Canada Euthanasia

Critics Challenge Assisted-Dying Law Just Days After It Passed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Critics of Bill C-14 oppose its requirements that a doctor's help can only be given if death is reasonably foreseeable and the patient is in an advanced state of irreversible decline.

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."

PM Doesn't Need To Pass Assisted Dying Bill By June 6: Rae, Martin

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Politics

June 6 is the date on which the ban on medical assistance in dying will be formally lifted in Canada.

The Deadly Problems Surrounding Bill C-14

Dr. Will Johnston | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Will Johnston

It is not surprising that many Canadians are concerned about the dangers of the new assisted suicide and euthanasia bill, C-14. What is really not credible is how the word-benders who used the Charter "right to life" to legalize the intentional suicide or killing of some patients are now protesting that they have been cheated of total victory.

A Distinctly Canadian Approach To Physician-Hastened Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

One would hope that every patient whose angst expresses itself as a wish to die would have access to palliative care expertise, including a thorough and detailed evaluation of the physical, psychosocial, existential and spiritual drivers motivating their request for hastened death.

Assisted Dying Bill C-14 Is Heavy On Ambiguity

Thomas McMorrow | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas McMorrow

The government was (perhaps understandably) reluctant to legislate either a) in support of medical assistance in dying "on demand" for anyone with an intolerable medical condition or b) in a manner that directly contravenes the relatively permissive parameters laid out by the Supreme Court.

The Moving Pieces Behind The Case For Doctor-Assisted Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

If physician-hastened death is part of the continuum of medicine, then we must treat it as such. Like any other new treatment or clinical innovation, it demands careful evaluation and methodological rigor, including fixed eligibility criteria, detailed data collection, objective monitoring of outcomes and tracking of adverse effects; the ability to analyze cumulative data, with incremental ramping up entirely based on preceding trial outcomes. We would insist on no less stringency for anything else.

Treat Assisted Dying Differently Than Suicide: Insurance Industry

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada Business

Industry members are willing to lift the standard two-year exemption for suicides and pay out policies on people who end their lives through physician-assisted death.

3 Ways Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada Politics

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

Advanced Directives For Assisted-Dying Is A Dangerous Step

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

In any assisted-dying regime, a competent patient is free to change their mind or express their ambivalence by withdrawing a request or postponing an assisted death. To permit an assisted death to proceed on the basis of an advance directive effectively denies this protection to persons who are no longer capable of making or expressing health-care decisions.

The Risky Concept Of Mental Illness Assisted Suicide

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

The Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death, nevertheless, urged the federal government not to exclude individuals with psychiatric conditions from being considered eligible. Their reasoning comes down to this: Mental suffering is no less profound than physical suffering, so denying individuals with mental illness access to physician hastened death would be discriminatory and a violation of their Charter rights. It's an excellent point, and one worth seriously discussing.

Protecting Autonomy In End-Of-Life Care Means Not Leaving People To Die Alone

Thomas McMorrow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas McMorrow

While law makers deliberate over how to develop the best regulatory regime in light of the Supreme Court's direction, it's important to remember that every one of us is implicated in -- and responsible for -- the shared human endeavour that is governance through law.

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.

Committee To Tackle Doctor-Assisted Death Legislation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The government faces a time crunch to find a legislative response to the Supreme Court ruling.

Canada Has Perfect Chance To Fix End-Of-Life Care System: Advocates

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada

With Canada forced to confront the challenges of an aging population and the Supreme Court establishing a deadline, the Canadian Medical Association is also pushing to make sure palliative care reform becomes a political priority.

10 Big Challenges Facing Trudeau's Government In 2016

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Now comes the hard part.

Feds Defend Extension Request For Assisted-Death Policy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics

The Supreme Court gave the federal government a year to come up with a new law last February.

The Vast Majority Of Canadians Support Doctor-Assisted Suicide

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living

Over three-quarters of the country is in favour.

How Would You Like To Die, Sir?

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

When I ask clients, friends and family how they would want to die, so far no one has chosen, "I'd like to die after lying in bed for two or three years, in a diaper, and barely aware of my surroundings." Yet isn't this scenario -- or a variant of it -- how a large percentage of us will die?

Religious Believers Are Trying to Create Barriers to Assisted Dying

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 09.11.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 07.24.2016 | 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.