ONTARIO SAYS LAW WON'T CHANGE ON ASSISTED DYING

Jun 21, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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According to a spokesman for the health minister – Ontario doesn’t plan to change the law – when it comes to the issue of publicly funded facilities – providing medically assisted deaths.

And Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish says the government should allow facilities that provide such services – to make that information available to members of the public who request it under the freedom-of-information system.

He says legislation passed this spring shields hospitals, long-term care homes and hospices – from Ontario’s freedom-of-information law.

The government says that was done to protect the safety of people who work in such facilities – but Beamish says there’s no proof that opponents of assisted dying would pose any threat.

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