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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, was indefinitely delayed by an Order-in-Council issued by the federal government on June 7. 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. Read more

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Communication, conflict concerns for independent health assessors

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine 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 part because she felt angry with her career and her life's responsibilities. 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. Read more

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‘Belligerent’ patient not an excuse for unprofessional behaviour

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine 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 consent or a regulatory approval)? This might seem to be an innocuous turn of phrase with a simple, common sense meaning, but as with so many things in contracts, the words “best efforts” have a particular legal meaning, and it’s surprising how many lawyers, not to mention their clients, have only a vague ... 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 effectively, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien .  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 being time-consuming and costly. Read more

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Health professionals should take own notes with challenging patients

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine 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 illness, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst .  Read more

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Failure to complete remediation program results in discipline

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine 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 be able to answer: Read more

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Physician's story of addiction a cautionary tale for health professionals

An Ontario physician's story of addiction, criminal conviction and job loss serves as a warning to   health professionals that they can lose their career if they don’t seek help early, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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For now, all doctors required to follow assisted dying legislation

Although doctors who are morally opposed to medical assistance in dying may feel caught between the law and their rights under the Charter, they are currently required to follow the federal medical assistance in dying legislation and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) policy on "effective referral,” Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine  tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

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Michael Gleeson a new partner at DDO Health Law

Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson is now a partner at the boutique firm DDO Health Law . Read more

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CBA Health Summit ‘premier' conference for health lawyers

The Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) Sixth Biennial National Health Law Summit  offers lawyers the opportunity to learn from some of the country's key players in the field, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen , a member of its organizing committee.  Read more

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Binding arbitration and Ontario's physicians: words matter

By Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd Read more

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Four business lessons I learned from Elton John’s Oscar party

By Kate Dewhirst Oh, you read that right. Read more

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Dykeman joins forces with marketing gurus for UltimateAttorney.com launch

Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  is part of a unique collaboration that has launched  UltimateAttorney.com , an online coaching and e-learning platform for lawyers and attorneys worldwide. Read more

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