Tag: Canada

Can we die? The seriously ill need clarity

by Jocelyn Downie and Jennifer Chandler, The Conversation, 24 April 2018 Not surprisingly, as the legislation has been implemented in Canada since June 2016, there has been considerable variability in the interpretation of “reasonably foreseeable” by doctors and nurse practitioners. Some appear to have interpreted it to mean “death expected within 12 months” or in the… Read more »

Number of Canadians choosing medically assisted death jumps 30%

by Kathleen Harris, CBC News, 21 June 2018 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. Since Quebec’s assisted death law and the federal legislation came into force two years ago, 3,714 Canadians have received medical aid in dying. Shanaaz Gokool,… Read more »

Understanding freedom of conscience

by Brian Bird, Policy Options, 2 August 2017 Conscience is about living in alignment with our moral judgments, regardless of where they come from. If moral freedom is what freedom of conscience protects, why we protect this freedom boils down to the fact that conscience touches on core moral commitments that sustain our identity and integrity — who I… Read more »

Landmark Canadian court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there

20 March 2018 “The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He… Read more »

Doctor support for assisted suicide drops radically after legalization

by HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Prior to the legislation being passed, 48% of doctors surveyed indicated a willingness to participate in assisted suicide, with a further 30% saying they would do so with certain conditions being met, making a total of 78% of doctors supporting legalised killing.  After the legislation passed, these numbers… Read more »