Liberals want rushed debate on assisted suicide before election

What the Trudeau Liberals are doing makes no sense. The Canadian Press reports that federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wants the Conservative government to make clear how it plans to respond to the Supreme Court's decision on assisted-suicide before October's scheduled election.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on euthanasia and assisted-suicide and told Parliament it [...]

2015-02-23T10:22:05-05:00February 23, 2015|Soconvivium|

What you can do about the Supreme Court assisted-suicide decision?

On February 6, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says his organization wants the Canadian government to invoke the notwithstanding clause and urges citizens to contact their MPs to request they stand up for vulnerable Canadians. He includes a list of talking points: People [...]

2015-02-18T11:30:14-05:00February 18, 2015|Soconvivium|

Canadian Supreme Court ignores Parliament in doctor-assisted suicide ruling

With the precedent-shattering ruling in Carter v. Canada on Feb. 6, nine robed dictators on the Supreme Court of Canada not only struck down the longstanding ban on physician-assisted suicide in the Criminal Code: They also delivered a lethal blow to democracy and the rule of law in Canada. Consider the evidence: Gloria Taylor, the now deceased person who initiated the Carter case, was tragically afflicted with amyotrophic [...]

2015-02-10T19:45:48-05:00February 10, 2015|Rory Leishman, Soconvivium|

Reaction to Canada Supreme Court euthanasia decision

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada threw out Criminal Code restrictions on doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Wesley Smith says the decision proves words don't mean anything anymore, because according to the nine justices of the SCOC, "An irremediable condition may be one that is wholly remediable." Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (and a member of this paper's editorial [...]

2015-02-07T17:51:38-05:00February 7, 2015|Soconvivium|

Canada Supreme Court allows assisted-suicide

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition summarizes it all quite nicely: "The Supreme Court of Canada has made an activist decision by giving physicians the right in law to cause the death of people by assisted suicide." I have quickly read the 44-page decision and it seems that the legal reasoning provided is just window dressing on a political choice to throw out [...]

2015-02-06T10:36:53-05:00February 6, 2015|Soconvivium|

The lethal double standard on suicide

As the legalization of assisted suicide gets debated, all levels of government in Canada are supporting suicide prevention programs. On Dec. 14, 2012, Private Member’s Bill C-300 sponsored by Conservative MP Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga) was signed into law. It calls on the establishment on a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention. In 2011, the Toronto Transit Commission launched “Crisis Link,” a campaign in [...]

2014-04-04T06:52:35-04:00April 4, 2014|Announcements, Assisted Suicide, Features|

Quebec’s Bill 52 hasn’t passed and doctors are already looking to expand euthanasia

From the National Post yesterday: Quebec’s National Assembly is set to begin final adoption next week of a law that will legalize euthanasia in the province, making it the first jurisdiction in North America to allow physicians to deliberately end patients’ lives. And as Bill 52 moves forward with support across party lines and among a majority of Quebecers, the province’s College [...]

2014-02-14T13:03:33-05:00February 14, 2014|Soconvivium|
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