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Working Symposium on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia July 19-20

We would like to thank everyone who made this event a success. We would like to thank the speakers, Alex Schadenberg, Dr. Paul Zeni, Dr. Deb Zeni, Dr. Ian Gentles and our interns (Julia Giancola, Christina Holmquist, Conor Sweetman, and Martha McNeely) for their insightful speeches at the symposium. Thank you also to Kathy Matusiak and Lorraine McCallum who contributed so much to the planning and publicity involved in the event and Professors Keith and Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy for graciously hosting us. To everyone who attended the event: your presence was so important to us and your contributions to the discussion were much appreciated!

Check ethics at the door

Check ethics at the door Re: Doctors’ Beliefs Must Not Impede Care: Ontario College, March 7. Published in National Post.

Something precious was lost when Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons voted to strip doctors of their universally recognized right not to participate in an action that violates a properly formed conscience.

Its arrogance was nicely captured in the quote from past president Dr. Marc Gabel, who told the college counsel, “You cannot kick someone out of your office without care” — a slanderous mischaracterization of physicians who wish to bow out of the referral process for abortion and doctor-assisted killing. The vote took place the same day the Canadian Medical Association reportedly defended a physician’s right not to be forced to refer against his/her moral beliefs.

Cafe Scientifique - Stem Cells: The Hope, the Hype, & the Reality Part #1 - Lorraine McCallum's Talk

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The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research hosted a stem cell pub talk in Toronto, Canada on July 3, 2012 with stem cell transplant patient Lorraine McCallum and CIHR researchers Dr. David Hill and Dr. Michael Fehlings. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. First speaker: Lorraine McCallum Only days after giving birth to her third daughter, Lorraine was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Lorraine received an autologous stem cell transplant in 2009. She is currently in remission. Lorraine shares her experience as a patient benefitting from adult stem cell research.