Articles for the ‘Court Cases’

Truchon Case Summary

This case began when two people from Montreal filed a civil suit against the federal and Quebec governments challenging the “reasonably foreseeable,” requirement of the federal statute, and the “end of life” eligibility criterion in the Québec statute. Jean Truchon is a man in his forties living with cerebral palsy. After completing a bachelor’s degree […]

Lamb Case Summary

Julia Lamb is a young woman with spinal muscular atrophy living in British Columbia. Although her condition is progressive, it is not terminal. Ms. Lamb is currently able to work part time and live independently with attendant services. However, she fears that a sudden decline in her condition – especially one that impairs her ability […]

Bentley Case Summary

Margaret Bentley was an elderly woman – a former nurse – living at a nursing home operated by Fraser Health in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.  In 1991, Ms. Bentley signed a “statement of wishes” saying she would not want to “be kept alive by artificial means or ‘heroic […]

Carter Case Summary

Carter v. Attorney General of Canada is a legal case focusing on Gloria Taylor’s request to have a doctor’s help to die. Taylor had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). In June of 2012, a court in British Columbia ruled that Canada’s law prohibiting assisted suicide was unconstitutional.  The court decided that, contrary to the […]

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