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:

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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16 Mar 2010 Somerville: When is euthanasia justified?

ARPA Note: Bill C-384 took a step back after Parliament was prorogued, giving MP's an opportunity to debate it once more. As a result, there is still time to send in postcards (click here to order them from the Euthansia Prevention Coalition) and write or call your MP. Globe and Mail, March 15, 2010, By Margaret Somerville: Francine Lalonde's private member's bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide will be back in Parliament tomorrow. For millennia, euthanasia (a word I use to include assisted suicide) has been considered morally and...

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14 Jan 2010 A Life and Death Issue: Speaking to a Society that is Sympathetic towards Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

by Mark Penninga (first printed in Reformed Perspective magazine, July/Aug 2009): Who has authority to take away a human life? In the cloud of emotion and deception that encircles the euthanasia debate, that one question lies at the bottom. It is a question that may have to be answered by our country this year. On May 13, 2009 Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde introduced a private member’s bill (C-384) to our Canadian Parliament that proposes to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. It is scheduled for its first debate in the House of Commons, and a subsequent vote, at the end of September. Canada has to understand the dangerous reality of this legislation.
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