Category Death and Dying

Unmuddying the waters of the law and MAiD for mental illness

Jocelyn Downie rebuts misleading claims about the law and medical assistance in dying for mental illness advanced by psychiatrists Mark Sinyor and Ari Zaretsky in a recent Op-Ed.

MAiD and the Oral Protocol: Time for a Closer Look

Daryl Pullman compares the number of deaths due to MAiD in Canada in 2020 to the dramatically lower number that occurred in California under its end-of-life option. He argues for wider use of the oral protocol in Canada.

It’s Good that Bill C-7 Extends MAID to Chronic Sufferers

Stuart Chambers points out that expanding access to medical assistance in dying was always about relieving suffering rather than about targeting people with disabilities.

In a Nutshell: The Continuing Saga of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation

Jocelyn Downie outlines Bill C-7, Canada’s newly amended medical assistance in dying legislation, and recounts the legal history of the changes.

In a Nutshell: An attempted assault on access to MAiD

Jocelyn Downie summarizes Y v. Swinemar, the recent decision in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal that rejected third parties interfering with access to medical assistance in dying.