October 27, 2015
Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
Background: In Canada it has historically been a criminal offence to assist another person in ending his or her own life. This includes the inability of a person to seek a physician-assisted death. On February 6, 2015 this law was declared constitutionally invalid with the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General). The main issue was whether the prohibition on physician-assisted dying found in the Criminal Code of Canada violated the claimants’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court held that provisions in the Criminal Code as they applied to physician-assisted dying, violated the Charter, thus depriving adults of their right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner that is inconsistent with the principles of fundamental justice.
Since the Carter decision was released, the federal and provincial governments have each organized panels to review the issues. As well, many health-related associations, organizations, institutions, academics, patients, healthcare professionals, the public-at-large and other stakeholders, have been actively contemplating how physician-assisted dying (hereinafter, “medical aid in dying” or “medically assisted dying”) will roll out in this country.
Invitation: this conference invites stakeholders and other interested individuals to analyze the issues, identify possible frameworks and discuss delivery of care in the context of medical aid in dying in Canada.
The Goal of the Conference is to: discuss and shape the development of a framework (legislative and operational) for medically assisted dying in the context of the delivery, administration and management of our healthcare system.