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Webinar Summary: The future of Alzheimer’s and end-of-life care in Canada

One in five Canadians have experience caring for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Further, the prevalence of dementia more than doubles every five years for Canadians age 65 and older, from less than one per cent for those age 65 to 69 to about 25 per cent for those 85 and older. In recognition of World Alzheimer’s month, DWDC hosted this webinar to learn what is currently being done with respect to advance requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID); hear directly from a MAID provider to better understand eligibility and how it affects those with dementia; and more. 

If you prefer to view this content in video format, you can access the recording here.

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Webinar Summary: Bill C-7: Six months later

On September 15, 2021, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) hosted a webinar focused on medical assistance in dying (MAID) six months after the passage of Bill C-7. The webinar was presented by Helen Long, the CEO of DWDC, and Dr. Osmaan Sheikh, a physician and MAID provider from British Columbia. 

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Webinar Summary: Assisted dying around the world

On September 11, 2021, Dying With Dignity Canada’s Ottawa Chapter hosted a webinar focused on assisted dying around the world, presented by Jenna Carter, Kay Carter’s granddaughter, and moderated by Chapter Chair Susan Harrison.

Over the past twenty years, assisted dying legislative practices have expanded around the world. Jenna’s presentation explores global trends and shifting public perceptions surrounding assisted dying.

If you prefer to view this content in video format, you can access the recording here.

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Mature minors and MAID: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in dying (MAID) and end-of-life rights in Canada. With the new law in place, the next step is the Parliamentary Review committed to in the Bill. The review includes eligibility for MAID of mature minors and those with a mental illness, advance requests for MAID, the state of palliative care and the protection of Canadians living with disabilities.   

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The state of palliative care: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in dying (MAID) and end-of-life rights in Canada. With the new law in place, the next step is the Parliamentary Review committed to in the Bill. The review includes eligibility for MAID of mature minors and those with a mental illness, advance requests for MAID, the state of palliative care and the protection of Canadians living with disabilities.   

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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. 

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

On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in dying (MAID) and end-of-life rights in Canada. With the new law in place, the next step is the Parliamentary Review committed to in the Bill. The review includes eligibility for MAID of mature minors and those with a mental illness, advance requests for MAID, the state of palliative care and the protection of Canadians living with disabilities.  

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MAID for those with a mental illness: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in dying (MAID) and end-of-life rights in Canada. With the new law in place, the next step is the Parliamentary Review committed to in the Bill. The review includes eligibility for MAID of mature minors and those with a mental illness, advance requests for MAID, the state of palliative care and the protection of Canadians living with disabilities.  

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Advance requests: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in dying (MAID) and end-of-life rights in Canada. With the new law in place, the next step is the Parliamentary Review committed to in the Bill. The review includes eligibility for MAID of mature minors and those with a mental illness, advance requests for MAID, the state of palliative care and the protection of Canadians living with disabilities.  

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At Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC), we defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying laws that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Election 2021 Update

Thanks to DWDC’s volunteers and supporters across the country, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent on March 17, 2021, bringing in significant changes to Canada’s MAID law, including the removal of the reasonably foreseeable natural death requirement and the waiver of final consent (Audrey’s Amendment).

With the new law in place, the next step in our advocacy efforts is to get the mandated Parliamentary Review reinitiated. Given that Bill C-7 was passed, and the Parliamentary Review was started under a Liberal minority government, we are hopeful that the new government will move quickly to get this work back on track so it can continue to study the issues of importance to Canadians, including advance requests, MAID for mature minors and those with a mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada, and the protection of Canadians with disabilities.

The coming weeks will see a number of significant developments, including a new cabinet and ministers of Health, Justice and Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. DWDC will also be using this time to conduct our own outreach to government officials and identify additional opportunities to engage with the new government.

We are also working to prepare the materials you will need to effectively engage with your MP and to communicate to them our position on one or all of the subjects to be studied in the Parliamentary Review as soon as Parliament returns. Until then, thank you for your support and help in reaching the candidates in the recent election and for your continued efforts supporting end-of-life choice for all Canadians. We are truly grateful.