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New Guidelines for Canadian Medical Assistance to die in early stage Dementia cases

MDMD commented recently on how the current Canadian Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) legislation was now starting to be used in some early stage dementia cases. A recent 30-minute radio programme broadcast by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) discusses another case in depth. The programme and a detailed summary are available on their website. This is [...]

2019-11-12T15:22:26+00:00November 4th, 2019|Canada, Dementia, Uncategorized|

Canadian court rules in favour of assisted dying for the incurably suffering

The Quebec Superior Court has struck down a restriction under Canada’s law on assisted dying against those with progressive and incurable illnesses as unconstitutional.  Under Canada’s 2015 law, adults who are of sound mind can voluntarily request an assisted death, if they suffer from a grievous and irremediable medical condition, and are in a state [...]

2019-09-13T12:44:14+00:00September 11th, 2019|Canada|

Parliament hears from top Canadian Doctors, on the experiences of assisted dying abroad

On Tuesday 11th December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on End of Life Choices, met to hear from Dr Sandy Buchman and Professor Sir John Temple, on the role of doctors within a public discourse on assisted dying. Dr Sandy Buchman, the President-elect of Canada’s Medical Association, who was joined by his Vice-President Dr Jeff [...]

2019-01-26T12:01:10+00:00January 24th, 2019|Canada, Dignity in Dying, UK Parliament|

Economist Essay Series on Assisted Dying

The Economist is publishing a series of essays by those involved in the Assisted Dying debate. We are delighted that one of the invited authors is Dr. Michael Irwin, MDMD's founder and now a patron. Michael's piece describes the five occasions where he has been present at an assisted suicide in Switzerland. All the essays [...]

2018-08-23T15:48:30+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Canada, Disability|

Extending the Oregon Right to Die Law. Evidence of a “Slippery Slope”?

A recent article in the Washington Post describes moves in Oregon, USA to try to extend their Death with Dignity Act to include help for those suffering from degenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Related discussions are taking place in other US states and in Canada. For example, a recent paper [...]

2018-03-19T20:16:34+00:00March 19th, 2018|Canada, Dementia, Slippery Slope, USA|

Should a right-to-die extend to those with psychiatric conditions?

The BBC report the suicide and background of Canadian Adam Maier-Clayton who took his life in April 2017, aged 27, following a history of psychiatric illness including a condition that left him in extreme pain. The video which forms part of the report shows Adam and his parents clearly explaining their point of view, together [...]

A Good (Assisted) Death in Canada

Canada legalised a limited form of assisted dying in 2016. A long article in the New York Times gives a detailed and inspiring account of John Shields who died by lethal injection in British Columbia. He suffered from an incurable condition, amyloidosis, which gave him increasing pain that he no longer wished to endure. The [...]

2019-03-17T08:04:56+00:00June 3rd, 2017|Canada, Medical Views, Personal Stories|