The Dementia Justice Society of Canada welcomes the recent progress of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. On March 28, 2017, the bill was adopted in the Senate at second reading and referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
Dementia Justice agrees that a National Dementia Strategy should be developed and implemented without delay; however, it remains concerned that the scope of the proposed legislation is too narrow. For instance, the bill, as currently worded, states that the National Dementia Strategy advisory board's role would be to advise "on any matter related to the health care" of persons with dementia.
This is a centrally important mandate, but dementia has the potential to affect every aspect of people's lives, including their relationship with the criminal law.
Therefore, Dementia Justice continues to urge the inclusion of a criminal justice perspective in Bill C-233 and the envisioned National Dementia Strategy.
About Dementia Justice
Dementia Justice is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system. It strives to achieve its objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education and research.