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The Saskatoon Health Region has approved a policy that will allow 12 faith-based facilities to opt out of providing assisted dying on-site. One of the facilities is St. Paul's Hospital — the only hospital in the region with a palliative unit. [ Thestarphoenix.com Link ]

St. Paul's Hospital among 12 facilities objecting to assisted dying

By law, the federal government has until Dec. 17 to launch an independent study into the possible expansion of Canada's assisted dying law. Will you Voice Your Choice for rules that respect Canadians' Charter rights? Sign the pledge!

Pledge to Participate: Voice Your Choice for fair assisted dying access for Canadians with dementia

This happened the same week the province announced its commitment to a more "open government."

Ontario government moves to block info about which institutions provide assisted dying

" 'While protecting the privacy of practitioners is essential, public health-care facilities have no right to hide their policies from Ontarians, especially those who are navigating difficult choices at end of life,' Shanaaz Gokool, [Dying With Dignity Canada's CEO], said in a statement. 'These institutions have a duty to be accountable to the community members they serve.' "

Ontario legislation updates regulations for medically-assisted death

Should Ontarians have a right to know which public healthcare facilities allow assisted dying and which ones don't? Queen's Park doesn't seem to think so.

Proposed Ontario rules would limit transparency around assisted dying

"Learning about death, I feel less fearful about my own, and it has profoundly changed the way I live my life."

What I learned about life by talking about death

On the blog: Bill C-14 is law, but the problems with 'reasonably foreseeable' remain, writes Dr. David Amies.

Dr. David Amies: The problem with 'reasonably foreseeable'

By sharing their individual experiences, two courageous Westerners have exposed one of the biggest obstacles facing Canadians who want to exercise their right to a peaceful death. [ Dyingwithdignity.ca Link ]

Personal stories shed light on barriers

Married for 56 years, Christie and Will Bentham spawned a legacy of giving that continues on in their wake. [ Dyingwithdignity.ca Link ]

A love story and its lasting impact

The law's independent witness requirements have been a surprising barrier to assisted dying access, but our supporters are ready to answer the call. [ Ow.ly Link ]

New guidelines allow DWDC volunteers to serve as independent witnesses...

"But is C-14 working as it should, or is it only an improvement in certain cases, leaving many others to languish unfairly? If you believe Hamilton's Michael Valvasori, the truth is more like the latter than the former."

The Spectator’s View: Assisted death has to be accessible for all

Have we ever mentioned how wonderful our supporters are? One dedicated volunteer, Toronto's Diane Gordon, wrote, performed in and recorded an adorable skit about the importance of recording your wishes for end of life. We thank Diane and her co-star, Louise Nicol, for allowing us to post their video to our website.

Playwright, DWDC supporter's charming video highlights importance of making a living will

For Giving Tuesday, support Dying With Dignity Canada in our mission to fight for fair access to assisted dying, defend your rights, inform Canadians about their legal options, and provide personal support to individuals who are navigating their choices. Please consider making a donation today. We're a small organization, so every little bit counts!

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All physicians, hospitals and other health-care facilities are bound by the basic dictum, "First, do no harm." But Bill 41—the Ontario government's so-called "Patients First Act"—encourages harm, writes DWDC patron R. Michael Warren. [ Ow.ly Link ]

A right out of reach

As more and more unfair barriers to assisted dying access continue to emerge, help us to #ShineALight on these injustices by joining our new campaign. [ Dyingwithdignity.ca Link ]

The Shine a Light Campaign

More unfair barriers to assisted dying access in Canada: A public, non-faith-based long-term care home in Eastern Ontario has banned assisted dying on-site. [ Thereview.ca Link ]

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Two Winnipeg hospitals are denying patients their right to a peaceful, dignified death by banning assisted dying on-site. [ Ctvnews.ca Link ]

Physician-assisted dying not offered at 2 Winnipeg hospitals

Our crowd-sourced map of #AssistedDying access is growing! Take a look and find out how to contribute: [ Dyingwithdignity.ca Link ] #ShineaLight

Contribute to the Shine a Light Progress Map

Introducing our new campaign to expose unfair barriers to assisted dying access in Canada. Help #ShineALight on injustice today!

The Shine a Light Campaign

On the blog: While 75 per cent of South Australians supported a bill to legalize assisted dying, the state's MPs voted the proposed law down last week. In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies writes about this disappointing result and the politicians who place piety over patients.

Dr. David Amies: South Australia assisted dying bill fails by one vote