As of June 17, Bill C-14 became law after bouncing back and forth between the Senate and House of Commons. This formally legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Although this is a tragic choice, our leaders did so in full knowledge of the consequences and a much better alternative.

ARPA’s Legal and Policy Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia:

07 Mar 2012 How To Die In Oregon: Our Culture’s Dance with the Devil

DVD review by Jonathon VanMaren ( Generally, people don’t like a story where all the main characters die. However, that is precisely the point of a new HBO documentary entitled How to Die in Oregon, which traces the lives—and deaths–of a number of people after the passage of Oregon’s notorious 1994 assisted suicide, or “Die with Dignity” law. The documentary begins with a morbid scene of a volunteer from an assisted suicide group called “Compassion and Choices” asking an old man surrounded by his...

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14 Nov 2011 Dozens Gather on Steps of BC Supreme Court to Oppose Euthanasia

Well over a dozen ARPA readers joined a much larger group on the steps of the BC Supreme Court this morning, facing a multitude of TV cameras and reporters, to send a loud and clear message that Canada must close the door to state-sanctioned death by means of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The group assembled in response to the opening day of hearings in a case that has the potential to strike down Canada's laws against assisted suicide. Garett Vane, a member of Langley ARPA and one of the organizers of the demonstration, noted that he was impressed by the turnout of both the media and the many citizens who braved the cold to hold signs. "There is no doubt that this case is a big news story" he commented. "The press showed up already before 5:30 am." The demonstration was organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which also has intervenor status in the case. At the time of writing this article, there were already over 100 news stories on the topic, according to Google News.
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31 Aug 2011 Euthanasia on the CBC

ARPA Update: CBC Radio has posted the episode online. You can listen to it here. The Current, a morning program on CBC RadioOne, aired an episode about the challenge to the Canadian laws against assisted suicide this morning from 8:30 to 9:00. It sounded more like an endorsement for the practice than investigative journalism. ARPA Canada submitted the following letter to CBC: Good morning, I caught the last fifteen minutes of The Current this morning on CBC RadioOne on my drive in to work, as the interviewer was speaking with Grace Pastine, the litigation director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). The interviewer asked two questions. First: will physician-assisted suicide lead to the elderly feeling obligated to exit this life? Second: is legalized assisted suicide actually cruel to those suffering?
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18 Aug 2011 A Sorta-Kinda Win on Assisted Suicide

André Schutten - We posted a note here a couple of weeks ago about a court case in B.C. challenging the criminal prohibition against assisted suicide in Canada. Yesterday, a different right-to-die group had their case tossed. But it's a small cause for celebration. The judge who tossed their case did so because the plaintiffs were anonymous. However, Justice Smith still encouraged the same group to join in on another case that she is also hearing, in which the B.C. Civil Liberties Association is challenging the same criminal prohibition:
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06 Jun 2011 International Gathering on Euthanasia Examines Successes and Challenges

Dig deeper: Three updated articles by ARPA Canada about euthanasia are attached to this article. A representative from ARPA Canada and Langley ARPA were able to attend both days of the international symposium on euthanasia and assisted suicide last week in Vancouver BC. Quality speakers from around the world challenged us to see the gravity of the pro-euthanasia tide and the huge accomplishments that can be made when we respond effectively. What follows are some points we believe are worth sharing with our readership in regards to how to promote a culture of life in a country where the move towards euthanasia can seem inevitable:
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09 Sep 2010 Death by starvation in Canada?: The case of Kulendran Mayandy

By Derek Miedema, Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada: You may not have heard the name of Mr. Kulendran (Joshua) Mayandy. Mr. Mayandy passed away on September 6, 2010. However, the hospital care he received was the subject of public discussion and debate for more than two weeks leading up to his death. The hospital maintains that it followed appropriate procedures in Mr. Mayandy’s care. His friends and colleagues disagree.
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08 Sep 2010 There’s no dignity in euthanasia

ARPA Note: You can view our submission to the below-mentioned committee here. You can send your own thoughts to the committee via the form available here. Montreal Gazette, Sept 8, 2010: The start this week of "roadshow" hearings by a National Assembly committee on the issue makes this a suitable time to reassert our view that fitting euthanasia into public policy would be the wrong solution, and a dangerous one. The public debate opened last year after the Quebec College of Physicians endorsed euthanasia -the medically-assisted ending of a...

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23 Jun 2010 ARPA Submission: Dying with Dignity

In spite of Parliament's resounding defeat of Bill C-384 which proposed to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, the Quebec government has established a special committee to examine "dying with dignity". In response to their request for submissions, ARPA Canada hs prepared a 12 page submission about the concept of dignity in Canadian law and society, including a Christian perspective. It is based on our resource "Building on Sand: Human Dignity in Canadian Law and Society" which can be purchased here. The submission is attached....

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01 Apr 2010 “Pulling the Plug” Isn’t Euthanasia

By Margaret Somervill, Ottawa Citizen, March 19 2010: Recently, I saw an illustration that accompanied an article about euthanasia. It showed the silhouette of a patient lying on a bed. There was an electrical outlet on the wall behind the bed and an unplugged connecting cord hanging down over the side of the bed. Except in very rare circumstances — for instance, if the treatment were withdrawn without the necessary consent or against the patient’s wishes — withdrawal of life-support treatment is not euthanasia. Yet many people, including the artist...

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