Physician Assisted Dying: A Medical Legal Perspective

The Supreme Court of Canada, in its recent decision in Carter, has unanimously ruled that “the prohibition on physician assisted dying infringes the right to life, liberty, and security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice”.

Dr. Derryck Smith who is the Co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of Dying with Dignity Canada and a Board member of DWD Canada and The Wold Federation of Right to Die Societies, will discuss a number of issues on the subject, including the decision of the SCC.

More information on the February 19th dinner meeting can be found here.

Meeting: February 19, 2015

DATE: THURSDAY, February 19, 2015

TIME: 6 PM NO-HOST BAR / 7 PM Dinner

PLACE: TERMINAL CITY CLUB
837 West Hastings
Vancouver

COST: $65 Members / $80 Non-Members
PAYMENT IN ADVANCE ONLY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT PAYMENT AT THE DOOR FOR THIS MEETING.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTED DYING:

A MEDICAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

Guest Speaker – Dr. Derryck Smith, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)

Dr. Smith is the Co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of Dying with Dignity Canada and a Board member of DWD Canada and The World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Dr. Smith will discuss a number of issues on “Dying with Dignity”, including:

  • Carter, et al v. Attorney General for Canada, et al – The Supreme Court of Canada will shortly hand down its decision in Carter; a case arising from the decision of Madame Justice Lynn Smith of the Supreme Court of British;
  • Bill 52 – a Bill that will shortly come into force in Quebec. Quebec will be the first jurisdiction in Canada to have a legislative framework for assistance with dying;
  • The recently released Canadian Medical Association position paper on Physician Assisted Dying.

CO-ORDINATOR – MICHAEL THOMAS

Please forward your cheque payable to “The Medical Legal Society of B.C.” before February 16, 2015 to:
Ms. Carol Gielens
Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
900 – 900 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2M4