Bridging the assisted suicide divide

The dynamics of inducement are at the heart of disability rights groups’ urgent calls for a cautious approach to medically-assisted death

Bridging the assisted suicide divideOTTAWA, Ont. June 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - For some of us, the book of life will close abruptly. A sudden pop, crunch or snap, and we’ll be gone. Perhaps some body part or system will betray us, utterly and fatally, in an otherwise banal moment of the day or night. Or perhaps some force of…

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicide

The Supreme Court Carter decision normalized suicide, turned it into a medical treatment and trivialized life

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicideTRAIL, B.C. May 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The outrage came fast and furious. Within hours of the federal government releasing its draft legislation on assisted suicide, politicians and the public were clamouring for more permissive legislation. A majority of Canadians accept assisted suicide as a national value. This is evident in polls, in the language…

Canada’s isolated Aboriginal communities can thrive

We can prevent tragedies like that in Attawapiskat by focusing on culture, connectivity and commerce

Canada’s isolated Aboriginal communities can thriveVANCOUVER, B.C. May 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The tragedies of Attawapiskat – suicides, hopelessness and poverty – have touched us all. But what can we do? Former prime minister Jean Chretien proposed shutting down that and perhaps other small, isolated settlements and shipping the residents elsewhere. But that ignores the feelings of the people who call these communities home. Instead, there are steps…

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicide

We need to take extraordinary care in defining the terms of medically-assisted death in Canada

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicideHAMILTON, Ont. April 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In a debate as significant to the nation as that about medically-assisted death, every word matters. Bill C-14, introduced in the House of Commons on April 14, is titled “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).” The phrase…

Money alone won’t solve the Attawapiskat crisis

To stop the tragedy of youth suicide, Canadians must reach out in real human ways to mentor and support

Money alone won’t solve the Attawapiskat crisisEDMONTON, Alta. April 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The recognition that a youth suicide pact was in place in Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in Northern Ontario, has sent shockwaves throughout Canada. Like many First Nation reserves, Attawapiskat is an isolated community; this one has just slightly more than 2,000 souls. As a rule, reserves in Canada lack essential services and suffer…

Churches risk losing their moral authority

The decisions of church authorities are out of step with the moral understanding of their parishioners

Churches risk losing their moral authorityRED DEER, Alta. April 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - People join religious organizations for as many reasons as there are people. They decide to leave or ignore religion for just as many reasons. Each decision is personal. Even so, reasons for joining up can be broadly categorized, and one main category is that adhering to…

Why we need a made-in-Canada approach to assisted suicide

As Canadians weigh in on Bill C-14, some will say it has gone far enough. Others will insist it must go further

Why we need a made-in-Canada approach to assisted suicidePart 5 in our series on [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/assisted-suicide/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Assisted Suicide[/popup] WINNIPEG, Man. April 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Autonomy, it would seem, is an intoxicant. The more we have, the more we want. In tabling its draft legislation on physician-hastened death, the Federal Government has rejected several key recommendations made by the Parliamentary…

Waiting for things to get better in Astawapiskat not an option

The time for waiting is over. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, per the cliché, is the definition of insanity

Waiting for things to get better in Astawapiskat not an optionCALGARY, Alta. April 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - What do you do when times get really bad where you are, and when your loved ones are at risk? Well, you either stay where you are, and hope that things finally get better. Or you move. Around here, that question isn't an abstraction. Around here, a…

The puzzle of physician-hastened death

Putting the pieces together in a coherent and just fashion

The puzzle of physician-hastened death[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/assisted-suicide/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] our assisted suicide series WINNIPEG, Man. April 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Physician-hastened death is a puzzle that, despite its complexity, society is required to assemble. Some of its pieces are so different it is hard to imagine how they might fit into a cohesive whole. And yet, by June 6 –…

Advanced directives for assisted-dying a dangerous step

The ‘quick and efficient’ decision of the parliamentary committee on assisted dying not in the best interest of the patient

Advanced directives for assisted-dying a dangerous stepFinal part of our [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/assisted-suicide/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]series[/popup] WINNIPEG, Man. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The moment we are born, our lives take flight; and the longer we are airborne, the greater the chance of encountering turbulence along the way. While every flight is destined to land, some landings are harder to contemplate than others.…