Euthanasia and assisted suicide have hitherto been covert and unregulated in Canada.
Also, access to them was uneven and unjust.
They no longer need to be covert, but there are still some access inequities caused by fragmented or wrongly-focused regulation.
Accurate information and moral support are available from RTDSC and similar groups such as End of Life Planning Canada and Dying With Dignity Canada. As developments occur, this website will be changed to reflect them, and the changes will be announced via New on the Site (at the top of the left frame).
We inform/advise regulators (e.g. elected or appointed
officials) and policy-makers (e.g. medical associations and governing bodies).
We participate in think tanks devoted to improving the
availability of humane and reliable self-deliverance methods.
We present a complete range of
options to people who are faced with intolerable suffering from an irremediable condition, always working to help them find
the option which is best for them, whether or not that turns out to be bringing their life to an end.
Canada's initial law extends aid only to people who already have enduring and intolerable suffering. But if you want to forestall oncoming misery, your prudence should not be met with
abandonment. We will work to guide law evolution so that pre-emptive exiting, carefully yet sensitively regulated, becomes
another supported option.
Many people have no one they can
talk to about escaping or avoiding the suffering they are faced with. You can talk to us. We will never try to shape your will;
instead we will inform it and respect it.
Erroneous "information" about exit methods
is widespread. We direct sufferers and planners to reliable books, websites and
If no nearby doctor is a provider of MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) and
an out-of-town doctor comes to your location to serve you, without being compensated by their regional government for their time and travel,
the Right to Die Society will compensate that doctor, at the rates which the government would have used if it had been willing to pay.
(We will do this retroactively, and we will reimburse laypeople who bore some of the costs themselves before learning of our policy,
since publicity did not start until August 30 and was fragmentary at first.)
At turning points in the law-development process,
hearings or consultations may be held, and you can exert influence by participating as fully as you are able. At all times,
journalists are quite influential, and they often contact right-to-die groups looking for someone to put a face on the issue.
If you are willing to be such a person, let us know.
For many doctors, adjusting to the new situation
will be a challenge. If your own doctor seems troubled, you can try making brief "dissonance-reduction" comments
during your office visits. For instance, you can remark that you (and probably other patients too) consider doctors' goal
to be the prevention or elimination of suffering, rather than just the prolongation of life.