Assisted Dying: The Right-to-Die Debate

Canadian doctors and patients are navigating the newly granted right to die under a broad Supreme Court decision on assisted dying. As we enter the farthest ethical frontier, this collection documents a new reality where doctors are allowed to take a life and where we as a country must decide on the circumstances under which they can.

  • 2014
  • 13-14
  • 14 Titles

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The National Choosing death earlier than planned

A Nova Scotia woman who has chosen a medically assisted death says Canada's new law is too extreme and unfair. She says she's now forced to make the difficult choice to end her life earlier than she'd like.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/06/2018

The National Last Right: Assisted Suicide in Canada (Part 1 of 4)

In this first of four parts, The National explores the growing demand for new laws governing assisted suicide in Canada. The renewed push comes from baby boomers, a politically active generation that is now aging and demanding more control over their final days. This segment also explores the life of Bill Kennett. A senior Ottawa bureaucrat, he was used to making big ...
  • 2013
  • 00:20:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/12/2014

The National Last Right: Harriet's Story (Part 2 of 4)

In this second of four parts, The National's Duncan McCue continues the series on dying with dignity. All her life, Harriet Scott liked being in the driver's seat. So when her doctor told her she had a terminal case of liver cancer, she was determined to die on her own terms. But would the choice be taken away from her as ...
  • 2013
  • 00:18:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The National Last Right: Reflections (Part 4 of 4)

When Duncan McCue and The National started this series on the right-to-die debate, their offices were flooded with emails, some of them including very personal stories from viewers whose loved ones have grappled with end-of-life questions. This final segment in the Last Right series tells these Canadians' stories.
  • 2013
  • 00:11:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/15/2014

The National Last Right: Sandy Trunzer's Story (Part 3 of 4)

In this third installment from the documentary series Last Right, from The National, Duncan McCue meets Sandy Trunzer. She's 49 and dying of a rare disorder. She hoped to respect the laws banning assisted suicide by simply shutting off her pacemaker, but that decision is proving to be problematic.
  • 2013
  • 00:17:51
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/09/2014

The National Murder or Mercy? Euthanasia on Trial

Francine Pelletier presides over a debate on euthanasia, one of the most emotionally charged issues in Canada today. Dr. James Young, Ontario's Chief Coroner, discusses the current definition of euthanasia and we look at how other countries have grappled with this issue. Marilynne Seguin, a registered nurse and executive director of the organization Dying With Dignity, presents views favouring euthanasia. ...
  • 1995
  • 00:54:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - February 1992 Nancy B: The Right to Decide

The historic legal decision which allowed Nancy B. to refuse medical treatment is the starting point for looking at the complex questions involving medical treatment, life and death.
  • 1992
  • 00:13:01
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/15/1992

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Firsthand Road to Mercy

Canadian doctors and patients navigate the newly granted right to die under a broad Supreme Court decision — the first of its kind outside Europe. As we enter the farthest ethical frontier, Road to Mercy documents a new reality where doctors are allowed to take a life and where we as a country must decide on the circumstances under which ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/19/2016