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

11 May 2018   NEW INSTITUTE DEDICATED TO PALLIATIVE CARE IN MONTREAL

The Montreal Palliative Care Institute – an institute dedicated to palliative care – is opened.

 

25 April 2018   RISE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE IN ESTRIE

The number of patients who requested assisted suicide jumped by 100% in Estrie.

 

29 March 2018   ORGAN DONATIONS TO EUTHANIZED PATIENTS

Transplant Quebec wants to offer organ donation to patients requesting euthanasia.

 

14 February 2018   PALLIATIVE CARE EXAMINATED

The Commission on End-of-Life Care will call on all institutions in the health network to draw up an accurate report on access to palliative care in Quebec.

 

12 February 2018   INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

 The number of Quebecers who received assisted suicide has jumped by 65% between 2016 and 2017 and by more than 30% in the last six months of 2017.

 

1 February 2018   60 REQUESTS SINCE JUNE 2016

In the region Bas-Saint-Laurent, no fewer than 60 people have used the “Medical Aid in Dying” Act since it came into force in June 2016.

 

25 January 2018   ASSISTED SUICIDE ALMOST DOUBLED IN OUTAOUAIS

The number of cases of assisted suicide continue to rise. It almost double in Outaouais in 2017, giving death to 29 people. 

 

25 January 2018   MORE REQUESTS IN SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN

During the last 6 months 17 end-of-life patients asked for euthanasia. 

 

19 January 2018   PALLIATIVE CARE IN CHSLD: LACK OF ACCESS

The Commission on End-of-Life Care says it shares concerns about a lack of effort and resources to make quality palliative care accessible in all CHSLDs.

 

9 January 2018   FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO ASSISTED SUICIDE

Two patients who were refused assisted suicide continue their battle to remove the “end of life” and “reasonably foreseeable natural death” criteria from the Canadian and Quebec laws.

 

8 January 2018   DOCTORS REFUSE TO KILL PATIENTS AT HIGER RATE THAN EXPECTED

Two studies published last fall by Quebec researchers show the important implications regarding conscience rights for health care providers.

 

14 December 2017   A LOT OF DOCTORS REFUSE TO ADMINISTER DEATH

 According to a study published by the CISSS of Laval, 77% of physicians who received a request from a patient for assisted suicide refused to participate in the process citing conscientious objection.

 

14 December 2017   INCREASE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE IN ESTRIE

According to preliminary data submitted to the CIUSSS Board of Directors of the Estrie-CHUS, an additional 19 people received medical aid to die in 2017 compared to 2016.

 

12 décembre 2017   TWO YEARS OF EUTHANASIA IN QUEBEC: THE FACTS

Article by Aubert Martin on the alarming lack of safeguards and oversight on assisted suicide in Quebec.

 

28 November  2017   INCREASING NUMBER OF CALLS FOR THE ELDER ABUSE HELP LINE

The Center received 35 % more calls from 2016 to 2017, the number increasing from 2576 to 3483.

 

27 November 2017  ASSISTED SUICIDE: HIVON CALLS VALLÉE

Véronique Hivon calls on Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée to reconsider her decision, and ask the Court of Appeal to clarify the notion of “reasonably foreseeable death” in the federal law on medical assistance in dying.

 

16 November 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE: BARRETTE LOSES AGAINST VALLÉE

The Quebec government will not ask the courts to clarify the “reasonably foreseeable death concept” contained in the federal law on assisted suicide, as it had called for in March.

 

31 October 2017   SURVEY ON EUTHANASIA

The Association of Caregivers of the Capitale-Nationale (APACN) unveiled the results of a survey on the perception of  980 caregivers of assisted suicide.

 

26 October 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE GIVEN WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO IT

Some Quebec patients receive assisted suicide without fulfilling the criteria. For example, two people received euthanasia even tho they were not in end-of-life situation.

 

26 October 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE HAVE JUMPED 282 % IN ONE YEAR

The Commission on end-of-life care tables its second annual report in the National Assembly. According to the report some patients were euthanaised without being entitled to it.

 

24 October 2017   BARRETTE CRITICIZED

Health minister Gaétan Barrette faces criticism as a growing number of Quebec doctors quit the public system.

 

12 October 2017   CLAIMING OF A LONG-TERM CARE LAW

The Minister of Health and the Minister for Seniors will remain in place following the cabinet reshuffle. The Council for the Protection of the Patients is concerned and calls for a law on long-term care.

