CCEL Blog

  • Meet Summer Research Assistant Gurinder Cheema

    22 May 2018 My name is Gurinder Cheema. In the fall, I will begin my third year at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. During my second year, I was a part of the faculty’s Law Co-op Program. As part of the Law Co-op Program, I completed a work term at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. While […]   Read More

  • IRPP Provides Interpretations for Canadian MAiD Legislation

    9 May 2018 On March 1st, 2018, the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) released its report titled Interpreting Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation (the Report). The Report aims to clarify the current confusion surrounding the application of the criminal law related to medical assistance in dying (MAiD), in particular to help explain the eligibility criteria […]   Read More

  • Building an Intergenerational Workplace and Avoiding Age Discrimination

    30 April 2018 “People don’t want to hire you. Because you are older they think you’re going to get sick and cost them money, or you are too old to learn new technologies. There is a lot of ageism.”1 Older Women’s Dialogue Project Consultation participant I imagine we have all heard the expression: You can’t teach an old […]   Read More

  • 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


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