Below is a mass email sent to members of Dying With Dignity to encourage them to contact their MPs to support draft legislation on decriminalizing medical aid in dying. Many members wrote letters which were posted on our website to serve as examples to others.
The mass email below successfully encouraged members of Dying With Dignity to attend the CMA Town Hall meetings to ensure the position of the organization was heard. Many of our members made public speeches, which were included in the final CMA report on the public consultation.
An Update for Members and Supporters of
Dying With Dignity Canada
Please note that several links were disabled on the Maclean’s website since our previous update. New registration links have just been released for the
Town Halls to Discuss End-of-Life Care
Sponsored by the Canadian Medical Association
The Town Halls are being held by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in partnership with Maclean’s Magazine and in association with the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
Maclean’s launched its brand new website yesterday, and as you might expect with such a monumental task, a couple bits and pieces didn’t make it onto the new website as expected (pieces like the St. John’s event). Maclean’s assures us that they are working to have that information restored soon on a special page they are building just for the town halls.
Many of you have contacted me about why there are not more cities on the tour. The CMA has informed us that their budget restricts the number of cities they can visit, but invite everyone to participate online. If you cannot attend a town hall in person, you can still get involved by accessing the live stream. Currently, the Vancouver details are posted – please note that the live stream details for your city may not be active until just before the event.
Live streaming allows viewers across Canada to pose questions and offer comments. I hope you’ll attend either in person or online and provide your comments in support of Dying With Dignity. The CMA will take all of the online comments into account in the final report. You do not need to register for the live stream.
If you plan to attend in person, please register for the Town Hall of your choice using one of the new links below:
Registration Links for CMA Town Halls:
Vancouver – March 24, 2014
900 Canada Place Way
Whitehorse – April 16, 2014
Yukon Arts Centre
300 College Drive
Regina – May 7, 2014
Queensbury Convention Centre
1700 Elphinstone Street
Mississauga – May 27, 2014
The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
All town halls will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. local time. If you are going to attend online, don’t forget to plan for the time difference between your location and the event location.
Thank you all for your ongoing support!
Community Education & Communications Coordinator
Dying With Dignity Canada