CCEL Blog

  • Ontario Superior Court Rules on the Capacity to Marry

    13 March 2018 In December 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled on Hunt v Worrod, 2017 ONSC 7397 (Hunt), wherein the family of a man suffering from a brain injury sought annulment of what the media called a “predatory marriage.” Mr. Hunt was injured in an ATV accident, causing serious brain injury and an 18-day coma. In […]   Read More

  • Introducing our Pro Bono Law Student Volunteer: Tanya Thakur

    2 February 2018 My name is Tanya Thakur. I am currently a third-year law student at UBC. I am excited to assist the BC Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) as part of my Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) placement. My role is to update the Canadian Centre for Elder Law’s Elder and Guardianship Mediation Report […]   Read More

  • Community Legal Assistance Society Publishes Report on BC’s Mental Health System

    22 January 2018 On November 29, 2017, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) published its report “Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System”, and an accompanying press release. The report details the deprivation of rights faced by mental health patients who are involuntarily admitted under the current BC Mental Health Act. The use of restraints and seclusion, […]   Read More

  • Report On Vulnerable Investors: Elder Abuse, Financial Exploitation, Undue Influence And Diminished Mental Capacity

    21 November 2017 “We’re caught between a rock and a hard place” said one financial services provider about their challenges in responding to the increasing number of elder financial abuse or mental capacity concerns that investment firms are seeing.  “We want to be part of the solution, but if we suspect something is going on, we don’t know […]   Read More

  • AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and Canadian Centre for Elder Law link up to focus on issues related to research and elder law

    18 October 2017 Announcement reposted on behalf of and with permission of AGE-WELL. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) has been named a new AGE-WELL core facility in elder law. The announcement was made today in Winnipeg at AGE-WELL’s 3rd Annual Conference. AGE-WELL is a federally-funded pan-Canadian network driving research and innovation in the area of technology […]   Read More

  • Capacity to Marry

    16 October 2017 Introduction In order to carry out legal actions, a person must have the requisite capacity to do so. Different legal actions may require a person to meet a specific threshold of capacity. For example, there are different thresholds associated with entering into a contract, making a will, and retaining legal counsel. These legal thresholds are […]   Read More

  • New tool release – Engaging Older Women in your Community: A Promising Practices Guide for Women’s and Senior Serving Organizations

    12 October 2017 Co-authored by Raissa Dickinson Engaging Older Women in your Community is a promising practices tool developed as an outcome of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP). The publication is intended to support your agency to anticipate and address structural barriers to the participation of older women in community initiatives aimed at legal and policy change. […]   Read More

  • Older Women’s Dialogue Project: Surviving Violence, Calling for Change

    12 October 2017 New Older Women’s Dialogue Project Tool Development Group In early 2017, a new Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP) tool development group was launched. In collaboration with Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) has been facilitating group meetings with women in the community who identify as […]   Read More

  • Mental Capacity, Consent, and Guardianship in BC and Canada: Get your Legal Update at the 2017 Canadian Elder Law Conference

    2 October 2017 Does your practice deal with mental capacity, consent or guardianship? If so, this year’s elder law conference is shaping up to be the event of the season for getting your update on the law. For some of you, consent and capacity are intrinsic to the bulk of your work. If you prepare powers of attorney, […]   Read More

  • Welcoming Kamala Sproule to the CCEL Team!

    25 September 2017   We are so pleased to welcome Kamala to our team. Kamala will be supporting our continuing work with older women living in the Lower Mainland. Over the last 15 years, Kamala has worked as an evaluator, a community development worker, and community-based researcher. She has a Masters in Social Work. She brings much experience […]   Read More

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