October 31, 2022

Project Update: Summary of Themes from Consultations on Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

Introduction The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is collaborating on a three-year project. Our goal is to change how healthcare decision-making is approached so that the rights of people living with dementia are respected and they participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them. The Read more…

October 26, 2022

Parentage Committee Completes Its Review Of Surrogacy Arrangements

At its latest committee meeting—held earlier this month—BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee tackled a pair of emerging issues concerning the law of parentage and surrogacy arrangements. These issues may point to some gaps in part 3 of the Family Law Act that may need to be filled with new Read more…

October 18, 2022

Supporting Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses: Project Update

Introduction: The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is conducting a one-year project with the goal of completing a model policy framework to support victims and witnesses of crime with capacity issues. To reach this goal, CCEL staff are interviewing victim service workers, police, Crown Counsel, designated agencies, defence counsel and Read more…

August 18, 2022

Parentage committee starts discussion on surrogacy and independent legal advice

This month, the Parentage Law Reform Project Committee focused on two issues: surrogacy and independent legal advice. Should conception by sexual intercourse be permitted for traditional surrogacy? Section 29 of the Family Law Act governs surrogacy. Surrogacy is when a person carries a child for someone else. There are two Read more…

July 29, 2022

Parentage committee finishes discussion of donors and parentage

This month, the Parentage Law Reform Project Committee focused on donors and parentage. The Committee started this topic in the June meeting.  Section 24: Should there be more flexibility around donors and parentage? Section 24 of the Family Law Act states that a donor is not automatically a parent by Read more…