Canadian Elder Law Conference

Thursday & Friday, November 2 & 3, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm both days
Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

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The Canadian Elder Law Conference is a two-day forum on the law and policy issues impacting older clients, featuring practical skill-based sessions, updates on hot topics, and current research on law and aging-related issues. Elder law multi-faceted, touching on diverse areas of practice including wills and estates, family law, pensions and benefits, healthcare rights, privacy law, and criminal law. Expect sessions on topics such as mental capacity, substitute decision making, physician-assisted death, cross-border issues, and financial abuse. Hear from practice leaders from across the country including lawyers, medical experts, and financial sector professionals.

After taking this course you will...

  • be better able to identify and address the legal issues that impact your older client
  • be familiar with recent trends, developments, and research in the law with respect to elder law topics such as medical assistance in dying, mental capacity, undue influence, independent legal advice, financial abuse, and adult protection
  • better understand the legal, practical, and ethical issues in relation to older clients with mental capacity and self-neglect issues.

Allison Curley

Advance Consent and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

by Allison Curley

September 8, 2017

The Carter Decision

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision with respect to a person’s right to medical assistance in dying (“MAiD”). Historically, it had been a crime for any person to assist another person in ending their own life. In the Carter decision, the appellants challenged the constitutionality of the Criminal Code provision that criminalized the actions of anyone who aided or abetted another person to end their life (section 241(b)). Section 14 of the Criminal Code was also challenged, as it disentitled a person from consenting to their own death. The appellants, Ms. Taylor, Ms. Carter, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Shoichet, and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”) argued that these Criminal Code provisions violated section 7 rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 7 provides that every person has the right to life, liberty, and security of the person.

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Thursday & Friday, November 2 & 3, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm both days
Pan Pacific Hotel,
999 Canada Place, Vancouver
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