Assisted dying is set to become legal nationwide on June 6, 2016, and Canadians continue to grapple with this new right. Whether they think it is compassionate or barbaric, Canadians from coast to coast have opinions about this highly charged, deeply personal, and undeniably complicated topic.
The prestigious Empire Club of Canada hosted a panel discussion on April 26, 2016 to discuss the hot topic of physician-assisted dying in Canada. Dying With Dignity Canada’s CEO Shanaaz Gokool was one of the panelists, along with Dr. James Downar, a critical care and palliative care physician at the University Health Network in Toronto who also sits on DWDC’s Physicians Advisory Council. The discussion was moderated by CBC Radio’s Piya Chattopadhyay.
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The panelists dissected Bill C-14, the federal government’s problematic proposed legislation, and explored what its passing might mean for the ill and suffering Canadians across the country. They also touched on questions over access to assisted dying and mulled over whether people should be able to make advance requests for dying while they are still competent.
Click here to watch The Empire Club’s Physician-Assisted Dying: Navigating a New Canadian Right panel discussion and Q&A.