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Don's journey: What I've learned about assisted dying so far

In January, Ottawa's Don Kent was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Suddenly faced with his own mortality at 56 years old, Don plans to pursue medical assistance in dying. In this very special blog series, he invites Dying With Dignity Canada supporters to follow along with him on his journey with cancer and his quest for a peaceful death.

This is part three of Don's Journey.

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Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Are you passionate about improving quality in dying for all? Do you want to take on a leading role in shaping Dying With Dignity Canada's human-rights advocacy at one of the most exciting times in the organization's history? Then nominate yourself or someone you know to run as a candidate for one of five vacancies on Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors. We are accepting nominations until March 30, 2018.

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Don’s journey: My plans to access medical assistance in dying

In January, Ottawa's Don Kent was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Suddenly faced with his own mortality at 56 years old, Don plans to pursue medical assistance in dying. In this very special blog series, he invites Dying With Dignity Canada supporters to follow along with him on his journey with cancer and his quest for a peaceful death.

This is part two of Don's Journey.

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A personal support worker explains why she advocates for end-of-life choice

Lynn Steele has provided intimate care to many clients at end of life. In this blog post, she writes about how the suffering she has seen has inspired her to become a vocal supporter of end-of-life choice, and how the obstacles one client faced when trying to access assisted dying led her to advocate for a person's right to die.

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Rachel’s story: My sister was able to have the gentle, dignified death she wanted

When Rachel Williams' sister, Natalie, was diagnosed with late-stage cancer at the age of 55, she knew she wanted two things: She wanted to stay at home, surrounded by the love and support of her family, and she did not want to needlessly prolong her suffering. Despite resistance from doctors and some family members, Rachel — who has asked that her and her sister's real names not be used to protect their family's privacy — never wavered in her commitment to making sure Natalie was able to access her choice of a medically assisted death.

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Don's journey: My terminal cancer diagnosis

In January, Ottawa's Don Kent was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Suddenly faced with his own mortality at 56 years old, Don plans to pursue medical assistance in dying. In this very special blog series, he invites Dying With Dignity Canada supporters to follow along with him on his journey with cancer and his quest for a peaceful death.

This is part one of Don's Journey.

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Dr. David Amies: Court ruling in Ontario rightfully puts patients first

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies reflects on an Ontario court's recent decision to uphold patients' right to access healthcare services, including medical assistance in dying. The rights and interests of patients, the judges ruled, must always come before the personal interests and beliefs of their physicians. This, Dr. Amies writes, is exactly how it should be.

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It is to that bedside that I go

In this essay, Richard Harrison — the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award winner for poetry — vividly recalls his mother's choice after her cancer became terminal, of a medically assisted death, with him and his brother beside her.

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In Case You Missed It: January 2018

In Case You Missed It is a monthly round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in January?

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Ottawa can introduce 7 witnesses in Quebec challenge to Bill C-14, judge rules

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) will be allowed to make arguments in the case of two Quebecers who have gone to court to challenge aspects of Canada’s federal assisted dying law, a judge has ruled.

However, Justice Christine Baudoin, of the Superior Court of Quebec, has refused to allow DWDC, along with five other groups that have been granted intervener status in the case, to introduce expert witnesses or other new evidence in the case.

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