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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.