You will find here all the information you need to better understand the issues surrounding assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada.

9 March 2019   PALLIATIVE CARE TEAM HELPS THE HOMELESS

The Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) in Toronto takes care of the homeless people in the city, providing for them with palliative care. 


6 March 2019   SHELTER HOUSE STAFF RECEIVE TRAINING IN PALLIATIVE APPROACHE TO CARE

A new training program in Thunder Bay will provide shelter support workers with knowledge and training on how to support homeless people dealing with life-threatening illnesses or in need of palliative services.


6 March 2019   EUTHANASIA NUMBERS ON THE RISE IN ALBERTA (+50%)

The number of euthanasia cases in Alberta has now reached 600 since the implentation of the practice according to Alberta Health Services data. 


13 February 2019   AT LEAST 14 ISLANDERS HAVE NOW RECEIVED EUTHANASIA

Bill C-14 became law in June 2016, allowing medical assistance in dying. From that time until the end of October 2018, Health PEI received 22 requests for the service, and 13 patients were euthanised. Health PEI had previously reported six of those deaths were in 2017. Most were men aged 59 to 74. In addition, a man was euthanised on February 9. 


6 February 2019   NEW OTTAWA PROGRAM AIMS TO HELP PEOPLE  LIVE WELL AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES

Launch of the Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) in Ottawa. The three-year research project is based on a model developed in Melbourne, Australia. It aims to help communities support people to live well at the end of their lives, surrounded by family, friends and social networks. It also aims to help people talk about death and dying and to ask for and accept help when they need it.


6 February 2019   NEW OTTAWA PROGRAM AIMS TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE WELL AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES

HELP Ottawa is a ground breaking, community-based initiative to support people with advanced age, frailty, chronic and/or life-limiting illness to live at home or in the community as long as possible. Designed to create a collaborative end of life culture, this three-year project will focus on strengthening family, community and organizational capacity while enhancing and strengthening links between health services, community programs, neighbourhoods and the broader community.

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6 February 2019   CANADIAN MEDIA PROMOTE EUTHANASIA LOBBY PETITION

Several of Canada’s major media have even included links to the online euthanasia lobby petition to extend euthanasia to people who are incompetent but previously requested assisted death.


5 February 2019   CANADIAN PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE CONSCIENCE RIGHTS BILL

Bill C-418 will be debated by parliament in the near future. It makes it an offence to intimidate a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or any other health care professional for the purpose of compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of euthanasia. 


29 January 2019   GROUP CHALLENGES RULLING REQUIRING DOCTORS TO GIVE REFERRALS FOR SERVICES THAT CLASH WITH BELIEFS

Ontario doctors challenging a court ruling that found physicians must give referrals for medical services that clash with their moral or religious beliefs say there is no proof that removing that requirement would hamper patients seeking treatment.


10 January 2019   CANADIAN DISABILITY GROUPS: ‘FRIGHTENING IMPLICATIONS’ TO EXPANDING ASSISTED SUICIDE

While many disability groups fought the initial push to legalize assisted suicide in Canada three years ago, they are having to fight again as efforts to expand access to assisted suicide to the disabled in the country continue. In Canada, only those facing “foreseeable” death are eligible for assisted suicide. This week, two people from Montreal, Jean Truchon, 49, and Nicole Gladu, 73, started their legal battle in the Quebec Superior Court to expand access to assisted suicide to people with disabilities and severe health problems.


7 January 2019   TWO QUEBECERS SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DEGENERATIVE DISEASES CHALLENGE ASSISTED DYING LAWS

Jean Truchon and Nicole Gladu do not qualify to have a physician end their lives because, despite their suffering, they are not considered to be at the end of life. Ms. Gladu suffers from post-polio syndrome and Mr. Truchon has cerebral palsy.


