Canada Assisted Suicide

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 Cana...

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?

Change My Mind: Should Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

Will Quebec legalize medically assisted end-of-life procedures? Wanda Morris, Executive Director of Dying With Dignity, thinks it should -- she's sees it as a question of individual rights. But others -- including bioethicist Margaret Somerville -- say legally sanctioning euthanasia would endanger weak and vulnerable Canadians. and have a harmful impact on society. What's your position? Before you pick a side, have a look at what Morris and Somerville have to say in our online debate. Then decide whose case is more persuasive, and cast your vote...

PAY UP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal and provincial governments have been ordered to pay about $1 million in legal costs to the B.C. lawyers who won a constitution...

How the Public Was Duped into Supporting Assisted Suicide

Dr. Will Johnston | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Dr. Will Johnston

Carter v. Canada , the judge-decreed legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada, tries to take a chainsaw to that old-growth forest that my colleague Dr. Margaret Cottle describes as a "delicate social ecology of mutual support and protection" which forbids the killing of a patient.

Why Canada Will Never Legalize Assisted Suicide

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Despite poll results that 67 per cent of Canadians support legalizing assisted suicide, it's unlikely to gain traction in North America in the near future. The reason: We aren't convinced those who would make life-death decisions would do so in the applicant's interests and not the bureaucracy's.

BC Right-To-Die Suit Downed By Judge

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - A right-to-die organization can't challenge Canada's law barring assisted suicide because its plaintiffs are anonymous, a B.C. judge ruled...