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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / dying-with-dignity-canada-applauds-ontario-appeal-court-decision-on-assisted-dying

Dying With Dignity Canada applauds Ontario appeal court decision on assisted dying

An appeal court decision to uphold the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy on effective referral for assisted dying is a victory for patients’ rights in the province, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) says. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario announced its ruling in a constitutional...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jana_hospice

Jana Buhlmann: Why I’m speaking out about hospice care and assisted dying

In this post for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Jana Buhlmann, who supported her husband on his assisted dying journey last year, writes a thoughtful reflection on hospices that refuse to offer medical assistance in dying (MAID). She also contemplates how she and others might use their voices to effect...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / no_tug_of_war

Dr. David Amies: No tug of war between palliative care and assisted dying

In his latest post for Dying With Dignity Canada’s blog, Dr. David Amies responds to an offensive, incendiary column written by National Post columnist Barbara Kay, in which she insults supporters of assisted dying and the thoughtful, compassionate clinicians who provide it. He also reiterates an important point that is...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / ruling-in-ontario-assisted-dying-case-a-victory-for-patients-rights-dying-with-dignity-canada-says

Ruling in Ontario assisted dying case ‘a victory for patients’ rights,’ Dying With Dignity Canada says

Dying With Dignity Canada is celebrating an Ontario court decision to uphold provincial regulation that requires doctors who oppose assisted dying to connect patients who request it with a non-objecting provider or agency. The ruling comes in response to a court challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / medical-assistance-in-dying-around-the-world

Medical assistance in dying around the world

Dying With Dignity Canada was pleased to host the 2022 World Federation of Right to Die Societies (WFRTDS) International Conference in Toronto November 2 - 5, 2022. In recognition of the event, we will share a series of blog posts about assisted dying around the world, about the WFRTDS, and...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / amies_advance_requests

Dr. David Amies: Exploring advance requests for assisted dying

In his final post for the DWDC blog, Dr. David Amies examines the Council of Canadian Academies’ report on the possible implications of extending assisted dying access to individuals whose right to choice is threatened by the ban on advance requests. Regular readers of this blog will know that the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / alberta-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Alberta

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Alberta To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or provincial MAID team. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or 1-844-395-3640....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / owen_story

Marj’s story: My husband got the death he wanted – but getting there wasn’t easy

The option of a medically assisted death can be a source of hope and relief for Canadians who are suffering intolerably as the result of a severe medical condition. But certain elements of our assisted dying rules are harming the very people they're meant to protect. Take Owen, an Okanagan...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / debra_update

How one family’s assisted dying story effected real change in their community

In August, Debra Westbrook and her family spoke out in their local newspaper and on our blog about the obstruction their father faced in his months-long struggle to access assisted dying at their local hospital. Less than two months later, that same hospital made a major change to prevent the same...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / johanna_story

My husband died too soon because of the ban on advance requests for assisted dying

In this powerfully candid entry for the DWDC blog, British Columbia’s Johanna Clark remembers her husband Neil’s final months following a lung cancer diagnosis in 2017. Neil accessed his wish of a medically assisted death in May 2018, with the heartbreaking knowledge that he could have lived for longer. Neil,...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / court-challenge-against-ontario-assisted-dying-policy-goes-to-appeal

Court challenge against Ontario assisted dying policy goes to appeal

The top court in Ontario has agreed to hear an appeal into a legal challenge against a regulation that protects patient access to assisted dying in the province.  In January, the Superior Court of Justice decided that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy on effective referral for...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jana_lessons

I supported my husband on his assisted dying journey. This is what I learned.

In early November, Jana Buhlmann wrote a powerful entry for the DWDC blog about her husband, Chris, who had a medically assisted death in September 2017. In her follow-up post, Jana reflects on the resistance Chris faced from people in his life who opposed his end-of-life choice — and the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / peter_story

Peter’s story: A medically assisted death, completely on his own terms

In this moving tribute, the sons of Nova Scotia’s Peter Blakesley describe life after their father’s melanoma diagnosis — and how the choice of an assisted death gave Peter the chance to die in a manner that, he felt, preserved his dignity and agency. This is the story of Peter...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / sandra_story

Sandra’s story: How I supported my son on his journey with assisted dying

Readers of the Dying With Dignity Canada blog will be familiar with Don Kent, the Ottawa-area man who candidly documented his quest for an assisted death in a seven-part series called Don’s Journey. Don gave us all an honest look into the end of his life, from his terminal cancer...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / debra_story

Debra’s story: My father was forced to suffer for months before he could access assisted dying

It was a horrifying emotional and physical roller coaster that never seemed to end. Austin, an Ontario-based man whose last name has been withheld for privacy reasons, first made the request to die with medical assistance in late 2016, at the age of 89. Time and time again, his access was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / barrie_story

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. Let me tell you about my wife, Lynne. Lynne and I shared 44 volatile years together. She was feisty, kind, caring,...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_bringing_up_maid_in_canada_january2022

Bringing up MAID in Canada

On January 11, the Dying With Dignity Canada team sat down with Caroline Variath and Dr. Tanja Daws to learn about the topic of bringing up MAID in Canada. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At the bottom...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / colette_story

Colette’s story: My mother fought for her right to assisted dying. This is her legacy.

