THE ADVOCATE 395
VOL. 78 PART 3 MAY 2020
BC LAW INSTITUTE
By Kathleen Cunningham*
The cornerstone of BCLI’s reputation is the depth and quality of its legal
research and recommendations for law reform. BCLI’s law reform reports
provide historical context for the current law, document law and policy initiatives
in Canadian and foreign jurisdictions and explore policy options.
BCLI and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) also take on study
papers to understand and identify legal issues affecting the public and older
adults. These reports are used by practitioners, the courts and academics.
We also produce a wide range of resources and tools for practitioners,
service providers and the public. These tools include checklists and guidance
for dealing with specific situations. Every project differs. As we continue
to monitor the reach and impact of our work at BCLI and the CCEL,
we encourage readers to share with us how they use our work in their dayto
In this edition we include updates from staff on four projects that have
released or will soon release a range of reports and resources.
HEALTH CARE CONSENT PROJECT TOOLS
The 2019 CCEL report The Law and Practice of Health Care Consent for People
Living with Dementia in British Columbia identified a need to create education
modules or tools on topics such as incapability assessment, dementia
and how to engage people living with dementia in decision making. In
March 2020, as a second phase of work in this area, the CCEL has published
a plain-language booklet and a series of animated videos for people living
with dementia explaining their legal rights in health care decision making.
These tools outline health care consent law, explain how dementia impacts
* Kathleen Cunningham is the executive director of BCLI.