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The World Health Organization released in March data showing an astounding 25-per-cent global increase in mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression correlated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The evidence piling up before a special joint committee on Medical Assistance in Dying includes a disability rights advocate calling Canadian senators and MPs racist and ableist to their faces.

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The Parliament of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has passed a law allowing people to choose assisted dying under certain circumstances. It was the last of the country's six states to enact such legislation.

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As the outcry from those who say the life of a loved one was wrongfully extinguished due to blind spots in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation has grown louder, many are worried that their concerns are falling on deaf ears.

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Canada’s Catholic bishops, in a submission to the federal committee exploring the expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), reiterated their opposition to assisted suicide and called for more safeguards for the vulnerable.

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The B.C. chapters of Dying With Dignity Canada have launched a public-relations campaign aimed at forcing Catholic and other faith-based health-care facilities to allow patients to undergo “medical assistance in dying” (MAiD) without being transferred to a secular facility.

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Seven years after Parliament legalized voluntary euthanasia in Canada, doctors and professors of medicine are still at odds over the definition of palliative care, funding for end-of-life care and the threat Medical Aid in Dying poses to the poor, vulnerable and isolated.

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Cardinal Thomas Collins has added his applause for a federal bill protecting conscience rights of health-care professionals who refuse participation in medically assisted suicide.

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VANCOUVER -- Amid the bleakness of the culture of death that debases modern society, Catholics can find hope in the zealous and relentless commitment of pro-life advocates working “to foster in our country a culture of life,” said Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver.

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I’ve had the luxury of having a voice over the past 40 years. It’s a privilege to have had my words read. I hope at times those words have moved readers and perhaps moved them enough to act or at least think more deeply about the important issues of our times.

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Bill C-7, which will expand access to a medically-assisted death, is the law of the land and no doctor or nurse practitioner can be charged under the criminal code for ending the life of a patient who asked for the procedure so long as the right forms were filled out.

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OTTAWA -- A surge in assisted death requests in Nova Scotia has seen the province put referrals on hold until the backlog can be cleared.

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As far as legislation goes, as far as the political parties are concerned, and in the eyes of the medical establishment, the debate over MAiD and euthanasia is over. The Supreme Court of Canada, Parliament and the Canadian Medical Association have pronounced their final words on the subject.

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I now know of two people who ended their lives through euthanasia. They died in August and September.

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MANCHESTER, England -- Doctors from Canada, the U.S. and Belgium have pressed their case to British politicians against a bill to legalize assisted suicide.

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