Legislation Communique #2 – Blanca Stead – Oct. 31, 2016
Dear League sisters and Father Edwin,
Following the approval of Bill C-
This call for action has become urgent after learning that the Fraser Health Board is considering a decision to mandate that all palliative care units and hospices facilities in Fraser Health Authority be required to provide assisted suicide and euthanasia, also called Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD), within their units or facilities.
In addition, a doctor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, has recently resigned from the ethics committee at this Catholic hospital because it refuses to offer assisted dying on-
We need to let our members know the importance of signing petitions, writing letters, and visiting the local MLAs to inform them of our position.
Two examples of how the practice of euthanasia progresses:
Immediate Action: The B.C. & Yukon Provincial executive of the CWL has decided to send a petition to the B.C. Legislature concerning hospice and palliative care. The text of the petition will also be sent to the Whitehorse Diocesan President to adopt or adapt according to Yukon Legislature standing orders.
In the House of Commons: Private member’s bill C-
B.C.: “Silver Alert System”
The organization <betterthan50.com> is calling on the provincial government to reconsider the establishment of a professional “Silver Alert” system in B.C. “With Alzheimer’s and dementia rates increasing in B.C., the government needs to get ahead of the curve to keep our at risk seniors safe”.
BC & Yukon Provincial Standing Committee of Legislation:
A big thank you to Sherray Duran from the Diocese of Vancouver and Jeanne Wilson from the Diocese of Whitehorse, for accepting to share the workload as members of the Sub-
Blessings to you all,