CCEL Blog

  • Project Update: Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

    20 September 2021 The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is collaborating on a three-year project with people living with dementia, their care partners, and health care providers. The goal of this project is to work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that can support people living with dementia to be meaningfully involved in […]   Read More

  • Making Decisions While Living With Dementia: An Interview With Craig Burns

    10 September 2021 In Canada, approximately 76,000 people are diagnosed with dementia every year. People living with dementia regularly face stigma and misconceptions that make living with the disease a challenge. Sometimes family members and professionals don’t recognize how someone living with dementia is capable of directing their own life choices. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is collaborating with […]   Read More

  • Update on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada

    7 September 2021 Introduction Medical Assistance in Dying (“MAiD”) has a long history in Canada. Previously known as assisted suicide, it made Canadian headlines in 1993, when the landmark case of Rodriguez v British Columbia (AG) 3 SCR 519 was decided. Sue Rodriguez challenged the Criminal Code provision that prevented assisted suicide, but in a 5-4 decision the […]   Read More

  • Meet Education and Outreach Coordinator Jess Fehrenbacher

    13 July 2021 My name is Jessica (Jess) Fehrenbacher. My last name is easier to pronounce than it looks. I am working with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) as an independent contractor on the Engaging People Living with Dementia Project. I have my Masters in Social Work from UBC and am a Registered Social Worker. I […]   Read More

  • Suitability: Leading complaint among investors who come to OBSI for help

    5 July 2021    In 2020, almost 20% of investment complaints the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) investigated related to the suitability of the investments. It is the leading issue investors submit a complaint about. In many of these investment complaints, investors say that they received poor advice, that their investments or investment strategies were unsuitable […]   Read More

  • World Elder Abuse 2021

    24 June 2021 June is a month of raising awareness for many important issues and communities relevant to our work at the CCEL. June is 2SLGBTQ+ Pride Month, National indigenous History Month, and Elder Abuse Awareness Month. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This blog post will review a recent elder abuse event hosted by Elder […]   Read More

  • Update from the 2021 Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum: Health and Well-being of Seniors in Canada

    15 June 2021 The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum (“the Forum”) held a Symposium on Tuesday June 8th, 2021, titled the “Future of Aging in Canada”. The Forum is an intergovernmental body that discusses relevant issues related to older adults. The group meets annually at an event hosted by a different provincial or territorial seniors minister each […]   Read More

  • BCLI & CCEL Issue Study Paper On Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals

    9 June 2021 BCLI and CCEL have released the Study Paper on Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals, which examines informal tribunals operating in Canada and Australia that review findings of mental incapacity to consent to health care or admission to a care facility and resolve disputes about substitute decision-making in health care. The study paper follows […]   Read More

  • The House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee Examines Elder Abuse

    2 June 2021 Introduction The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (“JUST”) reports on and reviews different policies, programs, and other plans for the House of Commons. The committee has completed a wide range of work, including examining the impact of COVID-19 on the judicial system and considering how the pandemic has increased intimate […]   Read More

  • A look at the 2021 Federal and British Columbia Budgets

    28 April 2021   CanAge Policy Advisor       Introduction Amidst the third, and arguably most devastating wave of the pandemic, and having waited two years since the previous budget, the announcement of the 2021 federal budget was highly anticipated. On April 21, 2021, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, delivered Budget […]   Read More


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