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By Sharon McKenzie

Wednesday, June 1st is INTERGENERATIONAL DAY CANADAScreen Shot 2016 06 01 at 10.02.46 AM

If you have ever wanted better health for children, youth and older Canadians,
If you have ever dreamed of preventing bullying and abuse at all ages,
If you believe there really can be all-age-friendly communities,
If you like having fun… CELEBRATE WITH US THIS JUNE 1st!

These dreams are coming true in communities across Canada, one step at a time towards another generation. The momentum is growing to build strong intergenerational bridges that connect the young and old, and diminish feelings of purposelessness, isolation, and loneliness, Canada’s number one health concern. Dreams can happen. It is happening. Join the bridge-building team! (,, etc.)

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Seniors are an extremely important and growing segment of investors whose issues demand attention, and their needs and priorities are a key focus for Ontario’s Investor Office ( Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Office also brings the investor perspective to policy-making and operations.

I became the Director of the operating branch last July, and we relaunched the Office in the fall of 2015. Since then, we have made modernizing investor education a priority through new tools and resources that recognize the changing ways that people access and interact with information. One of the ways we are doing this is through Fact Cards – digital cards containing information on investment topics that can be embedded into any website, article or blog post. This format allows organizations and individuals to deliver reputable investor education to their audiences without needing to develop the content themselves. Fact Cards cover topics that include retirement lessons from older Canadians, the basics of mutual funds and the red flags of investment fraud.

More than 20 organizations and individuals are partnering with the Investor Office to distribute and promote Fact Cards, including the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. It’s a key priority for the Investor Office to develop new resources to help prevent elder abuse, and through the CNPEA’s support of Fact Cards, important information to help prevent seniors’ investment fraud and financial abuse will be distributed and promoted across Canada. We’ve received great support from various organizations who appreciate being able to provide the public with important facts from an unbiased and trusted source, but on their own websites.

All Fact Cards are built for use on desktop, tablet and mobile devices, and are available in English and French. The catalogue of Fact Cards is available at and will be continuously updated and expanded. We encourage all organizations or individuals with an interest in our work to contact us at  with partnership ideas or thoughts on new education topics to focus on.



Tyler Fleming is the Director of the Investor Office at the Ontario Securities Commission. The Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Office also brings the investor perspective to policy-making and operations.

Tyler Fleming |  Ontario Securities Commission  |  Investor Office  |  Director |  Toronto ON  
Phone: 416-593-8092     |

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Join BC’s 15-member Council to Reduce Elder Abuse in Wearing Purple on June 15th
to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Vancouver, British Columbia. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the 15 members of BC’s Council to Reduce Elder Abuse (CREA) will be wearing something purple to commemorate this day and to shine a light on this important, yet seldom discussed, issue.

“The abuse of older adults - of our grandparents, neighbours, aunts, uncles or older friends - is something people rarely think about, or speak about,” says Martha Jane Lewis, CREA Chair and Executive Director of the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, “but each year thousands of older British Columbians experience some form of abuse. We receive hundreds of calls every month at the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (1 866 437-1940) from people seeking help,” she says.

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By Heather Campbell

In April 2016, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons reiterated the need to mainstream a rights-based approach to ageing in general, and to dementia in particular. The shift is needed because the rights of older people and individuals with dementia have traditionally been a low priority at both the national and international level.

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By Alana Prochuk

Elder abuse and violence against women aren't separate issues, and we believe that they must not be separate conversations. That’s why West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are offering a free webinar for front-line service providers to explore the legal challenges that are most likely to impact older women in BC who have experienced violence.  


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