Articles on Legal Themes

Do you know what a cooling off period is? Hint: it is not about winter.

If an adult is unable to make significant health, personal care or financial decisions on their own,  a family member or other caring person will sometimes apply to the court to be appointed as the adult's representative decision-maker.

A new law called the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act came into effect on December 28 2017.   It replaces the Incompetent Persons Act, which allowed the court to appoint a guardian for an adult. The new law allows the court to appoint a representative for an adult who does not have capacity to make their own decisions.

A representative may have legal responsibilities and duties related to one part, some or all aspects of the adult's finances, personal and health care.  A representative may only make decisions the adult is unable to make themselves.

By Angela Simmonds

If you are Black in Canada – it is likely you have experienced racism in all areas of your life.  Race continues to be a significant issue in Canadian society.  Race creates and continues to sustain inequalities for African Canadians. Whether racism is upfront and in your face, such as name calling, or spoken in whispers behind closed doors, it affects every facet of people’s lives.