Pages tagged "Quebec"
The consequences of two years of euthanasia in Quebec
Jan 04, 2018
Quebec legalised euthanasia two years ago. When trying to sell the idea of euthanasia to the public, it was promised that access would be limited, and that the primary aim of the legislation was to ensure equal access to palliative care. However, statistics collected from its first two years indicate differently. Continue reading
What happens when making people dead gets messy?
Nov 04, 2016
by Paul Russell: The recently released first report on the operation of Quebec's euthanasia & assisted suicide law should make everyone stop and think.Three times the expected number of deaths with 8% (n.21) non-compliance with the law. Continue reading
Québec euthanasia deaths higher than expected.
Nov 03, 2016
by Alex Schadenberg Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Québec euthanasia commission has reported that during the first 7 months of the euthanasia law there were 262 reported euthanasia deaths, a number that is much higher than expected. The annual report of the commission is based on euthanasia deaths from Dec 10 to June 30, 2016.Caroline Plante reported in The Montreal Gazette that Québec's Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette, seemed surprised by the number of deaths: Continue reading
Quebec: 50 euthanasia deaths in 5 months.
May 11, 2016
No new commitment to palliative care. This story is written by Amy Hasbrouck. It includes quotes and sections translated from that an article by Davide Gentile of Radio Canada that appeared in the Huffington Post online on May 4, 2016. Link to the original article.Amy Hasbrouck - is a lawyer and the founder of the disability rights group Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet and is the EPC Vice President. Continue reading
First euthanasia case in Quebec
Jan 24, 2016
By Michael Cook cross posted from Bioedge At least one person and perhaps three have been euthanased in Quebec since the Canadian province's legislation went into effect in December. Dr Georges L'Espérance, president of the death-with-dignity group l'Association québécoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité, said that he was not aware of the circumstances surrounding the deaths.Dr L'Espérance does not believe that the number of euthanasia deaths will be very large. "Considering our population here and what has happened in other countries (where euthanasia is legal), I would be very surprised if we have more than 50 or 60 cases in the first year," he told the National Post. Continue reading
Québec euthanasia kit offers no effective oversight over life and death.
Sep 03, 2015
By Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition According to an article written by Sharon Kirkey and published by newspapers affiliated with the National Post, the Québec government will distribute euthanasia kits with step by step instructions for killing patients. The Québec government is following a similar protocol to the Netherlands euthanasia law.After several years of language games, it is clear that the Québec government has given physicians the right, in law, to kill their patients by lethal injection. The article states: Continue reading
Supreme Court of Canada to hear case against Quebec euthanasia law today
Oct 15, 2014
Media Release from The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada on the eve of the court case challenging the validity of the Quebec Parliament's euthanasia law. On October 15, the Supreme Court is hearing a case concerning Canada's laws related to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Many Canadians are concerned about whether the laws designed to protect their lives will be upheld by the Supreme Court.The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has intervened in this case at every level. Continue reading
Assisted suicide debate masks disability prejudice
Oct 15, 2014
By CATHERINE FRAZEE, former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. first published in the Canadian Chronicle Herald Today (Oct. 15), the Supreme Court of Canada will hear argument in an appeal which seeks to strike down Canada's Criminal Code prohibition against assisting suicide.The appeal is mobilized by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and supported by Death with Dignity advocates across the country, many of whom will take to the streets to urge Canadians to "stand on the side of history for assisted dying." Continue reading
Quebec euthanasia law subject of court challenge
Jul 18, 2014
The recently-passed Bill 52 of the Quebec legislature that legalised euthanasia will be challenged in the Canadian Courts.Alex Schadenberg Reports: Continue reading
Canadian Palliative Care Services refuse euthanasia
Jul 01, 2014
This post form the Total Refusal of Euthanasia Blogsite: Four palliative care providers exclude medical aid in dyingFour Quebec residences, including Maison Michel Sarrazin (first of its kind in Canada), have so far officially said they would not practice "medical aid in dying". Continue reading