August 24, 2012

Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women – Abuse of Older Women, May 2012

The Standing Committee on the Status of Women (“the Committee”) has published its report on the Abuse of Older Women.

August 7, 2012

A Seniors’ Advocate for BC

The BC Ministry of Health recently published a Discussion Paper on a Seniors’ Advocate for BC (click here to download), inviting comment from individuals, families and service providers alike on a number of questions with respect to the mandate, role and functions that the Seniors’ Advocate might play.  The Ministry also held a series of public consultations throughout the province in May and June this year as a means of seeking input into the creation of this new

June 28, 2012

Highlights from the 2011 Census: Canada’s Aging Population

On May 29, 2012 Statistics Canada released the 2011 Census data on population growth in Canada. This data confirmed predictions that as life expectancies lengthen and the baby boomers age, the population of seniors would significantly outweigh younger populations. Across Canada the population of seniors, those 65 years of age and older, has risen dramatically, without corresponding significant growth in populations under 64 years of age.

June 18, 2012

Physician-Assisted Dying in Canada: The Supreme Court of British Columbia’s Recent Ruling in Carter v. Attorney-General of Canada

Justice Lynn Smith of the BC Supreme Court handed down her decision on Friday in the case of Carter v. the Attorney-General of Canada, 2012 BCSC 886, ruling that the Criminal Code provisions which prohibit assisted suicide in Canada were unconstitutional.  Justice Smith declared the relevant provisions of the Criminal Code invalid, but suspended the operation of the declaration for one year in order to permit the government time to consider and draft appropriate legislation.  However, Her Honour gave Ms.

December 15, 2011

House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women – Abuse of Older Women Study

The House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women heard from witnesses during the months of October and November 2011.  To date, the following witnesses have provided evidence: