News and Opinions
- January 30, 2015Quebec’s landmark end-of-life care, the first of its kind to be passed in Canada, is set to come into force in less than a year. But many questions remain about how it will be implemented and also how it will jibe with federal law.
- January 27, 2015The Canadian Medical Association has made an about-face on the issue of end-of-life choice, telling its members to “follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide medical aid in dying” — so long as they’re acting within the confines of the law.
- January 27, 2015
Here are important questions we've been asked about the Canada Revenue Agency's recent decision to annul our charitable status.
- January 19, 2015
Looking to provide feedback on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario's draft policy of end-of-life care? We've put together a toolkit to help you craft a forceful appeal.
- January 19, 2015
Do you live in Ontario? Do you have any ideas on how doctors in the province can improve their approach to end-of-life care? Then it’s high time for you to share your two cents with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).
- January 13, 2015The chorus of voices calling for the right to assisted dying has never been stronger in North America, the U.K. and parts of Europe.
But the push for end-of-life choice isn’t limited to liberal democracies in the West. Even prominent members of China’s ruling Communist party count themselves as advocates for the right to die with dignity, according to an English-language article in the online publication Caixin.
- January 12, 2015
Dr. Angelo Volandes has a prescription for improving end-of-life care in North America: a grand dialogue about death and dying.
In fact, his new book, which comes out this week, is titled The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.
Volandes, a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, has penned a powerful editorial for the Boston Globe identifying the problems he says urgently need to be fixed.
- January 6, 2015
In many countries around the world the medical community is calling for governments to debate and decide about a person's right to choose death over suffering.
Israel is no exception.
Dr. Avinoam Reches, the chairman of the ethics committee of the Israel Medical Association, wrote an editorial that was published in the newspaper Haaretz this week urging his fellow citizens to continue pushing for the right to assisted dying.
- January 6, 2015
Last year, the B.C. government forged an all-party committee to study how the province’s healthcare system can be improved. As part of its research, the Select Standing Committee on Health reached out to B.C. residents for input on a number of healthcare-related questions — including the future of end-of-life care in the province.
- January 5, 2015
Ray Godbold, a 59-year-old Australian, has nursed his way around Australia but now has esophageal cancer and will soon die.
- December 20, 2014
Critics have dubbed it the War on Death — medicine's hugely expensive, emotionally wrought and often-fruitless struggle to treat the system's most gravely ill patients.
But could the conflict and discomfort that mark many Canadians' final days be alleviated with a little plain speaking?
- December 16, 2014
Dramatic improvements are needed to provide quality palliative care for all patients facing the end of their lives, including boosting the number of health providers trained in specialized care of the dying, says a news report by Health Quality Ontario.
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