Medical Assistance in Dying

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15th Oct 2016

With the passage of Bill C-14, Parliament took its first step in regulating access to Physician Assisted Dying, now defined as Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). However, rather than adding clarity to a fraught subject, the new criteria brought into … more

Physician Assisted Death: Your Constitutional Right to Die

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9th Feb 2015

Physician Assisted Death:  Your Constitutional Right to Die Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) In a nutshell, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled that the criminal prohibition against assisted suicide is unconstitutional to the extent it applies to competent adults … more

Hutterian Brethren and the Supreme Court of Canada – One Lawyer’s Story Article #5 – Through The Hutterian Rear View Mirror

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12th Jul 2011

ARTICLE #5 – EPILOGUE Alberta v. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony[1] (“Hutterian Brethren”) is the latest decision in which the courts have wrestled with the interface between s.1 [2] and s.2(a) [3] of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the … more

Hutterian Brethren – Trip to the Supreme Court of Canada

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21st Sep 2010

ARTICLE #4 – SUPREME COURT OF CANADA The final step in the journey now lays before us. However, unlike at QB and ABCA, the litigants must qualify for this final event. This qualifying round is the leave to appeal process. … more

Hutterian Brethren and the Supreme Court of Canada – One Lawyer’s Story Article #3 – Alberta Court of Appeal

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ARTICLE #3 – THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL The Alberta Court of Appeal (“ABCA”) was the second level of court for the Hutterian Brethren. At Queen’s Bench (“QB”), it is necessary for all evidence to be put before the court … more

Hutterian Brethen and the Supreme Court of Canada – One Lawyer’s Story Article #2 in a Series

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ARTICLE #2 – THE ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH The Court of Queen’s Bench was the first level of court in Alberta for this case. At this level, both parties needed to set out the entire case which consisted of … more

Hutterian Brethen and the Supreme Court of Canada – One Lawyer’s Story

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This is one lawyer’s story and general observations about his journey to the Supreme Court of Canada. It is intended to be a non-technical recounting of the law, the process and anecdotes about the experience. Lawyers and academics looking for … more