Ending of Life Ethics Archives

Ending of Life Ethics

July 28, 2017

CCD Alarmed by Blatant Disregard of MAID Legislation

Sheila Elson was offered Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) for her daughter who lives with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.  Read more.

January 25, 2017

Media Advisory: CCD Available to Comment on "Mary Kills People"

On January 26, 2016, CCD representatives will be available to talk to the media about how "Mary Kills People" portrays people with disabilities and euthanasia and whether the program violates the CRTC’s Equitable Portrayal Code. Read more.

June 15, 2016

Media Advisory - National Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C -14 - Ottawa: Thursday June 16

On Thursday June 16th, join a Community Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14 hosted by the National Disability Rights Community. We will let Parliamentarians know what is at stake for disabled Canadians and their families.  This event continues a national conversation, launched by the National Disability Rights Community. We are Canadians with disabilities, their families and supporters working to ensure that Bill C-14 protects vulnerable Canadians.  Read more.

June 15, 2016

Share Your Voice: Community Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14 Thursday, June 16th

On Thursday June 16th, join a Community Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14 hosted by the National Disability Rights Community. We will let Parliamentarians know what is at stake for disabled Canadians and their families. Read more.

February 25, 2016

Recommendations Contained in Report of Joint Committee on Physician - Assisted Dying Pose Significant Risk to Vulnerable Canadians

CCD and CACL will be urging the government to adopt a stronger system of safeguards, and to adopt a clear standard for protecting vulnerable persons.  Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life should be able to do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion, inducement and abuse. Read more.

January 29, 2016

CCD Submission to Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying

The Supreme Court of Canada in Carter emphasized that there needs to be a balanced system that both enables access by patients to physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia (PAD/VE), and protects persons who are vulnerable and may be induced to commit suicide. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) strongly believes that a minimal but mandatory vulnerability assessments, an independent review process with prior authorization, along with Criminal Code protection of the vulnerable are essential for this purpose.  Read more.

January 12, 2016

VULNERABLE PERSONS AT RISK OF ABUSE IN SYSTEM FOR PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE, WITHOUT MORE TIME TO DEVELOP SAFEGUARDS

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. Read more.

July 21, 2015

Views of Disability Community on Assisted Suicide to Get Hearing

CCD and CACL are pleased that the Government of Canada will be soliciting the views of interveners in the Carter case and respect the decision to appoint a panel of experts in law and ethics to consider options. We will bring forward to the panel proposed principles and guidelines for a safeguarding system and hope that our views and concerns will be given a fair hearing in this most important of policy decisions. Read more.

February 6, 2015

Assisted Suicide Decision Changes Landscape, Makes Disability a Defining Issue

Today’s decision of the Supreme Court fundamentally alters end-of-life for all Canadians.  The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are profoundly disappointed by today’s ruling and extremely concerned about the implications of the ruling.  Read more.

February 4, 2015

What's At Stake in Friday's Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

Whatever the outcome of Friday’s ruling, we urge all Canadians and our legislators to listen to the voices of those who have historically been disadvantaged and marginalized and ensure they can participate in the coming public debates and political decisions.   Read more.

September 9, 2014

Canadians Should not be Provided Public Support to Kill Themselves

CCD/CACL want the public to understand the concerns of the community AS/E is said to benefit. To learn more you can access the CCD/CACL factum submitted to the Supreme Court, at www.ccdonline.ca or www.cacl.ca or contact: Read more.

September 5, 2014

Factum in the Carter Case - August 2014

CCD/CACL want the public to understand the concerns of the community assisted suicide/euthanasia is said to benefit. To learn more you can access the CCD/CACL factum submitted to the Supreme Court. Read more.

January 16, 2014

Canadians with Disabilities Feel Threatened by SCC Decision to Allow Appeal on Assisted Suicide

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)  had hoped the appeal would be denied.  "Circumstances in Canada have not changed so much in the intervening years since the Rodriguez decision to require this issue to be revisited by the SCC," states Dolan. ”If anything, the justification is weaker because of improvements in palliative care”. Read more.

January 2, 2014

Affidavit of Michael Bach in Carter Case

CCD and CACL filed affidavits concerning the Carter case with the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more.

January 2, 2014

Affidavit of Laurie Beachell in Carter Case

CCD and CACL filed affidavits concerning the Carter case with the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more.

January 2, 2014

Reply to Appellants' Opposition to Intervention in the Carter Leave Application

CCD's submission to the Supreme Court in regard to the Appellants opposition to our intervention in the Carter leave application.

This material will be filed with the Court this morning. Read more.

October 10, 2013

Canadians with Disabilities Celebrate Ruling Against Assisted Suicide

The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling in Carter v. Canada opposing assisted suicide is being celebrated by Canadians with disabilities.  The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), two of Canada’s largest organizations representing persons with disabilities and their families are pleased and relieved with the decision.  Read more.

