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Forcing all Canadian hospitals to offer MAID would be a toxic dose of intolerance
The recent news story of a patient who was denied medically assisted death (MAID) at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, owing to the Catholic belief that intentional termination of human life is killing and not health care, has reignited the debate over whether faith-based hospitals should be allowed to make these refusals.
''No way for a person to live'': Hamilton man would rather die than struggle with poverty
Andrew Robbins is not a man of ambition. His ideal life is quiet, simple and uninvolved with the goings-on of the world outside his door.
She filmed her father’s last days. Now his story is fuelling debate about medical assistance in dying
Ondi Timoner wanted a record of her dad’s voice, the lyrical cadence of fatherly advice that had been sought for decades by friends and family.
Cape Breton woman seeks MAID over lengthy workers' compensation delays
A Cape Breton woman who has been fighting for more than a decade for benefits from Nova Scotia's Workers' Compensation Board says she will continue to push ahead as long as she can.
Canada’s euthanasia system should be warning sign to other countries, MPs told
Canada’s legalisation of euthanasia should be a warning sign for other countries considering the move amid reports of people being offered help to die if they do not have adequate access to social support and care, MPs have been told.
I'm chronically ill and can barely get enough financial assistance to survive
It seemed like a cruel joke when Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) pops up in my social media news feed.
Parents for and against MAID for mature minors after twin tragedies
Mike Schouten and Caroline Marcoux have never met, but two years ago — a few months apart — each lost their 17-year-old son to bone cancer.
Canada’s medical assistance in dying review was biased and ignored us, expert witnesses say
OTTAWA — Dozens of experts who testified before the parliamentary committee reviewing Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) system are blasting what they say was a biased process.
Ontario quadriplegic mother applies for MAID over lack of access to disability supports
In a video that has gone viral on TikTok, an Ontario quadriplegic mother of three says she has just days left before she can access medical assistance in dying (MAID) yet she is unable to access disability support.
Medical Assistance in Dying Should Not Include Mental Illness
OPINION: Medical Assistance in Dying Should Not Include Mental Illness.
What’s the status of medical assistance in dying in Canada?
Canada is on track to have one of the world’s most expansive assisted dying programs, but concerns about safeguards and clinical standards persist.
Liberal government seeking delay to expanding medically assisted dying program
OTTAWA - The Liberal government announced Thursday it will seek to delay the expansion of Canada's assisted-dying regime to include people whose sole underlying conditions are mental disorders.
Michael Higgins: Our veterans ask for help. They're offered assisted death
The dark road we're on with MAID is on the verge of turning pitch black
Former paralympian tells MPs veterans department offered her assisted death
A paraplegic former member of the Canadian military shocked MPs on Thursday by testifying that the Department of Veterans Affairs offered her, in writing, the opportunity for a medically assisted death — and even offered to provide the equipment.
Chris Selley: Canadian euthanasia quickly went from a 'good death' to very dark places
'Medical assistance in dying' is helping many Canadians die with dignity; it's also threatening to spin out of control
Ontario man not considering medically-assisted death anymore after outpouring of support
Just over a month Amir Farsoud's first shared his story about considering medically-assisted death over homelessness, he tells Cynthia Mulligan a GoFundMe that raised over $60,000 and an outpouring of support will allow him to live.
Winnipeg woman who chose to die with medical assistance said struggle for home care help led to decision
The Winnipeg woman's death was facilitated by professionals through Manitoba's medical assistance in dying program. Kovac lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease that took her mother, grandmother and uncle. Her condition was worsening, but she felt she had more life to live — just not enough home care support to do so.
How poverty, not pain, is driving Canadians with disabilities to consider medically-assisted death
Critics say the government’s quick expansion of MAiD and insistence that it’s the compassionate thing to do misses an important factor. A massive number of Canadians with disabilities like Cowie are trapped in an excruciating cycle of poverty.
Canada is going too far with medical assistance in dying. The danger of abuse is becoming ever more apparent
Now, Canada’s laws on MAID have long been stretched far beyond the original (and praiseworthy) concept of sparing terminally ill people from unnecessary agony at the end of their lives, allowing a so-called “death with dignity.” When the law was passed in 2016 it didn’t specify that a person must be terminally ill to qualify for a medically assisted death, and last year it was amended to remove the requirement that death be “reasonably foreseeable.”
The Death Debate: why some welcome Canada's move to assisted dying for mental illness and others fear it
Some experts warn Canada is about to offer what they say will amount to "state-assisted suicide" for the mentally ill, at a time when health services are strained.
City News: Medically assisted death rates up in Alberta, across Canada
Medically assisted deaths are climbing across Canada as federal policies have led to expanded eligibility, but there are concerns over the continued expansion.
CBC: Why the federal government should rethink its new medical assistance in dying law
To meet the twice-renewed deadline imposed by the Quebec Superior Court in the Truchon case, the federal government is trying to push its new medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill through Parliament before year's end. The MAID proposal represents a deadly form of discrimination against people with disabilities, chronic illness.
CBC: 'Horrifying' that Veterans Affairs worker raised assisted suicide with troubled veteran, group says
Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, wants answers about why a veteran in need of counselling was recently advised to consider medical assistance in dying. The head of a group that supports Canadian veterans says he was horrified to hear medical assistance in dying was brought up with a veteran who reached out to Veterans Affairs Canada for help recently.
CTV: Woman with chemical sensitivities chose medically-assisted death after failed bid to get better housing
A 51-year-old Ontario woman with severe sensitivities to chemicals chose medically-assisted death after her desperate search for affordable housing free of cigarette smoke and chemical cleaners failed, advocates say.