Canada Euthanasia

The Right to Life Does Not Mean the Duty to Suffer

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Dying with dignity is construed as giving up instead of fighting an internal aggressor and that such an approach is not consistent with the medical ethic, which can also be captured by the Prophet's teaching, "Do no harm and accept no harm."

Wanting Thoughtfully Legislated Access to Assisted Dying Is Not Being Pro-Death

Wanda Morris | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada
Wanda Morris

Let me be clear, we want thoughtfully legislated access to assisted dying -- not a free for all. We have established a Physicians Advisory Council to ensure we have input from physicians across the country. We want to work with doctors and medical associations to support legislation that provides choices and safeguards for both patients and doctors.

Lend Death A Hand?

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The so-called "right to die" was back on Canada's conscience Wednesday as the Supreme Court confronted the question of whether a ban on assis...

Canadians Overwhelmingly In Support Of Assisted Dying

CP | Abdul Latheef, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 Language of Living and Dying in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Tom Koch | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Koch

On October 14 Canada's Supreme Court justices will have the unenviable job of choosing between two very different ethical languages. Which is the one in which the promises and protections in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms are best understood?

Latimer One Step Closer To Travelling Freely

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Alberta

VANCOUVER - A Federal Court judge has overturned a parole board condition that bars Robert Latimer from travelling freely outside Canada without pre-a...

'I Will Take My Life Today': B.C. Woman Rekindles Right-To-Die Debate

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. grandmother left an eloquent public plea before killing herself and re-igniting the debate about assisted suicide in Canada. Gillian Bennett...

A Euthanasia Tourist Destination?

CBC | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics

Quebec's new end-of-life-care legislation is unlikely to turn the province into a so-called euthanasia tourist destination, but it could prompt...

Assisted Death Isn't Murder, It's Compassion

Toula Drimonis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

As polarizing as the debate seems to be, I've never had any qualms publicly declaring that I strongly support assisted suicide. To be frank, I have trouble understanding those who don't. Numerous drunk drivers who killed behind the wheel have received such lenient sentences they amounted to no more than a slap on the wrist. But if I assisted a loved one who was dying a slow and painful death, out of compassion and a desire to end their suffering, I would be subject to the same or even worse penalties as someone who indiscriminately and unconsciously mowed down an innocent pedestrian while driving drunk. Why?

Quebec May Pass Controversial 'Dying With Dignity' Law

CBC | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

Should Quebec's national assembly pass — as early as this week — the proposed legislation to allow medical aid in dying, it will be setti...

B.C. Right-To-Die Appeal Gets Green Light

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review the country's assisted suicide laws more than two decades after it rejected doctor-assist...

Wants Permission To Travel Freely

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

VANCOUVER - A Saskatchewan farmer who was convicted of killing his severely disabled daughter is challenging a National Parole Board decision that pre...

How Long Until Canada Prescribes Euthanasia for the Broken Hearted?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

The late Godelieva De Troye, 64, of Belgium, sought euthanasia because of a breakdown from a breakup. Lucky for her, she finally found a psychiatrist who agreed with her that her depression was incurable. And off she went with her "permission to die" note. For those who say this will not happen in Canada, I say prove it.

Why Medicine Needs the Humanities More Than Ever

Andrew Boozary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Boozary

The sciences continue to offer boundless promise for the profession and the sick. It's the humanities that will beg how we get there. In medicine, we are certainly privileged with "front row-seats on life" -- the worry is being glued to an iPhone amidst all that meaning.

Completing Life With Dignity in Canada

Doug Thomas | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

In Canada, attending a suicide is legal; assisting a suicide is not. Suicide itself is legal in Canada, thus preventing the further injustice of charges against the many unassisted suicides that result in survival in some kind of reduced quality of life. We must legalize assisted suicide in Canada. There are two ways this can happen.

Inflammatory Language Detracts from the Right to Die Debate

Wanda Morris | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
Wanda Morris

It is a sad truth that a terminally ill person's death is already imminent. The question we therefore have to ask ourselves is whether that imminent death should be replete with pain and suffering in order to maintain a belief-system which relies on thinking doctors and nurses cannot be trusted, or whether that death should be pain-free when the individual is competent to decide that a life of continued suffering robs life of its personal meaning.

Why I Support Assisted Dying

Wanda Morris | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada
Wanda Morris

We are greatly encouraged by the CMA's recent poll of physicians that found should euthanasia be legalized, 26 per cent would be willing to actively participate. A further 20% were undecided. This is a stunning number. Once assisted dying is legalized, medical professionals and the public see for themselves the positive changes that result. Palliative care improves. Doctors become better at caring for individuals at end of life. Conversations between doctors and patients about desired end-of-life care take place.

Rebranding Killing and Suicide: The Ugly Truth About Euthanasia

Dr. Will Johnston | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Will Johnston

The art of euphemism -- of sugar coating your verbal meaning -- has been raised to a syrupy peak by the proponents of euthanasia. When killing and suicide can be rebranded in the hearts and minds of average Canadians, the death lobby wins. What is truly being promised is the medical equivalent of a silent bullet in the head. The irony is that we don't need it. Symptom control at the end of life has never been better, and the right thing to do is to deliver it when needed. Common sense should tell us that we and our loved ones will not be safer or more empowered when the right to kill is given to doctors and nurses.

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.

Assisted Suicide Ban Like Torture: Lawyer

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Forcing sick patients to suffer through painful, agonizing deaths without the ability to ask a doctor to help them end their lives is akin...

Divisive Debate Rages, 20 Years Later

CBC | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Politics

The federal government will argue in front of the B.C. Court of Appeal later this month that the ban on assisted suicide should remain in place. ...

'There is Some Suffering Only Death Can End'

Wanda Morris | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Wanda Morris

Greg Robinson doesn't want to die. But Greg has HIV/AIDS. He lives with the knowledge that the time will come when his life becomes an endless struggle with pain, nausea, vomiting, breathlessness and extreme fatigue. When that time comes, Greg wants the right to choose a medically-assisted death.

WATCH: Right To Die To Be Decided In B.C. Court

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - March 4, 2013: The case has been delayed until March 18 due to due to illness of a lead lawyer. VANCOUVER - Months before B.C. Supreme Cou...

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.