LAW COMMISSION OF ONTARIO (LCO) RELEASES DISCUSSION PAPER ON “IMPROVING THE LAST STAGES OF LIFE”

The Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) project, Improving the Last Stages of Life, considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them. The project seeks to address the experiences of everyone involved in the dying process, including: individuals, caregivers and other family and friends, health care institutions and professionals, government, other professionals, and community organizations.

The purpose of LCO’s discussion paper is to encourage and facilitate public engagement on various issues affecting rights and care in the last stages of life and to invite you to participate in our project. In addition to this paper, the LCO will also be organizing consultation meetings, forums, focus groups and individual interviews across the province throughout the spring and summer of 2017.

This project is of great importance. The last stages of life are fraught with challenges for not only the individual and the family and friends who support individuals during the last stages of life but also the various professionals who provide services and care to those who are dying.  As the discussion paper reveals, there are numerous complex legal issues related to preserving the rights and dignity of persons in the last stages or life and clarifying the obligations of medical practitioners, care facilities and others toward these individuals.  I provide a link below to the discussion paper. I encourage you to read it.

 

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