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Dr. David Amies: The problem with 'reasonably foreseeable'

The "reasonably foreseeable" requirement of Bill C-14 forces Canadians seeking medical assistance in dying to defer to "them who know best." In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies writes about the background of that phrase within the Liberal government, comparing Canada's to U.S. and European laws.

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Playwright, DWDC supporter's charming video highlights importance of making a living will

Dying With Dignity Canada’s supporters have always been the beating heart of our organization. While the past two years have been jam-packed with groundbreaking victories and infuriating setbacks, we have been continuously amazed by the passion and creativity of our supporters throughout it all.

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Dr. David Amies: South Australia assisted dying bill fails by one vote

While 75 per cent of South Australians support assisted dying laws, the state's MPs voted the proposed bill down last week. In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies writes about this disappointing result and the politicians who place piety over patients.

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Dr. David Amies: End-of-life planning isn't morbid, it's good common sense

The importance of proactively planning for end-of-life care cannot be overstated, writes Dr. David Amies in this latest blog post. By having honest, in-depth conversations with family members and healthcare providers about our end-of-life wishes, we can give ourselves peace of mind.

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Ontario proposal threatens to entrench unfair barriers to assisted dying access

Dying With Dignity Canada is raising the alarm on the Ontario government’s recently tabled Bill 41, which, if passed un-amended, will further empower publicly funded hospitals to deny or otherwise obstruct Ontarians’ right to medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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Dr. David Amies: Hospitals banning assisted dying should ditch dogma, consider compassion

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies takes another look at the troubling trend of publicly funded healthcare institutions refusing to provide assisted dying on site. By preventing suffering and competent individuals from exercising their right to a peaceful death, Dr. Amies says these institutions are turning their backs on the mandate to do no harm.

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DWDC calls on provinces, territories to ensure that assisted dying is allowed in all public hospitals

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is calling on Canada’s provincial and territorial governments to ensure that residents of all public hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities have fair access to their right to medically assisted dying.

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DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool: Government’s response to assisted dying court challenge should worry human rights advocates

On the day she was appointed to federal cabinet, Vancouver MP Jody Wilson-Raybould received a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining how she would channel the Liberals’ “sunny ways” into her new role as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. One of her central duties, the prime minister wrote, is “to ensure that the rights of Canadians are protected [and] that our work demonstrates the greatest possible commitment to respecting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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Dr. David Amies: Bishops’ assisted dying edict short on love, understanding

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies responds to the assisted dying guidelines put forward by Canadian Catholic bishops and other Catholic associations in the country. Dr. Amies argues that the guidelines not only show how "out of touch" the church can be, but that its refusal to implement the fully legal and fully constitutional practice of assisted dying displays a stunning lack of love and mercy.

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Dr. David Amies: The disconnect between dying patients' wishes and the care they receive

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies discusses recent news reports that detail how doctors' attitudes toward death and dying could ultimately affect the quality of end-of-life care they give to their patients.

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