End-of-Life Care

We suggest:

  • Palliative care should be accessible, funded, holistic, integrated, and available to all Canadians.
  • Hospices and other similar organizations that wish to provide only palliative care should not be prohibited from doing so.

Supporting Research

Death is Natural: Reframing the End-of-Life Conversation in Canada
Start Here
Ray Pennings
April 28, 2015
This inaugural Cardus Health report builds on the 2011 parliamentary report "Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians." Many recommendations have been published by many organizations since 2011, and this report evaluates these proposals while looking through three lenses. 
Our Inner Guide: Protecting Freedom of Conscience
September 27, 2021
Conscience, though inherently individual, is vital to the common good. Using current case studies from Canada that engage freedom of conscience, this paper offers concrete recommendations as to how this human right can be robustly protected at home and abroad.
Broad Support for MAiD in Canada Has Caveats and Concerns
Ray Pennings, Angus Reid
November 10, 2020
The story of Canadian attitudes toward medical assistance in dying (MAiD), or doctor-assisted suicide, is a complex one. It is clear that general support for MAiD has increased since it has become legal, but for most Canadians, many caveats accompany their support. This public opinion survey by the Angus Reid Group, commissioned by Cardus, outlines the many caveats and concerns Canadians express about the breadth and speed of the expansion of MAiD.

Explorations

Shadows and Light on Palliative Care
Convivium
Peter Stockland
April 26, 2021
Rapid expansion of Medical Aid in Dying and forced closure of a Vancouver-area hospice have raised alarm among palliative care providers. But Peter Stockland finds vital positive signs, too.
Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
Medicine and the Ministry of Presence
Comment
Jennifer Leah Goetz, James W. Lynch Jr., Richard Gunderman
June 3, 2021
Recovering one of medicine's most underrated yet precious resources: time.

Media Coverage

Federal Justice Minister Must Clarify Comments on Suicide
City News Ottawa
December 2, 2022
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti’s controversial comments on doctor-assisted suicide in a November 18, 2022 podcast raise many questions that deserve full and complete answers. Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of Cardus, joins The Sam Laprade Show to call on the minister to clarify his remarks. (Interview starts in Hour 2.)
When conscience is attacked, the ground beneath us shakes
Public Discourse
October 10, 2021
Moral and ethical reflection, making normative sense of the world and striving to live accordingly, is an essential part of being human. Public leaders need to better grasp the role that conscience rights play in a free and democratic society. If they do not, freedom of conscience and the kind of society we cherish will eventually disappear.
After Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill, Canadian Evangelicals Reassess
Christianity Today
April 20, 2021
Christians joined disability advocates and UN experts to oppose amendment, but failed to stop it. Despite the concerted political effort, Bill C-7 passed the House of Commons last month by a vote of 180–149. “Most Christians have come to grips with the fact that we are actually in a pluralistic society in which many of the points of view that they hold are minority perspectives and not majority perspectives,” said Ray Pennings, executive vice president of Cardus.

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