[community] A Conversation on the Future of Physician Assisted Death in Canada

Ayotte, Dana dayotte at ocadu.ca
Mon Apr 11 16:41:35 UTC 2016

Hi All,

and thanks Anna for forwarding the invitation. This is a really important discussion and I also wanted to share some of Catherine Frazee's work on the subject from the point of view of protecting vulnerable persons. Catherine is Professor Emerita at the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, and former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and she’s done a lot of thinking, writing and advocating in this area.

A summary with links to a couple of articles:

A recent article in the Chronicle Herald:

The Vulnerable Persons Standard:


Dana Ayotte
Inclusive Designer
Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD University

On Apr 11, 2016, at 9:13 AM, Anna Stranks <annastudio_a at rogers.com<mailto:annastudio_a at rogers.com>> wrote:

Hi everyone

I would like to extend an invitation to you all to a gathering  that is being held at OCAD University on April 27, 2016, “A Conversation on the Future of Medically Assisted Death in Canada”, Please join in the conversation about an important topic facing all Canadians. It is an open conversation which you can participate in. This is an inclusive discussion so your participation in welcome!

Our guest panelists will include the Hon. Rob Oliphant, MP for Danforth riding and co-chair of the Report on Physician Assisted Dying presented to the House of Parliament this past February 2016  and Madeline Weld, journalist and editor of Humanist Perspectives Magazine who wrote “Inside the Swiss Death Room”  on the death of John Hofsess.  She is also co-editing John’s book which will be coming out soon.   I have included her article as well as John’s published in Toronto Life.  Also, Lucy Costa, Deputy Director of The Empowerment Council at OCAD will also be a guest panelist.

http://torontolife.com/city/life/john-hofsess-assisted-suicide/ <http://torontolife.com/city/life/john-hofsess-assisted-suicide/>
http://torontolife.com/city/life/john-hofsess-switzerland-death-room/ <http://torontolife.com/city/life/john-hofsess-switzerland-death-room/>

Please see information below.  Seating is limited.  Remote access will be available for those who are unable to attend in person.


Anna Stranks BID, IDC, ARIDO, LEED AP, ARIDO GTA Past President
STUDIO A Design Collaborative
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How we live and how we die are questions that need further exploration and discussion set within an inclusive framework that engages a broad spectrum of individuals and perspectives, particularly the perspectives of our most vulnerable populations which include the persons who experience disabilities or the effects of aging.  Research is showing that many Canadians support medically assisted death. The controversy is more situated within many contexts, including institutional spheres, where law and policy makers are subject to pressures from many different perspective including self-interest groups.  This leads to the heart of the question: who should decide when and how we die?

Please join OCAD Graduate Studies in Inclusive Design for "A Conversation on the Future of Physician Assisted Death"

April 27, 2016

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

49 McCaul Street “The Red Room”

Space is limited. Please register at http://goo.gl/forms/s2sNRnRmIR <http://goo.gl/forms/s2sNRnRmIR>

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