CCEL Blog

  • 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

  • Family Caregiver Month: Are you #Caregiver Aware?

    27 April 2021 Guest blog post by Family Caregivers of British Columbia   May is Family Caregiver Month, an opportunity to join millions across the country to recognize and celebrate the vital role of family and friend caregivers. Their role is significant, giving over 80% of the care when we need it, yet they are often unrecognized, unsupported and underappreciated. […]   Read More

  • BC Creates Guidance on Visitation in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living

    19 April 2021 Introduction In 2021, the BC government made several changes and clarifications on the long-term care (LTC) and assisted living (AL) visitor rules. This blog outlines some of the new rules, new orders, and points of interpretation listed in the guidance. On January 7, 2021 the BC government released guidance on visits in LTC and AL. […]   Read More

  • An Overview of the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Visitor Policies Across Canada

    11 January 2021 Nicole is currently a third-year law student at University of Victoria. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta where she obtained a BSc with a Specialization in Mathematics. Nicole is particularly interested in law and policy, as well as improving access to justice in Canada. In her spare time Nicole enjoys cross-stitching, boxing, […]   Read More


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