Politics and its Discontents: No Simple Solutions

Over the years, I have learned to be wary of those who promise simple solutions or argue issues within a black and white framework. People who embrace, for example, Donald Trump’s promises to ‘bring jobs back to America’ without asking the key question, ‘How?’ are acting like those religious fundamentalists who accept The Bible as ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Speaking Of Hypocrisy

So, the Catholic Church thinks it has something relevant to say about physician assisted death? After reading through the Bishops’ letter to Alberta’s Premier Notley, it’s an amazing piece of hypocritical nonsense. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Speaking Of Hypocrisy

So, the Catholic Church thinks it has something relevant to say about physician assisted death? After reading through the Bishops’ letter to Alberta’s Premier Notley, it’s an amazing piece of hypocritical nonsense. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Speaking Of Hypocrisy

So, the Catholic Church thinks it has something relevant to say about physician assisted death? After reading through the Bishops’ letter to Alberta’s Premier Notley, it’s an amazing piece of hypocritical nonsense. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who ...

A. Picazo: Undignified Death

This column ran in The National Post on January 20, 2016. The Supreme Court hearing that granted the Liberals a four-month extension to review assisted-dying legislation last week brought out the usual coterie of critics, many of them religious. We are being warned about slippery slopes and disposable lives. Some of the concerns are fair, ...

Bill Longstaff: Dying with dignity in Quebec

Quebec’s new Liberal government has decided to reintroduce Bill 52, the end-of-life care bill first tabled by the PQ in June 2013. The legislation will allow terminally ill patients to request medical assistance in dying if they suffer from an incurable illness that is in an advanced state and which inflicts intolerable physical and psychological ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Rasouli Case and Why It Matters – One Family’s Battle For the Right to Consent

Yesterday, newspapers in Canada announced an important Supreme Court ruling for caregivers and their families.  At issue was whether or not physicians had the unilateral right to withdraw life support from a patient on the basis that to continue life support was a) futile and b) that the withdrawal of life support did not constitute ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: Quebec at forefront of right-to-die movement

The Quebec National Assembly introduced a bill on Wednesday that will allow health professionals to use medical procedures to end the lives of patients near death who are suffering and want to end their lives. The legislation “is intended for people at the end of their life to die with autonomy and dignity,” said Veronique ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: NDP Courts B.C.

…comes out against Northern Gateway.  Do the federal Liberals have a position on this issue?  I mean, I know we’re Pro-reefer, and since the recent B.C. ruling, many have suggested that the party come out as in favor of euthanasia, so maybe the LPoC is set to position itself as the “get high and kill grandma” party. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Kill Me Now, I’m Disabled – The Assisted Suicide Debate

Yesterday, I was listening to the radio on my drive home from Montreal.  I had driven from our cottage in the Quebec Laurentians in the early morning to join my sister because, finally, our Mum was being discharged from the hospital after a long stay. There is a lot to do when someone’s care needs ...