October 9, 2013

Media Advisory: Comment on appeal of Carter v. Canada (assisted suicide)

On Thursday October 10th the British Columbia Court of Appeal will hand down its ruling in Carter v. Canada (assisted suicide).  The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), two of Canada’s largest organizations representing persons with disabilities and their families, intervened in this case to oppose any change in the Criminal Code of Canada that would allow assisted suicide. CCD and CACL spokespersons will be available to comment on the Carter Appeal decision this Thursday. 
  Read more.

March 18, 2013

CCD AND CACL TO TESTIFY AT CARTER APPEAL (Assisted Suicide) HEARING

CCD and CACL, who represent persons with disabilities throughout Canada, will argue that the ban should remain in place, because assisted suicide reinforces disability discrimination and puts vulnerable persons at risk. Read more.

March 15, 2013

Assisted Suicide Case and Canadians with Disabilities Opposition

CCD and CACL oppose any change in the Criminal Code that would allow assisted suicide.  Vulnerable persons, people with disabilities and the elderly will be put at risk if the law is changed. Read more.

March 1, 2013

Assisted Suicide Case and Canadians with Disabilities Opposition

CCD and CACL oppose any change in the Criminal Code that would allow assisted suicide.  Read more.

January 11, 2013

Factum in the Carter Case

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) were granted intervenor status in the appeal of the Carter Case, which struck down Canada’s Criminal Code prohibitions against assisted suicide. CCD/CACL argued in their factum Criminal Code prohibitions on assisting suicide and on euthanasia are justified and in accord with the principles of fundamental justice. CCD and CACL requested an order that the appeal be allowed and the trial judgement set aside. Following directions from the Court, CCD and CACL restricted their factum to arguments based upon Section 7 (Security of the Person) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Another intervenor, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition was directed by the Court to focus on Section 15 (Equality Rights) arguments. Read more.

November 4, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions About Assisted Suicide

Rhonda Wiebe responds to some frequently asked questions about assisted suicide. Read more.

November 4, 2012

Rhonda Wiebe Debates Assisted Suicide

The Conference Board of Canada held a Summit on Sustainable Health and Health Care in Toronto, Ontario. On 20 October 2012, as part of the program, the Conference Board organized a debate of the motion that end-of-life decisions belong to the individual.  The Conference Board of Canada invited Rhonda Wiebe, the Co-chair of CCD’s Ending of Life Ethics Committee to argue against the motion.  The other participants were: Moderator: Ralph Benmergui, Senior Advisor to the President, Sheridan College; Arguing for the motion: Wanda Morris, Executive Director, Dying with Dignity Canada; Daniel Weinstock, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University.  Arguing against the motion: Bernard J. Lapointe, Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Care, McGill University.  Rhonda shared her speaking notes with CCD and these are shared below. Read more.

July 23, 2012

CCD Ending of Life Ethics Committee Co-chair Rebuts Arthur Schafer

Arthur Schafer’s portrayal of comments on the merits of physician-assisted suicide need challenging. Schafer, like many other supporters of physician-assisted suicide (also known as “doctor prescribed death”) does not seem to have considered the wider issues facing Canadians with disabilities, including the ongoing social prejudice and discouraging lack of living supports that we encounter on a daily basis. Read more.

July 13, 2012

How about the right to cry for help?

In this article, Amy E. Hasbrouck comments, "The B.C. Supreme Court has chosen not to listen very closely to disability-rights advocates with more than 20 years of experience battling discrimination; instead, the court relied on the stories of people who have accepted the view that disability is undignified, and that people with disabilities should be given a streamlined path to death whenever they want it and however they want it." Read more.

June 29, 2012

Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2012 BCSC 886

Prohibition, not safeguards, is the correct answer to the assisted suicide question. Read more.

June 15, 2012

Canadians with Disabilities Dismayed by BC Court Approval of Assisted Suicide

Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia handed down its decision in the Carter case, opening the door for assisted suicide in Canada.  Canadians with disabilities are disappointed by the Judge’s decision.  There is a concern that vulnerable people will be put at risk if the Criminal Code provisions against assisted suicide are struck down.  The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) urges the Government of Canada to appeal this decision.  Canadians who are concerned with this decision should write the Minister of Justice and encourage an appeal of this decision to the Supreme Court.  Read more.

March 30, 2012

Global's "Taking Mercy" Portrays People with Disabilities as Suffering and Subhuman; CCD Seeks Redress

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities, challenges Global, to offset the harm it has done to people with disabilities, by running a follow-up to its “Taking Mercy” media blog.  CCD will also be launching a formal complaint about Global’s coverage. Read more.

March 26, 2012

CCD's Response to "Taking Mercy" (Global 16x9; March 16, 2012)

We are challenging Global, in the name of journalistic balance, to stage a follow-up episode featuring persons with disabilities who want to live and who see a danger in opening up the debate on euthanasia. Only good can come from providing an opportunity for a broader, fairer public discourse.

  Read more.

June 9, 2011

Video: Who Chooses? End of Life Decision-making and People with Disabilities

Manitobans with disabilities discuss their concerns about how end of life decision making occurs in their province. Read more.

