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MAiD survey

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Consultations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) eligibility criteria and request process

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016. Canada’s Criminal Code now exempts doctors and nurse practitioners who provide, or help to provide, medical assistance in dying.

Medical assistance in dying” currently includes:

  • the use of medication by a physician or nurse practitioner to directly cause a person’s death at their request
  • the prescription or provision of medication by a physician or nurse practitioner that a person can use to cause their own death

The law currently sets out eligibility criteria for those who wish to apply for MAID. It also sets out safeguards that doctors and nurse practitioners must follow when deciding if a patient qualifies for MAID, in particular to make sure that the patient requesting MAID is fully informed and has given their consent freely.

Visit the Government of Canada’s medical assistance in dying webpage for more information on:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Process for obtaining MAID
  • Roles of the provinces and territories
  • How Health Canada monitors and reports on MAID
  • Independent reviews
  • How Health Canada supports palliative and end-of-life care

Evolution of MAID in Canada

During the development and implementation of MAID (Bill C-14) in 2016, many Canadians voiced their support for broader access to MAID. As a result, the Government of Canada committed to study a wider variety of medical circumstances where a person may want to access MAID.

Specifically, the Government of Canada asked the Council of Canadian Academies to study three complex issues including requests for MAID by mature minors, advance requests, and requests for people where mental illness is the only reason for requesting MAID. The reports and a summary are available on the CCA’s website.

As legalizing medical assistance in dying was a significant step for Canada, Parliament committed to reviewing the law five years after it was passed. This review will provide the opportunity to hear from Canadians about how MAID is working, and to see if any changes should be made. It is expected that this review will start in 2020.

Context and objectives of the questionnaire

On September 11, 2019, the Superior Court of Québec found (Truchon v. Attorney General of Canada) that it was unconstitutional to limit access to MAID to people nearing the end of life. The case was brought by two persons living with disabilities, Mr. Truchon, who has lived with cerebral palsy since birth, and Ms. Gladu, who has lived with paralysis and severe scoliosis as a result of poliomyelitis. Practitioners who assessed them were of the view that they met all eligibility criteria for MAID, with the exception of nearing the end of life. The Court declared the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion in the federal Criminal Code, as well as the “end-of-life” criterion in Quebec’s provincial law on medical assistance in dying, to be unconstitutional.

The Court’s ruling will come into effect on March 11, 2020, unless an extension is granted by the Court. While this ruling only applies in the province of Quebec, the Government of Canada has accepted the ruling and has committed to changing the MAID law for the whole country.

Since MAID has been legalized, more than 6,700 Canadians who were suffering unbearably chose to die peacefully with the help of a physician or nurse practitioner. Over the past four years, our health care systems have become more familiar and comfortable with providing MAID, and Canadians have also learned a lot about circumstances where MAID is not allowed.

As we prepare to launch the full review of the MAID law this summer, the Government of Canada is moving quickly in the shorter term to help inform our response to the recent Quebec court ruling. Updating Canada’s MAID law will expand eligibility for MAID beyond people who are nearing the end of life, and could possibly result in other changes once the review is complete. This questionnaire offers Canadians the opportunity to share their views with the Government of Canada on this deeply personal and very important issue.

This consultation closes on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

Learn more and access the questionnaire (bottom of page) at Department of Justice.



Parliamentarian Workshop

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Do you get frustrated when:

  • Meetings go on and on due to lack of order and control
  • A few people dominate discussions and other voices are ignored
  • There is confusion about when and how to make motions
  • Not everyone knows what is being voted on

Calgary Diocesan CWL Council is hosting a 2 day Parliamentarian Workshop on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at St. Bonaventure's Church in Calgary.   This is a professional course based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, and our facilitator will be Pat Knoll, Q.C., who is a Calgary lawyer and professional registered parliamentarian.

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2019 Nativity Stamps

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Add seasonal spirit to your holiday mail this Christmas with this booklet of 12 PermanentTM domestic rate stamps featuring the Magi from the Nativity story.

This simple, elegant stamp depicts the Biblical story of the Magi travelling on their camels in search of a newborn king, guided by the star of Bethlehem that heralded his birth.

Issue Date: November 4, 2019 

Product # 114121

Source: Canada Post

These stamps can be used all year long. CWL members (and Councils) are encouraged to purchase them to ensure their continued production. Christian-themed stamps are a result of action by the Catholic Women's League of Canada - an example of successful resolutions. See our Resolutions re: Christmas Postage Stamps article for more information.

UPDATE: these stamps are now available in outlets.  Some nativity stamps from previous years are still available through the website. 


Safe Environment Policy

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a Safe Environment Policy to protect children and everyone from sexual abuse in the church: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. Read the document here. 

Break the cycle of silence. You can choose to talk about it and report abuse. The Diocese of Calgary has launched a Safe Environment web page. Talk to someone you trust or call the toll-free number at 1-833-547-8360.


Scams Alert

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There are many scams going around masquerading as your clergy (priests, deacons or lately, the bishop).

Please exercise caution when responding to email messages.  If you receive unusual emails, check the sender's email address to see whether it is the person’s genuine address. Even if the sender's address looks correct, always verify suspicious emails by phoning the sender. There have been many similar scams reported by several parishes in our diocese and across Canada. 

Note that these scams do not stop at emails. Those in social media should stay vigilant when responding to friend requests or to other compelling posts requiring a response. There are many fake Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts trying to impersonate people you know and our church leaders. Some scammers may take the time to build a relationship with you to gain your trust, before trying to extort money or other things like gift cards.

Please exercise vigilance when you are being charitable. Use the channels you are most familiar with and avoid becoming victims of a scam.

For samples of scam emails see Diocese of Calgary


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