Judge slashes elderly client's legal bill, says lawyer 'was obviously making it all up as he went along'

A Toronto judge has drastically reduced an elderly woman's six-figure legal bill after finding her lawyer was unable to explain how he reached the amount.

"None of the respondent's figures are credible; he was obviously...


How can home-care users hold personal-support workers to account?

Shirley Parent, 80, has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. She lives on her own in London and relies on public home-care services: four times a day, personal-support workers get her up or into bed and change her briefs -- activities that...


LGBTQ seniors fear renewed discrimination in long-term care

When deteriorating health forced David McClure, who is 81, to enter first one Ottawa nursing home, and then another, he felt as though he was going back into the closet, after decades out of it. "I couldn't let my gayness show," he said. "The looks...


Pet care for people in crisis

Thanks to Jill McNall, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), for assembling this information about pet care for people in crisis:

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has a SafePet program: ...


Where homeless and vulnerable people can go during a heat wave

From a broadcast of Metro Morning: The high today is 32 degrees, and it'll feel more like 38. For those living rough or on the streets, there's little relief from the sizzling temperatures. Matt Galloway talks with a street nurse...


'We're going back into the closet': LGBTQ seniors wary of being 'out' in long-term care facilities

Information from CBC: LGBTQ seniors who were part of the long battle against discrimination and who've been "out" for years are now worried they'll have to hide their sexual orientation as they face the need to move into long-term care...


For richer or poorer: Sharing CPP with a spouse at divorce means never getting it back

John Aitken was married for 30 years. When the marriage ended he and his ex-wife Sheena agreed to split the Canada Pension Plan credits accumulated during their time together 50-50.

The CPP is meant to be fair so that spouses end...


What CPP reforms mean for Canadian seniors

Two years ago, the federal government announced an expansion to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), marking the most significant change in Canada's three-pillar retirement income system in half a century.

This expansion included a higher...


September 26: Elder Law Issues

Lawyers who have expertise dealing with the unique legal issues and needs of older adults will discuss a variety of topics, including elder abuse. Learn about the rights and responsibilities of older adults under Ontario law, and those who care for...


July 11: Retiring On A Low Income

Information From NOW: John Stapleton from Open Policy Ontario shares how to get the most from income security programs like Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan and Ontario Disability Support. 6 pm....

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