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By Jennifer Nguyen

Understanding consent is integral to understanding sexual abuse. The parameters of consent and capacity are especially blurred in some instances of elder sexual abuse where questions of who can consent and when it is meaningful often arise. The issue is especially complex for older adults who experience mental incapacity or dementia, and will be the focus of this piece. This blog post looks at this unsettled field and some of the recent legal developments that have arisen.

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By Jennifer Nguyen

Earlier in November, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, in collaboration with the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, hosted the 2017 Canadian Elder Law Conference. In the span of two days, the conference addressed a number of topics ranging from neglect to capacity, evidence, mediation and more. In this blog post, I will provide an overview of the different sessions, panels and speakers, and will focus on emerging ideas that relate to the scope of CNPEA’s current project.

For a full agenda and list of speakers, click here.

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November 8, 2017
Seniors’ Advocate Appointed

The Honourable Perry Trimper, Speaker of the House of Assembly, today announced the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Brake as the Seniors’ Advocate, effective immediately.

The Seniors’ Advocate Act was passed by the House of Assembly on December 14, 2016, and came into effect upon proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on July 5, 2017.

“The Office of the Seniors' Advocate will work with seniors and other key stakeholders to identify, review, and analyze systemic issues; make independent recommendations; and promote awareness to the general public. Dr. Brake’s experience in work focused on seniors issues will be a valuable asset to the office, and I wish her well as she assumes her new role.”Honourable Perry Trimper, Speaker of the House of Assembly

The appointment was confirmed by resolution of the House of Assembly on November 7, 2017, as per Section 4 of the Seniors’ Advocate Act.

The newly established Office of the Seniors’ Advocate is located in the Sir Brian Dunfield Building, 3rd Floor, 2 Canada Drive, St. John’s. They can be reached at 709-729-6603.

Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Annual General Meeting 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
10 am to 11:30 pm (Pacific Time) 

1 pm to 2:30 pm (Eastern time) 

On September 28th, join us to elect new Board members, and hear about the Network's latest activities!

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CNPEA is looking for expert media delegates and you could be one of them!

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse wishes to provide a coherent and unified voice on key points relating to elder abuse. Our communications policy and practices are guided by the belief that the CNPEA should be a credible, forthcoming source of information on elder abuse across Canada.

With this goal in mind, we are curating a list of designated expert delegates to help us respond to increasing media requests requiring a specific geographic response or area of expertise.


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