An Adult Conversation on Medically Assisted Dying, September 26


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Toronto, ON: September 16, 2014


Join us:

DATE: September 26, 2014

TIME: 10am 12noon. Media Arrival time is 9:45 am

PLACE: The ZoomerPlex, 70 Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village

Open to the public: RSVP by Sept 23 to [email protected] space is limited

Media availability following Forum

Hear from those at the front lines of care and legislative change.

  • André Picard, Award-winning Health columnist, Globe and Mail
  • The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Conservative MP, sponsor of Bill C-581 to amend the Criminal Code (physician assisted death)
  • Véronique Hivon, Quebec PQ MNA who authored the original Bill 52, Official Opposition critic for end-of-life care
  • Dr. Chris Simpson, president, Canadian Medical Association
  • Karima Velji, president, Canadian Nurses Association
  • Dr. James Downar, Palliative care doctor and bio-ethicist
  • Catherine Frazee, former Professor of Distinction in the Disability Studies program, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Moira McQueen, Executive Director, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute; Moral Theologian, St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology, U of Toronto

This discussion will move beyond the yes/no divide and deal with the realities of end of life care today and the legal and attitudinal changes facing Canadians.

How do families grapple with end of life choices now, as the legal landscape changes?

The law is in a state of flux: New Quebec legislation will allow medically assisted dying, as the current criminal law heads to the Supreme Court and a backbench federal bill attempts to change the criminal law.

Meanwhile, there are families and patients who have to make choices, now.

What should they be considering in order to make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones?

What do they need to know about the process? What can doctors and nurses tell them now?

What are the limitations of the law?

What is the reality in long-term and palliative care today?

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of our generation and provides value-added benefits, products and services to our members. Through our network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among our members in support of CARPs mission.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Park   416.607.2471
Director, Communications, CARP
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Leanne Wright 416.886.6873
VP Communications, ZoomerMedia Limited
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Anna Sotnykova  416.607.2475
Media & Communications Coordinator, CARP
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