A First Year of Euthanasia in Quebec

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Montreal, January 24, 2017 – December 10th 2016 marked the end of the first year of euthanasia in Quebec, better known under the euphemism “medical aid in dying”.

Living with Dignity is very concerned that the government of Quebec is prioritizing euthanasia to the detriment of significant improvements in palliative care, which were promised by the Couillard government prior to the coming into force of the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care.

We are also concerned about the issues raised by the study published ...

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Challenges and opportunities every year

The year 2016 ends as it began: with challenges and opportunities!

First of all, as promised in its legislation, the federal government announced that it has officially launched studies to examine the possibility of extending its criteria (already!). Thus, as of December 2018, euthanasia and assisted suicide could be requested via advance directives, as well as by children and people with mental illness (>>). It goes without saying that we will actively participate in public debates to prevent these dangerous ...

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Downplay bothering statistics

At the end of October, I went to Windsor, Ontario to participate at the annual Symposium of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, where I was invited to present a summary of the euthanasia situation in Quebec. This year’s annual meeting had a very powerful theme: resisting euthanasia and assisted suicide. Once again, this event has given rise to very good exchanges and a rich sharing of experiences and understanding of current issues, both in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

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When the suffering of one becomes the misery of others

NOTE: The original article was published in French in the Huffintgon Post on September 29, 2016 (read original article here >>).

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Recently, a lady told me that she had just lost her brother who died suddenly, three days after a fall on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the circumstances of his death leave some doubt as to the exact cause of death. Is it due to his cancer, discovered a few days earlier? Is it related to his psychiatric problems? Is ...

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Euthanasia: all aboard!

NOTE: The original article was published in French in the Huffintgon Post on September 29, 2016 (read original article here >>).

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Everyone must push in the same direction. That is how we develop a consensus in Quebec. What counts is that an idea progresses down its path.

Thus, less than a year after the implementation of the law on “medical assisted death”, the proponents of euthanasia-on-demand are already attacking the Commission charged with monitoring its implementation. They are preying ...

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