HADM 400 C3: Health Care Law for Health and Human Services Professionals Report a Broken Link

This is a senior three-credit course that examines major principles and issues in Canadian health law. Health law is a rapidly growing field of study, research and education. Health and human service professionals are seeing it as increasingly relevant to clinical practice and to policy-making. Distinctive characteristics of Canadian health law and health policy are frequently misunderstood or confused with the American context.

Unit 1


Required Readings
Rodriguez v. B.C. (attorney General of), [1992] CanLII 726 (BC SC).
Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [1993] B.C.J. No. 461 (B.C.C.A) (headnote only); affd. [1993] S.C.J. No. 94 (S.C.C.) (headnote only).
Suggested Readings
Best, Catherine P. Best guide to Canadian Legal Research, 1995-2005.
McGill Law Journal.  Cite guide.

Unit 2


Suggested Readings
Canada Health Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-6.
Auton v. British Columbia (Minister of Health) (2002), B.C.J. No. 2258 (B.C.C.A.).
Cameron v. Nova Scotia (A.-G.) (1999), 177 D.L.R. (4th) 611 (N.S.C.A.).
Stein v. Québec (Régie de l'assurance-maladie) [2000] Q.J. No. 1241 (Que. S.C.).
Chaoulli c. Québec (Procureure générale), [2005] S.C.J. No. 33 (S.C.C.). (headnote only)

Unit 3


Suggested Readings
Health Professions Act, R.S.A. 2000, H-7.

Rombaut v. New Brunswick (Minister of Health and Community Services), [2000] N.B.J. No. 243, 2001 N.B.C.A. 75 (C.A.).

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Casey, J., & F. Picherack.

 (2001). The regulation of complementary and alternative health care practitioners: policy considerations. Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services Canada.

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M. Priest, “The Privatization of Regulation: Five Models of Self-Regulation” (1997-98) 29(2) Ottawa L. Rev. 233-302.


Unit 4


Required Readings
Health Canada “Patient Safety and Healthcare Error in the Canadian Healthcare System.”
Waite, Michael A. "To Tell the Truth: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Disclosure of Medical Error." (2005) 13. Health Law Journal
Suggested Readings
Martland, J.  (2009). Healthcare and the law: A view from the bar. Healthcare Quarterly, 12, e195-e198. doi:10.12927/hcq.2009.20949

Unit 5


Suggested Readings
Ciarlariello v. Schacter, [1993] 2 S.C.R. 119, [1993] S.C.J. No. 46 (S.C.C.).
Mitchell v. McDonald (1987), A.J. No. 505 (A.C.Q.B.).
Nightingale v. Kaplovitch, [1989] O.J. No. 585 (QL) (H.C.). (S.C.O.).

O'Bonsawin v. Paradis, [1993] O.J. No. 396 (Ont. Ct. J., Gen. Div.).

Toews (Guardian ad litem of) v. Weisner, [2001] B.C.J. No. 30 (B.C.S.C.).

Unit 6


Suggested Readings
C.U. v. Alberta (Director of Child Welfare),C.U. v. Alberta (Director of Child Welfare), 2000 CanLII 28196 (AB QB).
C.U. v. McGonigle,U.(C.)(Friend of) v. McGonigle, 2003 ABCA 66 (CanLII).
Re Dueck (1999), 171 D.L.R. (4th) 761 [1999] S.J. No. 143 (Sask. C.Q.B.).

Malette v. Shulman (1990), 67 D.L.R. (4th) 321 (Ont. C.A.).
Halushka v. University of Saskatchewan (1965), 53 D.L.R. (2d) 436 (Sask. C.A.).

Ontario.   Health Care Consent Act, 1996.
Robertson, E. C.  (2010). Minors and health care: A.C. v. Manitoba. Legal Resource Centre of Alberta. Retrieved from The Free Library.

Unit 7


Suggested Readings
Rozovsky, L. E., & Inions, N.  (2002). Canadian health information (3rd ed.). Toronto: Butterworths. (pp. 17–29, 69–104).

McInerney v. Macdonald [1992] 2 S.C.R. 138.
R. v. Mills [1999] 3 S.C.R. 688.
Canadian AIDS Society v. Ontario (1995) 25 O.R. (3d) 388 (Gen. Div.); affd (1996) 31 O.R. (3d) 798n (C.A.); leave to appeal to S.C.C. refused (1997) 43 C.R.R. (2d) 188n.
W. Renke, “The Confidentiality of Health Information in the Criminal Law” (1998) 6:3 Health L Rev 3.

