The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research conducts and disseminates research on topics connected to human life in its biological, social and ethical dimensions. These topics are selected for study depending on emerging medical, technological and social developments. In undertaking this work the Institute believes that a sense of the inherent value and dignity of human life and of the human person as an end and not a means is a foundational perspective to bring to bear on its work.

The Institute's research may be original or may consist of reviews of existing literature. In each case the Institute's work is to be of the highest academic quality, though accessible to the general public.

From the Director's Desk

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions
 

You're invited to our second annual summer symposium which will take place on July 15th! This event will feature speakers including: Dr. Kathy Pfaff, Dr. Shawn Whatley, and Prof. Ian Gentles. Our summer interns will also be presenting on the current research going on at the Institute. There will be opportunities for hearing the insights of each of these knowledgeable professionals on medical ethics, as well as time for discussion and relaxation.

DeVeber is Hiring Summer Interns !

Submission to Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

The following submission was delivered to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Monday, May 3rd, 2016:
 
Bill C 14 on Medical Assistance in Dying Comment by Ian Gentles, Research Director, and Martha Crean, Co-President, deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research 
 
Bill C14 is a significant improvement over the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations in February. Given the recent experience at Attawapiskat the last thing we need is easier access to suicide for teenagers. In fact the Canadian Paediatric Society opposes the legalization of assisted dying for minors. Many psychologists and psychiatrists have spoken out against assisted dying for those suffering from mental illness such as depression.

Fixes still needed for the assisted dying bill

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/22/fixes-still-needed-for-the-assisted-dying-bill

Published Friday, April 22nd 2016

Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun and Edmonton Sun.

Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director of the DeVeber Institutes for Bioethics and Social Research

Headlines Worth Reading

Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (physician assisted death) have been in the news lately. Here is just a few of the articles worth reading....

Cardinal Collins video response to Parliamentary Report: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cardinal+collins+video+%2b+euthanasia&view=detail&mid=5D1AEE3DBE11A681C7225D1AEE3DBE11A681C722&FORM=VIRE

Assisted dying report goes beyond scope, ignores evidence

David Baker and Trudo Lemmens

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/assisted-dying-report-goes-beyond-scope-ignores-evidence/article28939386/