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Meaningful end-of-life care: Advance care planning within the South Asian community  

Dr. Amrish Joshi is a palliative physician with a background in family medicine. He has conducted research on increasing cultural knowledge and sensitivity in palliative care services and is sharing the findings of a qualitative study on Advance Care Planning in South Asian communities.  There is a tool we use...

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Silver Lining

I have been distressed lately by the tone and nature of the discourse about access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). But I wonder perhaps if there is a silver lining to these dark and threatening emotionally-charged clouds – a place to find common ground and purpose.   In Canada, we...

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Advance requests for MAID: A conversation with Dr. Tim Holland

Currently, advance requests for MAID are not legal in Canada; we require an amendment to the Criminal Code to set out a framework for this addition to our MAID legislation. Dr. Holland shares with us his research on the topic and how he thinks it could work. Dr. Tim Holland...

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Dr. David Amies: Is it right to forbid mature minors access to assisted dying?

In his latest 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 mature minors. In this piece, he asks a difficult but necessary question: is it fair to allow an 80-year-old with terminal cancer...

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Your health care team: Spotlight on nurse practitioners

In this webinar, DWDC was joined by nurse practitioners Valerie Cooper and Elizabeth Leonardis, who shared their insights, experiences and perspectives related to end-of-life care. Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so you can jump straight to the questions and answers that interest you most. Just select "Watch on YouTube" above, and read...

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MAID and mental disorders: André’s story

Note from DWDC: If your sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder, you are not eligible to apply for medical assistance in dying (MAID) until March 17, 2027. Learn more.  Warning: This blog post mentions suicide. You don’t have to look too hard lately to find media reporting negatively...

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My grandfather, my inspiration

My Grandpa J was diagnosed with dementia around 2015.

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End-of-life options: Voluntary Stopping of Treatment

A patient has the right to refuse or stop any treatment at any stage of their health care, even if such refusal or withdrawal proves detrimental to their health or leads to their death. We asked Clancy Catelin, an associate lawyer at Rosen Sunshine LLP in Toronto, to help clarify...

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The protection of people living with disabilities: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

Everyone, including persons with disabilities, should have both the right to live and the right to choose their end-of-life.

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Richard’s story: 52 Independent Witness requests in 52 weeks

Before March 2021, the federal law, a sick and suffering individual looking to have an assisted death must have their written assisted dying request signed by two Independent Witnesses. These witnesses must not be involved in the applicant's care and cannot stand to materially benefit from the person's death. For many...

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Why we’re here: International Day of Charity

In celebration of the International Day of Charity, we wanted to share what motivates the staff at Dying With Dignity Canada to work in the charitable sector and, in particular, at Dying With Dignity Canada.  The International Day of Charity, chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on September 5, 1997, was established with...

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MAID and people living with a disability: Lynne’s story

Through a series of blog posts, we are examining each issue of the Parliamentary Review of MAID to inform and motivate Canadians to advocate for expanding the law. In this blog post, Lynne shares her honest and candid story about living with a brain injury and silent disability for the past 20 years. She...

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MAID and mental disorders: A mother’s story

Through a series of blog posts, we are examining each issue of the Parliamentary Review of MAID to inform and motivate Canadians to advocate for expanding the law. A mother of a daughter who suffers from a mental disorder shares her story and insight into her daughter's lived experience. Note...

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Please Come, Walk with Me

Dr. Ron Posno, age 80, is a tireless advocate for the right to end-of-life choice. In this moving piece, he shares his experience living with dementia and his personal perspective on Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation.   I am an eighty-year-old man... with dementia... and when I’m ready,...

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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...

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Palliative care

On January 20, Dr. BJ Miller sat down with the team at Dying With Dignity Canada to discuss palliative care. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At the bottom right of the screen is a block with CC...

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Assisted dying around the world

Over the past twenty years, assisted dying legislative practices have expanded around the world. Jenna Carter, the granddaughter of Kay Carter, gave a presentation exploring global trends and shifting public perceptions surrounding the practice.

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Priscilla’s last lesson: ‘No one has the right to stop us from dying’

Priscilla Cole had one last lesson to teach before she died. A lifelong educator, she had devoted her career to instilling others with knowledge and the confidence to put it to good use. Among her pupils were the youngsters she taught at a private girls’ school in Toronto, the students...

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Pre-Budget submission in advance of the 2021 election 

DWDC supports the recommendations proposed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) in its pre-budget submission, one of which proposes targeting funding at the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

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Language matters: Why we use the term ‘medical assistance in dying’

The objective of this blog post is to clarify the specific term we use regarding assisted dying here in Canada. Language matters, and by learning the correct terms to use when discussing health care and end-of-life choice, we can be clear about our wishes, and avoid misunderstandings or offending anyone....

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Bereavement Week Series: Lise’s story

November 16 is National Grief and Bereavement Day. In recognition of this important day we are sharing a series of stories submitted by DWDC supporters about their grief and bereavement experience and process. For some, writing down the memory of a loved one is part of their bereavement process, for...

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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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Live your Legacy: Lessons and ideas from a good life and death

On November 2, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Chelsea Peddle to learn about reframing the idea of legacy. In this recording, Chelsea shares some traditional ideas, including her mother's book, and talks about creating a living legacy through values and relationships. Resources: Willow end-of-life education and...

