Canadian Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying
Time: 2-3:30pm Pacific | 5-6:30pm Eastern | 9-10:30pm UTC (Use The Time Zone Converter to check your time.)
What: A Town Hall Discussion about assisted dying between Canadian aid-in-dying legal scholar Jocelyn Downie, SJD, and British Columbia aid-in-dying clinical provider, Dr. Stefanie Green, MD.
Canada recently approved an Act to amend the Criminal Code and expand the provisions for assistance in dying with Bill C-7, determining that it is “appropriate to no longer limit eligibility for medical assistance in dying to persons whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable and to provide additional safeguards for those persons whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable.”
Professor Downie has worked extensively to further aid-in-dying legislation in Canada, one notable example of which is Carter v. Canada, which established a fundamental right to assisted dying.
Dr. Green has worked since 2016 as a provider of MAiD, and is the President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).
Together, Professor Downie and Dr. Green will discuss the details of the new law, how it plays out in practice, the unique features of the Canadian system (for good or ill), the relationship between palliative care and MAiD in Canada, how conscience is handled, and what the law indicates for the future. Completed Life Program Director Sarah Kiskadden-Bechtel will moderate the discussion, which will include a live Q&A.
Read all about it on the website of the Completed Life Initiative: The Completed Life Initiative | Completed Life May Town Hall: Canadian Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying | Thursday, May 20th, 2021