Articles written by: Joyce Blond Frank

In Quebec, there were close to 116,400 workers 65 and over in 2013. (stock.xchng)
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Working long past retirement age has become the new normal

By Peter Wheeland If you think you’re seeing a lot more people over 50 in the Canadian workforce these days, it’s no mirage. Baby boomers are still having a major impact on the economy, the most significant of which is the rapid growth in the number of people working well […]

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Legal Ease: 52 years of practicing law in an ever-changing landscape

Spring is the season of hope and optimism. Some look for the first crocus leaf, some fall in love or start looking for a new home, others decide to retire. I’m in the last category. April 1, instead of being a practicing attorney I became a member of the bar […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]

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Legal Ease: Storm clouds over your travel plans?

What better way to experience friendship or romance than a lovely vacation together? One December, friends purchased tickets from a local travel agent for a trip to London, England, where they would spend several days before travelling by train to Paris. They were scheduled to leave May 17. They reserved […]

Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight
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Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight

A directive has been issued as part of Program 68 by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal that will affect some of our most vulnerable citizens—those recovering in hospital. Once stabilized—that is, no longer in need of hospital care—a patient is to be discharged within […]

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Legal Ease: Rent is more than where you live

Special rules with regard to leases came into effect in 2011. The obligatory lease form included an annex with a list of services of a personal nature to be provided to seniors and handicapped persons. These new laws applied to leases in seniors residences and to personal assistance services, such […]

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Legal Ease: How is a private residence defined?

In 2011, there were changes to the Quebec Civil Code with regard to leases for seniors’ residences that have affected senior tenants. These changes apply to leases entered into after November 30, 2011, and some changes have resulted in a certain amount of confusion. Some of the questions asked refer […]

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Legal Ease: ‘Private residence’ and ‘personal services’ clearly defined in law

A “private residence for seniors” is defined in the Quebec Health and Social Services Act as all or part of a building inhabited mainly by people 65 and over. In addition to providing space, at least two of the following services must be offered: meals, nursing, personal assistance, domestic help, […]

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Legal Ease: Heard the one about the ethical lawyer?

The image most people have of a lawyer is a person in a grey or dark suit, looking solemn and carrying a briefcase. Lawyer stories, jokes, and cartoons abound. Many of us have seen the cartoon where a restaurant customer says to the waiter: “I can’t order until my attorney […]

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Legal Ease: How the head of the household became a team player

We hear about how women’s rights have increased over the years. Today, as Father’s Day approaches, let’s consider how our laws have affected the position of the man within the family over the years. In 1866 when the Civil Code of Lower Canada (now the Quebec Civil Code) became law, […]