Not long after Canada passed its assisted dying law in June 2016, British Columbia's Mary John submitted her request and was approved. But her joy over being able to die on her own terms quickly turned to additional pain and frustration when hospice staff repeatedly obstructed her access, needlessly prolonging...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / looking_forward_faq

Frequently Asked Questions: The future of MAID in Canada

This blog post answers some of the questions asked before, during, and after DWDC’s webinar, “Looking Forward: The future of MAID in Canada.” If you prefer to view this content in video format, the full webinar recording can be accessed here.   Update - Bill C-7 passed on March 17, 2021. Please note that...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / maid-for-mental-illness

MAID for mental disorders

On March 9, 2023, Bill C-39 received Royal Assent – extending the sunset clause on MAID and mental disorders until March 17, 2024.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / british-columbia-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in British Columbia

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in British Columbia To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or provincial MAID team. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / an-interview-with-rob-jonquiere

An interview with Rob Jonquière

Rob Jonquière is the current Executive Director of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies (WFRtDS), and has held that role since 2008. Jonquière was also the CEO of The Dutch Association for a Voluntary End of Life (NVVE) from 1999 to 2008. Prior to his advocacy work, Jonquière...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / cca_reports_february_2019

Exploring the Council of Canadian Academies’ Reports on Assisted Dying — Feb. 4, 2019

In December 2018, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) released three long-awaited reports examining the future of assisted dying in Canada. The non-partisan think tank was tasked by the federal government to study three groups of suffering Canadians currently excluded from our assisted dying law. With the reports public, two...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / barbara_story

Barbara’s story: Our love-filled farewell

How do you say goodbye to your partner of 66 years? Barbara of Victoria, B.C. struggled to imagine life without her husband, Joe. However, after his cancer diagnosis, Joe chose to access medical assistance in dying (MAID) to end his pain, and to ensure he maintained the quality of life...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / liana_lifeline

Liana Brittain: Dying With Dignity Canada was the lifeline I needed after my husband’s assisted death

For Liana Brittain, the days, weeks, and months after her husband, Paul, accessed his right to a peaceful death have been both painful and surreal. Unsure of where to go for support, she turned to Dying With Dignity Canada and ended up finding new purpose and life after loss. After...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / new-brunswick-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in New Brunswick

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in New Brunswick To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or provincial MAID team. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / assisted_dying_first_time

Video: What it’s like to provide assisted dying for the first time

Many recent documentaries and magazine articles have delved into what it’s like to support a family member who's accessed their right to assisted dying. But fewer have explored what it’s like for the handful of doctors and nurse practitioners in Canada who are involved in providing medical assistance in dying...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jenny_story

Jenny’s story: Loving my mother and learning how to navigate the choice of an assisted death

Watching a family member access medical assistance in dying (MAID) can be a complicated emotional experience, one that Nova Scotia’s Jenny Hasselman knows all too well. Hasselman supported her mother — her favourite person in the world — on a journey with assisted dying after her mother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / regional-spotlight-saskatchewan

Regional Spotlight: Navigating death and dying in Saskatchewan  

On February 21, 2023, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) hosted a Regional Spotlight on Death and Dying in Saskatchewan. We were joined by Dr. Lilian Thorpe and Debra Wiszniak, RSW, to learn about navigating medical assistance in dying (MAID) and other end-of-life options in Saskatchewan’s health care system.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / a-free-and-independent-choice-support-for-canadas-assisted-dying-law

“A free and independent choice” — Support for Canada’s assisted dying law 

Elizabeth’s life is full, but her future is uncertain. She lives with severe scoliosis, stenosis and arthritis of the spine. While she is currently able to manage the pain and reduced mobility, Elizabeth’s conditions will progress and cause more pain and suffering over time. She supports Canada’s assisted dying law...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / bill_story

Bill’s family story: How we supported our strong, courageous mother in her choice of an assisted death

In this moving and emotional testimonial, British Columbia’s Bill Currie shares what it was like to support his mother, Minnie, on her journey with assisted dying. “There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite as special as the love between a mother and a son.” - Author Unknown...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / ernest_story

Ernest’s story: I live in constant excruciating pain. But I don’t qualify for an assisted death.

Ernest Frederiksen, a man living in Alberta, has fibromyalgia. The excruciating pain he suffers daily has, in his own words, turned him into a shadow of his former self. Despite his suffering, however, Ernest has been denied medical assistance in dying because he does not meet certain requirements under Canada’s...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / kathy_story

Kathy’s story: My second wife’s assisted death brought peace and joy. But my first wife’s death still haunts me.

Kathy watched Kim, her wife of 25 years, die a "soul-destroying" and traumatic death in 2014 — just two years before Canada passed its assisted dying law. A few years later, Kathy watched as her second wife, Lynne, was diagnosed with a terminal disease, but this time, assisted dying was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / lorne_story

My wife lived life on her own terms. Her death was no different.

