Materials Related to Bill C-14

Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), was introduced for parliamentary debate on April 14. The Bill details amendments to the Criminal Code to regulate the practice of medically assisted death in Canada. It incorporates some of the important elements of the Vulnerable Persons Standard, but fails to provide the full suite of safeguards required for the protection of vulnerable Canadians.

The following materials related to Bill C-14 feature analyses and resources most relevant to the five key safeguards required by the Vulnerable Persons Standard.
 

Relevant Resources and Reports

| Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair in Senate, June 2, 2016
A Call to Parliamentarians from the National Disability Rights Community to Pass Bill C-14 - Opening Remarks, by Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.)
Open Letter: A Call to Parliamentarians from the National Disability Rights Community “To Pass Bill C-14 to Ensure Constitutional Rights of Vulnerable Persons”
Bill C-14
| Department of Justice Legislative Background to Bill C-14
| The Vulnerable Persons Standard
| VPS Frequently Asked Questions
| List of VPS Advisors and Endorsing Organizations
| Report on Assessing Vulnerability in a system for physician-assisted death in Canada - Canadian Association for Community Living
Post D-Day (June 6, 2016): What happens, effective June 7, 2016, if no legislation has been passed by the federal Parliament to amend the Criminal Code respecting medical assistance in dying? - Dianne Pothier, Professor Emeritus, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

Standing Committee Submissions

| Philip B. Berger MD; Stephen W. Hwang, MD, MPH, FRCPC; Catherine Ho, MD, FRCPC, CSCN Diplomat (EMG), Dip. Sports Med (CASEM); Renata Leong, M.D.,CM, MHSc, CCFP, FCFP; Fok-Han Leung, MD CCFP MHSc; Robert J. Sargeant MD, PhD, FRCPC – The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

| Canadian Association for Community Living – Medical Assistance in Dying: A Private Request, a Public System: Proposed Amendments to Bill C-14

| Harvey Max Chochinov, MD – Recommended Amendments to Bill C-14

| Catherine Ferrier, MD – Brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

| Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.) – Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

| Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.) – Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

| Will Johnston, MD – C-14 First Reading offers no substantive control, amendments suggested

| Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia – Brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice

| Dianne Pothier – Grievous and Irremediable in Bill C-14: Why “advanced state of irreversible decline” and death being “reasonably foreseeable” are both consistent with Carter and Charter compliant: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

| Dianne Pothier – Submissions to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Re consideration of Bill C-14


Recent Media

National Disability Rights Community, Missing C-14’s June 6 deadline puts vulnerable people at risk, says coalition, The Catholic Register, June 1, 2016

Catherine Frazee, CTV National News - Physician-Assisted Death Segment (Starts at 6 min), CTV News, June 1, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, Canada's 'right to die' debate, Al Jazeera: The Stream, June 1, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, B.C. advocates in last-ditch push before Ottawa right-to-die vote, Metro, May 18, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, Advocate urges government to "hold the line" on assisted suicide eligibility, The Guardian, April 25, 2016

Sabrina Tavernise, U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High, New York Times, April 22, 2016

David Baker, Assisted Dying Legislation, CBC News, April 14, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, Key players in the right-to-die decision and debate, CBC News, April 14, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, Federal assisted-death law dismays Victoria experts, Times Colonist, April 14, 2016
 

Commentaries

Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Advance Request for Euthanasia?, Impact Ethics, June 10, 2016

Dianne Pothier, Assisted Dying Bill Not Perfect, But Far Better Than Alternatives, The Huffington Post, June 9, 2016

Catherine Frazee, The Last Chapter, Ottawa Life, June 8, 2016

Mary J. Shariff, More Questions on Assisted Dying, Winnipeg Free Press, June 8, 2016

John Sikkema & Derek Ross, The Carter decision: Start of a dialogue, or final word?, Policy Options, June 7, 2016

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL, and James Hicks, National Coordinator of Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Bill C-14 Respects And Protects Our Most Vulnerable, The Huffington Post, June 7, 2016

Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Without C-14 on the books, Canada will have the most open death hastening culture in the world, The Hill Times, June 7, 2016

Trudo Lemmens, Senator Murray Sinclair's Call for Senatorial and Legal Restraint Should Inspire All of Us, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, June 6, 2016

Catherine Frazee, Supreme Court now permits some Canadians to approach death on their own terms: who should those Canadians be?, The Hill Times, June 6, 2016

Ravi Malhotra & Caroline Lieffers, Malhotra and Lieffers: Assisted dying? Let's talk about accessible living first, Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2016

Dianne Pothier, Doctor-assisted death bill falls well within top court’s ruling, IRPP, April 29, 2016

Thomas McMorrow, Parliament has the power to draw the lines it chooses when it comes to the legislation on physician-assisted death, Policy Options Magazine, April 22, 2016

Dr. Will Johnston, The Deadly Problems Surrounding Bill C-14, Huffington Post, April 22, 2016

Elizabeth King, Real heroes are the ones fighting for life, Toronto Star, April 21, 2016

Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Ferrier: Assisted dying bill safeguards no one's right to life, Ottawa Citizen, April 14, 2016

Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Assisted-dying law will be just the first step on a difficult road, The Globe and Mail, April 14, 2016

Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Opinion: New federal assisted-dying law fails to protect vulnerable persons from death, Montreal Gazette, April 14, 2016

Trudo Lemmens, New Bill Medical Assistance in Dying Balances Competing Charter Rights; Prior Review Still Needed, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, April 14, 2016
 

E-Newsletters

These e-newsletters have been prepared by the Vulnerable Persons Secretariat. Click to download.

| Prominent Canadians Speak Out for the Protection of Vulnerable Persons, June 10, 2016

| Esteemed Canadian Senator Affirms the Constitutionality of Bill C-14, June 6, 2016

| Refusal to Study the Implications of Advanced Directives an Inexplicable Error of Judgment, May 18, 2016

Experts Underscore Role for Palliative Care as Safeguard for Vulnerable Persons, May 10, 2016

| Bill C-14 & the Vulnerable Persons Standard: A Promising Start, but Some Distance Still to Go, April 26, 2016

| Constitutional Expert Cautions Against Missing Court Deadline for Law on Physician-Assisted Death, April 22, 2016

| Bill C-14 Reflects Some Important Progress Toward the Protection of Vulnerable Persons, April 15, 2016

 

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