Motion 388: Suicide Prevention Tag

19 Nov 2009 Albrecht’s Motion 388 Passes Unanimously!

ARPA Note: It is very good news to see the huge support for Motion 388. Mr. Albrecht kindly did a video interview with ARPA Canada about this issue, encouraging everyone at our recent events to contact their MP in support of it. The passing of this is especially encouraging given the private member's bill in our House of Commons that proposes to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Consider sending a note to Mr. Albrecht, thanking him for his efforts with this motion ([email protected]).  By Linda Nguyen, Canwest News Service, Nov...

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06 Nov 2009 Update on Euthanasia Bill From Alex Schadenberg

Report from Ottawa - By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition There have been an incredible number of changes and articles over the past few days concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. First: Francine Lalonde (Bloc MP) has now traded her date for the second hour of debate on C-384 twice. C-384 is the bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The original date for the second hour of debate was Monday Nov 16. A couple of days ago we learned that she had traded with another Bloc MP to move the date back to Nov 19. Yesterday we learned that she traded with another Bloc MP to move the date back to Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30pm with the vote taking place on December 2nd. The protest by disability rights advocate Steven Passmore will now be on December 1st from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
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26 Oct 2009 Ottawa police won’t charge nurse suspect in Kajouji suicide

ARPA Note: Everyone who has come to one of our more recent events will have seen the short video we presented featuring Canadian MP Harold Albrecht (on right) talk about the tragic story of Nadia Kajouji and the need for support of his Motion (M-388) against counselling online for assisted suicide. The Fifth Estate recently aired an excellent documentary about Nadia's story. Click here to watch the documentary online. Click here to read more about Albrecht's motion and download the petition from our website. Ottawa Citizen, Oct 25/09: TORONTO —...

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25 Jun 2009 Important Summer Action Item: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Since ARPA Canada started we have been encouraging our readers to be proactive and respond to the growing push for euthanasia and assisted suicide. Sure enough, a bill has now been introduced in Parliament that has the goal of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. It is scheduled for debate in Parliament at the end of September. The time to act is now! Details of Bill C-384 Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has introduced this private members bill, her third attempt at doing so. The two previous attempts only failed because elections were called. It is very unlikely that an election will be called before this bill is voted on. Be prepared for a major public and Parliamentary debate on this issue through the fall and winter. The full text of C-384 is available by clicking here. In their analysis of this bill, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition points out that "Bill C-384 does not limit intended death to the terminally ill and it does not define terminal illness." Added to this, the bill "allows intended death for people who experience depression or other chronic mental conditions." They also state that "Bill C-384 measures competency based on "appearing to be lucid". The term "appearing to be lucid" does not assure that the individual is actually lucid." Click here to read the full analysis from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
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27 May 2009 Motion Introduced to Take Action Against Online Suicide

With a bill having been introduced only weeks ago that, if passed, would legalize assisted suicide and decriminalize euthanasia, Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht has introduced a motion (M-388) that urges action against those who counsel or assist in suicides, specifically targeting those suicides that are promoted through the internet. This comes after a number of stories involving individuals who were encouraged over the internet to kill themselves. The motion reads "That, in the opinion of the House, for greater certainty, the government should take steps to ensure that...

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