3 January 2019   THE NEXT FRONTIER IN THE ‘RIGHT TO DIE’: ADVANCE REQUESTS, MINORS AND THE MENTALLY ILL

Canadians are walking into new territory on the right to die, commencing a debate over whether Parliament should allow minors and the mentally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor. Just days before breaking for the holidays, the Liberal government received three expert panel reports from the Council of Canadian Academies which looked at the possibility of extending medical assistance in dying (MAID) to ‘mature’ minors — people under age 18 considered by doctors to be capable of directing their own care — people with psychiatric conditions and those making requests in advance.


12 December 2018   REPORT OF CCA ON EUTHANASIA EXTENSION

In December 2016, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) was asked by then Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould to undertake independent reviews related to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Specifically, the CCA was tasked with examining three particularly complex types of requests for MAID that were identified for further review and study in the legislation passed by Parliament in 2016: requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition.


15 November 2018   PEOPLE SEEKING EUTHANASIA CAN NOW CALL SASK.’S HEALTH LINE

As of November 1, the provincial 811 health line — staffed with clinicians to provide general health information and advice — can connect people to the provincial manager of the MAID program.


14 November 2018   TIME FOR THE HEALTH MINISTER TO STEP UP: CRITICS CALL FOR END TO COVENANT HEALTH ASSISTED-DYING POLICY

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has tolerated policy that caused patient suffering. Critics are demanding that Health Minister Sarah Hoffman finally order an end to a Covenant Health policy that has traumatized some terminally ill patients seeking an assisted death.


13 November 2018   CANADIAN HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM PROMOTES EUTHANASIA

The ad makes no mention of palliative care or other means to reduce or eliminate suffering without killing. It does not describe that counseling can help people regain the desire to live. There is no hint that suicide prevention services might be available. And it obscures the fact that MAiD is a euphemism for homicide by lethal injection.Think about how shockingly far the culture of death has penetrated Canada since the country’s Supreme Court imposed it on the entire country three years ago.


9 November 2018   THE CANADIAN EUTHANASIA EXPRESS ROLLS ON

“The right to life can be flipped into a right to die” – an opinion written by Margaret Somerville. 


1 November 2018   EUTHANASIA: WHERE DO WE STAND TWO YEARS LATER?

This article identifies issues physicians may encounter when asked to provide MAID. In addition to carefully considering and applying the eligibility criteria and safeguards in the Criminal Code, physicians involved in MAID must comply with provincial and territorial laws and regulations, reporting requirements, as well as College and hospital policies. Physicians who have provided MAID on several occasions need to ensure they continue to have a thorough approach to assessing each request for MAID based on the individual circumstances of their patient.


1 November 2018   NOVATION SCOTIA WOMAN’S DEATH IS PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO EXPAND EUTHANASIA

Audrey Parker, who has been working with the euthanasia lobby group, Dying with Dignity, is promoting the extension of euthanasia to people who are incompetent, but made a previous request, is scheduled to die by euthanasia today. Parker argues that she is dying early because if she became incompetent, she will not qualify for euthanasia in Canada.


30 October 2018   ANDERSON TABLES BILL TO PROTECT CONSCIENCE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONNALS

David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills–-Grasslands tabled Bill C-418, the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act, to protect conscience rights for health care professionals.The purpose of the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act is to protect the rights of health care professionals to conscientiously object to participation in medical assistance in dying (MAiD), making it an offence to intimidate or try to force a health care professional to be involved in MAiD. It also makes it an offence to fire or refuse to employ a health care professional for refusing to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of MAiD. Read more


30 October 2018   WAS EUTHANASIA DISPUTE BEHIND CAM-WMA SPLIT?

A long-running dispute over euthanasia between the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the World Medical Association (WMA) may have contributed to the CMA’s decision to resign from the global medical body, according to some Canadian doctors. Read more


30 October 2018   HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN DODGES QUESTIONS ABOUT ‘INHUMANE’ COVENANT HEALTH POLICY

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman refused Tuesday to explain what, if anything, she did to address a Covenant Health policy that forced a terminally ill patient to have her assisted-dying assessment on a sidewalk outside the Edmonton General.


