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Volume 16, Number 1 (Winter 2020-21)

  • Issues Related to Accessing Residents in Long-Term Care Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Legality of Detention in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Ontario Passes Bill that Limits Liability of Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes during COVID-19
  • Long-Term Care Home Fees: No 2020-21 Rate Increase
  • Seniors Who Have Not Filed Taxes at Risk of Losing Benefits
  • Ontario Government Overhauls Home Care Regime
  • Income Cut Off Amounts for the Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • Important Update for Ontario Tenants

Volume 15, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2018)

  • Can who pays down the mortgage affect ownership or entitlement to proceeds of sale?
  • Reunification Priority Access Beds
  • Challenging refusal of admission to a long-term care home
  • Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan Benefits and Certificates of Incapability
    • Availability of Old Age Security benefits for immigrants and refugees
  • Unlicensed care homes — A legal overview
    • Highway Traffic Act strengthens medicalreporting requirements
  • Invitation to the 34th annual general meeting of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Volume 14, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2017)

  • Executive Director's message
  • Changes to the law impacting retirement homes
  • Calculating Guaranteed Income Supplement or Spousal Allowance entitlement immediately after retirement
  • Grandparents now explicitly entitled to apply for access or custody of grandchildren
  • Mauvais traitements à l’égard des personnes âgées
  • Transportation to medical appointments for residents in long-term care 
  • Chronic care co-payment: important facts you need to know

Volume 13, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 2016)

  • Pharmacy Services in Long-Term Care Homes
  • Privacy Act and Old Age Security Benefits
  • Patient-Centred Care: "Wishes" Are Not Consents
  • Case Comment: Andrade v. Andrade: A Purchase Money Resulting Trust
  • Quality and Accountability in Health Care?  Ontario's Patient Ombudsman and Bill 41, Patients First Act
  • ACE Celebrates Judith Wahl, Past Executive Director of ACE

Volume 13, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2016)

  • Judith Wahl Retiring as the Executive Director of ACE
  • What are the Costs Associated with Living in a Retirement Home?
  • Quels sont les Coûts Liés À Habiter dans une Maison de Retraite?
  • Can I Visit Mom? Issues related to accessing residents in a long-term care home
  • Case Comment: R. v. Hooyer
  • Bill 148, Jeopardizing the Autonomy of Capable Seniors in the Name of Protection
  • Consent to Treatment in Long-Term Care Homes: The Case of Re SW
  • Establishing Residence and Maximizing Retroactivity of Old Age Security Benefits

 Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 2015) 

  • The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
  • What to do if Your Retirement Home Staff Claim Your Care Needs are Too High
  • Continuing Powers of Attorney for Property and the Banks
  • Les Procurations Et Les Banques
  • Adults Living with Seniors: Tenants or not Tenants
  • Ontario’s First Patient Ombudsman
  • Detention in Long-Term Care

 Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

  • PAPERS! PAPERS! PAPERS! – PART II: The What’s What Regarding Paperwork in Long-Term Care!
  • Equal Access To Health Care : A Commentary on P.S. v. Ontario
  • Accès Égalitaire aux Soins de Santé: Commentaire au Sujet de P.S. c. Ontario
  • Ontario Energy Support Program: A Primer
  • Carter v. Canada:  The Implications of Physician-Assisted Death
  • The Role of the Commissioner of Housing Equity:  Eviction Prevention for Seniors and Vulnerable Residents in Toronto Community Housing

 Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2014)

  • PAPERS! PAPERS! PAPERS! – PART I: The What’s What Regarding Paperwork in Long-Term Care!
  • Why is Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning So Misunderstood?
  • Comments on the Digital Privacy Act
  • Appeal Board Issues Important Decision on Consent to DNR Orders
  • Conditions for Confirming Capacity in Powers of Attorney for Personal Care
  • New Mandatory Enrollment for Direct Deposit of Government Payments

 Volume 11, Number 1 (Winter 2014)

  • "Home First" - Is It Right For You?
  • Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, 2013 SCC 53: Supreme Court Decides That Physicians May Not Unilaterally Discontinue Life-Sustaining Treatment
  • Issues with Long-Term Care Rate Reductions
  • Think Before You Sign: Misuse of Powers of Attorney for Personal Care
  • ACE's Law Reform Work: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning
  • Support Person Can Accompany TTC Customer with Disability for Free
  • Judith Wahl Recipient of Ethel Meade Award 

Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2013)

  • Privacy Issues in Long-Term Care
  • Complaints in Retirement Homes
  • Recent Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program: Less Medical Care for Refugee Claimants
  • An Overview of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act
  • Old Age Security Benefits and Legal Aid Ontario Certificates
  • Judith Wahl - Diamond Jubilee Recipient
  • Bill C-36: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Elder Abuse) - New Sentencing Provision Now in Effect
  • Interest Rates in Long-Term Care Homes
  • Legislative Victory: Mandatory Sprinklers in Care Homes

Volume 9, Number 2 (Fall 2012)

  • Retirement Home Licensing Fees: Can Retirement Home Landlords Pass through the Home's Licensing Fees to Tenants?
  • Accommodation Rates in Long-Term Care
  • Remembering Ethel Meade
  • Sprinklers and Other Outcomes of the Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence Fire
  • News and Announcements

Volume 9, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2012)

  • Old Age Security: What do the proposed chnages mean for low-income older adults?
  • ACE Profiles: Dr. Samir K. Sinha - Newly Appointed Expert Lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy
  • Information You Should Know if you Live in a Retirement Home
  • Searching the "Consumer Beware" List
  • Long-Term Care Home Task Force on Resident Care and Safety Releases Action Plan
  • Ten Months in the Life of an Articling Student at ACE
  • Tips and Traps when Dealing with Long-Term Care

Volume 8, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 2011)

  • Rasouli v. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • City of Cornwall Pleads Guilty to Reprisal Against an Employee Who Reported Resident Abuse
  • New CPP and OAS Penalties for Misrepresentation
  • Abuse Reporting Requirements Under the Retirement Homes Act  - Good Idea But...
  • Critique of Proposed Chagnes to the Personal Information Protection and Eelctronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
  • Changes to CPP Affecting Early and Late Retirement Benefit Rates
  • R. v. J.A. - Requirement for Consent and Capacity to Sexual Activity Confirmed by Supreme Court of Canada
  • News and Announcements
  • Parkinson Society Launches Innovative Education and Awareness Program

Volume 8, Number 1 (Summer 2011)

  • Home First: What does it mean for seniors living in Ontario?
  • Charges in Hospital: Ministery confirms Alternate Level of Care Payments in Hospitals Not to Exceed $53.23 a Day
  • Important Changes to the Long-Term Care Homes Act
  • Alberta v. Elder Advocates of Alberta Society
  • Dealing with Collection Agencies
  • News and Announcements

Volume 7, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 2010)

  • Discharge from Hospital to Long-Term Care:  Issues in Ontario
  • Better GIS Benefits for Employed Low Income Seniors
  • Update on the Retirement Homes Act
  • The Fifth Annual Canadian Conference on Elder Law:  A Resounding Success
  • Fire Safety in Residences for Older Adults
  • Morrison v. Cooper:  No Legal Duty for Adult Children to Supervise Older Adult Parents Living Independently

Volume 7, Number 1 (Summer 2010)

  • Inadequate Protections for Tenants of Retirement Homes:  ACE's Concerns about Bill 21, the Retirement Homes Act
  • A Call for Dialogue on Graduated De-licensing of Older Drivers
  • The Apology Act:  A Help or Hindrance?
  • RRSPs Protected in Bankruptcy
  • News and Announcements
    • The Lawyer Referral Service is Now Free
    • Higher Monetary Limits in Small Claims Court
    • Long-Term Care Home Reporting by the Ontario Health Quality Council
    • Deputy Judges Can Hear Cases After Age 75
    • Ontario Will Not Regulate Personal Support Workers

Volume 7, Number 1 (Summer 2010) - Special Insert about the Long-Term Care Homes Act - Updated October 2010

Volume 6, Number 2 (Fall 2009)

  • Restitution as a Remedy for Financial Abuse
  • Sponsored Immigrants: Issues of Admission and Fees in Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes (Please note: This article is out of date)
  • Government of Canada Elder Abuse Initiatives
  • Access to Justice for Older Adults Living in Congregate Settings
  • ACE and Elder Abuse: Awareness, Prevention and Response
  • When Can OAS & CPP Benefits be Subject to Seizure?
  • Offences under the Residential Tenancies Act
  • Long-Term Care Homes Program Manual Update
  • Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life to Older Adults is a Crime

Volume 6, Number 1 (Summer 2009)

  • The Role of Community Care Access Centres in Admission to Long-Term Care from Hospital
  • Using Retirement Homes as Way Stations Between Hospitals and Long-Term Care Homes: What You Need to Know
  • The New Toronto Ombudsman
  • Personal Health Information: Navigating the Law
  • The National Do No Call List for Telemarketers
  • Patient Safety: New Information Available to the Public
  • Home Adaptations for Seniors' Independence

Volume 5, Number 1 (Summer 2008)

  • Sexuality in Long-Term Care
  • Hospital Assessments for Residents of Long-Term Care Homes
  • Changes to the Human Rights System
  • Moving Out of Care Homes
  • What You Need to Know About Powers of Attorneys
  • Access to Older Adults

Volume 4, Number 3 (Summer/Fall 2007)

  • Title Fraud
  • Protecting Consumers in Energy Contracts
  • New "Do Not Resuscitate" Confirmation Form for Paramedics and Firefighters
  • Retirement Home Regulation Update
  • New Program Offers Free Consultation with Pharmacist

Volume 4, Number 2 (Fall 2006/Winter 2007)

  • Retirement Home Consultation Reveals Confusion
  • Long-Term Care Homes Bill Close to Becoming Law
  • Tackling Violence Against Seniors in Advertising
  • New Interactive Alzheimer Education Tool Available
  • New Rules for Tenants and Spouses

Volume 4, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2006)

  • Admission to Long-Term Care Homes: Are Evaluations of Capacity Being Conducted in Accordance with the Law?
  • Making Treatment Decisions
  • New Tenancy Legislation
  • Sponsoring Parents and Sponsorship Debt

Volume 3, Number 10 (Spring 2005)

  • Homicide in Long-Term Care
  • Accessibility Bill Receives 3rd Reading
  • The LHINs are Coming!
  • The Schiavo Case: What if Mrs. Shiavo had lived in Canada?
  • Holograph Wills

Volume 3, Number [9] (Fall 2004)

  • Elder Abuse Awareness and Response - The ACE Experience
  • The New Limitations Act - Litigants Beware
  • Will Ontario Ever Retire "Mandatory Retirement"?
  • Ministry Sets New Standards Limiting Use of Restraints
  • Disability Accessibility Act Introduced

Volume 3, Number 9 (Spring 2004)

  • Adult Protection Legislation
  • Home Care Funding Structure Challenged by Tribunal Decision
  • Nursing Home Complaints Hotline
  • Transferring from Hospital to a Long-Term Care Facility
  • A Blueprint for Reform of Long-Term Care

Volume 3, Number 8 (Fall 2003)

  • Confronting the Failure to Obtain Consent to Treatment
  • The Right to Decide One's Own Medical Treatment: Are there Limits to this Right?
  • Avoiding Losing Your Government Pension Benefits

Volume 3, Number 7 (Spring 2003)

  • Smoking in a Long-Term Care Facility: The Wilson Inquest
  • Home Care Problems
  • Home Renovations
  • Waiting List for Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario

Volume 3, Number 6 (Fall 2002)

  • Long-Term Care Facilities are Not Prisons
  • Patients' Charter of Rights: Do We Need It?
  • Bank Cards: Users Beware!

Volume 3, Number 5 (Spring 2002 - Special Bulletin)

  • Legislation Introduces Changes to Admission and Discharge Process for Nursing Homes and Homes for the Aged

Volume 3, Number 5 (Spring 2002)

  • Coroner's Inquest Looks at Older Drivers
  • Obtaining a Refund from a Long-Term Care Facility
  • New Guide to Advance Care Planning
  • Medical Reports for Long-Term Care Applications
  • PGT - Urgent Investigations

Volume 3, Number 4 (Fall 2001)

  • Accessing Your Medical Records in Hospital and Long-Term Care
  • Challenge to Home Care Service Cuts
  • Consumer Protection Act Improved
  • Patient Restraints Minimization Act Becomes Law

Volume 3, Number 3 (Spring 2001)

  • Your In-Home Care Services are Being Cut or Terminated - What Should You Do?
  • Civil Case Management Rules

Volume 3, Number 2 (Fall 2000)

  • The Forgotten Residents: Can They Afford Long-Term Care?
  • The Hardship Fund
  • The Movement for an Ontarians with Disabilities Act


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