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2015 Newsletter

Train Wreck: the Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

Article by Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director and Adam Giancola, deVeber Institute Intern

On February 6th 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada unleashed a constitutional hurricane. Defying the clearly expressed will of Parliament, sidestepping judicial precedents, and flying in the face of recommendations from numerous advisory bodies, including those of the medical profession, the Court nullified the longstanding prohibition on assisted suicide.

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New Award honours Ethics in Palliative Care: Winner Announcement

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Winners of New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care Announced

Montreal, September 10, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the winners of the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care: Margaret Somerville and Kelly Hubbard. The new award recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

Margaret Somerville, Founding Director of McGill’s Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, has worked for over 30 years as an ethicist. During her career she has been a bold beacon of reason in both her academic work and the public square against legalizing euthanasia, arguing for better access to high quality palliative care, especially total pain management in caring for dying people.

PRESS RELEASE - Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions

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Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions

Toronto, July 11, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research hosted a public discussion: Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions featuring leading Canadian researchers and thinkers in the field of autism.

Funded through the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique series, speakers included CIHR researchers Dr. James Bebko, Dr. Edvokia Anagnostou, and leading advocate Estée Klar.

New Windsor Star Article on the Jean Echlin Award

The Windsor Star has recently reported on the DeVeber Institute's release of the Jean Echlin Award, congratulating Ms. Echlin on her continuing work for palliative care over the last 35 years:

Press Release: New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

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New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

Toronto, July 3rd, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care, a new award that recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

A nominee for the award must be an individual or a group of individuals that supports, believes in, and embodies the philosophy and ethics of palliative care. Nominees support the notion that palliative care constitutes not just dying well, but also, and more importantly, living well. And that all persons should be provided the highest level of quality-of-life until the moment of death.