I suggest a panel of informed people be given a limited period to consult citizens about end of life choices for dying and report to Cabinet at the end of this period. I suggest 3 months and 9 locations. The panel to consist of those free from any prior conflict of interest as in doctrinal allegiance to ant-euthanasia dogma or financial conflict as in investments in nursing home and private elder care for profit.
Increase the palliative or hospice care beds in the province. This alleviates longterm care beds and hospital beds. With all the talk recently about euthanasia, it seems to be a drastic step from living to dying. The lack of hospice or palliative care in Ontario is deeply concerning. In Ottawa, with a population close to a million, we have only 23 palliative care beds. We will all die at some time and I believe that ...more »
All of the legislation, agencies, and processes that come into play in end-of-life decisions, particularly substitute decision-making, must be examined, refined and monitored very closely. Given ongoing debates about assisted suicide and euthanasia, the Supreme Court ruling today in the Rasouli life-support case which very properly endorses the important legislated role of the Ontario Consent & Capacity Board in end-of-life ...more »