Category Archives: Health Law

When is an activity within the scope of a restricted practice?

One of the more challenging issues that professional regulators can face in protecting the public from unauthorized practitioners is ambiguity as to whether an activity constitutes a restricted activity or practice. Some activities are obvious, like heart surgery, but other…

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Update on Physician-Assisted Death

As discussed in our previous blog posts, the Supreme Court of Canada declared, on February 6, 2015, that the prohibition on physician-assisted death in the Criminal Code was unconstitutional as it violated the s.7 Charter rights of competent adult persons…

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2015 health law roundup

2015 saw a plethora of significant developments in health law and policy. From these developments, we selected four key issues: 1.      Physician-assisted death; 2.      Privacy and health records; 3.      Use of experts in medical malpractice; and 4.      Prime Minister Trudeau’s…

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Professional Regulation and Traditional Aboriginal Healing

On June 1, 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report on the Indian residential school system and its impact on Aboriginal peoples (the “Report”).  The Report set out 94 action items including  #22 which called upon the Canadian…

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