for health care organizations, led by its senior human resources counsel, Maria McDonald. Read more

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