Right to Die Canada

We Need More Time On Assisted Suicide Law: MacKay

CBC | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Justice Minister and Nova Scotia MP Peter MacKay says the government will likely need more time to come up with new legislation on doctor-assisted sui...

Tory MP Wants Colleagues To Vote Freely On 'Issues Of Conscience'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs have begun to grapple with an issue that's sure to become a hallmark of the next Parliament: what does one do if a piece of legislation f...

No New Assisted Suicide Law Before Election, MacKay Says

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government will not introduce new legislation to govern doctor-assisted dying before the expected October federal election, Justi...

B.C. Woman Loses Right-To-Die Appeal Despite Mom's Living Will

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - The daughter of an 83-year-old woman with late-stage Alzheimer's disease says she is worn down and disappointed after losing another legal...

Assisted Suicide Law Can't Be Crafted In 12 Months, Say Tory MPs

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some Conservative backbenchers want more time to ponder the issue of doctor-assisted dying than the 12 months allotted by the Supreme Court.A...

What's Next for Doctor-Assisted Suicide in Canada?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The decision recently handed down in Carter v. Canada has no doubt changed the face of doctor-assisted suicide in Canada. It raises many novel issues in the realm of estate planning that will need thoughtful consideration over the coming months and years. We will also have to wait and see what legislation, if any, arises in response to this landmark decision.

Time For A Mature Conversation On Assisted Dying: N.S. Premier

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Canadians need to have a mature conversation about assisted dying following last week's decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, Nova Scotia...

Assisted Suicide Is on Canada's Radar, But What About Palliative Care?

Charlie Angus | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Last week's Supreme Court decision has put the issue of assisted suicide square onto the government agenda. However, it would be a real loss for Canadians if Parliament does not look at the much broader issue of how we care for Canadians suffering from incurable illnesses. Over the last year I have had the fortune to meet with front line providers of palliative care across Canada. The question that needs to be asked is how can the Federal government respond to the spirit of the Supreme Court ruling unless it also deals with this patchwork of end of life services in this country?

'He Wasn't Afraid Of Death. He Was Afraid Of The Days Leading To Death'

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - Last summer as the Canadian Medical Association debated whether to drop its long-standing opposition to physician-assisted death, the organi...

5 Things To Know About The Assisted Death Ruling

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously overturned its own 1993 decision and struck down a ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to me...

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...

Why I Want the Right to Die

Derek Taylor | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Derek Taylor

I was completely paralyzed -- I couldn't even scratch my nose or wiggle my toes. I just lay there, staring at the ceiling. But that was many years ago and I had the exuberance of youth -- I just knew I would recover to play football in the autumn. That was after I contracted Polio, some 60 years ago. I am still disabled and I never did play football, but I did recover enough muscle strength to lead a meaningful life with a good profession and a great family. Some 25 years later, my muscles started to weaken due the late effects of Polio. Some even disappeared. When assisted end-of-life becomes the law in Canada, your life can have a peaceful ending.

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...

Dying Canadians Need Top Court's Help: Lawyer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Suffering people are reaching out to the Supreme Court of Canada for help ending their lives and politicians need to listen as well, says a l...

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...

'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...

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?

B.C. Group Taking Right To Die Fight To Supreme Court

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. civil liberties group has filed their written argument against an appeal court decision upholding the country's ban on assisted sui...

Controversial Right-To-Die Legislation

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The federal government says it will review Quebec's right-to-die legislation, setting the stage for a possible showdown between Ottawa and ...

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...

Right To Die Hearing Delayed

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Norm Kunc knows that sometimes when people give him a quick glance while crossing the street they're likely to make some assumptions about...

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...

Could Assisted Suicide Come To Quebec?

CP | Jocelyne Richer, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Quebec government says it believes it has found a way of not running afoul of Ottawa after a legal panel recommended that a terminally il...