 

9 October 2017   LACK OF MENTAL-HEALTH SERVICES: A GROWING PROBLEM

Activists complain of a growing problem of a lack of mental-health services due to cuts in the Quebec health system. A 2009 study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec estimated that the mental-health needs of 200,000 Quebecers were not being addressed. Today, that figure is probably much higher, say mental-health advocates. 

 

29 September 2017   QUEBEC MOVES SLOWLY TOWARD EUTHANASIA FOR DEMENTIA

According to a study led by Sherbrooke University, 91% of caregivers believe that Quebec’s “medical aid in dying” law should be extended to cover incapable people who are terminally ill, have signs of distress, and have a written. Read more here and here

 

28 September 2017   OMBUDSMAN’S REPORT IN QUEBEC

Hastily cobbled together government administrative reforms have hit the province’s most vulnerable hard, whether it’s a person waiting for a mammogram, a senior who needs home care or an immigrant trying to get into Quebec. According to the most recent report from the Quebec Ombudsman, home care services have been reduced in Quebec.

 

21 September 2017   SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS IN CHSLD

Several doctors have stopped practicing in residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs) in recent months, a consequence, according to some professionals, of the health reform of Minister Gaétan Barrette.

 

30 August 2017   WIFE ALLEGES DOCTOR LET HER HUSBAND DIE

A woman has filed a complaint with a Quebec agency alleging that her husband was denied antibiotics to treat an infection after doctors determined it was better to let him die because he had cancer.

 

23 August 2017   ASSISTED SUICIDE STILL DIVIDES

While Quebec and Ottawa are exploring the possibility of expanding medical aid to die, the act is still very controversial for many physicians in the country.

 

25 July 2017   THE SILENT STRUGGLE OF CAREGIVERS

According to Irene Demczuk, General Coordinator of the Regroupement des Assistants Naturels du Québec, there is not enough support for caregivers in Quebec.

 

20 July 2017   NON FRANCOPHONES ABANDON QUEBEC LIBERALS OVER MUHC CRISIS: POLL 

Non-francophones are not impressed by how Health Minister Gaétan Barrette is handling the crisis at the McGill University Health Centre and it may hurt the Liberals in the next election, a new Montreal Gazette poll shows.

 

13 July 2017   REQUESTS FOR EUTHANASIA

After a very large increase in 2016, the number of requests for euthanasia decreases slightly in 

Quebec according to partial data. However, all requests for euthanasia made in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Côte-Nord were accepted. Read more

 

10 July 2017   RESIGNATIONS AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER

Independent members of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) announced their resignation, deploring Minister Barrette’s refusal to “engage in dialogue” with them.

 

7 July 2017   MICHEL CADOTTE, ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE, IS GRANTED BAIL BEFORE HIS TRIAL

Newly freed on bail while awaiting his trial for the second-degree murder of his ailing wife Jocelyne Lizotte last February — an act his lawyers defend as compassionate after she was denied medical aid in dying — Cadotte was visibly overwhelmed. Read more

 

20 June 2017   DOCTORS WHO PROMOTED QUEBEC’S EUTHANASIA LAW HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS

Only weeks after the secretary of the Quebec College of Physicians, Dr. Yves Robert, wrote his May 10 reflection on whether the push for euthanasia has gone too far, two individuals have mounted a legal challenge against the Quebec law because of how restrictive it is. Aubert Martin, executive director of Living with Dignity, said Robert is now realizing euthanasia “has nothing to do” with doctors’ “medical competence, but is asking them to be a rubber stamp of someone’s request to die.”

15 June 2017   MONTREAL MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE HAS BAIL HEARING

Bail hearing for Michael Cadotte, alleged killer of his wife who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Defense lawyers argue that his actions were carried out “in compassion”.

 

13 June 2017   MONTREALERS FILE LEGAL ACTION CONTESTING RESTRICTIONS

Lawyer Jean-Pierre Ménard is challenging before the courts the cases of two people living with disabilities who were refused the assistance of a physician to kill themselves, requesting the removal of the “reasonably foreseeable death” clause of the federal law as well as the “end of life” requirement in the Quebec law.