When Linda Levy of Toronto was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2011, her health — and quality of life — deteriorated rapidly. Living with excruciating chronic pain and unable to do the things she loved, Linda began to explore her legal options and never once stopped advocating for...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / four_challenges

4 challenges I faced after my husband’s assisted death

In September 2016, Nova Scotia’s Douglas Henshaw became one of the first people to receive a medically assisted death in Canada. His wife, Sylvia — a Dying With Dignity Canada volunteer and member of our First Person Witness Council — reflects on four lessons she’s learned in the past three...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / liana_new_era

Liana Brittain: How assisted dying has changed the way Canadians experience death

The passage of Canada's medical assistance in dying law has transformed the way some Canadians experience the dying process. In her latest blog post, Liana Brittain reflects on this change and reminisces about how she and her husband, Paul, planned for his assisted death.  When the Canadian federal government passed...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / ab_tribute

AB, plaintiff in landmark Ontario assisted dying case, dies at 77

It is with both relief and sorrow that we announce the passing of AB, the Ontario woman whose court action has helped to clarify Canada’s assisted dying law. AB died last week, with medical assistance, after living for more than 30 years with an excruciating form of osteoarthritis. She was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / helen-long-ceo-of-dying-with-dignity-talks-to-dan-macdonald-about-where-things-stand-with-assisted-dying-in-canada

Helen Long, CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada talks to Dan MacDonald about where things stand with assisted dying in Canada

Reaction to a recent article about MAID for anyone who finds their life intolerable, plus a conversation about assisted dying in Canada.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / don_journey3

Don’s journey: What I’ve learned about assisted dying so far

In January, Ottawa's Don Kent was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Suddenly faced with his own mortality at 56 years old, Don plans to pursue medical assistance in dying. In this very special blog series, he invites Dying With Dignity Canada supporters to follow along with him on his journey with...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / mj_story

MJ’s story: What we didn’t expect in my mom’s journey with assisted dying

MJ remembers her mother, Linda, as a strong woman who was always taking care of others. From her childhood in Quebec City to Montreal, MJ remembers Linda as a fiercely independent woman with a caring heart. Once Linda was diagnosed with lung cancer, however, she struggled through pain and ultimately...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / dying-with-dignity-canada-brochure

Dying With Dignity Canada Fact Sheet

Through advocacy, public education and personal support, Dying With Dignity Canada ensures Canadians have access to quality end-of-life choice and care.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / getting-maid-aint-easy

‘Getting MAID ain’t easy’

Ron and his wife Lori generously shared their stories with us — Ron as a person living with chronic pain, the challenges of the health care system, and his decision to pursue medical assistance in dying (MAID); Lori as a caregiver to Ron and the experience of a loved one...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / northwest-territories-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Northwest Territories

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in the Northwest Territories To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or local MAID coordination service. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / digging_deeper_june_2019

Digging Deeper into the Council of Canadian Academies’ Reports on Assisted Dying — June 18, 2019

In February, Dying With Dignity Canada hosted a special webinar on the Council of Canadian Academies’ (CCA) reports on medical assistance in dying (MAID). That presentation focused on the CCA’s study on advance requests for assisted dying. For our June 18 webinar, we revisited the CCA's studies, focusing on the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / journeys-with-choice-july-2019

Journeys with choice: Shining a light on barriers to assisted dying – July 24, 2019

A cornerstone of Dying With Dignity Canada’s work is putting the person at the centre of our mission. On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, DWDC hosted a webinar that focused on the experiences of those who had supported a loved one through accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID). This webinar was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / geraldine_story

Geraldine’s story: How I supported my husband on a journey with assisted dying

In this moving entry for the DWDC blog, Ontario’s Geraldine F. Neily honours Dale, her husband of nearly 63 years, who accessed his wish of a medically assisted death in October 2018. His end-of-life choice, she writes, was the final chapter in “a life well lived.” Dale Neily and I...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / appalling_stories

Dr. David Amies: Appalling stories out of Alberta highlight the harms of forced transfers for assisted dying

Public healthcare facilities that ban assisted-dying services on their premises and force sick and frail patients to go elsewhere to access their right to choice are failing to provide patient-centred care, writes Dr. David Amies. Two distressing stories have appeared in the media recently concerning officials employed by Alberta’s Covenant...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / adam_ross_story

Adam’s story: “The toughest of all places”

In August 2017, B.C.’s Adam Ross fulfilled his choice to die with dignity — the last option left to free him from a prolonged, untreatable pain condition. He died alone, without anyone’s assistance, taking care to minimize the burden on the people he loved. His story reveals how much work...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / ontario-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Ontario

To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or provincial MAID team. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or 1-844-395-3640. We can answer general questions about MAID or provide navigation support.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / maid-in-canada-an-update-on-how-changes-have-affected-patients-and-practitioners

MAID in Canada: An update on how changes have affected patients and practitioners 

Dying With Dignity Canada hosted the World Federation of Right to Die Societies International Conference in Toronto from November 3 - 6, 2022. Drs. Stefanie Green and Ellen Wiebe led a session on MAID in Canada: An update on how changes have affected patients and practitioners. This is a summary...

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