Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Running Total of Work done by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society

I am keeping a running total of work done by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society here so that I will be able to do the write up of her accomplishments:



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November 14, 2006


Nurse's aide gets five years for sexual assault
CBC News Posted: Nov 14, 2006 4:05 PM MT Last Updated: Nov 14, 2006 4:04 PM MT
Related Stories
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August 30, 2007
Labelled incompetent, elders fight for control
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 12:00AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009 12:57AM EDT
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September 26, 2007
Report of the National Seniors Council on Elder Abuse
List of Participants at Meetings on Elder Abuse
September / October 2007
List of Participants


September 26, 2007 Calgary

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March 10, 2008

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Alberta elderly left to die
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008)
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August 26, 2008
Long-term care lawsuit launched - Court certifies $128-million class lawsuit by seniors against Alberta gov't
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:00:00 MDT PM
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September 10, 2008

Standing Committee on Health (2008-2011)
Speaker Index - 27th Legislature, 1st Session (2008-2009)


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December 12, 2008
ALBERTA IN BRIEF
Friday, December 12, 2008 1:00:00 MST PM
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Jnauary 29, 2009
Man wins fight for fatality inquiry into elderly mother's death at seniors lodge
Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:00:00 MST PM
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April 24, 2009

Elder advocate group speaks out against Bill 24 in Alberta
Friday, April 24, 2009 1:00:00 MDT PM
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April 30, 2009
Seniors legislation defended
Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:00:00 MDT PM
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September 21, 2009
Advocacy group worried about bed closures
Clara Ho, Sun Media
Monday, September 21, 2009 12:40:00 MDT PM
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September 22, 2010
Group ambushes seniors minister's meeting
Jerold LeBlanc
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:53:25 MDT AM
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October 19, 2010
Alberta's seniors care fees up

FRANK LANDRY, QMI AGENCY
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010 05:00 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010 06:24 AM EDT
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October 20, 2010
Elderly facing spike in long-term care fees: Advocate
Frank Landry, QMI Agency
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:55:19 MDT AM
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2011-05-12


Supreme Court Judgments
Alberta v. Elder Advocates of Alberta Society
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February 17, 2012

Written by Jenica Foster
Published: 17 February 2012
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March 21, 2012

Critics outraged Alberta isn't doing enough to protect adults in care
POSTED BY AFL 0SC ON MARCH 21, 2012


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May 22, 2012

Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication

Letter to Minister of Human Services
Hand Delivered
May 22, 2012
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July 16, 2012

Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication
Complaint to PPCA Abuse Line
July 16, 2012
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July 26, 2012

Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication
Letter to Ministers of Justice, Human Services
Mr. Dennis Dupuis
4934 45 Ave. St. Paul, AB. T0A 3A4
PH. 780 645 3749
Hand Delivered
July 26, 2012
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December 10, 2012

The Gall Conference: The State of Human Rights in Alberta
Concurrent Session B:
Ageism: An Uncharted Frontier in Human Rights
The physical, financial and emotional abuse of seniors, along with deepening poverty, is a prominent challenge in Alberta today. Alberta struggles with providing long-term beds and efficient care for an aging population, as well as transportation for those who lack mobility. How well are we caring for our seniors and are we affording them the respect they deserve? This panel will explore the realities of abuse and marginalization and pose serious thought to possible solutions.
Moderated by David Zakus

Panelists:
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February 8, 2013
Just say no says senior advocate
Ian McInnes
Friday, February 8, 2013 1:59:23 MST PM
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February 21, 2013

Not all seniors in Alberta are ready to admit it’s time to hang up the keys
Oldest driver registered in Alberta is 103-years-old

