13 January 2019   SAGUENAY COUPLE’S SUICIDE PACT RENEWS CALL FOR ADVANCED CONSENT FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

A Saguenay man who told police his wife of 65 years, who has dementia, asked him in a moment of lucidity to help her die could now face charges of inciting suicide. Dying with Dignity CEO Shanaaz Gokool said the case further demonstrates why Quebec and Canada’s laws governing medical aid in dying need to be amended to allow patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to provide advanced consent.

13 January 2019   SAGUENAY COUPLE’S SUICIDE PACT RENEWS CALL FOR ADVANCED CONSENT FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

A Saguenay man who told police his wife of 65 years, who has dementia, asked him in a moment of lucidity to help her die could now face charges of inciting suicide. Dying with Dignity CEO Shanaaz Gokool said the case further demonstrates why Quebec and Canada’s laws governing medical aid in dying need to be amended to allow patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to provide advanced consent.

 

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.

 

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.

An ethical question: can we, with our reason, desire our death? Or is the suicide always an impulsive decision?