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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In Case You Missed It: December 2018

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 December?

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Liana Brittain: Surviving the holiday season in the midst of grief

When it comes to grief and bereavement, everyone’s path is different. Similarly, every experience with medical assistance in dying (MAID) is as individual as the person who chooses it. That’s why we have much to learn from the growing number of Canadians who have supported a loved one on a journey with assisted dying.

In this special blog post, Ontario’s Liana Brittain provides invaluable insights into her grief following her husband Paul’s assisted death. She also writes about the unique challenges facing loved ones who are left behind after a MAID death and the pain that is triggered by the holiday season.

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Don Kent’s gift to Canadians

DWDC’s Rachel Phan reflects on what it was like to help the late Don Kent blog about his journey with assisted dying.

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DWDC responds to release of federal studies on assisted dying

The Canadian government must not wait any longer to restore the rights of people who have been discriminated against under the federal assisted dying law, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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