BY PAMELA ROTH, EDMONTON SUN
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 07:06 PM MST | UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 07:21 PM MST
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March 13, 2013
Senior drivers duped into expensive tests, say advocates
Doctors in Red Deer accused of presenting recommended test as mandatory
CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013 10:52 AM MT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 11:50 AM MT
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March 13, 2013
Red Deer Seniors Protest Against Driver Assessment Tests
CP  |  By The Canadian Press
Posted: 03/13/2013 8:16 pm EDT Updated: 05/13/2013 5:12 am EDT
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April 4, 2013
Going off-road: Should elderly drivers be subject to special testing?
Seniors protest a move to standardized tests that could take away their licences
Peter Shawn Taylor
April 4, 2013
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July 4, 2013
Report to the Attorney General - Public inquiry into the death of Arnold Barstad--- letter from the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society dated:November 23, 2012
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September 18, 2013
Fatality report into senior's suicide raises questions for some
September 18, 2013
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September 30, 2013


Inquiry finds Edmonton senior not neglected
Family claimed Jean Warden, 83, not fed or cared for properly at care home
By Niall McKenna, CBC News Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:23 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 30, 2013 11:21 PM MT
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January 17, 2014
Dying to be heard: Plight of seniors in care begs better follow-up, families say
Published: January 17, 2014, 12:04 pm
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April 3, 2014


Preventing Family Members From Visiting Seniors Is Illegal

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June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014 3:28 pm
Updated: June 12, 2014 5:30 pm
Province says elder abuse cases on the decline, but advocates aren’t so certain
By Caley Ramsay Online Journalist Global News
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August 23, 2014
Alberta elders' group call computerized driving test 'unfair'
DriveAble is a test that measures cognitive ability and is designed to put stress on drivers
CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2014 2:05 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2014 2:05 PM MT
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November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014 6:42 pm
Mandatory assessment: why doctors need to give seniors the go-ahead to drive
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December 3, 2014
Alberta seniors protest mandatory tests for drivers, but minister won't change law
Published on: December 3, 2014 | Last Updated: December 3, 2014 7:58 PM MST
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December 15, 2014

Klassen: Seniors' tests have nothing to do with driving ability (with poll)
Published on: December 15, 2014 | Last Updated: December 15, 2014 9:34 AM MST
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March 24, 2015
Woman Evicted from Care Facility Due to Family Publicly Raising Concerns
News | March 24, 2015
AHS accepts eviction and banning without due process
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March 25, 2015

Edmonton family speaks out after eviction from Good Samaritan home
Authored On: March 24, 2015

CBC News: Mar 25, 2015
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August 13, 2015
More needs to be done for abused seniors, says Alberta elders advocate

FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 10:51 AM MDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 12:00 PM MDT
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September 9, 2015


Province investigating care bans

FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2015 04:40 PM MDT
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September 9, 2015

People banned from visiting family in hospital demand provincial help
PAIGE PARSONS, EDMONTON JOURNAL  09.09.2015
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September 9, 2015
Elder Advocates want the NDP to make changes at long-term care homes
Edmonton,Alberta / iNews880
Travis Dosser
Posted: September 09, 2015 12:09 pm
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November 17, 2015
November 17, 2015 8:14 pm
Updated: November 17, 2015 8:16 pm
Government directs AHS to develop policy on banning visitors at long-term care facilities
By Caley RamsayOnline Journalist Global News
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November 18, 2015
Resolution not Retribution Public Meeting
MEDIA RELEASE:
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December 5, 2016

10TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS: AN EVENT THAT RECOGNIZES LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES
December 5, 2016
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December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 5:57 am
Edmontonians who promote and protect human rights honoured
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January 6, 2017
Suit claims Alberta seniors lack rights; will be argued in Edmonton today
BY GILLIAN SLADE ON JANUARY 6, 2017.
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January 6, 2017
Ageism to become discrimination in Alberta for first time
'We can now join the rest of Canada'
CBC News Posted: Jan 06, 2017 5:18 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 08, 2017 8:41 AM MT
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January 10, 2017
Courts say ‘no’ to ageism in Alberta
Age will soon be a discriminating factor under the Alberta Human Rights Act.
METRO FILE
MLA David Shepherd hopes ending discrimination based on age stops landlords from refusing to rent to families.
By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Tue Jan 10 2017
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January 10, 2017
Court agrees that seniors need to be protected under Human Rights Act

BY GILLIAN SLADE ON JANUARY 10, 2017
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January 13, 2017

