April 14: Quebec is the first province to consider the controversial proposal of euthanasia by advance consent. (>>)
March 24: Gaétan Barrette announces measures designed to fuel the debate on a possible extension of the Act Respecting End-of-life Care, in particular for the incapacitated, but also potentially for people living with chronic diseases. Among other things, he amends the Commission’s mandate on end-of-life care to analyze euthanasia refusals. (>>)
March 20: the Quebec government has cut funding for educational activities that allowed future family physicians to receive specialized mental health training. (>>)
March 17: the lawyer of the Montrealer accused of killing his Alzheimer wife believes that it will be up to society and the court to decide whether it is a murder or an aid to die. (>>)
March 16: requests for euthanasia have risen in Bas-Saint-Laurent. (>>)
February 23: Health Minister Gaetan Barrette opens the door for public debate on extending assisted suicide to patients unable to give consent; such as those with Alzheimers. (>>)
February 21: A man allegedly suffocated his 60-year-old spouse allegedly to end the suffering of his wife who was suffering from advanced stage Alzheimer’s (>>)
January 22, 2017: a survey reveals that the majority of health workers are stressed out. (>>)
January 17, 2017: a patient’s rights advocate argues that there are harsher consequences for mistreating animals than humans in Quebec. (>>)
January 14, 2017: Quebec bioethicists publish an article calling for organ donation after euthanasia. (>>)
January 10, 2017: the number of cases of euthanasia in Quebec exceeds expectations (again) (>>)
December 9, 2016: Health minister Barrette presents Bill 130; a bill that would require doctors to perform hospital duties or risk facing a disciplinary committee. (>>)
November 29, 2016: A report accidentally released to the National Assembly reported troubling practices in the provinces CHSLDs. (>>)
November 29, 2016: According to the latest publicly available data, 28 requests for assisted suicide were administered in Estrie in 2016 to date. (>>)
October 27, 2016: The Commission on end-of-life care published their first annual report of activities where it was announced that there had been 262 cases of euthanasia since September 1st. It mentioned having examined 198 cases within which 21 were problematic: Among them, 18 cases concern the independence of the second doctor, 2 cases mention a problem with the end-of-life criterion, and 1 case raises questions about whether the patient was actually suffering from a serious and incurable disease. direct PDF link >>
October 21, 2016: The International Congress on Palliative Care was held in Montreal, where speakers voiced their concerns about the future of palliative are in Quebec. According to them, the arrival of euthanasia exposes the palliative care milieu in Quebec to a risk of “fracture and implosion,” because of the increasing pressure to “penetrate the aid to die in its environments of care. Read more >>
September 30, 2016: The annual report of The Quebec Ombudsman criticized the fact that bureaucracy has suffered less than vulnerable cutbacks in public services and that it is therefore the most vulnerable who pay the price of austerity Read more >>
September 29, 2016: Canadian Bishops are attacked in the media for having wrongly considered the possibility to deny a religious funeral in some cases of euthanasia – even though to this day, no directive has been given in this respect. Read more >>
September 22, 2016: Unions representing the staff of the Bas-Saint-Laurent health facilities denounce the considerable deterioration of the quality of services following the health cuts. Read more >>
September 21, 2016: Confusion still surrounds the differences between the federal law and the Quebec law on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The minister Gaétan Barrette warns Quebec doctors who risk applying the federal law C-14 that they risk getting in trouble with the law. Read more >>
September 19, 2016:Patients and unions denounce the Quebec government on conducting another consultation of nursing homes instead of making concrete efforts to improve the lives of patients. Read more >>
September 19, 2016: The commission charged with observing the application of the law on euthanasia in Quebec is accused again by the same euthanasia doctors who question its impartiality due to the presence of opponents of euthanasia within its board of directors. Read more >>
September 10, 2016: On the occasion of the 14th World Day of suicide prevention, the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide notes that 1100 Quebecers take their own lives every year, or 3 people per day, and that the situation stagnated despite prevention campaigns. Read more >>
September 9, 2016: The commission charged with observing the implementation of the law on euthanasia in Quebec is accused of being too proactive by euthanasia doctors. Read more >>
August 30, 2016: considering the increasing number of Quebecers who kill themselves by fasting because they are ineligible to euthanasia, the Collège des médecins du Québec announced that it is preparing a “practical guide” to help doctors accompany their patients who will die of hunger and thirst. Read the article >>
August 17, 2016: La Maison Albatros is publicly singled out because of their refusal to euthanize a patient electing instead to transfer him to a hospital in Trois-Rivières, as provided by the law. Read more >>
July 24, 2016: Inauguration of a palliative care unit at the Verdun Hospital in Montreal (>>).
July 23, 2016: Quebec doctors who practice euthanasia must proceed by ignoring the directions of Health Canada which has still not approved the protocol for administration of products used in cases of euthanasia (>>).
July 13, 2016: A doctor from Montreal files a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Quebec to challenge the Quebec law that legalized euthanasia (>>).
July 7, 2016: Six month after the law regarding end-of-life care came into effect, publicly-released data shows that requests for euthanasia exceeded estimates and that the 166 people euthanized in Quebec represents about twice the amount that experts anticipated (>>).
July 4, 2016: The Physicians’ Alliance against euthanasia publishes an open letter to Véronique Hivon to denounce her attack against the MUHC accusing her of wanting to impose euthanasia in palliative care (>>).
June 29, 2016: Véronique Hivon asks Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to intervene and force the MUHC Palliative Care Unit to perform euthanasia in their unit (>>). Dr Barrette responds that he wants to quell the resistance (>>).
February 29, 2016: a communication campaign is launched by the Government of Quebec on end of life care. Link to the message >>
February 16, 2016: the media report a dozen official euthanasia cases in Quebec since the entry into force of the law.Read article >>
January 15, 2016: the Supreme Court of Canada agrees to exempt Quebec from the four-month extension it granted the Federal government to adopt a law on assisted suicide. Thus, the Quebec euthanasia law, which came into force on December 10, 2015, is formally approved by the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more >>
January 14, 2016: media outlets report first official case of euthanasia in Quebec
January 4, 2016: the Quebec Court of Appeal stated that the Criminal Code provisions that still prohibit “medical aid in dying” can not, by themselves, prevent the entry into force and implementation of euthanasia in Quebec since they were declared invalid by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter decision. Read more >>
December 18, 2015: hearing of the Government of Quebec appeal regarding the incompatibility of its articles related to “medical aid in dying” with the Criminal Code of Canada. The decision of the Court of Appeal is expected soon but at this point we do not know the exact date.
December 10, 2015: given the temporary suspension of the judgment of the Superior Court pending the decision of the Court of Appeal, the Quebec Government announces that the articles related to “medical aid in dying” are coming into force pending the verdict of the Court of Appeal, but cannot guarantee total immunity to doctors who participate in a process of euthanasia.
December 9, 2015: the Quebec Court of Appeal allows the Quebec Government to challenge the judgment of the Superior Court at a hearing on December 18.
December 1st, 2015: The Quebec Superior Court renders inoperative all the articles of the Quebec Act related to “medical aid in dying”, which were to take effect on December 10, declaring them incompatible with the Canadian Criminal Code until the Federal Government implements a new law to frame the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize assisted suicide in Canada. The judgment also points out the use of a euphemism in Quebec law to hide that it is human euthanasia.