A person who is brain dead often does not appear dead. Their heart can still be beating and their chest may rise and fall. These behaviours raise the question, when should a personally be legally dead?
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In Ontario, if a doctor has a religious, moral or ethical objection to providing a medical service, such as abortion or medical assistance in dying, they can refuse..
The federal government has proposed new laws that would require certain health professionals involved with medical assistance in dying (“MAID”) to file reports about MAID.
A man in Florida tattooed “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” (often referred to as “DNR”) on his chest. Later in life he was brought into the emergency department in an unconscious state and his health care professionals were subsequently left to ponder whether they could – or should – honour his wish if his heart stopped.
An Ontario Court has brought some clarity to confusing language in the Criminal Code that regulates medical assistance in dying in Canada.
On December 7, 2016 the Ontario government introduced Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 to fill some gaps that were outside Parliament’s authority to legislate.
There have been several media articles about “death doulas” or “death midwives”, who provide services to people who are dying and their families. The fact that many of these individuals are volunteers makes it clear they are driven by a passion to help. However, as a new field there are multiple legal issues that could pose problems for these service providers and the public alike.
On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 passed and thus Canada now has legislation to govern physician-assisted deaths. On June 27, 2016, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association launched a legal challenge to the new legislation.
Physician-assisted dying (also called medical assistance in dying) is legal in Canada. There have been many twists and turns on the path to legalization, and consequently a great deal of confusion about the state of the law. This blog will sort out a few of the myths from the facts.
Canada’s Parliament introduced medical assistance in dying legislation (Bill C-14).
An Ontario court has granted its first order allowing a person to die with the assistance of a doctor.
People seeking permission to have a physician-assisted death are finding that there are many barriers to overcome before applying to court.
The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to grant Parliament’s request to delay laws that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in Canada… in part.
There is confusion about whether Quebec physicians can legally assist people to die between December 10, 2015 and February 6, 2016.
In February 2016 physician-assisted suicide will be legal in Canada. And we need to talk about it.
A Panel is carrying out consultations about the developing assisted dying laws in Canada.
The parents of an Aboriginal girl with cancer were allowed to refuse chemotherapy; the parties returned to court to have the judge clarify the decision.
Which “self” should prevail if the future “self” is a different person?
The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision opens the door for physician-assisted suicide in Canada.