You showed no remorse. You never relented. You continued squeezing one person after another. You acted without shame while defrauding seniors with “brazen audacity.”

Quebec Court Judge Salvatore Mascia
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors,

On June 15, we mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to recognize and raise awareness about the effects of abuse on older persons. Seniors are too often victims of not only physical and sexual abuse, but also neglect, psychological or financial abuse, often perpetrated by a person of trust.

This year’s theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, “Uproot Elder Abuse, Plant a Seed for Change“, encourages change one seed at a time. On this day, let’s take the time to reflect on how we can plant the seeds of change, take action, make a difference in our communities, and let seniors know that they are not alone.

Raising awareness and recognizing the signs of elder abuse are the first steps to preventing and ending abuse. Signs include:

  • fear, anxiety or depression in relation to a family member, friend or care provider
  • unexplained physical injuries
  • poor nutrition or hygiene
  • improper use of medication
  • sudden drop in cash flow or sudden changes to legal documents.

Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has put seniors at an increased risk of abuse, since so many seniors are living in isolation and do not have access to their usual community supports and social connections.

More than ever, we need to check-in on our parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends. I encourage all Canadians to reach out to seniors in their family and friend networks during this challenging time.

To learn more about elder abuse and how you can help stop it, visit Elder abuse awareness.

For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Daniel Pollak, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Seniors, 343-551-7558,; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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It was a haunting scene. A small group of mourners gathered at the Elgin Mills cemetery in Richmond Hill, Ont. They had come to say goodbye to 65-year-old Robert Thoms.

And as his family laid pink and white roses on the casket, something else was achingly missing too. Peace.

Thoms’ family says there is no peace with this ending.

You put your loved one in a home, counting on them to take care of your loved one. You’re putting their lives in their hands and this is what we got for it. It’s just terrible. It’s inhuman.

Thoms’ sister Susan Hynes


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