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Ottawa given another chance to re-argue facts used in Carter case

Dying With Dignity Canada is disappointed by a judge’s decision to allow the federal government to re-argue the facts used in the landmark Carter v. Canada case.

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How one family’s assisted dying story effected real change in their community

In August, Debra Westbrook and her family spoke out in their local newspaper and on our blog about the obstruction their father faced in his months-long struggle to access assisted dying at their local hospital. Less than two months later, that same hospital made a major change to prevent the same thing from happening again. In this special update, Debra writes about how she and her family were able to inspire change in their community — and makes a call for others to do the same.

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In Case You Missed It: September 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 September?

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Denise's story: My husband's medically assisted death was a compassionate gift

A few months after Denise's husband, Ed, was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, he began to feel "trapped" in his body. Ed, who had lost the ability to move or do the things he loved, was so relieved to discover that he qualified for a medically assisted death. In this blog post, Denise tells the story of her husband's devastating disease and the days and weeks leading up to the peaceful death he so desired.

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Liana Brittain: Why I believe advance requests for assisted dying must be allowed

In this blog post, Liana Brittain outlines why she believes advance requests must be permitted under Canada's assisted dying legislation. She writes about what it was like caring for her mother, who had dementia, and reflects on how her husband, Paul, had to access assisted dying early before he could lose capacity and be deemed ineligible under the law.

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Dying With Dignity Canada to intervene in Quebec constitutional challenge to federal assisted dying legislation

Dying With Dignity Canada has been named an official intervener in a court case challenging the constitutionality of both the federal and Quebec assisted dying laws.

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Liana Brittain: I went to an international end-of-life conference. This is what I learned.

Just four months after her husband, Paul, accessed his right to a peaceful death, Liana Brittain found herself speaking alongside doctors and giants of the movement at an international conference on end-of-life issues. In this blog post, she provides a recap of the event and talks about the lessons she learned along the way.

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Robyn Moro, plaintiff in challenge to Bill C-14, dies at 68

Canadian medical professionals should look to the recent death of a plaintiff in a court challenge to the federal right-to-die law to better their understanding of how the eligibility rules for assisted dying can be applied, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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Video: What it's like to provide assisted dying for the first time

Many recent documentaries and magazine articles have delved into what it’s like to support a family member who's accessed their right to assisted dying.

But fewer have explored what it’s like for the handful of doctors and nurse practitioners in Canada who are involved in providing medical assistance in dying (MAID). Their insights provide another side to the story, and they are essential to our understanding of how the right to assisted dying is changing the way Canadians experience the dying process.

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Liana Brittain: How assisted dying has changed the way Canadians experience death

The passage of Canada's medical assistance in dying law has transformed the way some Canadians experience the dying process. In her latest blog post, Liana Brittain reflects on this change and reminisces about how she and her husband, Paul, planned for his assisted death. 

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