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Kathleen’s story: My mother’s struggle and fight for justice

Kathleen’s mother, Christa, was a formidable woman with a zest for life. However, her inability to choose at end-of-life has left her and her family in a position she hoped to never be in.

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Dying with Dignity Canada Names New Chief Executive Officer

February 12, 2020, Toronto, ON – Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has named Helen Long as Chief Executive Officer. Helen will assume her new role effective March 16.

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CAMAP releases key messages on end-of-life care & assisted dying

The Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) has released new key messages on end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying (MAID). Read on for background and information on how this group of healthcare professionals is addressing discourse around changes to Canada's assisted dying law.

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New Poll: Majority of Canadians support expanding access to medical assistance in dying

An overwhelming majority of Canadians want expanded access to medical assistance in dying according to a new national survey commissioned by Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) and conducted by Ipsos.

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BCCLA Toolkit Available as a Resource for Federal Online MAID Questionnaire

The federal government is accepting survey responses online on amending Bill C-14 to remove the “natural death has become reasonably foreseeable” requirement and to allow advance requests. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has produced an excellent resource to help respondents formulate their own thoughtful and informed responses.

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"A Glimpse of My Hell": A DWDC supporter shares a poem about not being able to access MAID

In this special blog post, Alberta's Ernest Frederiksen shares an original poem about his pain and not being able to access medical assistance in dying (MAID). At 27 years old, he has twice been denied access to MAID, as his death is not reasonably foreseeable. Read on for his powerful reflections on suffering, grief, and being denied his end-of-life wishes.

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Dying With Dignity Canada urges rights-based approach to changes to the federal assisted dying law

Dying With Dignity Canada is urging the federal government to pursue a rights-based approach as it considers changes to the 2016 assisted dying law.

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Siobhan’s story: Supporting my husband’s journey through a medically assisted death

How do you say goodbye to a life partner of 25 years? In this post, Siobhan of Calgary, AB shares her experience supporting her husband Scott through his end-of-life journey and choice to access an assisted death. Read on for Siobhan’s powerful reflections on her family’s story, including lessons she learned and what she thinks others should know about choosing medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2020 - 2021 Board of Directors

Are you passionate about improving quality in dying for all? Do you want to take on a leading role in shaping Dying With Dignity Canada's human-rights advocacy at one of the most exciting times in the organization's history?

Then consider nominating yourself or someone you know to run as a candidate for one of two vacancies on Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors. We are accepting nominations until February 15, 2020.

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5 things I've learned as a nurse practitioner providing MAID

Nurse practitioner (NP) Erica Maynard of Nova Scotia brings her whole self to work, and that includes her role in medical assistance in dying (MAID) assessments and provisions. How does this procedure uniquely affect nurse practitioners, and what lessons have come up along the way during Erica’s journey? In this special post for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Erica shares her experiences working with patients to help them access their right to choice at end of life.

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