25 October 2018   ALBERTA DOESN’T TRACK HOW MANY PATIENTS TRANSFERRED FOR EUTHANASIA ASSESSMENTS

Neither Covenant Health nor Alberta Health Services tracks exactly how many patients have been forced to leave Covenant’s health facilities for medical-assistance-in-dying assessments, and for the procedure itself. But new federal rules that take effect Nov. 1 will require all doctors and nurse practitioners to report that information directly to Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, who will then forward it to Health Canada.


17 October 2018   NURSES MAKING CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTIONS TO ETHICALLY-RELEVANT POLICIES LACK SUPPORT

One-on-one interviews with eight nurses in Ontario revealed that nurses making conscientious objections to ethically-relevant policies lack concrete supports and need protection in healthcare practice settings. The authors of the Journal of Advanced Nursing study noted that healthcare practice is becoming more ethically complex, and nurses need to be able to address their issues of conscience to care that they ethically disagree with. 


16 October 2018   VANCOUVER ISLAND RECORDS HIGHEST RATE OF EUTHANASIA IN CANADA

The rate of medically assisted deaths on Vancouver Island is about five times higher than in the rest of Canada, a new report from Island Health shows.


16 October 2018   IN CANADA, EUTHANASIA YES – PALLIATIVE CARE, NOT SO MUCH

An article written by Wesley J. Smith describing the contrast between euthanasia and palliative care in Canada.


11 October 2018   CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS IS PRESSURING GOVERNMENTS TO FORCE MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS TO KILL

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) released its policy platform for the 2019 Federal election. CARP is focusing on 19 areas for action including pressuring the government to force every medical institution that receives government funding to provide euthanasia, also known as Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).


10 October 2018   CANADIAN HOSPITAL UNVEILS PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE PLAN FOR “SICK KIDS”

Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children recently unveiled a plan for how to terminate the lives of terminally ill kids—with or without parental consent. This next step for physician-assisted suicide in Canada is shocking, yet unsurprising, given international trends. Read more here, here, here and here


7 October 2018   CANADIAN DOCTORS QUIT WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OVER PLAGIARISM ALLEGATIONS

The dispute between the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the World Medical Association (WMA) erupted at a Reykjavik conference for the WMA this weekend, highlighting a divide among professionals on how to deal with a peer accused of passing off the work of others as his own. But what appears to be the real issue for the CMA is its failure to pass a motion during the conference to change the position of WMA on euthanasia. 


25 September 2018   SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WITH CRITICALLY ILL LOVED ONES

Today, millions of Canadians provide informal care and support for seriously ill family members. That is why in Budget 2017 the Government of Canada announced a commitment to support family caregivers with Employment Insurance benefits that are more flexible, inclusive and easier to access.


22 September 2018   CANADA LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR CHILD EUTHANASIA

Euthanasia, or “medical aid in dying”, was authorised by Canada’s Supreme Court in June 2016. It was a controversial decision and the controversy is far from over. Three issues were left hanging: euthanasia for “mature minors”, euthanasia for people with mental illness, and advance directives for euthanasia. The government asked the Council of Canadian Academies to produce a report on these issues by December this year.


15 September 2018   AMEND LAW TO ALLOW ORGAN DONORS EUTHANASIA, SAY CANADIAN DOCTORS

Canadian legislation and medical protocols need to be tweaked to allow euthanasia with organ donation, according to an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two doctors from Western University, in Ontario, and Robert Truog, a Harvard Medical School bioethicist, outline the changes that will be needed to ensure that patients can give as many healthy organs as possible.


6 September 2018   PRESSURE FROM CANADIAN AND DUTCH MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS ON WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

The Journal of the World Medical Association (WMJ) in its August 2018 edition reported that the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) are pressuring the World Medical Association (WMA) to change its position in opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide. 


