Euthanasia

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Toronto Life publishes right-to-die activists’ posthumous admission to eight euthanasia killings

Toronto Life publishes right-to-die activists’ posthumous admission to eight euthanasia killings

Right to Die Society of Canada founder Hofsess admitted in an article published after taking his own life in Switzerland that he killed eight Canadians including the poet Al Purdy. Canadian right-to-die activist John Hofsess, who was euthanized in a Swiss ... (Continue reading)

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Christian churches and euthanasia

Christian churches and euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman What do Church leaders in Canada think about the legalization of physician-assisted death (PAD)? Not so long ago, the answer was clear. At Christmas in 1996, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), a group which includes every major Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant denomination in the country, issued a Statement of Convergence of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that straightforwardly declared: “To change current law ... (Continue reading)

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Parliamentary committee recommends broad euthanasia law

MP Harold Albrecht calls for notwithstanding clause to allow for more discussion On Feb. 25, the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was submitted to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and it is expected to form the basis of the legislation the government will propose governing euthanasia and assisted-suicide. The report of the committee did not reflect the view of all 16 MPs and senators, as Conservative MPs dissented from the report and its 21 recommendations. Wilson-Raybould ... (Continue reading)

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What euthanasia will look like in Canada in 2030

What euthanasia will look like in Canada in 2030

We are a newspaper so mostly we offer news and commentary on current events. Predicting the future is obviously speculative, but for those who wonder what euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide might be like in a decade-and-a-half, look no further than the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hand-chosen panel of MPs and senators spent much of February hearing from stakeholders in the “end-of-life” ... (Continue reading)

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CARP becomes euthanasia advocate

CARP becomes euthanasia advocate

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Canada’s largest organization for seniors, dismissed Susan Eng, executive vice-president of advocacy at CARP Canada for the past eight years, apparently because she was “insubordinate,” but more likely because she did not toe the now officially pro-euthanasia position of the organization. CARP is run by media magnate Moses Znaimer, a founding patron of Dying with Dignity Canada and longtime vocal proponent of legalizing ... (Continue reading)

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‘Compassionate support for vulnerable, not death’

‘Compassionate support for vulnerable, not death’

Cardinal Thomas Collins Editor’s Note: On Feb. 3, Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto, made the following presentation to Special Joint Committee on Physician-assisted Dying on behalf of Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. We were brought together by a common mission: to respect the sanctity of human life, which is a gift of God; to protect the vulnerable; and to promote the ability of individuals and institutions ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario ratifies policy forcing doctors to take part in euthanizing patients

Christian doctors opposed to assisted suicide or euthanasia must refer suicidal patients to doctors willing to kill them under a controversial policy ratified Jan. 26 by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ governing council. One critic calls the decision a “rubber stamp” while a spokesman for Christian and other pro-life doctors says his clients will sue the College for violating doctors’ freedom of conscience. The policy mandates that doctors administer euthanasia or assisted suicide – Physician Assisted Dying or PAD ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec registers Canada’s first sanctioned euthanasia death

Quebec registers Canada’s first sanctioned euthanasia death

Catherine Ferrier of Living with Dignity condemns assisted-suicide being treated "an additional option' for patients. A Quebec regional health agency has blandly announced what is believed to be the province’s first officially approved euthanization of a patient, but the news came in a manner that critics warn both trivializes homicide and bodes ill for the safety ... (Continue reading)

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MPs should oppose any euthanasia law short of a ban

MPs should oppose any euthanasia law short of a ban

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the government another four months to come up with a law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide, after Parliament failed to pass a new law within the original one year window it was given. During the Court’s hearing, Justice Russell Brown asked the justice department lawyers why, if the new Trudeau government needed more time to craft a law, did it not ask Parliament ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa grants government four-month extension to write euthanasia law

Ottawa grants government four-month extension to write euthanasia law

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition executive director Alex Schadenberg says it is not possible to develop an effective law on assisted-suicide in four months. On Jan. 15, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the federal government a four-month extension to pass a law on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

The Liberal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension beyond the Feb. 6 deadline to come up with a new federal law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide.When the Court threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on aiding and abetting a suicide, it stayed the decision for one year so the government could create a new law regulating assisted-suicide. With the long summer recess and federal election ... (Continue reading)

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Confusion over Quebec law

On Dec. 1, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that the province’s euthanasia law was inoperable until February because it was in conflict with the existing Criminal Code of Canada prohibitions on homicide. On Dec. 9, the Quebec Court of Appeal granted permission for the province to appeal the decision, but did not indicate whether it was staying the Superior Court’s decision. On Dec. 10, Quebec’s Act Respecting End-of-life Care law took effect, 18 months after Bill 52 passed in the National Assembly, ... (Continue reading)

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EPC symposium recommends ‘clarity’ in current assisted-suicide debate

On Oct. 31, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition held its annual symposium at downtown Montreal’s Best Western Ville Marie Hotel. Attendees spanned a wide range of ages and hometowns, including medical students from Calgary and veteran pro-life activists from the Maritimes. Talks were delivered in both official languages with simultaneous translation. Though there was no official theme, Quebec’s Bill 52 and the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in the Carter case shaped much of the day’s discussion. Dr. Will Johnston, an ... (Continue reading)

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Will British courts ignore Parliament’s rejection of euthanasia?

Will British courts ignore Parliament’s  rejection of euthanasia?

Rory Leishman Following a lengthy and sometimes impassioned debate on the euthanasia issue, the British House of Commons resolved on Sept. 11 by the crushing margin of 330 to 188 to reject a private member’s bill to legalize assisted suicide for mentally competent and terminally ill adults. In a genuine democracy, such a decisive vote in Parliament should settle the matter. As it is, in Britain, as in Canada, unelected ... (Continue reading)

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Be bold

In February, the Supreme Court threw out Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia and assisted-suicide and told Parliament it had one year to come up with a new law. If a new law were not written in that time, euthanasia, like abortion, would be legally tolerated, and probably left to be regulated by the provinces. As noted in our election coverage, Campaign Life Coalition rates 41 MPs as pro-life – or about one in eight members of the House of Commons. ... (Continue reading)

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