June 16, 2010

Deadly Compassion

People with disabilities are not strangers to the fact that nondisabled people cannot imagine life with a disability. They tell us that they would rather be dead than living with a disability. This is because disability is equated with pain, suffering, and dependency. At times, this attitude translates into a deadly compassion, where it is seen as a kindness to help a person with a disability to die. As a result, people with disabilities are being harmed. Today, two Canadians with disabilities, Rhonda Wiebe and Jim Derksen, appear before the House of Commons Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care to explain how deadly compassion puts us in harms way and to suggest how to detoxify the medical care and public policy environment, as both are affected by this insidious stereotype. Read more.

July 24, 2009

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Opposes Bill C-384

The COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES (CCD) believes that everyone who supports disability rights should oppose Bill C-384 which would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide and put Canadians with disabilities at risk! Read more.

Latimer

June 4, 2008

Tracy Latimer, the Victim; Robert Latimer, the Murderer

CCD explains why people with disabilities are concerned about Latimer's release from prison and his stated intentions to clear his name. The disability community is concerned about Latimer's potential to act as a catalyst, mobilizing pro-Latimer public sentiment that has been dormant since the Supreme Court sent him to prison back in 2001. Any climate of permissiveness is frightening for persons with disabilities because they worry it would leave them at the mercy of caregivers who think they know best. Read more.

April 13, 2001

The Bell in Hadamar

February 2, 2001

Responding to Concerns

June 13, 2000

Used Foot Wear

Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

April 15, 2016

Bill C-14 Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Vulnerable Canadians

“In the Carter decision, the Supreme Court of Canada gave the Government of Canada two assignments (1) develop a regime to provide dying people access to assisted suicide and (2) protect vulnerable Canadians who at a time of weakness may be influenced to accept medical aid in dying.  Unfortunately, C-14 has some serious gaps when it comes to protecting the vulnerable,” states Rhonda Wiebe, a Co-Chair of CCD’s Ending of Life Ethics Committee.  “Canada must do enough to protect people like me and other Canadians with disabilities who can be made vulnerable by both our health conditions and our social and economic circumstances”. Read more.

March 29, 2016

Vulnerable Persons Standard

Read more for a sample letter that individuals can send to their MPs supporting the Vulnerable Persons Standard and asking that its terms be incorporated in the law regulating assisted suicide/euthanasia.   Read more.

January 28, 2016

"Right to Palliative Care, Vulnerability Assessment & Review Board Key Pillars of PAD/VE Regime" Says Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

Today, the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying hears from Rhonda Wiebe and Dean Richert, who co-chair CCD's Ending of Life Ethics Committee. Read more.

January 15, 2016

SCC Decision Disappoints

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) was disappointed by today's Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in the Carter case, because the SCC granted a four, as opposed to the requested six, month extension for Parliament to develop a system for physician-assisted suicide and the SCC granted an exemption from the extension to Quebec, where an assisted suicide law came into force on December 10, 2015. Read more.

October 14, 2014

"Canadians Should not be Provided Public Support to Kill Themselves"

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in the Carter case October 15th in which it is being asked to strike down these protections, but only for disabled people.  The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are the organized voice of Canada’s disabled citizens. They will appear in court to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. Read more.

October 9, 2014

Ipsos-Reid Poll on 'Assisted Dying': Flawed Data and Disappointing Analysis

How can an online survey of ninety-four, self-selected people with disabilities be interpreted to say 85% of Canadians with disabilities “support medically assisted dying?   Read more.

April 23, 2013

Prejudice Erodes Free Choice in End of Life Decision-making

Rather than a steady diet of the pathos of Susan Griffiths’ story, Free Press readers would be better served by an informed discussion of how cultural practices toward disability affect end of life choices; the need for procedural safeguards if assisted suicide is decriminalized and how decriminalization of assisted suicide will not disrupt the power imbalance between doctors and patients to the point where the Susan Griffiths of the world will receive assisted suicide on demand. Read more.

April 23, 2013

Suicide Celebration Instead of Suicide Prevention

23 April 2013, WINNIPEG, MB – According to media reports, Susan Griffiths’ assisted suicide will likely occur on Thursday (25 April 2013) at a Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland.  Members of the Canadian disability community, who oppose assisted suicide, are available to discuss their concerns about assisted suicide with the media on Wednesday (24 April 2013) and Thursday (25 April 2013).  Their contact information is listed below. Read more.

April 3, 2013

Canada's MPs Hear from CCD about Our Opposition to Assisted Suicide

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of men and women with disabilities, working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, applauds the Attorney General of Canada for appealing the decision in the Carter case, which struck down Canada’s prohibitions against assisted suicide.  Read more.

February 5, 2013

DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS QUESTION EFFORTS TO LEGALISE ASSISTED SUICIDE DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

While Quebec marks suicide prevention week from February 3-9, disability rights activists question whether it’s appropriate for the Marois government to table legislation to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia. Read more.

January 10, 2013

Please Oppose "Assisted Suicide"

In a video presentation, Rhonda Wiebe, Co-chair of the CCD Ending of Life Ethics Committee, explains why legalized assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk. Read more.