Complaints and disciplinary material in records of health professional regulators will be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings under new legislation. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont introduced An Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions today, April 25. Private information provided by regulated health professionals during investigative and hearing processes will remain confidential and used only for its intended purpose. “We have already made changes to legislation to provide this privilege to some groups in the health-care industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This bill extends that privilege to other health professions.” During the fall 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly, the Medical Act was amended to create a privilege that protects investigative and disciplinary material in the records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from disclosure in legal proceedings. The same privilege also has been included in the most recent registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists acts. This legislation extends that privilege to chiropractors, dentists, dental assistants, opticians, medical lab technologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics and psychologists. Other legislation introduced today would amend the Emergency Health Services Act to establish a long-service medal for paramedics and other persons involved in the provision of emergency health services.
MONTREAL — Canadian retailer Laura’s Shoppe Inc. has filed for creditor protection as part of an effort to ensure its survival.The owner of 150 women’s clothing stores, under various Laura banners and Melanie Lyne, says it faced large losses in both 2012 and 2013 as it made changes to its merchandise lines that didn’t resonate with its customers.“Sales have since rebounded, but additional initiatives need to be put into place to complete the restructuring of the retailer’s operations,” the company said Tuesday in a statement.“Filing is one of the steps that has been taken to achieve this objective.”Tip Top Tailors owner acquires Jones New York stores in Canada: ‘I didn’t want to see another good brand go dark’Lower loonie to boost back-to-school spending — and Canadian retailers’ bottom linesLaura is considering the steps of its restructuring process, which will include closing underperforming stores, it said.Representatives for the company did not answer requests for comment or additional details.Laura, which was founded in 1930, is just the latest in a number of Canadian retailers who have been slammed with financial problems in recent months.Other popular clothing names like Jacob, Bikini Village, Mexx Canada, Smart Set and the owner of Nine West shoe stores in Canada have all faced severe financial problems or bankruptcy.