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Gary Direnfeld, #803466
The Discipline Committee of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers found that Gary Direnfeld is guilty of professional misconduct in that he violated sections 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.29 and 2.36 of O. Reg. 384/00 (Professional Misconduct) to the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, and Interpretations 1.5, 1.6, 2.1.1, 2.1.4, 2.2.3 and 2.2.8 of Principles I and II of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook (Standards of Practice).