Physician-assisted suicide no substitute for adequate care

Physician-assisted death may serve as a substitute for effective support for people with mental health problems

Physician-assisted suicide no substitute for adequate careBy Jennifer A. Chandler and Simon Hatcher University of Ottawa The federal government committee looking at physician assisted dying released its long-awaited recommendations recently to much debate. The permissive approach it recommends reflects the spirit of the Supreme Court of Canada declaration that the prohibition of physician assisted dying violates the fundamental human right to…

Are public appeals for a live organ donor fair?

Public appeals help raise awareness of the great need for live donors to come forward

Are public appeals for a live organ donor fair?The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life. But is it fair that he…