October 31, 2022

Project Update: Summary of Themes from Consultations on Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

Introduction The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is collaborating on a three-year project. Our goal is to change how healthcare decision-making is approached so that the rights of people living with dementia are respected and they participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them. The Read more…

October 18, 2022

Supporting Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses: Project Update

Introduction: The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is conducting a one-year project with the goal of completing a model policy framework to support victims and witnesses of crime with capacity issues. To reach this goal, CCEL staff are interviewing victim service workers, police, Crown Counsel, designated agencies, defence counsel and Read more…

July 25, 2022

Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Settings: Strengthening Infrastructural Criminal Law Reform

Proposed federal legislation is pursuing criminal law reform to address the abuse and neglect of older adults within long-term care.[1]  A recently introduced private bill, Bill C-295, would amend section 215 of the Criminal Code to specifically criminalize owners and managers of long-term care homes who fail to provide the Read more…

June 21, 2022

Gregory K Steele QC Prize Winning Paper in Elder Law for 2021-22: Canada and the UN Principles for the Older Person

In December of 1991, the United Nations (UN) established a list of principles for the rights of older persons that they encourage members to incorporate into their national programmes: independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment, and dignity. The original purpose of this paper was to draft a Canadian Charter for the Rights Read more…

June 14, 2022

CCEL Summer Bulletin: June 2022

2021 had many challenges. We are all happy that it has now come to an end, and we look to 2022 as offering new hope and new opportunity. 2022 marks 25 years since the BCLI first opened its doors in 1997. While so much has changed in the past 25 years, our steady commitment to excellence in law reform continues.