June 2022 Newsletter: Our team continues to grow. Plus, our annual reports are now available!
June 23, 2022
BY Alec Regino
Our 2020 & 2021 Annual Reports are Now Available!
We’re excited to announce that our joint 2020 & 2021 annual report is now available! As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and internal changes at the BCLI, we have combined the past two years into one report. These past two years have been productive for the BCLI and we are pleased to share with all of you the various projects and publications that we have been working on.
Read more about what the Institute has been up to and get to know the latest developments in law reform in BC by visiting our website.
CCEL cited in latest House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women Report
On June 17, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women tabled its report entitled “Towards a Violence-Free Canada: Addressing and Eliminating Intimate Partner and Family Violence.” The report examines intimate partner and family violence in Canada, focusing on aspects such as the COVID-19 pandemic, issues within the justice system, and barriers to accessing services for survivors.
The CCEL provided its brief on intimate partner violence and aging to the committee, which was cited in the final report. To read the complete report, please visit the committee’s web page.
Our team is growing!
This summer, the BCLI is adding two students to our team. Please welcome Alex McLean and Ellen Spannagel.
Alex joins the BCLI as a summer law student working primarily on the Reconciling Crown Legal Frameworks Program. He recently completed his second year in the JD/JID combined degree program in Canadian common law and Indigenous legal orders at the University of Victoria. Prior to law school, he completed his BA in Economics and Philosophy at UBC.
Ellen is supporting the CCEL in their research on the work of health care assistants and on ethical and legal frameworks related to including people living with dementia in research. She is a BCL/JD Candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities at Carleton University. Get to know Ellen in our blog.
Every two years, the CCEL invites university students across Canada to submit papers that deal with a topic related to law and aging.
This year, the winner of the Gregory K. Steele QC Student Prize in Elder Law is Samuel Baxter, and his paper: “Canada and the UN Principles for the Older Person”. The winning paper is available on our website.
The 2021 – 2022 Gregory K. Steele QC Student Prize in Elder Law was generously sponsored by Clark Wilson.
Remembering Karen Kobayashi
We are very sad to announce the loss of a dear CCEL friend, one of our founding Distinguished Fellows, Dr. Karen Kobayashi. Karen was one of CCEL’s strongest allies in bridging divides between the community, academia, and law reform worlds. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
CCEL National Director Krista James and CanAge Founder and CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts wrote on our blog remembering Karen and the deep personal and professional impact she had in the elder law field.
Parentage committee continues discussion of multiparent provisions for children conceived by sexual intercourse
Supreme Court of Canada considers the significance of biological ties of parenthood in assessing the best interests of the child
CCEL Summer Bulletin: June 2022