Blog

Tessie and Lily: A tale of two patients

In his latest post for DWD Canada's blog, Dr. David Amies argues colourfully and compassionately why less end-of-life intervention leads to better outcomes for many patients — canine and human alike. 

Read more

Assisted dying a top-15 election issue for Canadian voters: poll

So the federal leadership candidates weren’t posed any tough questions about physician assisted dying during Thursday night's Maclean’s election debate.

But that doesn’t mean the issue won’t move votes when Canadians go to the ballot box this October.

Read more

We're not there yet: Three major barriers we must overcome

Will assisted dying be available to all Canadians who are facing horrific deaths or catastrophic medical conditions? Or will implementation delays and complex regulations mean that assisted dying is virtually inaccessible to patients, no matter how much patients are suffering?

Read more

Election call creates hurdles for expert panel on assisted dying

Canada’s 2015 federal election campaign has officially kicked off, threatening to create delays for the government’s promised national public consultation on physician assisted dying.

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Ottawa’s Rideau Hall to ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament. He received the Governor General’s assent, triggering an election that will send Canadians to the polls on Oct. 19.

Read more

A retired doctor makes the case for moving ahead on legal assisted dying

In his first post to our new blog, David Amies, a retired doctor and member of DWD Canada's Physicians Advisory Council, makes an impassioned case for why Canadian lawmakers shouldn't wait to implement the Supreme Court's landmark decision on assisted dying.

Read more

Death of Ontario woman, 94, exposes urgent need for new laws

A story out of Waterloo, Ont., has thrown into sharp relief the need for new laws that provide safe, reliable access to physician assisted dying.

Read more

Family doctors' views on assisted dying are shifting

A new survey of Canadian family doctors is the latest sign that physicians' attitudes on assisted dying are undergoing a sea change.

Read more

Does the Expert Panel Represent You?

Our CEO Wanda Morris explains why the federal government panel for assisted dying is outrageous.

Read more

The Other Vulnerable Population

cartoon_1.png

 

Last week the government announced the membership of the panel that will conduct the public consultation on Physician Assisted Dying. One of the questions they will have to answer are the very real concerns around how to protect vulnerable populations. 

People are classed as vulnerable when they are in a position of weakness relative to some other group who can wield power over them. 

In protecting the vulnerable it is vital that they include both major categories of vulnerable populations. 

Read more

Disappointment in Response to Expert Panel Announcement

On Friday, July 17, after months of waiting, Canadians finally learned what the federal government has planned for the creation of legislation on physician assisted dying. The news came at the end of the week in the middle of summer barbeque season with as little fanfare as possible.

Read more