Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This and That-- Tuesday May 16, 2017

I got the fixings for a salad since younger boy has to eat healthy. When I got home I found his glasses were broken (a screw had fallen out) and so I took him downtown to get them fixed. He wanted contacts instead of glasses but they seemed to be too expensive so we are waiting. While we were downtown I picked up sandwich meat for today's lunch and a big loaf of bread from the Italian Bakery which was nearby. I got back to the house in time to feed younger boy and I phoned the parents to find out how they were doing. They were willing to accept part of the salad I made for younger boy so I have made a big one for tomorrow.
After putting the salad together and giving younger boy his sandwich with raspberries as dessert I headed out to Rebecca. It was too late to do the home visit today.
I arrived at the Villa Marguerite around 6:39 pm and I found her in the front of the villa place. She was sitting by herself. The POC was not on. I got her to put her portable oxygen concentrator on. Then I found her brake (her left side) was broken. I went down with her to the nursing station in NY and told a PCA about the two events. I asked that the OT have a look at the stroller/walker tomorrow so that the brake could be repaired. I went for a walk with Rebecca but she had to go the bathroom 3x in the one hour that I was with her. Hopefully she is not catching another GI bug. I got her to her room. I organized her clothes again and repiled up her books. It's a ongoing task for me to get her stuff into piles. Her Teddy Bear collection is above her head in the basement window looking like a baleful group of bears.
She was OK about not going home. I got her to phone the parents who were worried why she had not called. She yapped with the parents and then I got her to walk with me a bit. I was tuckered out walking that small bit. It will be hellish on the hike this weekend if I can't keep up with my sister in the corridors of the Villa.
After I left Rebecca going down to the nursing station I went to return my books and tapes to the Riverbend Public Libraray. I just picked up my books from the stacks and came home. I am already so sleepy I could fall asleep now.
But best I stay awake a bit. Younger boy is eating his salad at the computer. I gave him some more raspberries and the tangerine that he did not eat earlier.
Our meals are pretty mundane. Nothing like Edward's BBQ victories. I will try to make a stew tomorrow. I have all the ingredients for the stew and it might encourage dad to eat a bit.
Where was I in this post? I did grocery shopping, fixed younger boy's glasses, shopped for food again and then went to check on Rebecca. Tomorrow mum goes to the Glenrose. I am working on the award for Ruth but in a very sluggish way. Tomorrow I will get up early to do the work.
It's best to simply use brute force when you do award applications and list the history of small victories as I am doing here for Ruth Adria's award application:
1
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
2
August 30, 2007
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/labelled-…/article18144242/
Labelled incompetent, elders fight for control
PATRICK WHITE
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 12:00AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009 12:57AM EDT
3
September 26, 2007
https://www.canada.ca/…/public…/2007/elder-abuse/page09.html
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
CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Alberta elderly left to die
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008)
5
August 26, 2008
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/…/long-term-care-lawsuit-…
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
Standing Committee on Health (2008-2011)
Speaker Index - 27th Legislature, 1st Session (2008-2009)
7
December 12, 2008
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2008/…/12/alberta-in-brief
ALBERTA IN BRIEF
Friday, December 12, 2008 1:00:00 MST PM
8
Jnauary 29, 2009
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/…/man-wins-fight-for-fata…
Man wins fight for fatality inquiry into elderly mother's death at seniors lodge
Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:00:00 MST PM
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
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/…/seniors-legislation-def…
Seniors legislation defended
Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:00:00 MDT PM
11
September 21, 2009
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/…/advocacy-group-worried-…
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
http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/…/group-ambushes-seniors-min…
Group ambushes seniors minister's meeting
Jerold LeBlanc
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:53:25 MDT AM
13
October 19, 2010
http://www.torontosun.com/ne…/canada/2010/…/20/15757196.html
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
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/…/elderly-facing-spike-in…
Elderly facing spike in long-term care fees: Advocate
Frank Landry, QMI Agency
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:55:19 MDT AM
Supreme Court Judgments
Alberta v. Elder Advocates of Alberta Society
16
February 17, 2012
http://www.calgaryjournal.ca/…/630-seniors-worried-cognitiv…
