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Physician Assisted Suicide

EVP Michael Bach Appears Before Special Joint Committee Looking into Physician-Assisted Dying

CACL had the opportunity to bring its perspective and the views of many people with an intellectual disability before the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying last Thursday, February 4th 2016. Executive Vice-President Michael Bach was asked to appear before the Committee as one of four panellists on a panel of witnesses.

Report Finds Current Proposals Won't Safeguard Vulnerable Persons in System for Physician-Assisted Suicide

TORONTO, ON --  A report released by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) (a revised version of this report is being released Feb. 1, 2016) indicates that far more robust safeguards are needed to protect vulnerable persons in a system for physician-assisted suicide than those recommended by a Provincial/ Territorial Expert Advisory Committee.

Federal Report: Majority of Canadians Support Strong Safeguards for Physician-Assisted Suicide

TORONTO, ON -- The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is very encouraged by the findings of the Federal Panel report on physician-assisted suicide, released today by the Government of Canada.

Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse in System for Physician-Assisted Suicide, Without More Time to Develop Safeguards

Ottawa, ON – Vulnerable persons will be at significant risk of abuse and error in the coming system for physician-assisted suicide without more time for Parliament to ensure needed protections are enshrined in the Criminal Code. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and their legal counsel attended the Court’s hearings on Monday in support of the federal government’s request to extend the February 6 deadline for having a system in place.

Urgent Need for Comprehensive Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide/ Voluntary Euthanasia to Respect and Protect Vulnerable Persons with Disabilities

Toronto, ON – Health care in Canada is about to undergo a major transformation as patients obtain the right to request and receive physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in order to die. As we proceed down this path, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) calls on health professions and governments to urgently give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the system.

Make Your Voice Heard on an Issue Important to All Canadians

Tue, 2015-10-27 - - Physician Assisted Suicide

Participate in the Online Federal Government Consultation on Physcian Assisted Suicide - Deadline is November 1st

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canadians should have access to physician assisted suicide. The Federal government struck a panel of experts to provide it with recommendations on the process for enabling access to assisted suicide and ensuring adequate safeguards are put in place. CACL is concerned that the system fully safeguard vulnerable persons, including those with intellectual disabilities.

Protecting Choice and Safeguarding Inclusion: Finding Common Ground on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Mon, 2015-10-26 - - Physician Assisted Suicide

By Dr. Michael Bach, Executive Vice President, CACL

Canadians with disabilities and their families urge strong stand against assisted suicide

Canadian Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision today to allow the appeal of the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling in the assisted suicide case – Carter v.

Public Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide Continues

Laurie Larson, President of CACL

There has been a lot of discussion and media attention for some time now in Canada around the issue of physician assisted suicide.

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