TORONTO, ON - Vulnerable persons are at greater risk as a result of the Alberta Court of Appeal decision authorizing physician assisted death on the basis of a psychiatric condition, if legislated safeguards are not passed by Parliament soon. The Alberta Court argues its decision is consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Carter. However, the Supreme Court made clear that its ruling applied only to adults like Gloria Taylor, those who are at or near the end of their lives.
My daughter, Gabrielle, plays baseball and other sports. I remember watching one of her practices when she was seven years old; they were practicing running bases. As Gabby approached second base, she started slowing down, but cheers of, “come on, Gabby!” from her coach and teammates filled the air until Gabby made it all the way to home plate.
After nearly 50 years at the York University campus near Toronto, Ontario, CACL is moving! We’re excited to join our new shared space community at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina in downtown Toronto.
Michael Bach, CACL Executive Vice-President, was invited to speak in front of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in Ottawa to discuss CACL’s brief on physician-assisted death.
Surviving Eugenics is a documentary about the history and ongoing significance of eugenics. Anchored by survivor narratives from the province of Alberta, Surviving Eugenics provides a unique insiders’ view of life in institutions for the “feeble-minded”, and raises broader questions about disability, human variation, and contemporary social policies.You can watch powerful clips and interviews featured in the documentary below. Click on the image to watch video.Surviving Eugenics:
April is National Volunteer Month and CACL is lucky to have a Board of Directors made up of a dedicated and generous group of individuals that come from all corners of the country. Here are just a few of our stand-out Board members from New Brunswick, Alberta, Québec, and British Columbia.
You are invited to participate in an anonymous survey titled, "How to Support Family Caregivers in the Context of Legal Assisted-Dying."The survey, developed by four researchers at the University of Toronto, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department, aims to gain an impression of how the legalization of physician-assisted death in Canada may affect family caregivers of those who might be eligible to request assisted death.
TORONTO -- In the draft bill on medical assistance in dying tabled in Parliament today, the federal government has gone some distance designing a pan-Canadian system that would meet the constitutional obligations the Supreme Court of Canada established in the Carter decision: to ensure right of access to assisted death in exceptional circumstances, and the right of vulnerable persons to be protected in such a system.
TORONTO, ON -- A report launched today calls on the federal
government to take an evidence-based approach to designing safeguards to
protect vulnerable persons in the system for physician-assisted death. Released by the Canadian Association for
Community Living (CACL), the report on "Assessing Vulnerability in a syst