Interested in attending the 2017 National Euthanasia Symposium? It will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 9 am to 5 pm at the Best Western Toronto Carlingview Hotel. (135 Carlingview Drive, Etobicoke, ON) If you wish to register, contact EPC at 519-439-3348. If you wish to book at room at the hotel, call 1-800-780-7234 or 416-637-7000 and mention you are attending the Symposium to get the conference rate. (www.BWPTorontoAirportHotel.com)
Bill C-14 has is now in place. Read more about the decision on Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s website (www.epcc.ca)
Ontario’s health minister says the province will ensure that drugs for medically assisted dying will be available at no cost.
Eric Hoskins also says the province will establish a referral service that will connect physicians unwilling or unable to provide medically assisted dying with those who are willing to complete a patient’s consultation and assessment on the matter.
As of June 6, 2016, medically assisted dying is now legal in Canada, governed by the eligibility criteria set out in a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada last year, which struck down the ban on assisted dying as a violation of the charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, speaking with reporters at a transit-related news conference, said those seeking a doctor-assisted death in the province no longer need to go to court to get permission.
Instead, Wynne said, “they would have to work through their doctor.”
Wynne said Ontario has protocols in place and officials have been working with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on the issue.
Hoskins says Ontario’s health regulatory colleges will provide guidance to health-care providers on the matter.
Hoskins also urged the federal government to pass legislation on assisted dying as quickly as possible so a national framework could be established on the practice.
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who was at the event with Wynne Monday morning, said assisted dying remains a “complex and sensitive issue.”
Vaughan said even when the federal government passes legislation on the issue — which it is expected to do soon — it will need to pay attention to the issue.
“We’re going to have to have an evolving conversation,” Vaughan told reporters.
There are some new videos which might help you become aware of the harsh realities of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Becoming more educated on this issue is very necessary for the days ahead…
For more information about Alex and Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, please go to the website www.epcc.ca or look at Alex’s blog at www.alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca. There are excellent articles about “Seniors against assisted suicide” and more!
Below you will see a brief synopsis of what Euthanasia Prevention Coalition believes and its concerns for Canada:
- Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of someone by action or omission, with or without that person’s consent, for what are claimed to be compassionate reasons.
- Assisted Suicide is counselling, abetting, or an act of aiding someone to kill himself or herself.
- Hospice/Palliative Care is the active total care of patients whose prognosis is limited due to progressive, far-advanced disease; its purpose is to alleviate pain and other distressing symptoms and to enhance the quality of life, not to postpone or hasten death. (World Health Organization)
- The members of the Coalition believe that euthanasia and assisted suicide should continue to be treated as murder/homicide, irrespective of whether the person killed has consented to be killed.
- The present law in Canada does not distinguish between euthanasia, assisted suicide and other forms of murder. The key consideration is the intention to cause death. Consent or motive – even one of compassion – does not change the reality of killing a human being.
- There is a growing tendency to promote “mercy killing” as a solution to suffering, pain, aging, mental or physical challenges, social ills, rising health costs and cost containment.
- Sanctioning of euthanasia and assisted suicide (as in the Netherlands) has led to increased use of euthanasia without consent, circumvention of the law, and abuse of the vulnerable.
- Advances in hospice/palliative care and pain management methods are threatened when euthanasia and assisted suicide are sanctioned as a means of relieving pain and suffering.
- The medical profession need more instruction and the public needs more education regarding hospice/palliative care and effective pain control.
- Depression is the most common factor in requests for assisted suicide. Depression can be diagnosed and treated successfully. Requests for assisted suicide is a call for help.