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Canadian film 'Hold Me' looks at assisted dying from a caregiver's perspective

The dying with dignity cause hits the silver screen this week in a new film by Canadian writer, director and producer Teace Snyder.

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Nino Sekopet returns to Dying With Dignity Canada

For Nino Sekopet, returning to Dying With Dignity Canada “feels like coming home.”

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First look: New assisted dying doc follows Canada's 'Road to Mercy'

Danielle Lacroix, a 61-year-old mother of two who has battled cancer for more than a decade, was recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. With three to four months left to live, she has come to terms with her diagnosis and is certain of her desire for an assisted death when her illness progresses to its final stages.

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Dr. David Amies: Why do we extend mercy to our animal companions, but not to each other?

In his latest post for DWDC's blog, Dr. David Amies reflects on why humans are content to play God when it comes to the lives of their suffering animal companions, but less likely to extend the same mercy and compassion to each other. He argues that we must not allow select groups to dictate how we access our Charter rights, and that when it comes to the desperately ill, a little mercy — not dogma  goes a long way.

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Canadian Bar Association votes to urge Ottawa to expand access to assisted dying

The National Council of the Canadian Bar Association sent a powerful statement Wednesday by adopting three resolutions urging the federal government to expand access to medical assistance in dying.

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Guest blog post: What I've learned about Alberta's approach on assisted dying

It's been two months since assisted dying became decriminalized in Canada, and medical professionals and government officials across the country continue to grapple with what it means to provide safe, fair and consistent access to this new Charter right. In a special guest blog post, former Dying With Dignity Canada board member John Warren takes a look at access to medical assistance in dying (MAID) in the province of Alberta.

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Dr. David Amies: Let's take a closer look at conscientious objection

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies grapples with conscientious objection and examines the delicate balancing act between a healthcare provider's professional obligations and personal morality.

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Dr. David Amies: Sandra Martin's A Good Death is a timely and comprehensive must-read

The release of Sandra Martin's book A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices could not have come at a better time. Published in April 2016, the book arrived just as the topic of assisted dying began to dominate our media, our Parliament, and our minds. In this special blog post, Dr. David Amies reviews Martin's timely and necessary new book.

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3 major takeaways from Ontario’s palliative care report

While we celebrate the fact that medical aid in dying (MAID) is now enshrined in law — albeit unsatisfactorily — a new Health Quality Ontario report on palliative care in the province shows that much more needs to be done to better serve those at the end of their lives.

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Dr. David Amies: In Quebec, inconsistencies reign in access to assisted dying

New reports coming out of Québec indicate show the legalization of assisted dying has not put the province on a slippery slope. However, ease of access varies greatly from region to region, which suggests the rules are being applied inconsistently. Dr. David Amies examines the reasons behind these inconsistencies in his latest blog post.

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