Perspectives 2017 Newsletter

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 “The deVeber Institute is a wonderful organization that I think many more people should be aware of in terms of what they research, as they are very controversial yet important issues.”
-Jade Meawasige is a current grade 11 student attending York Memorial Collegiate Institute. Her future career is in journalism.
“Forcing doctors to knowingly send their patient to another doctor willing to cause the patient’s death will seriously compromise the moral integrity of conscientiously objecting doctors and risks undermining the quality of patient care.”
– Dr Ewan Goligher, National Post, April 14, 2016
"While interpreters and clinical informatics team members may be asked to participate in euthanasia their right to conscientious objection is not recognized as it is for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other frontline staff. As such, they need to be considered and supported in organizational policies addressing MAiD.
I further want to encourage us to consider who and where are the other hidden professions of conscientious objection who need our support."      -Bob Parke, Toronto Bioethicist
“We will help you live until you die (…) you’re not alone in your journey”
Bob Parke, professional bioethicist and member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Ontario Palliative Care Network, wants to create a hospice that would not permit assisted death. The hospice would be a place to support life until the person dies naturally, providing care to alleviate suffering, meals, social comfort and excellent hospice palliative care. The safe haven hospice’s staff would not hasten death and would address a person’s total pain including physical, psychological, social and spiritual.
One of the biggest hurdles in launching this initiative is that the hospice will need private funding.
“Some of my colleagues were saying if you take government money, then you must provide medical aid in dying,” Parke said. While we would like to accept government money, we want to ensure that institutional conscientious objection would be respected. Otherwise, we might be entirely dependent on donors for our funding. While the cost of medications, as well as physician fees, will in most cases be covered by government-funded insurance plans, he said the hospice is going to require a lot of help to get off the ground.
Ron Forbes, a partner of the safe haven hospice project and former CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, said avoiding government funding will be challenging. He expects it will take about 10 million to bring the hospice to life for a stand-alone facility.
For further information about the Safe Haven Hospice contact:


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