6 September 2018   CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA OPPOSES EXPANSION OF EUTHANASIA

The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Policy Convention (August 25) in Halifax overwhelmingly supported a party policy opposing the expansion of euthanasia (MAiD). The policy stated that the CPC: “Opposed the extension of euthanasia and assisted suicide to minors, to people who are not competent and people who live with psychological suffering.”


29 August 2018   EUTHANASIA NEEDS MORE MONITORING

In the early days of Canada’s public conversation about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Dr. Jeff Blackmer, then vice president of the Canadian Medical Association, expressed the gravitas of the policy choices that lay ahead as “no less than a sea change” to the ethos and culture of the medical profession.


28 August 2018   SUPREME COURT ASKED TO HEAR APPEAL SEEKING FASTER TRIAL ON ASSISTED DYING

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is asking the top court to reject the federal government’s contention that the facts on which the Supreme Court struck down the ban on assisted dying three years ago are not applicable to the new federal law.


2 August 2018   CHRONICALLY ILL MAN RELEASES AUDIO OF HOSPITAL STAFF OFFERING EUTHANASIA

An Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease has provided CTV News with audio recordings that he says are proof that hospital staff offered him medically assisted death, despite his repeated requests to live at home.


12 July 2018   ROBERT LATIMER SEEKING PARDON FOR KILLING OF SEVERELY DISABLED DAUGHTER

Decades after Robert Latimer killed his severely disabled daughter in what he maintains was an act of mercy, his Vancouver lawyer has filed an application to have his murder conviction pardoned. Read more


21 June 2018   NUMBER OF CANADIANS CHOOSING EUTHANASIA JUMPS 30%

There were 1,523 medically assisted deaths in Canada in the last six-month reporting period — a nearly 30 per cent increase over the previous six months. Cancer was the most common underlying medical condition in reported assisted death cases, cited in about 65 per cent of all medically assisted deaths, according to the report from Health Canada. Read more here and here


28 May 2018   BC CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION AIMS TO SPEED UP LEGAL CHALLENGE TO FEDERAL EUTHANASIA LAW

The BCCLA is headed back to court, hoping to convince a B.C. Court of Appeal judge to speed up the civil-rights group’s fight to change Canada’s doctor-assisted dying legislation. The BCCLA hopes the appeals court will allow the organization to challenge the government’s legislation, Bill C-14, at a trial, without rehashing what’s already been decided by the Supreme Court of Canada. That includes whether assisted dying is ethical and whether Canadians are in support of it.


7 May 2018   HEALTH CANADA LAUNCHES CONSULTATIONS ON PALLIATIVE CARE FRAMEWORK

Health Canada launched a public consultation on a framework for palliative care in Canada. A framework will help support improved access to palliative care and will provide a useful reference point across jurisdictions to help identify opportunities, address gaps, and share promising practices.


26 March 2018   CAMPAIGN IN CANADA TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO DIE

Philip Nitschke, Exit International Founder, launches a campaign in Canada aimed at teaching people how to die.


15 March 2018   OFFERED DEATH, TERMINALLY ILL ONTARIO MAN FILES LAWSUIT

Roger Foley launches a lawsuit alleging that Ontario health officials will not provide him with the care he desires but instead offer assisted suicide.


1 February 2018   57 NEW BRUNSWICKERS HAVE RECEIVED ASSISTED SUICIDE


31 January 2018   ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT RULES ON PHYSICIANS

The Ontario Superior Court unanimously upholds a rule that physicians opposed to euthanasia must refer patients to doctors who will assist them with suicide. Read more here and here


29 January 2018   BC HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE IN CANADA

“In fact, in the first 11 months of 2017, nearly half of all medically assisted deaths in British Columbia happened in areas covered by Island Health. In this region, which includes Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 3.5 per cent of all deaths were medically assisted, compared to just 1.7 per cent for the whole province. “


18 January 2018   NS MAN CAN’T RECEIVED ASSISTED SUICIDE

A Nova Scotian is unable to receive assisted suicide due to a lack of personnel.


