PowerofONE Project Approved for Funding

Through the support of Brampton Caledon Community Living, Broadening Horizons’ PowerofONE project has received an Ontario Trillium Foundation-Youth Opportunities Fund grant. The PowerofONE project uses art to discuss bullying and discrimination in our communities, with a focus on healing and sharing resources. The grant will assist the project to hire new staff and increase its impact in the co  mmunity.  www.broadeninghorizons.ca

Law Commission of Ontario’s Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship

The Law Commission of Ontario’s Final Report recommends a comprehensive plan to reform Ontario’s laws and policies regarding powers of attorney, guardianship and health care consent.  This project responds to public concerns regarding misuse of powers of attorney, elder abuse, excessive intervention in the lives of persons who have disabilities to make independent decisions, barriers to access to justice, and the widespread lack of understanding about Ontario’s complex laws in this area.

According to LCO Board Chair Bruce Elman, “The LCO’s report is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s laws in this area in almost thirty years.  Legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship laws affect tens of thousands of Ontarians every day, whether as individuals who can’t make decisions independently, as family members, or as professionals.  We believe the LCO’s recommendations will make the law more effective, more responsive, and more accessible.”

This project has been the most extensive in the LCO’s history. The LCO has received advice and support from an expert Advisory Committee and more than 800 individuals and institutions over a two year period.  The report’s 58 recommendations include proposals that would:

  • Reduce abuse of vulnerable individuals, including elder abuse;
  • Reduce misuse and abuse of powers of attorney though better education, transparency and monitoring;
  • Create more options for Ontarians who need support to make decisions independently;
  • Strengthen the legal rights of many vulnerable Ontarians;
  • Improve access to justice for individuals, families, and others; and,
  • Improve supports for individuals, families, professionals, institutions and many others

To read the report click the link below



Monika.Canadian Citizen

In 2012 Monika Huizenga stated that one of her goals was to become a Canadian citizen.  Since that time, we have been assisting Monika achieve her goal, surmounting several obstacles with Monika’s encouragement and insistence. 

When I discussed her goal with her she stated that she wanted to be an “official” Canadian because she had lived here since she was just one year old after immigrating with her family from Bangladesh.  Monika said she loved Canada and feels safe and proud to call it her country.  Monika’s family are very happy for her.

Monika was elated to finally take part in the Citizenship Ceremony on February 21, 2017.  We travelled to Scarborough to attend the ceremony at 8:30am, and Monika had been up and eagerly waiting to go at 5:30am filled with anticipation.  When I picked her up she said, “This is my big day!”. 

Monika smiled throughout the ceremony and beamed with pride.  She had been practicing reciting the oath for a few weeks and when the time arrived, she repeated it with dignity and perfection.  At the closing of the ceremony, as Monika waved her Canadian flag, her voice rang out distinctly as she sang Oh Canada.  Congratulations Monika!!!!!