A. Organizations and Experts

The following list includes all organizations and experts who provided written submissions to one or more of the consultations, provided practical support to the Fall 2011 Public Consultations, attended the Stakeholder Event, or were interviewed by LCO staff. Some of the organizations listed participated in multiple ways over the course of the project.

The Advisory Group for this project was integral to its success. The members of the Advisory Group are listed at the front of this Report.

  1. 519 Community Centre, Seniors’ Program
  2. Access Committee of Cobourg
  3. Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  4. African Canadian Legal Clinic (Margaret Parsons)
  5. Alzheimer Society of Ontario
  6. ARCH Disability Law Centre
  7. Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (Lenny Abramowicz)
  8. Association of Management, Administrative & Professional Crown Employees Ontario
  9. Mary Bart, Losing Our Parents
  10. Canadian Association for Community Living
  11. Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  12. Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (Kimberley Wilson)
  13. Canadian Pensioners Concerned
  14. CARP
  15. Circle of Care
  16. Barry Corbin, Corbin Estates Law Professional Corporation
  17. Tamara Daly, York University, School of Health Policy & Mgmt
  18. DAWN Canada
  19. Mary Jane Dykeman, Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP
  20. Family Service Toronto – Changing Lives Program (Lisa Manuel)
  21. Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario
  22. Jan Goddard, Jan Goddard and Associates
  23. Joint Centre for Bioethics (Frank Wagner)
  24. L’union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes
  25. Meaford Fifty-Five Plus Club
  26. Ministry of the Attorney General
  27. Ministry of the Attorney General – Ontario Victim Services Secretariat (James Truman and Karyn Slaven)
  28. Metro Toronto Chinese and South Asian Legal Clinic (Avvy Go)
  29. Multicultural Council for Ontario Seniors (Zul Kassamali and Anice Sajan)
  30. Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (Saara Chetner)
  31. Office of the Worker Advisor (Ministry of Labour)
  32. Older Women’s Network
  33. Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (Donna Fairley)
  34. Ontario Association of Social Workers (Sandra Loucks Campbell)
  35. Ontario Bar Association
  36. Ontario Caregiver Coalition (Joanne Bertrand)
  37. Ontario Human Rights Commission
  38. Ontario Legal Clinics’ Workers’ Compensation Network
  39. Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
  40. Ontario Nurses Association
  41. Ontario Seniors Secretariat
  42. OPS Diversity Office (Noëlle Richardson)
  43. Parkdale Community Legal Clinic
  44. Dr. Sadhana Prasad, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) McMaster University
  45. Prevention of Senior Abuse Network (Simcoe County)
  46. Reh’ma Community Services (Amra Munawar)
  47. Retired Teachers of Ontario (Harold Braithwaite)
  48. Professor Charmaine Spencer, Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University
  49. Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (Kim Ibarra)
  50. Toronto Community Housing Corporation (Chuck Dowdall)
  51. Toronto Council on Aging (Carol Abugov)
  52. Toronto Lawyers Association
  53. Toronto Police Service Community Mobilization Unit (Patricia Fleischmann)
  54. United Senior Citizens of Ontario
  55. Women’s Institutes of Ontario
  56. Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care (Amy Go)

B. Private Individuals

In accordance with our mandate, and reflecting the nature of this project, the LCO made efforts throughout, not only to make participation accessible to individual older adults, but also to actively encourage their participation.

The LCO received input from over 400 individual older adults over the course of this project. This includes 292 responses to its consultation questionnaire, some of which reflected the experiences of multiple individuals. Over 90 individuals participated in the LCO’s six focus groups. As well, throughout the course of the project, the LCO received numerous online comments, submissions and phone calls from individual older adults, identifying concerns and priorities for the law as it affects older adults.

In accordance with the LCO’s Privacy Policy, the names of contributing individuals are not listed here. However, the participation of these individuals fundamentally shaped this project throughout, and the LCO wishes to express our gratitude to them for sharing their expertise and experiences with us.


C. 2010 Canadian Conference on Elder Law

In October of 2010, the LCO co-hosted the 2010 Canadian Conference on Elder Law, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. The goal of the Conference was to promote contribution and access to a knowledge base regarding legal issues affecting older adults, with a view to reducing vulnerability, social isolation and abuse. The Conference brought together professional groups, lawyers, community members, advocates, health specialists, researchers and interested individuals, and highlighted some of the most innovative research and practices in the field.

The theme of the Conference was “Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law”, reflecting and supporting this project, as well as the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly’s pioneering role in promoting access to justice for older adults, and the unique mandate of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law.  The Conference explored issues of elder rights, ageism and the law, access to justice, and law reform for older persons.

The Conference included a mix of plenary sessions and 25 breakout sessions, bringing together experts, advocates and professionals from across North America. The Conference Programme and the papers produced can be found on the LCO website at http://www.lco-cdo.org.


D. Commissioned Research Papers

In major projects such as this, the LCO issues a call for the preparation of research papers in particular subjects relevant to the project. It relies on these papers in the same way as any research. The papers do not necessarily reflect the LCO’s views.

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Congregate Living and the Law as it Affects Older Adults. Summer 2009. Available online at http://www.lco-cdo.org.

Margaret Hall, Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach within Law. Summer 2009. Available online at http://www.lco-cdo.org.