March 20: A new regulation strengthens protections for individuals in residential care facilities. See, www.hls.gov.bc.ca/ccf/index.html. The regulation, which takes effect Oct. 1, 2009:
- Increases liability for licensees
- Requires facility policies and procedures to be made available to families
- Bans smoking by staff on the premises
- Establishes new protections, such as fall protection measures.