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

December 20, 2016

A message from Judith Wahl, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly: To paraphrase from the LCO announcement, "The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released two papers today in their series of commissioned research from external experts across Canada. This is part of their project, Improving the Last Stages of Life. The LCO's discussion paper for the project will be released in early Spring 2017."

One of the papers released today was co-written by Judith A. Wahl of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, with Mary Jane Dykeman (DDO Health Law), and Tara Walton, Health care consent, advance care planning, and goals of care practice tools: The challenge to get it right.

For more information on the LCO's project, please visit their project webpage at

If any legal clinic would like more information on the law related to health care consent and advance care planning, please feel free to contact me (Judith Wahl) at ACE and I can provide you with plain language materials on this from ACE, from Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO), and other groups that are working together to help people understand this in the context of the Ontario legal framework.

HPCO has been offering free webinars on Health care Consent and ACP to targetted groups (LHINS, physicians, researchers, CCACs, hospitals, LTC homes etc) since mid 2016. In 2017, one of the sessions on May 12 will be specifically oriented to lawyers and legal workers. The sessions are 1.5 hours and are co presented by Julie Darnay of HPCO, Judith Wahl, and Dr. Jeff Myers or another physician. More information on this will be circulated to legal clinics later in the spring.