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Albertan fights for right to drive

ELDER ABUSE BY GOVERNMENT. Judy Sutter did not expect she would ever be fighting for her father’s driving licence. That is, until the day he faced provincial SIMARD MD and the DriveABLE assessments, when his driving future began to look uncertain. “Until the day the government took his licence away, dad was able to drive […]

Letter to Allan Dobbs

REGISTERED MAIL January 13, 2016 Dr. Allan Dobbs, PhD, Chairman of Board, DriveABLE Assessment Centres Inc. 10650 113 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5H 3H6 Dear Dr. Dobbs: REFERENCE – DRIVEABLE ASSESSMENT CENTRES INC. Registered Address # 220 8 Perron street, St. Albert AB. T8N 1E4 Corporate Access Number # 209042928 Please allow us to express our […]

Cognitive screening.

Task Force Findings: MD’S SHOULD SCREEN FOR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT ONLY IF SYMPTOMATIC It’s about time someone called the screening of patients aged 65 and older for mild cognitive impairment–unless they have symptoms like memory loss–a total waste of money and time. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) was established by the Public […]

Dr. Emily Stevenson

REGISTERED MAIL June 30, 2014 College of Physicians and Surgeons 2700 Telus Plaza South 10020 100th Street Edmonton, AB. T5J 0N3 Attention: Complaints Director Complaint re: Dr. Emily Stevenson, MD Westgrove Medical Clinic 201-505 QUEEN ST Spruce Grove, Alberta, T7X 2V2 Reference: Ms. L. On January 13, 2014, Ms.L. attended at the Westgrove Medical Clinic […]

B.C. senior loses driver’s licence after miscommunication

A B.C. senior says she has lost her independence after being required to re-take her driver’s licence test and then failing it — two outcomes she’s blaming on a lack of language skills, not driving skills. Aino Leskinen, 84, came to Canada from Finland when she was 33. She couldn’t speak English, but could drive. […]

Age-based Screening Ineffective

EFPA  European Federation of Psychologists Association Age-based Population screening for Fitness to Drive AENEAS Final conference Green Mobility for Active Aging APRIL 2011 Age-Based population screening for fitness to drive does not produce any safety benefits EFPA Position statement on Age-Based Population Screening for Fitness to drive   This document is a brief summary of selected […]

Grimmer Estate Case

British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) v. British Columbia (Council of Human Rights) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) v. British Columbia (Council of Human Rights), [1999] 3 S.C.R. 868, known as the Grismer Estate case, is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on human rights law. The Court held that the British […]

Collateral Damages

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society December 13, 2014 Via Email letters The Honourable Mr. Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation, # 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: IS DRIVEABLE A GOVERNMENT TEST? (attached) Please be advised that in fact DriveABLE makes the determination as to who will drive. […]

License After $1000 & Year of Stress

CRESTON ADVANCE Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014  SENIOR GETS LICENCE AFTER $1,000 AND YEAR OF STRESS To the editor: My last letter on DriveABLE tests (April 25, 2013) appeared when I was already into the second round of tests. So, I again had the tests in the doctor’s office, and later the computer and the road […]

Keep Older Drivers on the Road

Mandatory medical screening of older drivers – which has been imposed in some European countries and is proposed in the UK – is not evidence-based and may have dangerous consequences, a gerontologist has said. “Age-related medical screening should be abolished,” said Professor Desmond O’Neill, consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, […]

Police Target Distracted Drivers

Edmonton police officers handed out more than 480 tickets for distracted driving during a 24 hour blitz. About 463 or more were issued to drivers using cell phones. The fine for distracted driving rose from $172.00 to $ 287.00. It is difficult to extrapolate how many traffic fatalities are related to distracted driving. But Sgt. […]

Brian Mason Meeting

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society August 6, 2015 Via Email letter brian.mason@gov.ab.ca   adele.peters@gov.ab.ca The Honourable Mr. Brian Mason  Minister of Transportation,    # 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: REFERENCE – MEETING – MASS MONITORING OF ALBERTA’S SAFEST DRIVERS We would be grateful to meet with […]

Grey Matters 2015

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society July 20, 2015 Email letter to laura.paradowski@gov.ab.ca. Ms. Laura Paradowski, Manager, Seniors Information Services, Alberta Health Edmonton, Alberta Dear Madam: Grey Matters 2015 It has been brought to our attention that a Grey Matters 2015 presentation will again be chaired by Bonnie Dobbs PhD. At the 2014, Grey Matters conference, […]

Don Smitten AMA

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society HAND DELIVERED June 14, 2014 Mr. Don Smitten, President & CEO Alberta Motor Association (AMA) 11220 109 St, Edmonton, AB T5G 2T6 Dear Mr. Smitten: Promoting ageism (discrimination against individuals because of age) We are gratified to note that you have removed the presenter and promotion of the Simard MD and DriveABLE […]

Senior Driver Abuse

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society REGISTERED MAIL November 19, 2012 Mr. Gordon Voth, President Seniors United Now (S.U.N.) Suite 15 – 2016 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, AB. T8A 3X3 Dear Mr. Voth: We have been deeply troubled to learn that you are encouraging the use of the Simard MD test and DriveAble computer test and […]