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Canadian jurists. Justice Eileen E. Gillese of the Ontario Court of Appeal
will open the conference. Justice Gillese is currently serving as commissioner
of the Ontario Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents
in the Long-Term Care Homes System. She will reflect on the findings
of the inquiry and the report released July 31, 2019. Justice Gillese will also
moderate a panel on legal and policy issues in long-term care.
On day two we will welcome the Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell, C.C.,
now of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He sat on the Supreme Court of Canada
from 2008 to 2016. He will speak about access to justice issues for older
adults in Canada. He will also address progress to date, why there has not
been more movement in this area, and access to justice issues that are particularly
salient for older adults.
This year’s networking lunch will include a third keynote delivered by
the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (“OBSI”), who will
speak about how OBSI can assist clients.
In addition to the foregoing keynote presentations, the popular debate session
will tackle the following resolution: “Be it resolved that long-term care
residents should be permitted to use cannabis in their homes”.
The conference agenda includes a combination of plenary presentations
and panel discussions and will offer a number of concurrent sessions. Presentations
will include “Elder Law Case Update”; “Elder Law in a Small
Town”; “Balancing Risk and Self-Determination in Abuse, Neglect and Self-
Neglect Response”; “Understanding and Assessing (In)Capacity: A Practical
Overview of the Process”; “Capacity to Retain and Instruct Counsel”;
“Advance Planning with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities”; “Elder Abuse:
Civil and Criminal Remedies”; “A New Made-in-Canada Model for Elder
Abuse Response?”; “Role of Indigenous Elders in Justice”; “Networking
Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Report on Aging and Dying in Prison”;
“Human Rights for People Living with Dementia”; “An Elder Law Toolkit”;
“Undue Influence – ‘Please,’ ‘Unless’ or Something Else?”; and “The Inter-
Agenda details are available on our conference website <www.bcli.org/
Elder Mediation Workshop
This year’s elder law conference will feature an elder mediation workshop
led by Vancouver lawyers and mediators Joan Braun and Vivian Kerenyi.
The workshop is being developed as part of their research project that seeks
to translate elder mediation research and best practices into Canadian juris-