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Regional Spotlight: Death and dying in Quebec

Dr. Benjamin Schiff, MD and Assistant Professor, and Dr. Georges L’Espérance, FRCS(c), M. Sc. (Adm. Serv. Santé), Neurosurgeon, joined us to discuss various topics surrounding death and dying in Quebec. Some focal points included: General attitudes towards death and dying in QuebecCommon misconceptions about medical assistance in dying (MAID)Information and local resources to...

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Lester’s story: MAID, choice and peace of mind

After more than 58 years of marriage, my husband, Lester Baylis took his last breath just one week shy of his 83rd birthday. It wasn’t a typical end of life scenario but planned through the medical assistance in dying program (MAID).   Lester suffered a heart attack in 2000 resulting in double bypass surgery. In...

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Peter and Hayden: Get to know the newest members of DWDC’s Board of Directors

Dying With Dignity Canada is governed by a diverse group of people who volunteer to participate on our Board of Directors. At our recent AGM, both Peter Godor, NP, and Dr. Hayden Rubensohn were elected to the board. We ask them to share a little bit about themselves and their...

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Allow advance requests now

We’re asking people across Canada to send a letter to their Members of Parliament to advocate for the legalization of advance requests.

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Psychosocial reasons for hastening death

Mary Ewert is the Executive Director of the Final Exit Network in the U.S. whose mission is to educate qualified individuals in practical, peaceful ways to end their lives, offer a compassionate bedside presence and defend their right to choose. Mary shares a summary of the session she presented at...

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DWDC statement re: The passage of Bill C-62

Last night, Parliament voted in favour of Bill C-62, delaying eligibility of medical assistance in dying (MAID) for those whole sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder (MD-SUMC) until March 2027 – in total, a six-year delay and denial of constitutional rights for those affected, who may wish to...

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Volunteering is empathy in action: Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022

Every day, Dying With Dignity Canada volunteers contribute to our mission and commitment to improving quality of dying and protecting end-of-life rights. Across the country, over 200 people give their time and skills to our work. The resources we offer and the achievements we have made would not have been...

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Altruism in Extremis: MAID and organ donation with Dr. Bill Wong

April 24 - 30 is Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. In recognition, Dr. Bill Wong has shared his insight and experience with MAID and organ donation with us. Dr. Bill Wong is an anesthesiologist practicing at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga/Etobicoke where he is currently the Program Chief and...

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Submission to the Special Joint Committee on MAID (AMAD)

Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) laws have been driven by individuals whose desire for dignity, autonomy, and self-determination have led them to fight forthe right to make decisions that align with their own personal values.

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End–of-life rights are human rights

Join us today if you are one of the 86% of Canadians who believe that end-of-life rights are human rights and should be protected.

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Donate to protect MAID rights

Eligibility and access issues put MAID out of reach for too many.

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Justice denied: Where the MAID and mental disorders discussion went wrong

Background  On February 28, 2024, Parliament voted in favour of Bill C-62, delaying eligibility of medical assistance in dying (MAID) for those whole sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder (MD-SUMC) until March 2027. In total, it is a six-year delay for this small group of people who are...

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Get the facts on MAID

As of March 17, 2021, when Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, the law no longer requires a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable to access medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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Volunteer spotlight: Liz Turnbull 

Dying With Dignity Canada’s longevity and success is due in large part to the many volunteers who work on the local and at the regional level. We have Chapters across the country powered by people passionate about end-of-life choice.  Throughout the year, we will be highlighting the stories and contributions...

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Meaningful end-of-life care: Cultural humility 

All that we experience creates within us what is referred to as ‘personal culture.’ With the incredible diversity of people that span our world, and the progressive domains with which diversity is defined today, we can no longer put people in categorical boxes with how they operate and receive information....

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Bill C-7: Six months later

Bill C-7 reached Royal Assent on March 17, 2021. The introduction of this new legislation included changes to eligibility for those accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) and altered procedural safeguards. This free, online event, Bill C-7: Six months later, reflects on the impact of Bill C-7 on Canadians seeking...

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Regional spotlight: Death and dying in Alberta

On Wednesday, January 17, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by MAID clinicians Dr. Hayden Rubensohn and Nurse Practitioner Peter Godor to discuss the medical assistance in dying (MAID) process, attitudes toward death and dying, and local resources to help navigate grief in the province of Alberta.

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Dr. Hayden Rubensohn

Dr. Hayden is an ardent believer in patient autonomy around end-of-life choices and has been a MAID assessor and provider since March 2021.

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MAID for mental disorders: Insight from Dr. Lilian Thorpe

Note from DWDC: If your sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder, you are not eligible to apply for medical assistance in dying (MAID) until March 17, 2027. Learn more.  You have been involved in the development of medical assistance in dying (MAID) processes in your province, for the...

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Dr. David Amies: Exploring assisted dying for individuals whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder

In his penultimate 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 sole underlying medical condition is psychiatric in nature. It is safe to say there has been some discussion about the...

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Assisted dying in Switzerland

Assisted dying in Switzerland On February 9, 2022, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Dr. Erika Preisig to learn about assisted dying in Switzerland. * Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is grateful to have the participation of several diverse speakers and presenters in our webinar series. Please note that the nuanced views...

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