…Input into the proposed changes to Ontario’s Guardianship Legislation, May 12

From Beverlee McIntosh —Every year Colonel By Retirement home  hosts SWAG for an elegant evening of canapes, wine, sweets and a special speaker. This Year OASW Eastern Branch and Revera Living are co-sponsoring our speaker from the Ontario Law Commission, Osgoode Hall, Toronto.

…This will be an opportunity for Ottawa social workers and mental health professionals to have some input into the proposed changes to Ontario’s Guardianship Legislation. We all know there are been significant shortcomings in this legislation. What the government  this time will likely stand for many decades. If you have limited time please read page 322ff for an overview of the issues.

The Guardianship legislation, originally passed in 1985, has been under review for 3 years. Social workers across Ontario were amongst the professionals consulted in this review.

Thursday May 12th

Time 6:20ish ending around 8:30 ( you can ask for a tour of the facility that evening  by contactingEvelyn.Metcalfe@reveraliving.com

Location: Colonel By Retirement Home, 42 Aylmer Avenue, Parallel to Sunnyside and close to Banks street and the Canal

 This evening is open to Social workers and their professional colleagues who might be interested in this topic.

PLEASE RSVP to Beverlee so Revera can have a head count for catering. (just numbers are fine)

RSVP – beverlee.mcintosh (AT)gmail.com


See this post for the document, go to this post: https://socialhealthpracticeottawa.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/reform-of-guardianship-and-decision-making-practices-in-ontario/

Our speaker will start at 7:PM

Lauren Bates, Senior Lawyer
Law Commission of Ontario
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3

The review concentrates on the following broad issues:

  1. The standard for capacity, including tests for capacity and the various avenues and mechanisms for assessing capacity under the SDA, HCCA and MHA;
    2. Decision-making models, including an examination of the desirability and practical implications of alternatives to substitute decision-making, including supported and codecision-making;
    3. Processes for appointments (for example of substitute decision-makers), whether through personal appointments or a public process, with a focus on appropriate use and on improving efficiency and accessibility;
    4. The roles and responsibilities of guardians and other substitute decision-makers, including potential for more limited forms of guardianship and consideration of options for those who do not have family or friends to assist them;
    5. Monitoring, accountability and prevention of abuse for substitute decision-makers or supporters, however appointed, and of misuse by third party service providers, including mechanisms for increasing transparency, identifying potential abuse and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the law; and 6. Dispute resolution, including reforms to increase the accessibility, effectiveness and efficiency of current mechanisms.

This Interim Report is the penultimate stage of this project. It sets out the LCO’s draft analysis of the issues and recommendations for reform to law, policy and practice, as a basis for comment. It will be circulated widely, and responses will be taken into account in the preparation of the Final Report






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