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Provides direct legal services to low income seniors, public legal education, and law reform. Services and activities are in relation to areas of law of special importance to the seniors’ population of Ontario.

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Release of Papers by LCO today and Future Webinar on Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released two papers today in their series of commissioned research from external experts across Canada, part of their project, Improving the Last Stages of Life.

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December 20, 2016

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Ontario comments on 'Use of antipsychotics soaring at Ontario nursing homes' article

ACE (Advocacy Centre for the Elderly) has responded to the Toronto Star article of April 15 titled "Use of antipsychotics soaring at Ontario nursing homes."

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May 14, 2014

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Winter newsletter is now available

Topics in the ACE Winter issue include "Home First" – Is It Right for You?, Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, Long-Term Care rate reductions, and misuse of powers of attorney for personal care.

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January 29, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada decides that physicians may not unilaterally discontinue life-sustaining treatment

From the ACE Winter 2014 Newsletter - In October 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its judgment in Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, 2013 SCC 53. In a divided 5-2 decision, the majority of the Court held that physicians in Ontario may not unilaterally withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a critically ill patient without either the informed consent of the patient (or his or her substitute decision-maker if the patient is incapable), or the permission of an Ontario administrative tribunal (the Consent and Capacity Board).

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January 28, 2014

Supreme Court affirms patients' right to make end-of-life decisions

ACE, ARCH, and HALCO intervened for the rights of patients and SDMs against the ability of physicians to make a unilateral decision on the withdrawal of life support.

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October 21, 2013

ACE Successful in having the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Commit to Full Annual Inspections

The Ministry acknowledged ACE's ongoing advocacy on behalf of older adults in Ontario and announced the hiring of 100 additional inspectors for LTC homes.

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June 17, 2013

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Spring/Summer newsletter now available

Topics in the Spring/Summer issue of ACE's newsletter include privacy Issues in Long-Term Care, complaints in retirement homes, and changes to the Interim Federal Health Program and the effects on refugee claimants.

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June 17, 2013

Fall 2012 Advocacy Centre for the Elderly newsletter is now available

The Fall 2012 ACE newsletter has articles on retirement home licensing fees, accommodation rates in long-term care, and sprinklers and other outcomes of the Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence fire.

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November 14, 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 Advocacy Centre for the Elderly newsletter now available

Topics include proposed changes to Old Age Security, new lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy, what you should know if you live in a retirement home, and Long Term Care Home Task Force on Resident Care and Safety Action Plan.

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June 01, 2012

June 12: Fifth ACE Special Lecture

Date Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Place Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th floor, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., Toronto
Contact Tammy Gillard
Phone 416-598-2656

This free lecture features Dr. Samir K. Sinha and Dr. Andrea Moser speaking the challenges in meeting the needs of the rapidly aging population in Ontario for appropriate care services.

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May 18, 2012

Abuse reporting requirements under the Retirement Homes Act – good idea but...

Judith Wahl, Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), says licensing requirements and care standards enforceable by a body separate from the industry are required to support and protect retirement home tenants.

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November 30, 2011

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Fall/Winter 2011 newsletter now available

Topics in the ACE Fall/Winter 2011 newsletter include a court case about when to withdraw a patient from life support, reprisals against whistle-blowers, CPP and OAS issues, and consent to sexual activity.

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November 28, 2011

Summer 2011 Advocacy Centre for the Elderly newsletter now available

Topics in the ACE Newsletter include Home First policy, charges in hospital, spousal reunification in long-term care, and dealing with collection agencies.

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July 05, 2011

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Fall/Winter 2010 Newsletter

Topics include discharge from hospital to long-term care, GIS benefits for employed low-income seniors, Retirement Homes Act, fire safety in residences for seniors, and no legal duty for adult children to supervise parents living independently.

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December 14, 2010

October 28-30: 2010 Canadian (International) Conference on Elder Law

Date October 28, 2010 to October 30, 2010
Where Delta Chelsea Hotel, downtown Toronto

The theme of this year's conference is "Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law," and it will explore issues of elder rights, ageism and the law, access to justice, and law reform for older persons.

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September 16, 2010

October 28-30: Call for papers for 2010 Canadian Conference on Elder Law

Date October 28, 2010 to October 30, 2010
Time TBA
Where Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

This is a call for papers and announcement of the Canadian Conference on Elder Law, whose theme is Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law. The deadline for abstracts is July 16, 2010.

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July 02, 2010

Summer 2010 Advocacy Centre for the Elderly newsletter now available

Topics in the ACE Newsletter include ACE's concerns about Bill 21, graduated de-licencing of older drivers, the Apology Act, RRSPs and bankruptcy, and a special insert on the new Long-Term Care Homes Act.

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July 02, 2010