16 January 2018   ALBERTA NEEDS LEGISLATION TO ENSURE EUTHANASIA IS ACCESSED EQUALLY: ADVOCATES

The province is under fire for allowing faith-based hospitals in Alberta to deny the rights of patients who want medically assisted death. Brad Peter from Dying with Dignity Canada joins Shaye Ganam to talk about a petition is urging people to take a stand.


15 January 2018   NEW PETITION CALLS ON FAIR ACCESS TO ASSISTED SUICIDE

Dying with Dignity releases a new petition calling on Canada to ensure fair access to euthanasia at all health facilities.


11 January 2018   DO RELIGIOUS HOSPITALS HAVE TO BE FORCED TO OFFER EUTHANASIA?

The transfer of a patient from Vancouver’s Saint Paul Hospital raises the question of whether religious hospitals should be forced to offer euthanasia within their walls.


7 January 2018   ASSISTED SUICIDE SPARKS SCANDAL AT CANDIAN JEWISH ELDERLY HOME

A Jewish Care Home files a complaint against a euthanasia doctor for sneaking into the institution and euthanising a patient. Read more


21 December 2017   ASSISTED IN DYING IN SASKATCHEWAN

Medical aid in dying” is considered a suicide in Saskatchewan.


16 December 2017   HEALTH CANADA ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW CONSULTATION

the Government of Canada published draft regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I, a key step in creating a federal, pan-Canadian monitoring system on medical assistance in dying. Canadians and key stakeholders have an opportunity to review the regulations being proposed by the federal government and provide written comments.


12 December 2017   CBC CAMERA ROLLS AS DOCTOR GIVES LETHAL INJECTION TO PATIENT

The CBC airs a mini-documentary about assisted suicide that features a doctor giving a lethal injection to a patient.


22 November 2017   PARENTS WANT DOCTORS TO EUTHANISE THEIR DISABLE CHILDREN

According to a survey conducted by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), paediatricians are already increasingly being asked by parents to euthanise disabled or dying children and infants


26 October 2017   CHILD EUTHANASIA: A MATTER OF TIME?

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, parents are increasingly asking to have the option of medically assisted death for their children. Read more


20 October 2017   NUMBER OF ASSISTED SUICIDE ON THE RISE IN MANITOBA

The number of people reaching out to the special team that delivers assisted death in Manitoba has significantly grown since July. Eighty-five people have contacted the ” Medical Assistance in Dying ” (MAID) team from July to Oct. 10, with 14 receiving assisted suicide, according to numbers from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.


17 October 2017   LAW EXENTSION IN BC 

A court case in British Columbia is already seeking to expand Canada’s euthanasia law. Read more


12 October 2017   CANADA EUTHANIZES THOUSAND OF PATIENTS TO SAVE MONEY

With a growing number of cases of euthanasia in Canada, the recent publication of a study showing the economic benefits of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada raises concerns. Read more


9 October 2017   2ND INTERIM REPORT ON MAID

A “2nd Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada” is published by the canadian Department of Health. Read more


6 October 2017   NUMBER OF PEOPLE REQUESTING ASSISTED SUICIDE ON THE RISE

According to a report published by the federal Department of Health, the number of patients who have used medical assistance in dying in Canada has jumped by nearly 50% in recent months.


5 October 2017   WOMAN SUES FOR DISCONNECTING HUSBAND

A woman files a lawsuit against the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, alleging that the medical team disconnected her husband without consent. Read more


24 September 2017   PEOPLE SEEKING EUTHANASIA IN NB CAN’T GET IT

The Nova Scotia Health Authority reports that of 64 referrals made for medical assistance in dying, 23 were completed between Jan. 1 and Canada Day.


