Health Law in Canada Journal Events

2020 - Enhancing Relationships in the Landscape of Long-Term Care

Enhancing Relationships in the Landscape of Long-Term Care

November 24, 2020 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom webinar (advance registration is required)

During the “first wave” of the pandemic, over eighty percent of all of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths occurred within the care-home resident population. In Ontario, the government set up the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission, whose mandate is, in part, to consider the impact of existing physical infrastructure, staffing approaches, labour relations, clinical oversight and other features of the long-term care system on the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care homes. One of the Commission’s interim recommendations is to require homes to establish or enhance relationships with acute care hospitals and public health units, using a “model… based on trust, collaboration and respect on all sides for the expertise all parties bring to the priority of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of residents.” Some provinces already mandate these relationships.

This panel is composed of health care providers based in large urban centres, an administrator of an acute care hospital, long-term care home and community services in a rural setting, and an academic who has contributed to national sociological and medical literature on long-term care, comparing outcomes in long-term care residents in different Canadian jurisdictions.

How did these relationships influence long-term care homes’ responses to the pandemic? How can these relationships be established and strengthened in the short-term? What areas of collaboration, if any, do Canadian provinces and territories require long-term care homes to maintain with other health sector organizations? What are the risks in reaching out to help a neighbouring health care facility during a pandemic, and in the long-term? And how can these risks be mitigated?

Register by Nov. 20, 2020 here

2019 - Health Data Protection Law in the Era of Big Data

Health Data Protection Law in the Era of Big Data: Risks and Opportunities of Modernization

February 27, 2019 | 8:00am – 5:00pm | University Club of Toronto | Event Attendance is by Invitation Only

Conference Program – [PDF]

2018 - Health Law, Policy and Ethics in Canada: Regulating Creation

Health Law, Policy and Ethics in Canada: Regulating Creation

November 23, 2018 | 8:00am – 5:00pm | Faculty of Law, University of Toronto | $50 – $70

This one-day colloquium, preceded by an evening debate, will explore a number of key issues related to Assisted Human Reproduction, including:

  • Children’s rights and donor’s rights
  • Commercialization of surrogacy and gamete donation
  • Government funding for fertility treatment
  • The future of reproductive technology on fertility law

The Goal of the Conference: this conference invites policymakers, healthcare professionals, academics, and other stakeholders to identify gaps that need to be addressed by legislation surrounding assisted human reproduction, keeping in mind ethical and policy considerations, and to put forth solutions for addressing gaps.

Conference Program – [PDF]

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2018 - Health Law in Canada Debate: Be it Resolved

Be It Resolved. The Prohibition on Payment for Surrogacy and Gametes in Canada Should be Repealed

November 22, 2018 | 7:00pm | Faculty of Law, University of Toronto | Free

In 2004, the Canadian federal government enacted the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. An early constitutional challenge by Quebec resulted in the removal of many key components of that federal legislation. What remains of the legislation includes a prohibition against the commercialization of gametes and surrogacy.

Academic and investigative reports indicate that commercial sale of gametes and commercial surrogacy occurs within Canada and abroad, even though many countries prohibit, like Canada, commercial surrogacy or commercial sale of gametes.

During this event, two speakers will debate whether the current prohibition against the commercialization of gametes and surrogacy is required and/or justified. They will extensively engage with the audience on these issues.

Thus, be it resolved: “The prohibition on payment for surrogacy and gametes in Canada should be repealed.”

Arguing in favour: Vida Panich, Associate Professor, Carleton University’s Department of Philosophy

Arguing against: Françoise Baylis, University Research Professor, Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine

2018 - Conflict of Interest Seminar

Conflict of Interest Seminar

Details forthcoming.

2016 - A Roundtable on the Canada Health Act: 2.0 Conference

A Roundtable on the Canada Health Act: 2.0 Conference

Background: the Canada Health Act (“CHA”), adopted in 1984, is legislation which governs the funding relationship between the federal, provincial and territorial governments for basic ‘insured health services’ (namely, medically necessary hospital, physician and surgical-dental services). It entitles provinces and territories to receive the Canada Health Transfer as long as they comply with certain principles and conditions. The five main principles in the CHA are: public administration; comprehensiveness; universality; portability; and accessibility. The amount of the Canada Health Transfer that a province or territory is entitled to receive can be reduced if it does not adhere to these principles (and the more detailed conditions associated with each).

At present, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has been leading the discussions with the provinces on a new health accord. Ultimately, any funds received by each province will need to be implemented in line with provincial and territorial health care policy and within the province’s legal framework. With the federal and provincial governments discussing the details regarding a new health accord, our conference is focused on the CHA because it forms the basis for any discussions on health  care  reform  and,  of  course,  is the  backbone  for  our  current  health care system. The principles enshrined in the CHA specify the criteria with which provincial and territorial health insurance programs must conform, in order to receive federal transfer payments under the Canada Health Transfer regime. These federal transfer payments are exactly what the provinces are negotiating with the federal government. Any discussion about health care reform must begin or at the very least address the CHA. Our conference is timely for this reason.

Therefore, perhaps it is time to review and discuss whether our legal framework is working effectively? Over time there has been discussion and debate about the principles enshrined in the CHA. In particular, the CHA has been charged with not evolving at the speed necessary to tackle health care reform and the delivery of health care services in our fiscally constrained environment. Is this the case? Is the CHA outdated? Does it just need to be implemented differently? Or perhaps it should just remain as is?

Please Tweet! The official hashtag for the conference is: #hlcj2016

Program – PDF

Invitation: this conference invites stakeholders and other interested individuals to analyze the issues, identify possible frameworks and discuss whether we need to move towards a Canada Health Act, Version 2.0?

The Goal of the Conference is to: will be to provide a forum for innovative ideas on health care reform to be presented, debated, discussed and ultimately considered by law and policymakers so that positive change is affected.

2015 - Medical Aid in Dying Conference

Medical Aid in Dying Conference

Goal: To discuss and shape the development of a framework (legislative and operational) for assisted dying in the context of the delivery, administration and management of healthcare. 

Program – [PDF]

List of Presenters – [PDF]

2014-Cocktail Reception with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Cocktail Reception with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Image of the invitation to the HCLJ MAID conference in 2015