In Case You Missed It: June 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 June?

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Why doctors must receive fair compensation for assisted dying

It can be a touchy subject to discuss, but it’s one we must broach if we are to work toward fair access to assisted dying across Canada.

What physicians are paid to assess for and provide medical assistance in dying (MAID) is emerging as a possible barrier to access across the country. According to a new report written by The Globe and Mail’s Kelly Grant, a number of doctors in British Columbia are dropping out of providing assisted dying because the pay they receive is unsustainably low. In Nova Scotia, most of the province’s assisted dying providers have not been paid for their MAID-related work.

Inadequate compensation for MAID providers is unfair, and not just for the physicians. We at Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) are concerned, first and foremost, about the impact that this phenomenon will have on suffering Canadians — those who wish to access their right to a peaceful death. Unless there are enough doctors who feel comfortable participating in MAID, Canadians, especially those in rural and remote communities, will continue to face difficulties in finding providers.

Below is a backgrounder we produced in conjunction with the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers on how inadequate compensation for assisted dying affects access for Canadians. Although the details of the fee rates in this case are specific to B.C., the take-home message is applicable across the country.

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John Priddle: Will choice be available to me when I need it?

In his first blog post for Dying With Dignity Canada, John Priddle of our Victoria chapter, recalls the time he was diagnosed with a devastating neurological disease, and how this led him to get involved with the right-to-die movement. He also explains how Canada's assisted dying legislation denies people like him real choice and compassion.

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Judge’s ruling on the interpretation of Bill C-14 is encouraging, Dying With Dignity Canada says

An Ontario judge’s ruling on the interpretation of Canada’s assisted dying law is encouraging, and it may clear up some of the confusion surrounding who is legally eligible for access, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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My husband wanted his choice to be part of his legacy. This is our story.

Since Canada's assisted dying law passed one year ago, there has been only one confirmed case of a medically assisted death on the tiny province of Prince Edward Island. It was Paul Couvrette's.

Before embarking on his "new adventure," Paul asked his beloved wife, Liana, to share the story of their love and how he chose to die completely on his own terms.

Liana is keeping her promise.

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Day 3: Court challenge to the CPSO’s policy of effective referral for assisted dying

Dying With Dignity Canada made oral arguments Thursday during the third and final day of hearings into the court challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy on effective referral for assisted dying.

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Dr. David Amies: A look at Canada's assisted dying law, one year later

As Canada's assisted dying law nears its one-year anniversary, Dr. David Amies reflects on areas where the legislation succeeds, where it fails and what its future might hold in the months and years to come.

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Day 2: Court challenge to the CPSO’s policy of effective referral for assisted dying

Dying With Dignity Canada was back in court on Wednesday, June 14 for the second day of hearings in the court challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) effective referral policy.

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Two Montrealers launch legal challenge to assisted dying laws

Two Montrealers living with degenerative diseases are going to court to challenge the federal and Quebec assisted dying laws. Both, they argue, contain restrictions that are unconstitutional.

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