Justin Trudeau and the tragic things left undone

One year after Trudeau took power, he has failed miserably to protect Aboriginal Canadian children

Justin Trudeau and the tragic things left undoneTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A year ago today, the Liberal Party of Canada won a big election victory. One year later, what do we know? We know that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party are still very popular. Polls say so. Against his opposition – both essentially leaderless, both seemingly directionless –…

Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them do

Publicly-funded Catholic hospitals have no institutional claim to Freedom of Religion

Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them doOTTAWA, Ont. Oct. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadians are grappling with one of the most difficult legal issues we have faced in decades: our collective responsibility to facilitate medically-assisted death for those who choose it and satisfy the legal criteria. Ever since the Supreme Court decided in Carter v Canada that individuals have a…

Senate feasts on Trudeau’s assisted dying bill

It's time to try again – this time without the bad luck, the divisions, the parliamentary brinkmanship and the flying elbows

Senate feasts on Trudeau’s assisted dying billSome of us aren't enthusiastic about assisted dying. Although, in the case of the Senate, we will happily make an exception and assist. The Senate – that undemocratic, unaccountable, unwanted monstrosity that has affixed itself to the side of Parliament like an ermine-garbed parasite – is in the news again. And, yet again, for all…

Bridging the divide in the assisted suicide debate

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

Bridging the divide in the assisted suicide debateFor 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 nature or violent strike will pluck us…

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 suicideThe 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 we use and in the national conversation…

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 thriveThe 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 we can take to bring long-term viability…

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 suicideIn 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 “medical assistance in dying” is used…

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 crisisThe 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 disproportionate unemployment, mental illness, and drug…

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 suicideAutonomy, 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 Committee on Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID). In the days ahead, as Canadians weigh in on Bill C-14, some will…

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 optionWhat 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 majority of Calgary's residents came from somewhere else,…