The deVeber Institute recently hosted our summer symposium entitled "Medical Ethics in an Age of Reproductive Decisions and Medical Aid in Dying". The event was a great success and over 115 people attended. The day was filled with thoughtful discussion and thorough presentations of new emerging research.
We had a total of four guest speakers as well as five student presentations from our summer interns.
Our first presenter was Dr. Kathy Pfaff. Her presentation was entitled Medical Aid in Dying: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. She spoke about the fundamental definition of dignity and compassion, the clinical improvements experienced from palliative care and medical ethics in light of Bill C-14.
*Upcoming Event: Annual Public Lecture*
The deVeber Institute is hosting it's Annual Public Lecture on Thursday Oct.27th 2016 at 7:00pm. Our Special Guest this year is Dr. Ewan Goligher who will be speaking "On Saying "No": the Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare". The event is co-hosted by Wycliffe College in Sharton Hall at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ewan Goliger is a physician, physiologist, and intensivist at the Toronto Western Hospital's Krembil Research Institute. He obtained his MD from the University of British Columbia and trained in internal medicine and critical care medicine at the University of Toronto.
He will be speaking about conscience rights for medical professionals including physicians, nurses and healthcare workers.
You're invited to our second annual summer symposium which will take place on July 15th! This event will feature speakers including: Jean Echlin, 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.
On June 7th, 2016 Barbara Kay was featured in the National Post for her article “Barbara Kay: Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide”. This article brings forth many concerns for the safety of vulnerable Canadians. With evidence provided from our book “It’s Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today”, she outlines why Canada will NOT be immune to the slippery-slope of assisted-death that is currently being experienced in Belgium and Netherlands. Safeguards are often ignored, patients are euthanized without their consent, and the risks go on.