18 September 2017   DIFFICULTIES IN PALLIATIVE CARE

According to a report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, patients who could benefit from palliative care could not be identified, assessed, and oriented early enough in the course of the disease so that appropriate care can be integrated as soon as possible in their care plan.


9 September 2017  OPPOSITION AGAINST EUTHANASIA FOR PSYCHIATRIC REASONS

The Canadian Mental Health Association says medical assistance in dying for psychiatric patients should remain illegal.


25 August 2017   HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MUST BE CHANGED, SAYS CMA

The Canadian Medical Association says changes need to be made within the country’s health care system to meet the needs of more and more seniors.


24 August 2017   SUPPORT OF ASSISTED SUICIDE FOR MINORS BY PHYSICIANS

A survey by the Canadian Medical Association reveals that a majority of physicians surveyed are supportive of expanding access to medical aid to die to minors, but not to mental illness people.


22 August 2017   EXPANSION OF ANNUAL SPENDING FOR ELDERS

A new report on the Canada Pension Plan expansion shows that annual spending for elders is expected to reach record levels in the coming decades.


14 August 2017   EXEMPTION FOR RELIGIOUS HOSPITALS?

Dying With Dignity Canada is poised to challenge an Ontario law that exempts religious hospitals from offering assisted suicide. Read more


28 July 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE STILL PART OF ONTARIO’S PALLIATIVE CARE PLAN

The Ontario Palliative Care Network, an agency responsible for expanding Ontario’s network of hospice care, wants early and equitable access to assisted suicide.


24 July 2017   THOUGHTS ON ASSISTED SUICIDE

A Canadian mother says doctor brought up assisted suicide option as sick daughter was within earshot. After saying she was not interested, doctor told her she was “being selfish.”


7 July 2017   CANCER: MOST COMMON UNDERLYING CONDITION FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

548 people were euthananized in Ontario. Cancer was the most common underlying condition in most cases.


6 July 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE: FEW PHYSICIANS REGISTERED IN ONTARIO

In Ontario, only 74 physicians have signed up to the new phone line that pairs patients seeking medical assistance to die for health care professionals. 


5 July 2017   12 ASSISTED SUICIDE PER MONTH IN VANCOUVER

A study from the B.C. Medical Journal found that there were 72 cases of medically assisted deaths on Vancouver Island from June to December 2016.


3 July 2017   DOCTORS TURN AWAY FROM ASSISTED SUICIDE OVER FEES

Some Canadian doctors are no longer accepting referrals for euthanasia because of inconsistent and insufficient reimbursement for time taken to help patients die.


28 June 2017   WOMAN WITH NON-TERMINAL CONDITIONS FITS CRITERA FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

In granting a 77-year-old woman with osteoarthritis permission to “receive medical aid to die”, the Superior Court of Justice interpreted the law on medical aid in dying more broadly.


27 June 2017   NURSE REFUSING EUTHANISED THEIR PATIENTS FORCED TO RESIGN

In Ontario, a nurse who refused to euthanise patients under the Assisted Suicide Act was forced to resign.


26 June 2017   SERIAL KILLER NURSE

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a nurse who confessed to killing 8 people in Ontario while on duty, is sentences to 25 years in prison. Read more


15 June 2017   PROTECTION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS ACT

Manitoba’s Bill 34, which would provide protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in assisted suicide, enters its second reading in the Legislative Assembly.


13 June 2017   REGULATIONS OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIAN IN ONTARIO CHALLENGED

Three organizations and five doctors are challenging the Ontario College of Physicians regulations on medical aid in dying before the courts in order to protect their conscience rights.


12 June 2017   HEARING SET ON WHETHER RIGHT TO ASSISTED SUICIDE VIOLATED BY GOVERNMENT

A court case in British Columbia begins looking into the constitutionality of the federal government’s restriction of availability of euthanasia. 


