The debate takes place Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m., at Centre Saint-Pierre, Room # 100, 1212 Rue Panet, in Montreal.
Arguing in favour of euthanasia will be Wanda Morris, Executive Director of Dying with Dignity, and against, Dr. Catherine Ferrier, a physician in geriatric medicine.
Dr. Catherine Ferrier is a family physician who has over 25 years of experience in both primary care family practice and geriatric consultation. She is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She currently works in the geriatric out-patient clinic of the McGill University Health Centre, where she sees patients for a variety of health issues, including dementia, decision-making capacity assessment, and psychosocial issues related to aging.
In 2009, she was co-author of a brief entitled "Say no to euthanasia and assisted suicide: no special circumstance can justify them", which was signed by over a 100 physicians and submitted to the Quebec College of Physicians.
Wanda Morris is the Executive Director of Dying with Dignity, a charitable organization established in 1982 to educate the public about end of life options and the importance of advance care planning; to provide information and resources to the public and law-makers about the choice in dying movement and the reasons why appropriately regulated assisted dying should be legalized in Canada; and to provide support for individuals at the end of their lives including support at the bedside for those who wish to determine the nature and timing of their dying.
Wanda has been actively involved in the 2011 "Right to Die" charter challenge brought before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and is an advisor to The Right to Die Society.
Admission is free for CFI Members, Dying with Dignity Members
Students: $5, General: $10
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