CCEL Blog

  • IIROC 2019 Policy Priority Updates and Vulnerable Investors

    19 July 2019 This post was co-authored by Valerie Le Blanc and Kristen Weedmark   On April 9, 2019, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) released the Policy Priorities—Update Report. The report outlines the policy priorities that IIROC anticipates implementing or publishing for comment over the next 12 months. The policy updates include:         Guidance clarifying the […]   Read More

  • Analysis of the BC Safe Care Act Bill

    15 July 2019 Overview In BC, there is currently a private member’s bill, the Safe Care Act, 2019, in the legislature which proposes to create a form of secure care for children and youth who are experiencing substance use or are being sexually exploited. This bill would allow for the child to be apprehended pending a hearing on […]   Read More

  • Elder Mediation Workshop at the Canadian Elder Law Conference: Interview with Joan Braun

    11 July 2019 This post is part of a series highlighting key themes and presenters from the 2019 Elder Law Conference. To see the other posts in the series, click here   Introduction Joan Braun and Vivian Kerenyi will be hosting an Elder Mediation workshop during the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference. In this blog post, we share an interview with Joan on her research, […]   Read More

  • Consent to Care Facility Admission Provisions to be brought into Force

    8 July 2019 On June 3, 2019, the BC provincial government signed an order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council declaring that Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) will be brought into force on November 4, 2019. This means BC will finally have legislation governing admission to long-term care facilities and […]   Read More

  • Elder Abuse Response Presentation at the Canadian Elder Law Conference: Interview with Laura Tamblyn Watts

    21 June 2019 This post is part of a series highlighting key themes and presenters from the 2019 Elder Law Conference. To see the other posts in the series, click here   Introduction We are so excited that Laura Tamblyn Watts, the Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons), will be presenting at the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference. CARP will […]   Read More

  • Valerie Le Blanc Gives Keynote Address at Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria Event

    14 June 2019 On June 13th CCEL Staff lawyer Valerie Le Blanc gave the keynote address to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria’s event to launch their project on the value of aging across cultures. Below is her keynote address.   Keynote Address With the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, a good amount of my time is spent […]   Read More

  • New Caregiver Supports: Updates on the Care/Work Study Paper

    3 June 2019 The BC Law Institute’s study paper on Family Caregiving, Care/Work, was released in 2010. The need for and incidence of family caregiving is still high in BC. Since the report, there have been some additional supports created for family caregivers in BC and elsewhere in Canada, which will be highlighted below. However, there are still […]   Read More

  • OBSI and the Legal System

    10 May 2019 From time to time seniors have disputes with their financial service providers. When the problem cannot be fixed through the firm’s complaint process, one alternative to taking legal action may be to take the concern to OBSI (The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments). This summary explains what OBSI does and how it differs from a […]   Read More

  • Meet our new Legal Research Assistant

    1 May 2019 My name is Sara Pon.  I completed my master’s degree in law at York University in 2018, and I obtained my JD from the University of Victoria.  I am working at the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and Canadian Center for Elder Law (CCEL) because of my passion for research involving older adults and law […]   Read More

  • Factors Contributing to Poverty and Vulnerability among Senior Women

    3 April 2019 In December 2018 the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women began a study of challenges facing senior women, with a focus on poverty and vulnerability. The Committee invited members of the public to submit two-page written briefs identifying concerns related to transportation, access to health services and medication, the cost of […]   Read More


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