25 May 2017   EUTHANASIA NOT REALLY ABOUT ENDING UNCONTROLLABLE PAIN

A Canadian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that the primary reason why patients requested assisted dying was to relieve “existential distress”. Read more


23 May 2017   ASSISTED DYING CHALLENGE EXPANDS

A second plaintiff has been added to the constitutional challenge to the Trudeau Government’s assisted dying legislation to request its extension to people who are not at the end of life.


17 May 2017   CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION PROTECTED IN MANITOBA

The government of Manitoba introduces a bill to protect conscientious objection to medically assisted death. Read more


27 April 2017   FIRST INTERIM REPORT ON “MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING”

The Federal government publishes a first interim report on “medical assistance in dying” (euthanasia and assisted suicide), in which it states that during the first six months of the new Canadian law, from June 17 to December 31, 2016, a total of 907 people have died by euthanasia or assisted suicide.


22 April 2017   GROUPS ON BOTH SIDE OF DEBATE WANT MORE TRANSPARENCY

Pro and anti assisted suicide advocates call for Nova Scotia’s Health Authority to be more transparent in releasing stats on those who apply to end their lives.


17 April 2017   ACTIVIST FOR EUTHANASIA COMMITS SUICIDE

Mediatized suicide of young Adam Maier-Clayton, an activist for the legalization of euthanasia for people with mental illness.


6 April 2017   FATAL FLAW IN ONTARIO’S EUTHANASIA BILL

Physicians in Ontario express their concern with Bill 84 for its failure to protect the conscience rights of doctors in Ontario. Read more


4 April 2017   A LOOK AT PROGRESS ON EUTHANASIA GUIDELINES ACCROSS CANADA

Shine A Light, a project of Dying With Dignity Canada, aims to highlight the barriers facing Canadians who want to access their right to assisted dying. It comes at a time when provinces are still working on refining their guidelines for physician-assisted death.


2 April 2017   ONTARIO CREATING SERVICE TO HELP PEOPLE ACCESS EUTHANASIA

Ontario’s health minister announces that the government will establish a new service to help people get access to euthanasia and assisted suicide.


30 March 2017   EXCLUSION OF EPC BY ONTARIO GOVERNMENT FROM THE BILL 84 HEARINGS

The Ontario Government Committee excludes the Euthanasia Prevention Coalitionfrom the Bill 84 – The Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act hearings. Although receiving written and oral submissions, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs rejected the EPC request to make an oral submission to the committee concerning Bill 84.


20 March 2017   ORGANS FROM EUTHANISED PATIENTS

Doctors are already harvesting organs from Canadian patients who underwent medically assisted death,and ethicists worry it could make it harder for euthanasia patients to voice a last-minute change of heart.


9 March 2017   FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVISING ASSISTED SUICIDE ELIGIBILITY

The Federal government is reviewing assisted dying eligibility. People being denied its access are the subject of a review.


8 March 2017   MONEY PROMISED BY OTTAWA TO PROVINCES WILL BE PAID GRADUALLY 

Of the $ 11.5 billion pledged to the provinces over the next 10 years, a tiny portion – less than 3% – will be channeled this year to health services. 


26 February 2017     SOME DOCTORS BACKING OUT OF ASSISTED SUICIDE

Some doctors who have helped people end their lives are officially backing out of assisted death as they are no longer willing to participate in assisted death because of emotional distress or fear of prosecution if their decisions are second-guessed.


12 February 2017   EVALUATION OF ASSISTED DEATH IN BC

188 physician-assisted suicides have been registered in British Columbia between June and January.


23 January 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE NO FINANCIAL BURDENT TO HEALTH SYSTEM

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concludes that assisted dying could save money.


16 January 2017   CANADIAN BIOETHICISTS CALL FOR ORGAN DONOR EUTHANASIA

An article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues for permitting the collection of organs from euthanised persons.


15 January 2017   MANY REQUESTS FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE IN MANITOBA

Far more requests for assisted suicide than anticipated in Manitoba.


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