Elder advocate wins court battle, while gov’t officials stand idly by


BY MEDICINE HAT NEWS OPINON ON JANUARY 13, 2017.
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January 15, 2017
A 2017 Spotlight on Elder Rights
YAVAR HAMEED  15 01 2017
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February 6, 2017
Edmonton Prime Time photocopy of article:
RUTH ADRIA: Champion of the elderly


http://legalblogs.findlaw.ca/legal-life/albertans-no-longer-discriminated-by-age-as-province-forbids-under-human-rights-1008/

Albertans no longer discriminated by age as province forbids under human rights

January 10, 2017
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground.
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground. (Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Alberta is finally going to make ageism a ground for discrimination.
An Edmonton court has recently ruled that age is going to be a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Up until now, age was not listed as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the act when it came to such things as tenancies and goods and services, even though age is mentioned in the act. All other provinces have included age as a discrimination ground in their human rights codes for years.
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground but the court’s go ahead on Friday has been greeted with cheers by many advocates.
That includes the well-known seniors’ advocate, Ruth Adria, who fought for the change.
"Over half a million Alberta citizens, their rights are violated under the Charter. . . They do not have equal benefit of the law or protection of the law," Adria told CBC News.
Seniors in Alberta have faced discrimination when it comes to such things as drivers testing, which is age based and affects seniors “profoundly.”
However, this decision doesn’t just affect the elderly but the young as well. There have been situations in Alberta in which landlords refuse to rent to families, because the property is an adult-only building and they don’t want families as tenants. It’s likely the prohibited age discrimination inclusion will make it a lot tougher for them to do so.
That leaves the question of why Alberta waited this long to make age a prohibited ground. That’s a question that also baffled Adria’s lawyer, Allan Garber, who explained the court’s decision by saying, “They realized that they had to get in step with the rest of Canada. But it’s also the right thing to do, whether or not they’re in step, it’s the right thing to do.”
The court gave the province one year to figure out the exemptions the government wants to make under the newly prohibited ground, then it will become law.
Garber said they will be watching closely to see what exemptions the government makes under the new ground to ensure they don’t go against seniors’ interests.

http://rightswatch.ca/2017/01/16/age-to-be-included-as-a-prohibited-ground-of-discrimination-in-alberta/


“Age” to be Included as a Prohibited Ground of Discrimination in Alberta


POSTED BY: NIKITA GUSH 16/01/2017
On January 6, 2017 Ruth Adria of “Elder Advocates” brought an action to the Court of Queen’s Bench arguing that the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA) should include ‘age’ as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The primary argument progressed by Adria is that the AHRA violates section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it deprives Albertan seniors of equal protections and benefits provided by the law without discrimination. Adria explains that there are over half a million Albertan citizens who are not protected against discrimination based on their age. Adria’s lawyer (Allan Graber) pointed out that, “to the best of [his] knowledge, Alberta is the only province in Canada that still does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of age with respect to goods, services, rental accommodations, and tenancies.”
Situations in which seniors could benefit from the inclusion of ‘age’ as a protected ground in the AHRAare numerous. Adria explains that seniors with physical disabilities have been forced to live in the dementia wing of their care residence even though they have fully functioning cognitive abilities. Seniors in this situation are unable to challenge their placement, and they would benefit from this change in the law. As well, when senior citizens end up in the hospital after an accident (such as a fall) their healthcare practitioners are able to order them to be relocated to an assisted living facility, rather than return to their homes. Adria describes that, “Even if [that person’s] family wants to take them home they say you can’t.” As well, Adria also highlights that the rules that apply to seniors who drive vehicles can be discriminatory in some situations and could also be challenged by this change in legislation.
The AHRA was formed in 1972 and did not include age as a protected ground of discrimination, which has been an issue ever since. In 1984 age was recommended to become an enumerated ground by the Human Rights Review Panel, and again in the 2008 the government was asked to include age in the Act but the province refused. In this recent court case, Adria’s application to include age in the AHRAwas unopposed by the provincial government and granted by Justice Paul Belzil. We can expect to see changes implemented by the beginning of 2018.


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