Government responds to Canadian bioethicists’ complaint
The CIRH puts its point of view.
Canadian bioethicists sunk in dejection over government inaction
The bioethics community in Canada is enraged at the Harper Government’s refusal to appoint a strong and formally credentialed leader.
Canadian court declares patient specimen the “personal property” of a hospital
A Canadian court has ruled that a medical specimen taken from a patient in a pathology clinic is the ‘personal property’ of a hospital. The case is the first of its kind in Canada and will have significant bearing on future decisions.
Quebec legalises euthanasia
Quebec has become the first Canadian province to legalise euthanasia. Bill 52 easily passed in the National Assembly by a vote of 94 to 22.
Quebec on verge of legalising euthanasia
The governing Liberal Party and the other three major parties have taken the unusual step of backing a quick vote on the bill in the new parliamentary term.
Canadian media features plea for “completed life” euthanasia
At 80, a former gay activist in Canada wants to choose "rational suicide"
Euthanasia off the boil in Quebec
After the April 7 election, there may be less appetite for the controversial policy.
Is there too much conscientious objection in Canada?
The January issue of the journal Bioethics deals with conscientious objection, with an emphasis on the situation in Canada.
Assisted suicide could be decided in Canada’s Supreme Court
The hot-button issue of assisted suicide will probably end up in Canada’s Supreme Court.
Canadian doctors could shift on euthanasia
The Canadian Medical Association may soon change its position on euthanasia.
New evidence of unethical research on Canadian Indians
A controversial report in the journal Social History gives details of grossly unethical ‘nutritional research’ carried out on native Indian children in the 1940s and 50s in Canada.
Euthanasia prevention akin to torture, Canadian court hears
In the most controversial Canadian bioethics case in years, a British Columbia court has heard that outlawing euthanasia is akin to torture.
Canadian doctors divided over euthanasia
In many Western nations most people support the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, according to opinion polls. But doctors - who must be involved - may feel differently.
Canadian assisted suicide activist dies of natural causes
The woman at the centre of Canada’s move towards assisted suicide died of natural causes last week before taking advantage of an exemption from the law granted by a judge in British Columbia.
Canada honours prominent eugenicist
One of Canada's most honoured women was a prominent eugenicist.
Leading Canadian fertility doctor in disgrace
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is to hold a hearing about various allegations against a leading fertility and pro-choice doctor.
Canada’s A-G to appeal assisted suicide decision
Canada's Attorney General, Rob Nicholson, announced this week that he will appeal to the country's Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court that bans on assisted suicide were unconstitutional.
Medical journal calls for debate on “therapeutic homicide”
The Canadian Medical Association Journal says that euthanasia is "therapeutic homicide" which requires extremely robust arguments to justify it.
What sinks a job application also sinks a bioethics article. That is the conclusion to be drawn from a scathing review of an article in the journal Current Oncology. It triumphantly claimed to find a score of unsupported and false statements in a harsh critique of legalised euthanasia published last year.
Canada edges closer to legalising assisted suicide
The issue of euthanasia in Canada is no longer simmering on a back burner. After the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that Criminal Code provisions which prohibit doctors from helping their patients commit suicide are unconstitutional, it is on a full rolling boil.