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Advocating for the Canadian Disability Benefit

In the aftermath of Tracy Latimer's tragic death, Chantal Huinick found herself grappling with profound questions of existence and justice. Reflecting on her own fears as a child with a disability, she unveils the enduring impact of Tracy's legacy on her life and work. In this excerpt, Huinick shares her impassioned plea for societal change, urging us to confront the complex ethical landscape of medical assistance in dying and to advocate for the inherent worth and dignity of every individual.

The Gap Between Disability and Community

Wentworth Miller says when you’re in survival mode, there isn’t space for “we” or “community.” It becomes all about “I” and “me.” He is not relating specifically to the challenges of disability, or faith communities fostering , but he shares valuable information about the challenges that may arise if you feel singular, different, and alone; if you have to spend the majority of your days in survival mode over the long term.

Insights from the movie Penguin Bloom

The movie Penguin Bloom is highly refreshing because it opens a window into the physical and emotional pain that is often associated with adjustment to disability [...] Most importantly it shows each member of the family journeying through their own experience of grief related to disability and eventually coming out the other side, not wishing to die but learning to spread their wings and fly with reinvigorated passion for life.

By |2021-02-23T20:37:34-05:00February 23, 2021|Assisted dying, Reflections, Reviews, Uncategorized|

Physicians, Assisted Dying and Vulnerable People

Today, we are pleased to welcome Matthew Piamonte to the site for a guest post on Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying Bill C-14. Matthew is finishing his residency training in family medicine at Dalhousie's Fredericton site. Born and raised in Ottawa, he joined Christian Horizons for a brief time during his undergraduate years at Ottawa University. [...]

By |2016-05-16T13:49:14-04:00May 17, 2016|Assisted dying|

“Dear Elayne Shapray” – Assisted death or assisted life?

I do not want you to suffer any more than you have to, but there has to be a solution other than physician-assisted death, because whether it seems like it or not, I believe every person, including you, is here for a reason. I hope you know that your life has value regardless of what you can or cannot do for yourself. You can still make a valuable impact on those you come into contact with.

By |2017-01-06T16:16:59-05:00December 15, 2015|Assisted dying, Social issues|

Whose right to die?

What I am arguing is that in Western society even those of us who see ourselves as competent, mentally healthy adults who are fully in control of our rational capacities are influenced and inter-connected in many more ways that we would sometimes like to admit.

By |2017-01-30T13:40:38-05:00February 6, 2015|Assisted dying|
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