It came as a major disappointment when the Council of Canadian Academies — the research institute tasked by the federal government to study the future of assisted dying — said it wouldn't be consulting with ordinary Canadians as part of its work. As the leading organization working to defend Canadians' end-of-life rights, we at Dying With Dignity Canada felt that you deserved a seat at the table when it comes to your rights and your choice.
But, as Rachel Phan, DWDC's digital communications coordinator, explains, we hashed out a plan to include your voices as part of our official submission to the CCA, to make sure the researchers involved knew what was truly at stake. When we put out a call for letters from our supporters, she writes, the response was overwhelming. And the stories and perspectives contained in the 746 letters we received reminded us of the human cost of assisted dying rules that fail to respect Canadians' rights at end of life.