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In Case You Missed It: April 2017

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 April?

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Manitoba assisted dying bill threatens to reinforce barriers to access

The Manitoba government’s new assisted dying bill threatens to create new barriers to access for residents looking to access their right to a peaceful death, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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Assisted dying opponent won't chair study on advance requests

A university professor who once likened the arguments of assisted dying advocates to Nazi propaganda will no longer chair an influential study on advance requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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Ontario legislature passes assisted dying bill

The passage of Bill 84 is a “mixed blessing” for the implementation of assisted dying in the province of Ontario, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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David's story: How my mother's desperate decision led me to support Dying With Dignity Canada

One year ago, on an early Sunday morning, David J. Adams’ mother made a desperate decision in the hopes of ending her unbearable suffering. It shouldn’t have had to come to that, and that’s why Canadians need Dying With Dignity Canada, he writes.

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Right-to-die opponent to lead federal study on advance consent for assisted dying

Dying With Dignity Canada is calling for clarification after a vocal opponent of assisted dying was appointed to lead a working group that will report to Parliament about the possible expansion of the country’s right-to-die law.

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5 takeaways from Ottawa’s interim report on assisted dying in Canada

On April 26, the federal government released a report that gives Canadians a clearer picture of how medical assistance in dying (MAID) was implemented across the country after the passage of Bill C-14. The report contains national MAID statistics for the period between June 17, 2016, when Bill C-14 was passed, and December 31, 2016. While the interim update provides helpful and informative statistics on the early roll-out of MAID, it also highlights major deficiencies and inconsistencies in MAID reporting across Canada.

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Watch: In Bill 84 hearing, Ontario doctor powerfully defends assisted dying referral policy

What happens if doctors in Ontario who refuse to provide assisted dying aren’t required to provide a referral for patients who request it?

In her testimony to MPPs studying the province’s new assisted dying bill, Dr. Chantal Perrot, a provider of medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Ontario, gave a glimpse of the reality for some desperately ill Ontarians whose doctors refused to provide a referral — despite a provincial regulation requiring them to do so. 

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Watch: DWDC urges ‘person-centred’ approach in testimony on Ontario’s Bill 84

Lawmakers in Ontario are currently debating Bill 84, a piece of legislation that, if approved, would make changes to the way assisted dying is managed in the province.

As of the end of March, the bill is being reviewed by the MPPs who are members of the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The committee will have the opportunity to propose changes to the bill before it goes back to the legislative assembly for a final vote.

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Linda's story: I saw my mother as a brave woman who had the courage to die

For more than 10 years, Linda Crabtree watched her mother suffer and deteriorate from Alzheimer's disease. In this blog post, she remembers both her last and lasting memories of her mother, and then looks ahead to her own uncertain future under an unclear and unconstitutional law.

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