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ERIC Number: EJ829148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
Time for Municipal Elder Rights Law: An Anglo-Canadian Perspective
Doron, Israel
Canadian Journal on Aging, v27 n3 p301-313 2008
In an age of globalization and privatization, local governments and municipalities are searching to define their social role and place. In an aging society such as Canada, arguing that promoting the legal rights of older persons should be part of the legal authority of the municipal government is not simple. It is easier to abide by the position that, without an efficient centralized machinery, social and environmental problems will remain unsolved or unaddressed. This article presents a different understanding of the place of municipal government in Canada. The goal of this article is to present an original legal-policy argument: It is time for local communities and local governments in Canada to use their legal authorities to enact local bylaws that define and establish the rights of their older citizens. The argument maintains that local municipalities hold the legal power and the social potential to make a significant contribution in the legal sphere for promotion of the rights of older people, and that this power has been neglected. The article supports the argument on three pillars: (1) an empirical analysis of bylaws in different municipalities across Canada; (2) a socio-legal analysis of the advantages of municipal law as a tool for social change; (3) a case analysis of a recent municipal legal reform in British Columbia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada