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Our team has years of experience providing a range of experience required for the health care sector. In addition to providing service to a range of health authorities throughout the region, our thorough understanding of health, privacy and regulatory issues means we can offer insightful solutions to the unique issues which face health care service delivery to Northern and Aboriginal communities.


We have advised heath providers, governments and aboriginal self-governments on a range of issues, including:


Legal Alert: A Glimpse Into The Future of Privacy Law – Medical Marijuana Privacy Breach Class Action Lawsuit Can Go Ahead in John Doe and Suzie Jones v. Her Majesty the Queen
July 29, 2015

On July 27, 2015, the Federal Court of Canada decided a lawsuit by medical marijuana program participants against the Federal Government alleging Health Canada violated their privacy rights is an appropriate case for a class action and can proceed as such. This latest decision is still a preliminary, though critical, procedural step – but offers

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Legal Update: The New NS Missing Persons Act – 5 Privacy Implications for Businesses, Organizations & Public Bodies
June  2, 2015

Effective April 22, 2015 the NS Government enacted the NS Missing Persons Act, lowering the threshold for police to get an order to access records and premises of practically every business, organization and public body in NS. Understandably, most attention has focused on the potential impact on missing persons and their families. Various groups have

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Legal Alert: Express Wish Prevails in First Court Interpretation of NS Personal Directives Act in B.M. v. K.S.
April 13, 2015

  On April 9, 2015 the NS Supreme Court decided a person’s express wish as stated in a valid personal directive – and not what is in her best interests – carries the greatest weight in the first decision by a court considering the NS Personal Directives Act. The decision in B.M. v. K.S. makes

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Legal Update: Wait a Minute Mr. Postman … 3 Lessons Health Canada’s Privacy Breach Delivers to the Private Sector
March 25, 2015

On March 3, 2015 Canada’s Privacy Commissioner determined that Health Canada breached privacy laws by mailing letters to over 40,000 Marihuana Medical Access Program clients – in envelopes clearly displaying the names of both the Program and the recipients. The Privacy Commissioner’s decision is based on the privacy law applicable to the Federal Government, but

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Legal Alert: No More Criminalization of Physician-Assisted Dying – The Ripple Effects of A Watershed Decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General)
February  9, 2015

On February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada reached a watershed decision: the criminalization of physician-assisted dying in Canada violates the right to life, liberty and security of the person that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees. The healthcare profession, and physicians in particular, will be most directly impacted by the decision

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