Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ontario Residents have a say in physician-assisted suicide

Queen's Park wants to hear your thoughts on physician-assisted dying. We’re calling on you, DWD Canada supporters in Ontario, to complete the  provincial government’s online survey. Voice Your Choice today for new laws that promote equal access, prioritize individual choice and protect vulnerable Ontarians without creating onerous barriers for eligible patients.

The survey is part of the province's efforts to consult Ontarians on how it should respond to the Supreme Court’s February ruling in Carter v. Canada. The judgment, which comes into effect onFeb. 6, 2016, struck down the laws prohibiting physician assisted dying.

We’re here to help
We’ve put together a package of resources to help you make the best of your submission. In ouronline survey toolkit, we’ve provided context for certain questions — such as best practices in other jurisdictions where physician assisted dying is legal — to help you decide which answer to pick.

While filling out the survey is critical, you can have a still greater impact by submitting general comments, too. For those of you who are willing to take this step, we've crafted a separate letter-writing toolkit to help you drive your message home.

Once you've completed your letter, send your comments by e-mail to endoflifedecisions@ontario.ca. (And don't forget to forward your response to DWD Canada — copy us at the following address:consultation@dyingwithdignity.ca).

Act now!
Ontario's consultation closes on Oct. 1, 2015, but why not fill out the survey today? The decisions Queen's Park makes in the next few months will determine how Ontarians die for decades to come. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create good legislation and protocols that will ensure patient choice in Ontario!

All the best,
Wanda Morris,
CEO, Dying With Dignity Canada

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