Kardash, A., & Penta, A.  A Compendium of Canadian Legislation Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in Health Research, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, June 2005.

Unit 8


Suggested Readings
Dobson (Litigation Guardian of) v. Dobson, [1999] 2 S.C.R. 753 (S.C.C.).
Krangle (Guardian ad litem of) v. Brisco, [2000] B.C.J. No. 465 (B.C.C.A.).
Lacroix (Litigation Guardian of) v. Dominique, [2001] M.J. No. 311 (Man. C.A.).
M.Y. v. Boutros, [2002] A.J. No. 480 (Alta Q.B.).
R. v. Morgentaler, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 (S.C.C.).
Tremblay v. Daigle, [1989] 2 S.C.R. 530 (S.C.C.).
Winnipeg Child and Family Services (Northwest Area) v. D.F.G., [1997] 3 S.C.R. 925 (S.C.C.).
T. Caulfield, “Clones, Controversy, and Criminal Power” Alta L. Rev. 2001 39(2): 335-45.
T. Caulfield and E. Nelson, “Winnipeg Child and Family Services v. D. (F.G.): A Commentary on the Law, Reproductive Autonomy and the Allure of Technopolicy” Alta. L. Rev. 1998 36(1): 799.
Assisted Human Reproduction Act, S.C. 2004, c. 2.

Unit 9


Required Readings
R. v. Latimer, [2001] 1 S.C.R. 3, 2001 SCC 1 (CanLII).
Golubchuk v. Salvation Army Grace General Hospital et al., (2008) MBQB 4.
I.H.V. (Re), (2008) ABQB 250 (make note of reference to Jin v. Calgary Health Region [2007] A.J. No. 1100 ABQB 593)
Jin (next friend of) v. Calgary Health Region, (2007) ABQB 593 (CanLII).
Suggested Readings
Nancy B. v. Hotel Dieu de Quebec (1992), 86 D.L.R. (4th) 385.

B. v. NHS Hospital Trust, [2002] EWHC 429 (High Court of Justice, Family Division, U.K.).
Brody, H.  (1997). Medical futility: A useful concept? In M. B. Zucker & H. D. Zucker (Eds.), Medical futility and the evaluation of life-sustaining interventions (pp. 1–14). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Kuczewski, M. G.  (1998). Physician-assisted death: Can philosophical bioethics aid social policy? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 7(4), 339-347.

Prip, W., & Moretti, A.  (1997). Medical futility: A legal perspective. In M. B. Zucker & H. D. Zucker (Eds.), Medical futility and the evaluation of life-sustaining interventions (pp. 136-154). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Airedale N.H. Trust v. Bland, [1993] 1 All E.R. 821 (House of Lords, U.K.).

R. v. Latimer, [2001] 1 S.C.R. 3 (S.C.C.).
R. v. Morrison, [1998] N.S.J. No. 441 (N.S.S.C.).
F. Baylis, “Expert Testimony by Persons Trained in Ethical Reasoning: The Case of Andrew Sawatsky” (2000) 28:3 J. Law, Medicine and Ethics 1.
C. Weijer et al., “Bioethics for Clinicians 16: Dealing with Demands for Inappropriate Treatment” (1998) 159:7 C.M.A.J. 817.

Unit 10


Suggested Readings
Harvard College v. Canada (Commissioner of Patents), [2002] S.C.J. No. 77, 2002 S.C.C. 76 (S.C.C.).
Moore v. Regents of the University of California, 51 Cal. 3d 120 (1990, Supreme Court of California), online: Lexis, C.A. Supreme Court cases
T. Caulfield, “Underwhelmed: Hyperbole, Regulatory Policy, and the Genetic Revolution” McGill L. J. 2000 45: 437-60, online: Lexis, Can. Law Reviews, Combined
T. Lemmens, “Selective Justice, Genetic Discrimination, and Insurance: Should We Single Out Genes in Our Laws?” McGill L. J. 2000 45: 347-412, online: Lexis, Can. Law Reviews, combined
T. Lemmens & L. Austin, “The Challenges of Regulating the Use of Genetic Information,” ISUMA 2001 2(3): 26-37, online: ISUMA
D.J. Willison & S.M. MacLeod, “Patenting of Genetic Material: Are the Benefits to Society Being Realized?” CMAJ 6 Aug. 2002 167(3): 259-62, online: CMAJ