Category Older Adults

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.

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.

Don’t exclude an essential part of the care team

Sylvie Lemay recommends using risk mitigation strategies in order to include family members and essential support persons as partners in care in assisted living or long term care settings during the pandemic.