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Megan’s story: My mother’s fight to have an assisted death in her own home

Dr. Devorah Greenberg was a lifelong social justice advocate. Ordinarily, the Simon Fraser University professor campaigned for the rights of others whose freedom or well-being was at risk. But her final campaign for social justice saw her fight for her own rights — in particular, her right to access medical assistance in dying in the long-term care facility which she had come to call home. In a moving new testimonial for Dying With Dignity Canada’s blog, Dr. Greenberg’s daughter, Megan, describes what it was like to support her mother in her quest to end her life how, when, and where she wanted.

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Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2019-2020 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 April 7, 2019.

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In Case You Missed It: February 2019

In Case You Missed It is a round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in February?

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Barrie's story: How a requirement in Canada's assisted dying law prevented my wife from accessing her choice

In this blog post, Barrie Radcliffe of Barrie, Ont. candidly shares how the late-stage consent requirement in Canada's assisted dying law had tragic, heartbreaking consequences for his wife, Lynne.

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Liana Brittain: How Canada’s flawed assisted dying law led my husband to end his life earlier than he wanted

All Paul Couvrette wanted was more time. He had finally met and married the love of his life, and they had retired to their dream home by the sea on Prince Edward Island. But Paul's lifelong retirement dream was cut tragically short when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer not long after their move.

Choosing to die with dignity on his own terms, Paul underwent the rigorous screening and approval process for medical assistance in dying. He was found to be eligible for the procedure, but a flaw in Canada's assisted dying law forced Paul to die earlier than he wanted.

In this blog, his widow, Liana Brittain, reflects on the late-stage consent requirement in the law and the cruel choice it forced Paul to make.

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Dr. David Amies: The next frontier for assisted dying in Canada

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies takes a look at the groups of Canadians who are harmed by the late-stage consent requirement in Canada's assisted dying law.

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New campaign calls for Audrey’s Amendment to Canada’s assisted dying law

As part of a new campaign honouring Halifax’s Audrey Parker, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is calling on federal lawmakers to make an urgently needed fix to Canada’s assisted dying rules.

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In Case You Missed It: January 2019

In Case You Missed It is a round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in January?

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Kristen’s story: Will my mother be denied end-of-life choice like my grandmother was?

In this blog post, Edmonton's Kristen Kizlyk describes how a dementia diagnosis ultimately changed the course of her grandmother's life. Her final memories of her grandmother — her "shining light" — are full of pain and suffering.

Kristen hopes her mother, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, will be able to avoid this same fate. But because of the ban on advance requests for assisted dying, Kristen's mother — who is at risk of losing capacity — may not be able to access her right to a peaceful medically assisted death. Our existing discriminatory rules, Kristen writes, must change to ensure the rights of people with degenerative conditions are respected.

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Dying With Dignity Canada to defend patients’ rights in Ontario appeal case on assisted dying

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is returning to court this week to defend patients’ rights in Ontario.

The organization is an official intervenor in a case that will be heard by the Court of Appeal of Ontario on Monday and Tuesday. At stake is the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy of effective referral for assisted dying. Approved in 2016, the policy requires physicians who oppose assisted dying to refer patients who ask for it to a clinician or third-party agency that can handle the request.

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