What to expect when applying for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

Over the summer we've looked at how to deal with Service Canada to get retirement benefits from both Old Age Security (OAS) and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). As noted here and here, the Government reaches out to qualifying Canadian residents when...


Stealing from mom and dad: Why power-of-attorney abuse is soaring - and so easy to get away with

Léony de Graaf, a Burlington, Ont.-based financial adviser, witnessed first hand how lives can be ruined by the unscrupulous use of power of attorney. She received a call from an 82-year-old client who had been forcefully incarcerated in a Hamilton...


'It's a horror movie': Nursing home security footage provides raw picture of resident violence problem

Meyer Sadoway died in hospital on Jan. 20, 2013, four days after breaking his hip at his nursing home in Toronto.

Staff at Baycrest told his family he'd fallen twice.

But the security camera footage from the hallway — which his family...


January 31: Consumer's Financial Rights: Investing and Life Insurance - Law at the Library, Ottawa

Information from Ottawa Public Library: Do you have questions about how you were treated by a financial advisor or life insurance agent? What should they have done to protect you? Were you promised something and did not get it?...


Staff-to-resident abuse in long-term care homes up 148% from 2011

Diana Pepin never expected to capture abuse when she installed a camera in her mother's room in an Ottawa long-term care home. She wanted to keep an eye on her mother and, as a former nurse, monitor the staff's handling of her mother's hygiene....


Ontario health ministry keeps secret list of high risk long-term care homes

Numerous Ottawa long-term care homes could be on a secret government list of facilities considered "medium risk" or "high risk" but it's impossible to know how many or which homes, because the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is staying quiet....


Health ministry falls short on long-term care home inspections, auditor general reports

As problems with the province's long-term care system came into sharper focus this year, the government was still grappling with how to fix numerous issues with home inspections that were identified by Ontario's auditor general in 2015. 



December 18: Violence Against Older Women

The Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre would like to invite you to an upcoming community information session:

  • What is elder abuse? Is there a difference between elder abuse & intimate partner abuse? 
  • Recognizing...

Advocate for Protections for Vulnerable Ontarians

A Bill from Welland MPP Cindy Forster designed to protect vulnerable adults and seniors in Supportive Living Accommodations (SLAs) is stalled in the Ontario legislature.

Bill 135, the Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living...


New Patient Navigators to Assist Every Person Diagnosed with Dementia to Access the Right Care

From a Government of Ontario news release: Ontario will connect every person diagnosed with dementia with a patient navigator by expanding the proven First Link program to every community across the province, making access to care...

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