Assisted Dying

Religious Believers Are Trying to Create Barriers to Assisted Dying

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

Much of the debate surrounding Physician Assisted Death (PAD) was between those who believe in personal autonomy and the right to avoid unwanted suffering, and those who believe life is sacred and suffering is redemptive. Those same two groups are now trying to influence the creation of detailed legislation and regulations.

Conservatives' Take on Assisted Dying Plays Politics With Peoples' Lives

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

This summer, the Conservative government quietly announced that it had struck a panel of experts to consult Canadians on their views on assisted dying -- nearly six months after the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on assisted dying. No matter that 84 per cent of Canadians support physician assisted dying, or that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled it is a patient right. The Conservative government has consistently opposed it.

An Open Letter to Dr. Harvey Chochinov on Assisted Dying

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

As news of your appointment and details of the process you will follow have spread, it has become clear that you will face extraordinary challenges in providing alternatives that enable each citizen to realize their own individual desire regarding the manner of their own death.

Dying and Vulnerable Canadians Deserve Better

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

Last week the government announced the membership of the panel that will conduct the public consultation on Physician Assisted Dying. One of the questions they will have to answer are the very real concerns around how to protect vulnerable populations. People are classed as vulnerable when they are in a position of weakness relative to some other group who can wield power over them.

No Report On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Until After Election

CP | Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics

The Supreme Court gave the government 12 months to craft a new law.

No New Assisted Suicide Law Before Election, MacKay Says

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government will not introduce new legislation to govern doctor-assisted dying before the expected October federal election, Justi...

Canadians Overwhelmingly In Support Of Assisted Dying

CP | Abdul Latheef, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - An overwhelming majority of Canadians surveyed in an online poll support assisted dying for those suffering from a terminal illness that res...

The Right To Die?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - A group challenging Canada's laws against doctor-assisted suicide is expected to get an answer Friday from the B.C. Supreme Court.The B.C....