Council Highlights

 January 11-12, 2017

           

This publication is emailed out to members and posted online on the College’s website within two working days after each Council meeting. It covers some of the key highlights of Council business. We welcome your feedback. If you have questions about any of these items, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800- 565-4591, or by email at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.


OVERVIEW



  • COUNCIL ORIENTATION
  • BILL 87 - PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RHPA
  • APPOINTMENT BY COUNCIL
  • TRADE AGREEMENTS AND LABOUR MOBILITY
  • NEXT MEETING



COUNCIL ORIENTATION

The new RCDSO Council gathered for the first time on January 11, 2017 in Toronto. Registrar Irwin Fefergrad took Council members through a general orientation, describing the regulatory model, the roles and responsibilities of Council members and College staff, the committee structure and governing statutes, regulations and by-laws.

Later, on Wednesday evening, Council convened in formal session to elect a new Executive Committee. Dr. Ron Yarascavitch was returned as President, Dr. Flavio Turchet was elected as Vice-President, and Dr. David Segal elected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee. Public members Ted Callaghan and Marianne Park were acclaimed to continue their roles on the Executive. The Executive then retired to consider appointments to Committees.

On January 12, Executive tabled a list of Committees and their members which was approved by Council. (You can see the complete list on our website by clicking here.)

BILL 87 - PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RHPA

Registrar Irwin Fefergrad presented a comprehensive synopsis of expected changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act. Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, passed First Reading on December 8, 2016 in the Ontario Legislature. The Government has indicated they hope to have the new Act in effect this spring.

As expected, Bill 87 reinforces the government’s emphasis on patient safety and is a response to the Sexual Abuse Task Force Report set up by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Irwin walked the meeting through dozens of proposed changes that will, among other initiatives which aim to increase transparency of information, clarify the definition of “patient”, specify how complaints or reports of sexual abuse must be dealt with, consider the qualification, selection, appointment and terms of office of committee members as well as the composition of College committees and panels, expand the functions of the Patient Relations Committees, and provide funding for therapy and counselling in cases of sexual abuse. If passed, Bill 87 will give the Minister of Health the power to make regulations respecting each of these areas.

Irwin emphasized that RCDSO is in a good position to respond to these changes; in many of these areas, such as transparency and support for complainants in the boundary-related arena, the College has already passed by-laws and the amendments will simply put in place for all Colleges what RCDSO has been doing for some time. Our job now, he told Council, is to provide our best advice when asked, to press for clarity in the language being used in the statute and to help make the new rules workable. As always, the details, when available, will give us new insight on how we will need to amend our by-laws and processes to meet the new standards.

The text of Bill 87 is available by clicking here. Note that the relevant section for us of this “omnibus” bill is SCHEDULE 4 - REGULATED HEALTH PROFESSIONS ACT, 1991.

APPOINTMENT BY COUNCIL

Council appointed Dr. Sandy Vendetti to represent the College at the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC’s) accreditation survey of Western University’s DDS program which takes place on April 3 – 7, 2017 in London, Ontario.

TRADE AGREEMENTS AND LABOUR MOBILITY

Dr. Peter Trainor spoke to Council about new developments and opportunities regarding international trade agreements. He described the trade file as complex and critical to RCDSO, partly because Ontario leads the nation with the highest percentage of foreign-trained dentists – about 47%. Huge trade agreements like the recently-signed CETA and the still-pending TPP could have wide-ranging effects. While economists and politicians seem content to treat all dental training as equal, as the regulator for Ontario, the College continues to focus on public safety, putting patients first and acting in the public interest. Dr. Trainor said it was vital to encourage the “globalization of dental education standards”. Paper reviews of education and training are not sufficient to ensure high quality care is maintained. He advised RCDSO to continue to provide leadership in guiding discussions on global dental education.

Following Dr. Trainor’s remarks, Council unanimously passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee to look further into this issue with Dr. Trainor as Chair.

NEXT MEETING

Council will meet next on May 11, 2017.