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Thank you Ian!! Tribute Video from Ontario’s Hospice Palliative Care Community

HPCO’s membership thanks Ian Bos for raising awareness regarding the importance of access to quality hospice palliative care programs and services in Ontario. HPCO members contributed to an appreciation video thanking Ian for his dedication to raising awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care as he continues on his five-months long journey westward across Canada. With special thanks to the following for making this tribute video possible: Lyrics and song performed by music therapists working in Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector: Adrienne Pringle, MMT, Continue reading →

Visiting Hospice Services Accreditation

HPCO’s Accreditation Framework for Visiting Hospice Services in Ontario is now available. All Visiting Hospice Service organizations in Ontario are encouraged to register by Tuesday September 15, 2015, indicating their intent to complete an HPCO Accreditation Review by 2018. There are two application deadlines each year: Approved applications received by October 1st each year must submit evidence of compliance with the standards by March 1st of the following year. The Accreditation decision will be delivered in writing by June 1st. Approved applications received by April 1st Continue reading →

HPCO Conference 2015

In April 2015, Hospice Palliative Care’s Annual conference gathered more than 700 delegates to learn about best practices, become inspired and to network with sector professionals. Health professionals, volunteers and system leaders interviewed during the conference share their knowledge and passion for the work they do and their impressions of hospice palliative care in Ontario.      

Mississauga Mayor Named Honourary Chair of Hospice Capital Campaign

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has been named Honourary Chair of the Bring It Home Campaign, the $18 million capital campaign for Heart House Hospice to build a residential hospice in Mississauga. End of life care is something we’re all going to face one day. But for many people in the community, they have no choice but to live out their final days in a clinical setting. Heart House Hospice has been working for 30 years to offer more to people at this stage in life: comfort, compassion and Continue reading →

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning in favour of allowing physician-assisted death.

In the judgment, available here,  the court ruled that: Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his Continue reading →

Q&A on Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada’s new Anti-Spam Law went into effect on July 1, 2014.  We have had several questions from members about the law and its exemptions for registered charities.  The regulations provide an exemption for any commercial electronic message “that is sent by or on behalf of a registered charity as defined in subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act and the message has as its primary purpose raising funds for the charity.”  Some examples of activities that would be exempt include: newsletters that promote upcoming fundraising Continue reading →

House of Commons Passes Motion on Palliative Care

The House of Commons today passed Motion-456 calling for a Pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care.  The motion had overwhelming support of all parties in the house and is an important step forward for hospice palliative care in Canada.  The motion was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and supported by all parties. The full text of the motion: M-456 — October 21, 2013 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and Continue reading →

Ontario’s Doctors Launch End of Life Care Plan

TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Have you thought about who would make decisions for you if you’re not in a position to make them for yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so.  People rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario’s doctors want to change that. Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of Continue reading →

Happy Nursing Week!

This is Nursing Week!  A sincere thanks to all nurses for the great care they provide every day! In addition to great care, nurses are the link between all of the people caring for someone with a progressive life-limiting illness. In home care, hospital units, complex continuing care, residential hospice, long-term care, and on interdisciplinary teams, nurses play a critical role. Thank you for compassionate, professional care and for bringing comfort to your patients and support to their family caregivers. For more information about nursing week, Continue reading →