The Huddleâ„¢: Unique on-demand health system videos launches

Th e Huddle™ – a one-of-a kind, on-demand video series that answers everyday questions about how to navigate the health-care system – has launched online. Its tagline, Simplifying the Health System™ says it all. Financial Post Read more

Assisted death cases highlight larger questions around the issue

It's not clear how many Canadians have applied to the courts for physician-assisted deaths, but some experts say the first case involving a terminally ill Alberta woman has set an example for others who are bound to follow. Read more

Capacity issues in family law

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . At the Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Lonny presented a paper entitled “A Blunt but Necessary Instrument: The Application of Consent and Capacity Law to Family Law Proceedings.” Read more

SCC ruling on physician-assisted dying prompting inquiries

The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on physician-assisted dying is raising questions about equal access to services across Canada and has prompted a number of “exploratory” inquiries, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells iPolitics . Read more

Substitute decision-makers and the health care system

It’s a good idea to have a conversation about who will make health-care decisions on your behalf — and what those decisions should be — if you’re ever not able to decide for yourself, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman . Read more

NB doctors may seek new liability coverage after CMPA ruling

New Brunswick doctors may be looking for a new liability insurer after a judge ruled the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) is not an insurer under provincial legislation, says Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn . Read more

Owning law firm means freedom, added responsibility

For women lawyers, one definitive way to avoid the glass ceiling is to become the boss yourself — and with that ownership comes the flexibility to have a family, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Nurse hearing decision strikes balance between privacy, openness

It’s not at all surprising that a nurse accused of invading patient’s privacy by “snooping” into their medical records has lost her bid for a closed disciplinary hearing, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more Read more

Webcast to focus on credentialing issues for hospital boards

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst is set to share her expertise on the key issues and responsibilities facing hospital board members when it comes to professional staff credentialing, as part of an upcoming Governance Centre of Excellence webcast. Read more

Privacy commissioner gives direction on medical record disclosure

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has clarified that health-information custodians – such as hospitals and family health teams – have a duty to consider requests from individuals who want the health records of a deceased relative disclosed to them, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

Rosen to speak at OBA Institute family, health law programs

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen is set to share his expertise on the new requirements for transparency in health care regulation as well as capacity issues at the upcoming Ontario Bar Association Institute 2016. Read more

The Power of Attorney Project and the issue of capacity

Toronto health lawyers Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen participated in the Power of Attorney Project with a podcast on capacity law to highlight some of the complexities associated with the issue and real-life challenges that families face. Read more

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

CPSO amends policy on sharing information with the police

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . Among the many actions taken at the September meeting of Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”) was the approval of an internal policy that sets out the circumstances in which the CPSO may exercise its discretion to share information with the police. Section 36 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (“RHPA”) permits, but does not require, that the CPSO provide information to the police about a physician “to aid an investigation undertaken with a view to a law enforcement proceeding or from which a law enforcement proceeding is likely to result.” The legislation is clear that the CPSO is not permitted to provide information to the police with respect to a patient, only information about the physician. Read more

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