Webinar to explain impact of Carter v. Canada on health care providers

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will co-present an upcoming webinar on physician-assisted dying, a term used in the recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Carter v. Canada. The session is presented by a lawyer and an ethicist who have worked over many years on tough clinical issues, including end of life.

In a session hosted by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors on July 6 from 1 – 3 p.m., Dykeman, partner at Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP and Dr. Kerry Bowman, a clinical ethicist with the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, will explain the SCC’s recent unanimous decision to strike down as unconstitutional the Criminal Code prohibitions on assisted suicide.

Attendees will learn the history of this issue and the relevance of the current unanimous ruling in Carter, hear a review of the facts in the case, and understand the nuts and bolts of the decision and what it will mean in health care settings including long-term care in early 2016. Dykeman and Bowman will also provide an overview of ethical and legal concerns raised to date, as well as consideration of what comes next.

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