I should clarify that to "acknowledge the debt" which would make a stats barred loan collectable.
While I run the site, I admit I'm not an expert on the issues of stats barred loans. John Leblanc at CFWGroup.ca is so you might check his website.
For more info on "statute barred loans" see this forum at http://canadastudentdebt.ca/forum_topics.asp?FID=90&title=collection-of-old-stats-barred-loans
Either way, I think it is imoral for RBC and CBV to be trying to collect on this loan especially given your health conditions.
Keep us posted.