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Canadians Among Those Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Canadians Among Those Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was recently the victim of a massive cyber attack—an attack that may have compromised the personal information of 143 million people – including 100,000 Canadians. Impacted individuals were not simply limited to the United States either, as the hackers gained unauthorized access to personal information of approximately 100,000 Canadian residents. Initial reports suggest 209,000 credit card numbers were stolen in the attack, some of which belong to international customers. The breach itself occurred between mid-May and July 2017 when cyber criminals gained access to sensitive data by exploiting a weak point in website software. In the United States, sensitive information like Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses and driver’s licence numbers were compromised. The recent attack on Equifax is the third major cyber security threat the organization has experienced…read more →

Compliance Bulletin: Government Suspends CASL Legislation

Compliance Bulletin: Government Suspends CASL Legislation

Government Suspends Private Right of Action Provisions of CASL In response to concerns raised by businesses, charities and non-profits, the Government of Canada recently announced it would be suspending the private right of action (PRA) provisions of Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). These provisions were scheduled to come into force July 1, 2017, and would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against organizations, as well as their officers, directors and agents, by anyone who felt affected by an act or omission that violated CASL. In its news release, the government said the suspension would allow for a parliamentary committee review of the PRA aspects of CASL. The government hopes this review and PRA suspension will reduce the amount of red tape Canadian organizations must wade through in order to comply with CASL. HIGHLIGHTS In response to concerns raised by businesses, charities…read more →

Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the following statement in response to the final report released today: “The Government of Ontario released the Changing Workplaces Review final report this morning. This is Ontario’s first independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. I want to thank the special advisors C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray for the hard work they put into this report, and for the care and thoughtfulness they demonstrated through their recommendations. I would also like to thank all of the women and men, and all of the advocates and representatives from organized labour and our business community who took an active role in the consultation process. The response by so many people across Ontario shows the seriousness of this issue, and confirms why…read more →

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Statement by Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Vice-chairperson on consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Vice-chairperson Dr. Mitchell Levine today made the following statement on the launch of Health Canada’s consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations: “The PMPRB welcomes the Minister of Health’s action to strengthen and modernize its pricing framework to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. We look forward to the outcome of this consultation process.” Quick Facts The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial administrative agency with a regulatory mandate to protect Canadian consumers from excessively priced patented drugs. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board sets the maximum price at which a patented drug can be sold based on the price of the drug inCanada; the price of other drugs in the same therapeutic class…read more →

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Ontario to Provide the First Universal Drug Program of its Kind in Canada in 2018 As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is giving children and youth a better start in life by moving to make prescription medications free. Premier Kathleen Wynne was joined today by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre in Toronto to announce the new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Beginning January 1, 2018, all children and youth 24 years of age or younger will be able to get their prescription medications for free by simply showing their Ontario health card number and a prescription. Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs. The proposed new program will improve access to prescription medications for more than four million children and young people,…read more →

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