End-of-Life Care

We humbly 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
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. 
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.
Case Study: Ottawa
Marisa Casagrande
April 24, 2018
This paper is one of two providing an on-the-ground look at the end-of-life care landscape in two of Ontario's largest cities. To read more about encouraging signs of progress and frustrating roadblocks to improvement, read both this case study and the study in Hamilton.

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.
MAiD and Modern Medicine
Convivium
Peter Stockland
June 18, 2018
Two years ago, on June 1, 2016, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was escorted to her seat in front of Canada’s Senate to explain her government's rationale for Bill C-14, a legislative concoction with a name from a high school chemistry class and the full power to transform Canadian society forever.
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

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.
Canadians' views on assisted dying are complex
Policy Options
December 4, 2020
Public support for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) hardly constitutes the consensus it’s made out to be, new public opinion research and justice committee testimony show. As Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings and pollster Dr. Angus Reid argue in Policy Options, federal politicians need to deal with the genuine fears and concerns Canadians have about the planned massive expansion of MAiD.
Justin Trudeau puts the pressure on premiers
Macleans
November 11, 2020
Maclean's shares Cardus' recent polling on MAiD perspectives among Canadians:  "Cardus, a 'faith-based think tank' in Ottawa, asked Angus Reid to take the nation’s temperature on medical assistance in dying. The pollster found that two-thirds of respondents 'are concerned expanded MAiD will lead to people with mental health issues like depression choosing death rather than dealing with the underlying causes of their condition.' A similar proportion 'fear expanded MAiD will lead to people with disabilities or those who are elderly feeling more pressure to choose death in order to avoid being a burden on others.'"

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