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Watch: DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool's powerful presentation to the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Whose right to a peaceful death is at risk if the Liberal government’s assisted dying bill is passed without amendments?

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Video: Bill C-14 would have done nothing to help my parents, says B.C.'s Laura Phelps

Bill C-14 — the federal government’s proposed legislation on assisted dying — would not have saved Laura Phelps’ parents from the excruciating suffering they each experienced at the end of their lives.

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The right of advance consent: A testimony and poem

At Dying With Dignity Canada, we are always moved when our supporters reach out to us about their struggles, their pain, and their hopes. Recently, Craig D. Barlow, from Ottawa, sent us a testimony and poem he wrote about his mother's tragic journey with Alzheimer's, his family's history of fighting for Canadian rights and freedoms, and his own concerns.

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Watch Now: Dying With Dignity Canada’s CEO Shanaaz Gokool at the Empire Club of Canada

Assisted dying is set to become legal nationwide on June 6, 2016, and Canadians continue to grapple with this new right. Whether they think it is compassionate or barbaric, Canadians from coast to coast have opinions about this highly charged, deeply personal, and undeniably complicated topic.

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The voice on the phone: Canada’s leading end-of-life counsellor profiled in Maclean’s

For the desperately ill Canadians who call him, Nino Sekopet's voice over the telephone provides comfort, validation, and choice— a salve for people looking to explore their end-of-life options.

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The Liberal government’s mixed messages on assisted dying

Last August, near the start of what would become a marathon federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada made a promise about assisted dying that gave right-to-die advocates hope.

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Dr. David Amies: 'Milquetoast' assisted dying bill is a great pity

In his latest blog post for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Dr. David Amies shares his disillusionment with the Liberals' recently tabled bill on physician-assisted dying.

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What 5 assisted dying advocates said about the government's new right-to-die bill

“There’s going to be a lot of unnecessary suffering,” said Laura Phelps, just one of many Canadians who —instead of rejoicing and celebrating the historic release of the physician-assisted dying legislation — felt disappointment, anger, and sadness. 

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DWDC responds as assisted dying bill tabled in Parliament

Dying With Dignity Canada is raising serious concerns about the federal government’s newly announced legislation for physician-assisted dying.

Tabled on Thursday, the new legislation ignores keys recommendation’s put forward by the government-appointed Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying and risks depriving Canadians with dementia and other catastrophic chronic conditions of access to their hard-won right to die with the help of a doctor.

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New right-to-die bill won't allow for advance requests for assisted dying: report

News broke on April 8 that the federal government’s proposed legislation on physician-assisted dying will apparently not give patients the right to make advance requests for assisted dying.

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