I’m Kate Dewhirst.

I’m a lawyer who writes about legal issues affecting healthcare in Canada

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Happy New Year! New Blog Award – WOO HOOO!

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Toot toot! I’m about to blow my own horn here.

I am thrilled to announce that I have been honoured with a Clawbie again this year.

Blank stare.

You don’t know what a Clawbie is, do you?

A Clawbie is a Canadian legal blog award. It’s a big deal in the legal community and I’m totally stoked to receive one.

This year, I won in the category of Best Practitioner Blog category. Last year I won in the Best New Blog category. I feel like I’m moving my way up the ranks of legal writing recognition.

It can be a lonely exercise to write and publish a blog.  Sometimes I wonder if I’m writing into the wilderness or if people are out there reading.  Hello? you there?

Legal issues in healthcare is my focus. Healthcare is already complicated enough.  I don’t need to add confusion to the mix. Making legal issues relevant, memorable and fun to learn is my mission.

There are some incredible blogs and podcasts that received Clawbie recognition this year. Here are a few of my favourites:

  1. Employment & Human Rights Law in Canada, by Lisa Stam (my childhood friend) also won in the same category
  2. Cowling Legal Blog by Erin Cowling was a runner-up in the culture blog category. Erin writes from her soul about the realities of legal practice. Her 2018 focus was to highlight women leading in law
  3. Of Counsel by Sean Robichaud won for best legal podcast. Sean leads a successful criminal law practice and is someone to follow if you are interested in legal innovation and crafting a brand in a competitive market

Here’s to 2019. What will it bring us? No one knows for sure.  So, buckle up – it could be a bumpy ride.  It always is when you choose to live a full life filled with human connection.


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Team Privacy Training Events
February 12, 19, 26, 27, Mar 2, 9, 11, 24, 27

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies and Children’s Aid

Kate trains health professionals from many more health care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. More details...

Speaking event March 25, 2020

Osgoode Professional Development – Health Law Certificate

Kate joins the faculty for this training event. More details...

Primary care webinars: Employment Law Update & Legal Issues for EDs and Board members

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our March webinar is on questions to ask your insurer and the April program is on changes to pregnant employees' positions.
Full details of the 2020 webinar series and registration here.

Health Privacy Officer training
April 28, 2020

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organisations.

This course focuses on how to become a more confident privacy officer and gives you the tools to document your privacy program. Full details and registration here...

Osgoode Health Privacy training
January 20 & 27 and February 3,10 & 18, 2020

Kate is the program chair for the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy in Healthcare.

This program explores the range of privacy interests that must be protected in the day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of information systems and the creation of institutional policies. More details...

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
March 4 (cancelled) but back April 1

Free webinars - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experienced privacy officer or new in the field, pick Kate’s brain for free for an hour, in this live webinar. No charge, but you’ll need to register in advance.

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