Seniors worried cognitive tests will lead to loss of drivers' licenses
Written by Jenica Foster
Published: 17 February 2012
Critics outraged Alberta isn't doing enough to protect adults in care
POSTED BY AFL 0SC ON MARCH 21, 2012
Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication
Letter to Minister of Human Services
Hand Delivered
May 22, 2012
Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication
Complaint to PPCA Abuse Line
July 16, 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
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:
Ruth Adria
Baldwin Reichwein
Noel Sommerville
Peter Faid
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February 8, 2013
http://www.edsonleader.com/…/just-say-no-says-senior-advoca…
Just say no says senior advocate
Ian McInnes
Friday, February 8, 2013 1:59:23 MST PM
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
24
March 13, 2013
http://www.cbc.ca/…/senior-drivers-duped-into-expensive-tes…
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
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/…/red-deer-seniors-protest-dri…
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
26
April 4, 2013
http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/going-off-road/
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
http://open.alberta.ca/…/2013-fatality-report-ArnoldBarstad…
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
28
September 18, 2013
http://www.cbc.ca/…/fatality-report-into-senior-s-suicide-r…
Fatality report into senior's suicide raises questions for some
CBC News
September 18, 2013
29
September 30, 2013
http://www.cbc.ca/…/inquiry-finds-edmonton-senior-not-negle…
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
30
January 17, 2014
http://o.canada.com/…/dying-to-be-heard-plight-of-seniors-i…
Dying to be heard: Plight of seniors in care begs better follow-up, families say
Douglas Quan
Published: January 17, 2014, 12:04 pm
Preventing Family Members From Visiting Seniors Is Illegal
HEALTH
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
33
August 23, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/…/alberta-elders-group-call-computerized-…
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
AMA
November 27, 2014 6:42 pm
Mandatory assessment: why doctors need to give seniors the go-ahead to drive
35
December 3, 2014
http://calgaryherald.com/…/alberta-seniors-protest-mandator…
http://calgaryherald.com/…/alberta-seniors-protest-mandator…
Alberta seniors protest mandatory tests for drivers, but minister won't change law
DARCY HENTON, CALGARY HERALD
More from Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald
Published on: December 3, 2014 | Last Updated: December 3, 2014 7:58 PM MST
36
December 15, 2014
http://calgaryherald.com/…/klassen-seniors-tests-have-nothi…
Klassen: Seniors' tests have nothing to do with driving ability (with poll)
KARIN KLASSEN, FOR THE CALGARY HERALD
More from Karin Klassen, for the Calgary Herald
Published on: December 15, 2014 | Last Updated: December 15, 2014 9:34 AM MST
37
March 24, 2015
http://www.pialberta.org/woman_evicted_from_care_facility_d…
Woman Evicted from Care Facility Due to Family Publicly Raising Concerns
News | March 24, 2015
AHS accepts eviction and banning without due process
Edmonton family speaks out after eviction from Good Samaritan home
Authored On: March 24, 2015
CBC News: Mar 25, 2015
39
August 13, 2015
http://www.edmontonsun.com/…/more-needs-to-be-done-for-abus…
More needs to be done for abused seniors, says Alberta elders advocate
BY CLAIRE THEOBALD
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 10:51 AM MDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 12:00 PM MDT
40
September 9, 2015
Province investigating care bans
BY CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY
FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2015 04:40 PM MDT
41
September 9, 2015
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/people+banned+f…/…/story.html
People banned from visiting family in hospital demand provincial help
PAIGE PARSONS, EDMONTON JOURNAL 09.09.2015
42
September 9, 2015
http://www.inews880.com/…/elder-advocates-want-the-ndp-to-…/
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
43
November 17, 2015
http://globalnews.ca/…/government-directs-ahs-to-develop-p…/
HEALTH
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
44
November 18, 2015
Resolution not Retribution Public Meeting
MEDIA RELEASE:
10TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS: AN EVENT THAT RECOGNIZES LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES
December 5, 2016
46
December 12, 2016 5:57 am
Edmontonians who promote and protect human rights honoured
By Jennifer Ivanov
47
January 6, 2017
http://medicinehatnews.com/…/suit-claims-alberta-seniors-l…/
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
http://www.cbc.ca/…/edmo…/age-human-rights-alberta-1.3925515
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
49
January 10, 2017
http://www.metronews.ca/…/courts-say-no-to-ageism-in-albert…
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
50
January 10, 2017
http://medicinehatnews.com/…/court-agrees-that-seniors-nee…/
Court agrees that seniors need to be protected under Human Rights Act
BY GILLIAN SLADE ON JANUARY 10, 2017
Elder advocate wins court battle, while gov’t officials stand idly by
BY MEDICINE HAT NEWS OPINON ON JANUARY 13, 2017.
