Canada Assisted Suicide

Provinces Should Test Constitutionality Of Assisted Dying Law: Senator

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Politics

Serge Joyal wants to urge one of the provinces to initiate a court reference to its court of appeal.

Senators Won't Allow People To Choose Assisted Death In Advance

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics

Senators rejected an amendment that would have added the right to make advance directives to the federal government's proposed new law on assisted dying.

Minister Troubled By Senate Changes To Assisted-Dying Bill

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"The more that we go to one extreme, there are risks on the other side."

Liberals Admit 'Risk' Of Missing Assisted Dying Bill Deadline

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Politics

Despite this, the government is still optimistic about passing a law.

3 Ways Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Assisted Dying Law Won't Be As Permissive As Committee Urged

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Politics

The legislation is likely to be introduced late next week.

Canadians Will Have Second Thoughts On Assisted Dying: Archbishop

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics

Cardinal Thomas Collins weighed into the debate.

Doctor-Assisted Death 'Not Permitted' At Catholic Vancouver Hospital

CBC | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada British Columbia

A leaked memo reveals physician-assisted death is "not permitted" at a Catholic-based health provider in Vancouver, putting into question how it will ...

Top Court Gives Feds Extension On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Law

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The government had argued that it needed the Feb. 6 deadline extended by six months in order to have the time to craft a proper law.

Feds Plead For More Time To Craft Assisted Suicide Law

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics

Oral hearings are underway at the Supreme Court of Canada to consider the federal government's request for a six-month extension in response to its landmark ruling on doctor-assisted death.

Assisted-Suicide Advocate From Alberta Takes Her Own Life

CBC | Posted 09.25.2016 | Canada Alberta

"She was a beautiful writer and a brave advocate, and she shared her story..."

Regulator Wants Feedback On How To Handle Doctor-Assisted Dying

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Alberta

Last year, Quebec became the first jurisdiction in Canada to legalize medical aid in dying for mentally competent patients who meet a strict set of criteria.

No Report On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Until After Election

CP | Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Politics

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

MacKay: Assisted Suicide Response Delay 'Very Likely'

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government will need more time to deal with the Supreme Court's decision on doctor-assisted death, and asking for an extension wo...

Tories Flip Stance On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Deadline

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Confusion reigned Tuesday as the Harper government struggled to offer a coherent response to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down...

'He Wasn't Afraid Of Death. He Was Afraid Of The Days Leading To Death'

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - Last summer as the Canadian Medical Association debated whether to drop its long-standing opposition to physician-assisted death, the organi...

MacKay Forced To Confront Contentious Issues

CBC | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Revamping the nation's prostitution laws was decidedly not on the government's official law-and-order agenda until the Supreme Court of Canada put it ...

Fast-Track Urged For Assisted Suicide Appeal

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The civil rights group behind a landmark case that is expected to see the Supreme Court of Canada wrestle again with the contentious issue...

Assisted Suicide Ban Upheld

CP | Terri Theodore and James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Canada's ban on assisted suicide has been upheld in British Columbia's Court of Appeal, leaving those arguing for the right even more dete...

Court Set To Rule On Assisted Suicide

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - When Kay Carter travelled to a clinic in Switzerland more than three year ago to drink a toxic dose of sodium pentobarbital and end her bo...

The Danger of "Playing God" With Genetics

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Today, science is making it possible to remove "genetic errors" by changing the DNA in the ovum. I am left asking what constitutes a genetic error. Missing a limb? Cleft palate? Down syndrome? Autism? And who will be the arbiter of these decisions as we learn more about our genes and heredity? Do YOU want to be God? The point is who decides who is perfect, normal, and genetically acceptable? And when? In utero, at birth, later in life when an "imperfection" shows up? Perhaps in later years when one becomes a burden to family or society? Quality-of-life and utilitarian ethics (greatest good for the greatest number) could make for dangerous bedfellows.

I Don't Want Your Suicide On MY Conscience

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

There is a marked difference between making it possible to take one's own life and actively participating in it. Because we abhor suicide we have all kinds of programmes established to reach out to those who wish to take their own life. There is a cognitive dissonance at play when we now ask our own government, through legislation, to participate in ending life. And then to label it "health care" is Orwellian.

Most Albertans Support Assisted Suicide: Study

Edmonton Sun | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Alberta

Assisted suicide is supported by most Albertans, to the surprise of researchers. A peer-reviewed study in the journal Health and Social Care in the...

Who Knew We'd Need an Office of Religious Freedom Here?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

I never thought I would feel the need to write in favour of the Office of Religious Freedom. I took my religious freedom for granted. I am a Chaplain. It seems that the readers know all about me from that title. It is assumed that if one believes in God, there is a lack of intelligence, that one cannot believe and have a background in science, philosophy, economics, medicine, the arts.

Assisted Suicide: A Death Without Dignity

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Death with dignity is an oxymoron. Dignity is in life. To die with dignity is to face death, boldly, calmly, graciously. A good death is one that honours the life before. Assisted suicide is a vulgar act of cowardice. It diminishes our species. Have we become so entitled, soft, so weak-willed, so whiny and petulant that we cannot even bear the thought of future possible pain that we choose a lethal injection in expectation? Have we come to a place in time that leaving the ones who love us, need us, are not as important as our "dignity"? Have we become that self-serving?