The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research conducts and disseminates research on topics connected to human life in its biological, social and ethical dimensions. These topics are selected for study depending on emerging medical, technological and social developments. In undertaking this work the Institute believes that a sense of the inherent value and dignity of human life and of the human person as an end and not a means is a foundational perspective to bring to bear on its work.

The Institute's research may be original or may consist of reviews of existing literature. In each case the Institute's work is to be of the highest academic quality, though accessible to the general public.

From the Director's Desk

Physician-assisted suicide and conscience protections for doctors in Ontario

As of June 17, 2016, it is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada. Almost every other province has created a process to provide MAID without compromising healthcare provider’s consciences. Ontario’s newly introduced legislation, Bill 84, does not include any conscience protections.

Video of Dr Ewan Goligher available!

Last October, the deVeber Institute co-hosted its Annual Public Lecture with Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Our Special guest was Dr. Ewan Goligher who spoke "On Saying "No": the Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare":

Thank you for your support in 2016! What one medical student said about our work...

This past year we had a number of public events, speaking engagements and discussions with the public on major life issues including abortion, women’s health, palliative care, conscience rights for medical professionals, and assisted suicide.
 

What's the difference anyways? Palliative Care versus MAID/MAD (Medical Aid in Dying)

There is growing confusion concerning end-of-life issues: what is palliative care, what can families expect if they ask for palliative care versus medical-aid-in-dying, and what is the difference?

Attention: Palliative care is NOT medical-aid-in-dying (MAID/MAD).

Giving Tuesday!

On Thursday, November 24th the deVeber Institute held its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) via conference call. The meeting's minutes will be made available later this week. For the Executive Director's Report and a summary of everything the deVeber Institute has been able to accomplish this year thanks to the generous support of our donors please email bioethics@deveber.org

We greatly appreciate the support we have received this year from our donors! Please consider making a donation today, on Giving Tuesday, to enable us to continue and plan for more important initiatives in 2017.