 

16 May 2017   OPEN LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

The secretary of the College of Physicians, Dr. Yves Robert, publishes an open letter entituled Toward s customizable death? (Vers la mort à la carte?) to express his reluctance to expand assisted dying. Read more

 

14 April 2017   DEMENTIA ADVOCATES PUSH FOR ADVANCE CONSENT FOR DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE

Quebec is the first province to consider the controversial proposal of euthanasia by advance consent. Some dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers say they would like the right to consent to doctor-assisted suicide before the disease destroys their ability to walk, talk and think.

 

24 March 2017   EXTENSION: BARRETTE ANNOUNCES MEASURE TO FUEL THE DEBATE

Gaétan Barrette announces measures designed to fuel the debate on a possible extension of the Act Respecting End-of-life Care, in particular for the incapacitated, but also potentially for people living with chronic diseases. Among other things, he amends the Commission’s mandate on end-of-life care to analyze euthanasia refusals.

 

20 March 2017   LESS TRAINING IN MENTAL HEALTH FOR FAMILY PHYSICIANS

The Quebec government has cut funding for educational activities that allowed future family physicians to receive specialized mental health training.

 

17 March 2017   LAWYER OF A MONTREALER ACCUSED OF MURDER WANTS HIS DISCHARGE

The lawyer of the Montrealer accused of killing his Alzheimer wife believes that it will be up to society and the court to decide whether it is a murder or an aid to die.

 

16 March 2017  REQUESTS RISE IN A QUEBEC’S REGION

Requests for euthanasia have risen in the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent.

 

14 March 2017   OVER 450 PATIENTS RECEIVED ASSISTED SUICIDE LAST YEAR

During the first year of the new law in Quebec, a total of 461 people have died by euthanasia.  Full statistics here.

 

9 March 2017   GROUP PUSH BACK AGAINST WIDENING QUEBEC EUTHANASIA LAW

An article discussing Living with Dignity’s response to the murder of a woman by her caregiver husband last month.

 

23 February 2017   LAW EXTENSION TO ALZHEIMER PATIENTS

Health Minister Gaetan Barrette opens the door for public debate on extending assisted suicide to patients unable to give consent; such as those with Alzheimers.

 

22 February 2017   SUSPECT CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SPOUSE’S DEATH AT MONTREAL NURSING HOME

A man allegedly suffocated his 60-year-old spouse allegedly to end the suffering of his wife who was suffering from advanced stage Alzheimer’s. 

 

27 février 2017   SHOULD QUEBEC’S ALZHEIMER PATIENTS BE ELIGIBLE FOR EUTHANASIA?

Quebec is about to embark upon a debate on the involuntary euthanasia of demented elderly. Quebec parliamentarians now want to open a public debate on legalizing euthanasia for persons unable to give informed consent, just over a year after the legalization of euthanasia.

 

1 February 2017   MORE INVESTEMENT BY QUEBEC GOVERNMENT FOR SUICIDE’S PREVENTION, TAILLEFER SAYS

Businessman Alexander Taillefer pleads for Quebec to invest more to prevent suicide online as part of the 27th Suicide Prevention Week with the theme “Suicide is not an option“. 

 

22 January 2017   MAJORITY OF HEALTH WORKERS ARE STRESSED OUT, UNION SAYS

The APTS on Sunday unveiled the results of a survey of its union members, who work in the Quebec health network as physiotherapists, social workers, medical imaging technologists, special educators and other positions.

 

17 January 2017   ELDER ABUSE BILL NOT AS TOUGH AS ANIMAL ABUSE LAWS, SAYS ADVOCATE

The consequences for mistreating animals are worse than for mistreating seniors, a well-known Quebec patient’s rights advocate is arguing.Paul Brunet with the Council for the Protection of Patients didn’t mince words Tuesday morning when he spoke before hearings began on Bill 115, the proposed legislation to fight elder abuse.The bill tabled last fall doesn’t go far enough, said Brunet.

 

14 January 2017   CANADIAN BIOETHICISTS CALL FOR ORGAN DONNORS EUTHANASIA

Euthanasia became legal in Canada in June and by December Quebec bioethicists had already published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics calling for organ donation after euthanasia. In fact, they were reflecting the positive opinions of the both the Quebec government and Transplant Quebec.

 

10 January 2017   MORE REQUESTS FOR EUTHANASIA

The number of cases of euthanasia in Quebec exceeds expectations (again): 84% of augmentation.

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