CCEL Blog

  • An Overview of the National Dementia Strategy

    15 August 2019 Introduction On June 17, 2019, the Government of Canada released A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together we Aspire [National Dementia Strategy]. This strategy was created following several steps: In November 2016, the Senate of Canada released a report on dementia in Canada; In 2017, Parliament passed the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias […]   Read More

  • Finding similarities and differences in Finnish and British Columbian legal systems

    6 August 2019 From May 28 to June 12, 2019, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law was pleased to host visiting scholar Katja Karjalainen, LL.D. from the University of Eastern Finland. In the blog post that follows she discusses her experiences as she begins the comparison of our two jurisdictions’ approach to what we know in BC as […]   Read More

  • First Canadian Seniors’ Complaints Report: OBSI

    31 July 2019 On July 18, 2019, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) issued its first 2019 Seniors Report. Survey data gathered between 2017 and 2018 from over 1,400 case files highlights some of the unique challenges faced by seniors when accessing financial services and products. According to its news release, “Older Canadians experience different challenges […]   Read More

  • Results of IIROC National Survey Calls for More Protection for Vulnerable Investors

    22 July 2019 On June 21, 2019, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published the results of its national survey, Awareness and Attitudes Related to Provisions to Protect Vulnerable Investors and Investment Firms/Advisors: Presentation of Key Findings. Survey data gathered between March 7th and 14th, 2019 from 1,000 Canadian investors covered a range of topics including […]   Read More

  • IIROC 2019 Policy Priority Updates and Vulnerable Investors

    19 July 2019 This post was co-authored by Valerie Le Blanc and Kristen Weedmark   On April 9, 2019, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) released the Policy Priorities—Update Report. The report outlines the policy priorities that IIROC anticipates implementing or publishing for comment over the next 12 months. The policy updates include:         Guidance clarifying the […]   Read More

  • Analysis of the BC Safe Care Act Bill

    15 July 2019 Overview In BC, there is currently a private member’s bill, the Safe Care Act, 2019, in the legislature which proposes to create a form of secure care for children and youth who are experiencing substance use or are being sexually exploited. This bill would allow for the child to be apprehended pending a hearing on […]   Read More

  • Elder Mediation Workshop at the Canadian Elder Law Conference: Interview with Joan Braun

    11 July 2019 Introduction Joan Braun and Vivian Kerenyi will be hosting an Elder Mediation workshop during the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference. In this blog post, we share an interview with Joan on her research, this exciting workshop, and her insights into elder mediation.   Can you describe your workshop? Joan: Vivian Kerenyi and I are developing […]   Read More

  • Consent to Care Facility Admission Provisions to be brought into Force

    8 July 2019 On June 3, 2019, the BC provincial government signed an order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council declaring that Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) will be brought into force on November 4, 2019. This means BC will finally have legislation governing admission to long-term care facilities and […]   Read More

  • Elder Abuse Response Presentation at the Canadian Elder Law Conference: Interview with Laura Tamblyn Watts

    21 June 2019 Introduction We are so excited that Laura Tamblyn Watts, the Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons), will be presenting at the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference. CARP will be joining us this year as a silver level conference sponsor. Many of you will recall that Laura was the CCEL National […]   Read More

  • Valerie Le Blanc Gives Keynote Address at Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria Event

    14 June 2019 On June 13th CCEL Staff lawyer Valerie Le Blanc gave the keynote address to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria’s event to launch their project on the value of aging across cultures. Below is her keynote address.   Keynote Address With the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, a good amount of my time is spent […]   Read More


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