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Media Advisory - National Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C -14 - Ottawa: Thursday June 16
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Canadians with disabilities are calling upon lawmakers to limit medically assisted death to persons at the end of life, who are free from inducement and fully informed of all medical and social interventions that could ease their suffering. 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.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities has confirmed her attendance.
WHAT: National Disability Rights Community will share messages with Parliamentarians:
- Why medically assisted death threatens us
- What it means to live with dignity
- Why we must limit medically assisted death to those who are dying
- That our lives—as they are, in all their human-ness, frailty, beauty and needs—are worth living, and must be valued as any other life
WHEN: Thursday, June 16th, 11:30 am until 1:00 pm
WHERE: Rideau Room, Sheraton Ottawa Hotel - 150 Albert Street, Ottawa. Simultaneous interpretation, ASL, LSQ, English captioning.
JOIN THE EVENT BY WEBCAST & SHARE YOUR MESSAGE TO PARLIAMENTARIANS ONLINE:
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON TWITTER: #OurVoiceMatters
Welcome: James Hicks, National Coordinator, Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Moderator: Michael Bach, Canadian Association for Community Living
- Catherine Frazee, Professor Emeritus Ryerson University School of Disability Studies
- Ellen Cohen, National Coordinator, National Network for Mental Health
- Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director, DAWN-RAFH Canada
- Wendall Nicholas, Chair, Wabanaki Council on Disability
- Keenan Wellar, Co-Founder, LiveWorkPlay Ottawa
- Jennifer Johannesen, ethicist, parent and patient advocate
- Amy Hasbrouk, Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet
- Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care
MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Brinston – 613 884 1048
Jim Derksen views inaccessible York Street Steps in Ottawa. CCD intervened in the Brown Case, which challenged an inadequate accommodation developed for the Steps.
The Latimer case directly concerned the rights of persons with disabilities. Mr. Latimer's view was that a parent has the right to kill a child with a disability if that parent decides the child's quality of life no longer warrants its continuation. CCD explained to the court and to the public how that view threatens the lives of people with disabilities and is deeply offensive to fundamental constitutional values. Learn more.