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Physician-Assisted Death: Where do we go from here?

Physician-Assisted Death: Where do we go from here?
15 Devonshire Place, George Ignatieff Theatre
Time: Mar 30th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 30th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Medicine, Faculty of , Law, Faculty of , Ethics, Canada, 2000-
Panel discussion featuring Wayne Sumner (Philosophy), James Downar (Physician), and Jocelyn Downie (Law)

The Centre for Ethics is pleased to present a Public Issues Forum:

Physician-Assisted Death: Where do we go from here?

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the laws prohibiting physician-assisted death but has only partially defined the kind of legal regime that might replace them. This panel, consisting of a philosopher, a lawyer, and a clinician, will confront some of the questions that will now be very much on the public agenda: What, exactly, did the Court decide? What directions did it lay out for a regime of legal assisted dying? What is the federal government's task now? What happens if it does nothing? Where might we look for guidance on how to construct a suitable regulatory framework? What criteria and procedures should it embody? What impact might the provision of legal assisted dying have on the practice of medicine, especially palliative care? How might we protect physicians' right of conscientious refusal to provide this service?


  • Wayne Sumner, University Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, and author of Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law
  • James Downar, Palliative Care Physician and Intensivist, University Health Network; Assistant Professor, Divisions of Critical Care and Palliative Care, University of Toronto; Chair, Postgraduate Education Committee, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Jocelyn Downie, Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University. Author of Dying Justice: A Case for Decriminalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada ; member of pro bono legal team in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) and member ofRoyal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End of Life Decision-Making

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This event is free and open to all but SEATING IS LIMITED. Please register HERE to reserve your seat.

For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at (416) 978-6288.

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