52
January 15, 2017
http://hameedlaw.ca/…/entry/a_2017_spotlight_on_elder_rights
A 2017 Spotlight on Elder Rights
YAVAR HAMEED 15 01 2017
53
February 6, 2017
Edmonton Prime Time photocopy of article:
RUTH ADRIA: Champion of the elderly
Albertans no longer discriminated by age as province forbids under human rights

January 10, 2017
by Miriam Yosowich
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.
“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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Une aînée demande l'interdiction de la discrimination basée sur l'âge
Ruth Adria Photo : Radio-Canada
La Cour du Banc de la Reine à Edmonton a entendu vendredi après-midi une cause qui pourrait avoir des conséquences sur la société albertaine. La plaignante Ruth Adria, présidente de la Société de défense des aînés de l'Alberta, demande que la discrimination basée sur l'âge soit explicitement interdite dans la charte des droits de la personne de la province.
Mme Adria et son organisation soulignent que les personnes âgées sont vulnérables et s'indignent que les abus qu'elles subissent soient souvent commis en toute impunité.
« Dans les maisons de soins pour aînés, les personnes âgées sont harcelées, violées ou assassinées sans que le Code criminel ne soit jamais appliqué », a-t-elle affirmé.
Selon la plainte, les droits fondamentaux d'un demi-million d'Albertains sont bafoués par la charte des droits actuelle, puisque les 500 000 aînés de la province ne jouissent pas d'une protection légale équivalente à celle de leurs concitoyens.
Mme Adria exige que l'âge figure aux côtés d'autres motifs de discrimination interdits par la loi, tels que la race, la religion, l'état civil et le sexe, en vertu des articles 4 et 5 de la charte des droits de la personne de l'Alberta.
Discrimination interdite par le Canada
Allan Garber, l'avocat représentant la plaignante, a rappelé que la législation albertaine est la seule au pays à ne pas interdire la discrimination basée sur l'âge. Il a également noté que la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés interdit cette dernière.
Cette situation prive les personnes âgées d'un recours supplémentaire pour dénoncer les abus dont elles sont victimes, selon la Société de défense des aînés de l'Alberta.
La procureure générale de la province a affirmé au tribunal qu'elle ne s'opposait pas à l'inclusion de l'âge dans les articles 4 et 5 de la charte des droits, mais a mis en garde contre la possibilité que ce changement puisse avoir d'importantes conséquences.
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Elle s'est demandé si un adolescent à qui la vente de cigarettes est refusée pourrait invoquer les articles 4 et 5 pour faire valoir ses droits s'il estime que ceux-ci ont été bafoués. Le procès a d'ailleurs été ajourné pendant un an pour permettre à la défense d'étudier les conséquences qu'une modification de la charte impliquerait.
Militante de longue date du droit des personnes âgées, Ruth Adria a déposé un premier recours concernant les articles 4 et 5 en 1994. Toutefois, jamais la magistrature n'avait accepté d'entendre la cause, avant jeudi.
Selon le directeur général de la Fédération des aînés franco-albertains, Yannick Freychet, il est évident que le gouvernement doit en faire davantage pour assurer le bien-être des aînés. Il estime cependant que si les personnes âgées constituent une catégorie de citoyens plus vulnérables, c'est notamment parce qu'elles défendent moins leurs droits que d'autres classes de la société.
Actuellement, les aînés ne sont ni plus ni moins protégés que d'autres groupes de la population, mais je crois que c'est une population qui est plus vulnérable dans la mesure où elle est moins habituée à se battre socialement.
Yannick Freychet, directeur général de la Fédération des aînés franco-albertains
L'audience reprendra le 6 janvier 2018.
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