CCEL Blog

  • 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

  • BCLI Comment on Fraser Decision: Pleased to see our Work Referenced by Canada’s Highest Court

    27 November 2020 In 2012 the BCLI published the study paper Human Rights and Family Responsibilities: Family Status Discrimination under Human Rights Law in British Columbia and Canada (BCLI study paper). The paper reviews research and jurisprudence on the family status ground, discusses concerns with the BC Court of Appeal’s approach to family status discrimination in an employment […]   Read More

  • Dementia and Representation Agreements: Understanding the Lived Experience of Representatives During Health Care and Personal Care Decision-Making

    24 November 2020 Alexis Haig is a Master in Gerontology Candidate at Simon Fraser University. Her thesis is entitled “Exploring Health Care and Personal Care Decision-Making under Representation Agreements: The Lived Experiences of ‘Representatives’ of Older Adults with Dementia.” Alexis holds a B.A. and B.S.W. from the University of British Columbia.   Introduction Covid-19 has changed the way […]   Read More

  • Visitor Restrictions and Health Care Decision-Making Rights in BC: Comments on the Seniors Advocate Report, Staying Apart to Stay Safe

    16 November 2020 Introduction The Seniors Advocate conducted a survey about the COVID-19 visitor restrictions in long-term care and assisted living. The results of this survey were released on November 3, 2020. The survey was open to the public, and respondents were largely family visitors of residents in long-term care (49%). Other respondents included family visitors of assisted […]   Read More

  • Undue Influence and Financial Abuse

    9 October 2020 Introduction October 4-10, 2020 is Make-a-Will Week to encourage people to make or update their will. When people are making or changing a will there is the possibility for abuse or undue influence. Professionals drafting wills must be aware of the signs of undue influence and what steps can be taken if a wills practitioner […]   Read More

  • Discovering the Travelling Wills Clinic

    5 October 2020 As this is Make a Will Week, I was asked to let you know about an exciting possible initiative for delivering personal planning documents such as wills to low income adults living outside the lower mainland, the “Travelling Wills Clinic.” The Travelling Wills Clinic would serve those in remote, isolated, and underserved areas of BC […]   Read More

  • BC Issues Recommendations on Updating Health Profession Regulation

    23 September 2020 Introduction The BC provincial government is considering changes to health professional regulation. On August 27, 2020 the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation [Steering Committee] released their Recommendations to modernize the provincial health regulatory framework [Recommendations]. This blog will list the range of recommended changes and discuss parts of the recommendations aimed at […]   Read More

  • Changes to BC’s COVID-19 Long-Term Care Visitor Policy

    28 August 2020 Introduction On June 30, 2020 the BC government announced that the visitor policy for long-term care and assisted living would be changing. In the new policy residents can have one designated visitor for social visits. Prior to this policy change, only essential visitors were allowed in long-term care and assisted living (discussed below). This new […]   Read More

  • Long-Term Care reform in Canada – Resource Round-up

    12 June 2020 Introduction The hardest hit population from COVID-19 has been older adults living in long-term care. This has led to great media attention on long-term care. Issues receiving media attention include the low staffing levels, poor compensation for health care workers, and issues monitoring quality of care. However, these issues are not occurring only because of […]   Read More

  • The Accessible Canada Act

    1 June 2020 Accessibility Legislation In Canada, the federal government enacted the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) which came into force on July 11, 2019. The ACA, applying to everything under federal jurisdiction, is intended to remove barriers experienced by people with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to create a barrier-free country by 2040. The ACA sets out: How […]   Read More


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