Category Death & Assisted Dying

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.

Exceptionalizing Mental Illness & Medical Assistance in Dying

Daryl Pullman examines the argument that prohibiting medical assistance in dying for people whose sole underlying condition is mental illness unfairly exceptionalizes mental illness.

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.

MAiD for mental suffering: The limits of psychiatry

Peter J. Baylis critiques the argument that mental health concerns are never irremediable, and that people with a mental illness as a sole underlying condition should not be eligible for medical assistance in dying.