End of Life Care

The Serious Legal Problem With Do-Not-Recuscitate Policies

Dr Charles Wright | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Charles Wright

The need for people also to make advance directives (often called living wills) and to discuss them with family is greater than ever as medical technology advances, but there is a serious legal problem. You may have an advance directive signed in perfect health clearly stating your wishes, but if and when you become incompetent, current law in some provinces permits your next of kin or power of attorney to ignore it. Surely new legislation must recognize and prevent this potential abuse that most people would find offensive and unacceptable.

When You Might Want to Say No to CPR

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

There are many common misconceptions about CPR -- created, in part, by prime-time medical television programs showing patients being brought back almost miraculously from the brink of death. There's no doubt that CPR can be a lifesaver in certain situations. But CPR is not quite as successful as it's portrayed on TV.

Ontario Doctors Who Refuse Treatment On Moral Grounds Must Give Referral: Court

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Ontario doctors must obtain consent from patients or their caregivers before withholding or turning off life-support, the province's medical...

Most Canadians Have No Plan For Their End of Life Treatment

Daren Heyland | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Daren Heyland

Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate. Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? That's a question that all Canadians need to contemplate -- but recent studies indicate that most of us have not.

New Quebec Gov't Brings Back ‘Dying With Dignity' Bill

CBC | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics

Quebec’s new Liberal government reintroduced the end-of-life care bill today as it was before the election call in March — when it was only steps...

How to Die Well

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Harvey Max Chochinov

If all this sounds too daunting, here is some language you might want to consider. Imagine turning to the person you have in mind and begin by saying something like, "I love you." If that feels like a stretch, you can always start with: "Look, I care about you, most of the time" or "What matters to you matters to me."

Does Sunnybrook Care More About Quality of Death Than Quality of Life?

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

Should a hospital really have something called a "Quality Dying Initiative?" Apparently, Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre thinks so. And because it is Canada's largest teaching hospital, what it does carries considerable weight with hospitals across the country.

Money For Making Dying More Comfortable

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - If grief wasn't enough on learning his mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, there was more heartache for Stephen Roberts over his Mom's ...

Quebec Is Keeping the Assisted Death Debate Alive -- With Dignity

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
Adam Kingsmith

It's time to shift away from the messy public spectacles regarding euthanasia. Instead let's follow Quebec's lead -- Canadians everywhere should be able to choose from a full range of end-of-life options, including -- if the prerequisites are met, the option of a medically assisted suicide. There aren't really any scary precedents or slippery slopes here. What there is, is an alternative to an existence of suffering and pain that should, and can be afforded to a terminally ill, palliative treated, mentally competent adult.