And then there was this …

Canada Canada’s Supreme Court authorised the practice of euthanasia, or medical-assistance-in-dying, in 2016 with the following exceptions forbidden by law: euthanasia for “mature minors,” i.e. those under the age of 18; psychiatric patients; and those whose illness falls beyond the ability of capacity to make an informed decision (for example, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease). The Trudeau government tasked the Council of [...]

And then there was this …

Canada Doug Ford, Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative Premier has announced that the province’s colleges and universities have until January 2019 to have in place a free-speech policy or face funding cuts. “Colleges and universities should be places where students exchange different ideas and opinions in open and respectful debate,” he stated. The Canadian Federation of Students slammed the move as “an unprecedented [...]

And then there was this …

Canada The Canadian Paediatric Society is recommending that teen girls use intra-uterine devices (IUDs) as their first choice of artificial birth control. In an article in the May 31 National Post, the Society waxed eloquent on the positive aspects of IUDs, while playing down any negative effects. But what truly stands out is the inability or unwillingness of the Society to urge [...]

2018-08-07T09:55:04-04:00August 7, 2018|Across Canada, US Briefs, World Briefs|

And then there was this …

Canada Police in Vancouver are describing the crime as a “double shooting” after a 23-year-old man shot a pregnant 31-year-old woman. The woman lost the baby but she is expected to survive the shooting. Under Canadian law, police cannot charge the assailant for killing a preborn child as a baby is not a victim of a crime until after it is born. [...]

2018-06-29T05:21:07-04:00June 28, 2018|Bits n' Pieces, Media Briefs, US Briefs|

World Briefs

International Australian euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has created a suicide machine that can be manufactured on so-called 3D printers. The “Sarco” – short for sarcophagus – is a detachable coffin with a nitrogen container and it is designed to “provide people with a death when they wish to die” the euthanasia doctor told the Agence-France Presse. Nitschke said he has provided safeguards [...]

2018-05-28T12:04:58-04:00May 25, 2018|World Briefs|

US Briefs

United States The U.S. records almost 45,000 deaths by suicide each year, seven out of ten by white males. This does not include the so-called “slow suicides” from prescription-drug overdose, alcohol-related alcohol liver failure, and road accidents linked to alcohol abuse, again prevalent among American white males. In contrast, Germany, the U.K., France and Sweden show holding steady or declining statistics. Princeton [...]

2018-05-28T12:04:04-04:00May 25, 2018|US Briefs|

And then there was this …

Canada Wesley Smith, special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney, has reported that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has rendered an opinion that one can qualify to be killed legally by a doctor by “starving oneself into an irremediable medical condition,” or VSED (voluntary stop eating and drinking). In order to hasten [...]

2018-05-28T12:01:08-04:00May 25, 2018|Bits n' Pieces|

And then there was this

Editor’s Note: We are experimenting with a new feature this month. “And then there was this,” near the back of the newspaper will replace “Bits ‘n’ pieces.” The idea is to cover news from Canada and abroad in brief, but the tone will change to add more of an editorial slant rather than straight news items. The section will be written by [...]

2018-04-20T18:07:17-04:00April 20, 2018|News in Brief|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer told the Globe and Mail that his party was more tolerant than the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau pointing to the governing party’s opposition to pro-life Tory MP Rachael Harder chairing the status of women committee, Trudeau’s “values test” for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and the Liberal leader blocking pro-life Grits from running under the [...]

2018-02-23T17:42:28-05:00February 23, 2018|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Health Canada approved the barbiturate Secobarbital for assisted-suicide. Stefanie Green, president and co-founder of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers, told the Canadian Press Secobarbital is “kind of the barbiturate of choice because (its) quicker onset and duration is such that the dying period is reduced.” CP reported that making the sedative available could increase self-administered assisted suicides ... [...]

2018-01-29T07:44:03-05:00January 29, 2018|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Senator Tobias Enverga (Conservative), passed away while attending the ParlAmericas Annual Plenary Assembly in Colombia at the age of 61. Enverga, a former Toronto Catholic School Board trustee and the first Filipino-Canadian to sit in the Senate, was a regular speaker at the National March for Life, along with his wife and three daughters, including Rocel who had Down syndrome. MP [...]

2017-12-14T18:54:04-05:00December 15, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Campaign Life Coalition endorsed Jason Kenney for the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta ... On Oct. 6, Health Canada released its second interim report on assisted suicide, which showed that from January to June 2017, 1,179 people died by euthanasia and assisted suicide. This brings the total number of deaths to 2,149 since Quebec began allowing euthanasia in [...]

2017-11-28T08:40:28-05:00November 28, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada At the July 11 Family Planning Summit in London, UK, Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $18 million for abortion and contraception programs in Mozambique. Bibeau told the Globe and Mail, “we chose an area that’s not easy. It’s still a taboo in many regions, so some donors choose to invest in other areas. But even if it’s difficult, [...]

2017-09-19T11:35:36-04:00September 20, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin announced she will retire from the Supreme Court of Canada in December after 28 years on the top court. During her 17-year tenure as Chief Justice, the Supreme Court okayed the Chretien government’s plans to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ and deemed as unconstitutional laws outlawing prostitution and euthanasia … Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition [...]

2017-08-15T11:03:52-04:00August 15, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|

Bits & Pieces

Canada On May 17, Conservative Senator Tobias Enverga Jr. questioned the federal government’s $650 million foreign aid program for sexual and reproductive health. He said, the government’s announcement in March to “support the right to choose safe and legal abortion” in foreign countries, including where it is not legal,  “raises a lot of questions and concerns.” Enverga asked “are we seeing increasing [...]

2017-06-21T11:22:42-04:00June 25, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|
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