When Colette Acheson took on the role of Executive Director at the Yukon Association for Community Living (YACL) three years ago, the organization was ready to implement big changes and hoped to become an even greater part of the lives of people who lived in the Yukon.This was a big undertaking for everyone involved.
CACL had the opportunity to bring its perspective and the views of many people with an intellectual disability before the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying last Thursday, February 4th 2016. Executive Vice-President Michael Bach was asked to appear before the Committee as one of four panellists on a panel of witnesses.
TORONTO, ON -- A report released by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) (a revised version of this report is being released Feb. 1, 2016) indicates that far more robust safeguards are needed to protect vulnerable persons in a system for physician-assisted suicide than those recommended by a Provincial/ Territorial Expert Advisory Committee.
TORONTO, ON -- The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is very encouraged by the findings of the Federal Panel report on physician-assisted suicide, released today by the Government of Canada.
Salvatore Amenta began an online appeal urging Prime Minister Trudeau to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with one signature in November.
National Inclusive Education Month portrays how the development of inclusive schools and inclusive school practices help to provide quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students with an intellectual disability.For every weekday of February, Dr. Gordon Porter and his team of contributors will be sharing a personal story related to inclusive education on the Inclusive Education Canada webpage and its social media outlets.
Ottawa, ON – Vulnerable persons will be at significant risk of abuse and error in the coming system for physician-assisted suicide without more time for Parliament to ensure needed protections are enshrined in the Criminal Code. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and their legal counsel attended the Court’s hearings on Monday in support of the federal government’s request to extend the February 6 deadline for having a system in place.
Following the Government of Canada’s recent request for a six-month extension to review the issue and develop new laws governing physician-assisted suicide/voluntary euthanasia, CACL is calling on governments and health professions to give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the new system. To see our background papers on this issue click here.
Toronto, ON – Health care in Canada is about to undergo a major transformation as patients obtain the right to request and receive physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in order to die. As we proceed down this path, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) calls on health professions and governments to urgently give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the system.