• 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

  • Advance Consent and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

    12 September 2017 The Carter Decision In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision with respect to a person’s right to medical assistance in dying (“MAiD”). Historically, it had been a crime for any person to assist another person in ending their own life. In the Carter decision, the appellants challenged the constitutionality of […]   Read More

  • Canadian Elder Law Conference November 2-3, 2017 in Vancouver

    11 September 2017 The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is thrilled to once again be hosting the Canadian Elder Law Conference in collaboration with CLE BC. We received many abstract submissions this year, allowing us to curate an agenda including some unique and interesting subjects. The Canadian Elder Law Conference is the only national conference devoted to legal […]   Read More

  • Undue Influence and Will-Making

    22 August 2017 This series examines and compares recommendations made in several BCLI reports and those made by the Law Commission of England and Wales. To read the other posts in the series click here. Undue influence can be defined as a situation where a person is pressured to perform a legal act, and where that person does not truly […]   Read More

  • Ontario Court of Justice Determines that Ontario’s Family Law Legislation Discriminates Against Dependent Adults With Disabilities Whose Parents Were Never Married

    14 July 2017 On July 7 2017, Justice Sullivan of the Ontario Court of Justice released a decision that pertains to the constitutionality of Ontario’s Family Law Act in relation to child support obligations for parents of dependent adults with disabilities. The Applicant in this matter is a Robyn Coates, mother to Joshua Coates. Joshua turned 18 in […]   Read More

  • Law Commission of Ontario Publishes Discussion Paper for their “Improving the Last Stages of Life” Project

    8 June 2017 Earlier this week, the Law Commission of Ontario (“LCO”) released a discussion paper (PDF) for their “Improving the Last Stages of Life” Project. This Project focusses on the experiences of those who are involved in the dying process, and contemplates how law impacts the rights, choices, and quality of life for people who are dying. […]   Read More

  • Protecting Older Investors: A Joint Project of FAIR Canada and the CCEL

    2 June 2017 Canada is in the midst of a huge demographic shift. By 2024, people aged 65 and over will account for 20 percent of the country’s population. This has significant policy implications, from infrastructure needs to health care and community services. People don’t often think about the investment industry as being impacted, but the reality is […]   Read More

  • New reports shed light on seniors and antipsychotic medications

    29 March 2017 In the last few months, a number of reports and news stories have highlighted older people’s use of medications, and more specifically antipsychotics. We share what we have learned and how this is relevant for the project we recently launched on health care consent and aging. In February, the Canadian Psychological Association celebrated Psychology Month […]   Read More

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