Canada Euthanasia

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.

Doctors Must Follow Assisted Death Rules, Regardless Of Opinion: Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

"The role of (medical) institutions is to offer the service. And it will be offered."

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.

Quebec Doctors To Get Guidelines For Euthanasia

The Canadian Press | Sheryl Ubelacker | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO — The college that regulates Quebec doctors will soon provide practitioners with detailed guidelines — including what drugs to use...

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.

Dying With Dignity is Part of a Life Well Lived

Russell Williams | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The importance of quality palliative care gets overshadowed by our national debate over euthanasia or medically assisted death. There is a lack of understanding about what palliative care means and how it can help to ensure that we and those we love are able to make that journey to the end of life with dignity.

How Doctors Feel About Canada's Right To Die Decision

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today to overturn the ban preventing doctor-assisted suicide. Though the repercussions of...

A Look At Right-To Die Laws Around The World

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this morning on whether mentally competent, but suffering terminally-ill patients, have a right to a medically a...

Top Court Strikes Down Ban On Doctor-Assisted Suicide

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada shifted the goalposts Friday on one of the most fundamental of human laws. In a charter precedent that will go...

The Right to Life Does Not Mean the Duty to Suffer

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 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 Language of Living and Dying in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Tom Koch | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.