The Every Lawyer

Let's Talk Medical Assistance in Dying

Episode Summary

With our guest Shelley Birenbaum, we discuss the CBA’s influence on the implementation of Bill C-7 and the important updates to Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying legislation.

Episode Notes

With our guest Shelley Birenbaum, we discuss the CBA’s influence on the implementation of Bill C-7 and the important updates to Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying legislation.

Shelley Birenbaum is a member of the CBA’s End of Life Working Group and a health lawyer with the Ontario Bar for over 25 years. She specializes in the legal and ethical aspects of assisted dying.

In this episode, we talk about the major issues that the Working Group fought for (eligibility for people with a psychiatric condition, advance requests for MAID, people under age of majority), the major impediments to MAiDs that the CBA took on apart from these issues, the restrictions surrounding a “reasonably foreseeable death” and much more.

Click here to view the work of The End of Life Working Group of the CBA, the influence the CBA had on Bill C-7, the overall efforts of the working group and the National Magazine article Balancing autonomy and protection.

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Episode Transcription

Let's Talk Medical Assistance in Dying