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Court grants third extension for assisted dying legislation: Bill C-7 removes ‘reasonably foreseeable death’ as a requirement for MAID

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Statement by sb. smith

Despite how the federal government postures itself, especially on the international stage, Canada simply does not provide the means (financial, medical, etc.) for the vast majority of its disabled citizens to live with dignity. This country does not honour the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. If Bill C-7 is passed into law,…

Statement from Jesse Malm

Dear Members of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, I am writing in opposition to the provisions in Bill C7 (MAID). My concern comes from how the decision is made around deeming that medical assistance in dying is the best available alternative. In many cases people who are poor, racialized, and disabled are…

Statement from Bruce Triggs

Dear Senators, 🪗My name is Bruce Triggs and I live in Vancouver. I am writing to call for you to vote No on Bill C-7, the Act to Amend the CCC (medical assistance in dying).  It is truly disturbing that Parliament is voting today on this bill which expands the legal framework for killing people with disabilities,…

Statement from Dr Thomas Fung

I would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to the challenges of practising medicine in First Nations and remote communities, where patients don’t receive equal access to care as in the city.  To illustrate this with an example from Siksika, I have a patient who suffers from Interstitial Lung Disease, which causes him…

Statement from Tyler White

I am here to speak on behalf of Siksika Nation, a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Treaty 7 in Alberta. We have grave concerns over the implications of Bill C7 on our Indigenous community. The expansion of “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAiD) beyond those whose death is foreseeable will have a lasting effect on…

Statement from Gabrielle Peters

My name is Gabrielle Peters.I am disabled.I am poor.I am poor because I am disabled.Picking who will be poor is a function of society. Bootstrap is a lie.I didn’t choose to be poor.I was not given a choice.Politicians say if disabled people don’t want to be poor we should get a job.Science-based physicians say that isn’t…

Statement from Spring Hawes

I became disabled 15 years ago, through a spinal cord injury. And while paralysis and its complications are by no means easy, the challenges presented by society are far more damaging and difficult to deal with. Every day, I am forced to re-assert my autonomy, my competence, and my humanity. I experience aggressions on the…

Statement from Dr. Karen Ethans

Good morning. As a rehabilitation specialist physician, I treat people with severe disabilities. I follow people with spinal cord injury from acute care, through rehabilitation, transition to the community, and life long follow up. I prevent complications and manage symptoms to help improve quality of life of my patients. My recommendations I am making are based…

Statement from Kristine Cowley

Hello. I sustained a SCI in 1987 at the age of 20. After my injury I received three months in-hospital rehabilitation where I learned how to navigate the world as a person with tetraplegia, including how to manage all the altered physical functioning that comes with it. I was considered a model patient, returning to…

Statement from Dr. Tchajkova

Good morning.  Thank you for inviting me as a guest speaker. When I started my project five years ago as a resident doctor in training, I didn’t envision how pertinent it would become to the present MAID discussion. I was inspired by a friend I met in medical school who had a spinal cord injury.…

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